Belgian news in brief, 22 August 2006

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2,000 attend statesman's funeral

2,000 attend statesman's funeral

Some 2,000 people attended the funeral of Minister of State Hugo Schiltz in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Cathedral in Antwerp on Tuesday. A large number of prominent politicians were among those attending the service. King Albert II sent a wreath to the funeral. Schiltz, a noted Flemish nationalist and one of the founding fathers of the Belgian federal state, died on 4 August. He was 78.

First Flemish mussels harvested

The first 50kg of Flemish mussels were harvested on Tuesday about 6km off the coast at Nieuwpoort. Ship owner and grower Willy Versluys said the mussel is "very fleshy and of excellent quality". But due to heavy waves, divers had to cut shirt the harvesting and will not be able to resume activities until Wednesday. The public and restaurant owners will be able to buy small amounts of mussels from the Oostende Vismijn on Friday at the earliest. Between 2,000 and 3,000kg of mussels is expected to be harvested in coming days. Mussels sold in Belgium are usually harvested in Zeeland in the Netherlands.

Bread to increase in price

A loaf of bread will increase in price in the near future, the Belgian Confederation of Bread Bakeries has announced. The extent of the price rise has not yet been decided, however. An average loaf of bread weighing 800g currently costs about EUR 1.80. It has been estimated that the price could rise to EUR 2. The price rise is being blamed on higher flour costs and rising heating oil prices.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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