Legal notice

Legal information about this website.

Legal information

The website is edited by the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Belgium, hereinafter referred to as the FPS Foreign Affairs.

The publication director is the Minister of Foreign Affairs.


The FPS Foreign Affairs undertakes to do its utmost to ensure users have access to the site at all times. However, it may not be held responsible in the event of the site being unavailable for whatever reason.

The site's users acknowledge having read this legal notice and undertake to comply with it.

Users acknowledge having the competence and the means necessary to access the site and use it and acknowledge having checked that the computer configuration used does not contain any viruses and that it is in perfect working order.

The FPS Foreign Affairs cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information distributed via its site, nor the permanency of its good functioning or its complete IT security.

The FPS Foreign Affairs does its utmost to offer users available and verified information and tools, but may not be held responsible for any errors, lack of availability of information and/or the presence of viruses or other infections on its site.

The information supplied by the FPS Foreign Affairs is for information purposes. The FPS Foreign Affairs is unable to guarantee the complete accuracy, completeness and up-to-date nature of the information distributed via its site.

Users understand that they are solely responsible for using the information and tools available on the site.

Personal Data Protection

Personal data processed in the frame of the site is integrated into the FPS Foreign Affairs' register of processing operations.

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the FPS Foreign Affairs, which is responsible for processing, informs users that it processes their personal data. The information communicated by users via the forms available on the site are destined for use by staff certified by the FPS Foreign Affairs for administrative purposes.

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), users have the right to access, query, modify and rectify their personal data.

They also have the right to oppose the processing of their personal data for legitimate reasons.

To exercise their rights, users must send an email to the Data Protection Officer of the FPS Foreign Affairs, accompanied by a scan of their signed identity document, at the following address:

Rules concerning personal privacy protection are available in the Privacy Policy section of our website.

Users are also informed that, when visiting the site, a cookie may be installed automatically on their browser. Rules concerning cookies are available in the Cookies Policy section of our website.

Conditions for re-use (Creative Commons-0 licence)

  • Unless otherwise stated, the information on this website is free of rights and may be used for private, association, scientific and commercial purposes. The federal government does, however, recommend stating the source and date of the information that is reused.
  • Where prior authorisation is required, or where specific conditions are necessary, re-use restrictions are explicitly mentioned. The re-use of multimedia content (photographs, images, sound, videos, etc.), including the content contained in downloadable documents (brochures, etc.), is always subject to prior approval.
  • The federal government makes every effort to ensure that this website is correct and up to date. Should an error be detected, it undertakes to make the necessary corrections as soon as possible.

More information on access to and re-use of government information can be found at


The FPS Foreign Affairs reserves the right to delete links proposed by its site to a third party if it is likely to be contrary to the basic principles of the ethical code of the civil service.

The site's users cannot create a permanent link to this site without the FPS Foreign Affairs' prior written agreement.

Professional electronic messages

The electronic mail addresses of the FPS Foreign Affairs and each of its members are reserved for professional use. Professional documents destined for the FPS Foreign Affairs should be sent to these professional electronic mail addresses. In the frame of employees' right to a private life outside of work, the rules of the FPS Foreign Affairs are as follows:

  • the use of professional email for sending or receiving private messages is only possible within the limits of the right to a private life outside of work;
  • the subject of the electronic message must contain the term "PERSONAL-PRIVATE";
  • failing that, the message will not be processed automatically as a private electronic mail.

Applicable law

This site is governed by Belgian law.


The FPS Foreign Affairs reserves the right to modify the content of this legal notice at any time and without prior notice. Therefore, users are invited to consult it regularly.