Twelve years into annually reporting on the human rights situation of LGBTQIA+ people, Europe’s leading LGBTQIA+ equality organisation finds that pervasive hate speech across the region has led to life or death consequences.
Tag: European Union
European Commission supports 10 pilot projects for cross-border train travel, but Back On Track Belgium calls out key weakness
The European Commission will support ten pilot project for new cross-border services and the improvement of existing ones, it announced recently. But that support is not financial. Back On Track Belgium says the initiative is weak.
Midnight Trains secures new night train rolling stock, aims for December 2024 start
Remember Midnight Trains? This night train start-up wants to link France to Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Denmark and even Scotland. And this from 2024. How? By offering comfort. A ‘hotel on rails’. Midnight Trains has offered an update on the proceedings.
Belgium to pay railway infrastructure fee and traction energy costs to lure night trains to Brussels
The federal government will provide financial support to operators of night trains with at least one stop in Belgium. This should make Brussels an “international rail hub”, argues Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo).
Inside the KMSKA or Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
I wanted to write “it’s with much anticipation I finally entered the renovated KMSKA“. But that would be a lie. The opening of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (RMFAA or KMSKA) was advertised as being on 24 and 25 September, with 23 September reserved for neighbours. But no, the whole week was filled…
Belgians travelled massively in the first quarter of 2022
Belgians travelled en masse during the first three months of 2022, Statbel calculated. After having to suspend their travel plans for almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a significant upturn in early 2022.
Bratislava on a rainy Monday
Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany,…
Forbidden Colours helped over 500 queer refugees to flee war in Ukraine
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT or IDAHOT), Belgium-based LGBTQIA+ organisation Forbidden Colours put the spotlight on its extensive work to help LGBTQIA+ persons living in Ukraine.
RAINBOW EUROPE MAP AND INDEX 2022 | These are the LGBTQIA-friendly and LGBTQIA-unfriendly countries in Europe
As democracy in Europe comes under growing pressure, the annual ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map and Index identify steps forward on LGBTI rights in several countries.
Green light for ‘Green Speed’ Eurostar and Thalys merger
The European Commission has approved the merger between Thalys and Eurostar, the Commission announced on Tuesday. The Thalys brand wil disappear, but the future ex-Thalys EMUs will remain ruby red. This project is called Green Speed.