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Villo! contract under investigation by EU Commission

The European Commission is investigating the conditions of a number of contracts between the Brussels-Capital Region and advertising company JC Decaux, including its rights to run the city’s bike-hire system Villo!. The complaint was brought to the Commission by Clear Channel, JC Decaux’s main...

Ban Roundup from stores, urges environmental federation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) last week placed glyphosate on its list of "probably carcinogenic", or cancer-causing substances. The active ingredient is found in a number of widely used herbicides in Belgium, including Monsanto's Roundup. The Federation for a Better Environment (BBL) is...

2015-03-25_Optima real estate newsletter

Policing the internet: A Belgian professor talks online censorship

A few years ago, a federal judge in Belgium ruled that internet service providers had to block Pirate Bay – a website famous for its peer-to-peer system that allows users to download movies, TV series, music and books without any permission from or payment to the rightful claimants. Operators like...

1,000 drones a month sold in Belgium

They cost at least €800, and there are very few places they can be legally operated, but Belgians are still buying 1,000 to 2,000 new drones every month, according to market research carried out by Limburg drone importer Skyeye. The numbers, in fact, “may be under-estimated,” Geert Nijst of Skyeye...

20km of Brussels nearly full

Three-quarters of the participants of this year’s 20km of Brussels running race have already registered, reports brusselnieuws.be. Almost immediately after registration started, some 30,000 runners signed up. In total, 40,000 people are allowed to participate in the race. The 20km of Brussels, with...

TB still lingering in Belgium and more resistant to treatment

Tuberculosis, an infectious disease once thought to be on the road to eradication, continues to hang on in Belgium and is becoming more resistant to treatment. The warning was issued by the federal Scientific Institute for Public Health (WIV) to mark World Tuberculosis Day, which is today. In 2013...

Poverty on the decline in Belgium, but youth still at risk

In 2012 in Belgium, 16.7% of people under the age of 18 were living in families with an income level below the poverty line. In total, 15% of the Belgian population is living in poverty, reports De Standaard based on figures from the FPS social security. The poverty line in Belgium for a family of...

Abortion law in Belgium due for an update, say abortion centres

The abortion laws in Belgium are due for an update, according to abortion centres from across the country. The centres are calling for an urgent revision to the current laws which do not allow abortion beyond 12 weeks after conception. According to specialists, the abortion laws in Belgium date...

Them and us: fear and loathing in Renaissance Europe

The Ottomans have long held a special place in the European imagination. Subjects of fear, fascination, anxiety, admiration, respect and contempt at various times, and sometimes simultaneously, the Turk entered the European consciousness in the late Middle Ages and never left. A groundbreaking...

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