On Monday 6 February 2017, Belgium signed the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on International Protection of Adults. With the signature of Belgium, the Convention now has 18 States which have signed, ratified or acceded to the instrument. Belgium is currently a Contracting State to 14 other Conventions and one Protocol of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Belgium was represented by H.E. Christian G. Lepage, Ambassador, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the International Institutions in The Hague. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands was represented by Ms Coos ‘t Hoen, Head of the Treaties Division, and Mr Mark Groen, Senior Legal Officer, Treaties Division. Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi and Senior Legal Officer Maja Groff represented the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference.