Belgium

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Coat of arms: the shield is emblazoned: Sable, a lion rampant or, armed and langued gules. It is surmounted by a helmet with raised visor, with mantling or and sable and the royal crown in lieu of a crest. Behind the shield are placed a hand of justice and a sceptre with a lion. The grand collar of the Order of Leopold surrounds the shield. Two lions guardant proper support the shield as well as a lance with the national colours black, yellow and red. Underneath the compartment is placed the motto L'union fait la force in French or Eendracht maakt macht in Dutch. The riband of the motto is red, with black stripes on either side. The lettering is golden. The whole is placed on a red mantle with ermine lining and golden fringes and tassels, ensigned with the royal crown. Above the mantle rise banners with the arms of the nine provinces that constituted Belgium in 1837. They are (from dexter to sinister) Antwerp, West Flanders, East Flanders, Liège, Brabant, Hainaut, Limburg, Luxembourg and Namur.
Flag: is a tricolour of three bands of black, yellow, and red. The colours were taken from the coat of arms of the Duchy of Brabant, and the vertical design may be based on the flag of France. When flown, the black band is nearest the pole (at the hoist side). It has the unusual proportions of 13:15.
 
  • Anthem: La Brabançonne/De Brabançonne. In 1860, Belgium formally adopted the song and music as its national anthem.
  • Official languages: Dutch, French, German.
  • Geographical location: it is a country in Western Europe bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi).
  • Administrative divisions: it is a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. Its institutional organisation is complex and is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds. It is divided into three highly autonomous regions: Flanders in the north, Wallonia in the south, and the Brussels-Capital Region.
  • Capital: Brussels.
  • Governance: Belgium is a constitutional, popular monarchy and a federal parliamentary democracy. The bicameral federal parliament is composed of a Senate and a Chamber of Representatives. The former is made up of 50 senators appointed by the parliaments of the communities and regions and 10 co-opted senators. The Chamber's 150 representatives are elected under a proportional voting system from 11 electoral districts. Belgium has compulsory voting and thus maintains one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the world. The King is the head of state, though with limited prerogatives. He appoints ministers, including a Prime Minister, that have the confidence of the Chamber of Representatives to form the federal government. The Council of Ministers is composed of no more than fifteen members. With the possible exception of the Prime Minister, the Council of Ministers is composed of an equal number of Dutch-speaking members and French-speaking members. The judicial system is based on civil law and originates from the Napoleonic code. The Court of Cassation is the court of last resort, with the Court of Appeal one level below.
  • Population: 11.3 million.
  • Currency: Euro.
  • GDP: $410 billion.
  • Time zone: GMT +2.
  • Telephone code: +32.
  • Barcode: 54.

 

Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Belgium

According to Eurostat, Belgium's exports totaled $357.7 million, imports — $338.1 million in 2015. The main trade partners are the EU countries. 

The third countries, including Belarus, shall follow the EU legislation to supply their goods and services to Belgium. In addition, the EU tariff and non-tariff barriers restrain Belarusian exports to this country.

Dynamics of trade between Belarus and Belgium (in million U.S. dollars)

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

01. — 10.2017

Year

493.6

568.7

560.9

475.5

377.12

369.78

297.2

Exports

181.7

224.7

194.9

162.3

167.82

207.02

138.2

Imports

311.9

344.0

366.0

313.3

209.3

162.76

159

Surplus

-130.2

-119.3

-171.1

-151

-41.48

44.26

-20.8

Belarusian exports to Belgium are relatively diversified:

  • Wood and articles thereof (including furniture and structural units);
  • Highly processed petroleum oils (paraffin wax, petroleum jelly, hydrazine, antioxidants and etc.);
  • Worked diamonds;
  • Fertilizers;
  • Metal products;
  • Frozen fruits;
  • Vegetables;
  • Glass fibres;
  • Flax;
  • Synthetic fabrics and yarns.

Belarus is willing to enhance mutual trade and attract Belgian investors. Cooperation with Belgian logistics and port operators, companies specializing in diamond processing and sales, as well as companies with modern technologies in flax breeding, petrochemical industry, pharmacy, IT and biotechnologies is seen as particularly promising.

Belarus's Most Promising Export Products: 

  • Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals;
  • Acyclic hydrocarbons;
  • Acyclic alcohols and their halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives;
  • Heterocyclic compounds with nitrogen hetero-atom(s) only;
  • Plates, sheets, film, foil and strip of plastics, non-cellular and not reinforced, laminated, supported or similarly combined with other materials;
  • New pneumatic tyres;
  • Footwear with outer soles of rubber, plastics, leather or composition leather and uppers of leather;
  • Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set;
  • Air or vacuum pumps, air or other gas compressors and fans;
  • Ventilating or recycling hoods incorporating a fan whether or not fitted with filters;
  • Taps, cocks, valves and similar appliances for pipes, boiler shells, tanks, vats or the like, including pressure-reducing valves and thermostatically controlled valves;
  • Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences;
  • Seats, whether or not convertible into beds and parts thereof;
  • Furniture and parts thereof.
     

 

This article has been prepared on the basis of information provided by the National Centre for Marketing and Price Study of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of Belgium, and taken from public sources. The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. In this regard, it may be useful for the companies, which have been working in Belgium for a long time, as well as for those, which are going to enter this market. Any questions, feedbacks and comments concerning this article are welcome. All of them will be fully considered and taken into account, if possible. If you have any information that may be interesting and useful for the visitors of this page, please write to us.

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