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Fare dodgers cost public transport companies €16m a year

Fare dodging costs public transport companies STIB, TEC and De Lijn a total of €16.5m in 2012, according to figures released today by L’Echo. STIB is the most affected, with a shortfall of more than €11m. The Brussels public transport company suffers an fare-dodging rate of 4.5%, the highest by far...

New American nuclear warheads in Belgium

Belgium has signed a secret agreement with the United States on the modernisation of nuclear weapons stocked on Belgian soil, according to expert Hans Kristensen of the Federation of Nuclear Scientists. New bombs should replace the existing B61 warheads at Kleine-Brogel airbase, report Het Belang...

Gas and electricity bills down by 10%

The average electricity bill for Belgian households has decreased by 9% and gas bills by as much as 12%, resulting in savings of €280 a year, according to figures released by the Electricity and Gas regulatory body (Creg), published in L'Echo today. This decrease results from a combination of...

Lithuanian president is first head of state to visit king Philippe

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite met with king Philippe to discuss bilateral relations between Lithuania and Belgium as well as European and international issues, becoming the first foreign head of state to meet with the new Belgian king, writes the Baltic Course’s Petras Vaida . "The...

Barbeton

While the first half of the street is paved with fancy boutiques and designer shops, the other half is rather desolate. Opening a bar in the latter area might seem like a risk, but Frédéric Nicolay isn’t afraid of a challenge.

Innovating to success: a GREAT new world

For many of us September is the month associated with going ‘back to school’ after the summer break. So it is fitting that the Embassy is kicking off this new term with the launch of the University of Wolverhampton’s Brussels office on 16 September. The Wolverhampton University office will promote...

Culture beat - September 12

Brussels is showing off this weekend when the fanciest cafés, parks, theatres and cinemas all open their doors to the public in the annual Heritage Days event. For the 25th edition the theme is Brussels m’as-tu vu?, which literally translates as ‘Have you seen me?’. Don’t miss this opportunity to...

Increase in drivers caught under the influence of drugs

In 2012, 2,552 drivers have their license withdrawn for driving under the influence of drugs after a positive saliva test. The figure represents a 10% increase on the previous year, reports De Gazet van Antwerpen. Since their introduction, saliva drug tests are often conducted in parallel with...

4,000 counterfeit Louvre tickets seized in Belgium

More than 4,000 counterfeit tickets for the Louvre have been seized in Belgium after museum staff in Paris spotted tourists using forgeries, writes the Daily Telegraph’s Henry Samuel . Suspicions among staff were first aroused on August 12 when a guide accompanying a group of Chinese tourists...

Irish telecoms firm expands in Belgium

Irish telecoms firm Digiweb has bought the retail assets of Belgian internet service provider Mondial Telecom, writes the Irish Times’ Ciara O'Brien . The move means Digiweb, based in Dundalk, acquires around 25,000 residential and small to medium sized business customers in the region, providing...

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