July 2019 Busiest in history of Brussels Airport

More than 2.7 million passengers passed through Brussels Airport in July. although early summer was marked by disruptions to the baggage handling system . In July, Brussels Airport welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers, representing a 2.7% increase compared to July 2018, and above all making July 2019 the busiest month in Brussels Airport’s history….

EESC calls for new EU Strategy for Sustainable Development

The European Union should grasp the opportunity of the new political mandate and financial period to improve its economic policy coordination and governance, says the EESC. The European Semester should become the most important element of economic policy coordination and a multi-level and multi-actor governance approach should be implemented, says the European Economic and Social…

The world’s first ever floating nuclear power station.

An international expert has defended the upcoming launch of the world’s first ever floating nuclear power station. Despite attracting criticism from some green activists, the massive vessel, called “Akademik Lomonosov”, is due to be launched on 23 August. Oscar Voss, of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, said that any perceived risks involved may be…

Terhills Cablepark in Limburg

A former coal mining site has been reinvented to provide one of the few opportunities in Belgium for wake boarding and water ski-ing. The Terhills Cablepark is based on former gravel pits linked to what used to be one of the country’s biggest coal mines. The mine has long since gone but the good news…

Mont-Saint-Michel

A dazzling sight and sound spectacle showcases this world-famous French landmark in all its glory It’s one of the best-known sights in the world and, this summer, visitors to the remarkable Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel have the chance to see this architectural gem from a totally different perspective. Every day to the end August (except on…

The Sound of Drowning

The bathing season is in full swing – and with it, drowning season. Contrary to popular belief, the signs of drowning do not usually include flailing arms and cries for help; people typically drown in silence. To shed light on this common misconception and to engage more people to act in near-drowning situations, Trygg-Hansa, a leading insurance…

EU Action Against Wildfires

Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece.  As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions….

i-Portunus launches third call for applications

I-Portunus  is a pilot project funded by the European Commission providing financial support for artists to work in another country for a period of 15 to 85 days.  The first and second calls together received more than 2300 applications from individual artists and cultural professionals.  A total of 253 people were selected and funded so far….

Consumers in the circular economy

So far, actions to boost the development of a circular economy in Europe have centred on production, getting industries to introduce circular business models and bring circular options to the market.  Now conditions are ripe for getting consumers involved, and empowering them to make sustainable purchasing choices in their daily lives, says a new EESC…

25th Sarajevo Film Festival

The Western Balkans’ film scene has been thriving in recent years, reaching audiences across the world and winning awards at major festivals.  The EU seeks to support the film industry and film events in the region, and this week sees the opening of one of these; the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Founded…