Traffic worst problem, according to Brussels expats

Summary

A survey carried out by English-language magazine The Bulletin has found that expats are most concerned about traffic and pollution

Brussels Moves! event next week

According to a poll conducted by The Bulletin, a sister-publication of Flanders Today that focuses on Brussels, the number one concern of foreigners living in the capital is traffic. The magazine polled 840 expats living in Brussels, ahead of its Brussels Moves! debate next week.

According to the survey, a full 91% of respondents thought that something needed to be done about traffic, while 86% think the capital’s streets are too dirty. Brussels and Antwerp are regularly noted as having some of the worst traffic congestion in Europe. The situation has also contributed to the air quality, cited as being unhealthy to residents.

Expats are invited to Brussels Moves!, a free event that will see local politicians – including mobility minister Pascal Smet – talking about priorities and fielding questions from the audience. The entire event is in English.

The second half of the evening is devoted to 1Bru1Vote, the movement to allow non-Belgians who live in the Brussels-Capital Region the right to vote in regional elections. Currently, residents can vote in municipal elections (ie Brussels-City, Elsene, Ukkel) but not regional elections.

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