Puigdemont case to be taken to the European Court of Human Rights

Puigdemont case to be taken to the European Court of Human Rights

Catalonia’s parliament announced on Tuesday that it would submit a request to the European Court of Human Rights (CEDH) in Strasbourg so that pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont can be sworn in as the region’s president. Puigdemont is still in exile in Belgium. The Catalan parliament “will ask the CEDH to guarantee Mr. Puigdemont’s political rights and, concretely, his right to political participation,” a spokesman for the speaker of Catalonia’s parliament, Roger Torrent, said. He did not mention a date for the request. “With the aim of protecting Mr. Puigdemont’s rights…

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EU to present ‘electroshock’ digital tax plan by March

EU to present ‘electroshock’ digital tax plan by March

EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici confirms EU plans to continue on digital tax plan unilaterally. The European Commission intends to present by the end of March its plan for overhauling tax rules for internet giants, aimed at making them pay up in the countries where they earn their profits. The commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs Pierre Moscovici told France’s Radio J on Sunday the proposal would “create a consensus and an electroshock” on taxing digital economy revenues. Under EU law, tech giants can choose to report their…

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Minister Di Antonio: tap water not a health hazard

Minister Di Antonio: tap water not a health hazard

The Walloon Minister for the Environment, Carlo Di Antonio, “firmly denied” on Tuesday information suggesting tap water could be a risk to consumer health. The minister stated, somewhat annoyed in a communiqué, “Walloon tap water is of excellent quality across the entire territory, and the consumed product subject to the most stringent controls.” Le Soir referred on Tuesday to an impact report by the European Commission establishing that, in Belgium, 8% of the population had been exposed in 2015 to health risks linked to the water they had drunk. However…

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About 8,500 Belgian supporters have requested tickets for FIFA World Cup

About 8,500 Belgian supporters have requested tickets for FIFA World Cup

World football’s governing body, FIFA, has received 8,486 requests for tickets from Belgian fans for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Belgium is thus in 39th place where bookings per country are concerned, a FIFA spokesman confirmed to Belga News Agency on Friday. Members of 1895, the fan club for Belgium’s Red Devils, have booked 311 tickets for their team’s match against Panama, 1,001 for its encounter with Tunisia, and 1,461 for its last match of the group phase – against England. Fan-club members also made 194 bookings for a…

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