Flemish public transport riot week

Flemish public transport riot week

This is the probability of a violation of the services provided by the Flemish public transport company De Lijn next week. The socialist and liberal trade unions have called meetings to inform their members about the collective labour agreement that has been agreed to by the De Lijn’s management and the Christian trade union ACV. The meetings will be held during working hours and on different days in each of the 5 Flemish provinces. A few weeks ago the Christian trades union and management reached agreement on the reorganisation of…

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The national Bank remains optimistic despite the fall in economic growth

The national Bank remains optimistic despite the fall in economic growth

The national Bank of Belgium says that the Belgian economy this year will grow less than initially projected. The bank now predicts that our country’s economy will grow by 1.5% this year. Despite the National Bank having revised down its growth predictions, the bank’s Governor Jan Smeets says that the situation is returning to normal and that there is no question of an economic slowdown. The figure of 1.5% is lower than was initially predicted. However, the National Bank still believes in what it describes as stable expansion. “If the…

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The EU refuses Belgium to ban cigarettes with menthol

The EU refuses Belgium to ban cigarettes with menthol

The Belgian Minister of Public Health Maggie de Block (Open Vld) wants to ban menthol tobacco before the European 2020 deadline but is confronted with European Commission threats to take Belgium to court should it persist, reports L’Echo Thursday. In 2014, the EU decided to forbid tobacco “containing a specific unmistakable aroma,’’ except when the sales volume in a given product category at the Union’s level represents 3% or more. In that case, the banning will only be valid as of 20 May 2020. The Minister of Public Health prepared…

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And the winner will be…

And the winner will be…

Last Wednesday, Flandersnews.be running a contest in which readers had the opportunity to win 5×2 seats to come and see Belgium take on England in the village of fan Sporza in our broadcast center in Brussels. The participants were asked to answer the question of how many of the Red Devils’ squad at the 2018 World Cup play for English Premier League clubs. The correct answer is 12. 1) Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) 2) Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) 3) Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) 4) Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) 5) Kevin De…

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Excellent reception for the proposed fourth mobile operator

Excellent reception for the proposed fourth mobile operator

Industry representatives have given a cool reception to a proposal by federal minister Alexander De Croo, responsible for telecommunications, to open up space in the mobile landscape for a fourth major operator in order to stimulate competition. According to De Croo, Belgians pay too much for their mobile phone services, especially considering that services are less than in neighbouring countries. The licences for new mobiles services are open to tender next year, while existing licences for the Big Three – Telenet, Proximus and Base – expire in 2021. In addition,…

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Closing the tunnel caused chaos during rush hour

Closing the tunnel caused chaos during rush hour

One of the busiest road tunnels in the country, the Leonard tunnel at the intersection of the Brussels orbital highway and the E411 Luxembourg-Brussels highway, has been closed. A routine inspection of the tunnel of Thursday night discovered that concrete in the ceiling of the tunnel was damaged in several places. The tunnel was deemed to be unsafe and was closed to traffic in both directions. This resulted in long delays for those trying to reach the capital from the southeast on Friday morning. The VRT’s traffic expert Hajo Beeckman…

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Brussels to miss 5G boat?

Brussels to miss 5G boat?

The Belgian Minister of digital agenda Alexander de Croo seeks to provide the fourth operator with access to the mobile market. Mr De Croo believes this will reduce prices and make Belgium one of the first countries with a comprehensive 5G network. Three operators, Telenet, Proximus and Orange currently carve up the Belgian mobile phone market. Next year the frequencies for the next two decades are being auctioned including those for the faster 5G network. Mr De Croo believes the time is right to grant access to a fourth operator….

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More and more Flemish families are unable to pay their electricity bills

More and more Flemish families are unable to pay their electricity bills

New data released by the Flemish electricity and gas market regulator (VREG) indicate that an increasing number of families in Flanders are planning to make repeated payments to help them pay off their electricity bills. More expensive electricity bills for growth. In 2017 20% more arrears re-payment plans were started than in 2016. This is on top of the 25% increase in 2016 compared with 2015. Never before has the number of families on arrears repayment plans been so great. The reasons more and more families are finding themselves unable…

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ArcelorMittal will invests 150 million euros in Ghent to transform CO2

ArcelorMittal will invests 150 million euros in Ghent to transform CO2

The steel giant ArcelorMittal began the construction in its Ghent factory of new equipment that transforms high furnace CO2 emissions into bioethanol. This project, achieved in collaboration with the LanzaTech company, is the first of its type in Europe, and necessitates a 150-million-euro investment, ArcelorMittal indicated on Monday morning. LanzaTech technology uses microbes that absorb carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol. This bioethanol can then be used as fuel for transport or in the production of plastic. With time, the system will produce 80 million liters of bioethanol annually. The production…

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One of the world’s youngest capitals, Astana, celebrates its 20-year anniversary

One of the world’s youngest capitals, Astana, celebrates its 20-year anniversary

In July this year, one of the world’s youngest (and coldest) capitals, Astana, will celebrate its 20-year anniversary. The city was founded on the banks of the Yessil River in 1830 as Akmolinsk, and served as a defensive fortification at the time. Later it was renamed Tselinograd in 1961 to mark the city’s evolution as a cultural and administrative center of the Virgin Lands Campaign by the Soviet Union. In 1992, it was once again renamed Aqmola, the modified original name meaning “white grave”. Another great change awaited the city…

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