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Record year for traffic jams in Belgium

Never before have drivers in Belgium spent as much time in a traffic jam as in the first half of this year, according to mobility organisation Touring Mobilis’s new traffic barometer. The barometer shows that so far in 2015 there have been 607 hours of 100km or longer traffic jams on Belgian...

Brussels Airport to get large office park

Brussels Airport will expand in the coming years with the addition of several new offices in the vicinity of the airport terminal, reports brusselnieuws.be. The first office building next to the terminal is already in place: the Gateway Building ( pictured ), where consultancy group Deloitte is a...

EU aid of €6.2 million for former Ford Genk workers

The EU Commission has offered €6.2 million in aid from its globalisation fund to help former Ford Genk employees find a new job. About 4,500 workers were made redundant when factory in Limburg closed down at the end of last year. Those eligible for assistance include Ford workers as well as...

280,000 test animals used in Flemish labs last year

Scientists used 280,416 test animals in 129 labs in Flanders last year, according to the Flemish department of environment, nature and energy. It’s the first time that the government of Flanders has tracked the figures on test animals in the region, which used to be done only on a national level...

Students to be archaeologist for a day in Ypres

Students in the highest three years of primary school and the first year of secondary school will get the unprecedented opportunity to be archaeologists for a day this autumn. The students will help professional archaeologists to find relics from Roman times in the Ypres area of West Flanders. The...

Bubble Post expands into Wallonia, Netherlands

The Belgian company Bubble Post, which offers eco-friendly goods transport services, is extending its activities in September to Wallonia and the Netherlands. The expansion will be financed by a capital injection of €2.35 million. At present, Bubble Post, based in Ghent, employs 65 people in “last...

Having a baby in Belgium

Yes, babies are bundles of joy, but there’s also no denying that they’re a lot of work as well – and not just of the changing diapers and late-night feedings variety. Having a baby abroad can have leave expectant parents with a lot of questions: how will the local healthcare system support us? What...

Infrabel provides place of worship for Muslim SNCB employees

Railway infrastructure manager Infrabel has turned an unused room in Brussels South Station into a place of worship for the Muslim employees of Belgian rail company SNCB. Until recently, the employees were using the staff kitchen for their daily prayer sessions, writes brusselnieuws.be. News of the...

Open Brussels canals for recreation, urges green party

Members of Brussels’ green party Groen Brussel on Sunday took part in the Big Jump, an event which sees thousands of European citizens go for a swim in their local rivers, lakes and waterways to raise awareness of the need for safer, cleaner public water, writes brusselnieuws.be. In Belgium,...

E-gates at Brussels Airport back in service

The new automated border control gates at Brussels Airport, or e-gates, are working again after breaking down for a short period, says a spokesperson for the airport. The e-gates were officially opened on Friday, but technical problems forced them to shut down at the weekend, report various Belgian...

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