Itinera Analysis

1. Determine the agenda To take part in the debate, we study and analyse situations as well as proposals from policy-makers and organisations. Your own proposals for these situations are certainly welcome. The small core team of Itinera – General Director, Chief Economist and all other researchers – determ…
Itinera is a think tank which researches major social issues with complete objectivity and independence with a view to achieving improvements in policy. Itinera has been monitoring developments in Belgium since 2006. We focus on: Creation of prosperity: growth, entrepreneurship, enterprises Good Governance: government, taxation and budgeting Democratic incl…
Every five years ( 2014, 2019 ) the electorate of the European Union (E.U.) member states has the opportunity of electing a new European Parliament. This Parliament is the legislative body of the E.U. and the voters from the 27 member states, after the Brexit,  will elect 705 seats in May 2019. The financing of the European Parliament is a part of the general budget of the European Unio…
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From vineyards in France to a port in Greece, from a football club in Roeselare (Belgium) to a high speed train between Budapest and Belgrade, from Volvo Cars and Trucks in Sweden to the electricity supply in Portugal… Chinese investors have their fingers in many pies. Not so in Eandis though. A proposal by the Chinese state-owned enterprise ‘State Grid’ to buy 14% of the Eandis shares ca…
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Leo Neels, Managing Director of Itinera, is retiring after 25 years as Professor of Media and Communications Law at the University of Antwerp. He was a lawyer and lecturer of Media and Communications Law at the KU Leuven (1980-2013) and UAntwerpen universities (1992-2018). As Director General of VTM (1989-1993) and Chairman of the Board of NV Persagentschap Belga (1994-2014), Leo Neels experien…
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The book ‘The successful school” offers a thorough, objective and clear view of French-speaking and Dutch-speaking education in our country. It is distinguished by its economic perspective on education, and taking recent figures and facts as a starting point. In a context of increasing heterogeneity in the pupil population, the book focuses on the dual task of education: excellence a…
The ‘basic income’ is in the spotlight: as an answer to technology that destroys jobs, as a method for creating more opportunities and less poverty, or as an alternative to the welfare state. This book offers a down-to-earth and critical analysis of what has become a real fashion phenomenon in the meantime. It contests both the desirability and the feasibility of a basic income. The …
Belgium's Prime Minister has admitted that authorities have lost control of Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. Senior Fellow at the Itinera Institute, Bilal Benyaich says extremists there are a minority, but a visible one. SABRA LANE, PRESENTER: The Brussels suburb of Molenbeek is emerging as a key staging post for the bloody violence. Two of the attackers and three other…
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Our western societies are going through a massive shake-up. The globalisation of the economy is leading to a multipolar, complex world. After the first two industrial revolutions, one in the 1780s involving the sciences, textile-making techniques, metalworking and rail transport, and the other from the 1880s onwards, with the advent of the internal combustion engine, electricity, cars and aircr…
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A hail of statistics and forecasts from the IMF and the European Central Bank (ECB) is confronting us with an undeniable truth – the economy is not recovering fast enough. Growth rates, though positive, are mediocre. And the main indicator of economic recovery, namely anticipatory purchases and investments, i.e. inflation, has been revised downwards, despite the enormous injections of liq…
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