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.”
March 22nd, 2017
Inauguration of the artwork in memory of the victims of the attacks - "Wounded but Still Standing in Front of the Inconceivable"
Called " Wounded but Still Standing in Front of the Inconceivable", the work is intended to be poetic, and is solely dedicated to the victims.
March 20th, 2017
Belgium a candidate to host the European Medicines Agency
« Hosting this agency in Belgium would give a real boost to our expertise in this field. »
March 16th, 2017
Elections in the Netherlands
"I am very pleased about the Dutch election results. Congratulations, Mark Rutte!"
March 3rd, 2017
General Deconinck, new Force Commander for large UN mission in Mali
Charles Michel: ‘’By entrusting us with the role of Force Commander in one of its most important peace missions, the UN has shown its belief in our armed forces and in our country.It is an honour for Belgium to contribute to the agreement for peace and the reconstruction in Mali by the government, the armed coalition groups Platform and Coordination, and other Malian stakeholders.This contribution, in accordance with the government agreement, demonstrates our will to invest in…
February 3rd, 2017
Benelux vision on the future of Europe
"As founding member states, we are determined to make a success of the EU with 27 member states, building on their joint history and achievements. "
January 30th, 2017
Brexit High Level Group submits report to Prime Minister
On 30 January 2017, the Brexit High Level Group submitted its report to Prime Minister Charles Michel, Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters and State Secretary Piter De Crem.