High Court in London quashes extradition order for Gabriel Popoviciu, as his “extraordinary” Romanian conviction was a “flagrant denial of justice”

On 11 June 2021, the High Court in London handed down judgment quashing an order for the extradition to Romania of Mr Gabriel Popoviciu, a high-profile, successful Romanian businessman. The Court described Mr Popoviciu’s case as “extraordinary”. The Court found that there was credible evidence to show that the trial judge who convicted Mr Popoviciu…

EU-Taiwan: Strategy for Connectivity with Asia

Since 2018, the EU has pursued a “Connectivity Strategy” with Asia, seeking to strengthen its connection with the region and promote cooperation in areas including transport, digital economy, energy, and human networks, write Andrey Kovatchev and Ming-Yen Tsai. In January of this year, the European Parliament also passed a report on “Connectivity and EU-Asia relations”…

Sustainable Phones: New Eco-Rating System

Environmental impact of smart phones

Five of Europe’s leading mobile operators have joined forces to update and launch a new pan-industry Eco Rating labelling scheme that will help consumers identify and compare the most sustainable mobile phones and encourage suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their devices. The Eco Rating initiative has been created jointly by Deutsche Telekom, Orange,…

Pay the Artists!

Valeria Brusnikina

A campaign has been launched to help musicians in Europe earn fairer revenues from their royalties for creative works. At the launch event yesterday from the Brussels Press Club  an expert panel discussed how to reform the current royalty collection system by embracing the digital age so that artists can receive payments “quickly, efficiently, transparently…

EU India Business Round Table

India EU Trade

The EU-India Business Roundtable took place virtually in Porto to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the areas of climate, digital and healthcare and to support increased trade and investment. The business roundtable was organised in the margins of the EU-India Summit and with the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union….

Pandemic Impact on the Self-Employed

Global pandemic impact on the economy

The SMEunited report published last week outlines the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and of the containment measures on the labour market and on households. Particular focus is put on the negative consequences faced by self-employed. They have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis. National Recovery and Resilience Plans should provide targeted measures to allow…

Emirates Announce Sale with Attractive Special Fares

Emirates Airline

The leading airline Emirates is launching a Limited time sale to inspire and encourage travellers, departing from Brussels, to reconnect with family and friends or explore new exotic destinations from spring to November 2021.  With five attractive offers to the Indian Ocean and Asia, Emirates’ customers can make up for lost travel time. Emirates special fares are…

Fugitive Fraudsters Exposed

The International Foundation for Better Governance (IFBG) has published an extensive investigation by award winning journalists Philip Braund and Colin Stevens on the issue of granting asylum in the UK to fugitive bankers from the former Soviet Union, who are accused of fraud and other illegal activities in their homeland. The multi-page document for the…

Brussels Airport Tests Drone Detection System

Brussels Airport testing for drone detection

Brussels Airport and skeyes have tested the operational use of drones at and around the airport. In a secure environment, they deployed an innovative safety drone, which can be controlled from a large distance to find out how drones can increase the safety, security and efficiency of airport operations. In addition, they tested a drone…

Paper Recycling: Chinese Import Ban Impact

Cepi, the European association representing the paper industry, has been closely monitoring market developments in reaction to the material waste import ban by the Chinese authorities including paper for recycling, the redirection of global flows of paper for recycling and structural changes in paper consumption and collection during the Covid-19 crisis. While secondary raw materials…