2022 Annual Belgian Foreign Policy Conference


21 December 2022




Europe room of the Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon 8bis, B-1000 Brussels

Type of Event


On invitation only


Belgian Foreign Affairs, the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Ghent University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the Egmont Institute



2022 Annual Belgian Foreign Policy Conference

Celebrating 75 Years of the Egmont Institute

under the heading

Ukraine and the World – War and Peace


9.30-10.30    Opening

Welcome by Mr Pol De Witte, Director-General of Egmont

Keynote Speech by H.E. Hadja Lahbib, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade

10.30-12.00 Panel 1: Future Relations with Ukraine and Russia

Chair: Ms Jana Zikmundova, Honorary Ambassador of Belgium (Ambassador in Kiev from 2011 to 2014)

  • Mr Jeroen Cooreman, Director-General for Bilateral Affairs, Belgian Foreign Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Tanguy Struye, UCL
  • Prof. Dr. Fabienne Bossuyt, Ghent University

12.15-14.00   Lunch break (hosted for speakers only)

14.00-15.30   Panel 2: A test of the European Union’s strategic autonomy

Chair: Mr Jim Cloos, Secretary-General TEPSA and Senior Associate Fellow Egmont

  • Mr. Jan Bayart, Coordinator for European strategic resilience and autonomy, DG European Affairs, Belgian Foreign Affairs
  • Mr Bruno Angelet, Security Policy Director, DG Multilateral Affairs, Belgian Foreign Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont & Ghent University

15.30-16.00   Coffee

16.00-17.30   Panel 3: Defense, Deterrence, and NATO

Chair: Prof. Dr. Nina Wilèn, Egmont

  • Ms Jessica Cox, Nuclear Policy Director, NATO International Staff
  • Major-General Frederik Vansina, Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategy, Belgian Defence
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, VUB & Egmont

17.30-19.30   75th Anniversary Reception

Anniversary Speech by Minister of State H.E. François-Xavier de Donnea, President of the Board of the Egmont Institute

Please register by 16 December.


Place du Petit Sablon 8, Brussels, Belgium

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