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3 Mar 2020 11:35 AM | Tim Reynolds

The Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has established a website on the #COVID19 virus that is available in English as well as Flemish, French and German.

Contact us if you want the BBCA to post a News Story or an Event that is strongly linked to the British Community in Brussels.  We reserve the right to select items for publication and to edit items as required for style and space.

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  • 9 Mar 2020 10:30 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The Bulletin has established a web article on the Corona virus outbreak in Belgium that will be updated with the latest information as it is confirmed.

    As of Tuesday 10 March, Belgium has recorded 314 confirmed cases of coronavirus (190 in Flanders, 82 in Wallonia and 42 in Brussels).

    You can find The Bulletin article here

  • 6 Mar 2020 8:19 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    BREXIT NEWS: The UK Government has today (6 March 2020) allocated £3 million to support UK nationals in the EU. The money will be used by selected charities and organisations to provide practical support for UK nationals living in the EU.

    Each organisation will receive government funding to support UK citizens who may find it harder to complete all the paperwork required for residency applications. This includes pensioners, disabled people, those living in remote areas or who have mobility difficulties, and those who require help with language translation or interpretation.

    The selected charities include the armed forces charity, SSAFA, the London-based specialist legal charity the AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre, and the International Organisation for Migration. No specific organisation based in Belgium has been announced.

    You can read the full UK Government announcement here.

  • 3 Mar 2020 11:35 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment has established a website on the #COVID19 virus that is available in English as well as Flemish, French and German.

    The site contains useful information on the virus, symptoms and the latest news on testing etc. 

  • 2 Mar 2020 11:34 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    If you missed our latest #Brexit briefing with The British Embassy in Brussels on 25 February 2020 there is an extensive write up in The Bulletin by Sarah Crew including a summary of the plenary Q&A session and links to useful information on the web.

    Find the article here.

  • 2 Mar 2020 9:57 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    With the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belgium rising to eight today (2 March 2020 updated) the mayor of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert has unilaterally banned anyone who has recently traveled to China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Iran or northern Italy from accessing local schools and other municipal buildings such as care homes, libraries and the town hall.

    The measure has been condemned as "totally disproportionate" by Belgium's federal health minister Maggie De Block and the move has prompted Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort to call a meeting of the region's 19 municipal mayors to discuss a more coordinated approach in the capital.

    More on The Bulletin website.

  • 2 Mar 2020 9:41 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    As of Sunday 1 March 2020 a few things have changed in Belgium: non-prior post will now only be delivered by Bpost two times a week; dentists’ index-linked fees rise by 1.95%; the price of a MuseumPass increases from €50 to €59 (still excellent value for money in my personal opinion); and new rules on radiation protection come into force.

    Meanwhile in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg all public transport is now completely free with the exception of first class travel on trains and certain night buses.

    Get the details on The Bulletin website

  • 28 Feb 2020 9:58 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    The snow may have been transitory in Brussels but up to 25cm of snow has fallen in the southeast of Belgium. A total of nine Belgian downhill ski-centres around Liege province are open and may remain so into the weekend depending on how rapid the thaw is.

    Six cross-country ski centres in East Belgium have been open since Wednesday including Baraque Michel situated in one of the highest locations in the country.

    More on The Bulletin website.

  • 27 Feb 2020 2:42 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    From Monday 2 March a new bus - No 56 - will connect the EU district with Schaerbeek and Neder-Over-Heembeek providing a link between the north of the city and Schuman metro and train stations.

    The new route is part of a bigger overhaul of the STIB/MIVB bus network that will continue with two new lines from Erasme to Uccle Stalle and from Central Station to Forest National in the Autumn.

    More on The Bulletin website.

  • 27 Feb 2020 2:35 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

    From Sunday 1 March the speed limit in the streets around the Ixelles ponds will be 30kph. The new low speed zone extends the existing 30kph area around the Flagey Cultural Centre to all of the avenues that run along the ponds, such as Eperons d’Or and Général de Gaulle, and between the ponds.

    There is no grace period for the new speed limits: as of Sunday, anyone caught speeding around the ponds will be fined.

    More at The Bulletin website.

  • 25 Feb 2020 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the new BBCA website!   BBCA has migrated to a new web platform as of 25 February 2020.

    Our new web platform has a more modern look and feel. It will help the BBCA operate more effectively. And will also provide new features and functionalities for our members.

    The project was lead by volunteer Chris Dalton. He said: "I became part of the BBCA because I was looking to give something back after retiring early from my career due to family issues. I initially volunteered at the Wednesday Club to help some more elderly English speaking retirees living around Brussels to attend a bi-weekly social event. The Wednesday Club is closely linked to the BBCA - so I was invited to join the BBCA committee, which I did with pleasure."

    "What I found was a group of people totally committed to improving the lives of people who may be struggling.  In our case focused on the English speaking community around Brussels."

    He went on: " I also found people working long hours to manage the organisation, and working with old systems which made that job even tougher.   So the new website project was really a great example of what the BBCA is all about."

    "Volunteers working together to achieve benefits that could not be done on a commercial basis - making the world a better place."

    The new website was built using Membership Software from a company called Wild Apricot.  It's modern cloud-based software designed to enable organisations to communicate better with their communities and to improve the quality of service they can provide to members.

    Chris went on: "Yes its great software.  With great features that allows the BBCA to publish news and manage events, share important information and allow members to communicate better. It also automates the process of people joining and renewing their memberships."

    "More importantly, the new platform will make us more organised and freeing up volunteers to spend more time on helping people and developing the work we do for them. It will allow us to focus on developing our membership rather than on the administration of membership," he concludes.   

    The BBCA committee thank Chris for his work and hope that you (the members) like the new site .  Tell us what you think and how we can improve the site further. 

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