‘Belgium is back in action’: UK job ends with positive result – Economic Policy

The economic mission to the United Kingdom concluded, Thursday, with the return of the delegation to Brussels. The trip began on Monday chaired by Princess Astrid, and allowed for a re-launch of bilateral relations between Belgium and Great Britain, which have been damaged by Britain’s exit from the European Union and the coronavirus pandemic.

This economic mission was also the first since the health crisis erupted two years ago and allowed Belgium to get back on track. With the signing of nine trade agreements or memoranda of understanding, the expedition will also be an opportunity for Princess Astrid to visit the many Belgian companies already established across the canal. And so I headed to Glamco on Monday, which was able to present its first construction project to the King’s sister in the UK: The Arch, a building in the heart of London’s tech city that is supposed to be completed here at the end of a year. It also marked the presence of the future new headquarters of UCB, a biopharmaceutical company, or formally launched the construction of the new Indaver waste treatment plant in Rivenhall.

The topic will be on everyone’s lips, even if he becomes the one whose name we must not pronounce: Brexit or, rather, as the British said, Brexit. The expedition in particular was an opportunity to bring together Belgian and British customs, which have been in great demand since the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. It would also make it possible to refine Belgian and British desires to continue trading together. It must be said that they are each other’s important trading partner – Belgium is the UK’s seventh customer and sixth supplier – and that 2021 saw a slight decline in Belgian exports to the UK.

Another major topic: “Sustainability”. Wind energy, waste treatment, green building This will be the word in all discussions and conferences, in light of the climate crisis but also the energy caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The echoes of the participants echo the importance of organizing such missions, which open doors for them that are sometimes difficult to open. Announcing the arrival of Princess Astrid to a (future) partner can open some negotiations and speed up the signing of the contract. Strange as it may sound, these missions are also an opportunity to meet the Belgians. At least 406 people representing 214 companies participated in this mission. Thus, support for the princely mission encourages encounters, 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 flavor, allowing her to find her niece, Princess Elizabeth, in Oxford. She also managed to find the British royal family: thus Princess Anne accompanied her while laying a wreath at the memorial commemorating Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was shot in Belgium in 1915. Princess Astrid also briefly met Prince Charles, allowing him to slip In some Belgian grievances.

This economic mission was also the first since the health crisis erupted two years ago and allowed Belgium to get back on track. With the signing of nine trade agreements or memoranda of understanding, the expedition will also be an opportunity for Princess Astrid to visit the many Belgian companies already established across the canal. And so I headed to Glamco on Monday, which was able to present its first construction project to the King’s sister in the UK: The Arch, a building in the heart of London’s tech city that is supposed to be completed here at the end of a year. It also marked the presence of the future new headquarters of UCB, a biopharmaceutical company, or formally launched the construction of the new Indaver waste treatment plant in Rivenhall. The topic will be on everyone’s lips, even if he becomes the one whose name we must not pronounce: Brexit or, rather, as the British said, Brexit. The expedition in particular was an opportunity to bring together Belgian and British customs, which have been in great demand since the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. It would also make it possible to refine Belgian and British desires to continue trading together. It must be said that they are each other’s important trading partner – Belgium is the UK’s seventh customer and sixth supplier – and that 2021 saw a slight decline in Belgian exports to the UK. Another major topic: “Sustainability”. Wind energy, waste treatment, green building This will be the word in all discussions and conferences, in light of the climate crisis but also the energy caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The echoes of the participants echo the importance of organizing such missions, which open doors for them that are sometimes difficult to open. Announcing the arrival of Princess Astrid to a (future) partner can open some negotiations and speed up the signing of the contract. Strange as it may sound, these missions are also an opportunity to meet the Belgians. At least 406 people representing 214 companies participated in this mission. Thus, support for the princely mission encourages encounters, 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 flavor, allowing her to find her niece, Princess Elizabeth, in Oxford. She also managed to find the British royal family: thus Princess Anne accompanied her while laying a wreath at the memorial commemorating Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was shot in Belgium in 1915. Princess Astrid also briefly met Prince Charles, allowing him to slip In some Belgian grievances.

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