Share article:
Share article:

Outdoor markets should reopen, say Economy Ministers

Credit: Belga

With the meeting of Belgium’s National Security Council scheduled for Wednesday, regional and federal economy ministers are calling for a reopening of markets.

The ministers want “a controlled reopening” of outdoor markets, at least as far as food stands are concerned, Walloon Minister for Economy Willy Borsus told the coronavirus committee in the regional parliament on Tuesday.

“The situation is very complicated for this sector, which counts some 6,000 street vendors, and which plays a key role in the promotion of our products,” Borsus said.

“We had an interministerial conference with my colleagues in charge of the economy on Monday and we decided to plead, together and with the federation of street vendors, for a controlled and supervised reopening of the markets, at least for food products,” he added.

“We think we can organise this reopening as we have organised, successfully I think, the resumption of other activities,” said Borsus, referring to the need for “a structured reopening, supervised under the authority of local authorities and mayors.”

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Brussels Christmas Market will once again return on 24 November
It may only be October, but the news that Brussels will get back its Christmas market this year means that seasonal celebrations with Glühwein ...
New coronavirus infections above 3,000 for first time since May
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has skyrocketed to the highest rate since the start of May 2021. Between 9 and 15 October, ...
Brussels Airport adds 10 flight destinations this winter
Some 130 destinations will be served from Brussels Airport this winter, the company announced on Monday, just a few days before the start of the ...
Brussels pharmacies report rush on rapid tests due to Covid Safe Ticket
Many pharmacists in Brussels have noticed a remarkable increase in the demand for Covid-19 tests this weekend, following the official expansion of ...
Students filmed naked on ULB campus given a warning
A group of students caught on camera mimicking sexual acts on the campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have been issued an official ...
EU Digital Covid Certificate becomes an international success story
The European Commission adopted on Monday a report on the EU Digital Covid Certificate and its implementation across the EU. According to the ...
Belgian chocolatier agrees to $15 million settlement over misled consumers allegations
Internationally recognised Belgian chocolate manufacturer Godiva has reached a $15 million (€12.9 million) settlement after US consumers said they ...
‘Buying second home does not mean you are rich’: government disagrees on tax break
The Francophone liberal MR party and the Flemish socialist Vooruit party strongly disagree on the current scheme for tax benefits on people's second ...
EMA starts evaluating Pfizer vaccine for children over 5 years old
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started evaluating an application to extend the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to children ...
Energy prices: EU’s demand and supply dilemma in importing natural gas
The European Commission adopted last week a plan on how to tackle the rise in global energy prices in the short-term while relying on the transition ...
Tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels’ outskirts to airport
Works on a tram line connecting Brussels, the NATO headquarters and Brussels Airport in Zaventem, which could attract up to 10,000 passengers a day, ...
SKYFALL: European police complete counter-drone training in Antwerp
In a joint project between Belgium’s federal police and the Brussels Capital Ixelles Policing Area, 15 European police officers visited Antwerp to ...