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Half of music festivals serve alcohol to minors

Nearly half of Belgian festivals do not respect the ban on the sale of alcohol to young people under the age of sixteen or eighteen, an initial inspection conducted by the federal public service for health indicates, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report today. Violations were observed in five out...

Israel’s Godfather arrested over drug money laundering

The federal police’s Fugitive Active & Asset Search Team (FAST) has arrested an Israeli drug dealer known as ‘Israel’s godfather’. The man was arrested as part of an international operation led by the United States in which the Belgian federal police took part. Other arrests also took place in...

Cybercrime on the rise in Belgium, says Federal Police

The number of reported cases of ICT crime in Belgium rose to 20,536 in 2012, 37.5% higher than the year before, according to an annual study released by the Belgian federal police department in charge of economic and financial crime (DFJ), reports Telecompaper . The number of recorded cases in 2011...

Belgian tapas set to take over Dubai

A brand new lounge concept is set to open in Dubai in September, based on Belgian tapas, reports AMEinfo . Bapas, which will be based at the prestigious H Hotel, is the brainchild of Belgian restaurateurs Lars and Ronny Haesen. The two brothers are no strangers to running successful projects and...

UCB’s Chinese offices visited by authorities

Chinese authorities have visited the offices of Belgian drug maker UCB, as the country looks to widen its investigation into the malpractices by foreign firms in the pharmaceutical sector, following a bribery scandal at British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline, writes the International Business Times’...

Culture Beat - July 18

Sunshine! Proper summer temperatures! And, in case you still haven't heard, we’re having a new King & Queen. This Saturday’s Bal National on the flea market - Brussels’ equivalent of a good ole cockney knees-up – will be the last one under the reign of King Albert II, and chances are that many...

The Hoggies, Out-door Summer Scottish Ceilidhs

The Hoggies Out-door Summer Scottish Ceilidhs

Join us for a summer afternoon of Scots ceilidh dancing and celtic music, on an open-air platform @ The Grand Place, Enghien (only 20/25 minutes by train from Bxls)

14.00 to 20.00, Free entrance!

Don't worry if you have never danced before - we will explain each dance step by step in both English and French!

Dress code - summer causal, kilts always welcome :)

The Hoggies, Out-door Summer Scottish Ceilidhs

The Hoggies Out-door Summer Scottish Ceilidhs

Join us for a summer afternoon of Scots ceilidh dancing and celtic music, on an open-air platform @ The Grand Place, Enghien (only 20/25 minutes by train from Bxls)

14.00 to 18.00, Free Entrance!

Don't worry if you have never danced before - we will explain each dance step by step in both English and French!

Dress code - summer causal, kilts always welcome :)

BLB July 18

Fisc to reclaim €386m from Swiss account holders

The Special Tax Inspectorate (ISI) has dealt with 234 cases of taxpayers appearing in the so-called ‘HSBC file’ sent by the French finance minister to the Belgian authorities in 2010. The inland revenue now wants to reclaim a total of €386.4m from these 234 people, Le Soir report. In 2009, a former...

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