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#Belgium #Brussels #Coronavirus

Belgium is a single dark red spot on the map of the EU infection control authority. The number of reported corona infections in the past two weeks was 139 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
In the European Union the country belongs to the top group; only Spain, the Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg and Malta have even higher values. But while protective measures are being ramped up again in many countries, Belgium, with its 11.5 million inhabitants,
is taking an unusual path: it is easing the restrictions again. "Our country is moving from crisis management to risk management," said incumbent Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès after a meeting of the National Security Council.
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#Belgium #Brussels #Coronavirus

In protest against the actions of the politicians in the Corona crisis, several scientists are going on a "silent strike" in Belgium. The prominent virologist Marc van Ranst and some colleagues did not want to give interviews this weekend,
reported the Belgian broadcaster VRT. The scientists complain that the politicians too often hid behind them and refused to give interviews on corona politics. According to the VRT, Van Ranst expressly emphasized that the protest was not directed against the media.
Rather, it is a signal to politics. The silence should be over on Monday. Belgium has been hit relatively hard by the coronavirus. According to the authorities, around 150 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants were counted in the past two weeks.
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus #Aid

Several EU countries are blocking a decision that is important for the start of the European Corona economic stimulus program. According to diplomats,
around a third of the member states made it clear in Brussels that they would not support the decision on future EU funding for the time being. This capital adequacy decision regulates where the money should come from.
First there must be clarity about the overall budget for the next seven years, it said.
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus #RLY

According to the EU Council Secretariat, the participants at the EU summit next week do not have to show a negative corona test. "According to Belgian safety regulations, it is not necessary to present a negative test before entering the country,"
a spokeswoman said on request. This differs from the German regulation, according to which participants from risk areas at EU meetings in Germany - including ministers and commissioners - have to present a negative test.
However, delegation members with symptoms will not be allowed entry, says the spokeswoman. In addition, the size of the delegations of the 27 EU governments is limited, the hygiene regulations such as distance and masks would apply in the EU Council building.
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#Belgium #Brussels #Coronavirus

Despite the high number of Corona cases, Belgium is loosening the mask requirement in public places. From October 1, mouth and nose protection outdoors will no longer be mandatory everywhere, said Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès on Wednesday.
However, it is strongly recommended to continue to use it in particularly busy or narrow spaces. Everyone has to wear a mask on buses and trains, in shops and cinemas.
Also on October 1, the quarantine obligation in suspected corona cases is to be shortened to seven days, Wilmès said.
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#EU #Brussels #Asylum #Refugees #Coronavirus

According to media reports, the number of asylum seekers in the European Union has fallen sharply this year due to the Corona crisis.
In the first six months, 196,620 people applied for asylum in one of the 27 EU countries for the first time, as the newspapers of the Funke media group report, citing figures from the EU statistical office Eurostat.
That is a decrease of 34 percent compared to the same period last year. The reason for this is obviously the Corona crisis, the numbers only collapsed massively with the beginning of the first lockdown in March.
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus

With a view to the increasing corona numbers in Europe, the European Union is continuing to build up common reserves of medical protective masks. After Germany and Romania, Denmark, Greece,
Hungary and Sweden have now also agreed to set up depots on behalf of all EU countries, said EU Commissioner Janez Lenarcic. The construction of the joint reserve began in the spring when many countries had far too little protective equipment for doctors and nurses.
From this reserve 520,000 medical FFP2 and FFP3 masks have now been distributed to the EU states Italy, Spain, Croatia and Lithuania as well as to the neighbors North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, said Lenarcic. The stocks are financed from the EU's Community budget.
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#EU #Belarus #Brussels #Cyprus #sanctions #failed #Turkey

In light of the human rights violations in Belarus, the EU continues to argue about sanctions against the regime in Minsk.
It is true that the foreign ministers of the member states had already decided in principle punitive measures against those responsible. There is now a list of 40 people who are to be blocked from entering the country and blocked from their accounts.
But EU member Cyprus is blocking the unanimous decision needed to put the sanctions into effect. "Our reaction to violations of our core values ​​and principles cannot be à la carte, it has to be consistent,"
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus

The EU countries are making progress in efforts to better coordinate travel restrictions. As can be seen from a progress report of the current German EU Council Presidency,
there is great support for the proposal to commission the EU health agency ECDC with the development of a common database on the occurrence of infections. In addition, the public should be warned at least 24 hours before new measures come into force. However,
common criteria for the introduction of travel restrictions are still in sight, as are uniform rules for travel to risk areas. The discussions about a joint risk assessment and possible joint measures are sensitive, according to the report,
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus

From the point of view of the EU Commission, corona tests should not take longer than 24 hours from the first request to the result so that contacts can be meaningfully tracked.
The Brussels authority presented its recommendations for a joint test strategy to the EU states. Germany would also have to speed up. According to the commission, up to 36 hours pass between the test and the announcement of the result.
The commission emphasizes that the population should have easy access to test sites. It must be a priority to test all cases of Covid-19-like symptoms. If possible, the coronavirus, flu and other respiratory infections should be checked at the same time.
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus

The EU Commission has signed a second contract for the purchase of a future corona vaccine, this time with the manufacturers Sanofi and GSK for the delivery of up to 300 million units.
In view of the increasing number of infections, an effective vaccine is more important than ever, said Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. The new treaty increases the chances that people in the EU and around the world will gradually be able to return to their everyday lives.
The EU had already signed a contract with the manufacturer AstraZeneca and is planning more with other companies with promising vaccine candidates. However, none of these vaccines has yet been approved.
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus

The German EU Presidency has called for more speed in the negotiations on the next seven-year budget and the European Union's Corona rescue package.
The talks with the European Parliament are "picking up speed far too slowly," said German EU Ambassador Michael Clauss on Thursday. Clauss leads the negotiations.
Originally, an agreement between the EU states and parliament on the budget and aid package totaling 1.8 billion euros was supposed to be in place by (tomorrow) Friday. Clauss now spoke of the beginning of October at the latest.
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#Belgium #Brussels #Coronavirus

Thousands of doctors, nurses and other demonstrators are calling for more money for health care in the Belgian capital, Brussels. The police counted 4,000 participants in the demonstration in the city center, as reported by the @BelgaNewsAgency.
The goals include better staffing and pay for health professions. The number of infections is also rising again in Belgium. In the small country with only around eleven million inhabitants, an average of 636 new cases were officially registered daily in the past seven days,
38 percent more than in the seven days before. In total, Belgium has recorded 92,478 infections since the outbreak of the pandemic.
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#EU #Brussels #Coronavirus #SURE

The European Commission has submitted proposals to the Council for decisions to offer €81.4 billion of financial assistance under the SURE instrument to 15 Member States.
SURE is a core element of the EU's holistic plan for protecting people and reducing the extremely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. This is one of the European Council 's three safety nets decided to protect jobs, companies and nations.
When these measures are accepted by the Council, the financial assistance will be given in the form of loans issued to Member States at favorable terms from the EU. Such loans would help Member States address unexpected rises in public spending to retain jobs.
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What has Protesting Accomplished?
--- by Christopher Reilley

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained #protests:
#Minneapolis bans use of #chokeholds.

👉🏾Charges are upgraded against Officer Chauvin, and his accomplices are arrested and charged.

👉🏾#Dallas adopts a "#DutyToIntervene" rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.

👉🏾#NewJersey’s attorney general said the state will update its #UseOfForce guidelines for the first time in two decades.

👉🏾In #Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a #PoliceReform work group.

👉🏾#LosAngeles City Council introduces motion to reduce #LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.
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We hear more and more that one way to defuse the #Karlsruhe#Luxembourg#Frankfurt conflict is to travel via #Berlin:

Let @bundesbank be more *accountable* to @Bundestag

Here's a few things we know about the promises and pitfalls of that strategy

The ECB has a Monetary Dialogue with @EP_Economics in #Brussels & it answers written questions by MEPs

Many see the Dialogue as a talking shop, but it does offer a template

I've been cautiously optimistic about it in the last crisis(as have MEPs)...

...but there's no denying that @ecb accountability could and should be strengthened

For one, it hinges on the focus and specialization of the parliamentarians who hold the central bank to account, and on the willingness of central bankers to engage in meaningful exchange

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A little thread about today #climatestrike in #brussels
Awfully rainy. Fresh. Virus threat.
Still a few thousand people joining . A mix of old militants and young people.
Talked with a few young people and asked them why so few came.
They answered they either don't care or
think the fight is lost ,or not winnable.
Seems we need to go to #Instagram to reach them.
How to talk about methane on IM? i don't know .
Will #Greta manage to lift the energy of 1 billion young people? it's so much to ask from 1 person.
I fear we are losing the battle.
If politicians don't react soon, the bond between generations will disappear.
There's really a deluge of risks and problems facing us and around us.
If americans pick #trump or #biden, then hope will be gone.
What will be left?
I am heartbroken. We need to turn the tide.
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NEW: The UK publishes its approach to negotiating the future #UK - #EU relationship… UK already saying that it wants a "Canada", "Korea" or "Japan" style relationship and wants to be seen as a "sovereign equal". None of this likely to fly anywhere...
Here is the document itself with some key bits highlighted (thread)…
Point 5: "relationship between sovereign equals" is - although UK Gov entitled to say this - delusional. #UK much smaller than #EU and more exposed to EU economically than vice-versa. Sovereignty argument coming through strongly here.
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Det är svårt att föreställa sig om det som sker i Kina. Uppenbarligen samlar de in dissidenter. All internet trafik är spärrad utom de källor som kommer via den kinesiska staten. Det som pågår i Kina angående #Coronavirus är en krigshandling av främmande makt.
Det här viruset är
gjord av människan. Ryssland, Indien, Taiwan vet att viruset innehåller HIV.

Därmed är skiten tillverkad av människan. Det sägs att den slår hårdare mot kinesiska män än mot andra raser, vilket betyder att denna "attack" kommer ej från deras egna led.

Fortsättning följer.
Russian scientists believe America created the Wuhan coronavirus to sabotage China… via @Dimsum Daily
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Live now in #Brussels, IPES-Food's Olivier De Schutter (@DeSchutterO) joins the @EURACTIV panel debate on sustainable #food systems:

"Does the EU's #FarmToFork strategy have all the answers?"

For the latest from Olivier, follow us @IPESfood + #SustainableFoodEU #EUdebates 🇪🇺🌍 Image
@DeSchutterO @EURACTIV @eaAgriFood @SciFoodHealth @ClubofRomeEU @BarillaCFN @EU_EESC @chantalwclement @_RajPatel @fr_ajena Olivier De Schutter spoke to us earlier ahead of tonight's #SustainableFoodEU debate @EURACTIV.

On the EU's #FarmToFork strategy, it is clear that for one thing, we need to "gradually move towards a 'real costs' approach to prices". What does this mean? 👇
@DeSchutterO @EURACTIV @eaAgriFood @SciFoodHealth @ClubofRomeEU @BarillaCFN @EU_EESC @chantalwclement @_RajPatel @fr_ajena "You cannot hope for #consumers to shift diets - towards #plants-based diets, to buying fresh, local, seasonal foods & less processed foods - without ensuring we get the prices right... ensurin good practices are rewarded, and negative externalities penalised!" - @DeSchutterO
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It’s global diversity cfp day @gdcfpday - To make tech conferences less white&male, @HackYFutureBE are teaching a bunch of diverse participants how to create compelling proposals for speaking gigs. LET’S GO 🎤🙌🏻 #Brussels #tech4all
1. How to find the right topic?
It has to be smth you like, not just smth that is trending or buzzing.
- what makes you excited?
- what annoys you while learning/working?
- what do you want to learn next?
✍🏻Write down your ideas, otherwise you’ll forget them! @mmoliz
2. How to write your call for proposals?
- Focus on TITLE and ABSTRACT
- convince them you’ll teach smth USEFUL and NEW
- be SPECIFIC w your topic
- rejection is OK (the first time is always hard), but always ask for FEEDBACK
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#BREAKING: Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos has called on the US and Iran to resolve their issues diplomatically and asked the international community to intensify efforts for peace in the region
#BREAKING: #UK Foreign Minister Raab says war in #MiddleEast is in no one’s interests
#BREAKING: #UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab says route is open to #Iran to engage in meaningful diplomacy
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Qassem Soleimani was killed in an air strike by the #US in #Baghdad. Equivalent to Jiang Zemin in #China, Soleimani was a dominant figure in the military, politics and oil industry of #Iran. Most of his family reside in #HongKong, #Shanghai and #Beijing.
#China’s Bank of Kunlun was established by Soleimani family in collaboration with the #CCP. The actual #Chinese main shareholders are Jiang Zemin, Wang Qishan, Meng Jianzhu (and Zhou Yongkang before jailed). Its asset has increased from $17 billion to $28 billion.
#Bank of Kunlun is a tool of #Iran’s Soleimani, Khamenei and the #CCP kleptocrats to launder money and evade the #US sanctions @robert_spalding @MischaEDM @WarrenPlatts @geoff_p_wade @DanRDimicco @Jkylebass @BenKTallmadge @IndoPac_Info @BoycottHegemony…
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December 31. Time for my best productions in 2019 in English. 12 tweets with 12 articles. One for each month of the past year. Check it out. Thread 🧐🤓👇
January. "The European Union is more united than ever". Cited by @guyverhofstadt among others.…
@guyverhofstadt February. Nothing relevant in English. But don't worry. I will have a month with two relevant articles. Keep reading. ☺️
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