Charles Michel on COVID-19: “We must learn new ways of working together.”

Charles Michel

EU council president Charles Michel has said the virus exposed “the gaps in our national preparedness.” In a speech at the world health summit, he said, “just last week we had our latest European Council meeting. I have now chaired over 16 meetings where the 27 EU Leaders have addressed COVID-19. And I can tell you…

Citizens’ Panel on the Future of Europe

Citizens Panels on the Future of Europe

On Saturday 23 October, the second Conference Plenary meeting took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss citizens’ contributions. The 80 representatives of the European Citizens’ Panels have met to discuss the future of Europe. The Conference on the Future of Europe is said to be an unprecedented, open and inclusive democratic exercise,…

EU Loans to Ukraine Reach €4.4bn

EU Ukraine

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €600 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine. This is the second and final tranche under Ukraine’s current MFA programme following the first €600 million disbursement in December 2020. With this disbursement, the outstanding amount of loans to Ukraine under its multiple MFA programmes reaches…

EESC Calls For Protection of Rights at EU’s External Frontiers

EU Border controls

In supporting a proposed EU strategy for the Schengen area, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has called for more action to be taken to protect the EU’s freedoms and rights in the face of human-rights violations at its external frontiers. The EESC is worried about the reintroduction of internal border controls by some…

Nicaraguan Elections Denounced as Farce

Nicaragua Elections Denounced

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament have denounced the 7 November 2021 general Nicaraguan elections as a farce, which will only further cement authoritarianism under Daniel Ortega. S&D MEPs reiterated their call on the Ortega regime to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners; to end the repression and breaches of human rights;…

Cooperating with the world to achieve a net-zero future

Chang Tzi-chin Taiwan's Minister for Environmental Protection

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the world, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere keep setting record highs, writes Chang Tzi-chin. The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in August 2021 strongly confirmed that human activity has furthered the warming of the atmosphere, oceans, and…

Chiara Martinelli New Director for Climate Action Network Europe (CAN)

Climate Change Danger

Chiara Martinelli is taking up the position of director of Europe’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, this 25 October. With over 180 member organisations active in 38 European countries, CAN Europe represents over 1.500 NGOs and more than 47 million citizens. Chiara Martinelli has more than 15 years…

Sonya Yoncheva to Perform at Bozar on 15 December

Sonya Yoncheva

The internationally acclaimed soprano, Sonya Yoncheva, is set for a rare appearance in Belgium as part of her new European tour. Along with the Cappella Mediterranea (under Leonardo Garcia Alarcon), she will appear in concert in Brussels at Bozar on 15 December.  It is an opportunity to present her latest creation, “Rebirth”, to the Belgian…

New Video Game Helps Children Who Stutter

Stuttering

Fluency Friends is the first interactive video game that uses speech recognition to help children who stutter improve their speech at home Today, on International Stuttering Awareness Day (22 October), the Belgian – American startup Say It Labs officially launched its new video game ‘Fluency Friends’. The app helps children improve their stuttering in a fun way through…