Trains not stopping in Brussels station after bomb alert

Trains not stopping in Brussels station after bomb alert

No trains are currently stopping in Brussels Gare du Nord following a bomb alert, national rail company SNCB announced. At around 15:00 on Tuesday, the SCNB said on its Twitter account that no trains were going through or serving the station, located to the north of the city. After advising travellers to follow the instructions of security personnel, the rail company said that trains could once again go through, but not stop at the station. In replies, the SNCB said that the Midi and Central stations were not impacted. En…

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Five people evacuated from a burning building in Brussels

Five people evacuated from a burning building in Brussels

Brussels firefighters had to evacuate five people from a burning building in the early hours on Monday morning, said Walter Derieuw, spokesman for the Brussels fire brigade. The fire brigade was called around 3:00 AM to a fire in a bar on the ground floor of a three-storey building on Chaussée de Louvain. One person was present on the first floor, two on the second and two on the third. There were no injuries. During the rescue, the firefighters were able to enter the bar through a side door in…

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Brussels scraps fixed parking places for commuters in public car parks

Brussels scraps fixed parking places for commuters in public car parks

Commuters in Brussels can no longer count on fixed parking spaces in public car parks, thanks to a new measure to be introduced on 1 July. Companies often reserve places in public car parks for their staff who work in the neighbourhood, but live elsewhere. The new measure, imposed by Bruxelles Environnement, hopes that more commuters will leave their cars at home when deprived of their guaranteed space. “Commuters account for some 200,000 cars entering Brussels every day,” said Bruxelles Environnement spokesperson Pauline Lorbat told Bruzz. “This measure was the…

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Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines and Tui go to court against Skeyes

Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines and Tui go to court against Skeyes

Three Belgian air traffic companies will go to court against air traffic controller Skeyes, after two others already did in April. Airport operator Brussels Airport and the airlines Brussels Airlines and TUI fly have demanded “an uninterrupted service of Skeyes, on pain of periodic penalty payments” in summary proceedings, Brussels Airport announced on Tuesday. In April, Liege Cargo Handling Services and Cargo Airlines already took Skeyes to court for the way the air controller strikes disrupted their services. The three denounce that in recent months the airspace has been partially…

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With Zelenskiy Rumored To Call Snap Elections, Parliamentary Issues Come To The Forefront Of Ukrainian Policy

With Zelenskiy Rumored To Call Snap Elections, Parliamentary Issues Come To The Forefront Of Ukrainian Policy

The survey conducted on May 13-17th showed that the new Ukrainian parliament would consist of the following political parties: “Sluga Narodu” Party led by the newly elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy (34.7%), “Opposition Platform – Za Zhittya” led by Yuriy Boyko, Vadim Rabinovich, and Viktor Medvedchuk (15.1%), the Batkivschyna Party of Yulia Tymoshenko (9.5%), and the Solidarnist Party of the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (8.9%). The other parties so far do not have enough public support to enter the next parliament: the Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko…

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Homelessness in Brussels continues to rise

Homelessness in Brussels continues to rise

The number of homeless people in the Brussels Region continues to rise, according to new figures. Support centre for homeless care, La Strada, counted 4,187 homeless people in Brussels in 2018, which is over 800 more than in 2016. The number of children and minors has remained stable, but is still alarming, according to the organisation. Every two years, La Strada counts the homeless people in Brussels to provide governments and organisations with up-to-date information to base their policies on. Since their first count in 2008, the number of people…

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‘Pedestrian zone’ Chaussée d’Ixelles to possibly open for residents’ cars

‘Pedestrian zone’ Chaussée d’Ixelles to possibly open for residents’ cars

The municipality of Ixelles is thinking about opening the newly ‘car-free’ Chaussée d’Ixelles for the cars of residents. According to the neighbourhood committees, the current car-free traffic situation on the Chaussée leads to too much traffic in the surrounding streets. After 19:00, when car traffic is allowed back into the street, some people drive “like crazy”, said mayor Christos Doulkeridis (Ecolo) to Bruzz. On 13 May, a special city council will meet to discuss the issue. “We want to listen to the residents’ proposals,” he added. The municipality itself will…

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Under pressure to legalise medical cannabis, Maggie De Block defends her position

Under pressure to legalise medical cannabis, Maggie De Block defends her position

Federal Health minister Maggie De Block is under increasing pressure to authorise cannabis for medical use. This pressure is mainly coming from an association that represents medical cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) users. The association gave Mrs De Block until Sunday to respond, but said it had still not heard anything by Saturday evening. Mrs De Block said she had replied to the association by email and by letter. Mrs De Block used the opportunity to defend her position. “While serving under this government, Mrs De Block has worked to legalise…

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Schaerbeek mayor to lodge complaint in alleged child sexual abuse case

Schaerbeek mayor to lodge complaint in alleged child sexual abuse case

The mayor of Schaerbeek on Wednesday said he intends to file a complaint after protesters on Tuesday clashed violently with police outside a school in the municipality targeted by allegations of sexual abuse of a four-year-old girl. Ongoing since Monday, the protests, in which as many as 200 people participated, came to a head on Tuesday afternoon, after police used tear gas to disperse protesters come to express concern about the allegations and denounce what they saw as a lack of information from by authorities and school officials. “I denounce…

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Women earn 8% less than men

Women earn 8% less than men

Violence against women, whether physical or economic, is still a reality in Belgium, according to a memorandum drawn up jointly by the Federal, Brussels and Wallonia councils for equal opportunity with an eye to the 26 May elections. Women earn 8% less than men for the same job and work hours, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, according to the memorandum, the first report of its kind to be done jointly by the three councils. However, gender-based economic discrimination is not limited to the wage gap. The…

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