Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in Ireland

Belgium in Ireland - An Bheilg in Éireann

Belgium in Ireland - An Bheilg in Éireann

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Dublin

 

Dear Belgian and Irish friends,
 

I recently took up my role as new Ambassador of Belgium to Ireland. My family and I are feeling very privileged to be here in Ireland, a longstanding and like-minded partner of Belgium.

It’s an honour to represent my country and promote its multiple qualities while strengthening the close ties with Ireland at the level of government as well as with the people. Just like Ireland, Belgium is deeply attached to democratic values, has a dynamic and outward-looking economy and is proud of its vibrant and intellectual landscape.

Belgian- Irish cooperation is dynamic, intense and creative. Within the European Union and the United Nations we are close partners working hand in hand for multilateralism. The visit of Deputy Prime Minister Wilmès this October underscored once again the importance we attach to that unique cooperation.  

Economic and commercial relations between our countries are another element of key importance. Our excellent trade relations are still expanding as we are working together on a resilient post-Brexit and post-pandemic economy.

The Belgian-Irish relations go back as early as the 6th century. But our countries are not frozen in the past. They evolve and reinvent themselves in many areas: arts and culture, education, tourism, trade and diplomacy. I will strengthen and develop even further the very special relationship between our countries in all those fields.

My team and I are here to serve, advise and assist you. It is our duty to deliver high quality services to Belgians living in Ireland as well as to those who are visiting or staying on a temporary basis. I’m very pleased to be able to count on a talented and devoted team at the Embassy in order to provide such assistance.

With the help of my colleagues, I will do my utmost to accomplish, in the best possible way, this mission the next four years.

Ní neart go cur le chéile - Eendracht maakt macht - L’Union fait la force - Einigkeit macht stark

Take care and stay safe!

 

Karen Van Vlierberge
Ambassador

News

06 Dec

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès has decided to grant a voluntary contribution of 400,000 euros to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for a programme to combat illicit arms trafficking in North Macedonia. Illicit arms trafficking from the Balkans remains a major concern for Belgium in order to ensure security in Europe and the region.

02 Dec

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès has decided to grant 300,000 euros to the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Ottawa Convention on anti-personnel mines.

25 Nov

25 November 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the international campaign '16 days of activism against gender-based violence'. This campaign runs from 25 November (International Day against Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day) and aims at eradicating violence against women and girls worldwide.

22 Nov

Minister for Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, Meryame Kitir, is going on a working visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from November 23 to 28. The visit focuses on women's rights, gender equality and gender-based violence. Meetings with Congolese women and local and international organizations working on these topics will be central to the visit.

18 Nov

Earlier this month, a fuel truck exploded in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. More than 100 people were killed and more than 100 injured, with many people suffering from severe burns. Following the accident, Sierra Leone submitted a request for assistance to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, including a specific request for medical equipment.