Life sciences in Belgium: A success story with many future challenges

The Belgian life sciences sector is on the rise. In the past decade, some 10,000 jobs have been created and both exports and R&D expenditures have more than doubled. According to bio.be/essenscia, the Belgian sector federation of the chemical and life sciences industry, Belgium can remain the gateway for biotech companies in Europe, for instance…

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Life sciences in Belgium: HealthTech as a growing business

With the help of new and especially digital technology, HealthTech is a fast-growing sector worldwide. In Belgium and Flanders, too, more and more investments are being made, including by the government, in a sector where innovation and knowledge sharing are central. HealthTech or health technology is the application of organised knowledge and skills in the…

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Life sciences in Belgium: A strong reputation of biotechnology

These are turbulent times on the international markets, but not for Belgian biotechnology companies. Despite a 2 percent drop, the companies retain a total market capitalisation of 42.1 billion euro, ranking third in Europe. This is much better than the sector’s performance in the United States and Asia, according to recent figures from KBC Securities,…

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Vlaanderen blijft geld pompen in promotie van vlees

De Europese farm-to-forkstrategie die in het najaar van 2021 werd goedgekeurd, beoogt een milieuvriendelijke landbouwsector. Om de doelstellingen te bereiken moeten de productie en consumptie van vlees naar omlaag. Zowel Europa als Vlaanderen blijven intussen geld pompen in de promotie van vleeswaren. Om de voedselzekerheid in Europa te garanderen is in de begroting van de…

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Expats in Belgium: The growing popularity of Flanders

Like other Western European countries and international cities, Belgium has a considerable number of expatriates and expat communities. Most of these foreign workers live in Brussels, although more and more are finding their way to Flanders. Belgium is the second most cosmopolitan place in the world and the number one expat destination in Europe. There…

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Expats in Belgium: International schools and students

Brussels is a bilingual region in a country with three official languages. Nevertheless, a multitude of languages is common in the Belgian capital. This also translates into adapted and often international education, which may clash with regional interests. As the capital of Europe, Brussels has seen a growth of international schools in recent decades, offering…

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Expats in Belgium: The Brussels media hub

As Belgium and Brussels in particular are home to the EU, NATO and other important international institutions, the Capital of Europe attracts a lot of media attention. The Brussels-Capital Region is home to some 730 journalists, a number that doubles during EU Council meetings. Due to its international character, expatriate media are also quite active….

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