About: Brussels

Economy & Jobs 16-05-2019

Brussels transport gets overhaul, courtesy of teenagers

Brussels is well known for its chocolate, its variety of beers, its art-deco buildings… and its traffic jams. High school students from all around Europe have now presented their proposals to make the town's mobility system more sustainable, thanks to the Sci-tech challenge. 
Data protection 10-05-2019

Vestager calls for more access to data for smaller platforms

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager made a suggestion at the re:publica conference in Berlin: "Access to data has to be redesigned so that newcomers can compete with big tech giants".  In a discussion with EURACTIV, she also drew parallels with a recent complaint by Spotify and similar lawsuits. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Cybersecurity 05-03-2019

Global ‘lack of basic common understanding’ on cybersecurity, Huawei boss says

Governments and businesses worldwide “lack a basic common understanding” of cybersecurity issues, Huawei’s rotating chairman Ken Hu said at the opening of the company’s cybersecurity centre in Brussels on Tuesday (5 March), as he stressed the telco giant's commitment to watertight security standards.
Transport 01-02-2019

Brussels mulls free public transport for all

The new vice-president of the Belgian capital’s transport operator (STIB) has suggested rolling out free public transport for residents during the evening or on weekends. His socialist party has upped the ante and suggested it should be free every day.
Climate change 25-01-2019

In Brussels, students skip school for mass global warming protest

Thousands of Belgian school children skipped classes on Thursday (24 January) to flood Brussels in an unprecedented protest against global warming and pollution, vowing to miss school once a week until the government takes action.
Transport 01-10-2018

Brussels imposes €350 fine on dirtiest diesels

Drivers of the most polluting diesel vehicles can now be fined in Brussels after a grace period expired on Sunday (30 September), just as air pollution in the Belgian capital looks ready to heavily influence local elections.
Politics 27-09-2018

Eternal debate continues over having a single seat for European Parliament

For four days a month, the entire European Parliament moves from Brussels to Strasbourg. In his documentary, Le grand déménagement (“The big move”), Olivier Lamour addresses the perennial European debate: should there only be a single European seat in Brussels? EURACTIV France reports.
Air Quality 27-09-2018

Brussels air in downward pollution spiral

Air pollution in Brussels has gotten worse for the second year in a row, according to data published by the national government.
Economy & Jobs 29-05-2018

EU-funded eco market becomes symbol of circular economy in Brussels

L’Abattoir, one of the biggest urban markets in Europe, built in an old slaughterhouse, could well be seen as a symbol of circular economy as it has become a source of income for the poor while promoting sustainable farming on its rooftop.
Air Quality 18-05-2018

European cities take Commission to court over air quality in landmark case

In the same week that the European Commission announced it would take six countries to court for breaking air pollution limits, three major cities said they would start legal action against the EU executive. They accuse the Commission of  giving in to automotive lobbies. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Air Quality 26-02-2018

Brussels air pollution to trigger free public transport

Brussels’ regional government has approved emergency rules that will allow commuters to use public transport free of charge during periods of high air pollution, Belgian media reported on Friday (23 February).
Politics 15-12-2017

Schuman overhaul to banish muddy puddles from roundabout

The drab mud and puddles that cover Schuman roundabout, the main feature of Brussels’ European quarter, will soon be a thing of the past after a winning design for its redevelopment was picked by an expert committee last week.

Hundreds rally in Brussels for Catalan independence

Several hundred people rallied in Brussels on Sunday (12 November) to back the independence push in Catalonia, slam the EU and demand Spain release jailed regional officials.
Politics 03-11-2017

France’s new face in Brussels: Philippe Léglise-Costa

Following the retirement of Pierre Sellal, Philippe Léglise-Costa is taking on the mantle of France’s permanent representative in Brussels. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 25-08-2017

British MEP ‘very worried’ about post-Brexit security efforts

The chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament said he is “concerned” about Brexit’s effects on the fight against terrorism in the UK and the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Politics 30-06-2017

Grenfell Tower blaze reignites EU debate on fire health and safety rules

EU policymakers are unlikely to agree to Europe-wide rules on toxic smoke from burning building materials despite years of lobbying from fire fighters and safety experts, according to a draft report ordered by the region's executive seen by Reuters.
Politics 21-06-2017

Explosion rocks Brussels train station, suspect ‘neutralised’

An explosion rocked the central train station in Brussels yesterday evening (20 June) and a man was shot by police during the incident, prosecutors told Belgian media. He was later reported dead.
Development Policy 08-06-2017

African states compete in TV-style ‘Dragon’s Den’ for foreign investment at Dev Days

Three developing African states copied the reality-TV format of Dragon’s Den to compete for foreign businesses from a panel of a nearly a dozen investors, at the EU’s Development Days conference on Wednesday (6 June).
Energy 31-05-2017

Brussels project shines light on muggy battle for healthy homes

A social housing project in one of Brussels' poorest neighbourhoods aimed to demonstrate that renovation doesn't have to be expensive and brings many other side benefits – a notion that resonates with what policymakers are trying to achieve on the other side of town, from the posher buildings of the EU district.
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Politics 20-04-2017

A Brussels-Europe weekend? Two parties for the price of one

6 & 7 May will be a genuine Brussels-Europe Weekend, with two simultaneous events: the Open Day of the European Union (6 May) and the Brussels Iris Festival (6 & 7 May).
Global Europe 22-03-2017

One year after the Brussels attacks, the city remembers those lost

Wednesday (22 March) marks the first anniversary of the Brussels attacks, which took over 30 lives and injured many more, shocking the capital of the European Union
Global Europe 22-03-2017

Belgian government ‘must do more’ to support Brussels bombings victims

One year ago, in a cold basement of Astrid Hospital, Anne Cameron Cain frantically searched for news of her husband. Along with dozens of other families, the Cains were not prepared for the tragic events of that day, which took the lives of both Anne's husband Alexander Pinczowski and her sister-in-law Sascha Pinczowski.
Social justice 08-03-2017

Brussels, where are all the women experts?

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, women are still noticeably lacking from expert panels. One project, The Brussels Binder, seeks to level the playing field, writes Virginia Marantidou.
20-02-2017

Greens MEP: Unpaid internships ‘unacceptable’

Nearly 100 laughing young persons gathered around Schuman Circle to protest the plight of unpaid interns on Monday (20 February).

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