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Brussels region considering rent control legislation

The Brussels parliament has proposed the formation of a rent-control commission, which, if approved, would be a first for Belgium. The potential new commission was announced yesterday as part of an overall housing plan. That plan was under discussion yesterday in the housing committee, which was...

Belgium postpones decision on easing coronavirus restrictions

Belgium's federal and regional governments have decided to wait a week before deciding on a potential easing of the country's coronavirus restrictions. The consultative committee - which brings together representatives from Belgium's different levels of government - met on Friday afternoon and...
Illustration picture shows people waiting to buy a train ticket in the interior at Mechelen railway station, Thursday 12 March 2020. (BELGA PHOTO CHARLOTTE GEKIERE)

Strike action in protest of SNCB's plan to close ticket offices

The CGSP Cheminots trade union has informed the SNCB, Belgium’s national rail operator, that its members intend to strike next Wednesday in protest at the closure of 44 ticket offices in stations across the country. Train schedules and services should not be affected by the action, the Socialist...
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Illustration shows someone walking on a sidewalk where cars are parked on the Eeckelaerstraat/Rue Eeckelaers in Sint-Joost-ten-Node / Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, in Brussels. (BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM)

Brussels wants to reduce street parking with new 'grey' zone plan

The Brussels government wants to reduce the number of cars parked on the streets of the capital and is working on a new plan which could introduce a new zone category in the city’s 19 municipalities. Mobility minister Elke Van Den Brandt announced this week that this new category of parking area,...

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What’s on this week: 26 February-4 March

Belgium’s big building and renovation fair has taken to the interwebs. Batibouw promises an experience as close to the real thing as possible: Visitors complete a profile and get their own virtual host who will lead them to the businesses and products they are looking for. Consultations with...

Show of original Banksys opens new Brussels gallery

A new gallery is opening next month in Brussels, and the first show is made up of originals by legendary street artist Banksy. Deodato Art will open Banksy: The Brussels Show on 25 March. The new gallery on Rue Saint-Jean near Mont des Arts is owned by Deodato Salafia, who already has three outlets...
One of Brussels's historical elevators (BELGA PHOTO)

Move to protect Brussels' historical lifts from modernisation

The old lifts that are still found in many buildings in Brussels can be considered part of the architectural heritage of the Brussels region, according to the city’s secretary of state for urbanism and heritage. To protect them from mandatory modernisation, Pascal Smet announced on Wednesday that...
A view of the Royal Greenhouses from the Royal Park in Laeken, Brussels (BELGA PHOTO)

Motion tabled to request opening of Laeken's Royal Park to the public

A motion has been tabled by the majority parties in Brussels, asking the regional government to submit a request to the Belgian Royal Donation to open up part of the Royal Park of Laeken to the public. While the request is not a new one – many previous attempts to open the park up have been made by...

‘Another excuse’: Evere rejects baby hatch for second time

A baby hatch will not be installed in Evere, much to the disappointment of the non-profit organisation that has been fighting for it for several years. A baby hatch is a safe place for parents – usually mothers – to leave newborn babies who they cannot care for. The idea is to prevent babies from...