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EU takes Italy to court over urban waste water pollution

The European Commission has decided to refer Italy back to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to comply with a previous court judgment on urban waste water treatment. Italy’s poor performance in waste water management According to the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, member states…

Eurozone Inflation Eases to Lowest Since Ukraine Crisis

ECB faces dilemma over interest rate hikes Eurozone inflation has fallen more than economists expected to hit its lowest level since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine more than a year ago, bolstering hopes that monetary policymakers could stop raising interest rates this summer. Annual consumer prices in the 20-country single…

The Flemish Agency for Nature and Forests (ANB) has issued a code yellow warning for fire risk in nature reserves and forest areas across Flanders, Belgium. As the region enters the seasonal drought period, the risk of forest fires is increasing. Initially, only the provinces of Antwerp and Limburg were under code yellow, but after a thorough analysis, the ANB decided to raise the alert level for the entire region…

Belgium’s new regulation on packaging and packing waste, as part of the EU’s efforts to increase reusable packaging, may require over one billion reusable beer and glass bottles to be destroyed. The Belgian Brewers’ Association have expressed concerns over the regulation, stating that it would force brewers to destroy bottles to comply with the harmonization rules. The proposed legislation requires all packaging to have an “indelible code” to trace the…

Following his involvement in child pornography possession and upskirting incidents, a man from Verviers has been sentenced to a 40-month suspended prison term by the Verviers Criminal Court in Belgium. The case arose when a young girl reported a voyeurism incident at a local swimming pool in Eupen, leading to the seizure of the defendant’s mobile phone. While no images of the young victim were discovered on the defendant’s phone,…

A road maintenance crew working on a Belgian road, symbolizing the Walloon Government's exploration of a recurrent budget for road network maintenance.

The Mobility and Infrastructure Plan for All in the Walloon region of Belgium, scheduled for 2020-2026, has experienced delays, with approximately 300 projects affected as of December 15. The leader of the MR group in the Walloon parliament, Jean-Paul Wahl, expressed frustration over the lack of progress, criticizing both the administrative structure and the responsible minister. Wahl called for a proactive approach to resolve the stagnation. In response, Minister Philippe Henry acknowledged the need for improvement in the state of…

Belgium's STIB CEO Raises Concerns over Viability of Metro Line 3 Without Bordet Station

The CEO of Brussels’ public transport network STIB in Belgium, Brieuc de Meeûs, has raised concerns about the long-term viability of metro line 3 if an extension between Gare du Nord and Bordet Station in Evere is not constructed. During a STIB meeting, de Meeûs emphasized that the inclusion of Bordet Station is crucial due to its proximity to the Haren metro depot. He stated that without the station, it would be “impossible” for the metro line to operate effectively.…

Belgium's wind and solar power meet the entire country's electricity demand.

Preliminary figures from Elia, Belgium’s high-voltage operator, revealed that wind and solar energy generated a record amount of electricity, enough to meet the entire country’s demand. Renewable energy sources produced 8,303 megawatts of electricity which exceeded the previous record set in 2022 of 7,112 megawatts. Additionally, enewable energy sources generated 7,695 megawatts during peak hours. Belgium’s power demand typically reaches about 8 gigawatts, making this the first time that wind and solar energy covered the entire country’s electricity consumption. Energy…

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Accused of Rape in India; Calls for Accountability in Church

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Franco Mulakkal, the former bishop of Jalandhar in northern India, who had faced allegations of repeatedly raping a nun over a two-year period. The Vatican officially announced this development on Thursday, although no further details were provided. Franco Mulakkal, now 59 years old, had been appointed as the bishop of the Diocese of Jalandhar in Punjab state back in 2013. In 2018, he temporarily stepped down from his position when a nun accused…

Belgian PM and Environment Minister

Outgoing Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Hans Bruyninckx, has strongly criticized Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir for their opposition to the new Nature Restoration Law. Bruyninckx, who has played a vital role in shaping European environmental policy during his ten-year tenure at the EEA, has raised concerns about the challenges faced by environmental and climate policies due to resistance from government officials. While acknowledging positive strides such as improvements in air…

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Uber drivers protesting in front of Uber's headquarters, demanding fair treatment and transparency.

A driver protest in front of Uber’s headquarters has led to the closure of Boulevard Louis Schmidt towards Montgomery in Brussels since 08:00 on Tuesday morning. The Uber drivers are demanding improved working conditions and resolution to the issues they face while working for the multinational company. Their grievances include accusations that Uber restricts drivers from working based on negative reviews and fails to provide information about the price and destination of planned routes. Approximately 70 vehicles were present at…

Exterior view of Haren prison, symbolizing security concerns and the need for improved working conditions.

During visiting hours at Haren prison, two guards were assaulted by an inmate, prompting the prison’s employees to issue a strike notice for June 7. The attack occurred without provocation, resulting in one guard being injured on the hand while attempting to intervene. Both the assailant and the injured guards were taken to the hospital for treatment. According to La Dernière Heure, the inmate responsible for the assault has a mental disorder. The guards expressed discontent with the continuation of…

Brussels Hospital Employees Stage Strike, Demand Compensation Reform

Employees of the Iris Hospital network in Brussels, Belgium have initiated a strike on Tuesday, May 30 to protest against the inadequate working conditions they endure. While some services will still be operational, the protesters have highlighted the grievances of the staff members. Protesters gathered outside various hospitals, including CHU Brugmann, CHU Saint-Pierre, Iris Sud, and the Institut Jules Bordet, to express their dissatisfaction with the challenging work environment. During the strike, a minimum level of service comparable to a…

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