UPDATE ON THE SITUATION IN BELGIUM
Thursday 26 November 2015
The security level for the Brussels region has been reduced to 3 and will remain at 3 for the rest of Belgium until further notice.
The Brussels metro is to re-open completely from 6 am tomorrow Friday 27 November.
Some attractions and museums in Brussels have re-opened on Tuesday 24 November: The Atomium and Mini Europe, Autoworld, The Belgian Comic Strip Centre, Choco Story, Brussels\' City Museum, the Costume & Lace Museum and the Toy Museum.
Statement of the Minister President of the Brussels-Capital Region, Rudi Vervoort
Meeting of the Regional Security Council, 22 of November 2015.
The last 48 hours have been demanding and challenging for each one of us.
Following the evaluation of an increased threat level, the federal authorities asked the Brussels-Capital Region and its districts to join them in reducing the risk for the population of the terrorist presence on its territory.
We know that the temporary and exceptional measures that have been adopted earlier surprised and sometime undermined part of our citizen.
We are clearly aware of that and ask you to stay calm and confident, as you already demonstrated it during the past two days.
The Regional Security Council met again this Sunday night, following the convocation and the new recommendations of the National Security Council
We have taken note of the decisions of the National Security Council for this Monday:
The closing of the subway and the \" pré-métro \" (underground tramway)
The closing of schools, high schools and universities
The Regional Security Council also decided to close all the daycare and child facilities on Monday. No minimal service and reception will be organized by the Communes (local level).
It is also decided to maintain the closing of all malls, entertainment sites, public market and sports facilities.
Our goal is to mobilize the most security force on the ground.
Regarding the public transportation network, the Region and the STIB/MIVB work together to increase the density of the surface transports, as soon as from Monday morning.
The situation is naturally monitored minute by minute, following the necessary security capacity and protection needed.
Every possible effort is being made, locally and regionally, for those measures to be as short-timed as possible and for them to have a minimum impact on the lives of our residents and the daily business activities. Everything is being made in order to reopen the schools as soon as possible.
In the name of the Government and all authorities, I also want to thank all local and federal law enforcement and security forces, who are working continuously and thoroughly in order to restore efficiently and peacefully the normal pace of the Brussels-Capital Region.