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“Children should do multiple sports”

Children should practise a variety of sports rather than devoting their efforts to a single one in order to fully develop their motor skills, according to Job Fransen of Ghent University, who found that children were better able to develop basic motor skills through a variety of movement and...

1,500 Belgian pubs flouted smoking ban in 2013

According to the latest statistics, smoking habits continue to be very hard to break. Despite hefty fines for lighting up indoors, a quarter of the pubs inspected last year were found breaking the law on smoking. About 1,500 watering holes broke the rules, resulting in fines of €160 for the smoker...

Brussels region bans open-air GMO crops

The Brussels-Capital Region has banned the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the open air, fearing the contamination of classic crops. According to the region’s agriculture minister, Céline Fremault, who introduced the ban, it is almost unavoidable that pollen or seeds from...

Belgium lifts ban on Madonna’s hit ‘Frozen’

For the first time in over eight years, one of Madonna’s hit singles can be played and bought in Belgium. The 1998 single ‘Frozen’ was banned from Belgium’s airways and store shelves in November of 2005 when the artist lost a copyright infringement case. Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva won...

Belgacom CEO’s salary exceeds €650,000 cap

The new CEO of Belgacom, Dominique Leroy, will be allowed to earn more than the new salary limit set by the government for state-controlled concerns, the federal minister of government enterprises said yesterday. Leroy’s salary could go as high as €800,000, once bonuses and other benefits are taken...

Tomorrowland’s second weekend may be in jeopardy

Plans for one of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals to expand to two weekends in celebration of its 10th anniversary have hit a roadblock. Belgium’s Tomorrowland had been hoping to take advantage of its immense popularity by holding the event over two weekends instead of one in 2014,...

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New speed traps proving to be a cash cow

Speeding motorists in Belgium will now have to contend with a new deterrent as the country’s police have begun using the latest system to slow down drivers, and stuff the coffers in the process. The new speed traps have already proven to be successful with 17,000 fines already on the books. The new...

Belgian government turning to social media to collect taxes

The future is now. Belgians with debts to the tax authorities have traditionally been contacted by telephone, but new methods will make it a lot more difficult to ignore the call. The Belgian Federal Fiscal Administration will soon make it common practice to contact people using SMS, email and...

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