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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.

Socialists and Democrats reject Polish ‘morning-after pill’ restrictions

MEPs from the Socialist & Democrats are pushing back against the latest attempts by the right-wing government in Warsaw to clamp down on access to contraception, calling it an “attack on women".
Development Policy 16-02-2017

EU overtakes UK on medical research for developing world

Bill Gates, the US businessman turned philanthropist, is in Brussels on Thursday (16 February) to unveil a new report into medical research and development for the developing world that shows the EU has overtaken the UK in terms of funding.
Climate change 07-02-2017

Banks give €1 billion to build “Smart Europe”

Investors and the banking community have agreed to pour €1 billion into the modernisation and digitalisation of Europe, Council of the Regions President Markku Markkula said today (7 February).
Climate change 01-02-2017

Trump climate advisor heckled in Brussels, calls environmentalists ‘urban imperialists’

Donald Trump’s climate change advisor was heckled and interrupted at a keynote address of Conservative environmentalists in Brussels on Wednesday (1 February), before lambasting environmental experts as “urban imperialists.”
Brexit 10-01-2017

Oxford English Dictionary: The man who coined ‘Brexit’ first appeared on EURACTIV blog

The word ‘Brexit’ was coined by EURACTIV, according to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, way back in 2012, in a blog post by Peter Wilding.
Public Affairs 06-01-2017

Brussels confirmed as lobbying Mecca by new study

Brussels remains the hub of public affairs, according to a first-of-its-kind study into the state of EU lobbying.
Brexit 04-01-2017

UK ambassador’s damning final email: ‘Speak truth to power’

The resigning UK ambassador to the EU warned colleagues to “speak truth to power” and “challenge muddled thinking”, in an unprecedentedly blunt departing email, it emerged on Tuesday (3 January).

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