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Teacher fired from primary school for not being baptised

The Boodschapinstituut, a primary school in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, has fired a teacher because she has never been baptised. The school belongs to the Flemish Catholic education network (VSKO). The school director and staff were aware that the teacher, who has worked at the school just...

Belgium closes motorway due to strike in Calais

A strike by ferry workers in Calais on Wednesday also affected traffic on the E40 motorway in Belgium. The Belgian federal traffic police created a mandatory exit at Veurne, forcing cars and buses off the E40 to seek regional roads on their way to France, according to Hajo Beeckman spokesman for...

Fewer new businesses, bankruptcies in Belgium in first half of 2015

The number of new companies in Belgium decreased in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2014. The number of bankruptcies has also gone down, reports Trends . The first half of 2015 saw nearly 1,500 less companies start up than in the first half of last year. The...

Mobile roaming charges soon a thing of the past

Calling with a mobile phone from Belgium to another country of the European Union will cost the same as calling within Belgium from 15 June, 2017, report various Belgian media. Under the current system, Belgian operators charge roaming fees of €0.19 per minute or more for calls, texts or web...

Food service inspection reports now online

The Federal Food Safety Agency (FAVV) has launched a new website with inspection results for all business that serve or supply food directly to the public: bakers and butchers, bars and restaurants, canteens and corner groceries. Consumer organisation Test-Achats welcomed the move as a step in the...

Brussels launches heatwave plan as high ozone levels expected

Brussels-City has launched its heatwave plan, faced with the forecast of temperatures over 30 degrees in the coming days. The plan involves teams of city workers visiting the elderly living alone to deliver supplies of water and make sure they are drinking enough. Temperatures are expected to climb...

Belgium sets aside €40 million for the fight against terrorism

The federal government is to free up €40 million for the fight against terrorism and radicalisation, prime minister Charles Michel announced after a meeting with EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove ( pictured ). Last weekend it was announced that €4 million would be invested in more...

Index shows Brussels beer prices are average

The price of a beer in Brussels is fairly modest compared to many cities around the world, writes brusselnieuws.be. The Belgian capital comes in 36th place in the 2015 Beer Price Index presented by travel search engine GoEuro. The cheapest city for beer is Krakow, Poland, and the most expensive is...

Belgium’s first International Mud Day a great success

International Mud Day began in 2009 when two friends from Australia and Nepal got together to talk about ways to encourage feelings of community and appreciation for the world around us. The collaboration that followed led to the creation of International Mud Day, celebrated worldwide each year on...

The personal is political at Bozar

Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Boomerang cuts a colourful swathe through Bozar in Brussels, the exhibition spilling out of the usual gallery spaces to fill the halls and foyer of the building. Bright and boisterous on the surface, Tayou’s art also raises deeper and darker questions about the state of the...

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