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The External Relations Department

The External Relations Department

The External Relations Department is led by director Geoffroy Clerckx and consists of three units:

  • The European and Multilateral Affairs Unit;
  • The Bilateral Relations and Development Cooperation Unit;
  • The Protocol and Travel Unit.


Geoffroy Clerckx

Public Relations - State Visits
Brussels Days
Universal and International Expositions


Phone+32 2 800 37 46
E-mail gclerckx at


Filoreta Rugova

Phone+32 2 800 37 52
E-mail frugova at

The European and Multilateral Affairs Unit

Brussels International also maintains relations with the international networks the Brussels-Capital Region is a member of:

  • The Assembly of European Regions;
  • Metropolis
  • The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV);
  • The Capital Cities & Regions Network.

Brussels International coordinates the relations with international organizations in which the Brussels-Capital Region is represented as a federated entity, e.g. the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Benelux, the Council of Europe (CoE) and several United Nations agencies. It 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.

Moreover, the Region is regularly called upon to contribute to reports relating to its competences.

The unit contributes to European policy making and ensures the policies’ follow-up. It does so in close cooperation with the Delegation of the Brussels-Capital Region to the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union.

The European section of this unit fulfils three key tasks:

  • la coordination de l’application du droit européen en droit régional (transpositions, infractions…),
  • la coordination administrative des dossiers européens transversaux (Semestre européen, Cadre financier pluriannuel…),
  • le suivi des programmes et réseaux européens afin de favoriser la participation de la RBC à ces derniers.


Geert De Roep

Deputy director
Head of unit
Eurocities - The Capital Cities &
Regions Network


Phone+32 2 800 37 50
E-mail gderoep at

Paul-Henri Philips

Attaché - Multilateral Affairs
International organisations, and more specifically the Benelux, the OECD,
the Council of Europe
Phone+32 2 800 32 77
E-mail phphilips at

Valeri Rajkovcevic

Attaché - Multilateral Affairs
Metropolis, Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV), international organisations and more specifically
the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Assembly of European Regions (AER)


Phone+32 2 800 37 78
E-mail vrajkovcevic at

Olivia Rodriguez

Attaché - Multilateral Affairs
International and European Treaties
Phone+32 2 800 37 61
E-mail orodriguez at

Jean-Nicolas De Wulf

Assistant - Eurodyssee
Phone+32 2 800 36 95
E-mail jndewulf at

Anne-Laurence Lekeu

Attaché - European and Multilateral Affairs
Implementation of European law and transposition of European directives - International organisations:
collective complaints


Phone+32 2 800 35 98
E-mail allekeu at

Valentin Graas

Attaché - European Affairs
European territorial cooperation (Interreg NWE - Interreg Europe - Urbact)
European programmes
Financial programmes


Phone+32 800 30 75
E-mail vgraas at

Yasmin Troch

Attaché - European Affairs
European semester - Economic governance


Phone+32 2 800 30 02
E-mail ytroch at

Bilateral Relations and Development Cooperation Unit

Brussels International manages the relations between the Brussels-Capital Region and the cities, regions and countries with which it has concluded a cooperation agreement. The unit ensures the follow-up of these agreements.

Some thirty cities, regions or countries have a bilateral agreement with the Brussels-Capital Region, i.e. the Aichi Prefecture, the Algiers wilaya, Berlin, the Federal district in Brazil (Brasilia), the Bratislava region, Budapest, Chennai, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Île-de-France, Kiev, the City-Province of Kinshasa, Havana, the Métropole européenne de Lille, Ljubljana, the Masovian Voivodeship, Moscow, the Paramaribo district, Beijing, Prague, Québec, Quito, the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, Seoul, the Sichuan province, Sofia, Tokyo, Vienna, Vilnius, Washington DC and Xi'an.

Some of these cities or regions are situated in developing countries and a part of the initiatives that are developed in the frame of cooperation agreements fall into the category of development cooperation. The Brussels development cooperation is essentially aimed at an inclusive and sustainable development and respect for human rights, in order to improve living conditions for the populations in developing countries and to contribute to a more just and united international community.


Sophie Willaumez

Head of unit
Development Cooperation:
General policy - Calls for projects South - Kinshasa


Phone+32 2 800 37 40
E-mail swillaumez at

Daniël Verheyden

Bilateral relations
Aichi, Algiers, Kiev, Havana, Mazovia, Moscow, Beijing, Seoul, Sichuan, Sofia, Tokyo, Washington DC, Xi’an
Phone+32 2 430 60 61
E-mail dverheyden at

Florence Vandernoot

Bilateral relations
Berlin, Brasilia, Bratislava, Budapest, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Île-de-France, Havana, Métropole européenne de Lille, Ljubljana, Prague, Québec, Vienna, Vilnius


Phone+32 2 800 30 28
E-mail fvandernoot at

Codrat-Alin Teclu

Development Cooperation
General policy - Soliris network - Chennai municipality
Phone+32 2 430 61 57
E-mail cateclu at

Benoît Spapens

Development Cooperation
General policy - Calls for projects Solidary world citizenship
Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region


Phone+32 2 800 36 79
E-mail bspapens at

Jef Willems

Development Cooperation
Paramaribo district
Phone+32 2 800 37 33
E-mail jewillems at

The Protocol and Travel Unit

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

Furthermore, it organizes all professional journeys of regional civil servants abroad.


Geoffroy Clerckx

State visits - Brussels Days
Universal and International Exhibitions


Phone+32 2 800 37 46
E-mail gclerckx at

Willy Van Waeyenberge

Phone+32 2 800 34 14
E-mail willyvw at

Sylvie Debry

Phone+32 2 800 37 56
E-mail sdebry at

Filoreta Rugova

Phone+32 2 800 37 52
E-mail frugova at

The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) department - Beliris

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