May 25th, 2017
New NATO HQ: speech
"Because the values of NATO, our common values, are not obsolete! Freedom, peace, security, human rights, democracy, the rule of law will always prevail. This is at the heart of our mission."
May 17th, 2017
Transcending polarisation by bringing together the various religions and philosophical convictions
"It is important to encourage an ongoing dialogue between the representatives of recognised religions, the secular world and the Federal State in order to promote and guarantee the sustainability of our fundamental values, and in particular human rights. We had already brought the religions and the secular world around the table in 2015 and 2016. The Memorandum of Understanding for ongoing dialogue is a continuum, a strong signal aimed at fostering the emergence of a society of trust…
May 7th, 2017
"The election of Emmanuel Macron could be an opportunity for Europe"
"The victory of Emmanuel Macron must be taken as an opportunity to bring together all those of good will to reinvigorate the European project. Europe is a political and strategic asset. It needs to become a true added value for its citizens once again."
May 2nd, 2017
Meeting with H.E. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
May 2nd, 2017
Meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in order to prepare the special NATO meeting in Brussels
April 29th, 2017
Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50): doorstep
"I plead for an intelligent and loyal Brexit. The 27 member states need to be united, creative and determined."
April 28th, 2017
The Belgian Council of Ministers gives the green light to the very first National Cyber Emergency Response Plan
"The number of reports of cyber attacks and actual incidents is rising. The emergency response plan contains clear agreements for all the services involved in crisis management. If sectors fall victim to a cyber attack, the competent authorities know how they have to react."
March 30th, 2017
Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, H.E. Mr Pavel Filip
March 29th, 2017
UK formally triggered Article 50
“We are in favour of a far-reaching free trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Such an agreement must honour the integrity of the single market and its four liberties. Securing a fair and level playing field is the main objective here, as is providing a clear legal framework. Such an agreement is based on finding a proper balance between rights and obligations.”
March 25th, 2017
60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties