The Federal Government will hold a National Security Council meeting on Thursday morning over the ongoing war in Ukraine as well as the federal response to skyrocketing drug-related crimes. A press conference will follow the meeting at 11:00.
Prime Minister De Croo and the government will present their latest approach to combatting the so-called war on drug trafficking, in light of the recent rise of drug-related crimes in the country.
Multiple authorities in Antwerp, one of the Belgian cities most affected by drug traffickers, have called for a National Security Council meeting over a potential government response to drug trafficking and subsequent violence in the country.
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On the war in Ukraine, the National Security Council will discuss the conflict's ongoing consequences on Belgium's own security. De Croo recently opted not to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, as demanded by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his recent trip to Brussels.
Belgian Prime Minister De Croo will be leading the government's press conference, where he will be joined by Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne, Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden and Finance Minister Vincent Van Peteghem.