About: Sophie Wilmes

Belgian King expresses ‘deepest regrets’ over Congo’s colonial past

Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday (29 June) for the harm done during the Belgian colonial rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the first such admission for his country, after last month's death of African American George Floyd rekindled the debate in Belgium about its colonial past.
Coronavirus 03-06-2020

Belgium to exit lockdown, return to ‘new normal’

Belgium is set to enter Phase 3 of deconfinement measures next week, with a reopening of hotels, bars and restaurants and eased tourism restrictions, the National Security Council (CNS) said on Wednesday (3 June).
Coronavirus 06-05-2020

Belgium to relax social distancing rules, open shops from next week

While stores can open as planned next week Monday, restrictions on social life will only be slowly relaxed, Belgium's National Security Council (CNS) said, giving green light to the second phase of deconfinement measures, known as 1B, on Tuesday (6 May).
Coronavirus 24-04-2020

Belgian government to relax lockdown measures in three phases, starting 4 May

Belgium is to begin a gradual deconfinement with an exit strategy to be rolled out with the key dates of 4, 11 and 18 May, as well as 8 June, the National Security Council (CNS) decided on Friday (24 April).
Coronavirus 23-04-2020

‘Irresponsibly’ leaked paper on Belgian lockdown phase-out sparks criticism

Belgian experts tasked with devising the country's lockdown exit strategy have proposed reopening some shops, partially relaxing some restrictions on gatherings and outdoor activities from 3 May and to resume school from 18 May, according to draft recommendations obtained by Le Soir.
Coronavirus 15-04-2020

Belgium extends COVID-19 lockdown until 3 May, but relaxes some measures

Belgium’s National Security Council (CNS) on Wednesday (15 April) extended the coronavirus containment measures by two weeks until 3 May. Despite a very slow decline in numbers, it is not yet clear when normality can being to return.
Coronavirus 27-03-2020

Belgium extends COVID-19 lockdown by two weeks until 19 April

Belgium's National Security Council (CNS) decided on Friday (27 March) to extend the coronavirus containment measures by two weeks until 19 April, after France applied the same time frame only hours earlier.
Coronavirus 25-03-2020

Belgian surgeons sound alarm over scarcity of masks, reagents and drugs

Two surgeons from the Hospital Saint-Pierre (ULB) in Brussels published a carte blanche to the attention of Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès over the weekend, sounding the alarm over the lack of medical and protective equipment to fight against the coronavirus. Wilmes responded with a letter of her own on Tuesday (24 March).
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Belgium enters lockdown over coronavirus crisis until 5 April

Belgium declared a lockdown for the entire country over the coronavirus crisis from noon on Wednesday (18 March) until 5 April, following the example of several European countries, including neighbouring France, which took the same decision earlier this week.
Politics 16-03-2020

Belgium struggles to bridge differences amid coronavirus crisis

In Belgium, the coronavirus pandemic has lead to a small political breakthrough on Sunday (15 March), as the main political parties agreed to grant the current caretaker government under Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes special powers for the next six months...
Coronavirus 13-03-2020

Belgium activates emergency measures to contain coronavirus outbreak

After a long meeting on Thursday (12 March) that stretched late into the evening, the Belgian National Security Council decided to take far-reaching measures to fight against the spreading coronavirus, installing a state of emergency over the entire country.
Elections 28-10-2019

Belgium’s first female prime minister officially named

Belgium's King Philippe officially named Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes interim prime minister on Sunday (27 October), making her the first woman to hold the post.
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