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Grand Place opts for LED lamps

The Grand Place in Brussels has been equipped with new atmospheric lighting consisting entirely of energy-saving LED lamps. The new lighting system was inaugurated at the weekend by federal interior minister Laurette Onkelinx and Brussels mayor Freddie Thielemans. The project was financed by...

Reports criticise state of Belgian prisons

Belgian prisons are no better than warehouses for human beings, with continuing problems including overcrowding, overworked guards and poor facilities, according to a stinging report by the Central Advisory Council for Prisons issued last week. Belgium's prisons ( pictured, Saint-Gilles in Brussels...

State secretary for asylum Maggie De Block has highest approval rating

Maggie De Block of the liberal Open VLD party has been chosen “most popular politician” in Flanders in a poll carried out by De Morgen and VTM. The tough-talking state secretary for asylum and migration knocked previous winner Kris Peeters into second place (with 65% approval to Peeters’ 62%), with...

Flanders Field Memorial Garden set to open in London

Next Saturday is the official inauguration of the new Flanders Field Memorial Garden. The ceremony will begin on Friday with the arrival of a Belgian naval frigate in London carrying 70 sandbags filled with soil gathered from First World War military cemeteries in Belgium. The sandbags will be...

Brewery launches Gouden Carolus Single Malt whisky

Mechelen brewery Het Anker presented its newest drink to the public last week. It’s not a beer, but it is based on a beer: The Gouden Carolus Single Malt whisky. Distilling alcohol is in the family tradition: the Van Breedam family of millers made gin in Blaasveld from the mid-17th century until...

Opening of Brussels homeless shelters delayed , but now started after all

The winter season has officially opened for the homeless in Brussels, following delays caused by the lack of official signatures. The winter regime for the homeless should have started at the end of last week, but the necessary legal papers remained unsigned by the social aid agency CPAS of...

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Students hear about consequences of road accidents

Flemish transport minister Hilde Crevits has approved a €270,000 budget to continue the programme that sees road accident victims giving talks to secondary school students. The two-year project Getuigen Onderweg (Witnesses on the Road) was launched by the Flemish victims’ assistance organisation...

Brussels adult training centre brings diverse groups together

Brussels social education centre Citizenne has been awarded this year’s Flemish Culture Prize in the category of social-cultural work with adults, culture minister Joke Schauvliege announced. Citizenne is part of a network of Vormingplus centres across Flanders that help residents develop new...

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