Belgium has put aside 14.8 billion euros to stop using nuclear power by 2025.
The Fipronill egg scandal has led to more than 77,375,000 eggs being destroyed and 1,900,000 chickens being euthanized, according to the Federal Agricultural Minister Denis Ducarne.
Some 297 cell phones smuggled into Belgian jails were seized in 2017, giving an average of one mobile phone confiscated for every 35 detainees, De Tijd reported on Friday.

Half of Belgians aged 55 to 64 work

Friday, 19 January 2018 18:53
In the third quarter of 2017, half of all Belgians aged 55 to 64 were in employment, according to statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), quoted on Friday by De Tijd and L’Echo.
Food banks distributed food to a record number of needy persons in 2017, the Federation of Food Banks announced on Friday, while appealing for public donations to offset the increasing need for assistance.

Record year for Flemish arms exports

Friday, 19 January 2018 17:08
Flemish arms exports to non-European countries more than doubled last year, jumping from 29.9 million euros to 69.9 million euros and setting a new record, De Tijd newspaper reported on Friday, quoting monthly reports by the Foreign Affairs Department.
In its most recent report, published on Friday, Unicef (the United Nations Children’s Fund) argues that children of migrants and refugees are experiencing the asylum procedure as a “heavy burden”.
There is an indication of the growing difficulty to find foreign language teachers in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
In 2017, some 5% of Belgium’s population faced a situation of severe material deprivation, and 21% said they had a hard time making ends meet, according to the latest annual living conditions survey by the Belgian statistics office, Statbel, published on Thursday.
The police in Brussels will intervene in the next few days to stem the influx of migrants in the Gare du Nord neighbourhood, Interior Minister Jan Jambon told a parliamentary commission on Wednesday.