Belgian news in brief, 2 June 2006

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Belgians are heavy drinkers , Belgians drink heavily almost 30 times each year, meaning they drink in one night at least six glasses of beer or a bottle of wine. Belgium is ranked 4th behind Finland, Ireland and the UK in terms of drinking, a European report has said. A spokesperson for the Association for Alcohol and Other Drugs Problems, Marijs Geirnaert, said heavy drinking is a problem, but pointed out that there are also cultural differences. She said heavy drinking in Belgium is related to the Burgun

Belgians are heavy drinkers

Belgians drink heavily almost 30 times each year, meaning they drink in one night at least six glasses of beer or a bottle of wine. Belgium is ranked 4th behind Finland, Ireland and the UK in terms of drinking, a European report has said. A spokesperson for the Association for Alcohol and Other Drugs Problems, Marijs Geirnaert, said heavy drinking is a problem, but pointed out that there are also cultural differences. She said heavy drinking in Belgium is related to the Burgundian lifestyle in which people head out for a night and drink heavily. She said that is different to the British trend of drinking heavily in a shorter period of time. The risks, however, remain the same. The average Belgian drinks about 10lr of alcohol each year, compared with the European average of 13lr.

20pc more travel complaints

Some 920 tourists lodged a complaint with the Travel Conciliation Commission last year, a rise of 20 percent compared with 2004. Most complaints related to accommodation. Disgruntled tourists said tour operators misrepresent accommodation quality. Those who lodge a complaint with the commission can choose for reconciliation proceedings or have the problem placed before an arbitration commission. More the 3.5 million travel packages are organised in Belgium each year. That equates to one complaint per 3,000 travel journeys.

Brussels wins stadium safety battle

Brussels Court has ruled in favour of the City Council in its battle with the Interior Ministry over safety concerns at King Boudewijn Stadium. The Interior Ministry claims the stadium is unsafe because of the inadequate evacuation capacity of Stand 1. But Brussels said the ministry's claim is based on amended calculation methods limiting the stadium capacity from 10,000 to 3,500. Based on the old method, Brussels said competitions such as Euro 2000 proceeded according to safety regulations and the court agreed on Friday.

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