Red Flames achieve highest ever FIFA ranking

Red Flames achieve highest ever FIFA ranking

Belgium’s national women’s football team the Red Flames have achieved their highest ever FIFA ranking. Our women are 20th in the new FIFA rankings that were published on Friday morning. Never since football’s world governing FIFA launched its ranking system for national women’s teams in 2003 have the Red Flames been ranked higher. In the last set of rankings that date from December last year the Red Flames were 21st. Now the share 20th place with Scotland’s national women’s team. Both Scotland and Belgium have 1,812 points. Top in the…

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EU moves into crisis mode as it plans for no-deal Brexit

EU moves into crisis mode as it plans for no-deal Brexit

The EU has moved into full crisis mode, with officials now setting the terms the UK will have to meet for Brussels to open talks on avoiding an economic meltdown in the weeks after a no-deal Brexit. In anticipation of a no-deal outcome on 12 April after MPs voted down eight Brexit options on Wednesday, and the likely rejection of the withdrawal agreement on Friday, EU ambassadors on Thursday morning opened discussions on the terms to be set for the bloc to return to the negotiating table. The EU’s chief…

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Government steps in to defuse air traffic control dispute

Government steps in to defuse air traffic control dispute

The Belgian government has intervened in the dispute between Belgian air traffic controllers and the Belgian air traffic control agency Skeyes. Labour minister Kris Peeters has appointed not one, but two social mediators to unblock the conflict. As a result of the appointment all protest actions and strikes by air traffic controllers are suspended at least until Monday. The unions are keen to give the mediators a chance in their dispute about work pressure, employment numbers and air safety. Earlier attempts to reach agreement were not successful. The socialist union…

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Polluting cars could be fined in Brussels low emission zone from Monday

Polluting cars could be fined in Brussels low emission zone from Monday

The planned adaptation period for the new vehicles banned from driving in the Brussels Region will end on 1 April. This means that any motorist travelling with a prohibited vehicle in the low emission zone will be subject to fines as of Monday. Since 1 January, Euro 2 diesel vehicles and Euro 0 and Euro 1 gasoline vehicles have been added to the list of vehicles already banned in the Brussels Region’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The European emission standard, or EURO standard, classifies vehicles on a scale of 1…

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Temping agency paints gloomy picture of the Belgian labour market

Temping agency paints gloomy picture of the Belgian labour market

According to a report compiled by the temping agency Randstad the labour market in Belgium is not performing well. Furthermore the gap between the regions is widening and this could lead to renewed political tension between Flanders and the two other regions. When compared to our European neighbouring we are doing worse when it comes to, for example the average number of years spent working and productivity. In a report entitled “The sorrow of the Belgian labour market” the labour market expert Jan Denys says that the situation here is…

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Presidential Elections In Ukraine: With Zelenskiy Taking The Lead, Poroshenko And Boyko Accelerating The Pace, Tymoshenko Featuring A Slight Setback

Presidential Elections In Ukraine: With Zelenskiy Taking The Lead, Poroshenko And Boyko Accelerating The Pace, Tymoshenko Featuring A Slight Setback

The survey conducted in late March 2019 showed the notable changes in the voters’ attitudes prior to the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine. Should the presidential elections be held ‘this Sunday’, the biggest part of voters would give their votes to Volodymyr Zelenskiy (24.2%), Petro Poroshenko (15.1%), Yuriy Boyko (15.0%) or Yulia Tymoshenko (14.7%). The other candidates share quite modest chances to reach the second round of the presidential elections: the “Big Four” are followed by Anatoliy Grytsenko (7.5%), Oleg Lyashko (5.2%), Oleksandr Vilkul (3.4%), Ruslan Koshulynskiy (2.8%),…

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European Commission wants joint approach on 5G

European Commission wants joint approach on 5G

EU Member States should conduct a risk analysis on 5G infrastructure in their countries by the end of June and exchange that information so as to develop a continent-wide risk analysis, the European Commission recommended on Tuesday. The Commission made the recommendation while presenting its plans to ensure the security of 5G development in the European Union in the face of suspicions of espionage by Chinese companies. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, ENISA, will help Member States in an EU global risk assessment to be conducted…

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European Parliament opts for scrapping seasonal time change by 2021

European Parliament opts for scrapping seasonal time change by 2021

The European Parliament is in favour of scrapping the seasonal time change throughout the European Union by 2021. Countries wishing to keep summer time would make their final change on the last Sunday of March 2021, under a proposal approved on Tuesday by members of the European Parliament. Those wishing to stick to standard or winter time would make their last switch in October 2021. In September last, following a public consultation, the European Commission recommended scrapping the seasonal time change as early as 2019, but both Member States and…

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Belgian airspace closed on Monday night

Belgian airspace closed on Monday night

No flights will be possible on Monday night between 1:30 and 3:30, due to a shortage of air traffic controllers. This is the latest update from Skeyes, the organization in charge of air traffic control in Belgium, reports Le Soir. Temporary closures of airspace have already occurred during the weekend and through points of last week. This led to delays and cancellations. Management tried to break the deadlock last week by concluding an agreement with the Socialist Union (ODOC/CSPF) at a Joint Committee meeting. But ACV/CSC did not accept. On…

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Belgium’s shoemakers, a dying breed

Belgium’s shoemakers, a dying breed

Ten years ago, there were 805 shoemakers in Belgium, but their number has since plunged by 22% to 630, Economic Affairs Department statistics show. The profession is disappearing, according to the Syndicat Neutre pour Indépendants (SNI), the union that represents self-employed professionals like shoemakers. “We are living more and more in a discardable society,” says SNI President Christine Mattheeuws. “When you buy shoes on line for about 50 euros, you no longer bother to have them repaired.” This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, she notes, from the shoemakers to…

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