Belgian news in brief, 22 June 2006

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Opposition to truck overtaking ban

Opposition to truck overtaking ban

Flemish Public Works Minister Kris Peeters is opposed to the federal government's planned general overtaking ban on trucks on 2x2 motorways. He urged instead for a "prudent overtaking ban" such as what already exists in Flanders. On certain sections of motorways and at certain moments such as at night, trucks may overtake over vehicles. Peeters has asked federal Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt flexibilities can be built into the federal plan.

Nathalie's mother meets King Albert

The mother of the missing girl Nathalie, Catherine Dizier, met King Albert II and Queen Paola in Liège on Thursday. The Belgian royal couple was visiting the city together with Dutch Queen Beatrx. Dizier personally requested the meeting with the Belgian monarch. She was received at the provincial hall. The Belgian King and Queen listened to her and offered their sympathies. Dizier also gave a missing persons poster to Queen Beatrix and asked her to distribute it in the Netherlands.

64,000 Belgian millionaires

There were 63,800 millionaires in Belgium last year, 3.4 percent more than 2004. Their portfolio did include the value of their own home. The Merrill Lynch study found the number of (USD) millionaires rose by 6.5 percent to 8.7 million. Europe reported a 4.5 percent growth.

Man, 89, 'sexually abused' grand daughter

A suspected 89-year-old paedophile has been arrested in Evere on allegations he sexually abused his 13-year-old grand daughter. The mother of the victim lodged a complaint when she discovered her daughter was being abused. It was later revealed that the mother and her two sisters were also sexually abused as children by their father. The man used to work as a swim coach. He was released on bail after being questioned by police.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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