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Brussels & Antwerp world’s most congested cities

The cities of Brussels and Antwerp are the world’s two most traffic congested cities, according to the annual Traffic Scorecard compiled by traffic and navigation service provider INRIX, reports Forbes Traveler . Traffic congestion overall in Europe dropped by 18% last year compared to 2011, and...

Hundreds still unable to return home after train explosion

Hundreds of people whose homes were evacuated after a train carrying highly toxic chemicals derailed and exploded last week are still unable to return, Belgian officials said yesterday. The accident early on Saturday sent flames shooting into the sky in Schellebelle, near Ghent. The train was...

Diamond thieves were after cash, not gems

The perpetrators of the diamond robbery at Brussels airport in February were after money, Het Nieuwsblad reports. “They found themselves with €37 million worth of diamonds on their hands and did not know what to do with it,” investigators say. A week before the heist, large quantities of cash were...

Ticket touting to be outlawed

It will soon be illegal to resell tickets for concerts or sporting events at a higher price than face value. Belgium’s parliamentary economy commission passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at regulating the resale of tickets, under which the occasional sale of tickets cannot be done for profit, and only...

Belgium signs plastics anti-dumping agreement

Belgian plastics association Federplast.be, environmental NGOs and the Belgian-Dutch association of coastal communities have signed a resolution to stop the dumping of plastic waste in the North Sea and other seas and rivers, reports European Plastics News . According to the document, 20,000 tons...

Wage watchers: how much does a systems analyst earn?

Systems analyst Jean-Pierre Delacre, 27, from Brussels talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I work as a systems analyst for Smals, the ICT arm of our social security and healthcare system. I analyse our clients’ needs and translate these into concrete,...

To the rescue: the Old Horses Lodge

The foal looking out over the barn door is just recovering from the last visible scars of severe neglect. The abscess above his right eye is receding, the bare patches on his flanks sprout new hair, and he stands sturdy on his young legs. But things were very different for Kito when staff from The...

31 people held over Brussels airport diamond heist

Thirty-one people were arrested in three countries this morning in dawn raids, more than two months after a diamond heist at Brussels airport , it was reported. In Belgium alone, about 200 police officers searched 40 flats, mostly in Brussels, and recovered some of the haul, according to the...

Onkelinx considers French-style soft drinks tax

Health minister Laurette Onkelinx is considering introducing a soda tax in Belgium, based on the French model, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . A tax on soft drinks rich in sugar and on diet drinks would serve not only to reduce the consumption of such beverages but also to generate much-needed...

OECD cuts Belgian growth forecast to zero for 2013

Weak domestic demand and subdued exports are likely to mean a second year without economic growth for Belgium in 2013, reports Reuters’ Philip Blenkinsop . The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development downgraded its earlier forecast yesterday, despite the fact that Belgium – the...

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