EU Needs Anti-Money Laundering Authority

The EU needs its own anti-money laundering authority. This is acknowledged by the six finance ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Latvia in a joint position paper. Olaf Scholz and his five counterparts want a European money laundering supervisory authority to coordinate and supervise national authorities in the financial sector and, if…

EU Tyre labelling regulation

Currently the EU tyre labelling regulation is being negotiated. Tyres are one of the main sources of microplastics in the environment. More than 500.000 tonnes/year of microplastics are the direct result of tyre abrasion in the EU.  On Wednesday, the second and most likely final trilogue meeting will be held.  Parliament, Commission and Council agree…

Intelligence report on Russian interference in UK Brexit referendum “may never see the light of day”

A sensitive report into Russian interference in the Brexit referendum campaign in 2016 is being sat on by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.The report is the work of the Intelligence and Security Committee of the UK parliament, chaired by Dominic Grieve.  Before it can be published, the Prime Minister must give his approval for publication,…

Health, Nature and Climate Benefits of Reducing Ship Speeds

On the eve of the latest round of UN ship climate negotiations at the International Maritime Organisation in London, a new report published by Seas at Risk and Transport & Environment has highlighted how slower ship speeds would massively reduce the damage shipping is causing to human health, nature and the climate. The large positive…

Focus on Aviation Safety

The aviation industry must guard against becoming complacent about safety at a time when the number of fatal accidents in commercial aviation has been decreasing over the last decade, industry experts speaking at the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s annual safety conference in Helsinki warned. The conference took place in Helsinki on Monday November 4…

Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work?

The European Academies of Science and Medicine has called for “evidence-based diagnosis and therapy” in response to the WHO inclusion of Traditional Chinese Medicine in its standard framework. It says that just because the World Health Organisation includes a chapter on Traditional Chinese Medicine in its new International Classification of Diseases, it is not automatically safe to use without…

“New kid on the block” for Brussels’ culinary scene

The Belgian culinary scene is constantly evolving, introducing new practices and innovations – and an exciting new collaboration in Brussels is no exception. With the food/horeca industry now more popular than ever, “We are C” has partnered with the Bouchée Double studio to launch the “Foodio.” We Are C is a “One Stop Shop” agency run by food communication…

How to Strengthen Public-Private Cooperation in Hybrid War

Western nations need to build closer partnerships with the private sector to sharpen NATO and the European Union responses to hybrid security threats, participants at a unique day-long exercise concluded on Thursday. “Hybrid warfare is now real warfare,” Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant General at NATO. “This is an…