Carrefour Dismiss 400 Retail Workers in Belgium

Over 400 retail workers from Wallonia dismissed by the supermarket chain Carrefour should receive EU aid worth €1,632,028 to help find new jobs, the EP’s budget committee has decided. The measure, co-financed by the EU globalisation adjustment fund, (EGF) would help the 400 workers find new jobs by providing them with career guidance, job training, entrepreneurship advice…

Olaf Schulz Proposes European Reinsurance System

German Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) is abandoning his blockade of the European deposit insurance system. In an eight-page non-paper on the Banking Union he proposes a “European Reinsurance System” for bank deposits which is to be set up in addition to the national deposit guarantee schemes with contributions from credit institutions.  Losses exceeding…

World’s Largest Green Entrepreneur Competition

Nearly 150 of the world’s most promising green start-ups are set to compete in a contest designed to help fast-track their businesses. ClimateLaunchpad, billed as the world’s largest green entrepreneur competition, is hosting the Global Grand Final in Amsterdam on 14 and 15 November. The aim is to identify businesses with the best potential to combat…

Countdown to Helsinki SME Assembly

The SME Assembly 2019 is just around the corner and will be hosted by the Finnish Presidency of the European Council in Helsinki on 25–27 November 2019. Delegates from across the world will come together to hack policy, discuss enterprise and create the governance structure of the Small Business Act.   This year’s Assembly will feature renowned…

MEP Seeks Investigation into football fan’s death in custody in Sofia

MEP Anthea McIntyre has vowed to do all she can to get answers to the mystery surrounding football fan Robert Spray’s death while in the custody of Bulgarian police. Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, has joined with Mr Spray’s Cannock Chase constituency MP Amanda Milling to pursue the case. She will use international contacts…

Cultural Guide to Norwich

It’s a good trivia quiz question: what’s the connection between Belgium and the UK city of Norwich? The answer will probably elude all but those most familiar with the relationship between the two … the canary. Yes, it’s true: the town’s football club, otherwise known as The Canaries and now back in the English Premier…

US Ambassador Sondland “refreshes his recollection”

Gordon Sondland, US President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, reversed himself in new testimony to House impeachment investigators, saying he does believe Ukraine military aid was contingent upon the launch of politically motivated probes. In his revised statement, Sondland said he now remembers telling a top Ukrainian official on Sept. 1 that hundreds…

EESC backs Commission’s proposal for national energy and climate plans

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) says it backs the Commission’s proposal for implementing national energy and climate plans and points to the key role civil society organisations have to play in nurturing the culture of sustainability essential for Europe’s future. Europe has no future unless it develops a culture of sustainability, one that…

From Meditation to Mediation

“From Meditation to Mediation” is the theme of a dedicated event on 12 November at 12:30 pm in the EU Parliament’s room PHS 4B001 that will welcome global humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.  On invitation by some Members of European Parliament, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will introduce his unique approach to solving conflicts and give…