A motion to mark the 40th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Brussels and 30th anniversary of the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Québec
The Consul General of Belgium, Karl Dhaene, and the Wallonia Brussels Delegate in Québec City, Daniel Sotiaux. Image: National Assembly
The Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Jean-François Lisée, introduced a motion in the National Assembly on November 14 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Brussels (DGQB) and 30th anniversary of the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Québec (DWBQ).
Representatives of all political groups recognized the importance of these diplomatic representations in developing the cooperation that has been established with Belgium and its federated entities, primarily with the country’s Francophone community, which ranks second in terms of Québec’s cooperative ties. National Assembly members also noted the exemplary achievements of the outgoing delegate, Christos Sirros, particularly with respect to forging relations between Québec and the European Union.
The DGQB was officially opened on September 26, 1972 by the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Gérard D. Lévesque, and the Minister of Industry and Trade, Guy Saint-Pierre.
The DWBQ opened its doors on November 5, 1982 in the presence of Premier René Lévesque and the Minister-President of the French Community of Belgium, Philippe Moureaux. The DWBQ was the first diplomatic representation of a federated state to be established in Québec as well as the first representation of the Walloon Region and French Community of Belgium to open abroad – a two-fold precedent for federated entities that develop their governance within democratic federal states.
This double anniversary illustrates the commitment of both societies to give shape and substance to their political relations and cooperation.
Relations between Québec and the French Community of Belgium