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Culture beat – August 1

Italian café/bookshop Piloa.libri is open this evening (Friday) before heading off on holiday. It re-opens on August 21 for a literary evening and serving food and wine from August 27. The sales may be coming to an end but there’s no risk of shopping fatigue with the Brussels Vintage Market open...

Ending a work relationship: resigning, lay off and unemployment rights

Be it your decision or your employers, your current working relationship is coming to an end. While terminating employment may feel as cumbersome as a break up, you can find comfort in knowing that many rules exist in Belgian law that make sure you and your employer’s rights are upheld. The...

Belgium launches campaign against texting while driving

The Belgian Institute for Road Safety (IBSR/BIVV) has launched a new campaign aimed at publicising the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. According to the institute, half of all drivers have read or sent text messages while driving, and 45% have called without using a hands-free device...

Exchange of DNA data is great success

Belgium and the Netherlands have for the first time agreed to exchange DNA data, leading to a possible breakthrough in hundreds of cases. The DNA data exchanged can be traced back to the scene of a crime in one of the two countries in 576 cases, reports the Belgian media. The DNA data offers...

One in three Belgian employees ignore Facebook ban

Limited access to social media and messaging apps on the work floor leads to disobedient employees, according to Datanews.be based on a study by Samsung. A new pan-European study by Samsung Electronics surveyed 4,500 office workers and found that one-third of Belgian employees ignore restrictions...
Christmas truce - Plugstreet

Belgium remembers WWI

When people think of Belgium and World War One, they tend to overlook the south of Belgium. Trench warfare and catastrophic loss of life may have been concentrated in West Flanders, yet Wallonia played a crucial role. It was witness to the start of the war in August 1914 and its end in November...

Flemish government halves royal trade missions

Flanders’ new minister-president, Geert Bourgeois, has defended his government’s decision to cut funding for overseas trade missions led by a royal family members. The recent decision to cut royal trips from four to two a year was criticised by the employer organisations Unizo and the Federation of...

Only 4% of babies given double surname

Nearly 4% of the babies born in Belgium in the last two months received a double surname, reports the VRT, according to figures from the National Register. Since June 1, parents may choose to give their child both of their surnames. Of the 12,907 babies born in Belgium since June 1, only 510...

Occupied territories label impracticable, says retail federation

A label intended to show when products on sale in Belgium were produced in Israel and occupied Palestinian territories is “practically unworkable,” according to the retail industry federation Comeos. The label is the idea of outgoing economy and consumer affairs minister Johan Vande Lanotte, who...

Jewish Museum shooting suspect extradited to Belgium

Mehdi Nemmouche, the French national accused of the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May, in which four people died, has been handed over to Belgian custody by French authorities. The French Cassation Court last Wednesday put an end to Nemmouche’s attempts to avoid extradition, and France...

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