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Belgians aged over 65 will keep special yellow box for emergency situations

  The city of Ghent has launched a trial system for emergency situations involving the elderly: a yellow plastic box that’s kept in the fridge. The box contains personal and medical information, as well as contact details of next of kin, and is intended to be used by the over-65s and those who have a […]

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New church will be built in Brussels for first time in 35 years

  A new church will be placed on the van Meyer square in the Brussels commune of Etterbeek. The Brussels-Capital Region has awarded a building permit to the church wardens who own the plot of land where the church is to be built. A neo-gothic church used to exist in that exact same place, but […]

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New French-speaking creche opened in Etterbeek on Monday

  New Etterbeek creche is among the largest in Belgium with room for 180 babies and toddlers The 3,600m² creche employs 60 staff and has been divided into 12 groups, each with a maximum of 15 children. Each group has its own play area, nap room and changing facilities. The opening substantially increases creche capacity […]

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Saint-Josse launching four-day working week for over-55s

  A four-day working week for staff aged 55 and over without any loss of pay or pension contributions has been introduced by The Brussels municipality of Saint-Josse. The voluntary measure aims to improve work-life balance for the council’s longest-serving staff, while also opening up new opportunities for younger jobseekers. Of the 120 municipal staff […]

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SNCB transported record passenger numbers last year

  Figures released this week show the SNCB carried 253 million passengers in 2019, an increase of 11% over three years. The rail operator said the growth came both from commuter travel and leisure. After record year SNCB is looking to hire 1,800 staff. A new nationwide recruitment campaign is about to begin, with the […]

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New popular restaurant will be opened in the center of Brussels

  Second Belgian outlet of popular UK noodle chain Wagamama is to open in the pedestrian zone of Brussels in February. The popular restaurant, specialising in Japanese-inspired noodle dishes and food, is present in Belgium since 2005. Its new Brussels branch will occupy the recently-inaugurated Crystal City shopping centre in Boulevard Anspach. The commercial project […]

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Free public transport in Brussels for New Year’s Eve

  Stib/Mivb network will offer free travel in Brussels from midnight 31 December until the start of service on Wednesday 1 January. All metro lines ram and bus services will be available until 2.00. Also from 20.00, the metro will run more frequently with a train every 10 minutes on lines 1 and 5. On […]

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New electric bike service Villo in Brussels

  Brussels’ cycle-sharing scheme Villo is set to launch its new electric bike service from this Friday. About a third of Villo’s existing bikes have been upgraded to become “electric compatible” – meaning they can either be used with a battery or without. Electrical assistance will only be available to those with an annual subscription […]

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Reopening of swimming pool in Saint-Josse

  After 10 years of renovation works and several delays Saint-Josse’s municipal swimming pool has reopened to the public. The public baths, housed in a 1933 Art Deco building, have been closed since 2010. The reopening comes at a time when capacity in Brussels’ swimming pools is limited due to several closures for repair works, […]

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Self-driving trains in Belgium from 2026

  Belgium’s rail network will get self-driving trains in 2026 approximately. The main expextations from the novelty is to improve punctuality and capacity of Belgian railways. Belgian rail network operator Infrabel has set aside an €8 million budget over the next five years to develop the new automated technology. A driver will remain on-board at […]

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