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Climate change 18-09-2020

Belgium’s iconic beer and fries threatened by climate change effects

Two of Belgium’s most iconic products, beer and fries, stand to be severely affected by the effects of climate change, a new report commissioned by the National Climate Commission warned on Thursday (17 September). According to the study, changes in...
Railways 31-08-2020

Belgium’s free corona-busting rail pass opens to applicants

A Belgian government plan to boost domestic tourism got up and running on Monday (31 August), as applications for a free railway pass finally opened after a delay of a few months.
Politics 26-08-2020

Fatal Charleroi airport arrest weighs on Belgian authorities

Although Slovakia has been careful not to over-react over the fatal and controversial 2018 arrest of a Slovak man in Charleroi in February 2018, the issue continues to be an embarrassment for the Belgian authorities.

Outrage in Belgium after video reveals George Floyd-style police savagery

Belgians are shocked after TV channels on Wednesday (19 August) aired a videotape showing how the police treated a Slovak citizen at the Charleroi airport, in footage that echoes the savagery to which George Floyd fell victim in the US.

Belgian court rejects extradition of Catalan separatist

A Belgian court on Friday (7 August) rejected the extradition of a former Catalan regional minister to face charges in Spain related to the banned 2017 independence referendum, prosecutors said.
Coronavirus 07-08-2020

Britain adds Belgium to travel quarantine list

Passengers arriving into Britain from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will need to quarantine for 14 days due to concerns over rising COVID-19 infection rates, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday (6 August).
Coronavirus 06-08-2020

Brussels to require face masks if virus uptick continues

Brussels will require people to wear masks in public spaces and in private spaces accessible to the public if the uptick in coronavirus cases continues, the regional government said on Thursday (6 August).
Energy 20-07-2020

Gas grid operators unveil plan for European hydrogen infrastructure ‘backbone’

A group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states presented on Friday (17 July) a plan to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network of almost 23,000 km by 2040, to be used in parallel to the natural gas grid.

Belgian King expresses ‘deepest regrets’ over Congo’s colonial past

Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday (29 June) for the harm done during the Belgian colonial rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the first such admission for his country, after last month's death of African American George Floyd rekindled the debate in Belgium about its colonial past.
Politics 12-06-2020

Tweets of the Week: Eurogroup Head, Statues Down, Brexit Cherry Picking

Speculation about Eurogroup top post, across the EU racist statues are toast, and Brexit is back like an unwelcome ghost.
Coronavirus 09-06-2020

Reopened Brussels bars ‘invaded’ by thirsty beerdrinkers

As some Brussels cafes reopened after almost three months of lockdown, thirsty Belgian drinkers were more than ready.
Global Europe 08-06-2020

Protests roll on against ‘worldwide’ racism

Demonstrators in Rome held their fists in the air and chanted “No Justice! No Peace!” on Sunday (7 July), while in London people defying official warnings not to gather lay down outside the US Embassy as part of a rolling, global anti-racism movement.
Coronavirus 03-06-2020

Belgium to exit lockdown, return to ‘new normal’

Belgium is set to enter Phase 3 of deconfinement measures next week, with a reopening of hotels, bars and restaurants and eased tourism restrictions, the National Security Council (CNS) said on Wednesday (3 June).

Sadness on the border as France turns back Belgian trippers

For hundreds of Belgians hoping to spend time with French friends and relatives after almost three months of lockdown, the sunny holiday weekend proved a grim disappointment.
Health 20-05-2020

Number of bleach-related incidents up in Belgium due to COVID-19 fears

Belgium’s Poison Control Centre has recorded an increase of 15% in the number of calls it receives since the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March, as people have increasingly started experimenting with hazardous substances. “The consequences of the coronavirus crisis are making...
Coronavirus 06-05-2020

Belgium to relax social distancing rules, open shops from next week

While stores can open as planned next week Monday, restrictions on social life will only be slowly relaxed, Belgium's National Security Council (CNS) said, giving green light to the second phase of deconfinement measures, known as 1B, on Tuesday (6 May).
Agrifood 30-04-2020

Belgium seizes 778 tonnes of non-compliant phytosanitary products

Around 778 tonnes of non-compliant or suspect phytosanitary products from India and China have been seized in Antwerp by the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC). EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Coronavirus 24-04-2020

Belgian government to relax lockdown measures in three phases, starting 4 May

Belgium is to begin a gradual deconfinement with an exit strategy to be rolled out with the key dates of 4, 11 and 18 May, as well as 8 June, the National Security Council (CNS) decided on Friday (24 April).
Coronavirus 23-04-2020

‘Irresponsibly’ leaked paper on Belgian lockdown phase-out sparks criticism

Belgian experts tasked with devising the country's lockdown exit strategy have proposed reopening some shops, partially relaxing some restrictions on gatherings and outdoor activities from 3 May and to resume school from 18 May, according to draft recommendations obtained by Le Soir.
Coronavirus 17-04-2020

Belgium says transparency explains high virus death toll

Belgium now has the highest death rate from COVID-19 in the European Union but officials insist it is because they have been totally transparent with the data.
Coronavirus 15-04-2020

Belgium extends COVID-19 lockdown until 3 May, but relaxes some measures

Belgium’s National Security Council (CNS) on Wednesday (15 April) extended the coronavirus containment measures by two weeks until 3 May. Despite a very slow decline in numbers, it is not yet clear when normality can being to return.
Coronavirus 02-04-2020

Shortage of drugs and equipment: Brussels hospitals sound the alarm

Hospitals in the Belgian capital called on the federal government on Wednesday (1 April) to address a shortage of medicines and equipment, as COVID-19 patients continue to arrive at intensive care units that are starting to fill up.
Coronavirus 01-04-2020

Belgian MEP criticises ‘xenophobic sauce’ in discourse over coronavirus crisis

As the debate over distribution of EU funds continues in Belgium, nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) and Vlaams Belang parties are consciously spreading disinformation about the coronavirus crisis and spicing it up with 'xenophobic sauce', Belgian MEP Parliament Kathleen Van Brempt (SP.A/S&D) criticised in a statement.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Belgium ends supermarket discounts ban

Belgium will end a two-week ban on supermarket promotions and discounts designed to discourage panic-buying after complaints that consumers were facing higher prices at a time of economic hardship due to the coronavirus.
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