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The University of Wolverhampton's Brussels office: a symbol of scientific cooperation

As announced by Ambassador Brenton in this month’s column , the University of Wolverhampton opened a brand new Brussels office on September 16, an outpost aimed at ensuring the university’s presence at the heart of future policy development on European funded research. The office’s location, close...

Motorists could receive bonus for fitting winter tyres

State secretary for mobility Melchior Wathelet and insurance company Ethias want to introduce a scheme where motorists who equip their vehicles with winter tyres would receive a bonus, the SudPresse newspapers report. The idea is to offer motorists an incentive in the form of a bonus and / or a...

Over 13,000 Belgian OAPs without state pension

Pensions minister Alexander De Croo has revealed that records from his department show that 13,638 Belgians aged over 65 have never applied for a state pension, the SudPresse newspapers report today. More than half of them live in Flanders. Of these 13,638 people, nearly 4,400 are in their sixties...

Belgian biotech firm in €300m deal

Belgian biotech company Galapagos has signed a cooperation deal worth up to $405m (approximately €300m) with U.S. firm AbbVie to develop a new treatment for cystic fibrosis, reports Reuters’ Robert-Jan Bartunek . AbbVie will make an upfront payment of $45m and the Belgian firm is eligible for a...

Cameron sees off Waterloo-bound charity bike trek

More than 200 cyclists, made up of Grenadier Guards and members of their families have set off on a 375-mile trip from Horse Guards Parade in central London, heading to Waterloo (via Ypres) to raise money for their regimental charity, The Colonel's Fund Grenadier Guards , reports ITV London News ...

A taste of Belgium comes to Malaysia

A Belgian bar and restaurant on the Malaysian island of Penang has become a hit — although some of the traditional Belgian dishes have been adapted to suit local tastes. “Situated on the ground floor right by Gurney Drive, the Brussels Beer Café is a large, air-conditioned contemporary restaurant-...

Wage watchers: how much does a physiotherapist earn?

Physiotherapist Kathleen Goossens, 45, from Zwijnaarde, East Flanders talks about what she earns and how she spends it What exactly do you do as a physiotherapist? I help people with their rehabilitation, but also offer them support and advice with regards to losing weight, doing more sports and...

Dramatic drop in Belgian citizenship approvals

Only 1,775 people have obtained Belgian citizenship this year, it appears from figures released yesterday by MP Carina Van Cauter (pictured). In 2012, 45,000 people had acquired Belgian nationality, 38,000 of whom as the result of an application. For 2013, the figure currently stands at 1,775 - a...

Belgium’s richest 20% own 60% of country’s assets

European statistics reveal that 20% of Belgians own exactly 61.2% of the country’s assets, Le Soir reports today. Conversely, according to data released by the National Bank of Belgium, the bottom 20% only own 0.2% of Belgium’s wealth. "Belgium is characterised by an uneven distribution of wealth...

Italian minister receives European support against racism

Belgium's deputy prime minister Joëlle Milquet joined cabinet ministers from more than a dozen European countries at Rome’s Palazzo Chigi yesterday in a show of support for Italy's first black cabinet minister, who has been attacked with racist taunts ever since she was appointed in April. The...

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