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Flemish parties pass measures to combat radicalisation

All of Flanders’ political parties, with the exception of Vlaams Belang, have approved a package of measures aimed at tackling radicalisation in the region. The 55 measures, developed by a special committee, include an increase in the number of recognised mosques, a 24-hour advice line, the...

Apple confirms store will open in Belgium

Apple will open an official Apple Store in Belgium, the company confirmed today . The announcement verifies rumours of the technology giant’s plans to open an official store in the country. Some suspect the store will take over a space in Brussels shopping mall Le Toison d'Or, home to the new Marks...

Belgium donates €18.75 million to UN for Palestinian refugees

Belgium has contributed €18.75 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is responsible for assistance to Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The contribution covers the period 2015-2017 and will support UNRWA’s efforts to...

Leuven mathematician Stefaan Vaes wins “Belgian Nobel prize”

Mathematician Stefaan Vaes of the University of Leuven has won the prestigious Francqui Prize, referred to as the Belgian Nobel prize. The 39-year old scientist was rewarded for his research on the Von Neumann algebras, mathematical structures that originated out of quantum mechanics. According to...

Belgium is leader in complex tax returns

With a total of 772 possible fields to complete for a tax declaration, Belgium leads the pack when it comes to complex tax return forms, according to Deloitte. The consultancy firm compared the tax return forms in various countries, and Belgium’s (and Spain’s) were the most complex, according to...

Therapist offers shelter to expats in search of stability

A Mongolian yurt isn’t something you find every day in the Belgian countryside, but that’s precisely what you’ll see if you stroll through the Hoegaarden district of Rommersom in Flemish Brabant this summer. When intercultural coach and therapist Linda Hoeben was looking to develop her practice,...

Belgium ranks sixth most bike-friendly country in Europe

Denmark is the most bicycle-friendly country in the world, according to the second cycling barometer published by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF). Out of 28 countries, Belgium ranks sixth, making it one of Europe’s most bike-friendly countries, after Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden,...

New picnic protest against Brussels mobility plan

The Picnic The Streets movement is calling for another event to take place on 7 June in protest at the City of Brussels’ plans to add car parks within the pentagon area, reports brusselnieuws.be . Picnic the Streets launched three years ago to protest the lack of pedestrian areas in the capital...

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Benelux recognition of Bachelor and Master degrees approved

Qualifications endowed by Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will now be automatically recognised in all three countries. That is the result of a Benelux agreement signed yesterday by all five ministers for higher education. The signatures came from Jean-...

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