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Free Seminar 'Start your Own Business in Belgium'

Getting serious about your own start-up? This half day seminar is dedicated to helping you set up a business in Belgium. It takes you through the practical and essential steps you need to take to get your business up and running in Belgium. The event takes place at the 13th of May, at the ING...
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Culture beat – April 18

Roll up, roll up, Hopla! circus festival has set up camp downtown. The annual spring rendezvous for circus arts is entertaining crowds until April 20 in and around Sainte-Catherine. From its hub at Vismet it is staging contemporary acts suitable for all ages, specially designed for an urban setting...

Brussels minister considers a negotiation with Uber

Brussels Region transport minister Brigitte Grouwels and internet taxi service Uber are ready to sit down at the negotiating table to discuss the continuing clash between the two sides. This week a commercial tribunal in Brussels ordered Uber off the road with a threat of hefty fines. Uber,...

Wage Watchers : How much does a Senior Technical Writer earn?

What do you do? I work for Vision, a creative and dynamic team that is active in the fields of communication, e-learning and company documentation. I am currently working as Senior Technical Writer on a long-term project for a client on site with a few other colleagues. The project consists mostly...

Seventy-five percent of expats feel unsafe cycling in Brussels

More than 200 expats took part in an online survey about their cycling experiences in Brussels. Questions focused on bicycle safety, the quality of cycle lanes, the bike-sharing system Villo! and possible solutions to making the city more bike-friendly. The results , compiled by cycling advocate...

Prime Minister Di Rupo works the night shift

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo spent last night visiting various night workers on the job. "About 12 percent of all workers work at night,” he acknowledged, “and they carry out essential jobs but are so little talked about." As part of his election campaign, Di Rupo started his night shift...

Wastewater treatment projects get new subsidies

Joke Schauvliege, Flanders’ environment minister, has agreed to a subsidy programme for sewage projects, increasing the designated budget by one-quarter to €138 million. The investment is to improve water quality in rivers and streams so Flanders can meet European requirements. The 281 projects...

Flemish government to curb unofficial tourist accommodation

After Uber, the rideshare app, the government of Flanders is now actively looking to ban the letting of rooms in the region to tourists through websites like couchsurfing.org and airbnb.be. Those offering accommodation via such a site can expect to get a letter about the new regulation, at the risk...

Belgian footballer Kompany opens sports pubs

The captain of the Belgian national football team, Vincent Kompany, is opening new sports pubs in the centres of Brussels and Antwerp. The footballer’s aim is for Good Kompany to become the place to be for sports fans in both cities, by broadcasting all major world sporting events on huge screens...

Museum of Broken Relationships comes to Brussels

Painful break-up? Stuff lying around that reminds you of your ex? Donate it to the Museum of Broken Relationships, a temporary exhibition set to open in the visitor centre of the European Parliament on June 16. Brussels residents have until May 18 to contribute to the collection . The idea for the...

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