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Eating a packed lunch at school? That will be €0.50

Children who wish to eat their own packed lunch will now have to pay €0.5 a day in schools in Mechelen, Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen report. The new regulation applies to all primary schools in Mechelen and was suggested by the city’s consultative platform for education, OOM. The budget for out...

Belgian house prices unaffected by Dutch slide

A report by German landesbank Helaba predicts that, while Belgian house prices risen over the past years and may see only minor corrections this year, those in The Netherlands will continue to slide, reports Property Investor Europe . Weak economies are projected for both markets but The...

€700,000 campaign for new Wallonia logo

Walloon economy minister Jean-Claude Marcourt will today recommend that the government award a grant of €700,000 to a campaign to promote the new visual identity of Wallonia abroad, L’Echo reports today. The campaign will be launched in October and will include adverts on television, in newspapers...

Flipkens earns half of career prize money in ten days

By reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, Belgian tennis sensation Kirsten Flipkens has earned in the past ten days almost half of what she had previously earned in her entire career. With this place in the semis, Flipkens is already guaranteed to take home €467,000 – plus a further €14,000 for the...

Carolina pair invited by Royal Ballet of Flanders

Carolina Ballet principal dancers Margaret Severin-Hansen and Gabor Kapin have been invited to perform with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp for the 2013-2014 season, reports Ballet News . “This is a great honour for these two wonderful dancers and a coup for the company,” says artistic...

Antwerp Welcome Party

Register now for the Antwerp Expat Welcome Party, Thursday 18 September at 18.30

Wage watchers: how much does a helpdesk assistant earn?

Helpdesk assistant Konstantinos Papageorgiou, 28, from Schoten talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I work for USG People, an international recruitment company active in ten European countries, specialising in temporary employment and secondment work. On my...

Language requirements ‘an obstacle’ to UK staff in Brussels

UK nationals make up fewer than 5% of the European Commission's staff, compared with nearly 10% from France, reports BBC News . The falling number of British men and women working in the upper echelons of EU institutions risks limiting the country's influence, MPs are warning. The Commons Foreign...

Belgian budget trimmed via minor cuts

Belgium said it would trim €750m from its budget through minor cuts across a broad swathe of areas of government and social security, as it responded to warnings from the European Union over its deficit, writes the Wall Street Journal’s Frances Robinson . "We see austerity measures in several...

Shrek and Fiona get hitched… in Charleroi

A couple from Charleroi has had a particularly colourful wedding, by getting married as Shrek and Fiona. Pascal and Nancy Dampremy, 40 and 36 respectively, got hitched at Charleroi town hall, dressed as the ogre and ogress from the Dreamworks franchise. "They are characters we both like and, with...

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