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Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Brussels. Our role is to promote Australia's relationships with Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union, and NATO. The Embassy is open from 08.30am to 5:00pm weekdays, except public holidays
Australian Foreign Minister to attend United Nations General Assembly Leaders’ Week
From 19 to 23 September the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, will be in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly Leaders’ Week as well as Security Council meetings on Iraq and on the MH17 investigation. The Foreign Minister in her media release notes that she will discuss continuing threats to global peace and security, for the overall focus of her visit will be to foster cooperative, international action against these threats among United Nations member states. Read more
Humanitarian assistance to Somalia
The Australian Government will provide a further $A5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia. The funding will be delivered through the United Nation's Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water, sanitation, shelter and medical assistance. Read more
CAESIE announces second call from Priming Grants in 2014
CAESIE (Connecting Australian European Science & Innovation Excellence) has announced a second call for Priming Grants 2014. CAESIE is a bilateral partnership initiative programme between the European Union and Australia. The grant round offers a one-time grant of AUD 7,000/EU 4,800 to successful applicants to support initial meetings and discussions between new and emerging Researcher/SMEs partnerships. Expressions of Interests open from the 1st August-26th September 2014. Read more
Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue
The second Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue in Sydney on 7 September demonstrated the strength and the growing maturity of our bilateral relationship, according to a media release issued by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. In it she added how she had discussed with Foreign Minister Wang Yi the full breadth of bilateral, regional and global issues, including the current situation in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. Read more
Young Australian in Belgium invited to participate in the Light Front 14 on 17th October
Young Australians living in Belgium are invited to contact the Embassy if they wish to “hold the light” during the Lichtfront 14/Light Front 14 commemoration of World War One on 17th October. Organisers plan that 10,000 people with flaming torches will light up the stretch of land between Nieuwpoort beach and Ploegsteert. The Light Front will show the front line as it existed at the time of the ceasefire in the autumn of 1914. Read more . If you are interested in participating please send an email to the Embassy.
Ambassador attends Last Post Ceremony and reception to mark sixty years of bugling for Antoon Verschoot
Former Ambassador Duncan Lewis presents a gift to Last Post Association bugler Antoon Verschoot in appreciation of his sixty years of service.
The former Ambassador, Duncan Lewis, attended the Last Post commemorative ceremony at Menin Gate in Ieper/Ypres on 27th August, which also marked 60 years of service for bugler Antoon Verschoot. The 89-year-old joined the buglers in 1954 and has performed at the Last Post more than 15,000 times. Mr Verschoot is the holder of numerous awards including being presented with the Order of Australia by the then Australian Prime Minister John Howard in 2002. The Ambassador has attended the ceremony many times since arriving in Belgium in November 2012. At the ceremony and reception in honour of Mr Verschoot he bade farewell to the veteran bugler and other members of the Last Post Association . This was Ambasasdor Lewis’ final visit to the Menin Gate prior to his return to Australia at the end of his posting.
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove visit Belgium
The Governor-General of Australia, HE General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and his wife Lady Cosgrove visited Belgium on 27 and 28 July for a series of World War One (WWI) commemorative activities. These included laying wooden crosses inscribed with messages from Australian school children at cemeteries linked to Australia’s involvement in WWI, and visiting military and commemorative museums. The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove had earlier been in the Netherlands, where they represented the Australian Government and people at ceremonies to receive caskets carrying victims of the MH17 air disaster.
DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese gives lecture on "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific"
The Secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO, on 16 June gave the 2014 Schuman Lecture at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. His lecture was titled "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific". Read more
Australia is serving on the UN Security Council during 2014
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