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Belgium records its second-warmest winter ever

Now that winter 2013/2014 is nearing its imminent conclusion, the stats are in and it is official: this winter has been the second warmest ever recorded for Belgium, or since record-keeping began in 1833. And as earlier reported in the Bulletin, you need only to ask winter clothing retailers how...

Belgian tech centre Sirris invests €850,000 in infrastructure for “smart factory”

The Belgian tech industry’s knowledge centre, Sirris, has inaugurated the new infrastructure at its test and development centre for companies in Diepenbeek, near Hasselt. Sirris has invested €850,000 in the centre, mostly for precision machines that manufacture on a micro-level. An additional €100,...

Baillihoo! Ixelles' Rue du Bailli

When 30-year-old Delphine Thizy, a consultant in social performance, moved from France to Brussels four years ago, she settled down on Rue de l’Aqueduc. A year later, she moved with her Italian boyfriend to an apartment on Rue du Bailli, above one of the street's many hairdressers. “Rent is quite...

Wage Watchers: How much does a Helpdesk officer earn?

What do you do? Since 2008 I have been working as a Helpdesk officer in the Information Department of a rehabilitation hospital. Together with 2 other colleagues, we resolve various IT problems and do network maintenance. Do you enjoy the work? Yes definitely. The work varies, with some days being...

Brussels the third richest region in Europe

A new study reveals that the Brussels-Capital Region is among the most prosperous regions in the EU. According to Europe’s statistics agency Eurostat, the Brussels region sits third behind London and Luxemburg. The Eurostat study looked at the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita among 272 areas...

Ryanair flights take off from Brussels Airport amid union protests

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair began its first flights yesterday from Brussels Airport against a background of union protests. Unions representing workers at the airport in Zaventem were protesting Ryanair’s use of Irish labour laws for their pilots and other staff, many of whom are resident in...

200,000 sign petition asking king to block euthanasia bill

Opposition to Belgium’s controversial child euthanasia bill, which passed through parliament earlier this month, is now targeting the country’s king to stop it from becoming law. More than 200,000 European citizens from 20 different countries have signed a petition asking King Philippe not to sign...

Standard & Poor’s elevates Belgium’s credit rating from negative to stable

Belgium received some positive financial news today, as Standard and Poor's elevated its credit rating from the depths of despair, slowly returning it to credibility. The credit rating agency has raised the country’s sovereign credit outlook to stable, from its previous negative standing, due to...

Tomorrowland protesters bought tickets for festival

Two of the residents of Boom in Antwerp province who are bringing a lawsuit against the second weekend of the Tomorrowland dance festival have themselves bought tickets for the event, according to VTM News. Tomorrowland, one of the most successful and popular dance music festivals in the world,...

Missing: EU expat voters in Belgium

On the eve of the February 28 , the voter registration deadline for EU expats residing in Belgium, The Bulletin sets out to investigate why 92% of 690,000 eligible European voters have not (yet) enrolled to vote in Belgium’s three regions for European Parliament elections. 90 days to go! So begins...

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