Cleaning up Our Water

Cleaning up our tap water

Drinking water across the EU will have to be monitored more closely for the potential presence of two endocrine disrupting compounds (beta-estradiol and nonylphenol) throughout the whole water supply chain. This comes after a decision by the EU on Wednesday. As required by EU rules in force since last year, the Commission established today a first ‘watch list’ of emerging compounds to…

Parliament to Honour Memory of President David Sassoli.

David Sassoli

European Parliament President David Sassoli passed away in Aviano (Italy) on 11 January.  A Member of the European Parliament since 2009, he was elected President in July 2019 for the first half of the legislature. President Sassoli adopted extraordinary measures enabling the European Parliament to carry out its duties and exercise its prerogatives under the…

Pressure Mounting on EU to Boycott the Winter Olympics in China.

Boycott Winter Olympics

Fresh calls for a boycott were made at an online event organised to help shed light on China’s continuing human rights abuses. A boycott is seen by some as a step too far, given the symbolic importance of such an act. But the event in Brussels was told that Member States and the EU institutions,…

Ariane Launches James Webb Telescope Into Orbit

The Ariane 5 launcher, operated by Arianespace on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), has successfully injected NASA’s Webb Space Telescope into its transfer orbit towards its final position at the second Lagrange point (L2). Carrying out its final mission of the year, the Ariane 5 rocket once again proved its exceptional reliability, this…

Venturi Antartica: Pioneering Polar Electric Vehicle

Venturi Antarctica

The Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station says it is welcoming the team from Venturi and the new Venturi Antartica, the first electric vehicle designed to be used in polar environments.  Since 10 December this year, teams at the Belgian zero-emission base have had access to an eco-friendly mode of transport for their scientific missions. This…

Suspicious Sudanese Arms Deals to Ethiopia

Is Al-Burhan stoking the conflict in Ethiopia?

Accusations have been levelled against the former chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. In a video published on social media last week, Sudanese army personnel are filmed and shown being ordered to pack boxes of ammunition and weapons, which are reportedly sent to Al-Fashaga for further transfer to Ethiopia. It…

Callens Café Delivering the Spirit of Noel

Nordmann Christmas Trees

There’s more than just food and drink on the menu at one Brussels restaurant. As well as some tasty dishes you will also find a large serving of “can do” spirit. The Belgian owner of Callens Café has found a novel solution to the “triple whammy” that’s hit the horeca trade in the city and…

Renewing the Dynamic of European Integration.

ERT dynamic single market

Business bosses demand “more breadth, depth and governance” of EU’s Single Market. The European Round Table for Industry (ERT), a forum that brings together chief executives and chairs of leading multinational companies of European parentage, has kicked off a new campaign, calling for renewed integration to strengthen the EU Single Market. Its new publication includes…