New figures published today by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) show that the trend of decreased asylum applications has continued in 2018.
The Belgian Minister of Public Health Maggie de Block (Open Vld) wants to ban menthol tobacco before the European 2020 deadline but is confronted with European Commission threats to take Belgium to court should it persist, reports L’Echo Thursday.
Belgium lags behind the rest of Europe in the fight against fine particles, according to a European Commission report quoted on Wednesday by L’Echo newspaper.
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.
In July this year, one of the world’s youngest (and coldest) capitals, Astana, will celebrate its 20-year anniversary.
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.