“I don’t dance to the N-VA’s tune”, admits Prime Minister Charles Michel.
The Defence Minister has signed a year-long contract for an undisclosed amount with the Danish firm Terma.
A total of 39.6 tonnes of cocaine was seized in Antwerp Province in 2017, the Federal Judiciary Police, PJF, stated on Friday, noting that this amount was one-third more than in 2016.
During the last year, 53 special charter flights took place to repatriate 283 undocumented immigrants, who had committed crimes, back to their country of origin.

One escape from Belgian prisons in 2017

Friday, 05 January 2018 14:22
Only one prisoner succeeded in escaping from a Belgian prison in 2017, or the same number as in 2015.
Tarik Jadaoun from Verviers, the jihadist linked to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), is in prison in Iraq where he risks the death penalty.
The Brussels Council Chamber on Thursday confirmed that the preventive detention of Mohamed Abrini and Ossama Krayem has been extended by two months as part of the judicial investigation into the terror attacks carried out in Brussels and Zaventem on the 22nd of March 2016, the Office of the Federal…
Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) has confirmed that there was a lack of maintenance on the concrete of a bunker at the Doel 3 nuclear plant by the operator, Engie Electrabel, as reported by Le Soir daily on Wednesday.

Some 2,713 electric cars licensed in 2017

Thursday, 04 January 2018 17:46
Some 2,713 electric vehicles were licensed in Belgium in 2017. This represents a mere 0.5% of the almost 540,000 vehicles licensed in the country last year, according to data from Febiac, Belgium’s automobile and cycle federation.
Toby Alderweireld, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard feature in the BBC’s Premier League XI of the Year established on the basis of Internet votes.