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Cannabis farms becoming a growing problem for local authorities

An increasing number of cannabis farms are popping up all over Belgium, especially along the border with the county’s neighbor to the north, the Netherlands. According to Belgian police along the Dutch border, it’s becoming almost impossible to keep track of the farms or to shut them down. Police...

Belgium slow to pay its bills

Paying bills on time is a must for all of us, whether we like it or not. However, new figures show that the Belgian state itself, which should be the example to follow, fails to pay a quarter of its bills on time. In fact, last year Belgium paid more than 75,000 bills after the deadline, which...

Hasselt to Maastricht tram link ready to roll by 2018

Flanders’ transport minister Hilde Crevits has signed an agreement with the Dutch province of Limburg to build a fast tram link between Hasselt, the capital of Flanders’ Limburg province, and Maastricht, the capital of the Netherlands’ Limburg province. The new line, called Spartacus, will run...

St Patrick’s Day: celebrate in your own shade of green

There will be shamrocks galore this March 17th St Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. The unique holiday takes on different forms from city to city , and in Brussels it’s no different. Always adapting to its diverse population, the European capital offers a variety of activities that allow each...

Belgacom becomes Proximus

Belgacom, the partly state-owned telecommunications company, will in future be known as Proximus, currently the brand name of its mobile telephony subsidiary, CEO Dominique Leroy has announced. The transformation should be complete by the end of the year, with Proximus encompassing all of Belgacom’...

Anderlecht gives its manager the boot

Belgian league champion Anderlecht has seen enough after struggling this season and have fired manager John van den Brom ( pictured ) in an attempt to reverse the team’s fortunes. Assistant Besnik Hasi, a former Albania international, has taken over the reigns. The Dutch manager’s fate was sealed...

Federal police nab a record number of fugitives

Belgium’s federal police’s FAST team set a record last year when it apprehended 325 criminals on the lam. Officially known as the Fugitive and Asset Search Team, FAST is tasked with finding those found guilty in court in Belgium, but have managed to flee justice authorities. Some of the criminals...

Illnesses are keeping more Belgians away from work

New figures reveal that an increasing number of Belgians are being forced to stay home from work due to illness. On an average workday, up to 6% of workers in the private sector are calling in sick. The figures show that illnesses have increased by one-third over the last decade. The increase is...

EU institutions to add Dutch street names to correspondence

EU institutions located in Brussels have agreed to add Dutch street names to their websites and correspondence. Up until now, the institutions have provided only the French names of streets, although Brussels is officially a bilingual city. But soon the EU headquarters’ famous address Rue de la Loi...

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