The Belgian economic mission to the UK ends after a full program of events, business-to-business contacts and high-level meetings.After two years of interruption, the network of contacts between Belgian and British operators was restored thanks to physical presence.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, responsible for Foreign and European Affairs, had a meeting today with Nadia Murrad, the Yezidi human rights activist who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize along with Dr. Denis Mukwege for her efforts against sexual violence as a weapon of war. During the discussion, Prime Minister De Croo emphasized that the acts of sexual violence committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine cannot go unpunished.
Today, Belgium, together with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the British foreign ministry, organized a seminar to put human rights high on the agenda of business, as part of the Belgian Economic Mission to the United Kingdom.
Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, is going on a working visit to Palestine from 9 to 13 May. Her focus is to draw attention to the need for quality protection for Palestinians living under occupation and to bring a perspective on a more promising future for Palestinian youth and women.
From May 8 to 12, Princess Astrid, representing the King, will lead an economic mission of Belgium to the United Kingdom (UK). With more than 400 participants, 214 companies and organizations and four days of activities in the Greater London Area, this mission will be one of the largest ever organized.
On the third day of the state visit to Greece, the King and Queen will have an economic programme that will highlight Belgium's expertise in the energy sector and the opportunities for intra-European cooperation in the area of strategic autonomy.
At the invitation of the President of the Hellenic Republic, H.E. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians will today begin a three-day visit to Greece, illustrating the deep ties of friendship between Belgium and Greece. This State Visit will highlight both Greece's cultural heritage and future technologies regarding archaeology, energy and digital transition. The Sovereigns are also keen to include a social component in the programme.