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Sophie WILMES

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade,
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Equal Rights Coalition: committed to LGBTIQ rights

Deputy Prime Minister Wilmès took the floor during the Equal Rights Coalition. She stressed that combating discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and gender characteristics, as well as strengthening the safety of LGBTIQ persons are priorities for Belgium.

Seminar on the EU Strategic Compass

Introductory speech by Sophie Wilmès, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Seminar on the EU Strategic Compass.

Generation Equality Forum: Belgium renews commitment to women’s rights

Deputy Prime Minister Wilmès took the floor during the Generation Equality Forum. She announced that Belgium will further strengthen measures to combat gender-based violence, by developing a 6th National Action Plan against gender-based violence based on the Istanbul Convention, as well as a 4th National Action Plan 'Women, Peace and Security'.

Eighteen countries unite at Belgium’s initiative to defend LGBTIQ rights in Europe

18 European Union Member States, at the initiative of Belgium, expressed their deep concern in a joint declaration about the adoption by the Hungarian Parliament of amendments that discriminate against LGBTIQ people and violate the right to freedom of expression under the pretext of protecting children.

Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union of 21 June: conclusions

On Monday 21 June, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, met her European counterparts in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting.

Report on the bilateral visit to Spain

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès made a bilateral visit to Spain on Wednesday 2 June.

NATO June Summit Preparatory Ministerial meeting: Conclusions

On Tuesday 1 June, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, participated in a video conference at the NATO Foreign Affairs Ministerial meeting, which sought to prepare the discussions of the Summit of Heads of State and Government on 14 June in Brussels, and in particular the actions that will be implemented within the framework of the NATO 2030 initiative to strengthen the alliance and prepare it for the security challenges of the future.

Informal Council of the European Foreign Affairs Ministers of 27 May: conclusions

This Thursday 27 May, at the invitation of the Portuguese Presidency, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, joined her European colleagues at the informal half-yearly Council (Gymnich) in Lisbon.

Meeting with Honduran Ministers H.E. Lisandro Rosales Banegas and H.E. Carlos Alberto Madero Erazo, and Deputy Minister H.E. Karen Alejandra Najarro Bonilla

This Wednesday 26 May, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, met three Honduran Ministers during their visit to Europe.

Plenary meeting on Thursday 20 May 2021: verbal questions

Answer of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs to the oral questions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the plenary sitting of Thursday, 20 May 2021.

Meeting with the President of Niger, H.E. Mohamed Bazoum

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès, Minister of Defence Ludivine Dedonder and Minister of Development Co-operation Meryame Kitir held a meeting today, Thursday 20 May, with the president of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, who is currently visiting our country. The meeting was attended by Nigerian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Development Co-operation, Mr Hassoumi Massaoudou, and the Nigerian Finance minister, Mr Ahmat Jidoud.

Israel/Palestine conflict: Belgium is demanding an immediate cessation of the hostilities and a more proactive Europe with respect to resolving the conflict

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès attended the extraordinary sitting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on 18 May which was organised as a result of the escalation in violence in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. This topic was discussed with High Representative Borrell last Saturday.

Declaration of fourteen European Member States on the protection of LGBTIQ persons in the European Union

On this International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we could not be gathered without strongly expressing our attachment to what is the bedrock of the European Union: our common fundamental values, enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union.

Informal Council of the Ministers of European Affairs of 17 May: conclusions

Today, Monday 17 May, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès and her fellow ministers met at the invitation of the Portuguese presidency in Coimbra, Portugal, for an informal meeting of the Council of European Affairs.

The Egmont Palace illuminated in the rainbow colors for IDAHOT

In 2004, May 17th was declared International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). In honor of this day, the Egmont Palace in Brussels will be illuminated in the colors of the rainbow flag from Sunday, May 16 to Tuesday, May 18.

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