Belgium ratified the Convention on 4 September 1998, and the Convention entered into force for Belgium on 1 March 1999.
Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)
In its initial transparency report submitted on 15 August 1999, Belgium reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.
In its transparency report submitted on 30 April 2004, Belgium reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines.
Retained Mines (Article 3)
Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques.
As of 2018, Belgium has reported having retained 2,118 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes. These mines are retained for the purpose of education and training of EOD specialists and deminers with live ammunition, as well as for demolition exercises in order to reduce the quantities of mines in the Armed Forces possession.
Belgium has reported no mined areas under its jurisdiction or control.
Update on Cooperation and Assistance, June 2018
Belgium's 2019 Article 7 transparency report
Belgium's 2018 Article 7 transparency report
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HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium at the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World
Belgium has twice led the work of the Convention. First, in 2002, during the Fourth Meeting of States Parties, and then in 2015, during the Fourteenth Meeting of States Parties.
(L-R) 14MSP President H.E. Bertrand de Crombrugghe, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium H.E. Didier Reynders, and Special Envoy of the Convention HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium.
H.E. Jean Lint of Belgium, President of the 4MSP - Photo, Bruce McRae
Snapshots of Belgium at Convention-related activities on Flickr.