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Fewer Brussels residents trade car for premium

Since 2006, the Brussels-Capital Region offers a premium to get more cars off of Brussels’ roads and to encourage people to use public transportation in the city. However, the number of people taking advantage of the premium has tapered off in recent years. The ‘Brussel'Air' premium gives a Cambio...

Stem cell donors must be younger than 40

The Belgian Bone Marrow Donor Registry has set an age limit of 40 years for donors to register, report De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad . Stem cell donation can save lives, offering hope to people with diseases such as leukemia. The Belgian Registry is nonetheless only accepting donors under the age...

Brussels to keep house bonus until 2017

While the house bonus ( woonbonus ), or mortgage tax relief, will be reduced in Flanders in 2015, the tax incentive will remain in Brussels through 2017. In this way the city’s new government hopes to encourage more people to move to the Brussels-Capital Region, De Standaard reported. Many Flemings...

Flemish Minister-President called to explain budget cuts

Flanders’ minister-president Geert Bourgeois and budget minister Annemie Turtelboom have been asked to return from the summer holiday break early to explain their proposed budget cuts in the Flemish Parliament. Parliament speaker Jan Peumans has ordered a special committee session on Thursday...

Pear sales in Belgium doubled since Russian boycott

Belgians have responded en masse to the call to buy more Belgian products, such as pork and pears, after they were included in Russia’s food import ban last week. Since then pear sales have doubled, reports the Limburg Fruitveiling in Het Belang van Limburg and Gazet van Antwerpen . "Last week...

Belgian F-16s to pull out of Afghanistan

Yesterday the head of the Belgian army, General Gerard Van Caelenberge made a surprise visit to the Belgian soldiers serving in Afghanistan, De Standaard reported. He followed up the visit with the announcement that Belgium's F-16 mission in Kandahar is due to finish at the end of this year. There...

Former juvenile offenders have hard time landing a job

Secondary school graduates who admit to delinquency in their past when applying for jobs see their chances of success sharply diminished, according to research from the Ghent University. Economists Stijn Baert and Elsy Verhofstadt sent out nearly 1,000 fictional letters of application for existing...

More jobs at Brussels Airport thanks to record year

The number of passengers travelling through Brussels Airport so far this year increased by about 6,000 per day compared to the same period in 2013. The 5% increase in passengers makes this a record year for the airport and should lead to significant job creation, report Het Laatste Nieuws and De...

Delhaize suffers losses in Eastern Europe

Brussels-based supermarket chain Delhaize suffered an unexpected loss of €45 million in the second quarter of the year, mostly due to problems with the group’s operations in Serbia, the company reported. Delhaize’s problems in Serbia stem from the country’s economic instability, with negative...

Brussels' Jewish Museum to undergo remodel

The Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels plans to demolish part of the building it occupies on Miniemenstraat and undergo a remodel, the board announced at the weekend. The museum is scheduled to open again on September 14; it has been closed since the attack on May 24, when an armed man killed...

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