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Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Belgium were established on June 5, 1992.

The diplomatic mission of Georgia to the Kingdom of Belgium was opened in 1993.

Fields of Cooperation

Partnership between Georgia and Belgium has been gradually intensifying in recent years. This is evidenced by regular high-level meetings and bilateral political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs, which took place in 2018 after a 10-year gap. In the same year, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, Didier Reynders, paid a working visit to Georgia. In 2021, within the framework of the visit to the Kingdom of Belgium, the President of Georgia met with King Philippe of Belgium and the prime minister of Georgia met with his Belgian counterpart, Alexander de Croo.

The dynamic of relations between the two countries within international organizations is also strong. Belgium unwaveringly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-recognition policy of occupied regions in both bilateral and multilateral formats. It backs the resolution on the status of internally displaced persons and refugees which is annually referred by Georgia to the UN General Assembly. Belgium is also engaged in the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia. 

Interparliamentary collaboration between the two countries is intense. The interparliamentary group of friendship with Belgium, headed by Mr. Irakli Beraia, is functioning at the Parliament of Georgia, and the friendship group with Georgia and Armenia, headed by Senator Mark Demesmaeker has been operating at the Belgian Parliament since 2019.

The two countries are focused on strengthening trade and economic relations. It is noteworthy that the Benelux-Georgian Chamber of Commerce has been operating since 2011. The representatives of the Export and Investment Agency of the Walloon Region of the Kingdom of Belgium (AWEX) visited Georgia on a business mission in 2015-2016-2017-2019.

Cooperation in the fields of human rights, education, science, and culture is quite active and certain steps are taken towards increasing the awareness of Georgia and the Georgian culture across Belgium. This partnership is bolstered by multiple events and implemented and ongoing projects (exhibitions, concerts, public seminars, etc.). It is worth mentioning that on June 5, 2018, a reception dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia and a concert of the Georgian National Ballet "Sukhishvili" were held at the "Bozar" Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

In October 2023, Europalia dedicated it’s Festival to Georgia. On October 4, 2023 at the “Bozar" Centre of  Fine Arts in Brussels, official opening ceremony has been convened with the participation of the King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. 

For four months, European society had an opportunity to get acquainted with the rich and ancient cultural heritage of Georgia. Abundant programme of the Festival offered exhibitions, performances, concerts, film, dance and theatre productions and literature. 
In particular, two outstanding historic exhibitions took place: “Georgia – A story of Encounters” and an “Avant-garde in Georgia”.  The exhibitions brought together paintings, drawings, film, photography and poetry. 

Europalia – Georgia festival, was a unique opportunity to demonstrate Georgia’s fascinating culture and history in the political capital of Europe. Festival programme featured 60 events across Belgium and neighboring countries – Germany, Netherlands and France. 

Useful Links

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium

The Belgian Monarchy

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium