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Which countries in Europe are looking at making remote working a legal right post-COVID?<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>Will Stronge, director of UK think tank Autonomy which advocates for a shorter working week, said reducing the total number of hours worked was key to unlocking health benefits for workers. <\/p>\n<p>\"This is just compressed hours, so not strictly a shorter working week. Workers probably won&#039;t get nearly the same health and well-being benefits by compressing rather than reducing,\" he said. <\/p>\n<p>\"This will also mean that any increases in productivity will be minimal, as workers will be just as, if not more, tired\". <\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5985720,5751582\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//06//10//heart-attacks-in-finland-dropped-by-a-third-was-remote-working-during-covid-the-reason/">Cardiac arrest: Heart attacks in Finland dropped by a third. Was remote working the reason?<\/a><\/li><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//08//13//would-you-take-a-pay-cut-to-work-remotely-for-google-employees-it-could-be-the-new-normal/">Would you take a pay cut to work remotely? For Google employees, it could be the new normal<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>All governing parties support the proposal, VTM reported.<\/p>\n<p>\"In principle we think it would be good for the employee&#039;s freedom, but of course it must be their choice,\" Meyrem Almaci, chair of the governing coalition&#039;s Flemish Green party, told VTM.<\/p>\n<p>\"It&#039;s about how he or she organises his or her life. It has to fit into people&#039;s lives,\" she said.<\/p>\n<h2>Iceland trial an 'overwhelming success'<\/h2><p>If passed into law, Belgium&#039;s proposals would leapfrog previous European trials of four-day working weeks in Spain and Iceland. <\/p>\n<p>Trials of the shorter work week in Iceland in 2017 and 2015 left workers less stressed and reduced the risk of burnout, with no negative effect on productivity or service provision, researchers found. <\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5844494\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//07//06//iceland-trialled-a-shorter-working-week-and-it-was-an-overwhelming-success/">Iceland trialled a four-day working week and it was an 'overwhelming success'<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>A 2021 study of the trials by Iceland&#039;s Association for Sustainable Democracy (Alda) and Autonomy found that workers taking part reported a \"powerful positive effect on work-life balance\".<\/p>\n<p>These included having more time to spend with their children or pursuing hobbies. <\/p>\n<p>Men in heterosexual relationships were also more likely to take on household chores, the researchers found.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1633600666,"publishedAt":1633602035,"updatedAt":1633608555,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/next\/2021\/10\/07\/belgium-could-move-to-a-four-day-week-euronews-next-confirms","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/13\/25\/52\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_b69034e4-0b2d-5338-b1bc-81ba8d1d0fbf-6132552.jpg","altText":"Belgians could soon work a four-day week under government proposals confirmed to 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Senne: Brussels cleans up hidden river to 'bring back nature to city'","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"River Senne: Brussels cleans up hidden river to 'bring back nature'","titleListing2":"River Senne: Brussels cleans up hidden river to 'bring back nature to city'","leadin":"The Belgian capital has been cleaning up and reviving its hidden river, which was previously covered in concrete, in a bid to \"bring nature back to the city\".","summary":"The Belgian capital has been cleaning up and reviving its hidden river, which was previously covered in concrete, in a bid to \"bring nature back to the city\".","keySentence":null,"url":"river-senne-brussels-cleans-up-hidden-river-to-bring-back-nature-to-city","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Not to be confused with Paris\u2019s famous waterway, Brussels also has its very own river Senne. \n\nFor Baudelaire, in the 19th century, the Senne River in Brussels was nothing more than \"a large latrine\". Brussels built over the landmark, using it to form part of the city's sewerage system. \n\nOver the last few years, however, authorities have begun cleaning up and reviving the hidden river, which was covered in concrete, to \"bring nature back to the city\". \n\nThe Senne is about 100 kilometres long, with about 15 km in the urban area of Brussels, two-thirds of which are enclosed in concrete formwork. \n\nBut the new 200-metre stretch of open water inaugurated on Tuesday does not yet fundamentally change its reputation as an \"invisible\" river. \n\nThe Senne's source is about 40 kilometres from Brussels, in the countryside. \n\nResidents earned the nickname of \"Zinnek-ah\", a term that comes from Middle age slang to describe the stray dogs that used to hang around the river. \n\n\"This river is important because it plays an important role in the water cycle,\" said Aude Hendrick, curator of the Brussels Sewer Museum. \n\n\"Beyond the city of Brussels, it is responsible for the entire water cycle of the three regions of the country, because it flows through them and then drains all this water into the North Sea, which is where some of us go on our holidays. And so, for me, it's really a matter with the utmost importance that goes beyond the city of Brussels.\" \n\nIn the city centre, a promenade along the Senne is currently only possible for about 600 metres. The rest will have to remain underground as important infrastructure now lies up the river's route. \n\nBut on the outskirts where the river resurfaces from beneath the concrete jungle, a much more fitting waterway is planned for the hidden river.","htmlText":"<p>Not to be confused with Paris\u2019s famous waterway, Brussels also has its very own river Senne.<\/p>\n<p>For Baudelaire, in the 19th century, the Senne River in Brussels was nothing more than \"a large latrine\". Brussels built over the landmark, using it to form part of the city&#039;s sewerage system.<\/p>\n<p>Over the last few years, however, authorities have begun cleaning up and reviving the hidden river, which was covered in concrete, to \"bring nature back to the city\".<\/p>\n<p>The Senne is about 100 kilometres long, with about 15 km in the urban area of Brussels, two-thirds of which are enclosed in concrete formwork.<\/p>\n<p>But the new 200-metre stretch of open water inaugurated on Tuesday does not yet fundamentally change its reputation as an \"invisible\" river.<\/p>\n<p>The Senne&#039;s source is about 40 kilometres from Brussels, in the countryside.<\/p>\n<p>Residents earned the nickname of \"Zinnek-ah\", a term that comes from Middle age slang to describe the stray dogs that used to hang around the river.<\/p>\n<p>\"This river is important because it plays an important role in the water cycle,\" said Aude Hendrick, curator of the Brussels Sewer Museum.<\/p>\n<p>\"Beyond the city of Brussels, it is responsible for the entire water cycle of the three regions of the country, because it flows through them and then drains all this water into the North Sea, which is where some of us go on our holidays. And so, for me, it&#039;s really a matter with the utmost importance that goes beyond the city of Brussels.\"<\/p>\n<p>In the city centre, a promenade along the Senne is currently only possible for about 600 metres. The rest will have to remain underground as important infrastructure now lies up the river&#039;s route.<\/p>\n<p>But on the outskirts where the river resurfaces from beneath the concrete jungle, a much more fitting waterway is planned for the hidden river.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1633526289,"publishedAt":1633532195,"updatedAt":1633532199,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/green\/2021\/10\/06\/river-senne-brussels-cleans-up-hidden-river-to-bring-back-nature-to-city","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/13\/05\/26\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_2c1d4cff-8f0d-5745-a577-817dd57f1cc8-6130526.jpg","altText":"A picture taken on December 14, 2009 shows Brussels river Senne, the main waterway of the Belgium capital, containing untreated sewage at the Treatment Plant.","caption":"A picture taken on December 14, 2009 shows Brussels river Senne, the main waterway of the Belgium capital, containing untreated sewage at the Treatment 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including WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, as well as Facebook itself, in what internet outage tracker DownDetector said was the \"largest outage we\u2019ve ever seen\". \n\nFacebook employees were also locked out of their offices by the outage, which was triggered by a configuration error in the company's network that caused it to effectively cut itself off from the rest of the internet. \n\nThe incident showed the need for more competition, Vestager said on Twitter. \n\n\"We need alternatives and choices in the tech market, and must not rely on a few big players, whoever they are, that's the aim of (the) DMA,\" she tweeted. \n\nThe DMA Vestager referenced is the Digital Markets Act, a new piece of EU legislation that she proposed last year. \n\nIf adopted, the DMA would target the largest tech companies, which it refers to as \"gatekeepers\", and force them to open up their own services like app stores to smaller third parties. \n\nIt would also allow users to finalise purchases outside a gatekeeper's platform, potentially cutting them out of the transaction. \n\nThe European Parliament and EU member states are now debating their own proposals and will need to reconcile the three drafts before the tech rules come into force.","htmlText":"<p>Facebook&#039;s six-hour outage on Monday shows the risks of allowing just a few big players to dominate the tech sector, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday.<\/p>\n<p>The outage prevented the company&#039;s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services including WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, as well as Facebook itself, in what internet outage tracker DownDetector said was the \"largest outage we\u2019ve ever seen\".<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"6127530\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div 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Frances Haugen whistleblower leaks show Facebook cannot regulate itself, MEPs say","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"MEPs demand Facebook investigation after whistleblower leaks","titleListing2":" Frances Haugen whistleblower leaks show Facebook cannot regulate itself, MEPs say","leadin":"Two European lawmakers said the leaked documents proved big tech companies could not be trusted to regulate themselves.","summary":"Two European lawmakers said the leaked documents proved big tech companies could not be trusted to regulate themselves.","keySentence":null,"url":"frances-haugen-whistleblower-leaks-show-facebook-cannot-regulate-itself-meps-say","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Two members of the European parliament have called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook prioritised profits above the public good. \n\nWhistleblower Frances Haugen, who left Facebook in May this year, leaked internal company research - including reports that reveal Instagram's impact on teenage girls' mental health - to the Wall Street Journal last month. \n\nIn a statement released on Monday, the EU parliamentarians said they had been in contact with Haugen, who is due to appear before a US Senate committee on Tuesday. \n\n\n\"The Facebook Files \u2013 and the revelations that the whistleblower has presented to us \u2013 underscores just how important it is that we do not let the large tech companies regulate themselves. They are simply not capable of lifting that responsibility,\" said Danish Social Democrat MEP Christel Schaldemose. \n\nRegulating Big Tech \n\nSchaldemose is the lead rapporteur for the Digital Services Act, announced by the European Commission in December last year, that could see tech companies handed fines if they don't act to stop users' unlawful behaviour. \n\nThe DSA would also oblige online platforms - like Facebook - to be more transparent about the algorithms they use and to \"prevent abuse of their systems\" by allowing independent audits. \n\n\n\"The documents finally put all the facts on the table to allow us to adopt a stronger Digital Services Act,\" Alexandra Geese, a German Green MEP involved in negotiations over the content of the Act, said. \n\n\"We need to regulate the whole system and the business model that favours disinformation and violence over factual content \u2013 and enables its rapid dissemination,\" she said. \n\nUnder pressure \n\nResponding to the calls for social media regulation, a Facebook spokesperson said, \"every day, we make difficult decisions on where to draw lines between free expression and harmful speech, privacy, security, and other issues\". \n\n\n\"But we should not be making these decisions on our own... we've been advocating for updated regulations where democratic governments set industry standards to which we can all adhere\". \n\nFacebook's head of global safety, Antigone Davis was grilled by American lawmakers last week, after documents leaked by Haugen prompted concerns over child safety on Instagram. \n\n\"We take the issue very seriously...We have put in place multiple protections to create safe and age-appropriate experiences for people between the ages of 13 and 17,\" she said. \n\nHowever, US senator Richard Blumenthal said the leaked research showed that Facebook prioritised profits over protecting children from harm. \n\n\"I don\u2019t understand how you can deny that Instagram is exploiting young users for its own profit,\" he told Davis. \n\n\"We now know that Facebook routinely puts profits ahead of kids' online safety. We know it chooses the growth of its products over the well-being of our children. And we now know that it is indefensibly delinquent in acting to protect them,\" Blumenthal said. \n\nEU considers scope of rules \n\nEuropean Union regulators have been considering whether all online platforms, or only larger ones or those at particular risk of exposure to illegal activities by their users, should be subjected to take-down notices, and how prescriptive these should be. \n\n\"Our position is clear: the power of major platforms over public debate and social life must be subject to democratically validated rules, in particular on transparency and accountability,\" an European Commission spokesperson said when asked about the allegations against Facebook. \n\nTech companies have said it was unfair and not technically feasible for them to police the internet. The current EU e-commerce directive says intermediary service providers play a technical, automatic and passive role.","htmlText":"<p>Two members of the European parliament have called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook prioritised profits above the public good.<\/p>\n<p>Whistleblower Frances Haugen, who left Facebook in May this year, leaked internal company research - including reports that reveal Instagram&#039;s impact on teenage girls&#039; mental health - to the Wall Street Journal last month.<\/p>\n<p>In a statement released on Monday, the EU parliamentarians said they had been in contact with Haugen, who is due to appear before a US Senate committee on Tuesday. <\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"6124864\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//10//04//facebook-profits-off-hate-and-that-s-why-it-won-t-change-says-whistleblower-frances-haugen/">Facebook profits off hate and that's why it won't change, says whistleblower Frances Haugen<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>\"The Facebook Files \u2013 and the revelations that the whistleblower has presented to us \u2013 underscores just how important it is that we do not let the large tech companies regulate themselves. They are simply not capable of lifting that responsibility,\" said Danish Social Democrat MEP Christel Schaldemose.<\/p>\n<h2>Regulating Big Tech<\/h2><p>Schaldemose is the lead rapporteur for the Digital Services Act, announced by the European Commission in December last year, that could see tech companies handed fines if they don&#039;t act to stop users&#039; unlawful behaviour.<\/p>\n<div class=\"widget widget--type-quotation\n widget--size-medium\n widget--align-right\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__content\">\n <blockquote class=\"widget__quote\">\n <span class=\"widget__quoteText\">It is na\u00efve to appeal to corporate self-regulation and responsibility.<\/span>\n <\/blockquote>\n <cite class=\"widget__author\">\n <div class=\"widget__authorText\">\n Alexandra Geese\n <\/div>\n <div class=\"widget__author_descriptionText\">\n German MEP\n <\/div>\n <\/cite>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>The DSA would also oblige online platforms - like Facebook - to be more transparent about the algorithms they use and to \"prevent abuse of their systems\" by allowing independent audits. <\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"6018722,5819382\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//08//31//big-tech-firms-google-facebook-and-microsoft-are-the-biggest-spenders-on-eu-lobbying-study/">Big tech firms Google, Facebook and Microsoft are the biggest spenders on EU lobbying, study finds<\/a><\/li><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//06//30//the-us-has-reportedly-pushed-the-eu-to-delay-its-new-digital-services-tax/">The US has reportedly pushed the EU to delay its new digital services tax<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>\"The documents finally put all the facts on the table to allow us to adopt a stronger Digital Services Act,\" Alexandra Geese, a German Green MEP involved in negotiations over the content of the Act, said.<\/p>\n<p>\"We need to regulate the whole system and the business model that favours disinformation and violence over factual content \u2013 and enables its rapid dissemination,\" she said.<\/p>\n<h2>Under pressure<\/h2><p>Responding to the calls for social media regulation, a Facebook spokesperson said, \"every day, we make difficult decisions on where to draw lines between free expression and harmful speech, privacy, security, and other issues\". <\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"6122336\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//10//03//kim-kardashian-justin-bieber-and-kylie-jenner-s-instagram-made-people-feel-bad-facebook-fo/">Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Kylie Jenner's Instagram 'made people feel bad', Facebook found<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>\"But we should not be making these decisions on our own... we&#039;ve been advocating for updated regulations where democratic governments set industry standards to which we can all adhere\".<\/p>\n<p>Facebook&#039;s head of global safety, Antigone Davis was grilled by American lawmakers last week, after documents leaked by Haugen prompted concerns over child safety on Instagram.<\/p>\n<div class=\"widget widget--type-image widget--size-fullwidth widget--animation-fade-in widget--align-center\" 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We know it chooses the growth of its products over the well-being of our children. And we now know that it is indefensibly delinquent in acting to protect them,\" Blumenthal said.<\/p>\n<h2>EU considers scope of rules<\/h2><p>European Union regulators have been considering whether all online platforms, or only larger ones or those at particular risk of exposure to illegal activities by their users, should be subjected to take-down notices, and how prescriptive these should be.<\/p>\n<p>\"Our position is clear: the power of major platforms over public debate and social life must be subject to democratically validated rules, in particular on transparency and accountability,\" an European Commission spokesperson said when asked about the allegations against Facebook.<\/p>\n<p>Tech companies have said it was unfair and not technically feasible for them to police the internet. 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coast guard plane 'sniffs out' high levels of pollution emitted from ships","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Belgian coast guard plane 'sniffs out' pollution emitted from ships","titleListing2":"Belgian coast guard plane 'sniffs out' high levels of pollution emitted from ships","leadin":"The aircraft uses a sensor called a \"sniffer\" to detect high levels of sulfur and nitrogen along one of Europe's busiest shipping routes.","summary":"The aircraft uses a sensor called a \"sniffer\" to detect high levels of sulfur and nitrogen along one of Europe's busiest shipping routes.","keySentence":null,"url":"belgian-coast-guard-plane-sniffs-out-high-levels-of-pollution-emitted-from-ships","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Swooping above giant freight ships off the Belgium coast, a small twin-propeller plane picks up traces of the vessel's emissions. \n\nThe coastguard aircraft is checking and analysing the sulfur and nitrogen levels with an atmospheric pollution sensor called a \"sniffer\" developed by researchers at a Swedish University. \n\n\"In the plane, we have installed a sensor called a sniffer. With this sniffer, we can monitor the emissions from ships. In fact, we monitor two regulations on ship emissions: one for SOx, sulfur, and one for NOx, nitrogen,\" said Ward Von Roy, 35, an Aerial Surveillance Operator for the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. \n\n\"It's very efficient because we can monitor up to ten to fifteen ships per hour. To compare, an inspector in the port can only do one ship per day. So we can do many more ships than any other system.\" \n\nIf the levels are too high, the ship is tested again in port and could expect a fine of around three hundred thousand euros. \n\nThe ship's age is a factor in determining acceptable levels of nitrogen oxides. \n\nAround 15 percent of all sulfur and nitrogen oxide pollution globally comes from ships according to experts. \n\nThe stretch of water patrolled by the Belgian coast guard between the Channel and the North Sea is one of Europe's busiest shipping routes.","htmlText":"<p>Swooping above giant freight ships off the Belgium coast, a small twin-propeller plane picks up traces of the vessel&#039;s emissions.<\/p>\n<p>The coastguard aircraft is checking and analysing the sulfur and nitrogen levels with an atmospheric pollution sensor called a \"sniffer\" developed by researchers at a Swedish University.<\/p>\n<p>\"In the plane, we have installed a sensor called a sniffer. With this sniffer, we can monitor the emissions from ships. In fact, we monitor two regulations on ship emissions: one for SOx, sulfur, and one for NOx, nitrogen,\" said Ward Von Roy, 35, an Aerial Surveillance Operator for the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.<\/p>\n<p>\"It&#039;s very efficient because we can monitor up to ten to fifteen ships per hour. To compare, an inspector in the port can only do one ship per day. So we can do many more ships than any other system.\"<\/p>\n<p>If the levels are too high, the ship is tested again in port and could expect a fine of around three hundred thousand euros.<\/p>\n<p>The ship&#039;s age is a factor in determining acceptable levels of nitrogen oxides.<\/p>\n<div class=\"widget widget--type-image widget--size-large widget--animation-fade-in widget--align-center\" data-ratio=\"0.5625\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <figure class=\"widget__figure\">\n <img class=\"widgetImage__image lazyload\" loading=\"lazy\" data-src=\"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/12\/06\/52\/534x300_cmsv2_93c8643b-63ea-556b-8863-18885adc3868-6120652.jpg\" data-srcset=\"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/12\/06\/52\/202x113_cmsv2_93c8643b-63ea-556b-8863-18885adc3868-6120652.jpg 202w, 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polluting the environment. \n\nThe study also finds that over the past 65 years, plastic production on the planet has increased by 18,300%. \n\nPart of the problem, the EIA says, is to do with plastic waste exports, arguing that the largest exporting countries, like Germany, Belgium, France and Italy, are overwhelming the plastic waste management infrastructure of destination countries as a result of not being able to manage their own production and consumption. \n\nThe EIA urges these countries to take responsibility by banning the export of plastic waste and reducing the amount of plastic they consume. \n\nIn Brussels on Wednesday, this is exactly what environmental activists and MEPs were calling for, using a four-metre-long plastic-spewing dragon set up outside the Berlaymont to call for a complete ban on the export of all European plastic waste to non-EU countries. \n\nThe event was organised by Zero Waste Europe and the Rethink Plastic Alliance, who handed over a manifesto laying out their demands to the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevi\u010dius, which includes bringing forward legislation banning all plastic waste exports to countries outside the EU. \n\nSara Matthieu, a Belgian MEP for the Greens\/European Free Alliance group, told Euronews that the situation is so severe right now, that a ban is the only way forward. \n\n\"It's a huge problem that today, coming from Europe, we are exporting our plastic waste to other [third] countries where we have no control over whether it is being recycled or just dumped,\" Matthieu told Euronews. \n\n\"So, we're using other countries as our waste dump and that's really not ok. So, that's why we need a ban on these exports of plastic because we can't make sure that, at the moment, they're really treated in the way they should be.\" \n\nIn total, it was signed by 35 MEPs and more than 60 international environmentalist organisations. \n\nSinkevi\u010dius, who accepted the group's manifesto, recognised that action is needed and told Euronews that new proposals can be expected soon. \n\n\"In the coming weeks we will put the most ambitious rules of exporting and trading waste in the whole world, I would say, so that it will be basically banned, unless it's proven that the country receiving it really wants it and has the capacities to deal with it in a sustainable way,\" the Commissioner said. \n\n\"We will also put additional pressure and responsibilities on the companies, so they have to take part and they have to prove that all the waste chain will be dealt with [properly].\" \n\nSpeaking to Euronews, Emmanuel Katrakis, Secretary-General of the European Recycling Industries' Confederation (EuRIC) said: \"Restricting unprocessed plastic waste exports is important to prevent pollution, but alone won\u2019t fix the problem unless strong measures are put in place to scale up plastic recycling infrastructure and boost the use of recycled plastics in a wide variety of products (such as packaging, cars, electronics, etc.). This will not only bring massive environmental benefits but also jobs in Europe.\" \n\nThe Commission expects to bring forward proposals on banning plastic waste exports by November.","htmlText":"<p>Humans have produced as much as ten billion tonnes of plastic to date, according to a new report looking at the scale and impact of plastic waste.<\/p>\n<p>The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has found that around six billion tonnes of this are either just sitting in landfill sites or polluting the environment.<\/p>\n<p>The study also finds that over the past 65 years, plastic production on the planet has increased by 18,300%.<\/p>\n<p>Part of the problem, the EIA says, is to do with plastic waste exports, arguing that the largest exporting countries, like Germany, Belgium, France and Italy, are overwhelming the plastic waste management infrastructure of destination countries as a result of not being able to manage their own production and consumption.<\/p>\n<p>The EIA urges these countries to take responsibility by banning the export of plastic waste and reducing the amount of plastic they consume.<\/p>\n<p>In Brussels on Wednesday, this is exactly what environmental activists and MEPs were calling for, using a four-metre-long plastic-spewing dragon set up outside the Berlaymont to call for a complete ban on the export of all European plastic waste to non-EU countries.<\/p>\n<p>The event was organised by Zero Waste Europe and the Rethink Plastic Alliance, who handed over a manifesto laying out their demands to the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevi\u010dius, which includes bringing forward legislation banning all plastic waste exports to countries outside the EU.<\/p>\n<p>Sara Matthieu, a Belgian MEP for the Greens\/European Free Alliance group, told Euronews that the situation is so severe right now, that a ban is the only way forward.<\/p>\n<p>\"It&#039;s a huge problem that today, coming from Europe, we are exporting our plastic waste to other [third] countries where we have no control over whether it is being recycled or just dumped,\" Matthieu told Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>\"So, we&#039;re using other countries as our waste dump and that&#039;s really not ok. So, that&#039;s why we need a ban on these exports of plastic because we can&#039;t make sure that, at the moment, they&#039;re really treated in the way they should be.\"<\/p>\n<p>In total, it was signed by 35 MEPs and more than 60 international environmentalist organisations.<\/p>\n<p>Sinkevi\u010dius, who accepted the group&#039;s manifesto, recognised that action is needed and told Euronews that new proposals can be expected soon.<\/p>\n<p>\"In the coming weeks we will put the most ambitious rules of exporting and trading waste in the whole world, I would say, so that it will be basically banned, unless it&#039;s proven that the country receiving it really wants it and has the capacities to deal with it in a sustainable way,\" the Commissioner said.<\/p>\n<p>\"We will also put additional pressure and responsibilities on the companies, so they have to take part and they have to prove that all the waste chain will be dealt with [properly].\"<\/p>\n<p>Speaking to Euronews, Emmanuel Katrakis, Secretary-General of the European Recycling Industries&#039; Confederation (EuRIC) said: \"Restricting unprocessed plastic waste exports is important to prevent pollution, but alone won\u2019t fix the problem unless strong measures are put in place to scale up plastic recycling infrastructure and boost the use of recycled plastics in a wide variety of products (such as packaging, cars, electronics, etc.). This will not only bring massive environmental benefits but also jobs in Europe.\"<\/p>\n<p>The Commission expects to bring forward proposals on banning plastic waste exports by November.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1633004942,"publishedAt":1633013285,"updatedAt":1633329986,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/09\/30\/plastic-produced-by-humans-reaches-10-billion-tonnes-says-new-study","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/11\/53\/64\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_a5055aac-8d66-512d-90e5-fa9f10dcb95c-6115364.jpg","altText":"The plastic-spewing dragon in front of the European Commission in Brussels on 29th September 2021.","caption":"The plastic-spewing dragon in front of the European Commission in Brussels on 29th September 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to give funds to women unable to get an abortion in Poland","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Belgium to give funds to women unable to get an abortion in Poland","titleListing2":"Belgium to give funds to women unable to get an abortion in Poland","leadin":"Poland introduced a near-total ban on abortions earlier this year.","summary":"Poland introduced a near-total ban on abortions earlier this year.","keySentence":null,"url":"belgium-to-give-funds-to-women-unable-to-get-an-abortion-in-poland","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Belgium says it will provide financial support to women in Poland unable to get an abortion.\u00a0 \n\nEarlier this year, the country introduced a near-total ban on terminations with the only exceptions cases\u00a0 of rape or incest or when the mother's health is in danger. \n\nDoctors who carry out abortions face up to three years in prison. \n\nThe decision from Poland's Constitutional Court led to weeks of protest in the country, and warnings from the European Union that Poland must respect fundamental rights. \n\nOn Tuesday, which the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights has declared as International Safe Abortion Day, the Belgian health minister and equality minister announced \u20ac10,000 of funding to the group Abortion Without Borders, which helps people who are unable to access an abortion in Poland. \n\nIt is the first country to fund abortions for women in Poland. \n\nAbortion Without Borders is an initiative of six organisations, including the Abortion Support Network, which welcomed the news as \u201ca true act of solidarity\u201d. \n\n\u201cWe are thrilled to see our friends in Belgium extend their hands across borders to help people forced by punitive governments to travel for abortion care,\u201d said Mara Clarke, the founder of the Abortion Support Network. \n\n\u201cWhile the situation for people who need abortions in Poland has been dire since 1990, the ruling made in October 2020 and published in January 2021 has made things even worse. \n\n\u201cThe number of people needing our support has doubled, and we are both grateful for this support and hopeful that other countries follow Belgium\u2019s lead.\u201d \n\nSarah Schlitz, the Belgian junior Minister for Gender Equality, said she and the health minister Frank Vandenbroucke had \u201ctaken the decision to send a strong signal\u201d about the need for women\u2019s rights in Poland. \n\n\u201cThe grant we are providing will cover the costs of having an abortion in another European country for women who cannot afford it\u201d, she said. \n\nThe announcement comes just after days after a Polish anti-choice campaign group pushed for even further criminalisation of people who support others to access an abortion.","htmlText":"<p>Belgium says it will provide financial support to women in Poland unable to get an abortion. <\/p>\n<p>Earlier this year, the country introduced a near-total ban on terminations with the only exceptions cases of rape or incest or when the mother&#039;s health is in danger.<\/p>\n<p>Doctors who carry out abortions face up to three years in prison.<\/p>\n<p>The decision from Poland&#039;s Constitutional Court led to weeks of protest in the country, and warnings from the European Union that Poland must respect fundamental rights.<\/p>\n<p>On Tuesday, which the Women&#039;s Global Network for Reproductive Rights has declared as International Safe Abortion Day, the Belgian health minister and equality minister announced \u20ac10,000 of funding to the group Abortion Without Borders, which helps people who are unable to access an abortion in Poland.<\/p>\n<p>It is the first country to fund abortions for women in Poland.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"6108426,5631946\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul 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and EU head to court to decide the fate of \u20ac4.3 billion fine","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Google and EU head to court to decide the fate of \u20ac4.3 billion fine","titleListing2":"Google and the European Commission head to court on Monday to decide the fate of a \u20ac4.3 billion antitrust fine.","leadin":"The five-day hearing will focus on whether Google has used its Android system to impose illegal restrictions on phone makers and stifle competition.","summary":"The five-day hearing will focus on whether Google has used its Android system to impose illegal restrictions on phone makers and stifle competition.","keySentence":null,"url":"google-and-eu-head-to-court-to-decide-the-fate-of-4-3-billion-fine","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"A new chapter in the legal fight between Google and the European Union began on Monday as the tech giant headed to Luxembourg to appeal the record-breaking \u20ac4.34 billion fine for anti-competitive behaviour. \n\nBrussels slapped Google with the headline-making penalty back in 2018 , claiming the company had imposed \"illegal restrictions\" on devices operated with its own Android system in order to cement its dominant position in the market. \n\nThe Commission believes Google forces manufacturers of Android-powered devices to pre-install a trio of apps: Google Search, Chrome and the Play Store, which users access to download other apps. The executive also argues the company prevents phone makers to sell devices with alternative versions of Android. \n\nThese practices, Brussels says, stifle competition because they make it more difficult for other app developers to innovate and enter the market, and, in turn, deny consumers the benefits of free competition. Over 80% of smartphones in Europe run on Android. \n\nGoogle obtains most of its revenue through its search engine: the company offers advertisers a series of tools to show users their products according to specific words and phrases. Advertisers choose from different bidding strategies to decide what placement works best for them. \n\nThe Commission believes that, by making the Search app mandatory for all Android devices, Google ensures phone owners continue to use its search engine as the default option to the detriment of other possible options. This increases Google's revenues and strengthens its dominant position. \n\n\"It is true that Google has invested a lot in the android ecosystem, it has allowed this ecosystem to flourish,\" Alexandre de Corni\u00e8re, a tech analyst at the Toulouse School of Economics, told Euronews. \n\n\"What the European Commission is blaming Google for is that Google has abused its dominant position by forcing, by imposing some restrictions some contractor restrictions on phone manufacturers that make it more difficult for Google\u2019s rivals in the search engine market and rival browsers, to get installed on manufacturers phone devices.\" \n\nGoogle rejects all charges and says its free-of-charge, open-source Android system has helped the company compete with Apple, its main rival, while lowering prices for consumers. \n\n\"Android has created more choice for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world. This case isn\u2019t supported by the facts or the law,\" the company said, in a statement quoted by the Associated Press. \n\nGoogle also argues that, even if certain apps come pre-installed in Android-powered devices, users are still free to download other products to replace them. \n\nPending fines and increasing scrutiny \n\nThe five-day hearing before the EU's General Court in Luxembourg will determine the fate of the \u20ac4.34 billion fine, the highest ever imposed by the European Commission as a result of an antitrust investigation. The amount was calculated according to the revenue Google earned from search advertising services inside the EU's single market. \n\nThe court's final decision is not expected until next year. \n\nGoogle is currently facing two additional fines: \u20ac1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising and \u20ac2.4 billion for discriminating against some products in the results of its search engine. \n\nIn total, the company is battling more than \u20ac8.2 billion in EU antitrust fines. \n\nExperts say that Google, which ranks among the top 10 most valuable companies in the world, can easily afford to pay the fines. However, continuing the anti-competitive behaviour might prove more difficult as governments and public authorities on both sides of the Atlantic increase their scrutiny over tech companies and put forward legislation to rein in their excesses. \n\nLast year, the European Commission unveiled the Digital Markets Act (DMA) , a far-reaching draft law that sets out strict rules for large online platform (so-called \"gatekeepers\") with the goal of guaranteeing free competition, open markets and wider choices for consumers. Google, together with Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, is poised to fall under the gatekeeper category and therefore be subject to the new rules once the DMA is approved and enters into force. \n\nThe United States is also deploying its legislative power against Silicon Valley. In July, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order targeting anti-competitive practices, with particular attention to mergers conducted by large technology companies. Biden has appointed several prominent Big Tech critics for key roles in his administration. \n\n\"Since the start of the Biden administration, we\u2019ve seen some big changes, so now big tech companies are under the fire of regulators in the US and it has even started to become more intense than in Europe,\" says de Corni\u00e8re. \n\n\"There are threats of breaking them up and there are many lawsuits against them. So I think what we are seeing is some kind of convergence and perhaps the US taking the lead in the fight against big tech.\"","htmlText":"<p>A new chapter in the legal fight between Google and the European Union began on Monday as the tech giant headed to Luxembourg to appeal the record-breaking \u20ac4.34 billion fine for anti-competitive behaviour.<\/p>\n<p>Brussels slapped Google with the headline-making penalty <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////ec.europa.eu//commission//presscorner//detail//en//IP_18_4581/">back in 2018<\/a>, claiming the company had imposed \"illegal restrictions\" on devices operated with its own Android system in order to cement its dominant position in the market.<\/p>\n<p>The Commission believes Google forces manufacturers of Android-powered devices to pre-install a trio of apps: Google Search, Chrome and the Play Store, which users access to download other apps. The executive also argues the company prevents phone makers to sell devices with alternative versions of Android.<\/p>\n<p>These practices, Brussels says, stifle competition because they make it more difficult for other app developers to innovate and enter the market, and, in turn, deny consumers the benefits of free competition. Over 80% of smartphones in Europe run on Android.<\/p>\n<p>Google obtains most of its revenue through its search engine: the company offers advertisers a series of tools to show users their products according to specific words and phrases. Advertisers choose from different bidding strategies to decide what placement works best for them.<\/p>\n<p>The Commission believes that, by making the Search app mandatory for all Android devices, Google ensures phone owners continue to use its search engine as the default option to the detriment of other possible options. This increases Google&#039;s revenues and strengthens its dominant position.<\/p>\n<p>\"It is true that Google has invested a lot in the android ecosystem, it has allowed this ecosystem to flourish,\" Alexandre de Corni\u00e8re, a tech analyst at the Toulouse School of Economics, told Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>\"What the European Commission is blaming Google for is that Google has abused its dominant position by forcing, by imposing some restrictions some contractor restrictions on phone manufacturers that make it more difficult for Google\u2019s rivals in the search engine market and rival browsers, to get installed on manufacturers phone devices.\"<\/p>\n<p>Google rejects all charges and says its free-of-charge, open-source Android system has helped the company compete with Apple, its main rival, while lowering prices for consumers.<\/p>\n<p>\"Android has created more choice for everyone, not less, and supports thousands of successful businesses in Europe and around the world. This case isn\u2019t supported by the facts or the law,\" the company said, in a statement quoted by the Associated Press.<\/p>\n<p>Google also argues that, even if certain apps come pre-installed in Android-powered devices, users are still free to download other products to replace them.<\/p>\n<h2>Pending fines and increasing scrutiny<\/h2><p>The five-day hearing before the EU&#039;s General Court in Luxembourg will determine the fate of the \u20ac4.34 billion fine, the highest ever imposed by the European Commission as a result of an antitrust investigation. The amount was calculated according to the revenue Google earned from search advertising services inside the EU&#039;s single market.<\/p>\n<p>The court&#039;s final decision is not expected until next year.<\/p>\n<p>Google is currently facing two additional fines: \u20ac1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising and \u20ac2.4 billion for discriminating against some products in the results of its search engine.<\/p>\n<p>In total, the company is battling more than \u20ac8.2 billion in EU antitrust fines.<\/p>\n<p>Experts say that Google, which ranks among the top 10 most valuable companies in the world, can easily afford to pay the fines. However, continuing the anti-competitive behaviour might prove more difficult as governments and public authorities on both sides of the Atlantic increase their scrutiny over tech companies and put forward legislation to rein in their excesses.<\/p>\n<p>Last year, the European Commission unveiled the <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////ec.europa.eu//info//strategy//priorities-2019-2024//europe-fit-digital-age//digital-markets-act-ensuring-fair-and-open-digital-markets_en/">Digital Markets Act (DMA)<\/a>, a far-reaching draft law that sets out strict rules for large online platform (so-called \"gatekeepers\") with the goal of guaranteeing free competition, open markets and wider choices for consumers. Google, together with Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, is poised to fall under the gatekeeper category and therefore be subject to the new rules once the DMA is approved and enters into force.<\/p>\n<p>The United States is also deploying its legislative power against Silicon Valley. In July, US President Joe Biden <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.theguardian.com//us-news//2021//jul//09//joe-biden-executive-order-anticompetitive-big-tech/">signed an executive order<\/a> targeting anti-competitive practices, with particular attention to mergers conducted by large technology companies. Biden has appointed several prominent Big Tech critics for key roles in his administration.<\/p>\n<p>\"Since the start of the Biden administration, we\u2019ve seen some big changes, so now big tech companies are under the fire of regulators in the US and it has even started to become more intense than in Europe,\" says de Corni\u00e8re.<\/p>\n<p>\"There are threats of breaking them up and there are many lawsuits against them. So I think what we are seeing is some kind of convergence and perhaps the US taking the lead in the fight against big tech.\"<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1632731622,"publishedAt":1632761015,"updatedAt":1632761018,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/09\/27\/google-and-eu-head-to-court-to-decide-the-fate-of-4-3-billion-fine","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/10\/63\/34\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_3691b947-2cd1-5690-852e-755075c43bf3-6106334.jpg","altText":"The Commission believes Google is exploiting the Android system to cement its dominant position.","caption":"The Commission believes Google is exploiting the Android system to cement its dominant position.","captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Ross D. Franklin\/Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. 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Apple argues it will inconvenience users. What do you think?","summary":"Brussels says the move will reduce electronic waste. Apple argues it will inconvenience users. What do you think?","keySentence":null,"url":"apple-against-brussels-bid-to-have-one-charger-for-all-smartphones","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"One charger to the rule them all - that's the plan from the EU Commission. \n\nBrussels has outlined a set of proposals to establish one common charging solution for devices like phones, tablets, headphones and other electronics. \n\n\u201cEuropean consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers\" said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission. \n\nBrussels believes tech manufacturers should have done this already themselves. \n\n\"We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions\" said Vestgager. \"Now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger.\" \n\nThe plan is that the already widely used USB-C charger and port will become the standard for all new devices being sold in the European Union. \n\nAside from ease of use, the EU Commission wants to reduce the amount of so-called e-waste. \n\nOn top of forcing tech companies to only sell devices with the USB-C port, they will also forbid them from including a charger in the sale, meaning consumers will be able to use chargers they already own. \n\nEU figures suggest 420 million phones and devices which would come under this directive were sold in 2020. \n\nThey also believe consumers spend approximately \u20ac2.4 billion annually on standalone chargers that do not come with electronic devices. \n\nThe proposal will now be considered by the EU Council which represents the 27 national governments of the EU and the European Parliament. \n\nBrussels suggested device manufacturers would have a 24 month transition period once the whole of the EU signs off on it. \n\nBig tech companies are already resisting the move however. \n\nApple responded to the proposal by saying, \"unfortunately this legislation will disrupt a thriving ecosystem, create electronic waste, and greatly inconvenience users.\" \n\nWith iPhones replying on lightening port chargers, Apple points to the fact that when this idea first started circulating in 2009, the main charging solution was the USB Micro-B connectors. \n\nThe company believes innovation around charges will be stunted if the EU imposes these measures. \n\nThe universal charger plan has been welcomed however by the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC). \n\nThey released a statement saying, \"the present plethora of chargers \u2013 both within brands and among brands - represents unnecessary costs to the consumer and to the environment in the extraction of the raw materials for their construction and in their disposal.\"","htmlText":"<p>One charger to the rule them all - that&#039;s the plan from the EU Commission.<\/p>\n<p>Brussels has outlined a set of proposals to establish one common charging solution for devices like phones, tablets, headphones and other electronics.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEuropean consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers\" said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission.<\/p>\n<p>Brussels believes tech manufacturers should have done this already themselves.<\/p>\n<p>\"We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions\" said Vestgager. \"Now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger.\"<\/p>\n<p>The plan is that the already widely used USB-C charger and port will become the standard for all new devices being sold in the European Union.<\/p>\n<p>Aside from ease of use, the EU Commission wants to reduce the amount of so-called e-waste.<\/p>\n<p>On top of forcing tech companies to only sell devices with the USB-C port, they will also forbid them from including a charger in the sale, meaning consumers will be able to use chargers they already own.<\/p>\n<p>EU figures suggest 420 million phones and devices which would come under this directive were sold in 2020.<\/p>\n<p>They also believe consumers spend approximately \u20ac2.4 billion annually on standalone chargers that do not come with electronic devices.<\/p>\n<p>The proposal will now be considered by the EU Council which represents the 27 national governments of the EU and the European Parliament.<\/p>\n<p>Brussels suggested device manufacturers would have a 24 month transition period once the whole of the EU signs off on it.<\/p>\n<p>Big tech companies are already resisting the move however.<\/p>\n<p>Apple responded to the proposal by saying, \"unfortunately this legislation will disrupt a thriving ecosystem, create electronic waste, and greatly inconvenience users.\"<\/p>\n<p>With iPhones replying on lightening port chargers, Apple points to the fact that when this idea first started circulating in 2009, the main charging solution was the USB Micro-B connectors.<\/p>\n<p>The company believes innovation around charges will be stunted if the EU imposes these measures.<\/p>\n<p>The universal charger plan has been welcomed however by the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC).<\/p>\n<p>They released a statement saying, \"the present plethora of chargers \u2013 both within brands and among brands - represents unnecessary costs to the consumer and to the environment in the extraction of the raw materials for their construction and in their disposal.\"<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1632387180,"publishedAt":1632396861,"updatedAt":1632401372,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/09\/23\/apple-against-brussels-bid-to-have-one-charger-for-all-smartphones","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/09\/52\/56\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_c74d1532-1ce6-5d28-a038-3987f17544d8-6095256.jpg","altText":"Common charger","caption":"Common charger","captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Alexis HAULOT\/ European Union 2020 - Source : 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using Pegasus spyware should be held responsible, says MEP","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Governments using Pegasus spyware should be held responsible, says MEP","titleListing2":"Leaked records in July showed that heads of state including French President Emmanuel Macron, journalists, human rights activists and political opponents were targeted for hacking by clients of the spy tech.","leadin":"Hungary was among the governments found to use the spy tech and the German government has since admitted the federal police service also used the spyware.","summary":"Hungary was among the governments found to use the spy tech and the German government has since admitted the federal police service also used the spyware.","keySentence":null,"url":"governments-using-pegasus-spyware-should-be-held-responsible-says-mep","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Governments using the Pegasus spyware should be held responsible, according to one MEP. \n\nEuropean lawmaker Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield told Euronews that countries like Hungary, which used the software to surveil investigative journalists, among others, need to be accountable for their actions. \n\n\"We need to enquire very specifically on the Pegasus case and disclose everything about it and put the governments in front of their responsibilities,\" the French MEP from the Green group said. \n\n\"Those that used it like the Hungarian government \u2014 which would seem to be the only member state that really used it \u2014 but also all the other member states that have not reacted to this and have not said clearly that they were opposed to it,\" she added.\u00a0 \n\nIsraeli-based firm NSO's Pegasus spyware was meant to be used against criminals, but leaked records in July showed that heads of state including French President Emmanuel Macron, journalists, human rights activists and political opponents were also targeted for hacking by clients of the spy tech.\u00a0 \n\nIntelligence and security expert Claude Moniquet says 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I think this list was given to journalists and Amnesty International. It is a country that disclosed it. This is something that should interest European leaders: who was at the origin of the leaks more than the facts themselves,\" Moniquet told Euronews. \n\nOn Tuesday the German government admitted the federal police service also used the spyware. Next week, MEPs will discuss the scandal at the September plenary session in Strasbourg. \n\nThe European Commission is also investigating the Pegasus affair.","htmlText":"<p>Governments using the Pegasus spyware should be held responsible, according to one MEP.<\/p>\n<p>European lawmaker Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield told Euronews that countries like Hungary, which used the software to surveil investigative journalists, among others, need to be accountable for their actions.<\/p>\n<p>\"We need to enquire very specifically on the Pegasus case and disclose everything about it and put the governments in front of their responsibilities,\" the French MEP from the Green group said.<\/p>\n<p>\"Those that used it like the Hungarian government \u2014 which would seem to be the only member state that really used it \u2014 but also all the other member states that have not reacted to this and have not said clearly that they were opposed to it,\" she added. <\/p>\n<p>Israeli-based firm NSO&#039;s Pegasus spyware was meant to be used against criminals, but leaked records in July showed that heads of state including French President Emmanuel Macron, journalists, human rights activists and political opponents were also targeted for hacking by clients of the spy tech. <\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5898614\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//07//21//pegasus-spyware-scandal-emmanuel-macron-among-14-heads-of-states-identified-as-possible-ta/">Pegasus spyware scandal: Emmanuel Macron among 14 heads of states identified as possible targets<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>Intelligence and security expert Claude Moniquet says the origins and reasons behind the leak should be investigated. <\/p>\n<p>\"It has never been done in the world&#039;s history and I don&#039;t think it will happen tomorrow. I think this list was given to journalists and Amnesty International. It is a country that disclosed it. This is something that should interest European leaders: who was at the origin of the leaks more than the facts themselves,\" Moniquet told Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>On Tuesday the German government admitted the federal police service also used the spyware. Next week, MEPs will discuss the scandal at the September plenary session in Strasbourg.<\/p>\n<p>The European Commission is also investigating the Pegasus affair.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1631187935,"publishedAt":1631201197,"updatedAt":1631201200,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/09\/09\/governments-using-pegasus-spyware-should-be-held-responsible-says-mep","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/04\/44\/86\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_142329d5-59b0-5918-b64f-39a09f8f1052-6044486.jpg","altText":"A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.","caption":"A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.","captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Sebastian Scheiner\/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. 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braces itself for COVID passes to boost sluggish vaccination rate","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Brussels braces itself for COVID passes to boost vaccinations","titleListing2":"Brussels braces itself for COVID passes to boost sluggish vaccination rate","leadin":"Lagging vaccination rates in the Belgian capital mean authorities are considering imposing COVID passes for restaurants, bars and other public establishments.","summary":"Lagging vaccination rates in the Belgian capital mean authorities are considering imposing COVID passes for restaurants, bars and other public establishments.","keySentence":null,"url":"brussels-braces-itself-for-covid-passes-to-boost-sluggish-vaccination-rate","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Restaurants and bars in Brussels are bracing to become the next in Europe to be required to enforce COVID passes for their customers. \n\nThe only major COVID-19 measures for waiting staff in the Belgian capital are obligations to wear a mask and for the establishment to 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Others turn to chocolate or alcohol to ease the pain. \n\nBut now, one Brussels city councilor has a new idea \u2013 free museum visits for patients. Working hand in hand with the psychiatric unit at the local Brugmann hospital, Delphine Houba hopes to improve the mental health of patients suffering from stress and anxiety, as well as revitalise the museum sector. All of which have taken a toll since the pandemic began. \n\n\"It is true, we are used to going to the doctor and getting medicine. Here the idea is to consider that art is part of the process of healing\u2026.Like what Le Cl\u00e9zio said \u2014 the Nobel prize winner for literature \u2014 one day we might realise there is no art, but just medicine,\" Houba told Euronews. \n\nFor the next three months, five public museums in the Belgian capital covering fashion to art will take part in the pilot project. 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Vaccines given at Belgian supermarket","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Milk, bread and... a COVID jab? Vaccines given at Belgian supermarket","titleListing2":"Milk, bread and... a COVID jab? Vaccines given at Belgian supermarket","leadin":"Customers in Brussels can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine at several different stores in an effort to boost the vaccination rate in the Belgian capital.","summary":"Customers in Brussels can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine at several different stores in an effort to boost the vaccination rate in the Belgian capital.","keySentence":null,"url":"milk-bread-and-a-covid-jab-vaccines-given-at-belgian-supermarket","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Supermarkets in Brussels are now offering shoppers a COVID-19 vaccine. \n\nCustomers can get the single Johnson and Johnson jab in just 15 minutes at two Carrefour stores. It's free and there is no need to make an appointment. \n\n\"It doesn't matter where they do the vaccine, whether it's at a hospital or at the supermarket. It's the same quality control,\" says Rasmane, a 34-year-old resident of Wallonia, the French-speaking region south of Brussels, who made the trip to Carrefour to receive his vaccine dose. \n\n\"It's very practical. Especially because it's just one dose,\" says Kevin, a customer. \"You don't need to wait two or three months for another jab.\" \n\nThese vaccine units have been set up at several different stores around Brussels. The campaign, which will last four weeks, aims at boosting the vaccination rate in the Belgian capital, which currently lags behind the rest of the country (62% compared to 70% for the whole of Belgium). \n\nSo far, the initiative seems to be successful. \n\n\"We had 92 people (vaccinated) in one day for the two supermarkets where we have these vaccine units,\" said Siryn Stambouli, spokesperson for Carrefour Belgium. \"It's a good result. And we think that we will have a positive outcome.\" \n\nSeveral NGOs have also created mobile vaccination units, called \"Mobivax\" in a bid to reach out to marginalised communities. Since May, 1,700 people have been vaccinated through this initiative. \n\nLily Caldwell, the Mobivax coordinator at M\u00e9decins Sans Fronti\u00e8res (MSF), told Euronews: \"It's important to come towards people and especially the homeless and undocumented populations because their main priority is housing, food, and by coming closer to them we are able to get to a higher percentage of vaccinated among those populations.\" \n\nIt comes with 70 % of the EU's adult population now vaccinated against COVID-19. But experts warn that this ratio, once presented as the goal to reach herd immunity, is not enough to successfully fend off variants of the virus. \n\n\"The magic number is not there,\" argues Lucia Pastore Celentano, head of vaccine-preventable diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). \n\n\"Basically, we don't know,\" she adds, as the Delta variant, which is more transmissible, makes herd immunity more complicated to achieve. The ratio could be as high as 95%. \n\n\"We have also to consider the option that this virus will stay with us becoming endemic, but less and less virulent,\" said Pastore Celentano.","htmlText":"<p>Supermarkets in Brussels are now offering shoppers a COVID-19 vaccine.<\/p>\n<p>Customers can get the single Johnson and Johnson jab in just 15 minutes at two Carrefour stores. It&#039;s free and there is no need to make an appointment.<\/p>\n<p>\"It doesn&#039;t matter where they do the vaccine, whether it&#039;s at a hospital or at the supermarket. It&#039;s the same quality control,\" says Rasmane, a 34-year-old resident of Wallonia, the French-speaking region south of Brussels, who made the trip to Carrefour to receive his vaccine dose.<\/p>\n<p>\"It&#039;s very practical. Especially because it&#039;s just one dose,\" says Kevin, a customer. \"You don&#039;t need to wait two or three months for another jab.\"<\/p>\n<p>These vaccine units have been set up at several different stores around Brussels. The campaign, which will last four weeks, aims at boosting the vaccination rate in the Belgian capital, which currently lags behind the rest of the country (62% compared to 70% for the whole of Belgium).<\/p>\n<p>So far, the initiative seems to be successful.<\/p>\n<p>\"We had 92 people (vaccinated) in one day for the two supermarkets where we have these vaccine units,\" said Siryn Stambouli, spokesperson for Carrefour Belgium. \"It&#039;s a good result. And we think that we will have a positive outcome.\"<\/p>\n<p>Several NGOs have also created mobile vaccination units, called \"Mobivax\" in a bid to reach out to marginalised communities. Since May, 1,700 people have been vaccinated through this initiative.<\/p>\n<p>Lily Caldwell, the Mobivax coordinator at M\u00e9decins Sans Fronti\u00e8res (MSF), told Euronews: \"It&#039;s important to come towards people and especially the homeless and undocumented populations because their main priority is housing, food, and by coming closer to them we are able to get to a higher percentage of vaccinated among those populations.\"<\/p>\n<p>It comes with 70 % of the EU&#039;s adult population now vaccinated against COVID-19. But experts warn that this ratio, once presented as the goal to reach herd immunity, is not enough to successfully fend off variants of the virus.<\/p>\n<p>\"The magic number is not there,\" argues Lucia Pastore Celentano, head of vaccine-preventable diseases at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).<\/p>\n<p>\"Basically, we don&#039;t know,\" she adds, as the Delta variant, which is more transmissible, makes herd immunity more complicated to achieve. The ratio could be as high as 95%.<\/p>\n<p>\"We have also to consider the option that this virus will stay with us becoming endemic, but less and less virulent,\" said Pastore Celentano.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1630405001,"publishedAt":1630434384,"updatedAt":1630434386,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/08\/31\/milk-bread-and-a-covid-jab-vaccines-given-at-belgian-supermarket","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/01\/94\/80\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_571f8b6e-2b1c-5441-8d10-7c4773f981f4-6019480.jpg","altText":"Vaccine units have been set up at stores around Brussels, in order to boost the vaccination rate in the Belgian capital, which currently lags behind the rest of the country.","caption":"Vaccine units have been set up at stores around Brussels, in order to boost the vaccination rate in the Belgian capital, which currently lags behind the rest of the country.","captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Euronews","sourceUrl":null,"sourceCredit":null,"callToActionUrl":null,"callToActionText":null,"width":"1920","height":"1080"}],"authors":{"journalists":[],"producers":[],"videoEditor":[]},"keywords":[{"id":"23284","slug":"coronavirus-vaccine","urlSafeValue":"coronavirus-vaccine","title":"Coronavirus vaccine","titleRaw":"Coronavirus vaccine"},{"id":"24316","slug":"anti-vaccine","urlSafeValue":"anti-vaccine","title":"anti-vaccine","titleRaw":"anti-vaccine"},{"id":"22728","slug":"covid-19","urlSafeValue":"covid-19","title":"COVID-19","titleRaw":"COVID-19"}],"related":[],"technicalTags":[],"widgets":[],"allViews":0,"allViewsMeta":{"pointOfView":{"quotation":null,"description":null,"author":null},"survey":[],"tweetId":null,"tweet2NdId":"","contentType":null,"displayOverlay":"0"},"displayType":"default","video":1,"videos":[{"format":"mp4","quality":"md","type":"normal","url":"https:\/\/video.euronews.com\/mp4\/med\/EN\/EU\/BX\/21\/08\/31\/en\/210831_EUBX_42353624_42356615_144080_183553_en.mp4","editor":"","duration":"144080","filesizeBytes":"14174630","expiresAt":0},{"format":"mp4","quality":"hd","type":"normal","url":"https:\/\/video.euronews.com\/mp4\/EN\/EU\/BX\/21\/08\/31\/en\/210831_EUBX_42353624_42356615_144080_183553_en.mp4","editor":"","duration":"144080","filesizeBytes":"23696928","expiresAt":0}],"externalPartners":{"dailymotionId":"x83vbdl","youtubeId":"0yQpViUMrXs"},"liveStream":[],"isLiveCoverage":"0","sourceId":"1","sources":[],"externalSource":null,"additionalSources":null,"additionalReporting":"Bryan Carter","freeField1":null,"freeField2":"","type":"","program":{"id":"brussels-bureau","urlSafeValue":"brussels-bureau","title":"brussels bureau","online":"1","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/programs\/brussels-bureau"},"vertical":"european-affairs","verticals":[{"id":"2","slug":"european-affairs","urlSafeValue":"european-affairs","title":"European affairs"}],"primaryVertical":{"id":"2","slug":"european-affairs","urlSafeValue":"european-affairs","title":"European affairs"},"themes":[{"id":"europe","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/european-affairs\/european-news"}],"primaryTheme":{"id":"5","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe"},"advertising":0,"advertisingData":{"startDate":0,"endDate":0,"type":null,"isDfp":null,"slug":null,"title":null,"disclaimerLabelKey":null,"sponsor":null,"sponsorName":null,"sponsorUrl":null,"sponsorLogo":"","sponsorLogoReverse":""},"geoLocation":{"lat":0,"lon":0},"location":1,"continent":{"id":"104","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe"},"country":{"id":"24","urlSafeValue":"belgium","title":"Belgium","url":"\/news\/europe\/belgium"},"town":{"id":"3270","urlSafeValue":"brussels","title":"Brussels"},"versions":[],"fullUrl":"\/2021\/08\/31\/milk-bread-and-a-covid-jab-vaccines-given-at-belgian-supermarket","lastModified":1630434386},{"id":"1647898","cid":"6017130","versionId":"1","archive":0,"housenumber":"210830_EUBX_42337247","owner":"euronews","isMagazine":"0","channels":[{"id":"1"},{"id":"2"},{"id":"3"},{"id":"4"},{"id":"5"},{"id":"10"},{"id":"12"},{"id":"14"}],"status":2,"title":"Afghans in Belgium hope Taliban takeover will help their asylum cause","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Afghans in Belgium hope Taliban takeover will help their asylum cause","titleListing2":"Afghans in Belgium hope Taliban takeover will help their asylum cause","leadin":"Euronews meets with Afghans living in Brussels. While some have obtained citizenship, others are undocumented and now hope that the situation in Afghanistan will force authorities to reconsider their asylum claims.","summary":"Euronews meets with Afghans living in Brussels. While some have obtained citizenship, others are undocumented and now hope that the situation in Afghanistan will force authorities to reconsider their asylum claims.","keySentence":null,"url":"afghans-in-belgium-hope-taliban-takeover-will-help-their-asylum-cause","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"It started as a family holiday but quickly turned into a nightmare. \n\nAfter the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Akram, 41, from Brussels, found himself stuck in Afghanistan, with his wife and four young children. \n\n\nHe recalls days of anguish and fear, before finally being evacuated back to Belgium, where he has lived for the last 30 years. \n\n\n\"It was very very dangerous,\" Akram tells Euronews. \"Shots fired in the air, crowd movements at the airport... all this gave us tremendous fear.\" \n\nBesides obvious security concerns, Akram says the people of Afghanistan fear mostly for their economic well-being, as banks, salaries, and money transfers have been severely impacted by the recent events. \n\n\"The people are very dependent on the financial help sent by the Afghan diaspora all over the world,\" he said.\u00a0 And today, as you know, the money transfer companies like Western Union and Money Gram have ceased their activity in Afghanistan. So the local population is cut from that aid,\" Akram argues. \n\nHundreds of thousands of Afghans are still hoping to leave Afghanistan or seeking international protection abroad. \n\nAccording to the UNHCR, an estimated 500,000 Afghans will flee their country by the end of the year. The vast majority of them will end up staying in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Iran. Others may decide to try their luck in Europe. For years, Afghan migrants have embarked on the perilous journey through Iran and Turkey before reaching Europe's shores. \n\nThere are no official statistics on the exact number of Afghan migrants currently in Europe. Last year, more than 416,000 Afghans sought asylum in the European Union. 10.6 % of them, or 44.000, obtained protection. \n\nAmong the unsuccessful applicants is Abdul, a native of Kabul who has spent the last decade seeking asylum in Belgium. All his attempts have failed. But he and other undocumented migrants now hope that the situation in Afghanistan will force authorities to reconsider. \n\n\"It gives us some elements to present and to explain how things are. To explain what the reality is and that Afghans need to be protected by Belgium but also by other EU member states,\" Abdul told Euronews. \n\nMigration authorities in Belgium say a Taliban regime will not automatically result in a successful claim to asylum. And that the cessation of hostilities could actually make the country safer. \n\nThe federal government, on the other hand, has temporarily stopped deporting Afghans back to their country. But this could change in the future, argues Sammy Mahdi, the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration. \n\n\"No one is sent back to a region where there is a danger,\" Mahdi told Euronews. \"At this point Afghanistan is dangerous, so of course no one is sent back to Afghanistan, and it will always be looked at every day, every week to know if the situation gets better or not.\" \n\nNGOs working on migration now urge EU governments to grant protection to Afghans in order to avoid trapping them in a limbo situation. \n\nAccording to Sotieta Ngo, Director of CIR\u00c9 (Coordination et Initiatives pour R\u00e9fugi\u00e9s et \u00c9trangers): \"This situation results in a lawless situation. People would find themselves without the right to stay in the country. They will be asked to leave the territory, but they will be unable to do so voluntarily and unable to be expelled by the authorities.\" \n\n\"So they are people who are bound to survive clandestinely and in poverty,\" she concludes","htmlText":"<p>It started as a family holiday but quickly turned into a nightmare.<\/p>\n<p>After the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Akram, 41, from Brussels, found himself stuck in Afghanistan, with his wife and four young children. <\/p>\n<p>He recalls days of anguish and fear, before finally being evacuated back to Belgium, where he has lived for the last 30 years. <\/p>\n<p>\"It was very very dangerous,\" Akram tells Euronews. \"Shots fired in the air, crowd movements at the airport... all this gave us tremendous fear.\"<\/p>\n<p>Besides obvious security concerns, Akram says the people of Afghanistan fear mostly for their economic well-being, as banks, salaries, and money transfers have been severely impacted by the recent events.<\/p>\n<p>\"The people are very dependent on the financial help sent by the Afghan diaspora all over the world,\" he said. And today, as you know, the money transfer companies like Western Union and Money Gram have ceased their activity in Afghanistan. So the local population is cut from that aid,\" Akram argues.<\/p>\n<p>Hundreds of thousands of Afghans are still hoping to leave Afghanistan or seeking international protection abroad.<\/p>\n<p>According to the UNHCR, an estimated 500,000 Afghans will flee their country by the end of the year. The vast majority of them will end up staying in neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Iran. Others may decide to try their luck in Europe. For years, Afghan migrants have embarked on the perilous journey through Iran and Turkey before reaching Europe&#039;s shores.<\/p>\n<p>There are no official statistics on the exact number of Afghan migrants currently in Europe. Last year, more than 416,000 Afghans sought asylum in the European Union. 10.6 % of them, or 44.000, obtained protection.<\/p>\n<p>Among the unsuccessful applicants is Abdul, a native of Kabul who has spent the last decade seeking asylum in Belgium. All his attempts have failed. But he and other undocumented migrants now hope that the situation in Afghanistan will force authorities to reconsider.<\/p>\n<p>\"It gives us some elements to present and to explain how things are. To explain what the reality is and that Afghans need to be protected by Belgium but also by other EU member states,\" Abdul told Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>Migration authorities in Belgium say a Taliban regime will not automatically result in a successful claim to asylum. And that the cessation of hostilities could actually make the country safer.<\/p>\n<p>The federal government, on the other hand, has temporarily stopped deporting Afghans back to their country. But this could change in the future, argues Sammy Mahdi, the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration.<\/p>\n<p>\"No one is sent back to a region where there is a danger,\" Mahdi told Euronews. \"At this point Afghanistan is dangerous, so of course no one is sent back to Afghanistan, and it will always be looked at every day, every week to know if the situation gets better or not.\"<\/p>\n<p>NGOs working on migration now urge EU governments to grant protection to Afghans in order to avoid trapping them in a limbo situation.<\/p>\n<p>According to Sotieta Ngo, Director of CIR\u00c9 (Coordination et Initiatives pour R\u00e9fugi\u00e9s et \u00c9trangers): \"This situation results in a lawless situation. People would find themselves without the right to stay in the country. They will be asked to leave the territory, but they will be unable to do so voluntarily and unable to be expelled by the authorities.\"<\/p>\n<p>\"So they are people who are bound to survive clandestinely and in poverty,\" she concludes<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1630326260,"publishedAt":1630337556,"updatedAt":1630337558,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/08\/30\/afghans-in-belgium-hope-taliban-takeover-will-help-their-asylum-cause","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/01\/71\/30\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_548d4f8b-ebf3-5955-a0db-690fb1311f5d-6017130.jpg","altText":"People disembark from an Air Belgium chartered plane, carrying passengers as part of an evacuation from Afghanistan, upon arrival in Belgium, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.","caption":"People disembark from an Air Belgium chartered plane, carrying passengers as part of an evacuation from Afghanistan, upon arrival in Belgium, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.","captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Olivier Matthys\/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. 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But that's not the full story...","summary":"Catherine Woollard, Director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, said the EU is doing well on evacuating and providing safe routes for people who've worked for the international community. But that's not the full story...","keySentence":null,"url":"how-will-europe-decide-on-afghan-refugee-policy","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Two planes on Monday landed in Melsbroek airbase in Belgium, carrying 226 people who were evacuated from Afghanistan. Returnees, a mix of Belgian nationals and those to whom it owes protection, were among some of the 400 people Belgium had to transfer to Islamabad as part of the evacuation process. \n\nThe orderly disembarkation at the airbase was in stark contrast to the scenes of chaos at Kabul airport which continued throughout the weekend. \n\nWith arrivals happening across the European Union, NGOs are warning politicians to provide safe humanitarian routes to everyone. \n\nCatherine Woollard, Director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, said the EU is doing well on evacuating and providing safe routes for people who've worked for the international community. She also warns that \"on the other hand that has to be balanced by offering access to asylum for those who arrive under their own steam.\" \n\nBut those Afghans fleeing the Taliban will not be welcomed with open arms in all parts of Europe. \n\nThe Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, currently in charge of the EU's rotating presidency, tweeted over the weekend to say: \n\n\"It is not the duty of the #EU or #Slovenia to help everyone on the planet who is fleeing, instead of fighting for their homeland.\" \n\nAustrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz also said they will not take anyone in. \n\n\"We have taken in over 40,000 Afghans in Austria in the last few years and beyond. We are one of the countries with the largest Afghan community,\" Kurz told Austrian broadcaster Puls24 in an interview released on Sunday. \n\nEU high representative for foreign affairs Josep Borrell has suggested using an obscure EU mechanism to provide temporary protection. \n\nWhile Afghan arrivals into Europe could become a political hot potato for the EU, migration NGOs believe 90 per cent of the people who flee will actually be harboured in countries neighbouring Afghanistan. \n\nWatch the report in the media player above.","htmlText":"<p>Two planes on Monday landed in Melsbroek airbase in Belgium, carrying 226 people who were evacuated from Afghanistan. Returnees, a mix of Belgian nationals and those to whom it owes protection, were among some of the 400 people Belgium had to transfer to Islamabad as part of the evacuation process.<\/p>\n<div data-oembed-url=\"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/euronews\/videos\/257901362833899\" class=\"widget widget--type-facebook widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <figure class=\"widget__figure\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <div id=\"fb-root\"><\/div> <script async=\"1\" defer=\"1\" crossorigin=\"anonymous\" src=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////connect.facebook.net//fr_FR//sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v11.0\" nonce=\"TEl2Cxxb\"><\/script><div class=\"fb-video\" data-href=\"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/euronews\/videos\/257901362833899\"><blockquote cite=\"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/euronews\/videos\/257901362833899\/\" class=\"fb-xfbml-parse-ignore\"><a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.facebook.com//euronews//videos//257901362833899///">

An airbase outside Brussels received Belgium\u2019s first evacuation flight from Afghanistan via Islamabad on Monday. The Foreign Minister said 400 people have already been moved from Kabul to Pakistan under the Belgian evacuation operation.<\/p>Posted by <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.facebook.com//101402598109/">Euronews English<\/a> on Monday, August 23, 2021<\/blockquote><\/div> \n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/figure>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n<p>The orderly disembarkation at the airbase was in stark contrast to the scenes of chaos at Kabul airport which continued throughout the weekend.<\/p>\n<p>With arrivals happening across the European Union, NGOs are warning politicians to provide safe humanitarian routes to everyone.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"6005950\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2021//08//24//afghanistan-live-updates-uk-not-going-to-get-everyone-out-by-august-31-deadline/">Access to Kabul airport must be secured 'for as long as necessary' \u2014 EU<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>Catherine Woollard, Director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, said the EU is doing well on evacuating and providing safe routes for people who&#039;ve worked for the international community. She also warns that \"on the other hand that has to be balanced by offering access to asylum for those who arrive under their own steam.\"<\/p>\n<p>But those Afghans fleeing the Taliban will not be welcomed with open arms in all parts of Europe.<\/p>\n<p>The Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, currently in charge of the EU&#039;s rotating presidency, tweeted over the weekend to say:<\/p>\n<p>\"It is not the duty of the #EU or #Slovenia to help everyone on the planet who is fleeing, instead of fighting for their homeland.\"<\/p>\n<div class=\"widget widget--type-tweet widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio\u2014auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <figure class=\"widget__figure\">\n <div class=\"widget__tweet\" data-tweet-id=\"1429351512048906246\"><\/div>\n <\/figure>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz also said <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2021//08//22//austria-will-not-accept-more-afghan-refugees-chancellor-kurz-says/">they will not take anyone<\/a> in.<\/p>\n<p>\"We have taken in over 40,000 Afghans in Austria in the last few years and beyond. 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href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2021//08//23//could-the-eu-use-an-old-obscure-law-to-manage-a-new-refugee-influx-from-afghanistan/">obscure EU mechanism<\/a> to provide temporary protection.<\/p>\n<p>While Afghan arrivals into Europe could become a political hot potato for the EU, migration NGOs believe 90 per cent of the people who flee will actually be harboured in countries neighbouring Afghanistan.<\/p>\n<p>Watch the report in the media player above.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1629789294,"publishedAt":1629800274,"updatedAt":1629800278,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/08\/24\/how-will-europe-decide-on-afghan-refugee-policy","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/06\/00\/58\/60\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_3945a7e3-5e4d-599c-bcc5-6a4adc692233-6005860.jpg","altText":"Demonstrations to show solidarity with Afghan refugees, Berlin\/Germany, 17 Aug 2021","caption":"Demonstrations to show solidarity with 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August 13th is the first day of the three-day Hard Rock & Metal festival Alcatraz in Kortrijk (Courtrai). They are expecting 12 000 people a day, and they all have to be checked before they are allowed to enter the festival grounds. The festival goers arrive early in the morning at the expo in Kortrijk. Here, they first have to go through a whole procedure before being taken to the festival site: everyone's covid safe ticket is being checked; those who are OK get a blue wristband. \n\nThere are only a few people whose COVID safe ticket is not in order, and they get tested rightaway. Those who pass the check can take off their masks and from the expo in Kortrijk, the metal fans are then brought to the festival site and the campsite by bus.","htmlText":"<p>Anyone in Belgium that has a COVID Safe Ticket is able to attend large scale outdoor events with between 1 500 and 75 000 spectators. This could be a football game, an open-air performance or a music festival.<\/p>\n<p>The Corona Safe Ticket (CST) is the Belgian authorities\u2019 adaptation of the European Corona Certificate. Those that have a CST will be able to attend events without the need for social distancing, face coverings, bubbles and other restrictions.<\/p>\n<p>Like in Kortrijk (Courtrai) for example. August 13th is the first day of the three-day Hard Rock &amp; Metal festival Alcatraz in Kortrijk (Courtrai). They are expecting 12 000 people a day, and they all have to be checked before they are allowed to enter the festival grounds. The festival goers arrive early in the morning at the expo in Kortrijk. Here, they first have to go through a whole procedure before being taken to the festival site: everyone&#039;s covid safe ticket is being checked; those who are OK get a blue wristband.<\/p>\n<p>There are only a few people whose COVID safe ticket is not in order, and they get tested rightaway. 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return of Afghans despite Taliban offensive","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Six EU countries call for forced return of Afghans to continue","titleListing2":"Afghanistan had in July urged Europe to stop deportations for three months due to the deteriorating security situation on the grounds as Taliban insurgents make rapid gains.","leadin":"Afghanistan had in July urged Europe to stop deportations for three months due to the deteriorating security situation on the grounds as Taliban insurgents make rapid gains.","summary":"Afghanistan had in July urged Europe to stop deportations for three months due to the deteriorating security situation on the grounds as Taliban insurgents make rapid gains.","keySentence":null,"url":"six-eu-countries-want-to-keep-forced-return-of-afghans-despite-taliban-offensive","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"At least six EU countries insist that the forced deportation of migrants back to Afghanistan continues despite the Taliban's alarming gains in recent weeks. \n\nAustria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and the Netherlands wrote to the European Commission claiming that halting returns \"sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home for the EU.'' \n\nAdalbert Jahnz, the Commission's spokesman for home affairs explained that \"i t's up to each member state to make an individual assessment of whether the return is possible in a specific set of circumstances, that needs to take into account the principles, notable the principle of rule of law and other fundamental rights.\" \n\n\"But it's not something that the EU specifically regulates,\" he added.\u00a0 \n\nThe call by the six member states comes a week after the\u00a0European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) urged Austrian authorities not to proceed with the expulsion of an Afghan national\u00a0until late August at the earliest because of \"a clear risk of irreparable harm to the complainant\".\u00a0 \n\nAfghanistan had in July urged Europe to 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customs arrest 45, seize million of counterfeit cigarettes","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Belgian customs arrest 45, seize million of counterfeit cigarettes","titleListing2":"A Belgian official described the operation as the biggest ever conducted in the country which has become a hub for cigarette trafficking to neighbouring countries.","leadin":"A Belgian official described the operation as the biggest ever conducted in the country which has become a hub for cigarette trafficking to neighbouring countries.","summary":"A Belgian official described the operation as the biggest ever conducted in the country which has become a hub for cigarette trafficking to neighbouring countries.","keySentence":null,"url":"belgian-customs-arrest-45-seize-million-of-counterfeit-cigarettes","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"Belgian customs officers arrested 45 people on Wednesday as part of the country's biggest operation into cigarette counterfeiting. \n\nThe country has become a hub for cigarette trafficking to neighbouring countries. \n\nOfficers arrested 17 people of Ukrainian and Bulgarian nationality during a\u00a0pre-dawn raid on a sweatshop in an industrial area of\u00a0Aartselaar, near the northern city of Antwerp. \n\nThe men were housed in a dilapidated dormitory in the warehouse, working in shifts to dry tobacco and run it through rolling machines. \n\n\"This warehouse operates 24 hours a day, and the workers don't leave it, so as not to give any sign of suspicious activity to the neighbourhood,\" Florence Angelici, spokeswoman for the Belgian finance ministry, explained.\u00a0 \n\n\"And so they will sleep, work, eat, shower on site, without going out for weeks, even months,\" she added. \n\nA large stock of cigarettes was ready to leave for the UK, in imitation branded packs with the health warnings that are common in the country. \n\n28 million cigarettes \n\nA total of four illegal production sites were discovered, as well as several sites used for logistics, grinding tobacco or storing cigarette paper, filters and glue. \n\nIn addition to Aartselaar, workshops were also located in Tongeren, Eeklo and Frasnes-lez-Anvaing \u2014respectively in eastern, northern and western Belgium and providing easy access to the British, French and Dutch markets. \n\nA total of 45 people were arrested, some of whom were already known for similar offences in other European states, the finance ministry said, adding that \"most\" were Ukrainian nationals. \n\nAccording to a first estimate, more than 28 million cigarettes were seized, but the inventory is still underway, the ministry added. The contraband cigarettes were sold under the Marlboro, Richmond, Prince and Regina brands. \n\nThe number of counterfeit cigarette production sites closed by the Belgian authorities now stands at seven since the beginning of the year, compared to five for the whole of 2020. \n\nCounterfeit cigarettes 'bring a lot of money' \n\nMore than 400 million illegal cigarettes were seized by Belgian customs last year, compared to 110 million in 2018. \n\nBelgian customs administrator general Kristian Vanderwaeren described the operation on Wednesday as the biggest ever conducted by his administration. \n\n\"The black market (of cigarettes) brings in a lot of money, as the taxes are very high,\" he explained. Here \"a packet of cigarettes costs about \u20ac8, and out of that, six to seven euros are excise and VAT\". \n\nPacks of contraband cigarettes sell for \u20ac4-5. \n\n\"Half-price cigarettes are not legal cigarettes, and the product, whether it is tobacco or filter, does not comply with health standards,\" Vanderwaeren warned. \n\nMoreover, the sales \"feed criminal organisations, which then use this money to organise trafficking in women and drugs\", the official flagged.","htmlText":"<p>Belgian customs officers arrested 45 people on Wednesday as part of the country&#039;s biggest operation into cigarette counterfeiting.<\/p>\n<p>The country has become a hub for cigarette trafficking to neighbouring countries.<\/p>\n<p>Officers arrested 17 people of Ukrainian and Bulgarian nationality during a pre-dawn raid on a sweatshop in an industrial area of Aartselaar, near the northern city of Antwerp.<\/p>\n<p>The men were housed in a dilapidated dormitory in the warehouse, working in shifts to dry tobacco and run it through rolling machines.<\/p>\n<p>\"This warehouse operates 24 hours a day, and the workers don&#039;t leave it, so as not to give any sign of suspicious activity to the neighbourhood,\" Florence Angelici, spokeswoman for the Belgian finance ministry, explained. <\/p>\n<p>\"And so they will sleep, work, eat, shower on site, without going out for weeks, even months,\" she added.<\/p>\n<p>A large stock of cigarettes was ready to leave for the UK, in imitation branded packs with the health warnings that are common in the country.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5547902\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2021//04//12//europe-has-reached-a-breaking-point-over-organised-crime-says-europol/">Europe has reached a 'breaking point' over organised crime, says Europol<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<h2>28 million cigarettes<\/h2><p>A total of four illegal production sites were discovered, as well as several sites used for logistics, grinding tobacco or storing cigarette paper, filters and glue.<\/p>\n<p>In addition to Aartselaar, workshops were also located in Tongeren, Eeklo and Frasnes-lez-Anvaing \u2014respectively in eastern, northern and western Belgium and providing easy access to the British, French and Dutch markets.<\/p>\n<p>A total of 45 people were arrested, some of whom were already known for similar offences in other European states, the finance ministry said, adding that \"most\" were Ukrainian nationals.<\/p>\n<p>According to a first estimate, more than 28 million cigarettes were seized, but the inventory is still underway, the ministry added. The contraband cigarettes were sold under the Marlboro, Richmond, Prince and Regina brands.<\/p>\n<p>The number of counterfeit cigarette production sites closed by the Belgian authorities now stands at seven since the beginning of the year, compared to five for the whole of 2020.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"4739524\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2020//06//10//eu-countries-lose-15-billion-in-tax-revenues-to-counterfeiting-says-new-report/">EU countries lose \u20ac15 billion in tax revenues to counterfeiting, says new report<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<h2>Counterfeit cigarettes 'bring a lot of money'<\/h2><p>More than 400 million illegal cigarettes were seized by Belgian customs last year, compared to 110 million in 2018.<\/p>\n<p>Belgian customs administrator general Kristian Vanderwaeren described the operation on Wednesday as the biggest ever conducted by his administration.<\/p>\n<p>\"The black market (of cigarettes) brings in a lot of money, as the taxes are very high,\" he explained. 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And also, we had to leave, so my parents sold their house. And that was the first time that I realised that something special was going on here,\" Kevin tells Euronews. \n\nThat \u2018something special\u2019 Kevin refers to was the Flemish government\u2019s decision to demolish Doel. It was back in the 90s and the plan was to expand the port of Antwerp to get more space for ships to dock. \n\nBut 21 years later, Doel feels derelict as government plans constantly changed and the locals constantly resisted. \n\nMeanwhile, tourists flock to what now looks like an open-air street art museum. \n\n\"The more people see the situation, the village is in, the more we like it because you create public opinion about how it is a shame to leave the houses in this way and the more we can tell our story to people, it's also something good for us. But now, with the current measures, the latest year, it was a disaster here. We had thousands and thousands of people coming here because there was nothing else to do in the rest of Belgium,\" says Kevin. \n\nThe other challenge for Doel has been dealing with vandalism, looting and joyriding. Police now patrol the area to crack down on these nuisances. \n\n\"Now large gangs cannot come here or they get a fine. We also have the houses all sealed. So that's also a good thing,\" says Kevin. \n\nLocal politicians are also taking note. Searching for ways to save the Doel their predecessors themselves decided to destroy. There is a new plan to keep the town but also expand the harbour. Clearer details will emerge by the end of the year. \n\n\"I'm actually responsible now since a couple of months for some negotiations with environmental organisations,\" says Matthias Diependaele the Flemish minister for budget and housing adding that the negotiations are \"as for now, very successful, I believe, and I'm very hopeful for a good completion, good conclusion. I believe that a very bad conflict of twenty years will hopefully come to an end. At the latest by the end of this year, I hope.\" \n\nA compromise perhaps, but with so much damage already done to Doel and its people, it will never be enough to call a happy ending.","htmlText":"<p>Once a bustling eastern Flemish town of around 1000 inhabitants, today Doel is home to less than two dozen people.<\/p>\n<p>Among them are Kevin and his 3-year-old son Rover.<\/p>\n<p>Born and bred in the region, Kevin has been fighting for the survival of the town for years and repairing many houses along the way.<\/p>\n<p>\"When I was 18 years old, they decided to get rid of Doel, so we got the news that we had to leave. And also, we had to leave, so my parents sold their house. And that was the first time that I realised that something special was going on here,\" Kevin tells Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>That \u2018something special\u2019 Kevin refers to was the Flemish government\u2019s decision to demolish Doel. It was back in the 90s and the plan was to expand the port of Antwerp to get more space for ships to dock.<\/p>\n<p>But 21 years later, Doel feels derelict as government plans constantly changed and the locals constantly resisted.<\/p>\n<p>Meanwhile, tourists flock to what now looks like an open-air street art museum.<\/p>\n<p>\"The more people see the situation, the village is in, the more we like it because you create public opinion about how it is a shame to leave the houses in this way and the more we can tell our story to people, it&#039;s also something good for us. But now, with the current measures, the latest year, it was a disaster here. We had thousands and thousands of people coming here because there was nothing else to do in the rest of Belgium,\" says Kevin.<\/p>\n<p>The other challenge for Doel has been dealing with vandalism, looting and joyriding. Police now patrol the area to crack down on these nuisances.<\/p>\n<p>\"Now large gangs cannot come here or they get a fine. We also have the houses all sealed. So that&#039;s also a good thing,\" says Kevin.<\/p>\n<p>Local politicians are also taking note. Searching for ways to save the Doel their predecessors themselves decided to destroy. There is a new plan to keep the town but also expand the harbour. Clearer details will emerge by the end of the year.<\/p>\n<p>\"I&#039;m actually responsible now since a couple of months for some negotiations with environmental organisations,\" says Matthias Diependaele the Flemish minister for budget and housing adding that the negotiations are \"as for now, very successful, I believe, and I&#039;m very hopeful for a good completion, good conclusion. I believe that a very bad conflict of twenty years will hopefully come to an end. 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Some experts are now calling on companies to create conditions for hybrid working models.","summary":"Some people love it, others hate it, but one thing is certain, working from home might be a COVID-19 trend that is here to stay. Some experts are now calling on companies to create conditions for hybrid working models.","keySentence":null,"url":"work-life-balance-will-the-future-of-work-be-remote","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"For employees of AXA Bank Belgium, the answer is already clear. From September 1, employees can decide to work from home or the office whenever they need as part of a trade union agreement. \n\nLooking to the end of the pandemic, European organisations are rolling-out plans to bring staff back to work. \n\nWim Pauwels, a spokesperson for the bank, thinks hybrid working is a possibility companies cannot ignore.\u00a0 \n\n\u201cIt's possible that you'll be working on a project five days from home one week, and then come to the office three days in the next week, to meet colleagues, to present what you've been preparing. The way we are working avoids extreme situations. You will never have a colleague that will never show up at work,\u201d Pauwels said.\u00a0 \n\nMajority wants flexibility \n\nIn addition, the barriers to remote work seem to be falling. An Ipsos survey in 29 countries for the World Economic Forum found 66% of workers think that employers should allow more flexible working in the future. Those in favour aim at an average of 2.5 days of work from home. In Europe, the more reductants workers are in Belgium and in France. They are asking for an average of 1.9 days of home office. \n\nExperts say, from a European policy perspective, these trends show it's time to create conditions for hybrid work models within the single market, to avoid chaos. \n\nRemote working 'not without risks' \n\nMario Mariniello, a Senior Fellow at the Bruegel economics think tank says the new system of remote working comes with its own risks for employees and employers alike: burnouts, lack of social cohesion, disengagement. And the bottleneck that needs to be solved - the sharing of operational costs such as internet, electricity, and office material. \n\n\u201cWhat we currently have is actually a European Telework Framework Agreement which dates back to 2002. After 20 years of technological development and the pandemic in between, I think it is fair to say it\u2019s time for an update.\u201d \n\nThe European Commission and the European Parliament are now finalising their own teleworking policies. These promise to be subject to a heated dispute after all. \n\nFinland embraced remote working before COVID. Now it's designed the ultimate home office","htmlText":"<p>For employees of AXA Bank Belgium, the answer is already clear. From September 1, employees can decide to work from home or the office whenever they need as part of a trade union agreement.<\/p>\n<p>Looking to the end of the pandemic, European organisations are rolling-out plans to bring staff back to work.<\/p>\n<p>Wim Pauwels, a spokesperson for the bank, thinks hybrid working is a possibility companies cannot ignore. <\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt&#039;s possible that you&#039;ll be working on a project five days from home one week, and then come to the office three days in the next week, to meet colleagues, to present what you&#039;ve been preparing. The way we are working avoids extreme situations. You will never have a colleague that will never show up at work,\u201d Pauwels said. <\/p>\n<h2>Majority wants flexibility<\/h2><p>In addition, the barriers to remote work seem to be falling. An Ipsos survey in 29 countries for the World Economic Forum found 66% of workers think that employers should allow more flexible working in the future. Those in favour aim at an average of 2.5 days of work from home. In Europe, the more reductants workers are in Belgium and in France. They are asking for an average of 1.9 days of home office.<\/p>\n<p>Experts say, from a European policy perspective, these trends show it&#039;s time to create conditions for hybrid work models within the single market, to avoid chaos.<\/p>\n<h2>Remote working 'not without risks'<\/h2><p>Mario Mariniello, a Senior Fellow at the Bruegel economics think tank says the new system of remote working comes with its own risks for employees and employers alike: burnouts, lack of social cohesion, disengagement. And the bottleneck that needs to be solved - the sharing of operational costs such as internet, electricity, and office material.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhat we currently have is actually a European Telework Framework Agreement which dates back to 2002. After 20 years of technological development and the pandemic in between, I think it is fair to say it\u2019s time for an update.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>The European Commission and the European Parliament are now finalising their own teleworking policies. These promise to be subject to a heated dispute after all.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5720150\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//06//15//finland-embraced-remote-working-before-covid-now-it-s-designed-the-ultimate-home-office/">Finland embraced remote working before COVID. Now it's designed the ultimate home office<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>Finland embraced remote working before COVID. 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We have no gas, there's nothing\" Mohammed told Euronews. \n\nNearly two weeks after the floods in the town of Verviers, there are still hundreds of homes which remain uninhabitable. \n\nSome have running water but most are without electricity and gas. \n\n\"Now we are waiting because we are not the first, not the last, there are a lots of people like this,\" Mohammed said. \n\nWhile 41 people lost their lives in the floods in Belgium, Verviers was one of the worst-hit towns \u2014 videos of cars flowing down the street were shared worldwide. \n\nThose same cars are now being removed from the River Vesdre. \n\nEuronews met a group of men who come from the German-speaking enclave who were donating their crane services for free. \n\n\"I can go home, lay in my bed, take a shower,\" Johnny Havark, who controls the crane, said. \"That's what the people here don't have anymore. They have nothing. Everything is gone.\" \n\nA car park in the centre of Verviers has become a makeshift landfill site for the enormous piles of possessions destroyed by the floodwater. \n\nHere, charity support is filling in where the local government appears to be struggling. \n\nRamazan Celyan is a representative of the humanitarian charity HASENE. \n\n\"I've not seen the mayor, she's not called me\" he said. \"We've already fed around 20,000 people by now.\" \n\nSmall businesses are salvaging whatever they can \u2014 the owners of one affected corner shop say they don't know what else to do. \n\nRashida El Bacoui sits cleaning cans and bottles which she hopes she can resell. \n\n\"We've thrown so much out,\" she said. \"The freezers, fridges, tills. Everything.\" \n\n202 of the 262 communes in the Wallonia region of Belgium have been told they'll qualify for disaster relief funding from the government. \n\nIt will be welcome alongside insurance payouts \u2014 but that's a long way off \u2014 and the clean-up will take months if not years.","htmlText":"<p>Mohammed is cleaning out the basement of his brother&#039;s house.<\/p>\n<p>Many underground floors were destroyed when they were completely submerged during the flooding in Belgium in mid July,<\/p>\n<p>\"Everything is cut. We have no gas, there&#039;s nothing\" Mohammed told Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>Nearly two weeks after the floods in the town of Verviers, there are still hundreds of homes which remain uninhabitable.<\/p>\n<p>Some have running water but most are without electricity and gas.<\/p>\n<p>\"Now we are waiting because we are not the first, not the last, there are a lots of people like this,\" Mohammed said.<\/p>\n<p>While 41 people lost their lives in the floods in Belgium, Verviers was one of the worst-hit towns \u2014 videos of cars flowing down the street were shared worldwide.<\/p>\n<p>Those same cars are now being removed from the River Vesdre.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5896646,5889320\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2021//07//20//after-devastating-floods-sweep-europe-a-continent-mourns-its-dead/">After devastating floods sweep Europe, a continent mourns its dead<\/a><\/li><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2021//07//18//death-toll-rises-to-more-than-180-as-germany-belgium-clean-up-after-floods/">Merkel pledges aid, climate action after floods leave at least 190 dead<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>Euronews met a group of men who come from the German-speaking enclave who were donating their crane services for free.<\/p>\n<p>\"I can go home, lay in my bed, take a shower,\" Johnny Havark, who controls the crane, said. \"That&#039;s what the people here don&#039;t have anymore. They have nothing. Everything is gone.\"<\/p>\n<p>A car park in the centre of Verviers has become a makeshift landfill site for the enormous piles of possessions destroyed by the floodwater.<\/p>\n<p>Here, charity support is filling in where the local government appears to be struggling.<\/p>\n<p>Ramazan Celyan is a representative of the humanitarian charity HASENE.<\/p>\n<p>\"I&#039;ve not seen the mayor, she&#039;s not called me\" he said. \"We&#039;ve already fed around 20,000 people by now.\"<\/p>\n<p>Small businesses are salvaging whatever they can \u2014 the owners of one affected corner shop say they don&#039;t know what else to do.<\/p>\n<p>Rashida El Bacoui sits cleaning cans and bottles which she hopes she can resell.<\/p>\n<p>\"We&#039;ve thrown so much out,\" she said. \"The freezers, fridges, tills. Everything.\"<\/p>\n<p>202 of the 262 communes in the Wallonia region of Belgium have been told they&#039;ll qualify for disaster relief funding from the government.<\/p>\n<p>It will be welcome alongside insurance payouts \u2014 but that&#039;s a long way off \u2014 and the clean-up will take months if not years.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1627399345,"publishedAt":1627445509,"updatedAt":1627446030,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/07\/28\/belgium-flood-victims-remain-without-gas-and-electricity","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/05\/92\/55\/46\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_2665f70a-62de-57dd-a965-3d9f9690f705-5925546.jpg","altText":null,"caption":null,"captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Euronews","sourceUrl":null,"sourceCredit":null,"callToActionUrl":null,"callToActionText":null,"width":"960","height":"540"}],"authors":{"journalists":[{"urlSafeValue":"parrock","title":"Jack 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to install 11,000 electric charging stations by 2035","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":"Brussels to install 11,000 electric charging stations by 2035","titleListing2":"Brussels to install 11,000 electric charging stations by 2035","leadin":"The European Commission recently announced it wants to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2035.","summary":"The European Commission recently announced it wants to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2035.","keySentence":null,"url":"brussels-to-install-11-000-electric-charging-stations-by-2035","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"The city of Brussels wants to install up to 11,000 charging stations by 2035, as it looks ahead to the transition towards electric vehicles. \n\nEarlier this month, the European Commission set a target of banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035, but one key challenge to making this transition a success will be the deployment of electrical charging stations. \n\nGermany, France and the Netherlands are currently the best-equipped member states in terms of this infrastructure, but the Belgian capital now wants to boost its credentials as a leading city on the matter, as Alain Maron, Brussels' Minister for Climate Transition, Environment and Energy told Euronews. \n\n\"We have a multi-level strategy to deploy up to 11,000 charging stations by 2035,\" Maron explained. \"It's progressively underway. We're simplifying the administration and we're also going to divide the city into four large areas that will be awarded as a market to private operators who are motivated and who want to take them on and who will have to install these electric charging stations.\" \n\nBut to achieve this, the supply of electric vehicles is going to have to come on leaps and bounds, both commercially and industrially. \n\nAccording to the Commission, an internal combustion engine car is cheaper to buy because it costs 20% to 30% less than an equivalent 100% electric model. \n\nAs Olivier Duquesne, a journalist at the Monitor Automobile explains though, consumers can take other factors into account when making their choices, including in relation to taxes and maintenance costs. \n\n\"Another advantage of electric cars is the tax system. In practically all European countries, they have a tax advantage with very little tax, or even no tax at all, or purchase bonuses which are also available in certain European countries,\" Duquesne told Euronews. \n\n\"And the last advantage is that the electric car, at least in terms of the engine, is much simpler, with far fewer parts and almost no friction because it works by a magnetic field, which limits the risk of breakdown, requires much less maintenance, and has a longer life. So in terms of maintenance costs...electric vehicles have a huge advantage.\" \n\nThe Netherlands and Denmark are going one step further and aiming to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030, which they hope will encourage other countries to do so also.","htmlText":"<p>The city of Brussels wants to install up to 11,000 charging stations by 2035, as it looks ahead to the transition towards electric vehicles.<\/p>\n<p>Earlier this month, the European Commission set a target of banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035, but one key challenge to making this transition a success will be the deployment of electrical charging stations.<\/p>\n<p>Germany, France and the Netherlands are currently the best-equipped member states in terms of this infrastructure, but the Belgian capital now wants to boost its credentials as a leading city on the matter, as Alain Maron, Brussels&#039; Minister for Climate Transition, Environment and Energy told Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>\"We have a multi-level strategy to deploy up to 11,000 charging stations by 2035,\" Maron explained. \"It&#039;s progressively underway. We&#039;re simplifying the administration and we&#039;re also going to divide the city into four large areas that will be awarded as a market to private operators who are motivated and who want to take them on and who will have to install these electric charging stations.\"<\/p>\n<p>But to achieve this, the supply of electric vehicles is going to have to come on leaps and bounds, both commercially and industrially.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5875142,5763480,5349448,5172512\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//next//2021//09//16//when-will-cars-go-fully-electric-the-europe-based-carmakers-dropping-petrol/">Gearing up to go green: When are Europe's carmakers making the switch to electric cars?<\/a><\/li><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//green//2020//12//02//how-to-future-proof-your-petrol-car-with-an-electric-conversion-kit/">How to \u2018future proof\u2019 your petrol car with an electric conversion kit<\/a><\/li><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//green//2021//02//12//uk-has-no-roadmap-towards-electric-car-usage-by-2030/">UK has no 'roadmap' towards electric car usage by 2030<\/a><\/li><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//green//2021//09//28//can-electric-cars-go-the-distance-top-5-cities-for-ev-driving-revealed/">Can electric cars go the distance? The global top 5 cities for EV driving revealed<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>According to the Commission, an internal combustion engine car is cheaper to buy because it costs 20% to 30% less than an equivalent 100% electric model.<\/p>\n<p>As Olivier Duquesne, a journalist at the Monitor Automobile explains though, consumers can take other factors into account when making their choices, including in relation to taxes and maintenance costs.<\/p>\n<p>\"Another advantage of electric cars is the tax system. In practically all European countries, they have a tax advantage with very little tax, or even no tax at all, or purchase bonuses which are also available in certain European countries,\" Duquesne told Euronews.<\/p>\n<p>\"And the last advantage is that the electric car, at least in terms of the engine, is much simpler, with far fewer parts and almost no friction because it works by a magnetic field, which limits the risk of breakdown, requires much less maintenance, and has a longer life. So in terms of maintenance costs...electric vehicles have a huge advantage.\"<\/p>\n<p>The Netherlands and Denmark are going one step further and aiming to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030, which they hope will encourage other countries to do so also.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1627292835,"publishedAt":1627311718,"updatedAt":1627382960,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/07\/26\/brussels-to-install-11-000-electric-charging-stations-by-2035","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/05\/90\/91\/76\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_3f5d3248-30e3-53a9-a6f1-ff4a79bc54d5-5909176.jpg","altText":null,"caption":null,"captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Martin Meissner\/AP","sourceUrl":null,"sourceCredit":null,"callToActionUrl":null,"callToActionText":null,"width":"4380","height":"2724"}],"authors":{"journalists":[],"producers":[],"videoEditor":[]},"keywords":[{"id":"9507","slug":"environmental-protection","urlSafeValue":"environmental-protection","title":"Environmental protection","titleRaw":"Environmental protection"},{"id":"8859","slug":"electric-cars","urlSafeValue":"electric-cars","title":"Electric cars","titleRaw":"Electric cars"},{"id":"4365","slug":"ecology","urlSafeValue":"ecology","title":"Ecology","titleRaw":"Ecology"},{"id":"12944","slug":"climate","urlSafeValue":"climate","title":"Climate","titleRaw":"Climate"},{"id":"15744","slug":"mobility","urlSafeValue":"mobility","title":"Mobility","titleRaw":"Mobility"},{"id":"4169","slug":"transport","urlSafeValue":"transport","title":"Transport","titleRaw":"Transport"}],"related":[],"technicalTags":[],"widgets":[{"slug":"related","count":"1"}],"allViews":0,"allViewsMeta":{"pointOfView":{"quotation":null,"description":null,"author":null},"survey":[],"tweetId":null,"tweet2NdId":"","contentType":null,"displayOverlay":"0"},"displayType":"default","video":0,"videos":[],"externalPartners":[],"liveStream":[],"isLiveCoverage":"0","sourceId":"1","sources":[],"externalSource":null,"additionalSources":null,"additionalReporting":"Euronews","freeField1":null,"freeField2":"","type":"","program":{"id":"brussels-bureau","urlSafeValue":"brussels-bureau","title":"brussels bureau","online":"1","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/programs\/brussels-bureau"},"vertical":"european-affairs","verticals":[{"id":"2","slug":"european-affairs","urlSafeValue":"european-affairs","title":"European affairs"},{"id":"9","slug":"next","urlSafeValue":"next","title":"Next"},{"id":"8","slug":"green","urlSafeValue":"green","title":"Green"}],"primaryVertical":{"id":"2","slug":"european-affairs","urlSafeValue":"european-affairs","title":"European affairs"},"themes":[{"id":"europe","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/european-affairs\/european-news"},{"id":"mobility","urlSafeValue":"mobility","title":"Mobility","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/european-affairs"},{"id":"green-news","urlSafeValue":"green-news","title":"Green News","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/european-affairs"}],"primaryTheme":{"id":"5","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe"},"advertising":0,"advertisingData":{"startDate":0,"endDate":0,"type":null,"isDfp":null,"slug":null,"title":null,"disclaimerLabelKey":null,"sponsor":null,"sponsorName":null,"sponsorUrl":null,"sponsorLogo":"","sponsorLogoReverse":""},"geoLocation":{"lat":0,"lon":0},"location":1,"continent":{"id":"104","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe"},"country":{"id":"24","urlSafeValue":"belgium","title":"Belgium","url":"\/news\/europe\/belgium"},"town":{"id":"4129","urlSafeValue":"brussels","title":"Brussels"},"versions":[],"fullUrl":"\/2021\/07\/26\/brussels-to-install-11-000-electric-charging-stations-by-2035","lastModified":1627382960},{"id":"1608970","cid":"5913478","versionId":"1","archive":0,"housenumber":"210725_NCSU_41833398","owner":"euronews","isMagazine":"0","channels":[{"id":"1"},{"id":"2"},{"id":"4"},{"id":"5"},{"id":"10"},{"id":"12"},{"id":"14"}],"status":2,"title":"Dinant hit by new floods yesterday evening after thunderstorms and heavy rain","titleSeo":null,"titleListing1":null,"titleListing2":"Dinant hit by new floods yesterday evening after thunderstorms and heavy rain","leadin":"Dinant hit by new floods yesterday evening after thunderstorms and heavy rain","summary":"Dinant hit by new floods yesterday evening after thunderstorms and heavy rain","keySentence":null,"url":"dinant-hit-by-new-floods-yesterday-evening-after-thunderstorms-and-heavy-rain","masterCms":"v2","plainText":"The city of Namur was heavily impacted by new floods, especially the Bouvignes area. Torrents of water rolled down the streets around 7:30 PM (5:30 GMT PM), to the point that the asphalt rose in places. \n\nThere are also gas leaks and fuel oil spilled into to the streets. Shortly before 1100 PM, the mayor of Dinant, Axel Tixhon made an initial assessment: \"We have a lot of material damage at this time, including a lot of vehicles that have been washed away by the water, and material damage to the residents, who had never experienced events like these. They were not prepared.\" \n\nEmergency Preparedness was called in to evacuate debris and vehicles. Four people had to be relocated. The station of the city of Mosane is also affected by the floods after heavy rains in the early evening in the province of Namur. Rail traffic was already interrupted this weekend in the impacted section.","htmlText":"<p>The city of Namur was heavily impacted by new floods, especially the Bouvignes area. 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church at the B\u00e9guinage and rooms in two Brussels universities, have lived and worked in Belgium for years. \n\nAbout 50 of them were taken to hospital after ending their hunger strike, NGO M\u00e9decins du Monde (MdM) said on Thursday. \n\n\"Some of them have had to be taken into intensive care due to kidney problems,\" MdM Belgium director Michel Genet, said. \n\nThe number of hospitalisations was expected to change during the day after doctors visited the strike's two sites. \n\nThe situation escalated last Friday after a number of the participants also began to refuse water. On Wednesday, the Belgian government announced it had outlined a deal with the group. \n\nEgbert Lachaer, chairman of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo\u2019s Liberal party, Egbert Lachaert, said that based on what had been agreed, those concerned would have their cases looked at individually in a neutral zone, \u201cwithout group pressure and without putting lives at risk\u201d. \n\nSeveral migrants were wheeled out of the church after the deal was announced, and were met with applause and singing from activists. Some of those present said they were ending their action after receiving \"assurances\" from the government. \n\nMigration State Secretary Sammy Mahdi previously argued that the strikers each needed to fill out individual residency requests, and count not be collectively granted the right to remain. On Wednesday, he tweeted: \u201cRelieved... For me, this was not a fight against people but for a correct policy. Let's hope no one has any lasting injuries because of this.\" \n\nThe United Nations estimates that 150,000 migrants are living without authorization in Belgium. 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On Wednesday, the Belgian government announced it had outlined a deal with the group.<\/p>\n<p>Egbert Lachaer, chairman of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo\u2019s Liberal party, Egbert Lachaert, said that based on what had been agreed, those concerned would have their cases looked at individually in a neutral zone, \u201cwithout group pressure and without putting lives at risk\u201d.<\/p>\n<div\n data-stories-id=\"5815812\"\n data-event=\"widget_related\"\n class=\"widget widget--type-related widget--size-fullwidth widget--align-center\">\n <div class=\"widget__wrapper\">\n <div class=\"widget__ratio widget__ratio--auto\">\n <div class=\"widget__contents\">\n <ul class=\"widget__related_list\"><li class=\"widget__related_listItem\"> <a href=https://www.euronews.com/"https:////www.euronews.com//2021//06//29//undocumented-migrant-workers-continue-hunger-strike-in-brussels/">Undocumented migrant workers continue hunger strike in Brussels<\/a><\/li><\/ul>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n <\/div>\n<\/div>\n\n\n<p>Several migrants were wheeled out of the church after the deal was announced, and were met with applause and singing from activists. 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Many of those wanting to have their status legalized are thought to be deterred from applying, for fear that they will be deported.<\/p>\n","hashtag":null,"createdAt":1626887471,"publishedAt":1626889235,"updatedAt":1626970719,"expiresAt":0,"canonical":"https:\/\/www.euronews.com\/2021\/07\/21\/brussels-announces-breakthrough-on-migrants-hunger-strike","images":[{"url":"https:\/\/static.euronews.com\/articles\/stories\/05\/90\/17\/48\/{{w}}x{{h}}_cmsv2_0de4752e-2107-5ec0-b7c1-cb92314125bf-5901748.jpg","altText":"An ambulance is called for one of the migrants on hunger strike at the ULB Francophone university in Brussels on June 29, 2021","caption":"An ambulance is called for one of the migrants on hunger strike at the ULB Francophone university in Brussels on June 29, 2021","captionUrl":null,"captionCredit":"Francisco Seco\/AP","sourceUrl":null,"sourceCredit":null,"callToActionUrl":null,"callToActionText":null,"width":"1024","height":"683"}],"authors":{"journalists":[],"producers":[],"videoEditor":[]},"keywords":[{"id":"9807","slug":"hunger-strike","urlSafeValue":"hunger-strike","title":"Hunger strike","titleRaw":"Hunger strike"},{"id":"147","slug":"immigration","urlSafeValue":"immigration","title":"Immigration","titleRaw":"Immigration"},{"id":"20826","slug":"residence","urlSafeValue":"residence","title":"Residence","titleRaw":"Residence"}],"related":[{"id":"1602320"},{"id":"1574622"},{"id":"1469834"}],"technicalTags":[],"widgets":[{"slug":"related","count":"1"}],"allViews":0,"allViewsMeta":{"pointOfView":{"quotation":null,"description":null,"author":null},"survey":[],"tweetId":null,"tweet2NdId":"","contentType":null,"displayOverlay":"0"},"displayType":"default","video":1,"videos":[{"format":"mp4","quality":"md","type":"normal","url":"https:\/\/video.euronews.com\/mp4\/med\/EN\/EU\/BX\/21\/07\/22\/en\/210722_EUBX_41788493_41788614_118720_150606_en.mp4","editor":"","duration":"20000","filesizeBytes":"0","expiresAt":0},{"format":"mp4","quality":"hd","type":"normal","url":"https:\/\/video.euronews.com\/mp4\/EN\/EU\/BX\/21\/07\/22\/en\/210722_EUBX_41788493_41788614_118720_150606_en.mp4","editor":"","duration":"20000","filesizeBytes":"0","expiresAt":0}],"externalPartners":{"youtubeId":"TKzotjESZ2U"},"liveStream":[],"isLiveCoverage":"0","sourceId":"1","sources":[],"externalSource":"AP","additionalSources":null,"additionalReporting":"Euronews","freeField1":null,"freeField2":"","type":"","program":{"id":"brussels-bureau","urlSafeValue":"brussels-bureau","title":"brussels bureau","online":"1","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/programs\/brussels-bureau"},"vertical":"european-affairs","verticals":[{"id":"2","slug":"european-affairs","urlSafeValue":"european-affairs","title":"European affairs"}],"primaryVertical":{"id":"2","slug":"european-affairs","urlSafeValue":"european-affairs","title":"European affairs"},"themes":[{"id":"europe","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe","url":"\/\/www.euronews.com\/european-affairs\/european-news"}],"primaryTheme":{"id":"5","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe"},"advertising":0,"advertisingData":{"startDate":0,"endDate":0,"type":null,"isDfp":null,"slug":null,"title":null,"disclaimerLabelKey":null,"sponsor":null,"sponsorName":null,"sponsorUrl":null,"sponsorLogo":"","sponsorLogoReverse":""},"geoLocation":{"lat":0,"lon":0},"location":1,"continent":{"id":"104","urlSafeValue":"europe","title":"Europe"},"country":{"id":"24","urlSafeValue":"belgium","title":"Belgium","url":"\/news\/europe\/belgium"},"town":{"id":"3270","urlSafeValue":"brussels","title":"Brussels"},"versions":[],"fullUrl":"\/2021\/07\/21\/brussels-announces-breakthrough-on-migrants-hunger-strike","lastModified":1626970719}]" data-api-url="/api/country/belgium">

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