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Royal family’s heating to become fully sustainable

The royal domain in Laeken is about to get greener. Works are underway to pump surplus heat from waste incineration into King Philippe’s house, greenhouses and other structures located on the domain. Brussels burns non-recyclable waste at the incineration plant in Neder-Over-Heembeek. Much of the...

Test-Achats receives 20,000 airline complaints

Belgian consumer protection watchdog Test-Achats has received more than 20,000 complaints from passengers about airlines since the coronavirus outbreak began. The most common complaints include difficulty getting a refund for a flight, or problems with the validity of a voucher issued by the...

Disney+ video service to launch in Belgium in September

Disney's online streaming service Disney+ will launch in Belgium on 15 September, the firm has announced. The video-on-demand service will include access to all of Disney's major series and films, plus content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney has yet to confirm its...

Charming little Duplex - Louise area

Charming furnished little duplex (65m2) on the 2nd floor (no elevator) in quiet area close to City Center (Louise / Marolles / Hôtel des Monnaies). 1 bedroom downstairs with double bed, double sofa bed in the living room, fully equipped US kitchen in the dining room. Separate toilet, bathroom. Individual heating.

Solstice phenomenon admired at Laeken Cemetery

Several dozen people lined up yesterday to get a peek at a phenomenon that happens just once a year in the historical Laeken Cemetery. Right about noon every 21 June – Summer Solstice – the sun shines through a space in the roof of a mausoleum at just the right angle, and creates a heart of light...

Brussels School of International Studies offers master’s degrees straight from the capital of Europe

While there are many good reasons to study international law, relations or politics in the capital of Europe, this year has added another: a health crisis. For those considering getting a master’s degree within those fields, staying in Belgium has never looked better.

Mayor of Bruges recovering after neck stabbing

The mayor of Bruges, Dirk De Fauw, has left hospital and hopes to return to work as soon as possible, after he was stabbed in the neck on Saturday. A 35-year-old man has been arrested over the attack, which happened inside the law firm that De Fauw owns, Het Laatste Nieuws reported. An...

CD&V party calls for total ban on tanning salons

Belgium's CD&V political party is campaigning for a complete ban on tanning salons and the sale of sunbeds to individuals. CD&V members of parliament Leen Dierick and Els Van Hoof said they had drafted the resolution "in view of the overwhelming scientific evidence that tanning under a...

12 free rail journeys for all from August

Every Belgian resident aged 12 and over will be entitled to a free 12-journey SNCB rail pass, in an attempt to boost domestic tourism following the coronavirus shutdown. The "National Tour" pass entitles the named user to 12 free second-class journeys on the Belgian rail network, up from the 10...

'Irresponsible': Police break up illegal street parties in Ixelles and Anderlecht

Hundreds of people gathered at illegal street parties in Anderlecht and Ixelles this weekend, flouting Belgium's coronavirus measures. In both cases, no arrests were made or fines issued. "This phenemenon is going to multiply," the mayor of Ixelles warned on Sunday, announcing a zero-tolerance...

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