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Summer staycation in Belgium: Get exploring with our local travel guides

It's time to explore Belgium with our series on towns and cities across the country, including tourist favourites and more offbeat destinations. We'll be adding more destinations in the coming weeks. Check back for the latest updates.

Huge drive-in cinema screen at Tour & Taxis this summer

The drive-in cinema - the supreme American icon of the mid-20th century - is enjoying a comeback in Brussels, offering open-air screenings at Tour & Taxis all summer long. Drive-ins are seeing a renewed life due to the pandemic, as people are wary about spending a couple of hours in an enclosed...

European Commission to take over offices of new tower The One

The European Commission has signed an 18-year contract to use the offices in the new mixed-use building on Rue de la Loi known as ‘The One’. The Commission has signed an agreement with real estate developer Atenor known as usufruct, meaning that it does not own the building but can make use of it...

Brussels low-emissions zone fines resume on 1 July

Owners of old polluting diesel vehicles will start to be fined again if they drive anywhere within the Brussels region from this Wednesday (1 July). The low-emissions zone has been in force since 2018, but the issuing of the €350 fines was put on hold during the coronavirus shutdown. The ban...

Stib employee who posed as taxi driver jailed for 12 years for rapes

A Stib bus driver who posed as a Collecto taxi driver to rape young women in Brussels' university district has been jailed for 12 years. A Brussels court heard that the 44-year-old man, identified in court as Yassine B, would prowl around the bus stops near the ULB campus after finishing his shift...
Charity donations across Europe

Philanthropy in Europe: New platform boosts cross-border donations

A new Belgian-designed European online cross-border platform – Transnational Giving Europe - was launched on Monday. The King Baudouin Foundation project helps Europeans give generously to good causes in a number of other EU countries. It is backed by Creative Europe, among other organisations, and...

'Deepest regrets': Belgium issues apology to Congo for colonial past

Belgium's King Philippe has expressed his "deepest regrets", for the first time, for crimes and abuses committed against the Congolese people during the colonial period. King Philippe's letter to Congolese president Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo comes on the 60th anniversary of the Democratic...

Coronavirus in Belgium: What changes on 1 July

Belgium enters the next phase in the easing of its coronavirus restrictions this Wednesday. From this date, "social bubbles" will be extended from 10 to 15 people per week. This means that everyone can socialise with up to 15 different people in one week. These do not always have to be the same 15...

Brussels prepares corona edition of Car-Free Sunday

Brussels' Car-Free Sunday will go ahead as planned this year, with a focus on smaller, local events, organisers have announced. Motor vehicles, other than buses and taxis, will again be banned throughout the Brussels region on 20 September. The big events in the city centre traditionally associated...

Downtown late-night drinking ban extended into 2021

A ban on night-time street drinking around Brussels' central pedestrian zone has been extended by a further six months until at least the end of January 2021. Brussels city council voted unanimously to prolong the initial six-month trial period, due to expire at the end of July, because the results...

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