State of the Energy Union

In its yearly opinion on the State of the Energy Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has taken stock of the progress made so far and calls on the European Commission to focus more on social aspects. It says, “The Energy Union is not a reality yet. It may be a reality in…

Travellers from Europe to the UK reassured that it is “business as usual” despite continuing uncertainty over Brexit.

The advice, from Eurotunnel, comes with fears growing of a hard Brexit when the UK exits the EU on 31 October. The cross channel operator has issued a statement saying its shuttles will be running as usual throughout 2019 “whatever form Brexit takes”. The move will come as reassurance to many, not least those still…

Major Green success: Commission recommends revolution in combating anti-money laundering

While the newly elected Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is still busy with recruiting members for her college, the existing EU Commission outlined future priorities in the field of anti-money laundering (AML). The ne Communication ‘Towards a better implementation of the EU’s AML/CTF framework’ gives an overview of the four reports published this week…

Ghent In Motion

The city of Ghent has a new “must” visit attraction – Ghent in Motion, an exciting audio-visual experience. It is located in one of the city’s oldest cellars, dating from the 13th century where visitors are immersed in the rich history of this Fine Flemish city.  Here, visitors can experience the “hidden pearl of Flanders” and all…

Libyan Shipwreck Tragedy

A statement has been issued by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Dimitris Avramopoulos on the shipwreck off the coast of Libya.  The tragic incident has been described the worst involving migrant deaths so far this year. The statement reads, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of a shipwreck off the coast…

Voisin: New Kid in Town

It is the new kid on the block – the latest eatery to open in arguably the city’s most bohemian quarter. The area around Place du Chatelain in Ixelles is renowned for the number of good quality restaurants serving the area’s particularly diverse mix of nationalities. It is not easy for a new entrant on…

New Medical Device Brings Relief to Millions of Women

A newly-developed medical device promises to offer fresh hope to millions of  women in Europe who suffer from a prolapsed bladder, a common condition in women often caused by childbirth and menopause. When pelvic floor muscles and tissues are stretched or become weak, the bladder can drop and bulge through this layer and into the vagina….

European Parliament debate calls for action on possible mineral wool health risks

The European Parliament was the venue last week for a roundtable discussion highlighting the potential health risks of mineral wool, or Man-made Vitreous Fibres (MMVF) as it is also known. Mineral wool is a type of thermal insulation made from rocks and minerals. After asbestos was banned in most countries in the 1990s, the de facto replacement…

Cycling through the Trees in Limburg

The upcoming start of the world-famous Tour de France in Brussels may be understandably grabbing the headlines at presnet but it’s not the only cycling landmark in Belgium this summer. What is thought to be Europe’s first-ever “cycling through the trees” experience has just opened in Limburg. The world-renowned ‘Cycling through Water’ in Bokrijk now…