Belgian–Turkish relations are foreign relations between Belgium and Turkey. Belgium has an embassy in Ankara, a consulate–general in Istanbul and two consulates in Antalya and İzmir. Turkey has an embassy in Brussels and a consulate–general in Antwerp.
Turkey and Belgium are both members of the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Union for the Mediterranean. Also Belgium is a European Union member and Turkey is a candidate.
The approximately 230,000 Turkish citizens living in Belgium constitute an important aspect in Turkey's relations with Belgium. They are espacially from the Emirdağ district, located in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey.
Trade volume between Turkey and Belgium has increased remarkably over the years and reached € 3 billion. In 2006, Belgian exports to Turkey increased by 9,4% (€ 1,88 billion), whereas Turkish exports to Belgium increased 6,8% (€ 1,06 billion) comparing to 2005. Belgium is the seventeenth largest trade partner of Turkey.
The Turkish–Belgian Business Council, and organisations with similar aims, give priority to promoting commercial linkages. This Council was established in 1990. Small and medium size businesses play an important role in the economies of Turkey and Belgium.
There are more than 200 Belgian firms operating in Turkey. The value of Belgian investments in Turkey is around € 300 million. On the other hand, the investment of Turkish companies in Belgium has exceeded € 1 billion.
In 2008, more than 583,409 Belgian tourists visited Turkey.
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|Guest||Host||Place of visit||Date of visit||Reference|
|Prime Minister Abdullah Gül||Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt||Brussels||February 17, 2003|||
|Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt||Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan||Ankara and Istanbul||November 2–4, 2003|||
|President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives Herman De Croo||Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey Bülent Arınç||Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ankara||November 28–December 1, 2004|||
|Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel De Gucht||Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gül||Ankara||October 30–31, 2006|||
|President Abdullah Gül||King Albert II||Brussels||March 25–27, 2009|||
|Prime Minister Yves Leterme||Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan||Ankara||December 29–30, 2009|||
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- King Baudouin Foundation. "Turkish communities and the EU". Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Turkey´s Commercial and Economic Relations with Belgium / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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- President Gül Meets King Albert II of Belgium
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- Embassy of Turkey in Brussels
- Consulate–General of Turkey in Antwerp
- Embassy of Belgium in Turkey
- Diplomatic missions of Belgium in Turkey
- Diplomatic missions of Turkey in Belgium