The SNCB Switches in to summer Style and changes their schedule

The SNCB Switches in to summer Style and changes their schedule

The SNCB will alter their schedule on Saturday, as they do every summer.   There’ll be dozens of extra trains to the shore and other tourist destinations every day. There’ll probably be special tickets and also the amount of trains at peak times will probably be paid down, the firm said in a press release on Friday.  There’ll soon be extra trains to the many popular seaside stations (Ostende, Knokken, Blankenberge, La Panne) from Saturday the 29th of June to Sunday the 1st of September, both during the week and…

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King Philippe writes to King Eddy to thank him on behalf of Belgium

King Philippe writes to King Eddy to thank him on behalf of Belgium

King Philippe has written a thank you letter to Eddy Merckx, one week before the Tour de France kicks off in Brussels.  It is now 50 years since ‘the Cannibal’ won the competition for the first time. “I would like to thank you on behalf of the country”, the King said in his letter, which was published by Sudpresse on Saturday.  “Our country was on Cloud Nine 50 years ago: 30 years after the last Belgian Tour de France victory (Sylvère Maes’ second), another Belgian had finally won the famous…

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Italian workers Controlled by an Italian mafia family in Belgium

Italian workers Controlled by an Italian mafia family in Belgium

The Bologna Prosecutor’s office (Italy) is investigating a organisation that exploits Italian workers in Belgium.  16 individuals were detained in Italy in June. Le Soir reported that there may be a connection between the rise of a mafia clan and financial activity between Brussels and Namur on Saturday. The newspaper hinted Prosecutors were looking in to the exploitation and racketeering of masons and carpenters.  Le Soir got hold of a 261-page file detailing the proof against 76 people being investigated by the Education court. Among them is Dilbeek resident Mario…

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Belgian missing in Australia — Vietnamese police Officials arrive in Byron Bay and volunteers continue their efforts

Belgian missing in Australia — Vietnamese police Officials arrive in Byron Bay and volunteers continue their efforts

Belgian police officers investigating 18-year-old Théo Hayez’s disappearance in Australia have arrived in Byron Bay.   Approximately 20 volunteers have been still searching on Saturday, however, a lot more than 100 were expected to combine the hunt on Sunday.   Two investigators from the Hal-Vilvorde national juvenile authorities, together with a member of those missing persons department, have attended Australia for 10 days to aid the Australian authorities.  “We’ve worked with the Belgian police since Théo Hayez vanished. I am happy we will be working in close cooperation with the Belgian authorities…

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Polluter is going to pay more due to the Climate Agreement, but how?

Polluter is going to pay more due to the Climate Agreement, but how?

It is perhaps the most striking measure from the Climate Agreement: the CO2 tax for polluting companies. What does the implementation of the CO2 tax look like and where are the pain points? A form of CO2 tax is not entirely new. Dutch companies are currently paying for their emissions via the European Emissions Trading System (ETS). That is about 20 euros per tonne of greenhouse gas emitted. But that is not enough for the climate objectives. That is why with the introduction of the CO2 tax an amount is…

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Delta Guide honours Rising Restaurants That Are New

Delta Guide honours Rising Restaurants That Are New

It’s widely regarded as the”bible” for food fans from Belgium and, this year, the Delta Guide also honours up and coming new restaurants. For the 42nd edition, the Delta Guide Brussels selected 840 restaurants, for example 70 brand new ones, and 140 hotels. Classified from A to Z they cover every neighbourhood in the city plus all genres and prices.The guide continues to apply a”rigorous” selection procedure and inclusion is sought after. It has gained an enviable reputation for giving an objective, accurate and comprehensive investigation of restaurants of all…

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Didier Reynders not Chosen as the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Didier Reynders not Chosen as the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe

The Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders was not elected as the newest Secretarygeneral of this Council of Europe (CoE). Instead,  the center-right Marija Pejčinović Burić, Croation Foreign Minister, was chosen as the newest Secretary-General of the CoE.  She had received 159 votes from 268 members of this Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE (PACE) in Strasbourg. Meanwhile, the Didier Reynders had 105. I congratulate @MarijaPBuric for her election as the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe and wish her a lot of success.I would like to thank the bridesmaids…

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Brussels still ranked among the most expensive cities for expatriates

Brussels still ranked among the most expensive cities for expatriates

Mercer’s ranking compares prices in excess of 200 items in 209 cities to determine the most expensive cities to live in for expats. Hongkong is the world’s most expensive city for expats for the 2nd year in a row as a result of their real estate industry. An espresso in Hong Kong could cost close to 8$. Tokyo came in 2nd, followed closely by Singapore, Seoul, Zurich, Shanghai, Ashgabat, Beijing, New York and Shenzhen.  Some of the most expensive cities for expats are in Asia. Brussels in this case listed…

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4th edition of the HUNGAstRY Festival to take place on June 29th and 30th

4th edition of the HUNGAstRY Festival to take place on  June 29th and 30th

After last year’s successful edition, HUNGAstRY Festival will occur again in 2019.   Let us love and detect the Hungarian experience, games, music, art productions, artisanal items and gastronomy in the center of Brussels! On the 29th and 30th of June the city will host Hungastry, the second edition of this Festival, organised by the Permanent Representation of Hungary into Europe! It enriches your culture, history and traditions and it’s going to introduce you to its surprises and hidden treasures. The festival is likely to be a wonderful chance to spend some…

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