Belgian news in brief, 29 May 2006

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PS places faith in Charleroi mayor

PS places faith in Charleroi mayor

The Socialist PS unanimously placed its confidence in Jacques Van Gompel to remain as Charleroi mayor on Monday. The party urged Van Gompel to quickly carry out his proposals aimed at stamping out corruption. It also put forward several proposals aimed at improving public administration. Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre De Clercq — accused of embezzlement — has decided against leading the PS party to the provincial elections in October. PS leader Elio Di Rupo has also urged De Clercq to resign due to a loss of confidence from party colleagues.

No danger from cadmium pollution

Tests have revealed there is no threat to drinking water despite cadmium pollution in the Maas River. The tests were ordered after it was discovered a Wallonian firm had dumped large quantities of carcinogenic cadmium in the Maas for months on end. The pollution was only recently discovered because the warning system did not work properly. Flemish Environment Minister Kris Peeters has since entered into agreements to ensure the warning system works in future.

Hooligans plan World Cup 'war'

Hooligans are preparing 'World War III' during the World Cup in Germany, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' has reported. The paper cited a fight that took place in Hasselt last week. Hooligans from 10 clubs met in Hasselt on 24 May to discuss forming a joint front against hooligans from other countries at the World Cup. They also hoped to join forces during future matches of the Belgian national soccer team. But the diverse 'clans' could not come to an agreement and the meeting ended in violence. Twelve rioters were arrested.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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