2022 in Belgium

Belgium-related evens during 2022

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Events in the year 2022 in Belgium.



Ongoing – COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium

January 3 - The Belgian government finalizes an agreement to buy 20,000 courses of Pfizer's Paxlovid COVID-19 drug and Merck & Co.'s Molnupiravir COVID-19 drug.[3]

January 20 - Nineteen-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford returns to Kortrijk, Belgium, to complete her five-month circumnavigation, becoming the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world.[4]

February 18 - Two people are killed as Storm Eunice impacts northwestern Europe. Millions are also left without power.[5]

March 7 - Belgium removes most of its COVID-19-related restrictions, including lifting most of mask mandate and no longer requiring COVID Safe Tickets to enter most public places, after the country lowered its COVID-19 barometer from code orange to yellow.[6]

March 20 - A car is driven into a crowd preparing to celebrate carnival in Strépy-Bracquegnies, killing six people and injuring around 40 others.[7]

March 29 - Belgium joins the Netherlands, Ireland and the Czech Republic in expelling Russian diplomats due to the invasion of Ukraine,[8]

May 20 - Belgium, and the Netherlands confirm their first cases of monkeypox. [9]

May 22 - Belgium becomes the first country to introduce a monkeypox quarantine.[10]

June 8 - King Philippe of Belgium, in a speech to the Congolese parliament in Kinshasa, formally condemns the atrocities that occurred when the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared the personal property of his great-great granduncle, Leopold II of Belgium, saying that the colonial government "was one of unequal relations, unjustifiable in itself, marked by paternalism, discrimination and racism".[11]

June 20 - The Belgian government repatriates Congolese independence leader and former prime minister Patrice Lumumba's remains, consisting of a tooth, through an official ceremony attended by his family at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. [12]

August 26 - A vehicle rams into a crowd of people in central Brussels, injuring six people. The driver flees the scene but is subsequently arrested in Antwerp later during the day. A motive is still unclear, but terrorism is not being ruled out,[13]



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  2. ^ "Alexander De Croo named prime minister of new federal government". The Bulletin. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  3. ^ Times, The Brussels. "Belgium orders 20,000 Covid-19 pills for serious symptoms". www.brusselstimes.com. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  4. ^ CNN, Tamara Hardingham-Gill. "Teen pilot Zara Rutherford becomes youngest woman to fly the world solo". CNN. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  5. ^ "Storm Eunice batters the Netherlands, three people are killed". DutchNews.nl. 2022-02-18. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  6. ^ "Belgium lifts most COVID restrictions". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  7. ^ "Six killed after car drives into crowd in Belgium". BBC News. 2022-03-20. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  8. ^ Strauss, Marine (2022-03-29). "Several EU countries expel dozens of Russian diplomats". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  9. ^ Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche, Germany, France, Belgium confirm first cases of monkeypox | DW | 20.05.2022, retrieved 2022-08-15
  10. ^ "Belgium introduces quarantine for monkeypox cases". POLITICO. 2022-05-22. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  11. ^ "Belgian royals in DR Congo: King Philippe laments racism of colonial past". BBC News. 2022-06-08. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  12. ^ "Slain Congolese icon's tooth returned to family decades after killing". NBC News. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  13. ^ Times, The Brussels. "Van crashes into terrace in Brussels centre, driver caught". www.brusselstimes.com. Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  14. ^ Natasha, Kumar (2022-07-18). "Those responsible for Ricardo Gareca's irreversible "no" and what should be the profile of the new national team coach". The Times Hub. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  15. ^ Desportes, Gérard. "Evence-Charles Coppée, ancien directeur général de «Libé», meurt à 68 ans". Libération (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  16. ^ "Religiefilosoof Louis Dupré overleden". Kerknet (in Dutch). 2022-01-12. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  17. ^ "Décès du peintre Marc Janson - 14 janvier 2022 - lejournaldesarts.fr". Le Journal Des Arts (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  18. ^ "Antwerpse jazzpionier Fred Van Hove overleden". Gazet van Antwerpen (in Flemish). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  19. ^ Agency, Catholic News. "A joyful, faithful 'warrior': Catholic philosopher, author Alice von Hildebrand dies at 98". Catholic Telegraph. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  20. ^ EDA. "Décès de Michel Konen, ex-rédacteur en chef à la RTBF et à La Libre". lavenir.net (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  21. ^ "Inmemoriam". Inmemoriam (in Flemish). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  22. ^ NWS, VRT (2022-01-30). "Brusselse oud-burgemeester Freddy Thielemans (PS) is overleden: "Vandaag weent de hoofdstad"". vrtnws.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  23. ^ "DPG Media Privacy Gate". myprivacy.dpgmedia.be. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  24. ^ "Option-stichter en technologiepionier Jan Callewaert overleden". De Standaard (in Flemish). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  25. ^ "Décès de l'artiste montois Jacques Calonne, plus jeune membre de CoBrA". RTBF (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  26. ^ "Le théâtre en deuil: disparition de Philippe van Kessel". Le Soir (in French). 2022-02-11. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  27. ^ "Roger Lambrecht, ancien président de Lokeren, est décédé à l'âge de 90 ans". RTBF (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  28. ^ Stricht, Wouter Vander (2022-02-17). "Oud-profrenner André Messelis, winnaar van de E3 Prijs in 1962, overleden op zijn 91ste verjaardag". KW.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  29. ^ Deneubourg, Pauline. "Rumes/Nivelles: Henriette Hanotte , figure de la résistance, s'est éteinte à 101 ans". lavenir.net (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  30. ^ NWS, VRT (2022-04-06). "Reinhilde Decleir (73) overleden: bekijk haar grootste rollen, van "Van vlees en bloed" tot bezieler Tutti Fratelli". vrtnws.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  31. ^ "Arno Hintjens overleden op 72-jarige leeftijd: "Hij zal bij ons blijven door de muziek die hem tot het einde in leven hield"". Het Nieuwsblad (in Flemish). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  32. ^ "Regine, disco pioneer and nightclub queen, dies at 92". France 24. 2022-05-01. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  33. ^ "hommage". Centre Avec (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  34. ^ "Oud-parlementslid en armoede-expert Jan Beghin overleden". www.bruzz.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  35. ^ "Robert Cogoi avait participé à l'Eurovision il y a 58 ans, il s'en est allé au lendemain de la 66e édition du concours - Télévision locale de Charleroi et sa région - Thuin - Chimay - Basse Sambre". www.telesambre.be. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  36. ^ "Andrée Geulen, l'institutrice bruxelloise qui a sauvé des milliers d'enfants juifs pendant la guerre, est décédée". BX1 (in French). 2022-06-01. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  37. ^ "Décès à Ixelles d'Andrée Geulen, devenue résistante pour sauver des enfants juifs". RTBF (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  38. ^ "L'ex-championne du monde cycliste sur route Marie-Rose Gaillard est décédée". Édition digitale de Verviers (in French). 2022-06-18. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  39. ^ Caloen, Ariane van. "Daniel Cardon, le banquier qui rêvait de la Grande banque belge, est décédé". La Libre.be (in French). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  40. ^ "L'ex-échevin carolo MR Philippe Sonnet est décédé subitement ce mercredi, il allait avoir 58 ans". sudinfo.be (in French). 2022-07-27. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  41. ^ "Décès de Lucien Kroll" (in French). 2022-08-03. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  42. ^ NWS, VRT (2022-08-03). "Bekende toneelregisseur Franz Marijnen (79) is overleden". vrtnws.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-08-15.
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  46. ^ "Voormalig burgemeester van Mechelen Georges Joris overleden op 101-jarige leeftijd". Het Nieuwsblad (in Flemish). Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  47. ^ "Ex-burgemeester van Aalter Jan De Crem (94) overleden". Het Nieuwsblad (in Flemish). Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  48. ^ "Wielerwereld rouwt om "Monsieur Bordeaux-Paris" Herman Vanspringel". sporza.be (in Dutch). 2022-08-25. Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  49. ^ Lapraille, Daniel. "Jean Bock, dinosaure du parti libéral, bourgmestre de Gouvy pendant plus de 20 ans, est décédé". lavenir.net (in French). Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  50. ^ Staff, 3Down (2022-09-12). "Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats' owner Michael DeGroote has passed away". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  51. ^ Rédaction. "Anderlecht et le football belge en deuil: Michel Verschueren est décédé à l'âge de 91 ans". DHnet (in French). Retrieved 2022-09-16.
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