Calls for More Efforts to Fight Corruption in France

 In a new report Greco, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body, calls on France to improve the effectiveness and practical application of the framework in place to prevent corruption within the executive (President of the Republic, ministers, private office members and senior civil servants) as well as in the National Police and the National Gendarmerie. While…

Galway and Rijeka Capitals of Culture 2020

Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year from this month. “Thanks to their title of European Capital of Culture, Rijeka and Galway will be harnessing the full potential of culture to enrich our life experience and to bring our communities closer together”, stated Vice-President for Promoting…

Additional €8m EU Aid for Eastern Ukraine

The European Commission has announced an additional €8 million for the vulnerable people in Ukraine affected by the ongoing conflict in the east of the country.  This funding brings EU humanitarian allocation to Ukraine in 2019 to €23 million. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “More than five years of ongoing conflict have exhausted people’s ability to…

Audit of Public Health Services in the EU

An overview of how auditors across the European Union scrutinise public health has been published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on behalf of the Contact Committee of EU supreme audit institutions (SAIs). Altogether 24 SAIs have contributed to this second Audit Compendium of the Contact Committee. Public health is mainly the responsibility…

Busiest season of the year at Brussels Airport

With the start of the Christmas school holidays, yesterday saw 76,000 passengers coming through Brussels Airport, of which 41,000 travellers were flying out, making it the busiest day of the festive season. This year, Brussels Airport has pulled out all the stops to welcome its passengers eager to make their Christmas getaway on a relaxing…

Russia: EU prolongs economic sanctions by six months

Today, the Council prolonged the economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2020. This decision follows an update by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel to the European Council on 12 December 2019 on the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, to which the decision on maintaining sanctions is linked. Given that the…

Jimmy De Bock Exhibition

photograph copyright ©Jimmy De Bock  The way we see the world is often best captured by a photograph. Iconic images of mankind’s plight and triumphs have over and over again been seared into our collective memory.   In this spirit, yesterday Jimmy De Bock Exhibitionon Tuesday, 3 December, BOLDT – in cooperation with Fondation Franz Weber…

Exotic Mosquitoes Invading Belgium

Researchers from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp have spotted tiger mosquitoes in  Belgium this year, finding eggs, larvae and adults of Aedes albopictus. The species was located in three motorway parking areas in both Wallonia and Flanders. This supports an earlier indication that the mosquito was travelling to Belgium with motor vehicle traffic from…

Brussels Hosts VIII Open Eurasian Literary Festival (OEBF -2019)

From 13th to 17th November, the eighth Open Eurasian Literary Festival and Book Forum (OEBF 2019) was held in Brussels (Belgium). Open Eurasia is an international initiative that for the eighth year brings together creative people from all over the world – writers, poets, translators, artists and other talented people. This year, festival guests represented…