The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maria Ubach, received on Wednesday 3rd January 2018, a visit from the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Didier Reynders. This was the first time a Belgian foreign minister had visited the Principality.

The two ministers held a working meeting to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The meeting addressed many bilateral issues, mainly in the economic and tourism fields.

 During the meeting, delegates discussed the status of the negotiations for a Double Tax Convention agreement, which began last October in Andorra. The two delegations are currently working on the text resulting from the first round of negotiations and the ministers confirmed their good progress.

 Delegates also discussed the Police cooperation agreement between Belgian and Andorran authorities, which was signed in June 2016. As part of the agreement, a Belgian Police delegation travelled to Andorra in November to share knowledge with the Andorran Police, and a second meeting is already planned to take place in Belgium. In addition, the Belgian Police will draw up a training plan specifically aimed at intervention groups and adapted to Andorran specificities.

 The Andorran delegation also presented the country’s current tourism reality and the two parties agreed to strengthen relations in this area.

 The Andorran Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maria Ubach, also had the opportunity to brief the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister on the state of negotiations for an association agreement with the European Union. In this regard, Reynders expressed his country’s support for Andorra in this process.

 After the meeting, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister met with the head of government, Antoni Martí, and signed the golden book.

Text and photo: Govern d’Andorra