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Belgium wants decision on Schengen expansion in 2013

Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders wants to see a decision on Romania's Schengen accession to be adopted by the end of 2013, reports Bulgaria’s Standart News . Reynders and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean (pictured) discussed the expansion of the Schengen Area of border-free travel...

Foreign holiday travel ‘lowest in eight years’ within EU

Fewer Europeans are planning to go away for a summer holiday as economic austerity bites, a new study shows, with levels of foreign vacation travel at their lowest for eight years. Only 54% percent of Europeans are planning to get away for summer holiday this year, according to the Ipsos-Europ...

Chip shop owner asked to drop French-sounding name

A chip shop owner in Kortrijk, West Flanders, has been asked by the city’s authorities to drop plans to name his business ‘Frituur Grand Place’ and to give it a more Flemish-sounding name. The owner complied to the request and consequently renamed his business ‘Frituur Grote Markt’. The Neutral...

Chelsea legend appointed Antwerp manager

Former Netherlands and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been named as the new manager of Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp, reports The Independent . Hasselbaink, who was on the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest, has signed a one-year deal with the remit of taking the former...

When Brussels joined the global ‘March against Monsanto’

The concerns of those demonstrating covered a range of issues, many of which involve not only Monsanto but also other powerful biotech companies such as Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and more. Several people were dressed as bees, recalling the ongoing campaign to ban the use of harmful pesticides blamed for...

Wage watchers: how much does a scientific researcher earn?

Scientific researcher Bart Van de Vijver, 38, from Aartselaar talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? Together with my three colleagues we research diatoms. These are unicellular algae which are producers within the food chain.We research new types of diatoms and...

Mobile roaming within EU cheaper as of July 1

Using one’s mobile phone abroad within the EU will be cheaper from July 1, 2013, Het Belang van Limburg reports today. Mobile operators will have to comply with EU legislation and reduce their rates for using a mobile phone (for calls, text messages and mobile internet) abroad. A telephone...

10% of Belgium’s gold reserves out on loan

The Belgian Central Bank said yesterday that about 25 tons of the its gold reserves have been lent to bullion banks according to Bloomberg, writes Goldcore’s Mark O’Byrne . Nearly 10% or about 25 metric tons of the National Bank of Belgium’s remaining 227.5 tons of gold reserves are currently lent...

French-speaking liberals set out 2014 tax reform plans

Charles Michel, the president of Belgium's French-speaking conservative-liberal party (MR), has underlined the need to initiate a reform of taxation in Belgium from 2014, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . With just one year to go before the 2014 elections, MR president Michel put forward the idea of...

Belgian firefighters learn new tricks in Nashville

A dozen firefighter from Belgium are wrapping up a week-long trip to the US during which they learnt a few tricks from some of Nashville's fire crews, reports News Channel 5’s Jason Lamb . In addition to learning about local customs, they've also learned about how Nashville's fire department goes...

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