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Record number of passengers at Brussels Airport in April

Brussels Airport carried 1.9 million passengers in April, a record high, the airport announced Monday in a press release. The total number of passengers increased by 16.6% compared to the same period last year. The fact that this year’s Easter holidays all fell in April played a major role in the...

Brussels residents increasingly “flexitarian”

According to a survey of 400 Brussels residents, conducted by Belgian environment association Eva (Ethical Vegetarian Alternative), 17.5% of the population in the Brussels-Capital Region eats vegetarian at least three times a week. This trend has contributed to the creation of a new concept: “...

“Welcome Festival” in Bozar brings together Brussels' international community

A weekend of celebrating international diversity in the capital This weekend was full of celebration of Brussels' communities. There was Zinneke Parade , or the carnival-like Brussels parade that aims to build bridges between different cultures, communities and districts within Brussels. Then there...

Homeopathy now legally recognised in Belgium

Homeopathy is now officially recognised in Belgium as a distinct therapeutic system, according to the Royal Decree published today in het Staatsblad . The federal government already approved the proposal in July last year. Homeopathy encompasses the use of alternative treatments to conventional...

Brussels dance school PARTS' Research Studios saved temporarily

Brussels dance school PARTS will receive €500,000 in subsidies from the government of Flanders for the education programme Research Studios. The school is head by world-renowned Flemish choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The programme, which was launched two years ago, takes two years to...

Genk and Turnhout nominated as tax "support zones"

The government of Flanders has applied to the federal government to have the areas around Genk and Turnhout declared “support zones”, allowing businesses that create jobs there to benefit from special tax conditions. Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters said he hoped the system could come into...

Summoned poll workers book flights to avoid civic duty

Two weeks before the next federal elections in Belgium on May 25, magistrates across the country are finding it increasingly difficult to find poll workers. Every year the magistrates receive thousands of excuse letters from people attempting to get out of fulfilling their civic duty, but this year...

Not all municipalities are pleased with food trucks

Food trucks are the latest culinary hype. The first ever Brussels Food Truck Festival this past weekend was a success with nearly 40 food trucks parked between Central Station and the Cathedral offering a diverse range of dishes and foods from all over the world. The mobile eateries are an ideal...

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Late trains to and from Brussels scrapped

Belgian rail company SNCB/NMBS will introduce a new timetable from December 2014 which calls for the elimination of a number of late and early trains to and from Brussels. Public transport user organisation TreinTramBus warns that Brussels is about to become the only European capital where no...

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