Belgian news in brief, 26 April 2006

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No change to traffic right of way

No change to traffic right of way

Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt has no plans to scrap the rule of giving way to the right on the nation's roads, the Belgian Institute for Traffic Safety said. Responding to media reports, the institute said the minister has changed his view. The proposal to scrap the rule of always giving way to the right was only one of several ideas being studied by a traffic simplification workgroup. The workgroup must present its report to the minister by 6 June.

Anti-nuclear protest on Chernobyl anniversary

Some 50 anti-nuclear protestors held a vigil outside the nuclear power plant at Doel in Belgium to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The vigil by the lobby group For Mother Earth took place at 12.23am, the same time the Chernobyl plant exploded 20 years ago. The protest and was the closing phase of a 200km walk between the nuclear power plants at Tihange and Doel. The protestors demanded an accelerated abandonment of nuclear energy and greater investment in renewable energy.

Benelux' largest skating bowl open

The largest skating bowl in the Benelux region opened in Kortrijk on Tuesday night. The concrete bowl with waves is 850sq m in size. It cost EUR 300,000 to construct. That is much more than budgeted because the unstable ground underneath the bowl created additional work.

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