Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at the American European Community Association Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz American European Community Association Wednesday, November 14, 2018 CEO Christophe de Callatay; Chairman Leonard Schrank; Foreign Minister Reynders; Ambassador Sondland; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; good evening. Let me begin by thanking AECA for the invitation and for your important work in strengthening Trans-Atlantic understanding. While I’m a “new-ish” Ambassador ...
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Seminar: Doing Business in the USA

Seminar: Doing Business in the US Meet with experts and improve your network Why: Companies that are interested to explore the American market should attend this seminar. Companies can learn more about export and investment strategies, cultural differences, differences between states, Visa procedures and where to get help. There is a special presentation on Florida ...
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Belgium To Purchase F-35 Fighter Aircraft, Reaffirming Enduring Partnership With the United States

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 25, 2018 The United States welcomes the decision by the Government of Belgium to purchase thirty-four new F-35 fighter aircraft. Belgium is now poised to fly the F-35 alongside its closest NATO Allies and longtime partners. The United States is proud of our enduring air partnership ...
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The United States Welcomes Belgium’s Decision to Purchase the F-35 Fighter Aircraft

The United States welcomes Belgium’s decision to purchase the F-35 fighter aircraft. Belgium will fly the F-35 Lightning II alongside some of its closest NATO allies and longtime partners in air defense. With Belgium’s commitment to the F-35 program, its five-star aerospace industry will continue to expand as it supports this 5th generation aircraft, which was jointly developed with ...
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Ambassador Gidwitz and Couvin commemorate the liberation of Petite-Chapelle by African-American soldiers in 1918.

“It is with great pride that I have the honor to join all of you by this roadside in Petite-Chapelle today.  We are here to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the men of the 370th U.S. Infantry Regiment who, 100 years ago this year, were fighting alongside the French 10th Army, in part because ...
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Ambassador Gidwitz’s Remarks at the 370th Infantry Regiment Commemoration Event

Ambassador Gidwitz’s Remarks  at the 370th Infantry Regiment Commemoration Event Petite-Chapelle, Couvin, Belgium October 4, 2018 Mayor Douniaux, members of the Cabinet of Couvin, ladies, gentlemen, students, honored guests. Since my arrival as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, I have attended a number of commemoration ceremonies to honor Americans who made the ultimate ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz to the Federation of Belgian Enterprises

Remarks by Ambassador Ronald Gidwitz to the Luncheon hosted by the Federation of Belgian Entreprises Monday, September 24, 2018, FEB Headquarters President Gilliot and CEO Timmermans; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Good afternoon. It’s my honor and pleasure to join you today. I’ve been in Brussels for a little over two months now. We’re neighbors ...
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Ambassador Gidwitz at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crash of the “Picklepuss”

Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz’s Remarks at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crash of the “Picklepuss” August 17, 2018 Montzen, Plombières, Belgium Mayor Wimmer, Marcel and Mathilde, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honor to be with you here today. On my way to Plombieres, I visited the cemeteries of Ardennes and Henri-Chapelle to pay ...
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Belgium National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 21, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my sincere congratulations to the people of Belgium as they celebrate their national day. Through two world wars, the founding of NATO, and the fight against terrorism, the United ...
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Remarks at Oudenaarde WWI ceremony

Remarks at Oudenaarde WWI ceremony Chargé d’Affaires Matthew R. Lussenhop Sunday, May 27, 2018 As prepared Mayor De Meulemeester People of Oudenaarde, Representatives of the Belgian and American armed forces, Burke and Smithhisler family members, Honored guests Het is een hele eer om vandaag bij jullie te zijn. This weekend, Americans all over the world ...
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Memorial Day Speech at Flanders Field American Cemetery

Memorial Day speech at Flanders Fields Cemetery Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Lussenhop May 27, 2018 As prepared The Representative of His Majesty, the King; Minister of Defense Vandeput; Representative Bogaert Excellencies; Honored Veterans and Service Members; Family Members and Friends; While we gather here in this solemn place in Belgium, all across the United States thousands ...
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Memorial Day Speech at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery

Memorial Day Speech at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Lussenhop May 26, 2018 Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery The Representative of His Majesty, the King; Representative Jaddin; Excellencies; Honored Veterans and Service Members; Family Members and Friends; While we gather here in this solemn place in Belgium, all across the United States thousands of Americans will ...
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Memorial Day Speech at Ardennes American Cemetery

Memorial Day Speech at Ardennes American Cemetery Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Lussenhop May 26, 2018 As prepared The Representative of His Majesty, the King; Speaker of the House Bracke; Minister Bacquelaine Excellencies; Honored Veterans and Service Members; Family Members and Friends; While we gather here in this solemn place in Belgium, all across the United States ...
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Kemmel Memorial Remarks

Kemmel Memorial Remarks Chargé Matthew Lussenhop Kemmel Memorial Monument Friday May 25, 2018 As prepared Mayor Lewyllie, Admiral Christenson, Superintendent Arsenault, Beste Kinderen, It is an honor to be here today. This weekend Americans all over the world will remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their nation. It ...
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The Ties that Bind

The Ties that Bind by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Matthew Lussenhop, May 25, 2018 This weekend, Americans will remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their nation. In the United States, Memorial Day (May 27) will be honored with parades of veterans, children on bicycles decorated with red, white and ...
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Annual U.S. Memorial Day Ceremonies in Belgium

Annual U.S. Memorial Day ceremonies in Belgium May 26 -27, 2018 Belgian and American service members fought side by side to liberate Belgium and Europe from occupation during two World Wars.  Of the nearly 500,000 Americans who died, more than 14,000 are buried in Belgium.  On Memorial Day, Americans pay homage to their fallen soldiers ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Lussenhop at the Leuven WWI Conference

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matthew R. Lussenhop at the international colloquium “Revival after theGreat War: Repair, Rebuild, Remember,” May 9, 2018. KU Leuven Library As prepared Mr. Mayor Mr. Vice Rector Distinguished guests, Thank you It is an honor to say a few words at the closing of this important conference. I want to thank ...
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U.S. Business and Investment Seminar

U.S. Business and Investment Seminar Please join us at the U.S. Embassy for this seminar designed exclusively for Belgian entrepreneurs and investors. Learn about the new U.S. tax reforms, how to protect your intellectual property rights, why you should consider the United States for your business and how you can get the support you require. ...
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Wereth 11: Morehouse College Students Remember the Wereth 11 soldiers

In May 2017, students from Morehouse College, Atlanta GA came to Belgium as part of an exchange program dedicated to Wereth 11 and their legacy.  During their time in Belgium, the students visited Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery where each student took on the persona of the one of the Wereth 11 soldiers buried at this cemetery. ...
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U.S. Government Presents Best and Final Offer for the Belgian Defense Air Combat Capability Program

Press release February 1, 2018 U.S. Embassy to Belgium, Brussels U.S. Government Presents Best and Final Offer for the Belgian Defense Air Combat Capability Program On February 14, the U.S. F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) submitted its Best and Final Offer (BaFO) for the F-35 as the optimal choice in response to the Belgian Defense ...
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Honoring 40 years of U.S.-Belgian defense cooperation

Press release February 1, 2018 U.S. Embassy to Belgium, Brussels| Honoring 40 years of U.S.-Belgian defense cooperation On January 31, the U.S. Embassy to Belgium organized a reception to bring together longtime allies and key partners in honor of four decades of air defense cooperation. The event highlighted the successes of the past and focused ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Lussenhop at U.S.-Belgium Defense Cooperation Reception

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matthew Lussenhop at U.S.-Belgium Defense Cooperation Reception Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Whitlock Hall Good evening Minister, Ambassadors, Representatives, distinguished guests – welcome to tonight’s reception.  I would like to extend a special welcome to our guest speakers; it gives me great pleasure to welcome Norwegian Air Chief General Skinnarland and Dutch ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Lussenhop at the AmCham Belgium and American Club of Brussels Gala

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matthew R. Lussenhop AmCham Belgium and American Club of Brussels Holiday Gala December 13, 2017 Introduction President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Mr. Howard Liebman; President of the American Club of Brussels, Mr. Peter Forrest, distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Good evening. It is my distinct honor and ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matthew R. Lussenhop on U.S. – Belgian Defense Cooperation

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Catholic University of Louvain-la- Neuve Good afternoon, et merci beaucoup de votre attention aujourd’hui. It is a pleasure to be in Louvain-la- Neuve today. This is my first visit, and I look forward to spending more time here and visiting your new museum. Today I would like to talk about the ...
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Do you want to become a youth leader & spend 4 weeks in the US? Participate in our BFTF contest!

“Make a short video in English and participate in our contest to take part in a prestigious exchange program in the United States during the summer of 2018.” The U.S. Embassy is organizing its annual Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for Youth contest and invites Belgian students who will be 16, 17, or 18 ...
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Summer Institute for Students

Are you a current bachelor’s student in Belgium looking for a way to spend your summer? Apply for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Environmental Issues and you could spend six weeks exploring themes in environmental studies at a U.S. university with student leaders from around the world. Sponsored ...
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Rising Belgian fashion and technology pioneer selected to join 2017 Global Entrepreneur Summit

November 13, 2017, Brussels  – Jasna Rokegem, a 24-year- old designer from Antwerp, was selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent Belgium at the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India from November 28-30, 2017. The summit is a public-private partnership that supports entrepreneurs, facilitates the exchange of ideas, and champions new ...
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Remarks With Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, all. I want to welcome Deputy Prime Minister Reynders of Belgium to the State Department. It’s a pleasure to have you here. FOREIGN MINISTER REYNDERS: Thank you. SECRETARY TILLERSON: I do want to make a comment on yesterday’s events in New York City. Of course, we extend our condolences to the families and loved ...
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U.S. Embassy repatriates stolen paintings of Belgian artist Agnes Lorca

Twenty-nine years after Belgian surrealist Agnes Lorca’s unique art work went missing from an art gallery in Philadelphia, seven of those pieces are returning home to the artist’s family in Belgium. At a September 15 reception co-hosted by the Embassy of the United States to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Belgian Federal Police, members ...
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Belgium National Day Statement

Belgium National Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Belgium on the occasion of your national day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, when U.S. and ...
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Belgian alumni of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs, get ready! Deadline is March 30th.

Current and past exchange program participants are invited to compete to win up to $25,000 in support of their public service projects. The Office of Alumni Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the FY2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition.  AEIF offers alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange ...
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