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Sophie WILMES

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade,
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Council of EU Foreign Ministers on 11 April: conclusions

Today, Monday 11 April, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, was in Luxembourg to attend a Foreign Affairs Council meeting. The discussions were devoted to the current war in Ukraine and the latest developments in that regard.

Joint Statement of Female Foreign Ministers on the occasion of the re-opening of schools in Afghanistan

Statement by the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Kosovo, Malawi, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sweden, Tonga and the United Kingdom on the occasion of the re-opening of schools in Afghanistan.

Belgium remains committed to the elimination of racial discrimination

21 March marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Its commemoration remains both relevant and necessary, as racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance persist in societies around the world. Today, racism is still entrenched in many societies, transcending generations and perpetuating inequality and marginalisation.

Ministerial meeting of the Coalition for the Sahel: intervention

Speech by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Sahel Coalition Ministerial Meeting on 9 March 2022.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE): statement

Statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmés to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), following the crisis in Ukraine.

Belgium celebrates 100 years of diplomatic relations with Hungary

In 2022, Belgium and Hungary celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations. On February 20, 1922, the Hungarian Ambassador, Count Olivér Woracziczky, presented his credentials to the Belgian Foreign Minister Henri Jaspar. This was the culmination of a process that had already begun in 1921 when Belgium opened a legation in Budapest.

Belgium reiterates its commitment to promoting the protection of children’s rights in conflicts

On the occasion of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, Belgium reaffirms its long-term commitment to promoting the protection of the rights of children in conflict.

Foreign Affairs launches a new passport with a unique design featuring comic book heroines and heroes

On January 27, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès launched the new Belgian passport. A document that is even more secure thanks to new security and personalization techniques. The new Belgian passport will also be recognizable thanks to its original design, which honors one of the jewels of our culture: the heroines and heroes of comic strips.

Meeting of the Council of Ministers for European Affairs held on 25 January: conclusions

On Tuesday 25 January, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, and her counterparts came together for a meeting of the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels.

Meeting of the Council of Ministers for European Affairs held on 24 January: conclusions

On Monday 24 January, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, and her European counterparts came together for a meeting of the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels.

Dorien Nijs represents Belgian citizens’ panel at Strasbourg conference on the future of Europe

This Thursday 21 January, Dorien Nijs will travel to Strasbourg and the European Parliament where she will present Belgium's citizens' panel recommendations at the plenary session (21 and 22 January) of the Conference on the future of Europe. Sophie Wilmès, in her capacity as Minister for European Affairs, was present at the Brussels-Midi railway station this morning to express her support and wish her good luck.

Implementation of the ‘Metis’ parliamentary resolution continues

Faced with its colonial past in Central Africa, Belgium has decided to embark on a necessary journey of research, truth and memory. The research project concerning the segregation suffered by the metis from Belgian colonization for the implementation of the parliamentary resolution 'Metis' is taking place in two phases. After a first phase, which started on September 1, 2019, a cooperation agreement has just been concluded between the FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the State Archives, on a detailed historical research on the role of the authorities in the way metis were treated during the colonial period.

European Affairs Council of the European Union of 14 December: Conclusions

On Tuesday 14 December, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs Sophie Wilmès and her counterparts met for a General Affairs Council (GAC). In particular, they prepared the agenda for the European Council (16 December) and discussed the extension, stabilisation and association process as well as the Article 7 procedure in progress against Poland and Hungary.

Council of European Foreign Affairs Ministers of 13 December: Conclusions

On Monday 13 December, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, met with her European counterparts in Brussels for a Foreign Affairs Council (FAC).

International Human Rights Day : Belgium commits to reducing inequality and advancing human rights

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès and Minister for Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir reiterate Belgium's commitment to the protection and promotion of all human rights for everyone.

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