Germany rejects EU executive call to ease COVID border curbs: letter

Germany rejects EU executive call to ease COVID border curbs: letter

Germany told the European Union it would uphold its latest border restrictions imposed to curb the spread of new coronavirus variants, snubbing calls from the bloc’s executive European Commission, Austria and the Czech Republic, write Gabriela Baczynska and Sabine Siebold. The Brussels-based executive last week asked Germany and five other countries to ease unilateral restrictions on movement of goods and people, saying they have “gone too far” and were putting a strain on the bloc’s cherished single market. But Germany’s EU ambassador replied in a March 1 letter, which was…

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Belgian rail developing system to predict crowd levels on trains

Belgian rail developing system to predict crowd levels on trains

Belgium’s national rail company SNCB wants to develop a barometer that can anticipate how many people will be taking trains to the coast, it announced. SNCB met with the National Crisis Centre, the Federal Ministry of Mobility and the Ministry of Interior Affairs on Thursday, along with the province of West Flanders and the coastal communes. The system would use information from the rail company’s travel planner – which people can find in the SNCB’s app and on its website – as most people consult it before boarding a train.

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Minister Paul Magnette demands clear routes to reopen Belgium

Minister Paul Magnette demands clear routes to reopen Belgium

Today’s Consultative Committee has to set a clear timetable for the reopening of all closed sectors in Belgium starting from April or May, according to Paul Magnette, leader of the Francophone socialist PS party. Priority for relaxations should be for education, Magnette said, echoing earlier statements from Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, but a clear timetable for other sectors is needed. “We need a timetable that opens up a clear outlook,” he told Sudpresse on Friday morning. “We cannot leave a meeting this Friday with something vague or with a…

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BIL partners up with Candriam for ESG criteria

BIL partners up with Candriam for ESG criteria

To better understand sustainable investment and respond to new European rules in terms of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, lender BIL has called on the expertise of asset manager Candriam, well established in Luxembourg. It has become a European requirement in the investment world. Financial actors, who have an important role to play in the development of sustainable finance, must integrate ESG factors into their analysis and present them clearly to their clients. A major challenge that requires expertise. Rather than acting alone, BIL has therefore decided to partner…

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