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Belgium leads Europe in waste management

Every Belgian generates 456 kg of household waste per year; that’s less than the European average of 492 kg. Of all household waste generated in 2012 in Belgium, 36 percent was recycled and 21 percent composted, according to new figures from Eurostat. Germany (65 percent), Austria (62 percent) and...

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Obama's visit costs Belgium €10 million

American President Barack Obama's visit to Brussels on Wednesday brings with it heavy security costs amounting to about €10 million, reports The Guardian . It is Obama's first visit to the institutions of the European Union, where he will meet with European President Herman Van Rompuy and the...

Rheumatism affects one in five Belgians

The Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Reuma Onderzoek (FWRO) has found that one out of five Belgians has rheumatic problems and one out of 20 is functionally limited by a serious, chronic disorder. About 80,000 Belgians suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, 75% of whom are younger women, and 150.000...

Oosterweel link financing raises questions

The Flemish government’s plan for the completion of the Oosterweel link, which will connect Antwerp’s Ring Road, will offer a net savings of €128 million in comparison to the original plan, according to the Court of Auditors. However the court’s report expressed serious concern regarding the tolls...

Belgium continues to reduce nuclear stockpile

During yesterday's Summit on Nuclear Safety in The Hague, Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo reconfirmed Belgium's dedication to the American-led effort to ensure that "terrorists never get a nuclear weapon." Part of the initiative requires countries to ship their excess uranium and plutonium to the...

Brussels Airbnb hosts doubled in one year

During the past year the number of lodgings offered in Brussels via Airbnb has doubled to more than 2,300. The online holiday accomodation site is rapidly gaining popularity in Brussels, just as it is all over the world. Through Airbnb anyone can rent out a guest room or an entire house for short-...

Brussels opera house to close for renovation

Brussels opera house De Munt/La Monnaie will close on June 1 next year for eight months to carry out renovation works. Last week the federal government announced a grant of €11.6 million to finance the works. The work will include, among other things, “the renovation of the stage floor, a...

Polling booths to stay open one hour later

With just two months to go until the elections in Belgium, federal interior minister Joëlle Milquet has announced that polling booths will stay open an hour later to avoid long queues. Polling stations equipped with electronic voting machines will remain open on May 25 until 16.00 rather than 15.00...

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