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Taxpayers pay up to €25 too much

According to a calculation made by the consumer watchdog magazine Test-Achats / Test-Aankoop, Belgian households pay the taxman between €3 and €25 too much in taxes depending on their situation, L’Echo reports today. The magazine has released a prefilled form aimed at helping taxpayers reclaim what...

100,000 Belgians caught speeding in France this summer

Nearly 100,000 Belgian tourists were caught speeding on French motorways in July and August, an increase of 20% compared to the same period in 2012, De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and the SudPresse newspapers report today. 53,400 Belgian motorists were caught in July, and a further 44,700 in August...

Court dismisses child sex claim against Holy See

A Belgian court yesterday rejected a rare attempt at a child sex class action suit against the Holy See filed in 2011 by 39 alleged victims of priests and church workers. The court in Ghent said the Holy See, which represents the Pope and the Vatican government, "is considered to be a state...

Brussels City Museum Oct 1 2013

STIB fares to go up in 2014

STIB’s board of directors yesterday agreed a new fares schedule for 2014. Most tickets and season tickets will increase slightly, the Sudpresse newspapers report today. Season tickets for children, students, OAPs and people on benefits will remain unchanged, however. A ‘Jump’ single ticket will now...

€50 fine for genuine mistakes in tax returns

Anyone who accidentally makes a mistake when filling in their tax return will be liable to pay a €50 fine, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report today. Until recently, the taxman turned a blind eye when a taxpayer made a genuine mistake, but the period of leniency is over. "First offense: €50," it...

Call for ban on chocolate cigarettes

Two MPs, Catherine Fonck and Mie-Jeanne Nyanga-Lu, have introduced a bill which prohibits "the sale of sweets and toys for children, with the intention of giving the product or its packaging the appearance of a product containing tobacco," reports La Dernière Heure. Chocolate and chewing gum...

End of the line for the Saturn chain in Belgium

German electronics group Media Markt - Saturn today announced its intentions to end the Saturn brand in Belgium, writes Retail Detail’s Gary Peeters . While most of the Saturn stores will continue under the Media Markt banner, the Antwerp branch will be closed. The changes mark the end of a six-...

Belgian ambassador in trade dispute over racing pigeons held in China

Belgium's ambassador to Beijing, Michel Malherbe, is in talks to free more than 1,000 racing pigeons detained by Chinese authorities in a dispute over import duties, writes the Guardian’s Tania Branigan . Officials impounded 1,600 birds that had been sold to Chinese enthusiasts at auction in...

Doctors’ poor hand hygiene the main cause of hospital infections

Despite numerous hygiene awareness campaigns, the number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) has failed to go down, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. Not only are the infections more dangerous, they are also largely caused by doctors with dirty hands. Approximately 6% of patients contract...

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