“Because of my political inspiration, rooted in the Christian-democracy and the Christian workers’ movement, some people find it unimaginable that I can function impartially as a minister for finance, even though there is nothing to prove this allegation. ... This atmosphere of distrust keeps me from my work, which is not in this country’s interest. It is not in my party’s interest either. I admit that it is more than what I can take as a person. Any doubt about my integrity, I find very unjust.”
“The SME platform allows us to encourage training within small businesses and makes it easier for our SMEs to use the services of external advisers,” commented Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters.
The SME platform will also include coaching for business owners, particularly for growth companies and companies that are being passed on from one family member to another. Companies requesting coaching will get ongoing practical support to a maximum value of €10,000.
Three years ago, Sihame El Kaouakibi (pictured) resolved to take street culture off the streets. With an initial grant of €20,000 from Antwerp city council, she organised a series of dirt-cheap summer dance workshops that eventually grew into
Every year, The Night of History is organised around a different theme, and this year it’s Craftsmanship. Craftspeople, historians and storytellers will give lectures and demonstrations on a rich array of trades practised in bygone times and today. Glass blowers, chocolatiers, bookbinders, auto mechanics, luthiers, stone carvers, master brewers, cheese makers, surveyors, blacksmiths, art restorers, puppeteers ... a dizzying array of experts wax poetic about their vocations.
The slogan for this year’s Passa Porta Festival is “Imagine!” It’s a large umbrella under which very different kinds of literature can be presented. It’s clear that the power of imagination reigns in the work of many visiting authors. It’s no coincidence, of course, that the festival puts an important focus on the consequences of the Arab Spring.
Recent reports revealed that some documents in the case were possibly tampered with in order to conceal the role of the prosecutor’s office. Dams was under intense pressure from his superior, prosecutor-general Yves Liégeois, who announced at a press conference that Ingrid Pira, former mayor of Mortsel, had reviewed her own notes, which mentioned a contact with the prosecutor on the fatal night in question.
“I am convinced that the European Union of the future is increasingly a European Union with and of the regions. And I am happy that President Mas and the Government of Catalonia share this vision,” Peeters told a meeting of APEC, the association of European journalists in Catalonia. “But it is not enough that the strong regions of Europe share this vision. It also has to become a basic principle of the EU itself.
Bedrijvencentrum Concentra is a business complex that houses the editorial staff of Flemish newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen. It’s not a place you would expect to visit an exhibition of paintings, especially as some of them are scattered throughout the editorial offices.
“It’s not the white cube a museum normally is,” Dondeyne admits. “But I like the confrontation between my paintings and reality. I think my work is able to resist it.” To be clear: Visitors can freely enter the offices to see the works.
So impressive that the Fashion Museum in Hasselt (where Red is from) dedicated an entire exhibition to her clothes, including both her stage outfits and daily wear.
Red was born Fabienne Demal in 1968 and earned a law degree in Brussels in 1993, the same year she released her first album. She’s been on stage for more than 20 years now, and besides a record collection to be proud of, she’s gathered a wardrobe that would be envied by many, too.
Mieke Van Hecke Director-general, Flemish Secretariat
of Catholic Education (VSKO)
As director-general of the VSKO, Mieke Van Hecke is one of the most influential figures in Flemish education, with the organisation representing 64% of primary schools and 75% of secondary schools in Flanders, as well as boarding schools, centres for adult education and university colleges.