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…

Ukraine’s Nuclear scientists accuse Minister Orzhel of forcing Ukraine’s energy dependence on Russia

Ukraine’s Nuclear Power trade unions show no signs of reducing their protests in Kyiv, and are continuing to demand the resignation of Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel and the creation of a new body that controls the nuclear industry. There is a blistering attack and rebuttal on the Energoatom website on the false news published by…

The Sweet Taste of Freedom

I had the pleasure of meeting Roman Suschenko today in the company of his friend and colleague Dmytro Shkurko the Brussels based correspondent for Ukrinform, the national news agency for Ukraine. Roman was in Brussels for a private visit, to brief the European Parliament and officials from the EU institutions about the harsh realities of…

Sack Minister Orzhel, Trade Unions Demand

The 35 000 member strong trade unions of Energoatom, Ukraine’s state owned nuclear power generating company voted over the weekend to step up their demonstrations in central Kyiv. They have issued 3 demands to Ukrainian President Zelensky:- Dismiss Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel. Cut out the Ministry of Energy from the chain of command so that…

Intergroup in EP to be established for Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs

The body that represents the spirits industry at EU level – spiritsEUROPE – says it “strongly supports” the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs.  This intergroup allows for the enhanced understanding of the cultural, traditional and economic importance of spirits among key decision-makers in the European Parliament, and should be re-constituted. “We encourage MEPs from all political groupings, sitting on…

Russian Bear’s Power Grab Sparks Protests in Kyiv

Following yesterday’s startling and incoherent decision by Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers to dismiss the President of Energoatom Mr Yuri Nedashkovsky by a cavalier show of hands, workers of the company immediately staged a protest outside the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection on Kreshchatyk in Central Kyiv.  The protestors demanded that Minister Orzhel should stop…

EU Business Pessimistic about Economic Outlook

European firms are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economic outlook according to the new EIB report. The report also finds that investment in climate change mitigation is lower than that of major economies like the US and China.  Infrastructure investment is stuck at 1.6% of EU GDP, the lowest in 15 years and Europe is…

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has for the first time been chosen to support the development of a PESCO project as an Agency initiative, in line with the PESCO commitment to use EDA as the European forum for project capability development.  The Austrian-lead project, CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS), will provide a rapidly…

Radu Dumitrescu wins SME Youth Essay Competition

Radu Dumitrescu, a 24 year-old from Romania, was proclaimed a winner of this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition during the European Commission’s SME Assembly. Radu Dumitrescu is one of the Editors-in-Chief of The New Federalist web magazine. In his speech as potential EU Commissioner for SMEs and Entrepreneurship he said: “So, what is our goal?…

Defend Our Scotch Whisky

The European Union’s deepening trade war with America must be de-escalated if the Scotch whisky industry is not to suffer severe damage in the crossfire, a Conservative MEP has warned. Baroness Nosheena Mobarik said her constituents in Scotland were concerned by the potential harm to exports and jobs from the crisis. She spoke out ahead…