Ecologists deplore continuity between past and present governments

Ecologists deplore continuity between past and present governments

The Wallonia Region’s 2018 budget reflects a strong continuity between the choices of the current MR-cdH Government and those of its predecessor, the head of the Ecolo Party in the Walloon parliament, Stephane Hazée, said on Monday, one day after the end of budget deliberations on Sunday. “This is particularly striking on ecological issues, where an absence of real investment and commitments can be observed,” Hazée said in a commission of the Walloon parliament. “That’s also the case when one sees that the Government is tightening the screws on public…

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Affected Ryanair passengers can lodge complaints – Minister Bellot

Affected Ryanair passengers can lodge complaints – Minister Bellot

Reacting to plans by the low-cost carrier, Ryanair, to cut at least 2,000 flights by the end of October, the Minister of Mobility, François Bellot, and the Mobility Federal Public Service (FPS) recalled on Friday that affected passengers could file complaints with the Department. Contacting Ryanair is, however, the first step to take. “Since 2005, for any means of travel whatsoever, passengers’ rights are in force throughout the European Union,” the Minister and the Department recalled. “In our country, the Mobility and Transport FPS monitors the rights of passengers and…

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Almost all products contaminated with Fipronil have been withdrawn

Almost all products contaminated with Fipronil have been withdrawn

The Agency for Food Chain Safety (“the AFSCA”) has currently carried out 3,085 checks in Belgium’s distribution sector. This follows the contamination of eggs with Fipronil, discovered at the beginning of June. This update has been confirmed by the agency in a communiqué on Thursday. These checks showed that in 99% of cases, the products requiring withdrawal had been removed from the shelves. Around 20 offences have been picked up. The AFSCA says that a report was prepared for each offence and all such offences have been followed up. Moreover…

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“The unemployed over 50 will not all be spared”

“The unemployed over 50 will not all be spared”

Some unemployed, who are over 50, will be greatly affected by the federal government’s pension reforms. The FGTB (Socialist trade union) said on Monday that this will in particular be the case for three categories. These are the unemployed over 50, who have worked for more than 45 years, those taking early retirement having worked for more than 45 years, and a large proportion of those over 50 taking early retirement. It is worth noting that the federal government had put forward the idea that some pensions could be reduced,…

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Prince Laurent absent for the 20th anniversary of his foundation

Prince Laurent absent for the 20th anniversary of his foundation

The Prince Laurent Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary in La Hulpe, in the Walloon Brabant, on Saturday evening. Princess Claire and the royal couple’s children were there, but the Prince was unable to attend for health reasons. Founded in 1997, the public accessible Prince Laurent Foundation aims to improve animal wellbeing by helping the owner. It helps people in difficulty by providing veterinary treatment for their pets. It treats more than 12,000 animals every year at its dispensaries in Brussels, Antwerp, Seraing, Hornu and Ghent. For the last six years,…

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Prison director, 24 guards, to appear before Brussels Council Chamber

Prison director, 24 guards, to appear before Brussels Council Chamber

A director of the Forest Prison and 24 penitentiary guards are scheduled to appear before the Brussels Council Chamber, the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) of Brussels said on Thursday, confirming a report in Dernière Heure daily, which said the OPP wanted the group indicted for allegedly illtreating detainees. The OPP had initiated an investigation, some time ago, into a group of prison warders who had been working for years in Aisle D of the prison. The members of the group were nicknamed the SS because of the insults,…

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Belgian king paid tribute to the murdered mayor of Mouscron

Belgian king paid tribute to the murdered mayor of Mouscron

King Philip went to Mouscron on Wednesday afternoon, where he gathered in front of the remains of Alfred Gadenne, the mayor of Mouscron, who was murdered Monday night in the cemetery of Luingne. The municipal college of Mouscron welcomed the king at the entrance of the funeral home, located in the center of the town. Many inhabitants in Mouscron applauded the sovereign on his arrival.

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Son of fireman employed by the city suspected of killing Mouscron mayor

Son of fireman employed by the city suspected of killing Mouscron mayor

The individual suspected of killing the mayor of Mouscron, Alfred Gadenne, on Sunday evening is reportedly the son of a volunteer fireman who worked at the Population Service of Mouscron’s city council, the Belgian news agency, Belga, learned on Tuesday from multiple sources. The suspect’s father had committed suicide after being dismissed two years ago. His son is said to have killed the mayor to avenge the death of his father. The suspect was scheduled to be questioned by an investigating judge on Tuesday. Aged 71, Alfred Gadenne opened and…

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Belgian greenhouse gas emissions have increased for the second year in a row

Belgian greenhouse gas emissions have increased for the second year in a row

After going up 2.9% in 2015, Belgian greenhouse gas emissions increased again in 2016. They went up by 0.7%, Le Soir reported on Saturday. This is according to provisional data Belgium gave the European Commission. There is a margin for error, and the definitive figures are expected to be available in 2018. The paper says an increase two years in a row, after an initial decrease in 2010, is worrying. The provisional figures provided for 2016 show an annual total of 118,194 million tons of “CO² equivalent” (all gases grouped…

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