Prison director, 24 guards, to appear before Brussels Council Chamber

Prison director, 24 guards, to appear before Brussels Council Chamber

A director of the Forest Prison and 24 penitentiary guards are scheduled to appear before the Brussels Council Chamber, the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) of Brussels said on Thursday, confirming a report in Dernière Heure daily, which said the OPP wanted the group indicted for allegedly illtreating detainees. The OPP had initiated an investigation, some time ago, into a group of prison warders who had been working for years in Aisle D of the prison. The members of the group were nicknamed the SS because of the insults,…

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WiFi4EU: New EU scheme for free internet access

WiFi4EU: New EU scheme for free internet access

A financial scheme for local wireless access points in the EU, free of charge and without discriminatory conditions, is on its way. A budget of €120 million for this new scheme was approved with 582 votes to 98 against, with nine abstentions, by the European Parliament on Tuesday. The funds will be used in a “geographically balanced” way in more than 6,000 communities in the Member States, on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the initiative, municipal administrations, libraries and other public bodies will be able to apply for…

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Union welcomes CJUE decision allowing Ryanair staff to take legal action locally

Union welcomes CJUE decision allowing Ryanair staff to take legal action locally

The Employees National Group, CNE has welcomed a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which, it says, allows Ryanair workers at Charleroi Airport to take legal action against the airline in local courts. “Since 2011, the CNE petitioned for hostesses and stewards working for Ryanair at Charleroi Airport to be able to be defended in Belgian courts with regard to the labour law,” the CNE said. “On the 14th of September, the European Court of Justice issued its ruling, which entirely supports the CNE’s position.”…

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Austria opposes Juncker’s wish to expand euro zone

Austria opposes Juncker’s wish to expand euro zone

Austria’s leaders on Thursday expressed their opposition to the wish of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to see a maximum of European Union (EU) members join the euro zone, pointing to the Greek crisis as a precedent not to be repeated. “I think this concept is not thought through,” Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern (Social Democrats) said, stressing that Europe’s priorities should instead be fighting tax fraud and social dumping, and calling for strict respect for Maastricht’s criteria. “As long as all this has not been dealt with, it makes no…

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Belgian Football Union awaits word from FIFA on cyber security at Russia 2018

Belgian Football Union awaits word from FIFA on cyber security at Russia 2018

Belgium’s soccer authorities say they are awaiting word from FIFA on cybersecurity measures following fears expressed by England’s Football Association (FA) regarding potential activity by Russian hackers at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The FA had expressed concern to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) that Russian hackers could leak the preparations and tactics of national teams during the World Cup. The spokesman of Belgium’s football union, URBSFA, Pierre Cornez, said on Wednesday that the union was waiting to hear from FIFA on steps it would take to…

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