On September 26, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute was honoured to host a visiting delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, led by Jeroen Cooreman, Director General for Bilateral Affairs. The roundtable discussion covered the various aspects of Canada-Belgium bilateral relations, including shared concerns over trade, security, and the environment.
During the discussion, Mr. Cooreman outlined Belgium’s foreign policy objectives and their compatibility with Canadian foreign policy objectives. Mr. Cooreman highlighted the important role Canada has to play in Eruope, not only as a NATO ally, but also as a reliable energy provider.
Following Mr. Cooreman’s remarks, a discussion ensued on how Canada can better place itself as a reliable European partner in the context of a shifting geopolitical map. As the event came to an end, Mr. Cooreman reiterated his country’s commitment to a continued strong partnership with Canada.