Belgium in Brief: Missing Meds, Tax Season and the secrets of the number 7 tram

Belgium in Brief: Missing Meds, Tax Season and the secrets of the number 7 tram

Belgian pedestrians feel at risk walking the streets, medicines remain unavailable in Belgium despite rules to prevent shortages and 10 car accident grinds Brussels traffic to a halt.

Here’s a recap of the news you should know in Belgium this morning:

1. Belgian pedestrians feel the most at risk in the EU

Pedestrians in Belgium report feeling less safe than those in any other country in the European Union, as well as in other countries internationally known for their bustling roads, according to new data sets from an international road safety survey published in June. Read more.

2. 459 medicines unavailable in Belgian pharmacies

Belgian pharmacies continue to face increased medicine shortages even though a new law was passed to prevent this situation occurring. Wholesalers have been told to make sure the Belgian market has enough, even at the expense of selling to more lucrative foreign markets.   Read more.

3. Deadline approaches for tax returns via Tax-on-web

The number of tax returns via Belgium’s Tax-on-web portal has skyrocketed compared to the same time last year, with two million returns recorded as the Thursday filing deadline approaches. Read more.

4. Ten vehicle crash slows traffic on Brussels ring road

Traffic on the Brussels ring road was impacted this morning after a multiple vehicle crash involving at least ten cars took place on Tuesday. At around 8:30, vehicles leaving Brussels and heading south on the road remained blocked for at least 1 hour as a result of the collision. Read more. 

5. Saint-Josse gives conditional go-ahead to new metro, but only once works are completed

The Brussels municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode will give the green light to the construction of new metro infrastructure “under certain conditions,” including pushing it back it until current public works are completed, town mayor Emir Kir said on Monday. Read more

6. ‘New bridge to be named after iconic Brussels LGBTQ activist

A new bridge which will span the Brussels canal will be named after an iconic Brussels-born gay-rights activist often credited with driving the gay and queer rights movement in Belgium, after she founded the country’s first-ever LGBTQ association. Read more.

7. Opinion: The heady delights of Brussels’ tram number 7

Part of our relaunched opinion section, take a ride with Hugh James Dow on the 7 tram from Louis Bertrand to Heysel as the 25-minute ride reveals Brussels in all its eclectic glory. Read more. 

Jules Johnston 

The Brussels Times

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