Nearly 40 billion litres of beer produced in the EU last year

Nearly 40 billion litres of beer produced in the EU last year

39 billion litres of beer were produced in the EU last year. That’s 400 million more than 2015, the European Statistics Office Eurostat revealed on Friday. That’s the equivalent of 76 litres per habitant. Belgium alone produced 2.3 billion litres (6%), the sixth highest production rate. Two thirds of all the alcoholic beer was produced in six member states, with Germany coming top with 8.3 billion litres (21%). Next is the UK (5.1 billion, 13%), followed by Poland (4 billion, 10%), Spain (3.7 billion, 9%) and the Netherlands (2.6 billion,…

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Belgian group will attempt to transport fruit using waterways

Belgian group will attempt to transport fruit using waterways

The group A. De Witte, the country’s largest negotiator in the purchase of fruit in Belgium, will transport pineapples from the Port of Antwerp to Brussels using the waterways. This was indicated by the company on Friday. This is a first for the sector. De Witte is hoping to avoid bottlenecks around Antwerp and Brussels. The CEO, Jurgen De Witte, says, “The hours spent by our drivers in queues reduce our profitability.” On August 8th, the first container of pineapples coming from Costa Rica will thus be transported from the…

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Airbnb generates €77 million in six largest Belgian cities

Airbnb generates €77 million in six largest Belgian cities

Online accommodation platform, Airbnb, is generating more than €77 million every year in Belgium. This is in the main cities – Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Liège and Namur. This is reported on Friday in L’Echo and De Tijd. Almost half of this total has been initiated in Brussels where no less than 4,663 properties have been offered for a total turnover of 34 million per year. Figures for Liège are 1,184 properties for €12 million were put forward for Liège. The market has seen a genuine ‘boom’ since last summer,…

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The Privacy Commission has opposed keeping fingerprints for 20 years

The Privacy Commission has opposed keeping fingerprints for 20 years

The Privacy Commission has opposed a change in the legislation on the automated handling of personal data collected through Belgian passport applications. The change would have seen the applicant’s fingerprints being kept on file for 20 years. The proposed modification to the 2015 law on the automated handling of personal data required for Belgian passports and travel documents was drawn up by the Foreign Affairs SPF. It said the passport holder’s fingerprints could be kept in the automated system for 20 years, to combat fraud. They requested it because facial…

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