On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty International published on Monday a report on the state of human rights in 2018. It reveals that fundamental rights are under pressure in Europe, and that Belgium is not immune to criticism from NGOs. According…

Asbestos traces in two SNCB trains

Monday, 10 December 2018 17:16
Traces of asbestos have recently been detected in a closed technical space aboard two out of twenty examined trains of the "Sprinter" type series stock, put into service between 1986 and 1989, SNCB said Sunday.
A "Happy Train" with three carriages, specially decorated for winter and the Christmas/New Year holidays, will run from Monday until January 6 on the Belgian railway network, the SNCB announced.
Belgium is still a “medium-performing” country in the fight against climate change even if it has moved up by one point, according to the Climate Change Performance Index 2019, compiled by environmental NGOs and published on Monday on the occasion of COP24 in Katowice, Poland.
About 30 persons demonstrated on Monday outside the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels’ European Quarter as representatives of EU member States met for a first series of votes on proposals to oblige companies to manufacture household appliances that are easy to repair and more durable.
Brussels Airlines is among the most polluting airlines in a ranking made by the German environmental association Atmosfair, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad reported Monday.
"The planned actions will have all the more meaning," the FGTB President Robert Vertenueil responded Monday morning about the new federal coalition.

Nearly one million SMEs in Belgium in 2017

Monday, 10 December 2018 16:15
In 2017, Belgium had 940,440 SMEs, which is an increase by 4% compared to the previous year, according to the Performance Dashboard for SMEs and Independent Contractors presented by the FPS Economy and the Minister of Independents and SMEs, Denis Ducarme, Monday.
Surgeons of the Women's Clinic and the Transplantation Centre of the UZ Gent recently performed the first uterine transplant in Belgium.
The “firm but humane” asylum policy will continue, deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo said on TV programme De Zevende Dag on Sunday.