Belgian news in brief, 3 October 2005

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Fire ravages linseed oil factory

Fire ravages linseed oil factory

An estimated EUR 5.5 million-worth of damage was caused to a factory in West Flanders after a massive fire on Sunday evening. Around 100 firefighters were scrambled to tackle the blaze at the Lichtervelde linseed oil factory near Lichtervelde train station. No one was hurt in the fire, but a warehouse of 1,250 squared metres was completely destroyed by the flames.

Belgium fined for milk glut

Belgium is among nine countries to be fined by the European Union for exceeding the union's milk quotas. The Commission announced that Belgium must pay EUR 8 million for overproducing 24,000 tonnes in 2004-5.

Clijsters wins another title

Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters scooped her twenty-ninth title on Sunday, beating the German Anna Lena Groenefeld to win the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg. The win is Clijsters' eighth title this season and the fifth time she has won at Luxembourg.

Campsites 'under threat' at coast

Flanders' tourism minister has warned that campsites on the Belgian seaside are in danger of extinction. Geert Bourgeois (N-VA) said reports that Mercatorpark might be sold to a property developer were worrying and insisted campers were key to Belgium's tourist industry. Several Belgian newspapers have said fishermen's cottages are being planned at Mercatorpark. The closure of the campsite would follow that of Nova Park and Fabiola at Coq, Tour Camp at Westende and Boerhof I and II at Bredene.

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