Wednesday May 1st

Wednesday May 1st

INFLATION DOWN

Belgium’s rate of inflation fell for the sixth straight month, dropping to 1% in April compared to 1.11% in March.

The figure is the lowest level since February 2010, when inflation was just 0.7%.

Foreign travel, fuel and mobile telephone calls dropped in price from the previous month, while fresh vegetables and potatoes posted the sharpest rise.

BELGIUM REPRESENTED AT DUTCH KING INAUGURATION

Several Belgian guests were present at the new Dutch King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration in Amsterdam yesterday.

Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde represented the country, along with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Olympic Committee chair Jacques Rogge and Stephanie de Lannoy, the wife of the heir to the Grand-Duchy of Luxemburg.

Meanwhile Belgium was also on show in the form of the new Queen Maxima’s dress.

As they took to the balcony to greet the crowds Maxima was wearing a design by Belgium fashion house Natan, which has long been favoured by the European royals.

Her daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane were also dressed in the brand’s designs.

UK BAND TO OPEN PALACE 12

Jamiroquai will be the first band to play in the spanking new concert hall in Palace 12 of the Heizel Exhibition Centre in the City of Brussels on 10 July.

The new hall can accommodate 15,000 people, though there is only seating for 2,500 and is the biggest in the Belgian and Flemish capital and will challenge the supremacy of the Antwerp Sportpaleis.

Only a couple of acoustic tests in June are needed before the opening.

Brussels Expo that operates the exhibition centre says that concerts, ‘spectacles’, fairs, sports events and conferences can all be staged in the renovated Palace 12.

The new concert hall can easily be reached using public transport. Cars and coaches can travel via the Brussels orbital. At the site there is room to park 12,000 vehicles.

It’s the first to be finished as part of the Neo project that envisages a complete renovation of this site at the edge of the city. Renovation work on Palace 12 cost 20 million euros.

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