Latest blog articles in the blog group Business and Economics

  • European Commission

    The European budget after COVID-19. Challenges, Prospects and Opportunities

    14 July 2020
    During the European Council this week all eyes are, again, on the negotiations for the future European Union (EU) budget. Analysts tended to focus mainly on two things. First, the evolution of the sums of money that will be agreed on for the future European Recovery Plan & next Multi-Annual Financial Framework. Second, the opposition of the so-called “Frugal four” and their desire for adopting a scaled down budget and attaching more conditions to EU money before being disbursed to hard-hit countries, such as Italy and Spain. However, other aspects are...
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    Why do Dutch entrepreneurs just across the border not receive corona benefits?

    14 May 2020
    During the corona crisis, national measures in the three countries on the Limburg borders are not coordinated equally well. As a result, there is currently a situation in the border region where certain border entrepreneurs fall between the cracks, such as in the Dutch newspaper NRC on April 2nd (" Emergency support for entrepreneurs? Not for these 'border cases ") and recently on April 24th in the Limburger and WijLimburg (" It seems as if the border entrepreneur stinks of rotten fish "): a Belgian resident with a year-old fish shop in the Netherlands, who now...
  • EU Corona response

    Europe to the rescue? EU funds and the COVID-19 crisis – who gets what, how and why

    1 May 2020
    In recent weeks, the divisions between North and South, as well as the creation of European corona bonds have dominated most European debates. At the same time, there has been contradictory information regarding the financial aid mobilised by Brussels in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The objectives of this brief analysis are twofold. First, it seeks to clarify and provide an overview of what European Union (EU) financial resources have been mobilised so far to fight the pandemic, what is their distribution and towards whom. Secondly, it discusses the...
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    Three countries, three ways of counting?

    24 April 2020
    Comparing figures on corona infections and mortality can be misleading The number of people dying in Belgium from the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is higher than in neighbouring countries. This high mortality rate makes it seem as if Belgium is not doing as well as its neighbours. The Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant even reported on 17 April that Belgium is the European leader in terms of the number of deaths. In the Netherlands, on the other hand, the statistics agency CBS reported that the actual number of deaths in a week is up to twice as high as...
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