Belgian news in brief, 7 March 2006

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Crackdown on domestic violence

Crackdown on domestic violence

A policy of zero tolerance against domestic violence will be launched in April, Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx said. Police may be allowed in future to press charges every time a compliant over domestic violence is lodged. A trial project in Liège and Antwerp will now be amended and expanded to every public prosecution department. Every complaint about domestic violence will lead to charges being laid. The incident will also be registered with the prosecution office.

Minister rejects Brussels road tolls

Brussels Transport Minister Pascal Smet is opposed to proposals aimed at imposing road tolls on motorists commuting to the Belgian capital. A study has indicated tolls would reduce traffic on the ring road by 15 percent. But Smet is opposed to the system, fearing that businesses will relocate to the Flemish and Wallonian Brabant provinces. He also doubted if such a system was feasible given the number of access roads and said it was unjust because only those who could afford the toll would drive to Brussels.

Call for Arabic lessons at school

Antwerp Education Alderman Robert Voorhamme has proposed allowing immigrant children to be taught Arabic at Flemish schools. He said a trial project could be developed in which students were taught in Dutch, but given Arabic or Berber language lessons as well. Voorhamme said lessons in French as a second language should be postponed to a later age. "Four out of 10 primary school children here in Antwerp speak a different language at home," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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