Belgian news in brief, 12 June 2006

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Belgium 5th in foreign workers

Belgium 5th in foreign workers

Belgium is the fifth-highest ranked nation in Europe when it comes to the number of foreign workers. In 2004, some 11.4 percent of the Belgian workforce was made up of foreign-born workers. Belgium trailed Luxembourg (45 percent), Switzerland (25.3), Austria (15.3) and Germany (12.2). The figures were included in the OECD's International Migration Outlook report.

More Brussels rail problems

Overhead cabling snapped on the railway between Denderleeuw and Brussels again on Monday, bringing three trains to a standstill. The warm weather is believed to have been the cause of the fault. Rail delays in Monday's evening peak-hour were expected. The cabling fault comes a day after a similar incident on Sunday.

Car number plates in two days

Belgian motorists could soon receive a car number plate within two days of registering their vehicle registration. This is currently only possible for those ordering online. Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt has proposed reforms to improve efficiency at the notoriously sluggish Department of Vehicle Registration. It has been possible to order a car number plate via your insurance firm for the past few years.

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