December 6th, 2017
Catherine De Bolle is appointed Executive Director of Europol
"Catherine De Bolle is the right person for the job. Her appointment is a recognition of the commitment and professionalism of our police force, which has done a great service to our country in recent years. Europol plays a vital role in keeping our citizens safe. The government believes in closer cooperation between the various police services in Europe. I personally wish her all the best in her new role."
November 23rd, 2017
Joint Statement – Gäichel X
On 23 November 2017, under the joint chairmanship of Prime Ministers Charles Michel and Xavier Bettel, the 10th joint meeting of the Belgian and Luxembourg Governments was held in Brussels. This meeting is in keeping with the well-established tradition of meetings between the two Governments since the first Gäichel meeting which was held on 28 April 2004.
November 8th, 2017
Joint Declaration Benelux Summit: Benelux as sustainable and innovative frontrunner
"We see the Benelux Union as a unique, regional organization that leads by example to find solutions to cross-border issues for the benefit of our countries, citizens and businesses. We emphasize the crucial role of the Benelux in re-enforcing the EU’s internal market. Our goal is to position the Benelux as a sustainable and innovative frontrunner within the EU. With this goal in mind, we have agreed on the following."
October 31st, 2017
“The same rights and duties as any European citizen for Mr. Puigdemont, no more and no less”
The Prime Minister was informed yesterday of the announced presence of Mr. Puigdemont in Belgium.
October 16th, 2017
Meeting between Édouard PHILIPPE and Charles MICHEL
"At the end of this meeting, we decided to engage in more bilateral initiatives designed to strengthen the already strong collaboration between our two countries with regards to safety and justice. "
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.