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Belgium ‘needs structural reforms’

Belgian Central Bank governor and European Central Bank governing council member Luc Coene said Belgium must make structural reforms in order to avoid falling behind its eurozone peers, writes the Wall Street Journal’s Frances Robinson . "All countries are going full speed ahead with structural...

Belgium releases €2m for Uganda’s ‘cattle corridor’

Belgium has offered €2m towards efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change on thousands of farmers in Uganda’s so-called ‘cattle corridor’, writes The Observer’s Moses Mugalu . Natural disasters such as floods and long spells of drought, have contributed to diminishing crop and animal...

Three out of four Belgians don’t know their cholesterol level

Belgians know little about their cholesterol levels, it appears from an online European survey in which 1,000 Belgians aged over 45 took part. According to the survey, 79% of Belgian respondents are aware of the cardiovascular risks linked to cholesterol, but three out of four do not know what...

Fare dodgers cost public transport companies €16m a year

Fare dodging costs public transport companies STIB, TEC and De Lijn a total of €16.5m in 2012, according to figures released today by L’Echo. STIB is the most affected, with a shortfall of more than €11m. The Brussels public transport company suffers an fare-dodging rate of 4.5%, the highest by far...

New American nuclear warheads in Belgium

Belgium has signed a secret agreement with the United States on the modernisation of nuclear weapons stocked on Belgian soil, according to expert Hans Kristensen of the Federation of Nuclear Scientists. New bombs should replace the existing B61 warheads at Kleine-Brogel airbase, report Het Belang...

Gas and electricity bills down by 10%

The average electricity bill for Belgian households has decreased by 9% and gas bills by as much as 12%, resulting in savings of €280 a year, according to figures released by the Electricity and Gas regulatory body (Creg), published in L'Echo today. This decrease results from a combination of...

Lithuanian president is first head of state to visit king Philippe

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite met with king Philippe to discuss bilateral relations between Lithuania and Belgium as well as European and international issues, becoming the first foreign head of state to meet with the new Belgian king, writes the Baltic Course’s Petras Vaida . "The...

Barbeton

While the first half of the street is paved with fancy boutiques and designer shops, the other half is rather desolate. Opening a bar in the latter area might seem like a risk, but Frédéric Nicolay isn’t afraid of a challenge.

Innovating to success: a GREAT new world

For many of us September is the month associated with going ‘back to school’ after the summer break. So it is fitting that the Embassy is kicking off this new term with the launch of the University of Wolverhampton’s Brussels office on 16 September. The Wolverhampton University office will promote...

Culture beat - September 12

Brussels is showing off this weekend when the fanciest cafés, parks, theatres and cinemas all open their doors to the public in the annual Heritage Days event. For the 25th edition the theme is Brussels m’as-tu vu?, which literally translates as ‘Have you seen me?’. Don’t miss this opportunity to...

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