Passenger Numbers Down at Brussels Airport

379,303 passengers passed through Brussels Airport during September. This is just 15.2% of the total number of passengers recorded in September 2019. This 85% drop in passenger numbers is mainly due to increased travel restrictions particularly for Spain. Meanwhile, air freight showed a strong 18.9% increase in volumes in September making this the fourth consecutive…

Farm To Fork

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted the opinion “From Farm to Fork” at its September Plenary session, following the European Commission’s communication on the Farm to Fork Strategy – for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system.  As an integral part of the European Green Deal, this is the first EU strategy claiming to encompass the…

New Chemical Strategy

The EPP Group in parliament says that it wants to ban dangerous chemicals from human contact. “We must ban dangerous chemicals from situations where they are dangerous to humans and the environment. The health of European citizens must come first. We support the European Commission’s goals in achieving a toxic-free environment”, stated Peter Liese MEP,…

SME Barometer

The latest EU SME Barometer presented shows an unprecedented drop in the Business Climate for SMEs caused by the COVID-19 crisis. This is mainly due to very negative results for the past semester, but also the expectations from the second semester are subdued. As a consequence, the SME Climate Index fell by 18.8, reaching 54.6…

The Longevity Dividend

A new international report launched this week ahead of the G20 Finance Ministers’ and Central Bankers’ meeting by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK), the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, unveils the significant, and growing, economic impact of older workers across the G20: Nearly 1 in 3 workers across…

Emirates Skywards Launches Marketing Drive

The airline sector has been particularly badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Many airlines have had to lay off thousands of staff and some have even gone bust. The ongoing crisis is said to be the worst the industry has ever experienced. But amid the depressing headlines there is some better news from at least one…

Healthy Workplaces

The Commission, together with the  European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,  has launched the EU-OSHA 2020-2022 campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load’.  The campaign focuses on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are impairments of bodily structures, such as muscles, joints and tendons, that are caused or intensified primarily by work or the work environment. …

Manoir de Lébioles

The coronavirus health pandemic has wrought havoc with the hotel industry in Belgium, as elsewhere. Add to the mix travel chaos caused by quarantine restrictions and it all adds up to a nightmare year for the sector. But, thankfully and contrary to what you might think, it is not quite all doom and gloom and…

Coronavirus Response

The Commission has announced the first provisional results of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and (CRII+). From the beginning of the crisis, and thanks to the flexibility introduced in the Cohesion Policy, the EU mobilised over €13 billion in investments to tackle the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, through the ERDF and…