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Car vignette plans abandoned

There won’t be a road vignette system in Belgium, De Morgen has learnt from various government sources. The introduction of the kilometre charge tax for trucks, however, is maintained and will come into force on January 1, 2016. The Flemish government was never enthusiastic about the introduction...

Journalist kidnapped in Yemen pleads for intervention

A video showing Dutch journalist Judith Spiegel, who works for Belgian channel VRT, and her companion Boudewijn Berendsen has appeared on Facebook. They were kidnapped in Yemen by armed men at the beginning of June. In the video, the journalist appeals to the Netherlands, urging them to intervene...

Record number of drivers caught without a licence

Police courts in Belgium last year sentenced a record number of people driving without a licence, De Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg report today. In total, 9,159 offenders were caught either with no licence and a further 1,162 with a licence which wasn’t valid, according to the...

Shorts and sandals on TV for forgetful former PM

Former prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene was interviewed in the studio by VTM News on Sunday wearing a particularly casual outfit consisting of a short-sleeved shirt, shorts and sandals. The reason for this is simple: he was at a barbecue when a reporter called him to remind him of the interview...

Belgacom guilty of misleading comparative advertising

Belgacom was recently found guilty on three occasions of misleading advertising and unlawful comparative advertising against its competitor VOO, the latter has said in a statement. According to VOO, which sued Belgacom, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal of Brussels last June found...

The real Brussels: Rue Haute and the Marolles

Stretching out more than 1.1km, Rue Haute is the longest street within Brussels’ inner ring. It’s also one of the city’s oldest – its history dates back to the Roman era. Rue Haute is in the heart of the Marolles, a district whose name is believed to have derived from the 17th-century nuns who...

Belgium bans wild animals in circuses

Federal ministers last Friday ratified a bill introduced by the deputy prime minister Laurette Onkelinx, responsible for Animal Welfare, banning the use of wild animals in circuses. This new legislation now has to be passed by parliament. Belgium follows the example set by Austria and the UK, where...

Emergency passports yield €5m

A total of 472,076 passports were applied for at Belgian town halls last year, including 16,634 through the emergency procedure, De Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg report today. The Treasury has earned around €5m through this fast-track procedure, the dailies report. In Antwerp, for...

Belgian wanted on terror charges imprisoned in Kenya

A Belgian and two Frenchmen wanted in Belgium on terror charges have each been sentenced to a year in jail for staying in Kenya illegally, the Standard reports. They were sentenced on Friday evening after pleading guilty to the charges at a trial in the city of Malindi. Senior principal magistrate...

Belgian man dies at Hungarian electro music festival

A 21-year-old Belgian man died yesterday at the Balaton Sound music festival near Budapest. Marino Keulen, mayor of Lanaken, Limburg province confirmed to the Belga agency that the victim, named as Robin Verwey, was from his town. The event attracts approximately 100,000 visitors each year and...

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