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Energy ministry announces winter brownout plan

The federal government’s plans for selectively turning off the electricity supply to certain areas this winter – the so-called brownout – have been announced by interior minister Melchior Wathelet. The brownout plan is a precaution in case power supplies run short this winter, as a result of the...

Belgian economy falls one place in competitiveness ranking

Belgium ranks 18th in the 2014 Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual list of the world’s most competitive economies. Last year, Belgium came in 17th place, while three years ago it ranked 15th in the list. Overall, Belgium booked a slight improvement compared to...

Not enough football clubs to accommodate young players

Youth football is experiencing an unprecedented influx of players across Belgium, resulting in a shortage of places in local clubs, reports De Persgroep on Thursday. According to youth trainers, the sudden interest is fuelled by the hype surrounding the Red Devils following this summer’s World Cup...

Food pyramid is “outdated”, say critics

Belgium’s Health Council ( Hoge Gezondheidsraad / Conseil Supérieur de la Santé ) is working on a new food pyramid as a recommendation for a healthy diet, taking into account the opinions of a steadily increasing number of critics who call the traditional pyramid “complex, outdated and tailored to...

Consumers want to know source of meat, says Test-Achats

Nine out of 10 shoppers would like to know more about where the meat they buy comes from, according to a survey carried out by the Belgian consumer organisation Test-Achats. Under European law, all fresh meat sold has to be labelled with the country of origin, but the directive does not cover...

Tomorrow is a “make or break day” for federal coalition

Tomorrow (Thursday) is a make or break moment in the formation of a new federal coalition government, according to Kris Peeters of the Flemish Christian Democrats party CD&V. “The centre-right coalition has to be clearly seen to be viable on Thursday,” he said. The government negotiators are...

Nearly 26,000 caught speeding in one week

In the context of a European offensive to curtail speeding, Belgian police recorded a total of 25,953 traffic offenses on Belgium’s national roads and highways during the week of August 18-24, reports La Dernière Heure . The so-called ‘Operation Speed’ was carried out in 25 European countries. The...

Fewer bankruptcies this summer in Belgium

In July and August this year, 1,129 companies in Belgium went bankrupt, 18% fewer than in the same period in 2013, reports trade information agency Graydon. During the first eight months of 2014, Graydon recorded a total of 7,093 bankruptcies in Belgium. This corresponds to a decrease of 6.3%...

Peak in number of visitors to Atomium

In the first eight months of this year, 433,000 people visited the Atomium in Brussels. That is 16,000 more than in the same period in 2013, and the best results since the reopening of the landmark in 2006 (with the exception of 2008, when more visitors came for the Atomium’s 50th anniversary...

Unsung heroes: Design September shows modern face of design in Brussels

Yes, summer’s almost gone but the annual Design September festival in Brussels is consolation for dozens of participating designers and thousands of design-loving visitors. Now in its eighth edition, the month-long, city-wide programme has something for everyone: exhibitions, conferences, pop-up...

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