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Bilateral Relations, Development Cooperation, Public Relations, Protocol and Communication Unit

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

The Brussels-Capital Region has concluded bilateral agreements with almost thirty cities, regions and countries, namely: Aichi Prefecture, Algiers Province, Beijing, Berlin, the Federal District of Brazil (Brasilia), Bratislava Region, Budapest, Chennai, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Havana, Île-de-France, Kiev, City-Province of Kinshasa, the Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL); European Metropolis of Lille, Ljubljana, the Masovian Voivodeship, Moscow, Paramaribo District, Prague, Quebec, the Region of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Seoul, Sichuan Province, Sofia, Vienna, Vilnius, Washington D.C. and Xi’an.

A number of these cities and regions are in developing countries and some of the initiatives launched as part of the partnership agreements come under the heading "development cooperation". Brussels development cooperation aims at inclusive sustainable development and respect for human rights in order to improve the living conditions of people in developing countries, on the one hand, and to help secure a fair and inclusive international community, on the other hand.

The unit is also in charge of public relations and protocol (welcoming, delegations for example). It organises or coordinates the Region’s participation in major events such as the World exhibitions and international conferences, the Brussels Days, the international aspects of eat! BRUSSELS festival, the international symposia and the State visits.

This unit is also responsible for the internal and external communication of Brussels International. It administers Brussels International website, e-newsletter “The Brussels Globe” (with a free subscription) and Twitter account.

Coordination

Geoffroy Clerckx

Deputy Director - Head of Unit
Bilateral Relations, Development Cooperation, Public Relations,
Protocol and Communication Unit
Phone+32 2 800 37 46
E-mail gclerckx at sprb.brussels

Unit members

Daniël Verheyden

Bilateral Relations
Algiers, Beijing, Havana, Kiev, Moscow, Sichuan, Washington D.C, Xi’an
Phone+32 2 430 60 61
E-mail dverheyden at sprb.brussels

Florence Vandernoot

Bilateral Relations
Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Île-de-France, Havana, Métropole européenne de Lille,
Ljubljana, Prague, Quebec, Vienna, Vilnius
Phone+32 2 800 30 28
E-mail fvandernoot at sprb.brussels

Pierre Gérard

Bilateral Relations
Sofia, Mazovia
Phone+32 2 800 37 48
E-mail pgerard at sprb.brussels

Sophie Willaumez

Development Cooperation
Kinshasa
Phone+32 2 800 37 40
E-mail swillaumez at sprb.brussels

Codrat-Alin Teclu

Development Cooperation
General policy
Calls for projects
Chennai
Phone+32 2 430 61 57
E-mail cateclu at sprb.brussels

Benoît Spapens

Development Cooperation
General policy
Calls for projects
Region of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra
Phone+32 2 800 36 79
E-mail bspapens at sprb.brussels

Jef Willems

Development Cooperation
General policy
Calls for projects
Paramaribo District
Phone+32 2 800 37 33
E-mail jewillems at sprb.brussels

Jean-Michel Verdin

Communication Officer
Eat ! BRUSSELS festival
Phone+32 2 800 37 49
E-mail jmverdin at sprb.brussels

Willy Van Waeyenberge

Protocol Officer
Phone+32 2 800 34 14
E-mail willyvw at sprb.brussels

Multilateral Relations and Europe Unit

Delegation of the Brussels-Capital Region to the European Union

Finance and Travel Unit

Licensing office