Belgium sends one in every five asylum seekers back to his/her country of first entry into the European Union (EU), De Tijd reported on Tuesday, based on new figures for 2017 from the Immigration Office.
The situation in EU in general and Hungary and Poland in particular was discussed yesterday at a hearing in Brussels convened by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe. The hearing gathered representatives of inter-governmental regional organisations, EU institutions, umbrella organisations, academia, think-tanks, and civil society.
Young people at the age of 18 can as of today apply for a free ticket giving them the opportunity to discover Europe. The programme, DiscoverEU, aims at enabling them to better understand Europe's diversity, enjoy its cultural richness, and get a sense of their European identity.
The European Commission announced last week an increase in funding in next long-term EU budget (2021 -2027) for cooperation between tax and customs authorities in EU member states. The programmes aim at modernizing national administrations and will not directly tackle customs and tax fraud.
Cocaine is the most widely consumed illegal stimulant drug in Europe.

Theo Francken accuses EU of hypocrisy

Thursday, 07 June 2018 18:03
Speaking on VRT TV, Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken (New Flemish Alliance) on Wednesday accused the European Union of hypocrisy, in reaction to the controversy sparked by statements he made the day before at a European meeting.
Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, Brexit, will cost French businesses some four billion euros a year, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Oliver Wyman cabinet in collaboration with Clifford Chance.
European measures in response to the U.S. move to hike customs tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union (EU) will go into effect in July, the European Commission announced on Wednesday.
Belgium has been allocated 3.872 billion euros in the proposed  European Union (EU) 2021-2027 budget for the common agriculture policy (CAP), presented on Friday by the European Commission.
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has called the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union to discuss a project of connecting the Black and Caspian seas by a navigable canal. The cost of constructing the new waterway is estimated at around 18 billion euros.