Ghent will host the largest skate Park in Belgium

Ghent will host the largest skate Park in Belgium

The city of Ghent is planning to start this year the construction of the largest skate Park in Belgium – and one of the largest in Europe. The park will be built on 4,000 square metres at the Blaarmeersen recreational centre and, according to Ghent’s alderman for sport, Resul Tapmaz, it “will be completed by Summer 2019”. On Monday, the city presented the plans for the park, drawn up over the past year with the help of local skaters whose opinions were sought through different channels. The project bears the…

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The Belgian research team plans to travel to Mars after 2030

The Belgian research team plans to travel to Mars after 2030

A team of researchers from Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) is participating in an international research project on ways how to reduce health risks from radiation when travelling in space. The results can pave the way to return trips to Mars in the future and contribute to solving health problems on Earth. A recent report states that an astronaut experiences many times more radiation that we do on our own planet. Cosmic radiation and microgravity represent two major health risks and limit the prospects of long spaceflights. The necessity to…

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Wallonia can invest in Chinese electric vehicle project in Gossel

Wallonia can invest in Chinese electric vehicle project in Gossel

The financial arm of Wallonia’s Government, Sogepa, could invest 150 million dollars in a project by the Chinese manufacturer Thunder Power to build electric cars at the Caterpillar site in Gosselies, L‘Echo newspaper reported on Wednesday. The newspaper said that, based on information from the Taiwanese economic newspaper, Digitimes, a framework agreement was reportedly signed during a visit by Sogepa leaders to China. When contacted by L’Echo, Sogepa declined to comment on the discussions because of their confidentiality. However, the newspaper quoted many sources close to the matter as saying…

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Ryanair: unions in four countries repeat the threat of strike

Ryanair: unions in four countries repeat the threat of strike

Trade unions in four European countries, including Belgium, on Monday denounced Ryanair’s attitude to the salon staff, who went on strike in Portugal in early April, and threatened a new strike if their demands are not met. The low-cost carrier had taken disciplinary action against striking cabin staff and other workers who had refused to be used as strikebreakers. In late April, unions representing the airline’s workers in Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain had issued an ultimatum, giving the carrier up to the 30th of June to agree to respect…

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EU sets rules to reduce disposable plastics

EU sets rules to reduce disposable plastics

The European Commission announced yesterday new EU rules to reduce 10 disposable plastic products most commonly found on European beaches and seas. The rules also targets lost and abandoned fishing gear. The plastic items covered by the proposal account for 43 % of total marine litter. To this is added 27 % in form of fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter. The selection of plastic items to be reduced is based on a representative sample covering 276 beaches in 17 EU member states and four regional…

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The European Theatre: the new urban space project started in the European quarter

The European Theatre: the new urban space project started in the European quarter

Last Friday, on May 25, a new urban experience was launched in the heart of Brussels. The experiment consists of a podium structure which is, on the one hand, an urban furniture where people can meet for a talk, to read a book, to relax, and on the other hand, a place where different events can be hosted throughout the summer. The European Theater was officially opened today in the Leopold park with a debate around the activation of public spaces in the European Quarter. Participants were also invited to…

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New Zealand rejects more than 100,000 cows to eradicate Mycoplasma disease

New Zealand rejects more than 100,000 cows to eradicate Mycoplasma disease

New Zealand will become the first country in the world to try to eradicate the cow disease Mycoplasma bovis, culling tens of thousands of cows in the largest mass animal slaughter in the country’s history. Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to cull 126,000 cows and spend more than NZ$800m ($560m) over 10 years in an attempt to save the national dairy herd and protect the long-term productivity of the farming sector, which is New Zealand’s second biggest export earner. Mycoplasma bovis was first detected in New Zealand in…

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Marcolini will open ten new stores thanks to the equity loan

Marcolini will open ten new stores thanks to the equity loan

The Belgian master chocolatier Marcolini will open ten new wholly owned outlets across the world, among which two at the Brussels Airport and a first store in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, could be read Saturday in L’Echo. These will come in addition to the already existing twenty. The enterprise will finance this operation through an equity loan. For this purpose, it sealed off within 48 hours the raising of one million euros capital from more than 300 investors. Marcolini will thus soon operate some 30 wholly owned outlets…

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Reform of companies ‘ rights to attract more businesses in Belgium

Reform of companies ‘ rights to attract more businesses in Belgium

The ministers’ council approved Friday an in-depth reform of the rights of companies and associations. According to Minister of Justice Koen Geens, the new Company Code that he prepared aims at attracting more companies in Belgium by aligning the country with its neighbors. One of the most visible elements is the decrease of the number of categories of enterprises from 17 to 4. In the future, we will talk about “company,” “private company,” “liability limited company” and “cooperative company”. All of the existing types of companies can be included in…

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The EU offers sustainable financing, but much remains to be done

The EU offers sustainable financing, but much remains to be done

The European Commission announced last week an action plan on sustainable financing to encourage the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner economy. At this stage the proposals are focussed on environmental investments and social factors are expected to be included later on. Global Witness, known for its campaign against “blood diamonds” and for defending environment activists, called on the Commission to work for stronger safeguards to stop harmful investments. “The Commission’s proposals have failed to go far enough – it is time for robust regulations to…

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