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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...

New war museum opens in Belgium

The Bastogne War Museum, a new museum dedicated to the Second World War, opened its doors to the public on Saturday, March 22. The museum is located at the foot of the Mardasson Memorial, which honours the memory of the 76,890 American soldiers who were wounded or killed during the Battle of the...

5 million rides on Villo!

Villo!, Brussels’ self-service bike hire scheme, recently counted the 5 millionth ride since its launch in 2009. In five years’ time, Villo! managed to convince 32,000 people to take a subscription for reguar use of its bikes. These subscribers, along with a great number of occasional users, have...

Duvel Moortgat introduces new small size bottle

To cater to those who find a regular Duvel (33cl) too much and too heavy (8.5% alcohol), Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat has created a mini version of their popular Duvel beer which contains 18cl. “A unique format that is not available anywhere else on the market,” says the family business. Duvel...

Wage Watchers : How much does the owner of a hair salon earn?

What do you do? For the last 11 years I’ve managed my own hair salon, Carsigia, in the Battel district of Mechelen. My husband, Frank, also works at the salon: He cuts hair primarily for men, while I take care of the women. Good client interaction is of utmost importance to us: We do not want to be...

Brussels on “heightened state of alert”

The overall security threat level in Brussels and Brussels Airport between March 25 and April 5 will rise from level 2 (medium) to level 3 (high), announced OCAD, the body that keeps tabs on the terrorist threat in Belgium. OCAD assures that there is no evidence for a possible attack, but the...

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