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The External Relations Department

The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) department - Beliris

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.


Geoffroy Clerckx

Deputy Director - Head of Unit
Bilateral Relations, Development Cooperation, Public Relations,
Protocol and Communication Unit
Phone+32 2 800 37 46

Unit members

Daniël Verheyden

Bilateral Relations
Algiers, Beijing, Havana, Kiev, Moscow, Sichuan, Washington D.C, Xi’an
Phone+32 2 430 60 61

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

Pierre Gérard

Bilateral Relations
Sofia, Mazovia
Phone+32 2 800 37 48

Sophie Willaumez

Development Cooperation
Phone+32 2 800 37 40

Codrat-Alin Teclu

Development Cooperation
General policy
Calls for projects
Phone+32 2 430 61 57

Benoît Spapens

Development Cooperation
General policy
Calls for projects
Region of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra
Phone+32 2 800 36 79

Jef Willems

Development Cooperation
General policy
Calls for projects
Paramaribo District
Phone+32 2 800 37 33

Jean-Michel Verdin

Communication Officer
Eat ! BRUSSELS festival
Phone+32 2 800 37 49

Willy Van Waeyenberge

Protocol Officer
Phone+32 2 800 34 14

The Financial and Accounting Unit

The Communication Unit

The Licensing Unit

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

The Coordination Unit