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Culture beat - April 18

Spring is the traditional period for artists of all stripes to open the doors of their homes and studios in every corner of the commune of Jette. With more than 500 artists participating in the eighth edition of the Artist Parcours Jette on Saturday and Sunday, three tours are programmed: north,...

Pre-treatment healthcare quotes proposed

Health minister Laurette Onkelinx is working on the reform of hospital budgets. One proposal is the transition to a ‘package system’ per disease, and Onkelinx is not opposed to the idea of hospitals giving patients quotes before treatment is carried out. According to a study by the health insurer...

Bad debtors to be barred from new credits

People who do not make loan repayments on time could soon be ineligible for new credits, writes De Standaard. Consumer affairs minister Johan Vande Lanotte wants to introduce changes to the law on consumer credit, he announced at the Senate committee on finance and economic affairs after a question...

Flanders condemned for language bias

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down a judgement against the Flemish community for infringing EU freedom of movement by only drafting workers’ contracts in Dutch, EurActiv reports. Under Flemish law on the use of languages, workers must complete their employment contract in Dutch...

Scratchcards for responsible drivers

Drivers who respect the speed limit in the Brussels-Capital Region could be rewarded with a free Win for Life scratchcard, reports Flanders News . The idea to reward responsible drivers comes from the Brussels regional secretary of state for mobility, Bruno De Lille and the cards are part of the...

Steel car bodies soon as light as aluminium?

The steel car body structures of the near future “can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies”, according to WorldAutoSteel, the Brussels-based automotive group of the World Steel Association. WorldAutoSteel emphasises that all crash performance standards have been met at a comparable cost to...

Remembering India’s World War One soldiers

During a visit to the battlefields of France and Belgium, Baroness Warsi, Britain’s faith and communities minister, has paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the 1.2 million men from the Indian Army who fought for Britain in World War One. As part of the government’s programme to commemorate the...

Running for Retrak: Week 10

This week’s lesson was twofold. 1) It seems we all have rather different ideas of the meaning of “slow”. 2) Someone has to come last, and it might as well be me. As part of my couch-potato-to-20km training programme, I signed up to the Brussels Runners Meetup group, hoping for a bit of motivation...

It’s official: Marks & Spencer to reopen in Brussels

Marks & Spencer will open a new store in 2015 in Belgium, located on Avenue de la Toison d'Or in Brussels. The rumour ran for a little time in Brussels’ real estate circles, but it was not until yesterday that the British chain confirmed the information. This means that M&S returns after...

Government tackles Belgacom’s executive wages

The Belgian government, the majority shareholder of Belgacom, will either abstain or vote against several points relating to the remuneration of senior executives and directors of the company, at the general meeting of shareholders of the telecommunications group today in Brussels. "It is time that...

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