The future of Brussels lies in an openness to other languages and other cultures, according to the region’s minister-president Rudi Vervoort. Vervoort was speaking at the annual Iris Festival – the iris is the emblem of Brussels – which this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Brussels-Capital Region.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in town, the public transport authority Stib was marking the 150th anniversary of the tram by hosting the European championships for tram drivers. Drivers from 25 cities in 21 countries took part, and the event was won by the Brussels team, veteran driver Laurence Meert and relative newcomer Mesut Tasarcan.
The Brussels Times