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Illustration picture shows a bill in front of a gas meter (BELGA PHOTO MICHEL KRAKOWSKI)

Over one million Belgian households pay too much for gas and electricity

Electricity and gas prices have fallen in Belgium during 2020 but Belgian households have not benefited. That’s the conclusion drawn by the Electricity and Gas Regulatory Commission (CREG). In fact, more than one million Belgian households are paying too much for their gas and electricity. "That's...
Quentin Verstappen poses for the photographer during the launch of Belgium's first cooperative mobile telephony company, in Brussels, Saturday 27 October 2018. BELGA PHOTO HATIM KAGHAT

Brussels mobile phone cooperative Neibo takes on the big guns

It is not unusual these days to hear about cooperatives. Many sectors, such as banking, agriculture, food, and mobility have seen groups coming together with their own models and concepts for their particular areas of expertise, often in the face of huge pressure from those large, established...
Illustration picture shows an adult holding a girl playing in a playground in Brussels, Wednesday 27 May 2020. Many parents had to take time off or find alternative childcare during the first wave of the coronavirus crisis when the schools were closed. (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)

Annual parental barometer report shows the impact of coronavirus on families

This year’s annual Parent Barometer report produced by the League of Families is unsurprisingly coloured by the experiences parents have had during the coronavirus pandemic. One of the most glaring results of the 2020 report is that seven out of 10 Belgian parents, 69% of those canvassed, feel that...

The joy of giving: 10 great places to get the rest of your shopping done

There are nine shopping days left until Christmas. If that thought strikes fear into your heart, you’ve still got a few gifts to buy. But be of good cheer! This go-to list of awesome shops in Brussels, online and off, should provide you with all the inspiration you need to make everyone’s holidays merry and bright.

Abercrombie & Fitch shutting flagship store in Brussels

The Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store on Boulevard de Waterloo in Brussels is shutting its doors for good on 9 January. The youthful fashion label had been struggling with a loss in customer base for some time, and the coronavirus crisis was the final nail in the coffin. Abercrombie opened its...
Illustration picture shows a woman sitting alone on a bench and wearing a mask in the Grand-Place in Brussels, Wednesday 18 March 2020. (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)

Brussels commits to providing greater security for women

Brussels city council has unanimously approved a motion on Monday evening calling for the further integration of the safety and well-being of women into the city’s policy implementation strategy, especially in the area of public space development. Dubbed "Safe in the City", the motion was proposed...

2020 is deadliest year in Belgium since second world war

Some 15,000 more people have died this year in comparison to an average year in Belgium, making it the worst year for mortality since the Second World War. The deadliest months were in April and November, both in the middle of the first and second waves of coronavirus infections. Still, the...
HASSELT, BELGIUM: Illustration picture shows a Viking helmet during a press conference of Mobile Vikings-VikingCo, mobile network operator, in Hasselt (BELGA PHOTO YORICK JANSENS)

Consumer organisation concerned over Mobile Vikings takeover by Proximus

Test Achats/Test Aankoop, the Belgian non-profit consumer protection organisation, is concerned about the proposed acquisition of mobile virtual network operator Mobile Vikings by Belgium’s largest mobile telecommunications company Proximus. The consumer organisation "sees once again the...
Illustration picture shows the Justice Palace and a large ferris wheel, in Brussels city in Brussels region, Wednesday 26 August 2020. (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)

Green light given for permanent ferris wheel on Place Poelaert

Brussels city council has given the green light for applications to be submitted for the installation of a permanent ferris wheel in Place Poelaert, next to the Justice Palace. A ferris wheel was first located on the site in September 2019 and since then, several testing phases have taken place,...

More than 11,000 sign petition to stop development of Josaphat site

More than 11,000 people have signed a petition against the urban renewal project being discussed for the Josaphat site in Schaerbeek. The Capital-Region wants to develop the currently unused 25 hectares of land into a housing and industrial zone. The Josaphat site, near the park of the same name,...