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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.

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Meeting with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov.

"I had a direct dialogue with Sergey Lavrov. This is vital for democracy, stability and security."
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Meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzō Abe

"In an ever changing world, friendships count. Japan and Belgium can prosper together. Thank you to Shinzo Abe for your visit to Brussels."
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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."
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Meeting with the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, in the margin of the European Council. Estonia will be holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July.

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Benelux/Visegrad Group summit (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Last Monday, we met our Hungarian, Polish, Czech and Slovakian counterparts in Warsaw to discuss a wide range of EU topics, without any taboos.This first summit between the two groups of countries unearthed many convergences, for example the need for European unity during the Brexit negotiations, or the need to take action to breathe new life into the European project. At the same time, we found some major discrepancies (migration, secondment of workers,…).Thanks to the dialogue and…
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Meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau

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Lunch with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and his spouse

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Meeting with the governor-general of Canada, David Johnston

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Visit to the Montreal Port

In April 2016, the ports of Antwerp and Montreal renewed their cooperation agreement. The Port of Antwerp is the primary European partner of the Port of Montreal. Canada exports goods in containers to Antwerp, primarily spare parts, textiles and food products. Belgium’s main exports to Canada are chocolate and foodstuffs

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