The first Belgian movement in Portugal began on August 19, 1914 at the Hotel Avenida Palace in Lisbon, with the creation of the Anglo-Franco-Belgian Committee of Relief to Military Wounded.
One of the important figures was Mr. Romberg Nisard, industry, Administrator of the Vale de Vouga Railway Track, of the Rasca cement factory.
The purpose of this committee was to help the soldiers of the 1914-1918 war by sending them food and clothing.
To raise funds, the committee held shows, the first on September 11, 1914, at the Theatre of the Republic in Lisbon (which now no longer exists).
On August 15, 1915, Mr. Romberg Nisard created with other Belgians the Belgian Union, bringing together Belgian residents in Portugal.
Its purpose extended to trade between Belgium and Portugal.
Faced with the refusal of the Belgian authorities to recognize that Belgian Union as a commercial and industrial mission, a committee meeting was created whose aim was the organization of receptions.
In view of the insistence of this committee, one speaks then, of the creation of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in Lisbon.
On January 27, 1918, the General Assembly of the Belgian Union decides to create a Belgian Chamber of Commerce in Portugal.
On January 20, 1920, the Belgian Union was dissolved.
January 27, 1918: Creation of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in Portugal.
July 1918: Publication of the first bulletin.
1919: The delegation from Brussels International Fair is given to a member of its board of directors.
1920: The Chamber studies a commercial Luso-Belgian treaty.
30 October 1920: The Board of Directors is presented to His Majesty the King of the Belgians, Albert I, on an official visit to the Portuguese State.
1921: Despite financial difficulties and the lack of interest by the Belgian Cologne for its Chamber of Commerce, they allow an employee with part-time working hours every day from 17h till 18h30.
1922: Financial difficulties continue; the application for a grant is refused. The Chamber launches a prestige campaign and receptions. A newsletter is edited.
1925: A delegate in Porto is appointed.
1929: With a severe economic crisis, many are to be recovered and litigation service has his hands full.
1932: Creation of a charity fund for the Belgians in need.
1935: The Chambers holds a great propaganda of the Brussels Exhibition.
1936: Mr. Emanuel MIGUEZ, Engineer of United Companies Gas and Electricity is elected president.
In 1936 - 1939:
Belgium is the 4th exporter to Portugal with 9% and the 5th importer with 5% of the amount.
Various lectures of Professor G. Magnel of the University of Ghent, very appreciated by many Belgian industrial missions - participation at hearings organized at the Brussels International Fair - organization of traineeships in Belgium for young Portuguese graduates, engineers and architects specialized in reinforced concrete.
Portuguese World Exhibition, visited by numerous Belgian refugees.
Editing of subscription lists in favor of refugees.
1943: Under the pressure of the Belgian Government in London, large study of Luso-Belgian economic relations.
1946: Signature of a new official Luso-Belgian convention.
1952: Increased number of employees at the Chamber, that is open all day.
1953: Visit of Prince Albert of Belgium on the training ship "Lieut Billie"
1958. Intense activity of the Chamber in the context of Brussels Universal Exhibition.
1958: Creation of a service entitled "Business Proposals Control Service" which was to avoid the drawbacks recognized by all the Chambers of Commerce of the same kind, that is, when a company contacts the Chamber, the last one communicates lists, information, documentation, but never knows the result of the service rendered.
1959: Trip of the Chamber to Belgian Congo for a Portuguese product sample fair at the premises of the Leopoldville Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Installation in Porto of a delegation
The Chamber receives its first grant
Organization of an official Benelux stand followed by a solely Belgian one at the International Fair of Lisbon.
1963: Creation of a "Belgian Receptions Committee" to hold a series of visits, demonstrations and receptions.
1965 - 1967: Three trips to various Belgian fairs.
- Numerous missions of Belgian industrials - participation in organized hearings at Brussels International Fair.
- Organization of traineeships in Belgium for Portuguese graduates.
|1918||Rua Nova do Almada, 24 – 2.º|
|1921||Travessa do Noronha, 7 – 3.º|
|1922||Rua José Estêvão, 31 – 1.º|
|1924||Rua da Prata, 275|
|1925||Palácio d'Alamada, Largo de São Domingos, 11|
|1939||Praça Luís de Camões, 22 – 2.º|
|1942||Largo do Terreiro do Trigo, 52 – 2.º|
|1942||Rua do Loreto, 10 – 1.º|
|1945||Rua Ferragial de Baixo, 48 – 2.º Dto|
|1955||Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, 21 – 4.º Dto|
|1960||Avenida Duque d'Ávila, 203 – 5.º|
|1918-1919||Mr. Romberg NISARD Administrator of the Vale de Vouga Railway Track|
|1920-1921||Mr. H. J. MALVEZ Businessman in reinforced concrete constructions|
|1922-1924||Mr. A. WEMANS Tecnical Director of "Monopole des Tabacs" factories in Portugal|
|1925-1933||Mr. M. DE ROO Director of Companhias Reunidas Gás e Electricidade|
|1934-1936||Mr. Frenand QUOIRIN Director of Englebert|
|1937-1982||Mr. Emanuel MICHEZ Engineer at Companhias Reunidas Gás e Electricidade|
|1983-1984||Mr. Roger BEERTEN Administrator of Sebes|
|1985-1986||Mr. MASSART Retired – Former delegated administrator of Solvay Portugal|
|1987-1988||Mr. Willy DIERICKX|
|1988-1991||Mr. Edmond GHISLAIN President of Philips Portuguesa|
|1992-1995||Mr. Jacques WALA Director of Fortis Bank|
|1996-1999||Mr. Jean PONCELET Retired – Former Director of Solvay Portugal factory|
|2000-2001||Mr. Georges DARGENT Administrator of Famidar|
|2001-2002||Mr. Georges DEFFENSE Administrator of Sociedade Cavan|
|2002-2003||Mr. Georges DARGENT Administrator of Famidar|
|2004-2007||Mr. Olivier MORTIER|
|2008-2012||Mr. Luís Neto GALVÃO Advogado – Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa & Advogados Associados, R.L.|
|2012-2016||Mr. Pedro PINTO Administrator / Lawyer – pbbr.a – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.|
|2016-||Mrs. Maria Eduarda DE LEMOS GODINHO - Lawyer at MEG - Advogados, RL|
|1918-1920||Mr. Raymond LE GHAIT|
|1921-1942||Count Bauduin DE LICHTERVELDE|
|1943-1946||Mr. André MOTTE|
|1947-1951||Baron J. VAN DER ELST|
|1952-1953||Mr. Jacques DELVAUX DE FENFFE|
|1962-1969||Mr. Louis GOFFIN|
|1969-1972||Mr. René PANIS|
|1972-1978||Mr. Max WERY|
|1978-1981||Mr. Karel COECKX|
|1981-1983||Mr. Jean-François DE LIEDEKERKE|
|1983-1987||Mr. Marcel HOULLEZ|
|1987-1991||Mr. Robert VAN OVERBERGHE|
|1991-1994||Mr. Philippe BERG|
|1994-1997||Mr. Jean COENE|
|1997-2000||Mr. Claude MISSON|
|2000-2003||Mr. Michel CZETWERTYNSKI|
|2003-2007||Mr. Paul PONJAERT|
|2007-2010||Mr. Rudolf HUYGELEN|
|2010-2012||Mr. Jean-Michel VERANNEMAN DE WATERVLIET|
|2012-2015||Mr. Bernard PIERRE|
|2015-||Mr. Boudewijn DEREYMAEKER|
|1988-1993||Mr. Jean WELTER|
|1993-1998||Mr. Paul FABER|
|1998-2003||Mr. Paul DUHR|
|2003-2004||Mrs. Sylvie LUCAS|
|2004-2010||Mr. Alain DE MUYSER|
|2010-2016||Mr. Paul SCHMIT|
|2016-||Mr. Jean-Jacques WELFRING|