Brussels Airport Freight Traffic at Full Capacity

Anyone living beneath the flight paths of Zaventem Airport will have noticed a massive decrease in air traffic last month. But whilst there was indeed a decrease of 99.3% in the number of passengers going through Brussels airport terminal in April, there was an increase of 52.1% in full cargo volume traffic. The Coronavirus crisis…

New Labelling Scheme for Car and Truck Tyres

Under new rules adopted by the European Parliament, as already agreed with the Council of Ministers, tyre labelling will have to inform consumers about the tyre’s fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise. The aim is to increase consumer awareness, improve safety and decrease noise pollution. In the future, information on mileage, abrasion, retreaded…

Stop EU Water Shortages

To prevent water shortages in the EU, the European Parliament has approved a Water Reuse Regulation. The new law defines minimum requirements at European level for the first time for reclaimed water (i.e. urban wastewater that has been treated in a reclamation plant) to be used for agricultural purposes in a safe way, protecting people…

COVID-19 Diagnostics and Treatments

The Innovative Medicines Initiative has provisionally selected 8 projects for funding from its fast-track Call for proposals on coronavirus diagnostics and treatments. In addition, it has boosted the IMI funding pot from EUR 45 million to EUR 72 million. On top of this, EFPIA companies, IMI Associated Partners and other organisations will contribute over EUR…

Hospitality and Tourism Businesses Struggle to Survive

The hospitality-tourism sector is one of the major players in the EU economy. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector is facing an unprecedented crisis which is putting the viability of companies and employment at risk. Thousands of companies are struggling to survive or face insolvency. Many workers are on temporary unemployment and have lost…

Open Communication and Overcoming Social Distancing – the role of Civil Society

Coronavirus response: let’s not forget civil society organisations and the role of communication Arno Metzler, the president of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee issued the following statement: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will continue changing our lives. It’s up to us to see this as an opportunity to make positive…

Healthcare Charities Need Time to Recover from the Current Crisis

Three independent British health and care charities have warned that it will take many more months before NHS and social care organisations are able to fully restart services following the Covid-19 outbreak.  At a UK Parliament Health and Social Care Select Committee evidence session yesterday (14 May), the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust…