Belgian news in brief, 11 July 2006

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Flemish Interest polled to win Antwerp

Flemish Interest polled to win Antwerp

The Flemish Interest-VLOTT coalition is set to become the biggest formation in Antwerp after the October local elections. A poll that was published in newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' shows the Flemish Interest coalition stands to win 34.2 percent of the vote in Antwerp. The Christian Democrat CD&V-New Flemish Alliance NV-A coalition will win 20.2 percent. The Liberal VLD will fall back to an electoral share of just 10 percent.

20pc more passengers at Charleroi Airport 

Charleroi Airport has said it expects to handle 2.3 million passengers this year, up 20 percent from 2005. Traffic rose 19 percent in the second quarter to 575,452 passengers, up from 484,271 compared with the same period of 2005. The Brussels South Charleroi Airport is home to the Irish budget airline Ryanair and serves 21 European destinations. It will open a second terminal in 2007 that can handle 3 million passengers a year.

Intensified effort to help delinquents

Flemish youth centres are intensifying efforts to help delinquent youths. The number of youths involved in specially organised holiday activities has fallen by 25 percent in the past five years. This is due to the increase in alternative activities. But the association wants to expand its offer in a bid to involve a higher number of problem children. Of the 140,000 children who participate in the holiday activities, 18.8 percent are of immigrant ancestry, 8.9 percent are from disadvantaged families and 6.6 percent have a disability. One percent are children are under the supervision of youth care services.

Drug addict mum dumps children

A drug-addicted woman has dumped her two children, aged two and seven months, on drug-addicted friends in Liège because she wanted to go and have a party. The friends have not heard from the woman since Thursday. Police have been informed and have searched the woman's house to no avail. The children have been placed in the care of the St Vincent Hospital in Rocourt.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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