Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta

Springboard to Europe | 6/1/2017


On June 1st, a complimentary seminar regarding doing business in Europe will be organized by Frazier & Deeter and Arnall Golden Gregory.  What are some of the key business considerations to understand before taking the leap across the pond?  This panel of experts will accelerate your learning curve.

The event starts at 8 am with Mike Whitacre, Frazier & Deeter and Tycho Stahl, Arnall Golden Gregory as moderators.

The program is as follow:

  • 8:00 – 8:05 Welcome and introduction – Mike Whitacre, Frazier & Deeter and Tycho Stahl, Arnall Golden Gregory
  • 8:05 – 8:10 Belgian Consul General Comments – William De Baets, Consulate General of Belgium
  • 8:10 – 8:15 UK Consul General Comments – Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, British Consulate-General
  • 8:15 – 8:45 UK Discussion – Dom Fiore, PKF London
  • 8:45 – 9:15 Belgium Discussion – Kurt DeHaen, PKF Belgium
  • 9:15 – 9:45 German Discussion – Wolfgang Van Kerkom, PKF Germany
  • 9:45 – 10:15 Break and networking
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Ireland Discussion – Patt Flynn, Flynn O’Driscoll and Micheal Smith, IDA Ireland
  • 10:45 – 11:30 European Legal Discussion – Kai Westerwelle, Taylor Wessing
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Lunch and networking – Ania Lackey, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Eastern Europe Discussion – Dieter Natlacen, Taylor Wessing
  • 1:30 – 2:00 VAT Overview – Wouter Brackx, PKF Belgium

Logistics

  • When – Thursday, June 1st from 8 am – 2 pm
  • Where – Frazier & Deeter, LLC | 1230 Peachtree Street, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Registration – Space is limited!  Register by Thursday, May 25th, 2017.
    Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

 

lecture by Kurt Guldentops | 5/3/2017


The Consulate General of Belgium and the Belgian American Chamber of the South are pleased to invite to a lecture: “Belgium and the United States in an increasingly competitive world: turning points in economic history since 1945” by Kurt Guldentops.

Kurt Guldentops – originally from Antwerp (Belgium) – Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of California – Los Angeles, will enlighten you about how Belgium and the US have fared over the last 70 years in a world economy characterized by the entry of a series of new (or renewed) centers of production.  What was the response of established producers to catch-up competitors?  Taking a long term view, you will see that catch-up is not only important to the great post war boom, but that the competition between established and emerging producers is crucial as well to understand the shape of the more turbulent decades since the 1970s.

Logistics

  • When – Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm –  This lecture will be followed by a reception.
  • Where – Belgian Residence
  • RSVP – This event is FREE, but registration is required. Click HERE to register
    Please RSVP no later than Monday, May 1.​

news from your consulate general


Le Consulat Général à Atlanta offrira un nouveau système de prise de rendez-vous en ligne à partir du 1er mai.  Tous les rendez-vous, que ce soit pour un renouvellement de passeports, pour pré-enregistrer des données biométriques ou pour l’obtention d’un visa de tourisme pour les non ressortissants belges (si requis, en fonction de la nationalité), devront désormais être pris via le système en ligne.

Le lien vers le nouveau système de prise de rendez-vous se trouve sur les pages concernant les passeports et les visas de notre site internet ou en suivant ce lien.  N’oubliez pas de consulter le site internet afin de vérifier que vous disposez de tous les documents nécessaires avant de prendre un rendez-vous.


Het Consulaat Generaal te Atlanta neemt, vanaf 1 mei 2017, een nieuw online afsprakensysteem in gebruik.  Alle afspraken voor aanvraag of vernieuwing van uw paspoort, om uw biometrische gegevens te pre-registreren of om een toeristenvisum aan te vragen voor niet-Belgen (indien vereist – afhankelijk van nationaliteit) dienen gemaakt te worden via het online systeem.

De link naar het afsprakensysteem kan u terugvinden op de desbetreffende pagina aangaande paspoorten en visa van onze website of door hier te klikken.  Gelieve nog steeds de website te consulteren om zeker te zijn dat u beschikt over de benodigde documenten voor uw aanvraag vooraleer een afspraak te maken.


The Consulate General at Atlanta adopts an new online appointment system starting May 1st 2017.  All appointments for passport requests and renewals, to preregister your biometric data or to request a tourist visa for non-Belgians (if required – depending on nationality) will need to be made with the online system.

The link to the appointment system can be found on the related page on the topic of passports and visas of our website or by clicking here.  Please consult the website to make sure you have the required documents for your application prior to making an appointment.

F6


Flight DL 80 left gate F6, on Saturday 3/25 at 6.06 pm as scheduled. Loaded with 218 passengers and a crew of 12, the 767-400 aircraft was ready for its 4,912 nautical miles towards Brussels. Surprisingly only a handful of its occupants was aware that this was the first flight resuming the non-stop service between Atlanta and Brussels! Following the horrors of the awful attacks on Zaventem Airport and the Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, Delta Airlines had decided to shutter its direct flights between the cities.

Was it the real reason? Probably not … Passengers had already noticed a decrease in the flight schedules and their Atlanta destined planes filled with overbooked JFK-bound travelers. Obviously the decision to terminate this service was not well received, not only by the big companies but also by our local community.  Many stories abound of people missing their connection to Brussels in New York due to the short lay-over. Not to mention that traveling back with chocolate-loaded luggage and exhausted kids through immigration at JFK was not something anybody would relish.

So Saturday was a huge thing.  Gate F6 was heavily decorated with Belgian flags and the passengers were greeted by Papa Smurf [Grand Schtroumpf] and Hefty Smurf [Schtroumpf Costaud], dancing on the rhythm of the saxophone tunes played by Vinnie dressed in Belgian colors. A few short but convivial speeches crowned the event: Consul General Mr. William De Baets welcomed the crowd with his good sense of humor, introducing Larin Hector, General Manager Atlanta Worldport from Delta.  The mic was then handled to Mr. Pieter De Crem, Belgian Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Former Minister of Defence. They all made sure that everyone understood that the Smurfs, Adolph Sax and the distributed chocolate were Belgian made.
Mr. De Crem was the first on board followed by enthusiastic travelers who each received a goodie bag with a box of Neuhaus Classics and a miniature Smurf.

Delta flight schedules are updated every 3 months, based on many factors like projected bookings and types of available aircrafts. The daily non stop flight ATL-BRU takes off at 6.06 pm to reach Zaventem at 8.45 am … until further notice since Delta News indicates “the renewed Atlanta service will operate year-round with a daily service over the summer season.

And a finale note: the movie “Smurfs, The Lost Village” is now in the theaters!

WWI commemoration | 4/2/2017


Join the Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta for a lecture by Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. commemorating the entry of the United States in World War I. The lecture will be followed by a light European style reception.

Logistics

  • When: Sunday April 2nd, 2017, from 3 – 6pm
  • Where: Atlanta History Center | 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • RSVP to Carter Jackson by March 27th.

Luncheon with Pieter De Crem | 3/23/2017


Join this luncheon, sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium, with The Honorable Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, former Minister of Defense of Belgium on Thursday March 23rd at the Atlanta Metro Chamber.  Mr. De Crem is visiting our city to celebrate the resuming of the direct flight between Atlanta and Brussels [first flight on Saturday March 25th].

Mr. De Crem will discuss  ‘In the heart of Europe: Belgium, the EU and the transatlantic relationship in challenging times‘ with particular attention to:

  • Trans-Atlantic and bilateral economic relations
  • Business opportunities in Belgium
  • Current situation in Europe and future outlook

Logistics

  • When : Thursday March 23rd, 2017 from 11.45 am to 1.30 pm
  • Where: Metro Atlanta Chamber | 191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3400, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Admission: free
  • RSVP: by March 21st to Sarah Saxner
  • Public Transport: 191 Peachtree Tower is located at the Peachtree Center MARTA station
  • Parking:
    • Metro Atlanta Chamber: 191 Peachtree Tower Parking Garage
    • International Garage: 192 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Central Parking System: 218 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Self Park: 221 Peachtree Center Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Peachtree Center Garage: 161 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Another Belgian movie | 3/21/2017


The Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta takes part in the Atlanta Francophonie Festival with a screening of “Tous les chats sont gris” for Belgian Movie Night on Tuesday March 21st, 2017. The screening will be followed by a Belgian-themed reception.

Logistics

  • When: Tuesday March 21st, 2017 @ 7 pm
  • Where: Alliance Française | 1197 Peachtree Street NE, #561, Colony Square, Mezzanine Level, Atlanta, GA 30361
  • Parking: free parking upon validation underneath the building
  • Free entrance upon registration.

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Nation Builders Global Leadership Program | 2/16/2017


The Belgian American Chamber of the South is pleased to invite you to The Nation Builders Global Leadership Program Benefit and Reception on Thursday, February 16, 2017 starting at 6 pm.

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Logistics

  • When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 starting at 6 pm
  • Where: Wells Fargo Building | 10th Floor, 171 17th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Free admission but RSVP is required

The Great War in Broad Outlines | 3/6 – 4/30/2017


The Great War in Broad Outlines, a traveling exhibition commemorating World War I and honoring the centennial anniversary of the U.S. entry into the War, opens in Atlanta on March 6, 2017 at Atlanta History Center | 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.    Told in more than 30 panels, the exhibition chronicles many events including the efforts of Herbert Hoover, as head of the U.S. Food Administration, in providing humanitarian relief to those starving in wartime Belgium.

The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has selected Atlanta as the only Southeastern  venue to host the exhibition that honors the human sacrifice of more than 116,000 U.S. military in the “war to end all wars.”

This exhibition has been produced by the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War and sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta,  Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Miami and UPS.  Co-sponsored by the European and Eurasian Studies Program, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, Department of History Department of Politics and International Relations and Honors College.

meet our new Consul General


Freshly arrived in Atlanta, Mr. William De Baets, who was Counselor at our Embassy in Washington, stepped into Mrs. Geneviève Verbeek’s shoes on April 1st.  No joke.

After 41 years in the diplomatic world, Geneviève retired at the end of March, happy to end her career in Hotlanta, a city that captivated her.  She made many friends in our Belgian community and she will be missed.

I had the pleasure to meet William to introduce him to beATL.  We had a nice chat about what beATL does for the Belgian community, but we also approached the spicy Delta topic, our 21st of July festivities and other little items on my agenda.

So let me tell you a little bit more about William.   Born in Ghent, having moved to Gistel, he attended Onze-Lieve-Vrouwecollege in Oostende, Koninklijke Kadettenschool in Laken and the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. After a Navy Officer career,  he joined the Belgian diplomatic service in 2000.  Fluent in French, Flemish, English and Spanish, he has been based in Côte d’Ivoire, Venezuela and Ethiopia before going back to Foreign Affairs in Brussels as Head of the Crisis Center and B-FAST. He joins us from his last posting in Washington.  His wife María Jesús is from Granada, Spain, and she will join him in Atlanta early July with their three children: Edith [by then 11], Manon [9] and Lucas [8].

William is a dynamic and very open person while being a good listener.  With too little time for sports, William is an amateur musician with a predilection for piano and trombone.  Grand amateur of classical music, he loves opera.

Awaiting his family, he dedicates himself to mastering his new role, with the disappearance of the direct Delta flights to Brussels as high priority on his agenda.  Early July he hopes to show the fabulous and thriving Beltline to his family while he is under the impression that his kids will rather lead him to Coca-Cola World instead.

On behalf on beATL and its beATLes, I want to welcome William and his family, wishing them all a fabulous and fructuous time in Atlanta, and William in particular a successful  and memorable next step his career.

And I take the opportunity to wish Geneviève a happy and healthy new life with her family and friends but more specifically with her first baby grand-daughter who makes her so proud.

With Ghent in the background

With Ghent in the background