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Plane from Brussels makes emergency landing in Sofia

A plane en route from Brussels to Istanbul on Saturday made an emergency landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. It was feared that there might be explosives on board. An unattended laptop was the cause of suspicion. The laptop found on the Turkish Airlines flight appeared to belong to none of...

Nearly 8% of seniors fail driving test

Last year, 126 of the 1,800 people over the age of 65 who participated in a driving test failed the test and had to hand in their license, or about 7 to 8%, writes De Tijd , according to the annual report of the Belgian Institute for Road Safety (BIVV). The driving test, which consists of...

Investigation into sabotage at Doel nuclear power plant

The federal anti-terrorism agency OCAD has joined in an investigation of an oil leak at the nuclear power reactor Doel 4 in Beveren, East Flanders. Last week the agency for nuclear control (Fanc) said it was looking into allegations of sabotage. The reactor was shut down unexpectedly last week,...

Shortage of ambulances at the weekend

There are not enough ambulances available during the weekend in Belgium, according to Antwerp emergency doctor Kevin Vereecken. The shortage means that it may take longer before help arrives at the scene of an emergency, which “could cost lives," Vereecken told Het Gazet van Antwerpen . "Due to...

Russian sanctions affect Belgian farmers

Two organisation representing the Belgian agriculture industry – the Farmers’ Union and the General Union of Farmers (ABS) – have said that the ban on imports of a number of foodstuffs from the European Union will lead to economic damage and job losses for local farmers and fruit growers. The ban,...

Richest Belgians much richer than thought

The wealthiest 1% of Belgians own 17% of the country’s wealth, much more than the amount previously established in a large-scale survey by the European Central Bank (ECB), write De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad . New calculations by ECB economist Philip Vermeulen show that 1% of Belgians hold 17% of...

Red Devils to play friendly against Australia

The Belgian national football team, the Red Devils, is scheduled to compete in a friendly match against Australia on September 4 at 20.45 CET in Standard Liège’s Sclessin stadium, announced the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) today. The Red Devils fan day, planned on September 6, will...

Jetairfly refuses to pay noise fines

The Brussels-Capital Region is proposing a €3 million fine against Belgian airline Jetairfly for exceeding noise limits. The airline is refusing to pay the fines, because they are “fundamentally unjust”, the company’s chief executive Elie Bruyninckx told La Libre Belgique . The region is penalizing...

Activists file suit against Oosterweel project

The activist organisation Ringland, launched to campaign for the enclosure of the Antwerp Ring, has lodged an official complaint against the regional planning order (GRUP) for the Oosterweel link. The link is intended to complete the circle of the Ring Road. According to Ringland, GRUP makes a...

Brussels minister halts Reyers Viaduct renovation

The Reyers Viaduct, which runs above the ring road in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, could be demolished rather than repaired, according to Brussels’ new mobility minister, Pascal Smet. The viaduct (pictured) was closed earlier this summer to allow urgent repair work, but Smet halted the work...

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