about us and our members
The CCBLR was established in 1974 by the management of the Belgian Office of Foreign Trade as the responsible branch of the Belgian Association for Exportation and Cooperation (in French: ABEC. It was grouping the associations acting with the centralized economies of Eastern Europe). The Chamber was first created under the denomination “Economical Committee for the Belgian-Luxemburg cooperation with USSR”. In 1992 it became the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, and developed more activities with information letters to members, receiving official business missions from Russia and Belarus.
From 1994 the Chamber has developed regular activities with monthly newsletter to members, and the organization of several official trade missions from/to Russia and Belarus, seminars and conferences. In 1996 the Management Committee was much enlarged and in 1999 the Chamber became a vzw-asbl, concentrating endeavours on Russia and Belarus.
On 15 October 2013 CCBLR has initiated creation of the Partner office in Moscow - the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Russia (CCBLR Moscow - ). Two independent entities (our Chamber - CCBLR Brussels and CCBLR Moscow) cooperate in frame of the cooperation agreement.
CCBLR is honored to hold the status of the accredited member of the Federation "Belgian Chambers" and the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg.
Presidents of CCBLR Brussels - top managers of companies: Asahi Glass Group (Today - AGC), Bekaert, Solvay:
2002 - 2006 - Luc Willame, Past senior executive vice-president Asahi Glass Group
2006 - 2010 - Werner Cautreels, Past Member of the Executive Committee of Solvay and CEO of Solvay Pharmaceuticals
2010 - 2014 - Jacques van Rijckevorsel, before September 2014 - Member of the Executive Committee of chemical concern Solvay, since May 2017 - Chairman of the Board of Cofinimmo and University Clinic Saint Luc
2014 - 2016 - Bert De Graeve, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bekaert
Since 2016 - Alexis Brouhns, Senior Executive Vice President Europe of Solvay
Complementary to our Belgian and Luxembourg trade attachés, our non profit private association of Belgian and Luxembourg companies - CCBLR - add flexibility and a larger size for helping our members and other companies in Russia and Belarus:
in difficult political circumstances, our non-profit, independent, non-political organization stands for continuity of the relationships and may succeed in organizing successful new events.
our more than 20 years specialization and missions in Russia and Belarus has allowed us to create an excellent experienced team, a very deep network of public and private links, including in the far Russian Regions.
we can orient to the more appropriated Belgian Region the many foreign requests asking for "Belgian partners".
Chamber is recognized by Belgian and Luxembourg Federal and Regional public authorities who allocate CCBLR with yearly public grants, associate our Chamber in the preparation and meetings of every Belgian-Luxembourg-Russian Joint Commission and ask its advises for the Belgian-Russian Joint Action Programs.
CCBLR team would like to thank its main sponsors for the great sustainable support:
Belgian Federal public service for foreign affairs, foreign trade and development cooperation
Luxembourg Ministry of foreign affairs
Wallonia export & investment agency (AWEX)
Brussels agencies: Brussels Regional Public Service (SPRB), Bruxelles Economie et Emploi (BEE), Agence Bruxelloise pour l’Accompagnement de l’Entreprise (ABAE)
Flanders investment & trade agency (FIT)
Luxembourg chamber of commerce
one of our honorary members "Solvay"
On 30 May 2015 on behalf of the Minister of Foreign affairs H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov Russian Ambassador in Belgium H.E. Mr. Alexander Romanov has awarded CCBLR Director Mr Arkady Arianoff by a high official decoration of the Russian Foreign Ministry "for the contribution to international cooperation".
FLR: H.E. Alexander Romanov (Former Russian Ambassador in Belgium), Ilya Shestov,
We have members ranging from small businesses to large corporations in the fields of banking and finance, construction, communications, education, import/export, law, transportation, etc. Amoung them we are proud to have 10 honorary members:
AGC Glass Europe
Ahlers Logistic and Maritime Services
FIB Belgium S.A.
Port Authority - MBZ
29 visited regions
Vologda & Tchelyabinsk
2007, 2009, 2010
2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
2007, 2011, 2015
2010, 2013, 2016
2006, 2011, 2014, 2014, 2015, 2016