President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy (L) with Honorary Consul of Belgium, Marc Bautil
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On Sunday, July 20, 2014, the honorary consul of Belgium in the Dominican Republic, Marc Bautil, hosted a reception for the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and his wife, during a five-day visit to the Caribbean, for the 25th anniversary of the Dominican Republic's accession to the Cotonou Agreements.
"While we are celebrating a quarter of a century of relations, I realize that our bonds extend for over five centuries," Van Rompuy said, adding that the European Union attaches great importance to its relations with the Dominican Republic and through it, to its relations with the Caribbean and with Central America.
Although he was in the country for an official visit, Van Rompuy enjoyed the Dominican hospitality and 'joie de vivre', during the reception in his honour, as well as a visit to the Zona Colonial and an evening at the Teatro National.
The president's presence in the country delighted the Belgian community in the Dominican Republic and the fact that his stay in the capital coincided with the Belgian Independence day, commemorated on July 21, was the perfect occasion to celebrate this anniversary.
“The fact that a fellow Belgian has reached the highest level of responsibility at the European Union has filled me pride,” Bautil said in his welcome speech on Sunday.