Deadly fire at student residence in Leuven: suspended sentences issued

Deadly fire at student residence in Leuven: suspended sentences issued

The Correctional Court of Leuven on Tuesday issued suspended prison sentences to two persons responsible for a January 2014 fire at a residence, in which two young Irish students died. The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, which rented the rooms to the students, was fined 60,000 euros, half of it suspended. Both the institute and the two accused were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter through carelessness. Malachy V. (72), an Irishman living in Leuven, was the owner of the student residence rented by the Leuven Institute. He was given…

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Eggs contaminated with Fipronil: Around 40 countries reported cases

Eggs contaminated with Fipronil: Around 40 countries reported cases

A total of 40 countries have been affected by egg contamination with the insecticide Fipronil. Some 24 out of 28 EU countries reported cases presenting traces of the anti-parasite, as well as 16 other non-EU states. In the EU, only Lithuania, Portugal, Cyprus and Croatia have managed to avoid the scandal up to now. This was indicated by the spokeswoman from the European Commission, Anca Paduraru, to the German DPA press agency. Moreover, there are cases known outside of the EU, in particular the United States, Russia, South Africa and…

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North Korea tensions: Didier Reynders says that EU could play mediation role

North Korea tensions: Didier Reynders says that EU could play mediation role

Speaking on Bel-RTL, Didier Reynders, considered on Tuesday morning, “The European Union may try to play a mediation role” in resolving the North Korean conflict. The head of Belgian diplomacy called for the strengthening of sanctions against Pyongyang, but also the opening of dialogue. Mr Reynders stated, “The entire international community must come together. We will not reach a solution without increasing sanctions, but also need at the same time to seek a dialogue.” He insisted upon the fundamental involvement of China in this process, but also the need for…

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Belgium borrows almost 1.8 billion at negative rates

Belgium borrows almost 1.8 billion at negative rates

Belgium has raised 1.779 billion euros through treasury certificates at negative interest rates, the country’s Debt Agency announced on Tuesday. This includes 1.075 billion euros from treasury certificates with a three-month maturity, at an average rate of -0.635%, and 0.704 billion euros from six-month certificates at a rate of -0.644%, the lowest rate for this category of certificate since February 2017. Negative rates mean that the borrower, in this case the State of Belgium, will reimburse slightly less than the amount borrowed, when the certificates reach maturity.

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