Thanks to the mandatory self-control system and to the obligation for enterprises to officially communicate non-conform results, Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) discovered the illegal use of fipronil for the treatment of red lice in poultry farms, following the notification in June 2017 of the presence of this substance in an egg sample taken by a food business operator. The investigation was carried out by FASFC in close collaboration with the Department of Justice.
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders remains highly concerned by the political, economic and humanitarian situation in Venezuela. He supports the 26 July statement by EU High Representative Mogherini.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his concern about the continuing tensions in East Jerusalem. He calls on all parties to restrain and dialogue in order to put an end to violence and prevent more victims.
A group of five young Canadians are finishing today a 7-day visit to Belgium. These young people, between the ages of 16 and 18, are the winners of a competition organized by the Belgian Embassy in Ottawa, in partnership with Rencontres du Canada. The 200 or so competitors were asked to submit a work inspired by Canadian Medical Officer John McCrae's famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. The composition made the poppy the symbol of the First World War dead for Commonwealth countries.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has released a budget of 10.5 million EUR for six humanitarian projects of Belgian NGOs in Yemen, Uganda, South Sudan and Nigeria. The aid is part of the promise of Minister De Croo to double donations to the Famine 12-12 campaign.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders received, this Thursday 20 July 2017 at the Egmont Palace, his Saudi counterpart Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir. The two Ministers exchanged on bilateral relations, the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, the fight against terrorism, and the regional situation.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about the arrest and enduring detention of human rights defenders under the current state of emergency in Turkey. This regards among others 10 human rights activists, including the director of Amnesty International Turkey and two international experts, who were arrested last week in Istanbul.
Today, Belgium is officially announcing its bid to host the European Medicines Agency. Relocating the European Medicines Agency to the Brussels Greater Area will guarantee a seamless, swift and cost-efficient transition of its operations. The Brussels Greater Area is home to the most important European institutions, professional federations, corporate headquarters and civil society organizations, facilitating interaction and dialogue, reducing travel costs and promoting synergies.
Today, during a United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York, Belgium presents an evaluation report on the efforts our country is undertaking in order to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. These seventeen goals aim to exclude extreme poverty worldwide by 2030 and to protect our planet. The report is the result of an intense and inclusive process involving the Federal Government, the federated entities and a large number of civil-society organizations.