Croatia launches bid to join euro waiting room

Croatia launches bid to join euro waiting room

Croatia launched Thursday (4 July) a bid to join Europe’s Exchange Rate Mechanism II, the two-year waiting room for eurozone candidates which pegs their currencies to the euro, the national bank said. Zagreb hopes to join the ERM II mechanism in mid-2020 and could adopt the euro three years later at the earliest. A letter of intent to join the mechanism sent to the eurozone countries and EU institutions, signed by Finance Minister Zdravko Maric and HNB government Boris Vujcic, was accompanied by a plan for reforms Croatia will undertake…

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EU research ‘moonshots’ focus on climate crisis

EU research ‘moonshots’ focus on climate crisis

The European Commission unveiled five flagship research and innovation “missions” on Thursday (4 July), two of which are directly aimed at addressing the climate crisis. Former EU climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard will spearhead the first research and innovation mission, on “Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation”. The fourth mission, meanwhile, will focus on “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” and will be led by former Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, highlighting the growing importance of global warming in the EU’s research and innovation agenda. The other three missions also have an environmental…

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European Court stops Belgian business school issuing master’s degrees

European Court stops Belgian business school issuing master’s degrees

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has ruled that a business school operating in Brussels and Antwerp may not grant master’s degrees. The United International Business School is based in Switzerland, with operations in Italy, Spain and Japan as well as Belgium. In this country they have campuses in Brussels in St-Gilles and in Antwerp by the Meir shopping street. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate degrees in a variety of business-related disciplines, but is not officially recognised by the Flemish government. Technically, then, the degrees are not…

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Austria first EU country to ban glyphosate

Austria first EU country to ban glyphosate

Austria became the first EU country to slap a total ban on the controversial weed-killer glyphosate, after a majority of MPs voted on Tuesday in favour of the ban in the name of the “precautionary principle.” The ban, judged by its opponents to be against European law, notably received the support of extreme-right party FPÖ. The weed-killer, produced by chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer, has faced a range of trials in the United States, accused there of being carcinogenic.

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US mulls punitive taxes on new batch of European goods

US mulls punitive taxes on new batch of European goods

The United States announced on Monday that it was considering new duties on selected European goods in retaliation for what Washington claims are abusive subsidies for EU aircraft manufacturers. The list of goods to be targeted by the punitive tariffs comprises 90 items, including Gouda and blue cheese, Irish whiskies and certain pork products, representing a total market value of four billion dollars. They will be added to a previous list published on 12 April and valued 21 billion dollars, according to a press release from the office of US…

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Trade pact with S. American lands threatens EU farmers, says Farmers’ Union

Trade pact with S. American lands threatens EU farmers, says Farmers’ Union

A trade agreement reached between the European Commission and the countries of the Mercosur area – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – represents a threat to European farmers and the EU’s agricultural model, according to an analysis by Boerenbond, the Belgian farmers’ union. The agreement, the paper says, opens up the South American market for European goods and services, in return for greater access for their agricultural products. The Mercosur countries have slashed tariffs on cars and machinery, in return for exporting more beef, chicken and sugar to the EU…

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Outstanding European Summit in Brussels on 30 June and 1 July 2019 

Outstanding European Summit in Brussels on 30 June and 1 July 2019 

On Sunday 30 June and Monday 1 July 2019, ” a European Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the European Union will likely be held in Brussels at the buildings of the Council of the European Union, on the Rue de la Loi. A safety zone will be installed. Only authorized persons will be able to input this zone. Limits of the safety zone? — Traffic Team Schuman— Rue Froissart, involving the Rue Belliard and the rond-point Schuman— Rue de la Loi, involving the rond-point Schuman and…

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4th annual HUNGAstRY Festival Commences on a beautiful summer’s day

4th annual HUNGAstRY Festival Commences on a beautiful summer’s day

Countless attendees took the opportunity to drink flavorful tasting wine, eat exquisite Hungarian food, and listen to some wonderful original Hungarian tunes, also choose from a diverse selection of embroidered clothing, jewelries, and also different goods — all while partaking in the Belgian capital’s wonderfully warm summer sun shine. Below are some images from the celebration , which lasts all through most of tomorrow. A few of the top of Hungary’s (Exemplary ) cuisine Lángos — a fast foot specialty — was served nearly directly beneath the famous Arcade du…

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Brussels Hidden Gems: Cantillon Brewery, Anderlecht

Brussels Hidden Gems: Cantillon Brewery, Anderlecht

Less than ten minutes on foot from the Gare du Midi/Zuidstation and its modernist tower, tucked into a side street, next door to a missionary foundation, stands the pretty white and yellow brick façade of the Cantillon Brewery and Gueuze Museum. Since 1900, when the family business was founded by Paul Cantillon and his wife Marie Troch, Brasserie Cantillon has been brewing lambic beer. In 120 years, the only real change has been a switch to organic ingredients in 2011. A visit will teach you all about the brewing process…

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Italian workers Controlled by an Italian mafia family in Belgium

Italian workers Controlled by an Italian mafia family in Belgium

The Bologna Prosecutor’s office (Italy) is investigating a organisation that exploits Italian workers in Belgium.  16 individuals were detained in Italy in June. Le Soir reported that there may be a connection between the rise of a mafia clan and financial activity between Brussels and Namur on Saturday. The newspaper hinted Prosecutors were looking in to the exploitation and racketeering of masons and carpenters.  Le Soir got hold of a 261-page file detailing the proof against 76 people being investigated by the Education court. Among them is Dilbeek resident Mario…

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