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Most Brussels and Walloon ministers in quarantine following positive tests

Almost all of the ministers in both the Brussels and the Walloon governments are in quarantine following positive tests for Covid-19. In the Brussels government, finance minister Sven Gatz (Open VLD) tested positive, while in Wallonia, it was tourism minister Valérie De Bue (MR). In Brussels, all...
Footage from traffic cameras on Place Philippe Werrie showing Youssef C.'s car travelling at high speed towards the pedestrian

Driver jailed for four years for killing pedestrian at 125kph

The driver responsible for a fatal accident on 2 February on Place Philippe Werrie in Jette has been sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of €24,000. Youssef C., 30, has also been banned from driving for life. The accident claimed the life of a 51-year-old pedestrian who was struck down by...

Brussels bars and cafes must close for one month

All bars and cafes in the Brussels region must close tomorrow, Thursday 8 October, for one month, to limit the spread of coronavirus. A regional crisis centre meeting was held in Brussels city hall on Wednesday morning, attended by the mayors of the region's 19 communes and Brussels minister-...
llustration picture shows refugees outside the WTC tower in Brussels where the Red Cross provides shelter for refugees. (BELGA PHOTO JASPER JACOBS)

Court condemns Belgium's failure to receive asylum seekers

The Belgian state has been condemned by the Brussels Court of First Instance for not directly offering reception to asylum seekers who had electronically informed the Aliens Office (AO) that they were seeking international protection, according to a statement signed by various organisations. The...

De Lijn staff call 24-hour strike for Friday

Public transport services in Flanders will be disrupted by a 24-hour strike by De Lijn drivers this Friday, unions have announced. The unions are protesting against a redundancy plan and the privatisation of some of De Lijn's transport activities, such as school transport. Talks between management...
A bicycle box with parking places for bicycles in Brussels (BELGA).

Brussels steps up fight against bicycle theft with extra funding for secure parking

Brussels municipalities will receive €500,000 in additional funding to install more bicycle parking facilities around the city, including new secure bicycle boxes. The additional grants are part of the capital’s action plan against bicycle theft that started in 2016. The number of cyclists in...

New coronavirus restrictions: Bars must close at 23.00, 'close contacts' reduced to three

Bars and cafes throughout Belgium must close at 23.00 from Friday and allow only four people per table, as the country's coronavirus restrictions are tightened. Close personal contacts - without a mask or physical distancing - should be limited to three people per month outside your immediate...

Price of disposable Stib ticket hiked up by 50 cents

In a bid to get everyone to access Brussels public transport system with a Mobib card or contactless payment, Stib is making single paper tickets 50 cents more expensive. So while using your bank card or smartphone to pay for a single trip costs €2.10, a paper ticket bought from a machine at a...

118m2 2bdm Art Deco apartment for rent

For rent from 01/12/2020, in 1000 Brussels (Avenue Diksmuide): a stylish apartment in Parisian art-deco style. 118m2, 3rd floor, two lifts available.

Only ferry between Zeebrugge and UK will stop at end of year

The P&O passenger ferry that runs from Zeebrugge on the Flemish coast to Hull in the UK will set sail for the last time at the end of this year. Citing the coronavirus crisis, P&O has decided to end the service across the North Sea. P&O has been running the overnight route between Hull...

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