(L-R) Luc Frieden, Luxembourg's Prime Minister; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Credit: © SIP / Julien Warnand

On Wednesday 29 November 2023, Prime Minister Luc Frieden travelled to Belgium to meet the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

In this context, he was also received by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, for a working visit, Luxembourg’s Ministry of State noted. This trip was a continuation of the discussions on the future of Europe, which took place the day before in Paris.

During their meeting, the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission discussed various current European topics, including teleworking, the internal market and the competitiveness of EU businesses. Furthermore, this meeting allowed for discussions on the upcoming European Council agenda, with a specific focus on topics such as the enlargement policy, developments in Ukraine and the multiannual financial framework.

The new Luxembourg government highlighted its “deep attachment” to the European project and it addressed the role and prospects of Luxembourg as the seat of the European institutions.

Prime Minister Luc Frieden also met his Belgian counterpart, Alexander De Croo, ahead of the Benelux summit which took place later on Wednesday in Rotterdam. The exchanges with Prime Minister De Croo highlighted the long-standing cooperation between Luxembourg and Belgium, strengthened by a close bond of friendship between the two countries. The two heads of government also discussed bilateral relations as well as the priorities of the Belgian presidencies of the Council of the European Union and the Benelux in 2024.