3,000 post boxes to be scrapped

3,000 post boxes to be scrapped

Almost one in four post boxes in Belgium are to be removed. The Belgian Post Office Bpost is to reduce the number of post boxes in Belgium from 13,000 to 10,000. Bpost’s spokeswoman Barbara Van Speybroeck told journalists that “The network of red post boxes has not been adapted to changing customer behavior since 2004”. Fewer letters are being posted. Since 2004 the number of letters being posted in Bpost’s network of red post boxes has fallen by 60%. According to figures from Bpost, fewer than 6 letters a day…

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65,000 people take part in Brussels’ Climate March

65,000 people take part in Brussels’ Climate March

Brussels Capitale-Ixelles police say around 65,000 people took part in the Climate March on Sunday. The Brussels march was organised by Climate Express and the Climate Coalition. The march happened at the same time as the 24th UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. Negotiations that aim to breathe new life into the Paris agreement will take place in two weeks. National Environment Day started at 1pm on Sunday, in Brussels’ Gare du Nord. It will end at 5pm, with a climate-based event in Parc Cinquantenaire. There will be…

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De Lijn could be back at North station soon following talks

De Lijn could be back at North station soon following talks

The Flemish public transport authority De Lijn is close to reaching an agreement with the Brussels Region to return to its old terminus under the Gare du Nord in Brussels, after “constructive talks” between the two parties. However, a spokesperson for De Lijn denied a report in Le Soir newspaper that the return could take place as early as Friday. The report was sourced to “well-placed Brussels sources”. A spokesperson for De Lijn itself, however, said, “If there is a change, it will not be from one day to the…

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Free buses in Brussels for Sunday’s climate march

Free buses in Brussels for Sunday’s climate march

The Brussels Interurban Transport Company (STIB) will offer its buses and trains free of charge on Sunday to encourage and facilitate the broadest participation possible in the “Claim the Climate” march in Brussels, the regional public transport company announced on Monday in a press release. The STIB recalled that the Climate Coalition, linking more than 70 Belgian civil-society organisations, and the Climate Express citizens’ movement are organising the Claim the Climate march on Sunday 2 December. The demonstration is being held on the margin of the opening of the COP24…

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Demonstration on 25 November in Brussels against violence against women

Demonstration on 25 November in Brussels against violence against women

A demonstration will be organised this Sunday in Brussels for the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women. Calling upon several dozen organisations, participants will demand “greater and mass commitment, and as a result local government action” around the issue. In Belgium, at least 33 women have already lost their lives since January at the mercy of a man. The organisers stress, “Although the speeches are almost unanimous in condemning violence against women, they are not yet being followed by action.” They evidence proof of this in their alternative analysis…

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Donate a shower to a homeless person with new voucher system

Donate a shower to a homeless person with new voucher system

The organisation which runs a shower facility for the homeless has launched a voucher system to allow members of the public to help pay for the service. DoucheFLUX offers shower and other hygiene services for homeless people for the price of only one euro: shower, towel, flannel and flip-flops, toothbrush and toothpaste, razor and shaving cream, shampoo and soap. However the cost to the organisation is €5 per person, which includes water and energy, staff costs and the cost of infrastructure maintenance. Since the year from opening last May, the…

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Lloyd’s opens European head office in Brussels

Lloyd’s opens European head office in Brussels

Lloyd’s, the largest insurance market in the world, has opened its new European head office. The confirmation came on Twitter on Tuesday from the Minister of Finances, Johan Van Overtveldt. De Tijd reports that the head office will employ 50 people. Lloyd’s of London had confirmed in May of this year that it was going to set up a European subsidiary in Brussels, owing to Brexit. The company wishes to avoid losing access to the single market when the UK leaves the European Union on March 29th, 2019. De Tijd…

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Brussels presents 2.5-euro coin

Brussels presents 2.5-euro coin

Mont-de-Piété in Brussels presented its joint project with the Dutch Royal Treasury on Friday. The Dutch Treasury began making coins with Belgium on the 1st of January 2018. The new Belgian coin is a 2.5-euro coin that commemorates the pawnbroker’s 400th anniversary. This is the third Belgian commemorative 2.5-euro coin issued officially since the 2.5-euro unit was introduced in Europe. A griffon, the institution’s symbol, is on one side of the coin. There are two versions, a French one and a Dutch one. A limited amount of 25,000 coins have…

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Quiet murder: Oleskandr Drabynko hid from deceased Metropolitan Volodymyr his lethal diagnosis

Quiet murder: Oleskandr Drabynko hid from deceased Metropolitan Volodymyr his lethal diagnosis

The former secretary of the UOC (MP), Oleksandr Drabynko, hid the diagnosis of the deceased Metropolitan Volodymyr from the patient and his entourage. That is what led to the death of His Beatitude. The documents from German clinic that leaked to media, confirmed that Drabynko knew about the Volodymyr’s cancer, but told nobody about it. Metropolitan Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky and Vyshnevsky Olexandr (Drabynko) was the right hand of Volodymyr. In 2011, he was accompanying His Beatitude to a German clinic and had to organize the implementation of medical appointments, but did not…

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Brussels prepares inventory of Brexit-related measures

Brussels prepares inventory of Brexit-related measures

The Government of Brussels-Capital Region on Thursday asked its ministers to quickly submit a full inventory of measures taken or to be taken for all public services and institutions under their authority, in preparation for Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit). The prospect of a no-deal on Brexit renders this preparation more important than ever, said Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Cécile Jodogne, who proposed the move. The Brussels Brexit Coordination Platform, created in 2017, will follow up the inventory and measures. Whether there is a deal or…

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