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Chinese president visits Ghent and Bruges

The Chinese president Xi Jinping ended his visit to Belgium with a speech in the Concertgebouw in Bruges, where he emphasised the growing bonds between China and the EU and encouraged the audience, made up of students and staff from the College of Europe, to visit his country. “The College of...

New facilitator appointed to Brussels schools

The Brussels-Capital Region has appointed a school facilitator, economist Julie Lumen, whose task is to co-ordinate the development of extra places in Brussels schools. Lumen will work for the Agency for Territorial Development (ATO) and will assist both the Dutch- and the French-speaking networks...

Fix My Street app updated

Fix My Street, the smartphone app for reporting defects in the public space, gets an important update today, extending its service to include light poles, traffic lights and road signs, says Brigitte Grouwels, Brussels Minister for public works. So far Fix My Street only allowed Brussels residents...

Borremans set to break visitor records at Bozar

The exhibition As Sweet as it Gets by Belgian artist Michaël Borremans has drawn more than 48,000 visitors to Brussels’ Bozar in a month's time. At this rate, it promises to be the most visited exhibition since Bozar was founded in 2003. "We are pleasantly surprised with the huge interest," said...

Walk with penguins at Planckendael

At the start of the Easter holiday on Saturday, Planckendael animal park in Mechelen will open its new ‘Penguin Promenade’ to the public. The new section allows visitors to get closer to the animals than ever before: families are invited to walk among the penguins, a first in Europe. Head caretaker...

Unesco recognition for Belgium's beer culture?

The culture ministers of Belgium’s three Language Communities have submitted a joint application to Unesco requesting that Belgium’s beer culture be recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage. The application was completed with the help of the Belgian Brewers federation and the input of several...

Bacteria found in North Sea produce electricity

An international team of marine researchers from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have found so-called “living batteries” in the North Sea off the coast of Ostend. The long, wire-shaped bacteria produce electricity, creating a sort of...

Royal Army Museum director shown the door

Dominique Hanson was replaced yesterday as the head of the Royal Military Museum in Brussels, writes De Standaard . Curator Piet De Gryse made the announcement to the staff of the museum yesterday, bringing an end to the mandate of director Dominique Hanson. "Referring to the note from Minister of...

Another peregrine falcon nest in Brussels

For the eleventh year in a row, a pair of peregrine falcons has taken up nest in the tower of the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in the centre of Brussels. A viewing cabin is being set up today at the foot of the cathedral to allow curious passers-by to observe the peregrine falcons, the...

Belgium not ready for wolf’s return

France and Germany and, more recently, the Netherlands have a so-called “wolf plan” in place. Belgium’s neighbours are prepared for the return of the wolf, a comeback that has been slowly taking place over that past 50 years, since the European Union and Western European nations began stepping up...

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