Antwerp Stock exchange shines again

Antwerp Stock exchange shines again

The Old Stock Exchange on the Hofstraat had become too small. To replace it, 1531 saw the construction of the New Stock Exchange. After many trials and tribulations over the centuries, it has now been made ready for the 21st century. Merchants in the 16th century were able to apply new trading practices in this building by architect Domien De Waghemaekere (1460-1542) in the historic heart of Antwerp, which made it a stock exchange ahead of its time. This laid the foundations for the modern shares and options market, the…

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WineWise opens new wine education centre in Brussels

WineWise opens new wine education centre in Brussels

WineWise, the Belgian reference for wine education, is set to open a new location in the Excellis centre in Evere this October, 2019. Since 2001, Winewise has been offering professional and certified wine courses in Antwerp and Ghent and with this new location it targets the hospitality business, wine trade and wine lovers in the Brussels area. WineWise is the recognized provider in Belgium and the Netherlands for all courses of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the international world leader for wine education. “Wine education is globally on…

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Will abortion be decriminalized in Belgium?

Will abortion be decriminalized in Belgium?

The debate of last year regarding abortion, ended with a compromise to remove abortion from the Criminal Code, but still maintaining criminal sanctions. This was achieved when the Swedish majority (MR, N-VA, CD and V, also supported by cdH), approved the compromise. However, several other parties both in opposition and former majorities, were not in agreement. A working group is being set up in the House with the purpose of drafting a bill to further decriminalize abortion. Proposals have come in from the PTB, DéFI, PS, Ecolo, sp.a and Open…

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EU data watchdog raises concerns about Microsoft contracts

EU data watchdog raises concerns about Microsoft contracts

Microsoft’s contracts with European Union institutions do not fully protect data in line with EU law, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said in initial findings published on Monday (21 October). The EDPS, the EU’s data watchdog, opened an investigation in April to assess whether contracts between Microsoft and EU institutions such as the European Commission fully complied with the bloc’s data protection rules. “Though the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary results reveal serious concerns over compliance of the relevant contractual terms with data protection rules and the role of…

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Sánchez praises Spanish police, as far-right rises in polls

Sánchez praises Spanish police, as far-right rises in polls

Spain’s caretaker socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has praised the National Police deployment in Catalonia saying it is “an example of professionalism and vocation of public service”. Meanwhile, the far-right and conservatives are expected to benefit from the violence in Catalonia. Sanchez’s statement came following last week’s violent protests in the region, in response to a Supreme Court ruling that sentenced nine Catalan pro-independence politicians to jail for their role in the banned 2017 independence referendum. During a short visit to Barcelona on Monday, Sánchez said the police forces deployed…

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