“Belgium is back in business”: Mission in the UK ends with a positive outcome – economic policy

The economic mission to Britain ended on Thursday with the return of the delegation to Brussels. The tour started on Monday during Princess Astrid’s presidency and made it possible to restart bilateral relations between Belgium and the United Kingdom, damaged by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.

This economic mission was also the first organized since the outbreak of the health crisis two years ago and enabled Belgium to get back on track. Characterized by the signing of nine commercial agreements or memoranda of understanding, the mission will also have been an opportunity for Princess Astrid to visit the many Belgian companies already established across the Channel. She thus went to Ghelamco on Monday, which for the King’s sister could present her first construction project in Britain: “The Arc”, a building in the heart of London’s Tech City, which was to be completed here at the end of the year. It also marked by its presence the future new headquarters of UCB, a biopharmaceutical company, or provided the official kick-off for the construction of the new Indaver waste treatment plant at Rivenhall.

A theme will have been on everyone’s lips, even if it was the one whose name we must not pronounce: Brexit or rather, as the British said, EU Exit. The mission was in particular an opportunity to bring together Belgian and British customs, which have been in high demand since Britain’s exit from the EU. It would also have made it possible to hammer out the Belgian and British desire to continue trading together. It must be said that each of them is an important trading partner for the other – Belgium is the UK’s seventh customer and sixth supplier – and that the year 2021 marked a slight decline in Belgian exports to the UK. .

Another key theme: “sustainability”. Wind energy, waste treatment, green construction¿ This word will have been of all discussions and conferences, in light of the climate crisis, but also energy caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Echoes of the participants reiterate the importance of organizing such missions, which open doors for those who were sometimes difficult to open. Announcing Princess Astrid’s arrival to a (future) partner may unlock certain negotiations and expedite the signing of a contract. Strange as it may seem, these missions are also an opportunity to meet the Belgians. No less than 406 people participated in this mission, representing 214 companies. Supporting the princely mission thus encourages meetings, for example, between big names with busy agendas and smaller companies trying to find a place for themselves.

For Princess Astrid, the trip to London also had a family taste, so she could find her niece, Princess Elisabeth in Oxford. She was also able to find the British royal family: Princess Anne thus accompanied her during the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument in memory of Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was shot in Belgium in 1915. Princess Astrid also briefly met Prince Charles so he could slip into some Belgian complaints.

This economic mission was also the first organized since the outbreak of the health crisis two years ago and enabled Belgium to get back on track. Characterized by the signing of nine commercial agreements or memoranda of understanding, the mission will also have been an opportunity for Princess Astrid to visit the many Belgian companies already established across the Channel. She thus went to Ghelamco on Monday, which for the King’s sister could present her first construction project in Britain: “The Arc”, a building in the heart of London’s Tech City, which was to be completed here at the end of the year. It also marked by its presence the future new headquarters of UCB, a biopharmaceutical company, or provided the official kick-off for the construction of the new Indaver waste treatment plant at Rivenhall. A theme will have been on everyone’s lips, even if it was the one whose name we must not pronounce: Brexit or rather, as the British said, EU Exit. The mission was in particular an opportunity to bring together Belgian and British customs, which have been in high demand since Britain’s exit from the EU. It would also have made it possible to hammer out the Belgian and British desire to continue trading together. It must be said that each of them is an important trading partner for the other – Belgium is the UK’s seventh customer and sixth supplier – and that the year 2021 marked a slight decline in Belgian exports to the UK. . Another key theme: “sustainability”. Wind energy, waste treatment, green construction¿ This word will have been of all discussions and conferences, in light of the climate crisis, but also energy caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Echoes of the participants reiterate the importance of organizing such missions, which open doors for those who were sometimes difficult to open. Announcing Princess Astrid’s arrival to a (future) partner may unlock certain negotiations and expedite the signing of a contract. Strange as it may seem, these missions are also an opportunity to meet the Belgians. No less than 406 people participated in this mission, representing 214 companies. Supporting the princely mission thus encourages meetings, for example, between big names with busy agendas and smaller companies trying to find a place for themselves. For Princess Astrid, the trip to London also had a family taste, so she could find her niece, Princess Elisabeth in Oxford. She was also able to find the British royal family: Princess Anne thus accompanied her during the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument in memory of Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was shot in Belgium in 1915. Princess Astrid also briefly met Prince Charles so he could slip into some Belgian complaints.

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