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Socialist rail union to strike on 9 October

The socialist trade union CGSP, representing French-speaking staff of the national rail authority SNCB, has announced it will strike for 24 hours from 22.00 on 8 October to 22.00 on 9 October. The action is likely to cause severe disruption on the whole rail network. CGSP is protesting against the...

Pharmacists want to offer flu vaccinations

The East Flemish pharmacists association Kovag and the Belgian Pharmaceutical Association (APB) have asked for the legal right for pharmacists to give flu vaccinations to customers. Currently, patients must ask their general practitioner (GP) for a prescription, go to the pharmacy for the...

€10 million to put soldiers on Belgian streets

Deploying soldiers on the streets of Belgium has cost the government €9.58 million already this year, according to figures reported in Le Soir . Between 200 and 300 Belgian soldiers were put to work in civil roles between mid-January this year and the end of September The figures emerge from a...

Belgium needs more tax reform, says European Commission

Belgium needs to go further in its tax reforms, according to a report released yesterday by the European Commission. The country is placed in a group of nine European Union member states which appear to have a need to reduce relatively high tax burdens on labour and the scope to increase less...

The great asylum debate

Imagine if every year people in Belgium were asked to vote in a referendum to decide how many refugees from war-torn countries like Syria would be accepted into the country. How many would you vote for? How many thousands would you be willing to accept? Would you, given the choice, perhaps be...

Brussels pedestrian zone cleared for winter work

The pedestrian zone in the centre of Brussels is being cleared of its summer street furniture. This will make it easier for work to take place over the winter to create the permanent pedestrian zone that is expected to open in the spring of 2016. According to a statement from the City of Brussels,...

Parking attracts most penalties for antisocial behaviour

The vast majority of penalties for antisocial behaviour handed out by Brussels communes concern parking, according to a report published on Monday. The verbal warnings and fines can also be applied to other sorts of public nuisance, such as littering, urinating in public, insulting behaviour,...

25,000 a year born with cholesterol disease in Belgium

About one in 450 babies in Belgium is born with so-called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) annually, according to two professors who have launched a campaign to draw attention to the issue. FH is a genetic disorder characterised by high cholesterol levels. Only about 4% of Belgian residents with...

Takeover of Quick planned by French Burger King

The franchise holder for the Burger King brand in France has announced its intention to take over Quick, the Belgian hamburger restaurant chain. According to a statement issued on Monday, Groupe Bertrand, which holds the rights to Burger King in France, is in talks with the French investment group...

Kinepolis overwhelmed by Film Days audience

Kinepolis cinema multiplex in Brussels had to be evacuated over the weekend when it was overrun by cinemagoers hoping to take advantage of a cheap ticket offer. When around 4,000 people turned up on Saturday afternoon, the last day of the BNP Paribas Fortis Film Days promotion, the management...

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