There were 19,578 abortions carried out in Belgium last year – 500 more than in 2010, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. The age group most affected is women aged 20 to 35, while the number of teenagers undergoing terminations has been stable for the past five years.
Although the percentage of Brussels residents in employment is currently low (54 percent compared to 57 percent in Wallonia and 66 percent in Flanders), Brussels workers are less likely to take sick leave, according to official figures for the private sector.
Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert yesterday became the 18th Belgian to win the world cycling road race after a breathtaking show of strength in Valkenburg, the Netherlands. The 30-year-old attacked on the last of 11 ascents of the Cauberg hill after a pulsating 269km race.
The closure of two of Belgium’s seven nuclear power plants has led to discussions of a possible electricity shortage this winter.
Anyone caught drunk or drinking alcohol in public in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek after 22.00 will be fined, says Molenbeek mayor Philippe Moureaux (PS) (pictured), reports La Libre.
Five special license plate scanners installed along roads across Flanders have proven successful in the fight against drivers who fail to pay the road tax. So far, more than 5,400 defaulters have been caught by the cameras, representing €2.3million in owed taxes.