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VRT restructuring plans means 286 fewer jobs

Unions representing staff at the Flemish public broadcaster VRT have vowed to fight the plan to cut 286 full-time jobs, after details of the restructuring of the organisation were leaked. The broadcaster’s goal is to save €25 million by 2020. “In five years’ time, 286 jobs have to go,” said one...

KU Leuven develops test to determine age using DNA

Forensic biomedical scientists from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) have developed a test to estimate a person’s age through samples of their blood or from their teeth. The test could help to track down criminals or identify dead bodies. Currently, DNA profiles are used to identify criminals...
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Expat Financial Affairs: Free seminar 3 October

If you’re looking for answers to a financial or administrative problem, register now for the third edition of this day-long seminar. Especially designed for expats living in Belgium, it offers workshops and presentations by expert speakers. Sponsors and participating companies will welcome visitors...

Wallonia sells surplus renewable energy to neighbouring countries

According to the EU quota system, each member state has a certain amount of renewable energy to produce based on the country's size and population. The combined effort is expected to have a positive impact on the environment. The situation in Belgium, however, is not optimal, writes De Morgen...

Protesting farmers clash with police in Brussels

As expected, more than 4,800 farmers with 1,000 tractors arrived in Brussels yesterday to demonstrate during a meeting of EU agriculture ministers. As well as the anticipated traffic chaos, the demonstration led to clashes with police. The day began with loud chants and firecrackers, but, as the...

One in three asylum seekers in Belgium is underage

More than half of the refugees seeking asylum in Belgium are families, and one in three is a minor, according to figures from Fedasil, the federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers. There are currently 19,117 asylum seekers in Belgium, 5% of whom are unaccompanied minors. That equates to...

Adjournment refused as Aquino trial re-opens

The trial of the Aquino drugs syndicate resumed in Hasselt on Monday with a motion to adjourn to a later date, following the death of one of the gang’s alleged leaders, Silvio Aquino, who was gunned down last month in Limburg. The judge refused to grant another postponement, allowing only two days...

Brussels shelter for asylum seekers remains unused

A night shelter for asylum seekers that opened its doors for the first time yesterday in the Brussels WTC tower remained nearly empty last night, as hundreds of refugees chose to stay overnight in tents in the nearby Maximilian Park. A Radio 1 reporter visiting the new shelter this morning found it...

Belgian Red Devils slip past Cyprus in final five minutes

Belgium's national football team is one win away from qualification for next year's UEFA European Championships in France (Euro 2016). With a sluggish 1-0 win over Cyprus in Nicosia on Sunday, the Red Devils maintain their second place in Group B. Eden Hazard scored the winning goal of the match in...

Government pledges €30 million for overseas refugee camps

Belgium has put aside an extra €30 million for emergency aid for refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, according to Alexander De Croo, federal minister for development co-operation. The money is part of a joint fund with the Dutch government, which provides €48.5 million. “Together we want...

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