A loophole in the Belgian law regulating the sale of gold means that Belgium, and Antwerp in particular, has become a haven for people wishing to launder the metal, reports De Tijd.
Wealthy French families are buying five to six properties in Brussels every day, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. Estate agent Engel & Völkers sells on average one house a day to French buyers. Last year, 800 French families left their country to settle abroad.
Belgian authors’ rights society Sabam is collecting payment for works not in its repertoire, without paying any of it back.
The 200 security agents of Brussels public transport company STIB have been granted the power to make people caught committing offences on the network produce their ID cards.
More than 60,000 people across Belgium took part this weekend in Sing For The Climate, a mass singalong aimed at raising awareness about global warming. Participants sang along to Do It Now, a song based on the Italian classic Bella Ciao and recorded by 60 Flemish artists.
The number of thefts on Belgian trains is on the up, according to figures released by Belgian railway operator SNCB. The company recorded nearly 2,000 thefts in 2011 (equivalent to five per day), a 20 percent increase on the previous year.