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Belgium has EU’s highest concentration of millionaire households

There are about 147,500 millionaire families in Belgium, it transpires from the annual Global Wealth Report published by American firm Boston Consulting Group. The figure, which refers to millionaires in US dollars , represents 3.2% of Belgian households. Belgium is ranked 12 th in the world, and...

Prime minister’s private inbox hacked

Prime minister Elio Di Rupo’s inbox, as well as those of several members of his entourage, was the victim of hackers, it emerges from the analysis of a CD-ROM sent anonymously to De Morgen, containing hundreds of emails. These messages on the disc are all from a private Belgacom mailbox used by Di...

Belgium appoints ‘economic supremo’ for south-eastern US states

Anton Mertens, a partner in a Georgian law firm, has been appointed Belgium’s adviser for economic diplomacy for Georgia with the responsibility of encouraging foreign investment from Belgium into the Southeast, writes Global Atlanta’s Phil Bolton . He was appointed by Belgium’s foreign affairs...

Changes to passport services for Belgium’s British nationals

The British Government is making important changes to the passport service for British nationals living overseas. From June 3, 2013, the application process will be centralised and British nationals in Belgium will have to submit their passport application to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK...

Belgian takeover secures 120 jobs at UK textile company

A textile firm in North West England has been taken over by a Belgian manufacturer in a move heralded as ‘very good news’ by bosses, writes the Lancashire Telegraph’s Dan Clough . Van de Wiele NV, based in West Flanders, bought all assets of Spencer Wright Industries Group, which includes Cobble...

Get networking! Brussels Metropolitan meets Business International

The vast majority of Belgium’s 600.000 expatriates live and work in greater Brussels; with such a large international community it is hardly surprising that expats feel so welcome here. Brussels Metropolitan (shorthand for the initiative to establish the "Business Route 2018 for Metropolitan...

Broken Circle Breakdown gets US release

Tribeca Film yesterday announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to the Belgian bluegrass-tinged film The Broken Circle Breakdown, reports Deadline Hollywood . A late 2013 theatrical release is planned for the film which is directed by Felix van Groeningen, who also co-wrote it with Carl Joos. A...

Belgium wants decision on Schengen expansion in 2013

Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders wants to see a decision on Romania's Schengen accession to be adopted by the end of 2013, reports Bulgaria’s Standart News . Reynders and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean (pictured) discussed the expansion of the Schengen Area of border-free travel...

Foreign holiday travel ‘lowest in eight years’ within EU

Fewer Europeans are planning to go away for a summer holiday as economic austerity bites, a new study shows, with levels of foreign vacation travel at their lowest for eight years. Only 54% percent of Europeans are planning to get away for summer holiday this year, according to the Ipsos-Europ...

Chip shop owner asked to drop French-sounding name

A chip shop owner in Kortrijk, West Flanders, has been asked by the city’s authorities to drop plans to name his business ‘Frituur Grand Place’ and to give it a more Flemish-sounding name. The owner complied to the request and consequently renamed his business ‘Frituur Grote Markt’. The Neutral...

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