EU Bans Neurotoxic Pesticides

Representatives from the European Member States in the EU Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) have voted to ban the neurotoxic pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl from the EU market, a historic move that has been applauded by health and environment groups. Genon K. Jensen, Executive Director of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL),…

Free Osman Kavala!

Yesterday during International Human Rights Day, the European Court of Human Rights called for the immediate release of Osman Kavala. The court ruled that the actions of the Turkish government and judiciary against Osman Kavala violated his fundamental rights as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. Sergey Lagodinsky, Chairman of the Turkey delegation…

People Vs the EU on Climate Targets

The European Parliament and the Council have submitted their responses on the appeal of the legal action challenging the EU’s 2030 climate target. Despite the political momentum in the EU to increase the 2030 climate target, both institutions argue that the families and the Sami youth who are affected by the climate crisis shouldn’t be heard in…

EP Delegation to COP25

A delegation from the European Parliament arrived in Madrid this week to participate in the COP25, where they will meet with key stakeholders in the negotiations. An official delegation from the European Parliament will take part in the UN conference on climate change, the COP25, in Madrid in Spain this week until 14 December.  It…

Strange Strangers

photo copyright by Thijs Huizer This weekend on Saturday 14th December the Belgian première of the modern dance performance “Out of the Blue” will be staged at De Warandepoort Theatre in Tervuren, by the dynamic young dance team “Strange Strangers”. You will be hearing a lot more about these creative performers in the months to…

New Plant Health Rules Come Into Effect

New rules on plant health, designed to stop diseases spreading or jumping borders, will become effective on Saturday. The EU Regulation 2016/2031 on protective measures against plant pests was steered through the European Parliament by UK member Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands. It became law in December 2016 and is directly applicable…

Climate Change Performance

According to the climate change performance index (CCPI) published today at the climate summit COP25 in Madrid, the EU lost six ranks due to its failure to increase its 2030 climate target.  The CCPI which is published by Germanwatch, the New Climate Institute and the Climate Action Network (CAN) evaluates the efforts of 57 countries and the…

Authentic Thai Food at Friendly Prices

Marie Back and her brother Jerome have found the recipe to success in the often unforgiving restaurant trade – adaptability. In their case, it’s all about spice – specifically, how much you use. They found, when relocating their restaurant Bois Savanes to Saint Job that their new customers were not quite as keen on as…