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An aerial view of the European Quarter in Brussels, dominated by the EU Commission’s Berlaymont building. The high concentration of EU institutions in Brussels went against the city in the final vote on where the new EU Cybersecurity Centre should be located. The Romanian capital Bucharest was chosen as the new home for the centre. (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)

Bucharest chosen over Brussels for new EU cybersecurity centre

Brussels has lost out to Bucharest in the vote to become the location for the new European Centre for Cybersecurity. The Romanian capital, which was favoured by EU diplomats in the second round of voting, will become home for the new centre from 2021. The aim of the new European agency is to bring...
Illustration picture shows a police van in front of the Charleroi Airport (BELGA PHOTO OLIVIER PAPEGNIES)

Monitoring committee's Chovanec report shows 'culture problem' within Charleroi police

The P Committee, the external monitoring body for the police, has released its first conclusions in the case pertaining to the arrest and subsequent death of the Slovak national Jozef Chovanec in 2018 and the behaviour of the Charlerloi Airport police during his detention. The first report from the...

Train passengers spread anti-Semitic messages through intercom

Four rail passengers got control of the intercom and spread anti-Semitic messages throughout the entire train. The incident happened yesterday afternoon between Mechelen and Antwerp. Rail security was alerted but the four young people managed to elude the Securail officers and run off after...
A photograph by Geert De Taeye

What’s on this week: 11-17 December

The Triforium Art Gallery at the Solvay Library hosts the sublime work of Belgian fashion and fine art photographer Geert De Taeye. His highly stylised photographs look like paintings, sometimes recalling a 17th-century Pieta, other times a 1940s Edward Hopper. This exhibition, Staring Into the...

Le jazz s'invite... Jérémy Dumont New Quartet

Jérémy Dumont brings together exceptional partners for an explosive set. Between compositions and latest generation standards, both local and international, the performance promises to be of high level. We can assure you that both enlightened amateurs and amateurs alike will be conquered.

Jérémy Dumont, piano – Maayan Smith, sax – Jasen Weaver, double bass – Noam Israeli, drums

Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden pictured during a coordination meeting of all instances regarding the brexit, in the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Wednesday 09 December 2020. BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ

Interior minister confident that Belgium is Brexit-ready

A meeting chaired by interior minister Annelies Verlinden was held yesterday to check on the Brexit-readiness of Belgium with just three weeks to go before the deadline. The meeting had been planned for a long time and the fact that it took place while the last chance negotiations to reach an...
A man checks his smartphone in a street in Brussels (BELGA PHOTO)

New Brussels information app launched

All existing apps and websites of the Brussels administrations will be available in one app from this week. The new "digital guide to Brussels" is called My Brussels. The app was developed by the Centre for Informatics for the Brussels Region (CIBG) and aims to pool all current services together...
A police bodycam attached to an Belgian officer's uniform (BELGA PHOTO)

Brussels North is next police zone to test bodycams

Police in the Brussels North zone, which includes the municipalities of Schaerbeek, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode and Evere, will begin testing bodycams in January 2021, a police spokesperson has confirmed. The agreement to start the test phase was given by the three local councils concerned, after...

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Original Jordaens masterpiece found hanging in Saint-Gilles town hall

An inventory of artworks in Brussels has led to a remarkable discovery – a painting hanging in a town hall long assumed to have been a copy is in fact an original by the Flemish master Jacob Jordaens, a contemporary of Rubens and Van Dyck. Last year, the region asked the Royal Institute for...