National debt risks increasing by €2 billion

Friday, 14 September 2018 13:41
L'Echo and De Tijd are reporting on Friday that the Belgian national debt may inflate by an additional €2 billion.
A large explosion happened on Thursday in the waste treatment firm, Indaver, located in the port area of Antwerp.
A consultative forum on flights over Brussels will be held after the October municipal elections and the formation of the new municipal councils, the Office of Mobility Minister François Bellot told the Belga news agency on Thursday.
Ryanair rejected Thursday CNE’s “false declarations,” according to which the strike by a “small minority” of its cabin crew on 28 September will cause “chaos” in its network.
Once every six years, Belgium holds municipal elections throughout the country. On 14 October, this will happen again, including in the nineteen communes of the Region of Brussels-Capital. Foreign residents often ask why one needs these nineteen communes. Would it not be better for Brussels to form a single commune?
There were 455 physical attacks last year against staff of Belgium’s national railway company, the SNCB, an increase of 11% from 2016, La Dernière Heure on Wednesday quoted Mobility Minister François Bellot as stating in response to a question in parliament.
The first edition of “Journalisme en devenir” (Aspiring journalism), a festival that aims to highlight the productions of journalism graduates, will take place on 28 and 29 September in Brussels, the event’s organisers announced on Wednesday.

Brussels police zoom in on Alhambra

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 19:59
Following complaints by area residents, complete with video footage, of repeated incidents of drug trafficking and other crimes, Alhambra district in the centre of Brussels has become a priority zone for police, Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said on Monday evening.
Police officers who go on patrols with tasers also need to be equipped with defibrillators, various media on Tuesday reported police union spokesman Ruddy Callewaert as saying.
Criminals have a greater tendency to become involved in terrorism in Belgium and France than elsewhere in Europe, according to a study on gangster terrorism in Europe on which Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Tuesday.