The collapse of the ceiling in the courthouse in Brussels

The collapse of the ceiling in the courthouse in Brussels

The court clerk’s office at the Brussels court of cassation suffered serious damage after part of its ceiling collapsed Tuesday night. No one was injured in an incident believed to have been caused by a water leak. There was nobody in the office when the ceiling collapsed. The part of the office under the collapsed ceiling is used to store criminal case files. These are reported not to have been damaged. On Monday two employee at the courthouse were injured when a number of shelf units fell over at the…

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About 40,000 people switched banks in the last six months in Belgium

About 40,000 people switched banks in the last six months in Belgium

On February 1, 2018, a new interbank mobility service was launched. Six months later, 39,758 banking changes were requested, the Febelfin banking industry Federation announced on Thursday. It also notes that the number of institutional changes has doubled since the previous year. For Febelfin, this increased mobility does not mean that customers are less satisfied with their banking institution. “Absolutely not, it has simply become easier for the customer to change banks than before. The complexity threshold is now significantly lowered, so customers are moving faster to change banks for…

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The energy independence of Lithuania: carbon wolf in sheep’s clothing?

The energy independence of Lithuania: carbon wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Since Lithuania’s accession to the European Union in 2004, relations between Vilnius and Brussels were mostly happy. Lithuania is the second-biggest net beneficiary of EU investment, with €8.56 billion earmarked for Lithuanian schools, laboratories, oncology centres and even the bustling airport in Kaunas from 2014-20. In return, Lithuania has adopted the euro and its officials talk up their commitment to “Western values.” Ignoble end for Ignalina As with any relationship, however, there are hurdles. One bone of contention concerns the 2600MW Ignalina nuclear plant, which the EU obliged the Lithuanians…

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