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Illustration picture shows 'Monroe Bar', where the police raided a party on 27 November, in the city center of Brussels. According to police sources a party on the first floor above the bar broke the corona-lockdown rules, Hungarian member of the European Parliament Jozsef Szajer was arrested when he tried to flee the scene carrying narcotics. (BELGA PHOTO LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ)

Drug investigation launched into sex party involving Hungarian MEP

An investigation has been launched by the Brussels public prosecutor’s office into the sex party involving Hungarian MEP József Szájer. Szájer, a member of Fidesz, the right-wing party led by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, was one of 25 people, mostly men, involved in the orgy held on the...

12% of meat tested in Brussels does not meet food safety standards

Three tons of food from retailers and restaurants in Brussels was binned in 2019 because it did not conform to safety regulations. Seventeen of the establishments had to close because of a risk to consumer health. Most troubling, according to the report released by food and hygiene inspection...

Mini-Europe to stay in Brussels, after all

Mini-Europe might stay at the Heysel complex in Brussels after all, says its owner Thierry Meeùs. It was expected that the famous tourist attraction next to Kinepolis would close at the end of 2020, but that did not happen officially. Mini-Europe , a village of replicas of some of Europe’s most...
A police officer scoops a specimen of cocaine from a package discovered in Gent. Belgium has seen a significant rise in cocaine entering the country over the past year. (BELGA PHOTO LIEVEN VAN ASSCHE)

Over a tonne of cocaine found hidden in cement bags in Liège

The Liège prosecutor's office revealed on Monday that 1.2 tonnes of cocaine had been accidentally discovered on 14 December in cement bags on an unloading dock on the banks of the river Meuse, near Liège. Federal police are conducting an investigation to try to trace the supply chain. The cargo is...
A customer operates a bank machine (BELGA PHOTO)

Belgians continued to boost savings accounts during 2020

Belgians remained true to their squirrelling nature in 2020 by boosting their savings accounts throughout the year, a survey of banks revealed this week. Savings accounts held by the four major banks operating in Belgium swelled as customers sought to maintain their financial security in these...

Former mayor of Linkebeek begins appeal of murder conviction

A Brussels court began hearing arguments today in the appeal of murder convictions handed down to former politician Christian Van Eyken and his wife, Sylvia Boigelot. The pair were convicted last year of the 2014 murder of Boigelot’s former husband, Marc Dellea. Dellea died from a bullet to the...

Nearly 50,000 sign petition against Brussels’ new 30kph zone

Nearly 50,000 people have signed the petition against the new 30kph zone in the Brussels region. The new speed limit, which covers 85% of the roads in the capital, came into force on 1 January. The region has ushered in the new traffic law to improve air quality, cut down on noise pollution and...

BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED APARTMENT CLOSE THE SABLON

Beautiful and modern apartment situated near Sablon. Very well situated with the underground station at 150m and the bus at 500m, the Central Station at 750m (on foot of by Underground). This furnished apartment consists of a fully equiped kitchen, living space of +/- 40m², 2 spacious bedrooms (+/- 20m²) with each a bathroom, one a bathtub/shower combination and the other with a walk-in shower. a sun oriented terrace at the courtyard. Parking space in the building. (€90/month). Worth a visit!

llustration picture shows a policeman outside during the evacuation of the Brussels justice palace, Tuesday 19 November 2013. BELGA PHOTO OLIVIER VIN

New date set for completion of Justice Palace renovations

Work on the facade of the Justice Palace in Brussels should be completed in 2023, with the exterior renovation completed in 2030, state secretary responsible for federal buildings Mathieu Michel has said, adding that completing the work was "a priority". The renovation of the Justice Palace began...
A man stands with a bicycle from bike sharing company Billy Bike in Brussels © Peter Detailleur

Billy Bike to double number of electric bicycles in Brussels

Electric bike provider Billy Bike is more than doubling its number of bicycles in Brussels from 450 to 1,000, according to an announcement by the company’s CEO Pierre De Schaetzen in the business newspaper L'Echo. The company first revealed earlier in 2020, during the first round of coronavirus...

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