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500 waste companies caught dumping illegally

An investigation by the Federal Police Services focused on the past five years of refuge companies’ activities has uncovered illegal practices. News reports reveal that upwards of 500 refuge companies have been operating without required business licenses to dispose of certain waste materials,...

Treat rare cancers only in specialised hospitals, says centre

Patients with a rare or very complex cancer should only be treated in hospitals with a special statute, said the Federal Knowledge Centre for Health Care in a report released yesterday. At the moment, all 119 Belgian hospitals are allowed to treat all kinds of cancers. But pancreatic cancer, for...

"A kilometer tax would reduce traffic by 10%"

A kilometer tax of 7 eurocents within the Brussels Regional Express Network (GEN) zone would decrease traffic by 10%, according to a recent study ordered by the Brussels regional government. The study, carried out by the research company Stratec, revealed that a 7 cent tax would result in...

Stromae wins record eight Music Industry Awards

Hip-hop and dance master Stromae swept Flanders’ Music Industry Awards on Saturday, winning all eight categories for which he was nominated. The wins – for Dance, Solo Male Performer, Pop Performer, Album, Composer, Artwork, Video clip and Hit of the Year (“Formidable”) – are particularly notable...

Air unhealthy in Brussels and Antwerp, according to new map

Air quality in Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels is poor to the point of being unhealthy, while the air quality in the rest of Flanders fails to meet EU limits for fine particulates, according to the latest study by three government agencies: the Inter-regional Environment Office, the Flemish Institute...

Less than 10% of foreign-convicted Belgians serve time at home

During the past five years, just 32 Belgian nationals who had been given jail sentences by foreign courts have been returned to Belgium to serve their sentences here. This is less than 10% of the 388 who had asked to be repatriated. Of those repatriation requests, 311 were rejected, 32 accepted and...

Brussels could experience its mildest winter on record

If Brussels continues to experience its unseasonably warm winter temperatures throughout the month of February, it could break current records for mildest winter. Up until now, the mildest winter registered by the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) since it began recording in 1833 was the winter...

Your inner Brussels Olympian

The Winter Games will be kicking off in Sochi today. With it, two weeks of imagining Olympic gold – and the accompanying Olympic body – awaits. While a golden medal may not be in your immediate future, getting fit like an Olympian during your stay in Brussels is more than within reach. This article...

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Belgium finds a starring role in Hollywood story rooted in Europe

George Clooney’s latest film The Monuments Men chronicles the efforts of a group tasked with saving many of Europe’s art treasures from distruction during the Second World War. The story is based on true events that saw some 350 men and women working with Allied countries scour the continent in...

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