Belgium officially requests EUR 7.8 billion of EU-assistance under SURE

On Friday 7th of August 2020, the Kingdom of Belgium officially requested financial assistance under the SURE instrument of the European Union for a total amount of EUR 7.77 billion. The amount represents Belgium’s public expenditure that is due to the adoption of national measures directly related to short time work schemes and similar measures to address the economic and social effects of the exceptional occurrence caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Of the total amount of EUR 7.77 billion,…

Announcement by Finance Minister Alexander De Croo on rescue deal for Brussels Airlines

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexander De Croo confirms that a draft agreement has been reached with Lufthansa Group and Brussels Airlines for the rescue of Brussels Airlines. Yesterday evening, the Minister explained the agreement reached to the federal inner cabinet.The Finance Minister emphasises that the State aid, combined with the social partnership agreement and the new business plan, should lead to profitable growth for Brussels Airlines in the wake of the corona crisis.…

"Recovery plan von der Leyen historic and balanced"

The European Commission's recovery plan strikes a good balance between solidarity and responsibility. 

Joint statement by the Belgian Federal Government and Lufthansa Group on Brussels Airlines

Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Alexander De Croo and Minister of Employment Nathalie Muylle met today with Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Group, Thorsten Dirks, Co-chairman of Brussels Airlines and member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Group and Dieter Vranckx, CEO of Brussels Airlines. The Federal Government of Belgium expressed the importance it attaches to the proper follow-up of restructuring…

Guarantee scheme for individuals and companies affected by the corona crisis

The federal government, the National Bank of Belgium and the financial sector are joining forces to maintain lending to private individuals, self-employed people and businesses.
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United Nations Security Council - February 2020

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Belgian intervention - UN Security Council

Belgian intervention at the United Nations Security Council in New York, in February 2020.

Belgium reinstates support to UNRWA

Belgium will reinstate its support for UNRWA, states Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo.

Benelux countries strengthen their cooperation on combatting tax fraud

Via this agreement, the three ministers also confirm their determination to continue playing a pioneering role vis-à-vis the European Union with their strengthened tax cooperation.

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