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Charles Michel was born in the Belgian town of Namur in 1975, when the European Union consisted of only nine member states. Michel studied law at the University of BrusselsHe was elected as a member of the federal parliament in 1999.  A year later, he became the Walloon Minister for Interior Affairs and Civil Service, and in 2007, Federal Minister for Development Cooperation Between 2006 and 2014, he was also Mayor of Wavre. Following the federal elections in June 2014, Charles Michel was involved in coalition negotiations. He became the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium in October 2014. 
On 2 July 2019, EU leaders elected Charles Michel as President of the European Council. He took office on 1 December 2019.

30 March 2021

Covid-19 shows why united action is needed for more robust international health architecture

by Charles Michel, President European Council by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General by 24 world leaders* The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge to […]
30 March 2021

Airbus to boost “cold” technology testing as part of its decarbonization roadmap

Airbus has launched an “Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator” (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of […]
29 March 2021

EU Vaccine Passport to be available by June 15th

On Sunday, March 28th, during the TV program Le Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-LCI, European Commissioner Thierry Breton indicated that the EU health passport should be available […]
29 March 2021

Scandinavia leads ranking for global sustainable tourism

Global market research company Euromonitor International recently released their new report ‘Top Countries for Sustainable Tourism’ at ITB Berlin. According to their research, 66.4% of consumers globally […]
29 March 2021

Limburg gets Flander’s first rollerblading route

Saturday 20th March saw the opening of Flander’s first ever rollerblading route. The trail covers 90 kilometres and is specially designed for the unique mode of […]
29 March 2021

UK sees take off of first electric commuter flights

The UK’s first electric commuter flight is set to depart from Exeter Airport and land at Newquay Airport, both towns in the Southwest of England. If […]
29 March 2021

Sophie Lenoir: “Since March 2020, I made around 500 lockdown portraits of Brussels residents”

Sophie Lenoir is a Brussels-based photographer. Since march 2020, Sophie captured around 500 portraits of Brussels residents and gathered the testimonies related to the lockdown of the […]
29 March 2021

British Airways to start offering first class dining at home

British Airways has teamed up with its premium catering partner DO & CO, and Feast Box, a provider of internationally inspired recipe boxes, to create a […]
26 March 2021

Members of the European Parliament demand safe and clean travel

EU criteria for safe and clean travel, a common vaccination certificate and an EU hygiene seal for businesses must be part of a new EU strategy […]
26 March 2021

New York has transformed the world’s largest landfill into a green oasis

The Fresh Kills landfill used to contain all of New York City’s garbage, a place with stinky smells and whose view, made up of piles of […]
26 March 2021
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Tourism sector lost nearly US $4.5 trillion for 2020, says WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) revealed the full devastating impact of COVID-19 had on the global Travel & Tourism sector […]
25 March 2021

From April 1 you’ll have to pay 9 euros to visit Cancun

The state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, home to the beautiful white sandy resorts of Cancun and Tulum, will start charging visitors […]
25 March 2021

Aviation industry shows support for disabled flying with second Armchair Airshow

Aerobility, a flying charity which offers all disabled people the opportunity to fly an aeroplane, has teamed up with London Biggin Hill Airport to take the […]
25 March 2021

Responsible Tourism and Slavery

Every year on 25 March is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor […]
24 March 2021

Belgium implements stricter rules due to new spike of Covid-19 cases

Following today’s Consultative Committee meeting, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced that the coronavirus contagion figures were rising and that stricter measures would be implemented. […]
24 March 2021

Towards a Code for the Protection of Tourists

More than 100 countries, alongside international organizations and leading business groups have agreed to adopt harmonized standards for assisting tourists caught up in emergency situations. The Committee […]
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