President Sebastian Piñera started his official visit to Belgium on 14 November, being received in audience by His Royal Majesty King Albert II at the Laeken Palace. In the afternoon, he met Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo at Egmont Palace.
After a lunch with the President of the European Parliament, the Chilean President took the opportunity to invite his past-fellows from the Brussels secondary school (Institut St Boniface) where he had been studying for two years when his father was Chilean Ambassador in Brussels. From there he joined a business seminar in which the two bilateral Chambers of Commerce (Brussels and Santiago) signed a Charter for cooperation creating a Business Council between both countries. The purpose of this Council is to stimulate strategic alliances between Chilean and Belgian firms.
A dinner for businessmen with the participation of Herman Van Rompuy and Kris Peeters, Minister-President for Flanders, was offered by our Chamber member and Honorary Consul for Chile in Antwerp, Mr. Eric Verbeeck.
The second day of the official visit was dedicated mainly to the European Union, where he was received by the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy and President of the Commission, Mr. Barroso. He also met the Commission for External relations of the Parliament, and the members of the Chilean section of EUROLAT (Common Assembly of Parliaments from Latin America and Europe).
The President attended also a meeting with representatives of the Walloon pharmaceutical firm, GlaxoSmithKline, who committed the delivery of vaccines against meningitis for Chilean childrens.[Gallery not found]