October 20th, 2016
The Minister of Defense of Belgium firmly denies any Belgian involvement in the alleged airstrike
This afternoon, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation handed over to the Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Belgium in Moscow so-called evidence that would demonstrate that Belgian Air Force F-16 aircraft were responsible for an air strike carried out in the Aleppo region in the early hours of 18 October, causing a number of civilian casualties. This so-called evidence consisted of a map with a flight trajectory, allegedly flown by Belgian aircraft.From this map it is evident that…
December 22nd, 2015
Agreement on the strategic plan for Defence 2030
Today, a historic decision was taken on the future of the Belgian Defence.Key tenets that were decided:The Belgian Defence will be balanced and based on multilateral solidarity towards our partners: NATO, the EU and the UN.An overall budget of 9.2 billion euros for necessary investments in the Land, Air, Maritime and Cyber/Intelligence dimensions of the armed forces will be provided in the period up to the year 2030.The staffing of the Defence will evolve to a total of 25,000 FTE military and…
July 24th, 2015
Defence Strategic Plan: Next Steps
"Therefore, I am confident that after the summer recess we will be able, together with the coalition partners, to develop a strong and ambitious long-term strategic plan as well as a master plan for the measures that will be executed during this term.”
March 18th, 2015
Joint statement by Belgian Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput and EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq
Brussels, 18 March 2015. Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, met today with Steven Vandeput, Belgian Minister of Defence, in Brussels to discuss preparations of the European Council on defence issues in June 2015 as well as future defence cooperation opportunities.
March 18th, 2015
Joint Statement : Meeting between the minister of Defence Steven Vandeput and the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency
Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, met today with Steven Vandeput, Belgian Minister of Defence, in Brussels to discuss preparations of the European Council on defence issues in June 2015 as well as future defence cooperation opportunities.
December 19th, 2014
Belgian operational commitment 2015
The Council of Ministers has approved the operational commitment plan for the Belgian troops in 2015, presented by Defence Minister Steven Vandeput.
October 21st, 2014
Belgium remembers! Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Nieuwpoort and Ypres, 28 October 2014
On 28 October, Belgium will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Yser and the First Battle of Ypres in Nieuwpoort and Ypres, with ceremonies attended by the King and Queen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and numerous foreign heads of state and government. This solemn official event, and the symbolic artistic and lyrical performances accompanying it, will be themed around the refusal to surrender, the flooding of the Yser plain, and honouring Belgium’s Soldier King. Belgium remembers!
October 11th, 2014
The new federal Government
The new federal Government on the 11th of October.
July 30th, 2014
Belgium remembers: Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War in Liège on 4 August 2014
The First World War (1914-18) transformed the history of Belgium and the world. During this conflict, which saw dozens of countries fighting on Belgian soil, the courage shown by the Belgian people had a mobilising effect for others and bore witness to the importance of international cooperation. Although the last of those to have lived through the hostilities are no longer with us, this war remains etched in Belgium's collective memory.
July 15th, 2014
Last days: Royal Palace is open for public up to and including 7th September
The Royal Palace in Brussels will be opening its doors to the general public again this summer, as it does every year. The theme chosen this time round is Science and Culture at the Palace. So why not take the chance to look around this fabled location free of charge and learn more about the life of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, the focus of this summer’s exhibition?