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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Two homeless women found dead from cold on Brussels streets

Two homeless women found dead from cold on Brussels streets

Two women have been found dead on the streets of Brussels, both homeless, apparently caused by hypothermia. Following the sudden change in the weather to temperatures more common in autumn, the two women died in separate circumstances. One was found by the statue in the small park near Marché au Porcs; the other on the Rue Navez on the edge of Laeken and Schaerbeek. The second woman was taken to hospital, but could not be revived. The other woman was declared dead at the scene by a medical examiner. The…

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Speed checks: less than 3% of drivers found to be driving too fast

Speed checks: less than 3% of drivers found to be driving too fast

The institute Vias, and the police, indicated on Friday that less than 3% of drivers speed checked on Wednesday and Thursday were found to be driving too fast. The checks came during the tenth speed control marathon. Between 6 a.m. on Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday the federal traffic police and 130 police zones conducted speed checks across the entire country. In total, 27,877 drivers checked were exceeding the speed limit, compared to 33,500 during the previous marathon in April.

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Serdyuk said that he handed over to the American lawyers data on shootings at the Maydan

Serdyuk said that he handed over to the American lawyers data on shootings at the Maydan

The lawyer of the fugitive ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych Vitaly Serdyuk said that the employees of the company Aver Lex, as well as the lawyer Oleksandr Goroshinsky, met this week with the US lawyers John Pappalardo and Joe Reader during their visit to Ukraine. Serdyuk is convinced that the materials provided to the American colleagues “will be a subject of detailed consideration at the highest level in the United States.” This week, lawyers of Aver Lex together with lawyer Alexander Goroshinsky met with their American colleagues John Pappalardo and…

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More than 100,000 Brusselers did not go to the ballot box in Sunday’s elections

More than 100,000 Brusselers did not go to the ballot box in Sunday’s elections

The Brussels Local Government Regional Public Service is indicating that no less than 100,789 Brusselers did not go to their local polling station on Sunday. The Capital region’s rate of absenteeism was 16.47%, a slight decrease compared to the 2012 municipal election (17.13%). In total, 534,539 people fulfilled their citizen duty out of the 635,328 voters registered in the 19 communes. This figure includes European residents registered on electoral lists. Amongst those going to the ballot box, 502,738 people posted a valid vote, whilst 31,771 others submitted a blank or…

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Office block in voluva threatening collapse, will be demolished in a day

Office block in voluva threatening collapse, will be demolished in a day

An empty office block on the busy Avenue de Tervuren in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre in Brussels was demolished at emergency speed on Tuesday. The building had shown signs of imminent collapse. The building – the former Chien Vert office block – was in the process of being converted into apartments. Builders on the works noticed the construction was beginning to sway, and raised the alarm. A safety perimeter was established, and residents of neighbouring blocks evacuated to a nearby sports centre. Police and fire service were present, and gas and electricity were…

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Lack of doctors to conduct medical examinations

Lack of doctors to conduct medical examinations

Certimed and Mediwe, companies that carry out medical examinations, say current labour legislation needs to be amended given the shortage of doctors required to check, at the request of an employer, whether an employee has a legitimate medical reason to be absent from work. In 2017, Certimed did 190,000 such checks, a figure that has gradually been decreasing since 2015, when it reached 190,000. About 300 doctors perform the checks but, Certimed argues, this is an insufficient number. The company recruits five additional examining doctors each year but, ideally, it…

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A 400 years old “book of love” auctioned in Brussels

A 400 years old “book of love” auctioned in Brussels

A “book of love” comprising 74 French love songs, aged 400 years old, will be auctioned on October 12th and 13th at the Brussels auction house, Arenberg Auctions. The well-preserved work had been ordered by a Hainaut lord in 1620. Its value is estimated at between €70,000 and €80,000. The manuscript has no less than 33 illustrations painted upon vellum and highly detailed, or more than twice a similar example – coming from the collection of the Russian Imperial family – conserved at the Brussels Royal Library. The work contains…

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Brussels minister-president pleads for changes to language laws

Brussels minister-president pleads for changes to language laws

Rudi Vervoort, minister-president of the Brussels-Capital Region, has called for a thorough review of the language laws of the region. At present, the region is nominally equal French-Dutch, although the proportions are something closer to 90-10%. Vervoort himself is bilingual, although he represents a French-speaking party and is himself originally French-speaking. Vervoort, originally the mayor of Evere, was asked a question by two Dutch-speaking members of the city council following a report by the region’s vice-governor which pointed out a record number of employees of the region’s personnel who had…

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All aboard the Lego train!

All aboard the Lego train!

The TrainWorld national railway Museum and Lego educational toy manufacturer have joined forces in a new exhibition that will open on Tuesday, October 2. Over the next four months, visitors to Train World, which is located in the former station building in the Brussels municipality of Schaarbek, will learn about the history of the Belgian Railways, depicted in dozens of scale models made of Lego. One of the most impressive of these is a modal of the Schaarbeek Station building, a Neo-Flemish renaissance structure that was built in 1913. In…

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