The blockchain party is not over yet!

Many have been asking this question since last December. Since then Bitcoins appear to know only one direction — downwards. Some even predict a “death-spiral” to 0! Moreover, also Initial Coin Offerings, short ICOs, that had been highly…

No Country For No ID Men. Smart Ledgers & Identity For Trade

Professor Michael Mainelli Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group No Country For No ID Men Approximately 2 billion poor people, cannot ‘prove’ their legal existence. While they certainly know who they are, they are excluded from property ownership,…

Belgian Social Security & Staff Members of a Diplomatic Mission

The Belgian legislator managed to create a legal context that attracts and protects diplomatic missions (cfr. laws on diplomatic immunities, law on vulture funds, etc.). Nowadays Belgium already hosts more than 160 diplomatic missions and Brussels…

Protection or protectionism? The WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

The WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (hereafter the “SPS Agreement”) aims to ensure that consumers in WTO Member States are supplied with food that is safe to eat. To this end, the SPS Agreement sets…

THE BREXIT TRIBUNAL

By now it has become very clear that governments cannot offer much certainty or solutions regarding Brexit. Entrepreneurs are therefore to take matters in own hands and to properly prepare for all Brexit scenarios. The BREXIT TRIBUNAL forms…

Brexit Tribunal Speech of Philippe De Backer Minister of the North Sea

The need for Brexit-related solutions in maritime matters Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Allow me to start by thanking the Arbitration Chamber of experts for the invitation and allowing me to speak to you this evening about that challenges…

BUC Symposium in the Port House of Antwerp

Opening speech by Prof. Dr. Anton van der Geld, Professor Chairman of the BUC (the BeNeLux-Universitair Centrum or the Foundation BeNeLux-University) Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to this BUC Symposium, which is devoted to multiple themes,…

Identity abuse is the mother of all crime Identity chain

Summary Identity is probably one of the most important topics in the fight against terrorism, organised crime, money laundering and all related crime. In order to comprehend and to cope with the consequences and the impact of ID abuse the Identity…

EU PVSEC Scientific Community sees a Central Role for Photovoltaics in a New Transformed Sustainable Energy Economy

Dr. Pierre Verlinden The European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) was held in Brussels September 24-28, 2018. This is the largest European scientific conference on solar electricity, and one of the largest in…

The Science of Photovoltaics

Dr. Heinz A. Ossenbrink Whenever there is a debate on energy and on renewable sources of energy in particular, the word “Photovoltaic” will appear sooner or later. Experts will usually mention it in the context of renewable energy technologies,…