Belgian news in brief, 3 July 2006

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Greater security on public transport

Greater security on public transport

Brussels has promised security cameras will be installed in every bus, tram and metro of the city's public transport authority MIVB-STIB within three years. About 100 cameras will also be installed in stations. These will include 'smart cameras' that automatically warn authorities in times of trouble. In 'risk' stations, an extra security steward will be deployed from 4pm on weekdays and MIVB-STIB safety officers will be granted greater powers, such as being able to issue fines. On some lines, students will be accompanied between school and the station by adults. The entire scheme will cost the Brussels regional government EUR 8 million per year.

Zaventem reports smooth holiday start

Zaventem Airport has reported a smooth flow of passengers on the first weekend of the summer holiday period. Some 33,000 people departed on Friday for holidays abroad, while 28,000 departed on both Saturday and Sunday. Most holiday-makers were headed towards the Mediterranean. "Despite the busyness, troubles and delays were restricted," a spokesman for airport operator BIAC said.

Coast enjoys bumper weekend

The Belgian coast reported a bumper start to the holiday period over the weekend as the warm weather attracted swarms of tourists to the beach. Most hotels and apartments were fully booked. Bars, restaurants and cafés also reported good trade.

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