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Reynders flies away

(B2) Didier Reynders, the Belgian Minister for Foreign, European Affairs and Defence, was at Florennes Air Base on Thursday (April 18)

Between an arrival by NH90 helicopter, a press conference and a training flight aboard an F-16B plane, the communications operation was well established with a message: the Belgians are seriously preparing for the arrival of the F-35A on base, by 2025 (article to follow).

Minister D. Reynders in flight gear with his pilot (© B2 / C. Traverson)

All components of the army, and not just the air force, suffer from a “ real need for equipment ", underlined the minister, reviewing some of the challenges facing the Belgian army: recruitment - the problem is not only to attract young people, but to then keep them - or " feminization » of the forces — women represent only 7% of the Belgian air force.

(credit: Belgian army video – selection B2)

One last flight before taking off

After the press conference, Minister Reynders closed his visit with a test flight on a two-seater F-16. A little pleasure for the Liège resident who could soon fly to other horizons: Strasbourg and the Council of Europe, where his candidacy has serious chances. He only has one opponent left to defeat, the Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marija Pejcinovic Buric. Response to the June parliamentary session of the Council of Europe (24-28 June).

(Coline Traverson, st., with NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

One thought on “Reynders flies away"

  • Belgium is buying American planes and this “foreign affairs” minister is running for Strasbourg and the Council of Europe!!!
    Find the mistake. Would he be a stranger to business?

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