OBO supplied cable ducts for Belgium’s longest car tunnel

OBO supplied cable ducts for Belgium’s longest car tunnel

OBO has supplied cable ducts and fastening systems for the renovation of Belgium’s longest car tunnel. The Annie Cordy tunnel, formerly known as the Leopold II tunnel, has a total length of 2.5 kilometers and is used by 65,000 vehicles daily. The tunnel was built in 1986 and connects the Basilica of Koekelberg with the inner ring. The renovation of the tunnel should be completed in 2022. OBO was selected for this project, because the company was able to provide products that have a service life of up to 25…

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A fourth telecom provider enters the market in Belgium

A fourth telecom provider enters the market in Belgium

DIGI is the fifth telecom provider to establish itself on the Belgian market. This became clear after the auction of 5G frequencies for our country. The company DIGI consists of the West Flemish telecom specialist Citymesh from Bruges and the Romanian provider Digi Communications. This is the first time in 20 years that a new player is entering this market in Belgium. So far, the telecom providers Proximus, Telenet and Orange have split the mobile communications market in Belgium. In addition, there is the Walloon provider Network Research Belgium (NRB)…

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Belgium readies for the natural gas shortage

Belgium readies for the natural gas shortage

The Belgian federal government is currently finetuning a shutdown plan for gas if the conflict with Russia should lead to an effective shortage. At the request of Federal Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten from the Flemish Greens (Groen), a survey was sent to around 1,000 large industrial consumers in the country with the aim of finding out where their opportunities or problems lie if the gas supply is cut off. The last thing the government wants is to turn off the gas tap to private households in the country….

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Discrimination lawsuits rule the pandemic era

Discrimination lawsuits rule the pandemic era

From the Covid Safe Ticket to the vaccination campaign, the pandemic largely drove a rise in the number of discrimination cases opened in Belgium last year. A total of 10,610 reports for suspected offences of discrimination, hate messages and hate crimes were received by Belgium’s independent public institution that fights discrimination, Unia, in 2021, an increase of 12% compared to the previous year. The organisation opened 2,379 individual files regarding complaints (+9%). “Behind these files are mainly 2,379 people who have felt discriminated against and for whom Unia reached out…

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Kazakhstan may offer much needed relief at metal markets – Kenges Rakishev

Kazakhstan may offer much needed relief at metal markets – Kenges Rakishev

With G7 putting several Russian metal mining companies the world may face scarcity for several important commodities. It may present opportunity for investors to grab some market share. Kenges Rakishev, an experienced Kazakhstani businessmen offers for the public Gornostaevskoye mining field: a large deposit of nickel and cobalt in Kazakhstan. Rakishev offers it putting a great attention to the environmental issues: metals will be extracted by leaching, which will greatly reduce the risks of pollution. Kenges Rakishev is about to bring Gornostaevskoye to market. It is controlled by his Battery…

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Belgium bets on green hydrogen, following the German choice

Belgium bets on green hydrogen, following the German choice

The Flemish University of Applied Sciences VIVES will open a new hydrogen Research Center on the Kortrijk campus tomorrow, April 28. The opening is part of the Hydrogen Technology Event, the first hydrogen event in Flanders organized by VIVES and KU Leuven. Hydrogen as an energy carrier plays a crucial role in the energy transition. In industries but also in mobility. In order to achieve the set climate goals, it is necessary to accelerate. Through the Hydrogen Technology Event, this knowledge is bundled in a well-filled program through key notes…

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Farm to Fork: EU increases the availability of biological pesticides

Farm to Fork: EU increases the availability of biological pesticides

As part of the EU’s transition to sustainable food systems and the work to reduce the use of chemical pesticides under the Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU has taken another important step to ensure access to biological plant protection products for use in fields across member states. Member states have approved new rules to facilitate the approval of micro-organisms for use as active substances in plant protection products. These new rules will provide the EU’s farmers with additional options to substitute chemical plant protection products. Health and Food Safety…

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Commission calls for experts to advise on the implementation of the EU Missions

Commission calls for experts to advise on the implementation of the EU Missions

The Commission has launched a call for experts to join the five Mission Boards who will advise on the implementation of the EU Missions. The Missions aim to deliver solutions to key global challenges by 2030: Adaptation to Climate Change, Cancer, Restore our Ocean and Waters, Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities and A Soil Deal for Europe. Each Board will consist of up to 15 independent high-level experts with diverse profiles, such as from business, public administration, science, culture, citizen engagement, and civil society organisations, from across Europe and beyond. Building…

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Why financial services are counting on digital trust

Why financial services are counting on digital trust

Electronic signatures could become more popular if proposed EU rulebook reforms pass, according to a paper published by the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology. Delano spoke with Lhoft’s Jérôme Verony about digital IDs in the financial sector. The European Commission has proposed changes to the EU’s 2018 regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions (known as eIDAS). The refinements could make digital IDs more widely used across the bloc and, coupled with an existing Luxembourg archiving law, could create a “competitive edge” for firms based in the…

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Only a quarter of Brussels restaurants open on New Year’s Eve

Only a quarter of Brussels restaurants open on New Year’s Eve

Only a quarter of Brussels’ restaurants are planning to be open on New Year’s Eve, compared to about half of them on a normal year. The estimate comes from the Brussels Catering Federation, Bruzz reports, and those who are opening are running into issues related to the current coronavirus restrictions, which include an early closing time and limited capacity. “At the moment I have about 35 reservations while I have room for 100 people.” Early closing times deter diners At Odette en Ville, owner Serge Litvine says a festive atmosphere…

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