Belgium’s shoemakers, a dying breed

Monday, 25 March 2019 16:46
Ten years ago, there were 805 shoemakers in Belgium, but their number has since plunged by 22% to 630, Economic Affairs Department statistics show.
The Flemish government has approved a long-term plan to spend 400 million euros over the next 20 years in managing carbon dioxide (CO₂), considered to be one of the main substances at the root of climate change.
Between 2007 — the year of complete liberalization of the energy market — and 2018, the average cost of electricity for a Belgian household (consuming 3,500 kWh per year) increased by 61.59% to 258.63 euros/MWh.
Flemish Minister for Innovation Philippe Muyters (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie, N-VA) on Friday launched an action plan on artificial intelligence, focussing on research, ethics and training.
The management of the Docks Bruxsel shopping centre in Schaerbeek has applied to the commercial court in Brussels to have the White Cinema evicted.
Radio listeners should be given 10 years to switch from FM to digital technology and for exclusively FM radios, which will eventually become obsolete, to be withdrawn from the market, according to consumer group Test Achats.
The Flemish government has proposed a total ban on setting off fireworks – unless the local authority decides to allow it.
Ben Weyts, minister for animal welfare in the Flemish government, has had a letter from a well-wisher – none other than Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.
The Belgian defence ministry has agreed a contract worth more than one billion euros for the construction of six new minesweepers for the navy from a French consortium. The decision was approved at Friday's meeting of ministers.
TUI fly Belgium brought back two of its four Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Brussels on Friday.