Belgian news in brief, 26 September 2005

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Military stages two crisis operations

Military stages two crisis operations

The Belgian military started the first of two crisis exercises on Monday. One of them, operation 'Active Response', is the largest Belgian military exercise in more than 15 years. The second operation, 'Active Lion', will take place in Germany between 29 September and 5 October. The first exercise is being held at the military airport of Bevekom to test how many civilians the army can evacuate. Some 6,000 soldiers are to be deployed. The second operation will test the Belgian units that operate within the EU and Nato rapid intervention forces.

Telenet plans stock debut in March

Telenet hopes to debut on the Belgian stock market Bel20 in March, when the index is annually rearranged. Telenet will also debut on Euronext Brussel on 11 October. Shares will be priced between EUR 21 and 25.50. The value of the share offer ranges from EUR 1.039 billion to 1.262 billion. If Telenet is included on the Bel20 index, the list will again be complete with 20 companies. Currently, there are just 19 firms listed. Electrabel will disappear when it is taken over by Suez, but the index committee has decided to list Suez in place of Electrabel.

Westmalle Tripel world's best beer

The Westmalle Tripel has been named by The New York Times after an extensive testing procedure as the world's best heavy beer. In total, 25 abbey and trappist beers from Belgian, the Netherlands, the US and Canada took part in the test. Eight Belgian beers were included in the top 10. The Westmalle Tripel was called "deliciously complex", "balanced" and "mealy and fruity with long lasting taste" by the four newspaper beer testers.

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