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Philips provides Belgian Maria Middelares hospital with innovative monitoring solutions to help improve patient care

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Designed to improve patient care so that clinicians can intervene more quickly, IntelliVue Guardian with EWS includes among others connectivity to the Philips Wearable Biosensor – a medical-grade, self-adhesive, single patient-use wireless device that automatically and continuously measures key vital signs, including heart rate and respiratory rate. By automatically acquiring vital signs data from its specified and network-connected medical devices, Philips IntelliVue Guardian helps caregivers identify subtle signs of patient deteriora... Read More »

Belgium sells 2.53 bln euros of short-term debt

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Yields on three-month paper rose to a negative 0.570 percent from a negative 0.621 percent last week. Paper expiring a year from now also rose compared to the last auction of 2017 to a negative yield of 0.546 percent. Investors have paid rather than received interest on holding Belgium's short-term borrowings for more than three years. ($1 = 0.8384 euros) ... Read More »

Belgium and the Netherlands swap land to change their national borders

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The area affected, which is the size of 27 football fields, sits of east of the Belgian city of Vise and west of the Dutch village of Eijsden and on the river Meuse.  As of 2018 the countries’ border now goes down the centre of the river Meuse, with the Netherlands taking control of just over 40 acres of new land, while Belgium adopts around 8 new acres. The change was made after a peninsula on the river gained a reputation for lawlessness because of the geographical difficulties policing it from the Belgian side, which on paper controlled it. ... Read More »

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk offers $3.1 billion for Belgian biotech group Ablynx

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Ablynx already rejected an offer by the Danish group on Dec. 14 and Novo Nordisk said the new bid, made on Dec. 22, was some 14 percent higher. The Belgian company was not immediately available for comment on Monday. “Novo Nordisk regrets that the board of directors of Ablynx has so far declined to engage in any discussions, despite the proposals which have been put forward,” it said in a statement. The Danish company said it would pay 28.00 euros per share in cash for Ablynx and an additional 2.50 euros per share if certain conditions re... Read More »

En route to Belgium’s Fintech Village


After a tough selection process, including a full day of pitching at the ING Belgium headquarters, seven start-ups were given the keys to ING’s Fintech Village at the Eggsplore facility at Diegem, near Brussels. Eggsplore is a large European fintech hub for leading financial institutions, fintech growth companies, investors and other fintech actors. They will move into the Village in March. The start-ups (see box-out) all offer solutions that are designed to make our lives easier and simpler. Addocted, for instance, introduces POM, a persona... Read More »

Apollo Vredestein launches Dealer Partnership programme


In addition to brand visibility, the programme offers Dealers unique tools to increase turnover and profitability. The programme is targeted towards the individual entrepreneurs, the shop owners. “At the heart of our approach is a desire to move away from the usual franchise model to become genuine business partners with Dealers who join the programme,” explains Mathias Heimann, President Apollo Vredestein B.V. The new partnership programme aims at creating a dynamic collaboration between Apollo Vredestein and Tyre Dealers, and between the D... Read More »

World Food Day: the Carrefour Foundation launches its 3rd international collection campaign with the Food Banks


From Taipei to São Paulo – nearly 2000 Carrefour stores are getting involved in 10 different countries The collection will commence in Carrefour Taiwan on World Food Day, and will run until December. Collections will then get under way in Romania on 23 November, with France, Italy, Argentina and China following suite on 27 and 28 November. The campaign will then run in Carrefour Poland from 4 to 6 December, before Carrefour Brazil on 5 December and then Carrefour Belgium from 11 to 13 December. In stores, several hundred volunteer Carrefo... Read More »

European Waterways launches its 2016/17 Cruise Brochure


The new, full-colour, fully-illustrated brochure, enlarged to 80 pages, highlights all of the company’s 17 vessels, including for the first time the new, double-decker, hotel barge Finesse, which will commence cruising the scenic River Saône and Canal du Centre in Southern Burgundy from May 2016. Built and designed to exacting standards with luxury in mind, Finesse will offer accommodation for up to 8 passengers in four spacious twin or double-bedded suites, each air-conditioned and with beautifully appointed shower-rooms. Says Derek Banks, ... Read More »

TNT invites customers to keep scoring with new campaign


A highlight of the campaign is an online football game, allowing customers to shoot penalties on a virtual football table. Companies will be able to compete with one another in Europe and beyond later this autumn. The best scorers may be able to win prizes, such as tickets to European top matches, as well as football tables. The online game can be played at Some customers may also be able to save 20% on shipments imported from or exported to Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Swede... Read More »

Free movement: end of the first phase of transitional period for Croatian workers


Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain have decided to allow Croatian citizens full access to their labour markets. They will therefore fully apply the EU legislation on free movement of workers as of 1 July 2015. Austria, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom have decided to maintain their restrictions for another three years. Remaining Member States granted Croatian workers all free movement rights already on accession on 1 July 2013. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills a... Read More »

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