The agri-food sector is highly represented in the economic mission to the UK

However, the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit had a negative impact on exports. For example, Belgian exports to the UK fell more than 7 percent last year (-2 billion euros), while exports from the rest of the European Union increased 1.9 percent, according to figures from the Foreign Trade Agency. Imports did increase last year, by 9.8 percent, reducing Belgium’s trade surplus. Flemish exports to the UK also fell 2.6 percent last year, according to figures from Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT).

With 402 participants from 164 orders and 64 organizations, the mission to the Greater London Area will be one of the largest ever, according to FPS Foreign Affairs. In addition to Princess Astrid and Prime Minister Jambon (N-VA), Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) – replacing Foreign Minister Sophie Wilms (MR) -, Flemish Minister of Economy and Agriculture Hilde Crevits (CD&V) ), Minister of Economy and Trade Foreign Affairs Walloon Willy Borsus (MR) and Brussels Secretary of State for European and International Affairs and Foreign Trade Pascal Smet (Vooruit) were present.

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