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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


Australians mourn the loss of the 298 victims of Malaysian Flight MH17. Our thoughts are with the families of the passengers and crew on MH17 as they struggle to come to terms with their loss, particularly the families of the 28 Australian citizens and nine permanent residents who were aboard the flight.

The Embassy of Australia in Brussels has placed a condolence register in the lobby. The public is invited to sign the condolence register during Embassy opening hours.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also established an online condolence register. Please visit https://www.pm.gov.au/mh17-condolences to leave your message.

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.

Dame Meg Taylor appointed as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Dame Meg Taylor has been appointed as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, selected by the Pacific Islands Forum leaders from an impressive field. Read more

WTO Fails to Adopt Protocol for Agreement on Trade Facilitation
World Trade Organization (WTO) Members in Geneva have failed to meet the prescribed deadline of 31 July 2014 to adopt the necessary Protocol of Amendment to open for acceptance the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
This deadline was the first test of WTO Members’ commitment to implementing the outcomes of the Bali WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2013. Read more

Ukranian Parliament endorses recovery mission
The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop welcomes the Ukraine Government's decision to recall its Parliament to enable the bilateral agreement between Ukraine and Australia on the recovery of remains and the investigation into the downing of MH17. Read more

UN Security Council resolution on the downing of flight MH17
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the armed separatist groups controlling the MH17 crash site to allow unfettered access to international investigators. Australia played a lead role, authoring the resolution which was adopted in New York on July 21. Read more   

Joint Statement of the Foreign Ministers of MIKTA concerning the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Australia to host AUSMIN in Sydney
The Australian Government will host United States Secretary of State John Kerry and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Sydney on 12 August for the 2014 Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN). Read more  

Australian humanitarian assistance for Gaza
The Australian Government is deeply concerned about the continuing conflict between Israel and militant groups in Gaza, the growing number of casualties and the deteriorating humanitarian situation. Many Palestinian civilians have lost their lives along with a number of Israeli soldiers and civilians. Large numbers of people have been displaced from their homes, buildings and essential services damaged, and livelihoods jeopardised. To respond to growing needs, the Australian Government is providing A$5 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza. Read more

EU expands public diplomacy network downunder
On 17 July 2014, the European Union (EU) announced its investment of €4.6 million (AUD$6.6 million) to establish six EU centres across Australia (five) and New Zealand (one) for the 2014-2016 period. The centres are co-funded by their host universities and include a range of partners from the community. Read more

Historic trade deal with Japan to drive growth
On 8th July Australia signed a historic Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) with Japan, the country's second-biggest trading partner with two-way trade worth over A$70 billion. Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the agreement will leverage Australia’s strengths to drive economic growth and job creation. More than 97 per cent of Australia’s exports to Japan will receive preferential access or enter duty-free when the Agreement is fully implemented. Read more

Australian business mission visits Brussels
The Australian Embassy hosted the European Australian Business Council (EABC) during its eighth mission to Europe on 1-3 July. The EABC delegation also visited Warsaw and Madrid during its six-day trip to Europe. In Brussels, the delegation met key European officials and business leaders.

(From left) Australian Trade Commission CEO Mr Bruce Gosper, Australian Ambassador Mr Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC and European Australian Business Council President Mr Alastair Walton during a delegation meeting in Brussels.

 

 

 

 

Australian Ambassador Mr Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC (front row, from second left), European External Action Service CEO Mr David O’Sullivan and European Australian Business Council (EABC) President Mr Alastair Walton with members of the EABC delegation in Brussels.

 

 

 

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 condemns ISIL attacks in Iraq
The Australian Government strongly condemns the actions of the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has taken over substantial parts of Mosul and other areas of northwest Iraq. We continue to support the actions of the Government of Iraq to combat global terrorism, including in Anbar and Ninawa provinces. The Australian Government has listed ISIL as a terrorist entity. Read more

Australia supports action against forced labour
The Australian Government has joined the international community in supporting the adoption of a new International Labour Organization Protocol seeking to eliminate forced labour, including human trafficking and slavery. Despite efforts to reduce and prevent forced labour over many years, at least 20.9 million people still experience forced labour each year, with over half (11.7 million) of these people coming from the Asia-Pacific region. Fifty-five percent of victims are women and girls, and one quarter of victims are under the age of 18. Read more

NAIDOC Week celebrated in Australia 6-13 July
 

NAIDOC Week celebrations were held across Australia from 6-13 July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC was celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week was a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. In 2014 the NAIDOC Week theme was "Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond" which honours all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders men and women who have fought in defence of Australia.

In Belgium to mark NAIDOC Week, Ambassador Duncan Lewis on 8th July in Harlebeke laid a wreath at the gravestone of the Aboriginal soldier Private Rufus Rigney who, along with his elder brother Cyril, joined the A.I.F. during World War One. Both died in Flanders during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, aged 19 and 20 respectively. The Rigney brothers came from Raukkan near the Murray River.  

     

Australia is serving on the UN Security Council during 2014

    > Australia-UNSC.gov.au    

 

 Australia Unlimited - a representation of Australia, symbolising our growth and expansion

>Australia Unlimited

 

                         

Membership of the G20 gives Australia the capacity to influence key policies relating to the global economy.

> Australia and the G20

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