Ardo is Business of the Year in Flanders

Ardo is Business of the Year in Flanders

The global producer of vegetables, spices and frozen fruits, Ardo, was designated Flemish Business of the Year on Tuesday by the EY consultancy, De Tijd daily and the BNP Paribas Fortis bank. The Ardo group comprises 21 companies in nine countries and a worldwide sales network. Strong growth achieved in recent years by the firm, located in Ardooie, resulted in 2017 in a gross turnover of one billion euros. On Monday, the Easyfairs company from Brussels, specialized in organizing salons, was designated Business of the Year in Francophone Belgium, replacing…

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Combating misinformation: Facebook, Twitter and EC put forward their road map

Combating misinformation: Facebook, Twitter and EC put forward their road map

Threatened by the European Commission as to the imposition of new rules to intensify the fight against online misinformation, the main social media platforms (Google, Facebook, Mozilla and Twitter) on Tuesday set out self-regulatory measures. They did so with next May’s European election campaign in mind. These measures include transparency tools to indicate the political nature of some advertisements, and training in Internet security for the European Parliament’s political groups and the authorities responsible for organizing the elections. Other strengthened cooperation with fact-checking organizations is also proposed. The Net giants,…

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More than 100,000 Brusselers did not go to the ballot box in Sunday’s elections

More than 100,000 Brusselers did not go to the ballot box in Sunday’s elections

The Brussels Local Government Regional Public Service is indicating that no less than 100,789 Brusselers did not go to their local polling station on Sunday. The Capital region’s rate of absenteeism was 16.47%, a slight decrease compared to the 2012 municipal election (17.13%). In total, 534,539 people fulfilled their citizen duty out of the 635,328 voters registered in the 19 communes. This figure includes European residents registered on electoral lists. Amongst those going to the ballot box, 502,738 people posted a valid vote, whilst 31,771 others submitted a blank or…

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Umicore to recycle BMW electric car batteries

Umicore to recycle BMW electric car batteries

German carmaker BMW has created a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and the Swedish company, Northvolt. According to some environmental organisations, the electric car, which does not emit CO2, is less environmentally friendly than it seems. This is because the production process for the battery pollutes and the battery produces waste that is difficult to recycle. The German car maker BMW now wants to address this weakness by entering into a technological partnership with the battery producer Northvolt (co-founded by a former top director…

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Belgium now relying on just one reactor

Belgium now relying on just one reactor

Currently, Belgium has only one operational nuclear reactor: Doel 3. As announced, Engie Electrabel has stopped Tihange 1, for maintenance, its website says on Saturday. Engie Electrabel had announced that it had advanced the maintenance of Tihange 1 to October 13th, instead of the 20th, as initially programed. This to limit the period in which Doel 3 (with a capacity of 1,066 megawatts) will be the country’s sole operating nuclear power plant. Tihange 1, with capacity of 962 megawatts, is expected to provide current again as of November 17. The…

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Legal status of EU payment mechanism for trade with Iran still unclear

Legal status of EU payment mechanism for trade with Iran still unclear

The EU and Iran agreed to continue trade after the us withdraws from the nuclear deal. To circumvent US sanctions they recently announced a plan for maintaining payment channels outside the banking system which could be targeted by the sanctions. Whether it is legally and practically feasible is still an open question. Following a ministerial meeting on 24 September in New York, the participants welcomed an EU initiative to establish a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports. The US waiver…

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Football scandal: “My client collected the packaging of luxury watches”

Football scandal: “My client collected the packaging of luxury watches”

The lawyer of Mogi Bayat has spoken out after his client, Belgium’s leading football agent, was arrest on suspicion of money laundering and involvement in a criminal organisation. The football agent or broker organised transfers at practically all big Belgian clubs. Bayat’s fortune is estimated at some 15 million euros. During the last 6 years he made profits worth 9 million euros. At the federal prosecutor’s press conference prosecutors noted that luxury watches and packaging of luxury watches worth 8 million euros, jewels and cash were seized from Bayat. The…

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15 arrests in massive anti-drug operation in Anderlecht

15 arrests in massive anti-drug operation in Anderlecht

Fifteen people have been detained following a massive police operation in the Peterbos district of Anderlecht in Brussels. During the two-day operation police raided twenty-four premises as part of an investigation into drugs trafficking. Fifteen people were arrested and 55,000 euros in cash seized. A kilo of drugs was also impounded. An examining magistrate decided that seven of those detained will remain in custody. One suspect has been charged, but later released. Two other suspects await questioning. Five suspects were released following questioning.

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700 European entrepreneurs demand a “business-friendly’’ EU

700 European entrepreneurs demand a “business-friendly’’ EU

“The business world is open to Europe, but Europe must also be open to the business world,’’ warned 700 European entrepreneurs gathered in Brussels on Wednesday. These business leaders — including thirty Belgians — sat, debated and voted in the European Parliament on Wednesday, taking the place of MEPs for a day in the Chamber. During the fifth edition of the “European Parliament of Enterprises” (EPE), 700 EU entrepreneurs were asked to position themselves on trade, the single market at the time of Brexit, and on the future of Europe….

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Office block in voluva threatening collapse, will be demolished in a day

Office block in voluva threatening collapse, will be demolished in a day

An empty office block on the busy Avenue de Tervuren in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre in Brussels was demolished at emergency speed on Tuesday. The building had shown signs of imminent collapse. The building – the former Chien Vert office block – was in the process of being converted into apartments. Builders on the works noticed the construction was beginning to sway, and raised the alarm. A safety perimeter was established, and residents of neighbouring blocks evacuated to a nearby sports centre. Police and fire service were present, and gas and electricity were…

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