July 17th, 2017
Programme of events for Belgian National Day 2017
On the occasion of Belgian National Day, on 20 and 21 July the FPS Chancery of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Defence, the FPS Home Affairs and the federal and local police, in close cooperation with the Association for the Advancement and Promotion of Brussels, are organising a host of activities for the general public in Brussels. National Day is intended to be a large-scale popular event, offering our fellow citizens the chance to celebrate in the heart of our capital.
June 30th, 2017
Death of Simone Veil
"We have lost a well-known personality who engaged in multiple progressive political battles. Simone Veil has shaped the course of history."
June 8th, 2017
The Federal Government continues to push ahead with tightening security and fighting terrorism
Prime Minister Charles Michel has taken note of the interim report on security architecture drafted by the parliamentary committee responsible for investigating the circumstances leading to the terrorist attacks of 22 March 2016.
June 2nd, 2017
"Early Warning System": prevention is better than cure.
"Given the increasing risk of cyberterrorism, vital sectors must be informed quickly about attacks. This allows them to respond adequately to breaches, data theft or the destruction of their systems. This tool will allow companies to bolster the cyber security of their IT infrastructure”.
June 1st, 2017
The US withdraws from the Paris Agreement: “call for European Unity”
The Federal Government takes note of President Trump’s decision to turn his back on the Paris Agreement and greatly regrets this decision. This is an irresponsible decision that goes against earlier promises.
May 18th, 2017
The Belgian Government is putting violence against homosexual men in Chechnya on the agenda of the Council of Europe
Prime Minister Charles Michel and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders wish to repeat their extreme concern with regard to information emanating as of last month from international and national organisations on violence committed towards homosexual men in the Republic of Chechnya.
May 17th, 2017
Transcending polarisation by bringing together the various religions and philosophical convictions
"It is important to encourage an ongoing dialogue between the representatives of recognised religions, the secular world and the Federal State in order to promote and guarantee the sustainability of our fundamental values, and in particular human rights. We had already brought the religions and the secular world around the table in 2015 and 2016. The Memorandum of Understanding for ongoing dialogue is a continuum, a strong signal aimed at fostering the emergence of a society of trust…
May 7th, 2017
"The election of Emmanuel Macron could be an opportunity for Europe"
"The victory of Emmanuel Macron must be taken as an opportunity to bring together all those of good will to reinvigorate the European project. Europe is a political and strategic asset. It needs to become a true added value for its citizens once again."
April 28th, 2017
The Belgian Council of Ministers gives the green light to the very first National Cyber Emergency Response Plan
"The number of reports of cyber attacks and actual incidents is rising. The emergency response plan contains clear agreements for all the services involved in crisis management. If sectors fall victim to a cyber attack, the competent authorities know how they have to react."
March 29th, 2017
UK formally triggered Article 50
“We are in favour of a far-reaching free trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Such an agreement must honour the integrity of the single market and its four liberties. Securing a fair and level playing field is the main objective here, as is providing a clear legal framework. Such an agreement is based on finding a proper balance between rights and obligations.”