The Embassy of Belgium in Berlin
Address: Jägerstrasse 52-53; Berlin, D-10117
Tel.:+49 30 206 420
Fax: +49 30 206 422 00
Amb. Willem van de Voorde
Willem van der Voorde was born on July 21, 1964 and has been serving the Kingdom of Belgium as Ambassador to Germany since 2018.
In 1984 van der Voorde completed his Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Saint-Louis in Brussels. In 1988 he received his LLM from the Catholic University of Leuven and the London School of Economics and in 1990 his Masters in Political Science from the Free University of Brussels.
In 1991 he completed a traineeship at the Belgian Foreign Ministry and between 1991 and 1994 he worked as Attaché in the Belgian Representation to the European Union. In 1994 he was appointed Secretary to Queen Paola of Belgium and worked for Her Majesty for six years. In 2000 he began working at the Belgian Embassy in Berlin and between 2004 and 2008 at the Belgian Embassy in Japan. In 2008 van de Voorde returned to Brussels to work domestically in the Belgian Foreign Ministry until 2014 when he became the Ambassador of Belgium in Austria (with accreditation from Slovakia, Slovenia and Bosnia Herzegovina) where he worked until 2018 when he was appointed Belgium Ambassador to Germany.
Van de Voorde speaks Dutch, French, English, German and Basic Japanese.
The Embassy of Belgium is also served by two further representatives of various regional agglomerations within Belgium: Koen Haverbeke is the General Delegate of the Flemish Community and Flemish Region and Alexander Homann is the Representative for the German Community, East Belgium, the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels and the Region of Wallonia.
Belgium and Germany share a large geographical border. The relationship between the two countries is marked by close political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two. For example, Germany is Belgium's first commercial partner and Belgium is Germany's seventh. Cooperation between the two states has increased steadily since the end of World War II. In 1951, Belgium was one of the first countries to recognize the Federal Republic of Germany and restart diplomatic relations with them.