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Belgacom guilty of misleading comparative advertising

Belgacom was recently found guilty on three occasions of misleading advertising and unlawful comparative advertising against its competitor VOO, the latter has said in a statement. According to VOO, which sued Belgacom, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal of Brussels last June found...

The real Brussels: Rue Haute and the Marolles

Stretching out more than 1.1km, Rue Haute is the longest street within Brussels’ inner ring. It’s also one of the city’s oldest – its history dates back to the Roman era. Rue Haute is in the heart of the Marolles, a district whose name is believed to have derived from the 17th-century nuns who...

Belgium bans wild animals in circuses

Federal ministers last Friday ratified a bill introduced by the deputy prime minister Laurette Onkelinx, responsible for Animal Welfare, banning the use of wild animals in circuses. This new legislation now has to be passed by parliament. Belgium follows the example set by Austria and the UK, where...

Emergency passports yield €5m

A total of 472,076 passports were applied for at Belgian town halls last year, including 16,634 through the emergency procedure, De Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg report today. The Treasury has earned around €5m through this fast-track procedure, the dailies report. In Antwerp, for...

Belgian wanted on terror charges imprisoned in Kenya

A Belgian and two Frenchmen wanted in Belgium on terror charges have each been sentenced to a year in jail for staying in Kenya illegally, the Standard reports. They were sentenced on Friday evening after pleading guilty to the charges at a trial in the city of Malindi. Senior principal magistrate...

Belgian man dies at Hungarian electro music festival

A 21-year-old Belgian man died yesterday at the Balaton Sound music festival near Budapest. Marino Keulen, mayor of Lanaken, Limburg province confirmed to the Belga agency that the victim, named as Robin Verwey, was from his town. The event attracts approximately 100,000 visitors each year and...

Lack of fashion history 'an advantage' for Belgium

In the world of fashion, Belgium is a force to be reckoned with, designer Cédric Charlier told the South China Morning Post . He argues that, while Paris is considered the epicentre of fashion, The country has given fashion some of its greatest talent in the past few decades, from Martin Margiela...

Dissecting the 'Expat Survey': community life

Judging by the way the findings of the Brussels-Europe Liaison Office's Survey about the Life of the International Community in Brussels were reported across various Belgian media, it is as if not one but several surveys took place. In what was a classic case of “glass half-full / half-empty”,...

Crèmerie de Linkebeek

Owners Jordan Greenwood and Laurence Duhot are concerned with maintaining tradition, which, when you own the oldest cheese shop in Brussels, means you have 108 years’ worth of history to handle.

The store has deep local roots. Occasional elderly clients come back and reminisce about having visited the store as a child with their grandparents. The current clientele are largely from the surrounding neighbourhood in the Flemish Triangle at the centre of Brussels.

Brussels considering London-style congestion charge

The Brussels Region is currently working on the possible introduction of a London-style congestion charge for cars in order to curb the capital’s traffic problems, De Morgen and Le Soir report. Initial tests suggest that a levy of €3 per day would reduce congestion by 11%. A consortium formed with...

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