Brussels City Hall to manage Royal Circus after renovation

Brussels City Hall to manage Royal Circus after renovation

The City of Brussels has asked for an “independent report” from the Vincotte inspection and certification agency and the Fire Department before starting renovation works on the Cirque Royal (Royal Circus) concert hall, the spokesman of Mayor Philippe Close told the Belgian news agency, Belga, on Wednesday. The municipality will then manage the concert hall so as to “comply with the decision of the court”. The Cirque Royal is the subject of a legal battle over a contract to manage the concert hall. In late 2016, the City of Brussels…

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Failure to reach Brexit deal ‘suicide’ for UK, says former EU chief

Failure to reach Brexit deal ‘suicide’ for UK, says former EU chief

Romano Prodi, once Italian prime minister, says compromise on both sides is essential and that a second referendum would be almost impossible. Britain will be committing economic suicide unless it is prepared to compromise to reach a comprehensive Brexit deal, a former head of the European Commission has warned. Romano Prodi, the economist and former Italian prime minister, said the Brexit negotiations had made little progress in the first year after the referendum and urged both sides to begin making concessions on trade and immigration to reach a deal. In…

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Public Health Minister speaks up on the egg scandal

Public Health Minister speaks up on the egg scandal

The Minister of public health, Maggie De Block, says she is very “preoccupied” and monitors the situation of contaminated eggs closely. “I monitor the situation very closely as it concerns our health”, declared the Minister. Afsca, Belgium’s Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, announced yesterday that results from a “second opinion” taken from samples from one of the currently blocked 86 companies in the fipronil scandal reveal a content exceeding the European safety threshold (which is 0.72 mg/kg). As a result, the Minister has asked for immediate…

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Lidl pulls Afsca-recall eggs from its shelves

Lidl pulls Afsca-recall eggs from its shelves

The Lidl supermarket chain has withdrawn from its shelves all eggs from a supplier concerned by the recall of eggs by the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, Afsca, following the detection of traces of the pesticide Fipronil in some eggs. “One of our suppliers has potentially exceeded the European standard for Fipronil,” the company announced on Wednesday. The eggs in question are sold only in Western Flanders, Eastern Flanders and Hainault. The other supermarkets in the chain are not affected, Lidl stated. The eggs that have…

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