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14 May 2009

Sixth meeting of Québec/Wallonia-Brussels standing joint committee

Co-chairs of the sixth joint committee meeting: Christian Carette, Assistant Director General, Wallonie-Bruxelles International (on the left), and Gaston Harvey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministère des Relations internationales. Photo: François Nadeau

Seventy cooperation projects between Québec and Wallonia-Brussels will be launched over the next two years in the fields of culture, language, science and technology, the economy, education and vocational training. The projects were selected during the sixth meeting of the Commission mixte permanente Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles (Québec/Wallonia-Brussels standing joint committee), held in Québec City from May 11 to 14.

The joint committee groups together government representatives from the Wallonia Region, the French Community of Belgium, the French Community Commission for the Brussels Capital Region and Québec. It is responsible for preparing and implementing biennial programs of cooperation activities, taking into account areas of shared interest. The joint committee’s meetings are also an opportunity to take stock of prior cooperation activities.

The joint committee meeting in Québec was complemented by an event highlighting the 25th anniversary of the Office Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles pour la jeunesse (OQWBJ), which is responsible for developing relations between youth in Québec, Wallonia and Brussels. On an annual basis, the OQWBJ provides over 600 young people with logistic and financial support for international internships in areas such as culture, entrepreneurship and the environment.

Wallonia-Brussels office in Québec (in French)

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