FAO Liaison Office in Brussels

About our office

The Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium in Brussels (LOB) follows the work of the European institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council, European Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions) and other European Union bodies in areas of relevance to FAO’s policies and programmes. The Office facilitates the Organization’s communication and cooperation with these institutions, as well as serving as liaison to the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), the Belgian Federal and Regional Governments and institutions, academia, private sector, NGOs and UN Agencies based in Belgium. It provides policy advice, mobilizes resources and foster the exchange of information with FAO in priority areas, including agriculture, food security and nutrition aid, biodiversity, natural resources, consumer protection, fishery and forestry.


On 26 November 1991, the European Union (EU) became the 161st Member of the FAO. The accession marked an institutional breakthrough, as it was the first time that the EU became a member of a UN agency, and the first time FAO welcomed a Member Organization.

The FAO Liaison Office in Brussels was officially established with the signing of a Host Country Agreement between FAO and the Kingdom of Belgium in February 1997.