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Global Europe 05-03-2021

Foreign fighters: Belgium to repatriate children and some mothers held in Syria

Belgium will repatriate children detained in a Syrian refugee camp to meet a 2019 court order, along with some mothers on a case by case basis, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said on Thursday (4 March).

Six EU countries warned over border restrictions

The European Commission said Tuesday (23 February) it has formally warned six EU countries that their virus-related border curbs could undermine free movement within the bloc.
Coronavirus 22-02-2021

Belgian Catholics contest 15 at-a-time COVID rule in one of world’s biggest churches

Brussels' cavernous basilica is one of the largest churches in the world but COVID-19 rules allow only 15 people at a time to attend mass there, the same limit applied to much smaller religious venues in Belgium.
Non-discrimination 19-02-2021

EU urges five countries to codify anti-racism law

The European Commission on Thursday (18 February) told five EU countries -- Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Poland and Sweden -- to quickly put a 2008 EU law against racism into their statutes.
Health 12-02-2021

Pandemic showcases Belgium as Europe’s Vaccine Valley

A small country with an outsize reputation in research and pharmaceuticals, Belgium has emerged with a strategic role in the world's battle against the coronavirus.

MEPs threaten to sue over European Prosecutors’ appointments

The European Parliament is requesting all documentation concerning the nominations for the European Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) of the candidates from Belgium, Bulgaria and Portugal, where national ministers overruled the selection committee picks.
Coronavirus 29-01-2021

British COVID-19 variant may be dominant in Belgium by early March, scientists say

The new British variant of the novel coronavirus could replace almost all current strains of the virus in Belgium by the end of February, a group of scientists advising the government said in a report on Thursday (28 January).
Health 28-01-2021

EU requests inspection of Belgian vaccine plant

The European Commission has requested an inspection of a Belgian plant producing the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, a Belgian official said Thursday (28 January).

Belgian port lays out plans for ‘massive’ imports of green hydrogen

The Port of Antwerp has partnered with energy utility Engie and five other entities in a consortium aiming to establish a full renewable hydrogen import value chain in Belgium by the end of the decade.
Coronavirus 11-01-2021

Belgium’s coronavirus deaths hit 20,000, still among world’s highest per capita

Belgium's death toll from coronavirus infections, one of the highest per capita in the world, has breached the 20,000 mark, according to official data published on Sunday (10 January).
Coronavirus 20-12-2020

Belgium suspends UK flights, trains over virus strain

Belgium is suspending flight and train arrivals from Britain from midnight (2300 GMT) Sunday (20 December) after the UK detected a coronavirus variant suspected to be more infectious, a government official told AFP.
Languages & Culture 18-12-2020

Israel condemns EU ritual slaughter ruling

The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday (17 December) that authorities can order that animals be stunned before slaughter in a move decried by Israel and religious groups as attacking their traditions.
Politics 02-12-2020

Caught in gay ‘sex party’ in Brussels, Fidesz MEP resigns

Hungarian MEP József Szájer apologised on Tuesday (1 December) following reports that he was caught trying to flee what was described as a 25-man gay orgy last Friday that was shut down by Brussels police for breaching COVID restrictions on large gatherings.
Global Europe 27-11-2020

In European first, Iranians face trial over suspected bomb plot

An Iranian diplomat and three other Iranians go on trial in Antwerp for planning to bomb a 2018 meeting of an exiled opposition group, the first time an EU country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism.

Paris train gunman tells court he was looking for ‘US soldiers, people from EU Commission’

The Moroccan gunman on trial for an attempted terror attack on a Paris-bound train five years ago said Wednesday (25 November) he had aimed at the heads of American soldiers but could not shoot.

Inconclusive video summit hashes over EU budget hurdle, vaccines

EU leaders said Thursday (19 November) they would intensify efforts to convince the Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary to drop their veto of the EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, which has plunged the bloc into a new crisis.

Belgium seizes record 11.5 tonnes of cocaine

Belgian police seized 11.5 tonnes of pure cocaine hidden in a scrap metal container in the country's single biggest-ever haul, prosecutors said on Thursday (5 November).
Politics 05-11-2020

Strict measures will remain ‘until there is a vaccine’, Belgian PM says

Measures decided to contain the second wave of COVID-19 infections will remain in place for the long term, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said during a hospital visit on Wednesday (3 November), adding they will have to be continued for “months to come”.
Brexit 23-10-2020

Belgium dusts off 1666 charter for post-Brexit fishing rights

Belgium may resort to a 17th century charter granted by a British king to retain fishing rights in Britain's coastal waters if London and the European Union fail to agree a trade deal by the end of this year.
Coronavirus 22-10-2020

Hard-hit Belgium faces second COVID-19 lockdown

Belgium could order another lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections as early as next week, a spokesman said, as the country grapples with a new wave of the virus potentially as serious its first last spring.
Brexit 21-10-2020

Brexit waves threaten to wreck Belgian fishing

Britain's departure from the European single market will disrupt many long-standing economic relationships and could yet devastate one of the oldest – the Belgian fishing fleet's work in UK waters.
Coronavirus 20-10-2020

Belgium says COVID-19 situation serious as infections reach new highs

The health situation in Belgium is worse than in March during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases of infection reaching new highs and the number of people in hospital doubling each week, officials said.
5G 09-10-2020

Orange and Proximus in Belgium to replace Huawei mobile gear with Nokia kit

Telecoms operators Orange Belgium and Proximus  have decided to progressively replace Huawei-made mobile equipment in Belgium and Luxembourg with Nokia  gear, two sources close to the matter said.
Digital 05-10-2020

Facebook, Belgian watchdog face off over who should police company

Facebook and Belgium’s privacy watchdog sparred on Monday at Europe’s top court over which data protection authority has the power to police the U.S. social media giant in a case that could escalate its privacy fights across the EU.
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