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Belgium in Brief: A Consultative Committee Sequel

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Sequels often have a lot to live up to and when it comes to movie franchises, it gets difficult to keep up the hype once you get towards the final movies.

But I must say, Belgium’s Consultative Committee series has me hooked. I wait eagerly for the next instalment’s revelations, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Already rumours are circulating that the gang will be getting back together for one final discussion (even though we all thought the last one was the last), and the return of an old enemy is especially exciting.

It’s like an Avengers movie, but for coronavirus policy.

And this time, the UK & Brexit will be back on the agenda when they meet on 29 October. 

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo says Belgium will look into relaxing the testing and entry policy for travellers coming from the United Kingdom. This “hassle” keeps many tourists away, MPs say, and relaxing measures could have considerable benefits for tourism in Belgium.

So, what do you think will happen? Will good triumph over evil (also who is good and evil in this context?) and should Belgium make things easier for Brits? Let @johnstonjules know.

You have to admit, it would be a good way to wrap up the franchise. I think it’s time for them to move on to different projects,  and my money is on De Croo playing the next Iron Man.

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1. ‘Absurd’: all Brussels schools should have the same Covid rules

Several city councillors for education in Brussels are calling to abolish the “absurd” differences in coronavirus measures for Dutch-speaking and Francophone school children in the Capital Region. Read more.

2. Cigarette-eating robot patrols Ghent streets to fight littering

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A litter fighting (and eating) robot will be patrolling the streets of Ghent in the coming weeks in an effort to raise awareness of the growing problem of cigarette butts littering the city. Read More.

3. Display of child’s room in Brussels raises awareness of foster families

An exhibit that features a fictitious child’s bedroom has been on display since Tuesday at the Place d’Armes in Namur, with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Read more.

4. ‘More concern and false impressions’: colds are not worse than before, experts say

While it seems like cold viruses are hitting especially hard this autumn, with more severe and longer-lasting symptoms, doctors are saying that this is not necessarily the case. Read more.

5. Windy weather forecast should lower gas prices

After weeks of relatively calm conditions, a return to windy weather should lower Europe’s soaring energy prices. Wind turbines in the UK and Germany are forecast to once again operate at full capacity; this, in turn, should reduce demand for gas and lower prices. Read more.

6. Two former Belgian top executives plead guilty to bid manipulation in the US

Two former Belgian top executives of the security company G4S have pleaded guilty in the US to bid-rigging, according to reporting from De Tijd. Read more.

7. Coronavirus: Nearly 1,000 patients hospitalised, 80 admissions a day on average

Between October 10 and 16, an average of 3,151 people were infected with Covid-19 every day, according to figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute published Wednesday. Read more.

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