The Liechtenstein Representation in Brussels was established in 1993 in order to strengthen relations with the European Union. It serves both as mission to the European Union and as bilateral embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium.
The activities of the Mission in Brussels are focused primarily on the EU. This is due to Liechtenstein’s membership in the European Economic Area (EEA), the association of Liechtenstein with the Schengen and Dublin Agreements as well as further areas of cooperation with the EU.
The Ambassador and the staff of the Mission represent Liechtenstein in various EEA/EFTA bodies, namely the EEA Joint Committee, the Standing Committee, the ESA/Court Committee, the EEA Financial Mechanism Committee, the subcommittees of the EEA/EFTA States (representation is ensured along with experts from the EEA Coordination Unit and other administrative authorities), the mixed committees in the field of Schengen/Dublin matters and, if necessary, the Consultative Committee of the Social Partners and the Joint Parliamentary Committee of the EEA/EFTA States.
Depending on instructions from the Government, the Mission conducts negotiations on current issues within and outside the framework of the EEA. In addition to formal negotiations, the Mission also conducts a number of individual negotiations, in particular in the context of the incorporation of new EEA law into the EEA Agreement.
The relations between Belgium and Liechtenstein are of a friendly nature and are devoted primarily to cooperation in multilateral matters. The two countries are closely linked to each other through a number of international treaties, their common membership in the EEA being the most comprehensive form of cooperation. The participation of both Belgium and Liechtenstein in the EEA represents a solid basis for the economic exchanges between the two countries.