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Belgium is a cat country

Euromonitor, an international market research firm, carried out research to determine the pet dog and cat populations in 54 countries. According to the results, Belgians show a clear preference for cats: There are 2 million in the country, compared with 1.3 million dogs. Cats are more popular...

Belgian students build delivery drone

Students from the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) have successfully built an unmanned aircraft that can pick up a package and deliver it to a destination up to 30km away. For their master’s thesis, students Cyriel Notteboom, Menno Hochstenbach and Maarten Verbandt were given the assignment...

Union prepares complaint against government move to T&T

The socialist ACOD union is urging Flemish officials to withdraw their decision to move some of the Flemish government’s administrative offices to the site of Tour & Taxis in Brussels. Currently, some 2,600 Flemish civil servants are spread across two buildings around Brussels North. The plan...

Thomas Cook to introduce “priority pass” at Brussels Airport

Travel company Thomas Cook plans to introduce a new “fast track” check-in procedure this winter, promising them a wait half as long as other passengers. Business class passengers typically get priority at check-in and boarding, but Thomas Cook intends to offer those advantages to its tour...

Belgium introduces 'occupied territories' label

The Belgian government has introduced a label for goods originating from occupied territories. The label should allow consumers to make a conscious choice about the purchase of products from the involved regions, writes De Morgen . The European Union has long since supported the introduction of...

De Lijn gives personnel €1.1 million in bonuses

De Lijn should be taking drastic measures to reduce costs, according to the new Flemish government, but is instead handing out a bonus of €140 to each of its 8,220 employees, for a total of more than €1.1 million. The public transport company had promised the one-time bonus to its staff if the...

Albert and Paola allowed to hunt rabbits

King Albert and Queen Paola have received a hunting permit for Belvédère in Laeken, the domain where the couple resides, in order to curb the rampant rabbit population, report Brusselnieuws.be and La Capitale . In Flanders and Wallonia, it is allowed to hunt up to 50 rabbits over a period of six...

Red Cross issues urgent appeal for blood donors

The Flemish branch of the Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors during the holiday months, in particular those with blood groups A and O, both positive and negative. The summer months are typically a period when blood donations decrease, which, together with low blood stocks at the...

Belgian farmers fear Russian sanctions

The economic sanctions that the European Union wants to impose on Russia threaten to have dramatic consequences for Belgian fruit producers, claim representatives from the sector in De Tijd . They warn that Russia could respond to European sanctions with sanctions of their own. The European Union...

Tomorrowland visitors caught drinking and driving

Belgian police on Sunday night systematically inspected a total of 429 vehicles on the A12, one of the roads leaving the site of Tomorrowland, a massive electronic music festival in Boom. Of the 24 drivers given a breathalyser test, 5.6% blew positive, meaning they had more than the 0.2% limit of...

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