The EU mobilizes resources for members affected by the fire

The EU mobilizes resources for members affected by the fire

The European Union (EU) has mobilized significant resources since Monday to help combat fires in Greece, Sweden and Latvia at the same time and put it on a civil protection mechanism. About 60 firefighters, along with their equipment, left Cyprus on Tuesday for Greece, where more than 50 persons have already died as a result of the fires, while Spain is sending two Canadair planes, the office of Commissioner Christos Stylianides, in charge of humanitarian assistance and crisis management, disclosed on Tuesday. Many other EU countries have proposed resources, it…

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Police arrested four migrants in the park of Brussels

Police arrested four migrants in the park of Brussels

The police arrested four people at Maximilien Parc in Brussels. Police officers arrested four people at the Maximilien Parc, situated next to the North train station, in the capital on Monday. The arrests were reported in a message posted to the Facebook page of Mehdi Kassou, a spokesperson for the volunteer-run refugee aid group Plateforme de soutien aux réfugiés. At the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the Maximilien Parc functioned as an unofficial migrant camp with hundreds of undocumented asylum-seekers spending the night there at one point. The…

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The Flemish government enters into an agreement with operators on a high-speed network

The Flemish government enters into an agreement with operators on a high-speed network

Flanders has entered into an agreement with telecom operators Proximus and Telenet to deploy a high-speed digital network in the region, the government of the Flemish government said on Monday. The agreement is aimed at allowing Flemish businesses and households to be among world leaders in innovative digitalization. The operators agreed to give the regional government guarantees with regard to bandwidth, coverage, opening and equitable prices. The Flemish Government, for its part, is to provide the conditions that will facilitate delivery on these commitments.

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Brussels Government, operators reach draft agreement on 5G

Brussels Government, operators reach draft agreement on 5G

The Brussels government and mobile telephone operators have reached a draft agreement on developing 5G connectivity in Brussels Region and making the capital the first 5G city in the country, the office of regional Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort announced on Friday. According to Vervoort’s office, Thursday’s draft agreement “lays the foundation that will allow this aim to be achieved based on permanent dialogue and mutual trust between the region and mobile telephone operators.” The document, which has three parts, deals with issues related to environment and health; economy and employment;…

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Flemish government rules out 3rd superfast cable internet provider

Flemish government rules out 3rd superfast cable internet provider

Economy minister Philippe Muyters has struck a deal with cable internet providers Proximus and Telenet that means no third provider of cable internet will be allowed onto the market in Flanders. Last October Mr Muyters warned the existing operators that the capacity of their network should be increased, that the network should be opened to other players and that users deserved fair prices. Following talks Proximus and Telenet agreed to back the minister’s proposals, but a third operator is being ruled out. The Flemish government agreed to create the conditions…

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Some 140 Polish firemen on their way to Sweden to combat fires

Some 140 Polish firemen on their way to Sweden to combat fires

Poland decided to send 140 firemen to Sweden to combat forest fires that are sustained by a major drought and are raging in the south of this Scandinavian country, announced Friday Polish Minister of Internal Affairs. The Polish Government informed the European Civil Protection Mechanism, contacted earlier this week by Sweden, on “its availability to send human and material means.’’ Sweden accepted Friday morning Poland’s offer of assistance, indicates the Minister in a press release. The firemen and 44 vehicles will leave Saturday by ferry the Swinoujscie Port (North-West) for…

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Courtois awards “Golden Glove” award

Courtois awards “Golden Glove” award

Goalkeeper of the national team of Belgium Thibault Courtois received the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper of the World Cup this year in Russian. Courtois became the second Belgian in history to which the award was awarded. The first was Michel Preud’omme, who won the award for his performances at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. The Chelsea keeper played in all 7 games that saw our national team finish 3rd, Belgium’s best ever performance at a World Cup tournament. Until 2006, the award was called…

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“Don’t panic but get ready for ‘No deal Brexit'”

“Don’t panic but get ready for ‘No deal Brexit'”

The Minister of Economy of Belgium, Chris Peters, calls on the business to prepare for a possible tough Brexit and to the possibility of the United States stopping its close economic ties with the EU, as well as the likelihood that the bloc will not be able to conclude a deal with the UK. In September the Belgian economy will undergo a scan to establish the impact of a hard Brexit business by business. Mr Peeters has spoken with Michel Barnier, who is leading talks on the UK’s exit from…

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The EU has imposed a record 4.34 billion euros in Google

The EU has imposed a record 4.34 billion euros in Google

On Wednesday, the EU imposed a record 4.34 billion euros of fines on Google, this time in connection with the Android antitrust file, a decision that risks further damage to its relations with the US. This financial sanction, aiming at punishing the American company for having misused the dominant position of its smartphone exploitation system, Android, in order to consolidate its online research service supremacy, smashes the previous record, already detained by Google. “Google used illicit practices to cement its dominant position in online research,’’ accused the EU Competition Commissioner,…

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Brussels is investigating the use of unmanned emergency vehicles

Brussels is investigating the use of unmanned emergency vehicles

In Brussels, the “green” project was aimed at exploring the possibility of using drones in emergency situations. Brussels mayor Philippe Close and federal mobility minister François Bellot announced the project in a press statement released on Tuesday. The Take Care Emergency project, which will be carried out in close collaboration with the city’s emergency services, will investigate how drones might be used to transport defibrillators in situations when speed is of the essence, for instance, when someone is having a heart attack. The survival chances of someone who has a…

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