Extent of Jurisdiction

The Embassy of Togo in Brussels covers, besides the Kingdom of Belgium, that of the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (BENELUX) as well as the Vatican.

The Embassy also deals with all matters related to Togo’s cooperation with the institutions of the European Union.

Other international organizations having their headquarters in the countries of the jurisdiction also fall within the competence of the Embassy. These include, among others:

– The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries (ACP). This organization, created in 1975 by the Georgetown Agreement, whose General Secretariat is in Brussels, brings together 79 developing countries (southern countries) and coordinates most of their cooperation policies with the European Union, on the basis of the Lomé Accords, which became since 2000 the Cotonou Agreement.

– The World Customs Organization (WCO): it is based in Brussels and aims to study all issues relating to customs cooperation between the Parties, to examine the technical aspects of customs procedures as well as the economic factors related to it, with a view to proposing to its Members practical means for achieving the highest degree of harmonization and uniformity.

– The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW): it is the body responsible for enforcing all the provisions of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (CWC). It aims at the complete elimination of chemical weapons throughout the world, including the verification of the destruction of all existing chemical weapons, the taking of measures to stop the production of chemical weapons, the provision of assistance and the protection of any State Party under threat or attack to the chemical weapon, the promotion of international cooperation in the field of the peaceful use of chemistry. It is headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands

– The International Court of Justice (ICJ): sitting in The Hague (Netherlands), the ICJ was created in 1945 by Article 92 of the United Nations Charter. Its main functions are to settle legal disputes submitted by States and to advise on legal issues presented by international bodies and agencies approved by the UN General Assembly.

It should be noted that the Embassy regularly participates in meetings of several more or less informal structures to coordinate positions on different issues. These are the West Africa Group (ECOWAS + Mauritania), the Group of African Ambassadors of Brussels (GAAB), the Group of Francophone Ambassadors of Brussels (GAF-B), etc.