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Seaside bookings down by 15%

The Belgian coast’s tourism industry is getting increasingly concerned, just days before the start of the summer season, that the number of bookings for flats, studios and houses in July is down by as much as 15% on last year. For hotels, the situation is even worse: bookings have dropped by 25%,...

Belgian daily slammed for criticism of prince’s Israel visit

Jewish organizations have slammed an article in Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir on last week’s private visit of Prince Laurent of Belgium to Israel which, they say, ''is akin to a new demonisation of the State of Israel”, reports EJP’s Yossi Lempkowicz . Prince Laurent visited Tuesday and Wednesday...

Flemish universities world leaders at corporate sponsorship

Flemish universities attract the most corporate sponsorship money in the world, De Morgen reports today. A report by the Flemish Interuniversity centre for expertise (ECOOM) has found that private businesses fund 16.1% of all academic research. Flemish university receive more funding from the...

Belgium helps Vietnam fight climate change

The Belgian federal government on June 21 committed €25m of non-refundable overseas development aid to help Vietnam’s response to climate change, the Vietnamese News Agency reports. The funding will go to four agreements under a programme on water management and urban development which were signed...

Professor Koen Lamberts: a Belgian academic in Britain

Professor Koen Lamberts is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory. He is currently deputy vice-chancellor and provost of Warwick University. In January 2014, he will take up the post of new vice-chancellor at...

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Belgian stock exchange to become beer temple

Brussels’ Bourse building, Belgium’s former stock exchange, is to become a place of pilgrimage for beer lovers, it was announced yesterday. The ‘Temple to Belgian Beer’ project finds a use for the grand 19th century building near the Grand’ Place, which is fronted by Corinthian columns and...

Belgian scientist awarded ‘Nobel Prize for food and agriculture’

The Belgian plant scientist Marc Van Montagu has been awarded the 2013 World Food Prize, jointly with the American scientists Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley, reports the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIT) . This was announced in Washington DC on Wednesday by the US Secretary of State...

UK keeps close watch on imminent bpost float

Belgium’s national post service yesterday priced its forthcoming float at €14.50 a share, in a closely watched initial public offering ahead of the UK’s Royal Mail float next year, writes City A.M.’s Michael Bow . Bpost, which is 50.1 per cent owned by the government, saw minority owner CVC Capital...

Beached whale in Greenwich is Belgian art stunt

A whale found beached on the shores of Greenwich has turned out to be a stunt from a Belgian arts collective, reports the Evening Standard’s Louise Jury . However they won’t be getting a visit from Greenpeace any day soon as the whale is made from fibreglass. The 17-metre specimen is an...

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