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25 April 2024

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

In my capacity as United Nations Sustainable Development Advocate, I should like to address a subject which is of concern to us all today: nutritional health and ways in which to improve it. Unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical...

22 April 2024

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Lutter contre la pauvreté des petits producteurs de cacao, mieux les rémunérer grâce à des prix justes, mieux distribuer la valeur ajoutée tout au long de la filière menant du cacao au chocolat sont des thèmes qui me semblent très pertinents pour...

10 April 2024

Madam President,
Honourable Members of Parliament,

The European institutions have been based here in Brussels since the beginning. And this Paul-Henri Spaak Building, named in honour of the historic Belgian pioneer of the European project, is the beating heart of European democracy...

10 April 2024

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Mevrouw de Voorzitter,
Geachte Parlementsleden,

Hier, in Brussel, hebben de Europese instellingen van in het begin een thuis gevonden. En dit Paul Henri Spaak gebouw, zo genoemd als eerbetoon aan de historische...

10 October 2023 - 12

Madam Commissioner,
Mr Vice-President of the European Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day and so it’s very good timing on the Commission’s part to organize a colloquium on this topic today, one that has been gathering...

28 June 2023

Madam President,
Mr Prime Minister,
Honourable guests,

Queen Mathilde and I are delighted to receive you here for the 70th anniversary of the European Parliament.

The European Parliament at 70 is a confident institution. It has proven a stark defender of the Rule of Law...

08 June 2023

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear In-pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea,

It is a great pleasure to be here with you on this Founder's Day. I am extremely grateful to General Sir Adrian Bradshaw for inviting me and my wife, Queen Mathilde, to meet with you and to take stock of the...

30 May 2023

Social Engagement for a More Humane World


Dear Rector,
Academic staff,
Dear students,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The honorary doctorate that the University of Hasselt has awarded me today leaves me deeply moved. And the fact that I am...

15 November 2022

26 October 2022

Mr President,

War is raging on European soil. The Ukrainian people awoke last February to machine gun and tank fire.

Men, women and children are enduring suffering that no one in Europe expected to witness so closely anymore.

Our democracies’ answer was not long in coming;...