About: Belgium

EU counter-terrorism chief: Europe ‘may see something like Daesh 2.0’

The level of terrorist threat remains "pretty serious" in several EU countries, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, told EURACTIV.com in an interview hours before the latest attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night (12 December).
Digital 12-05-2017

Proximus CEO: High quality Belgian network ‘is reflected in the price’

Belgium has higher mobile phone prices than many other countries in Europe because of the high quality of its network, Dominique Leroy told EURACTIV.com.  Looking forward, she said more spectrum was badly needed to cope with soaring demand for mobile data.
Languages & Culture 28-02-2017

Belgian mayor: ‘Discrimination and racism is anti-western’

Bart Somers is an anomaly: A well-liked Belgian mayor of international standing, who built his reputation on promoting diversity. Mechelen told EURACTIV Slovakia the secrets to his success, and why tolerance is a positive social value
Energy 27-01-2017

Sefcovic: ‘Everybody wants to be on good terms with us’

Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told EURACTIV.com that the Trump administration may be more protectionist than its predecessor. But he is not worried about the impact on the energy market, despite Europe’s immense import needs.
Energy 18-11-2016

Nuclear lobby boss: Winning back public opinion in Europe? An easy challenge

The best thing to do to win back public opinion in Europe and globally is to build reactors on time and on budget, Jean-Paul Poncelet told EURACTIV.sk at the European Nuclear Energy Forum in Bratislava.
Digital 02-11-2016

Media scholar: Let’s be modest about creating a European public sphere

Attempts at creating Europe-wide media have so far fallen flat. But that doesn’t mean all are doomed to fail, according to Belgian Professor François Henderyckx, who says media bosses haven’t really learned the lessons of past mistakes.
Trade & Society 25-10-2016

Udo Bullmann: It is ‘correct’ to give regions say on CETA deal

SPD MEP Udo Bullmann does not think it is a mistake to make agreements like the teetering CETA deal dependent on the approval of regions like Wallonia. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Belgian professor: What’s wrong if CETA is signed in December?

Belgian Professor Jean-Michel de Waele slammed the European Commission for twisting the arm of Wallonia over CETA, the  Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.
Energy 28-09-2016

Co-op chief: People can produce most of their energy themselves

Half of Europeans could have solar panels on their roofs by 2050. And the trend won’t stop as small-scale energy cooperatives bring in eight times more revenue to local authorities than big utilities, argues Dirk Vansintjan.
Security 01-04-2016

Molenbeek mayor: ‘Poverty is no excuse for radicalism’

The Brussels commune of Molenbeek has made international news over the last few months because of its ties to terrorism. Its mayor, Françoise Schepmans, spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Tagesspiegel about the area, ghettoisation and family reunification. Françoise Schepmans is the...

Molenbeek urges Belgium to share information on returning fighters

Sarah Turine is at the forefront in the fight against radicalisation in Molenbeek. Although she detects that fewer people from her commune have left to join ISIS than suggested in the press, she asked for more resources and access to...
Global Europe 10-03-2016

Philippe Lamberts: Europe’s governments have shown ‘unconscionable cowardice’ over migration crisis

If the French government had supported its German partners on the issue of refugees, the European response to the crisis would not have been a failure, according to Philippe Lamberts.
Energy 03-02-2016

Environmentalist: Belgium ignoring lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 17-04-2015

Uber Chief: ‘Uber and Europe is definitely a conversation worth having’

Uber is facing great resistance in Europe because it is challenging an old, uncompetitive industry, says the company's Mark MacGann.
EU Priorities 2020 03-12-2014

Henri Malosse: ‘We aim for better regulations on par with the needs of civil society’

Fiscal evasion, energy efficiency and education should be the top priorities of the Juncker Commission for this mandate, wrote Henri Malosse. Working towards reducing economic and social disparities in the EU should go hand in hand with fiscal convergence.
Transport 19-11-2014

Michael Cramer: ‘Transport sector is nullifying Europe’s climate efforts’

Unfair competition between transport sectors is one of the biggest obstacles in reducing polluting emissions in Europe, says Michael Cramer MEP. Communities should also change their mobility patterns in order to safeguard the environment.
Energy 07-11-2014

Green MEP: Lobbyists stopped ambitious EU energy targets

Reinhard Bütikofer MEP said the EU governments granted each other veto rights to water down the renewable energy package. He also believes that the Energy Union and pursuing innovation should be on the top of the new Commission's agenda, as well as fighting bureaucracy, and populism. 
Roxane Feller
Agrifood 07-11-2014

EU food industry: More trade agreements can limit the impact of Russia’s import ban

?European food manufacturers affected by the Russian ban on EU food imports will need to find new export markets. The European Commission could help, by accelerating the conclusion of on-going trade negotiations with like-minded trade partners, says Roxane Feller.
Digital 31-10-2014

Outgoing Digital Commissioner: A lot more work is needed to clarify the ‘right to be forgotten’

The EU has to do quite a lot more work to make the “right to be forgotten” clear, says Neelie Kroes. In a wide-ranging interview, she also reflects on the new Juncker Commission and what’s missing from Europe’s digital economy.
Digital 17-10-2014

Kroes: Coding can become a world language

SPECIAL REPORT: Coding is not just for the techies, according to Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes. It will have an increasingly important role in citizens’ everyday lives and that’s just one reason to make sure this global "language" is taught to children at school.
Michel Lebrun
Regional Policy 13-10-2014

CoR President: Belgium’s decentralised governance is a model for the EU

Belgium’s decentralized system favours greater autonomy for regions and results in an effective governance, improving service delivery to citizens and enhancing democratic stability, according to the President of the Committee of the Regions, Michel Lebrun.
08-10-2014

Roma MEP: We need trust before we can truly belong

SPECIAL REPORT: Soraya Post says she wants to create an intergroup on Roma in the European Parliament, and that Member States which do not respect the anti-discrimination directive should be sanctioned.
Sports 12-09-2014

Commissioner Vassiliou: Sport is a crucial means of encouraging social inclusion

Commissioner Vassiliou said the lack of exercise is a problem affecting all social groups that is why the Commission will have a dedicated budget for sports activities as part of the new Erasmus+ programme. The European Commission is also a partner in the special Olympics European summer games 2014 that are taking place in Belgium from 2-20 September.
Pietro De Matteis [Stand Up for Europe]
EU Elections 2014 06-05-2014

Federalist candidate: It’s not about immigration, it’s about mobility

The European Federalist Party will run in seven EU member states in the EU elections. Candidate Pietro De Matteis urges to put a federal Europe up to a vote, as “national parties no longer have the tools to do what they promise to the people”.

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