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One in four Belgian companies cannot fill vacancies, says Manpower study

About a quarter of Belgian employers have difficulty finding suitable candidates to fill job vacancies, according to a survey of 751 Belgian employers by HR services company Manpower. Exactly 24% of employers reported a serious "shortage of talent", nearly double as many as last year. According to...

Bourgeois presents business stimulation plan to BritCham

Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois spoke yesterday to members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium on how the region’s new government programme will make Flanders more appealing to businesses. Bourgeois ( pictured ) noted three major elements of the programme: simplification of...

Culture beat: 15 May

Brave the spring chill and head outdoors for the first outdoor aperitif of the season. Les Apéros urbains kicks off this evening (Friday) on the esplanade of the Cinquantenaire park. Live DJ music and other entertainment on the menu. Bring your own lemon, says the flyer in a nod to a competition on...

Alcohol consumption on the decline in Belgium

Belgians consume an average of nearly 10 litres of alcohol per person annually, according to a recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). That is 16% less than 20 years ago, reports De Zondag But while Belgians may be drinking less than they were 20 years ago...

80,000 brave weather for Belgian Pride

More than 80,000 people turned out yesterday under grey skies in Brussels for the 20th edition of the Belgian Pride festival and parade, celebrating the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The annual parade through the city centre began at the Beurs with a message from...

Young Devils reach Under-17 semi-finals

Belgium’s young footballers have reached the semi-final of the European Under-17 Championship. After winning a quarter-final penalty shoot-out against Croatia on Friday, the Jonge Duivels, or Young Devils, face France in tomorrow’s semi-final in the Bulgarian city of Burgas. Victory would take them...

Aalst wants bike highway to Brussels

The city council of Aalst wants a bicycle connection from Aalst to Brussels, along the former railway line via Opwijk and Asse, according to Aalst mobility minister Dylan Casaer. Part of the route is already included in the Bicycle-GEN project, but the municipality wants to see the entire route...

Prepaid credit cards susceptible to hacking

Hackers have stolen money from at least 500 prepaid credit cards in Belgium, report Het Belang van Limburg and Gazet van Antwerpen . Many victims have lost hundreds of euros, while others do not even know that their credit card has been hacked. Prepaid credit cards are not linked to a current...

5 bikeable day trips from Brussels

The upcoming train strike on 28 May doesn’t mean you’re stuck in Brussels. With this nice weather, instead of booking your Cambio car , perhaps it’s time to hop onto two wheels and discover Brussels’ surroundings at a slower pace. From the capital, there are several charming towns, villages,...

Utah nanny who abused twins to be extradited to Belgium

A nanny from Utah in the western United States is to be extradited to Belgium to face child abuse charges over her alleged assault of infant twins in 2011. Aubrey Alta Anderson, 34, will not contest the extradition order signed by US magistrate Paul Warner Aubrey. The 2011 incident emerged after...

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