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Heatwave forecast for Belgium next week - with possibly 40°C

Belgium is facing a heatwave early next week - with one forecaster predicting that temperatures could reach 40°C for the first time. A mass of hot air from north Africa will cross the Mediterranean and reach Belgium, bringing five days of exceptionally warm weather, according to the latest...

Climate goals ‘just’ reachable, but Belgium must double efforts

According to a report commission by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (Feb), the country can reach the 2030 climate goals set by the European Union, but it would need to greatly step up its efforts in order to do so. The report, carried out by the Boston Consulting Group, quotes a figure of...

Record fall in use of antibiotics in livestock in 2018

The use of antibiotics in livestock in Belgium decreased by 12.8% last year in comparison to the year before, the biggest annual fall since 2011. The figure was reported today by Amcra, Belgium’s expertise centre on the use and resistance of antibiotics in animals. A few years ago, the centre...
Final rehearsals for Brussels Summer Shakespeare Festival

Summer Shakespeare: Inaugural festival kicks off in Brussels

Enjoy a double bill of original one-act plays plus the bard’s history classic Henry V in the first Brussels Shakespeare Summer Festival at the Balsamine Theatre in Schaerbeek from 20 to 29 June. During the first week of the festival, catch two original adaptations staged from 20 to 22 June. Mopsa...

Leuven team suggests three regeneration projects for Doel

Architects at KU Leuven have put forward three regeneration projects for Doel, the village on the Scheldt river recently reprieved from demolition by the government of Flanders. These include creating a meeting hall, a studio for artists, and accommodation combined with a campsite. Doel has been...

My job in Belgium: How much does a firefighter earn?

What is your job? I have been working for the fire department for 18 years, 11 of which have been as a professional firefighter. Since the beginning of 2017 I became a sergeant, which means that I am responsible for the fire service crew working on my shift. During office hours, there are also...

Are you r'Eddy? Brussels puts on a big party to welcome the Tour de France

Are you r'Eddy? Recently, this cryptic message in yellow paint has appeared here and there all over central Brussels, on the pavement of the pedestrian zone and the Place de la Monnaie among others. The reason? The Tour de France is coming to Brussels.

This year is the 106th edition of the race and it's the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey - as well as the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx's first yellow jersey victory. To celebrate all of that, the Grand Départ this year will take place in the Belgian capital - the first Brussels Grand Départ since 1958.

Taxi driver 'stole €4,500' from passenger in bank card scam

A Brussels taxi driver is alleged to have stolen €4,500 from a passenger, in a bank card scam already known to police. Police in the capital are aware of about 10 similar cases in recent years - mostly involving passengers who were drunk or under the influence of drugs. The latest victim, 26-year-...

Primark doubles size of Rue Neuve store

Primark has unveiled a newly renovated Brussels flagship store on Rue Neuve - which has doubled in size, after taking over the former Hema shop next door. The store's surface area has increased to 3,550m² and includes a new children's clothing department. Primark Benelux sales director Kevin Tulip...

Bpost tests ‘in-car delivery’ at local company

Having packages delivered to your workplace is handy, but if, say, 1,000 people work there, it can be a rather tedious task for reception to sign for all those packages. Not to mention the lack of privacy involved with regards to your purchases. So what if that package could be delivered straight...

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