Car free Sunday – “road safety has become a priority in Brussels”

Car free Sunday – “road safety has become a priority in Brussels”

The Secretary of state for road safety, Debaets Bianca, went slowly to the village late Sunday morning. The event, held on Place Louise, was organised in conjunction with Brussels Mobility. The minister was there to talk about current road safety issues. The Village included activities where tips and tricks are shared to help people stay calm in traffic. There was also a slow bike challenge, a bike race where you have to cycle as slowly as possible. “We want to spread the message that sticking to speed limits is best…

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KU Leuven urges students to point to acts of racism

KU Leuven urges students to point to acts of racism

Rector of Ku Leuven Luke Sels intends to send an e-mail to all students enrolled in the new academic year. It will invite them to indicate incidents of racism to the university authorities. This is one of three policies decided by the university after the controversy relating to the extreme right organization, Schild & Vrienden. Students may denounce such incidents at the point of contact for transgressive behaviour. Luc Sels explains, “This platform not only covers incidents of a sexual nature, but also racist and hateful messages, threatening the integrity…

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STIB releases its first standard size electric bus on October 1

STIB releases its first standard size electric bus on October 1

The head of the Brussels public transport company, STIB, Brieuc De Meeùs and the Minister of mobility of Brussels Pascal Smet on Tuesday presented the first electric bus of standard size, which will be used in the company’s network from 1 October. The bus will be used on the Line 13 route. Four more electric buses of the same model have been ordered from Blue Bus, part of the Bolloré group. They are scheduled to arrive in October. Like the standard STIB diesel-powered buses, the new electric buses will be…

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Municipalities to pay for waste from drug production

Municipalities to pay for waste from drug production

From now on, municipalities will have to pay for the removal of abandoned waste from drug production. Justice no longer wants to cover these costs, het Belang van Limburg said on Monday. These last years, more and more abandoned chemical products coming from drug labs have been found at the Belgian-Dutch border. So far, the costs for their removal and destruction, as well as for potential sanitation, were supported by Justice. But according to the “drug” expertise network of the General Prosecutors’ Board, these costs are not legal costs. “Legal…

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The collapse of the ceiling in the courthouse in Brussels

The collapse of the ceiling in the courthouse in Brussels

The court clerk’s office at the Brussels court of cassation suffered serious damage after part of its ceiling collapsed Tuesday night. No one was injured in an incident believed to have been caused by a water leak. There was nobody in the office when the ceiling collapsed. The part of the office under the collapsed ceiling is used to store criminal case files. These are reported not to have been damaged. On Monday two employee at the courthouse were injured when a number of shelf units fell over at the…

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Ten communes of Brussels against the Belgian state in the lawsuit on the span

Ten communes of Brussels against the Belgian state in the lawsuit on the span

Ten Brussels communes have joined in an action to suspend noise pollution in the Brussels-Capital region against the federal state, for violating noise level standards linked to the activities of Brussels Airport at Zaventem. The comunes are Oudergem, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Etterbeek, Ixelles, Jette, Schaerbeek, the City of Brussels, Watermael-Boitsfort, Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe and Sint-Pieters-Woluwe. The parties involved have been indicated to L’Echo by the department of the Brussels Minister for the Environment, Céline Frémault. The action by the Brussels region was commenced in June this year, a year after an initial state judgment…

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Grand opening of tram line number 9

Grand opening of tram line number 9

The new Brussels tram line 9, connecting Simonis and Arbre Ballon stations for fifteen minutes, passing through the site of the hospital UZ Brussels, was opened on Saturday afternoon, in the presence, in particular, of king Philip and the Minister of the government of Brussels-President Rudy Vervort. Following his arrival at 3 pm at the Simonis Station, the King drove the tramway that cut the ribbon with the Belgian colors. The first tracks were laid in September 2015. The whole project cost 76 million euros, financed by the Region, plus…

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Homeless shelter reopens after closing

Homeless shelter reopens after closing

Civic platform, which provides shelter for refugees, has not yet entered into the system of asylum, re-opened the shelter, known as the gateway of Ulysses, after the riots on Sunday, which forced the closure on Tuesday. The centre provides beds for around 200 refugees who are waiting to be processed as asylum-seekers by the Office for Foreigners. Once that is done, they are eligible for entry into government-run centres while their applications are considered. In the meantime, the Citizens’ Platform has picked up the slack, beginning in September last year…

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Princess Elizabeth travels to Wales

Princess Elizabeth travels to Wales

The Royal Princess of Belgium Elizabeth left our shores for the Atlantic College in the Glamorgan Valley in Wales. A 16-year-old child will complete his secondary education in the principality. Princess Elisabeth completed the entrance test here in Brussels and will start school in Wales together with eleven other Belgians. She is following the International Baccalaureate in preparation of university studies. This week a special introductory week starts at the Welsh college outside Cardiff. School proper commences next week. Lessons are combined with what are labelled “social and cultural activities”…

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The bomb was safely dismantled at Brussels airport

The bomb was safely dismantled at Brussels airport

A world war II bomb was discovered on Tuesday at Brussels airport in Zaventem. The area – at the end of runway 25R, in a cargo zone close to the village of Diegem – was closed off between midnight last night and 06.00 this morning while the security operation took place. The bomb has now been safely defused. The area where the bomb was found is on the part of the airport used by Brucargo, And works are being carried out on the tarmac, which led to the bomb being…

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