Belgian employees work on average 24 hours and three minutes per week, 63% of the weekly maximum of 38 hours, according to a study by the Acerta human resources company.

Public sector leads the field in strikes

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:07
Belgium’s public service placed first among sectors with the highest strike rates in 2017, L’Echo newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting the latest study by the Sociopolitical Research and Information Centre, CRISP.
Six out of 10 Belgians are in favour of extending low-speed zones in city centres, on condition that main roads are exempted, but two-thirds say they find it difficult to respect the 30-km-per-hour speed limit, according to a survey published on Tuesday by the Vias Mobility Institute.
For the first time ever, Belgium obtained the grade of “very high proficiency” in the annual English Proficiency Index (EPI), published on Tuesday by the international organization Education First (EF).
"I do not understand the debate” around the presence of fingerprints on identity cards, Interior Minister Jan Jambon (New Flemish Alliance, N-VA) said on Sunday on the Zevende Dag (Seventh Day) show on VRT.
The number of so-called transmigrants in Kruibeke is still on the rise, says chief of the police zone Kruibeke-Temse, Wim Pieteraerens, in an interview with De Standaard on Monday.

Flanders on track for new tourism record

Monday, 29 October 2018 16:33
Tourists made 14.2 million overnight stays in Flanders between January and June 2018, one million (+8) more than in the corresponding period of last year, the region’s Tourism Minister, Ben Weyts, said on Sunday in a press release.
Belgium is one of the world’s countries most polluted by nitrogen oxide (NO2), according to data from the European Space Agency (ESA) analysed by Greenpeace, the environmental agency warned on Monday.
A judge in Hasselt on Sunday ordered the arrest of two persons for the murder of a man in his eighties, the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) in Limburg announced on Monday.
Belgian authorities have decided to not take any additional measures to protect synagogues or Jewish centres, for the time being.