Brussels International

Site of the international relations of the Brussels-Capital Region

The Brussels-Capital Region, a dynamic region with an open perspective on the world

Brussels International implements the foreign policy of the Brussels-Capital Region. Its missions are to manage the Region’s bilateral and multilateral relations and European affairs including the Delegation of the Brussels-Capital Region to the European Union. Brussels International also handles all files relating to arms exports to and from the Region.

As capital of the European Union the Brussels-Capital Region is home to several international institutions and organisations. Its openness to the world is reflected in the dynamic foreign policy which it has implemented since 1989.

Brussels international plays an active role in the Region’s foreign policy.
Under the responsibility of its director, Anne Claes, it is organised in five units:

  • Bilateral Relations, Public Relations, Protocol and Communication unit
  • Multilateral Relations and Europe unit
  • Delegation of the Brussels-Capital Region to the European Union
  • Finance and Travel unit
  • Permits unit

 

Director

Anne

Anne Claes, Director
Phone 02/800 37 45
aclaes@sprb.brussels

 

Geoffroy

Geoffroy Clerckx, First attache
Phone 02/800 37 46
gclerckx@sprb.brussels

 

Secretariat

Muriel Baeijens
T 02/800 37 58
baeijens@sprb.brussels

 

Transversal coordination

Pierre

Pierre Gérard
Phone 02/800 37 48
pgerard@sprb.brussels

 

1. Bilateral Relations unit

Brussels international develops relations between the Brussels-Capital Region and the cities, regions and countries with which it has concluded a bilateral cooperation agreement. The unit is in charge of following up on these agreements.

The Brussels-Capital Region has concluded bilateral agreements with twenty cities, regions and countries including: Algiers, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Havana, Île-de-France, Katanga, Kiev, Lille, Ljubljana, Mazovie, Moscow, Prague, Quebec, Rabat-Salé-Zaër, Sichuan, Vienna, Vilnius, Washington and Xi’an.

The unit is also in charge of public relations and protocol (welcoming trainee diplomats, delegations and so on) as well as of the internal and external communication of the Directorate. It organises major events such as the world expos or international conferences and is also responsible for the blog “The Brussels Globe” and its free e-newsletter.

 

Geoffroy

Head of the unit
Brasilia, Bratislava, Budapest, Havana, Île-de-France,
Kiev, Lille, Moscow, Prague, Vilnius
Public Relations – World and international expos
Geoffroy Clerckx
Phone 02/800 37 46
gclerckx@sprb.brussels

 

Sophie-01

Algiers, Katanga, Havana, Quebec
Sophie Willaumez
Phone 02/800 37 40
swillaumez@sprb.brussels

 

Verheyden Daniel

Beijing – Berlin – Sichuan – Vienna – Washington – Xian
Daniël Verheyden
T 02/430 60 61
dverheyden@sprb.brussels

 

Pierre

Sofia – Mazovie
Pierre Gérard
Phone 02/800 37 48
pgerard@sprb.brussels

 

Anne

Rabat
Anne Claes
Phone 02/800 37 45
aclaes@sprb.brussels

 

Codrat-Alin Teclu

Development cooperation
Alin Teclu
T 02/430 61 57
cateclu@sprb.brussels

 

Jean-Michel-VALIDE

Communication Officer
Jean-Michel Verdin
Phone 02/800 37 49
jmverdin@sprb.brussels

 

willy

Protocol and communication
Willy Van Waeyenberge
T 02/800 34 14
willyvw@sprb.brussels

 

2. Unit European and Multilateral Affairs

Brussels international also develops relationships with international networks of which the Brussels-Capital Region is a member:

  • the Assembly of European Regions,
  • Eurocities,
  • Metropolis,
  • Global Fund for Cities Development,
  • Capital Cities & Regions Network,
  • FEDRA.

Brussels international also coordinates relations with the international organisations in which the Brussels-Capital Region is represented as a federated entity (e.g., the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Benelux, Council of Europe (CoE) and several agencies of the United Nations) and participates in the interfederal consultation mechanisms for all multilateral policy matters.

Brussels international is also in charge of the signing and ratification procedures for European and international treaties which relate to regional competences.
It plays an important coordinating role and uses its expertise for the preparation and follow-up of these procedures.

The Region is also asked to regularly contribute to reports relating to its competences.

This unit has three key tasks on the European level:

  • coordinating the implementation of EU law and transposing it into regional law (transpositions, violations and so on),
  • the administrative coordination of transversal European dossiers (the European Semester, the Multiannual Financial Framework,…),
  • the follow-up of European programmes and networks to boost the BCR’s participation in them.

 

Geert

Head of the Unit
Network of Capital Cities & Regions (CCRN)
Geert De Roep
Phone 02/800 37 50
gderoep@sprb.brussels

 

Pierre

Assembly of European Regions (ARE)
Pierre Gérard
Phone 02/800 37 48
pgerard@sprb.brussels

 

frederic

Global fund for cities development (FMDV)
Sophie Willaumez
Phone 02/800 37 40
swillaumez@sprb.brussels

and

frederic

Anne Claes
Phone 02/800 37 45
aclaes@sprb.brussels

 

Paul-Henri Philips

International organisations – Conference of European Regions with Legislative Power (REGLEG)
Paul-Henri Philips
Phone 02/800 32 77
phphilips@sprb.brussels

 

Sophie-01

European and international treaties
Olivia Rodriguez
Phone 02/800 37 61
orodriguez@sprb.brussels

 

Tomas-VALIDE

Transposition of European Directives
Tomas Anton Santos
Phone 02/800 38 64
tantonsantos@sprb.brussels

 

Lekeu Anne-Laurence

Transposition of European Directives
Anne-Laurence Lekeu
Phone 02/800 35 98
allekeu@sprb.brussels

 

Valerie

European projects – Committee of the Regions (CoR) –
Interreg B – Interreg C – Urbact
Valérie Dussart
Phone 02/800 37 13
vdussart@sprb.brussels

 

3. Delegation of the Brussels-Capital Region to the European Union

The Delegation is part of the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union, representing the Brussels-Capital Region in the European Union’s bodies, informing regional stakeholders on European issues and preparing dossiers related to regional competences for the Council of the European Union, working closely with the competent ministers’ cabinets and administrations.

 

manoelle

BCR delegate to the EU Cohesion policy, MFF, European Semester – Tourism
Manoëlle Wasseige
Phone 02/233 03 02
manoelle.wasseige@diplobel.fed.be

 

Frederik Lamberty 10x15

Délégué adjoint : Emploi – Gouvernance économique et
financière – Transport
Frederik Lamberty
Phone 02 233 03 55
frederik.lamberty@diplobel.fed.be

 

Claire-VALIDE

Research – Industry
Claire Pécheux
Phone 02/233 14 26
claire.pecheux@diplobel.fed.be

 

Sylviane Friedlingstein

Energy – Environment – Climat
Sylviane Friedlingstein
Phone 02/233 14 27
sylviane.friedlingstein@diplobel.fed.be

 

Rudi Arron

Assistant
Rudi Arron
Phone 02/233 03 02
rudi.arron@diplobel.fed.be

 

4. Finance and Travel unit

This unit is in charge of the administrative follow-up of all grants and public contracts to promote the image of the Brussels-Capital Region and its international relations as well as organising professional visits of regional officials to foreign countries.

 

Head of the unit
Phone 02/800 37 55

 

celine-debacker

Finance
Céline Debacker
Phone 02/800 36 11
cdebacker@sprb.brussels

 

celine-debacker

Finance
Marc Lamiroy
Phone 02/800 37 53
mlamiroy@sprb.brussels

 

M+®lanie

Finance
Jan Van Vlasselaer
Phone 02/800 37 51
jvanvlasselaer@sprb.brussels

 

Sylvie

Travel
Sylvie Debry
Phone 02/800 37 56
sdebry@sprb.brussels

 

Filoreta-VALIDE

Travel and Secretariat
Filoreta Rugova
Phone 02/800 37 52
frugova@sprb.brussels

 

5. Permits unit

This unit is in charge of all matters relating to permits for the import, export and transit of arms, military material and dual-use goods and technologies, a power which has been transferred to the regions since 2003.

 

Aldo

Head of the Unit
Engineer
Cataldo Alu
Phone 02/800 37 27
calu@sprb.brussels

 

Melanie

Case manager
Mélanie Behets
Phone 02/800 37 59
mbehets@sprb.brussels