Search form

menu menu

Brussels welcomes its first-ever Chocolate Salon

If you heard that the Salon du Chocolat to be held in Tour & Taxis next month was the first of its sort to be held here, your first question might be: “What took them so long?" The Salon is organised by Event International, based in Paris, where they’ve been organising an international fair...

Number of empty commercial spaces increased in 2013

According to reports, Belgium has plenty of available commercial properties to share, and the number continues to rise. At the end of 2013, there were 18,000 empty commercial buildings across the country. The latest figure marks a growing increase of one thousand properties a year. According to...

Brussels STIB/MIVB looking to hire 1,000 in 2014

Brussels local transport company STIB/MIVB has announced its plans to hire 1,000 new employees this year. The recruitment push comes after 847 were hired in 2013 to fulfill the demands of increasing ridership, new projects, and retiring employees, many of whom have been with the company for 35...

Politicians face off on homelessness in Brussels

The growing issue of homelessness in Brussels is becoming more political by the day as the country’s politicians exchange barbs on how to solve the problem and on whom to place the blame. Reports show than an average of 150 to 250 homeless people are forced into the cold each night to sleep on the...

Russian president receives cold shoulder during Brussels visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with European leaders yesterday for an “EU-Russia Summit” that only lasted a few hours. The unusually short visit was largely focused on the escalating events in Ukraine, where pro-EU protesters have violently clashed with police forces. The EU has been very...

Unemployment figures rose in 2013

Belgium’s unemployment figures rose in 2013, the first time in two years. The jobless figures had previously been dropping since the end of 2010. At the end of last year there were 432,484 people out of work claiming unemployment benefits. In 2011, unemployment fell 3.7%, followed by another 1%...

Researchers develop new strategy to fight bacterial infections

Researchers Alvin Lo and Han Remaut of Flemish life sciences research institute VIB have discovered a chemical substance with the potential to be a new treatment against bacterial infections. The researchers specifically targeted the E coli bacteria, responsible for about 80% of all urinary tract...

Extra day of summer for Flemish students

Education minister Pascal Smet has announced that Friday, 27 June, will be the last day of school this year, granting students a holiday on the following Monday, which is 30 June, traditionally the last day for primary and secondary schools. The decision will undoubtedly motivate many families in...

Culture beat – January 28

The cultural centrepiece of the Hellenic presidency of the Council of the European Union is the wide-ranging exhibition Nautilus: Navigating Greece , which ties together millennia of Greek history with the common thread of maritime exchange. Nobody will be surprised to learn that the Mediterranean...

Bigger cities pay more for police and social services

New figures show that Belgian cities of over 100,000 inhabitants spend more than three times more to finance police services and public welfare centres (CPAS or OCMW) than communities with less than 10,000 residents. A new study by Belfius bank reveals that the larger cities spend an average of 521...

Pages