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Finance minister vows to scrap outdated & unfair taxes

Belgian finance minister Koen Geens has announced plans to abolish a raft of taxes deemed to be unfair, obsolete, or contrary to international law, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . Alluding to such levies as "plague taxes," Geens pledged to repeal any charges that yield little for the state, but...

Belgian designer offers Honest, transparent fashion

Belgian fashion pioneer Bruno Pieters is breaking from tradition and offering high-end customers “transparent shopping from A to Z” through Honest by , a web-only label he created last year which gives the shopper an intricately detailed breakdown of a product’s elaborate supply chain. In the world...

Come rain or shine: the Royal Meteorological Institute

Like most of those in Europe, Belgium’s Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) has its roots in the national observatory. As technology rapidly improved towards the end of the 19th century, scientists, who would later call themselves meteorologists, were starting to investigate the lowest part of the...

KBC Sep 20 2013

STIB cannot extend its routes into Flanders

Flemish public transport company De Lijn wants to introduce four tram routes into Brussels, but some STIB directors are vetoing the plan because the draft agreement does not allow the Brussels company, in return, to extend some of its lines into Flemish Brabant, La Capitale reports today. Under De...

Anderlecht hooligan arrested in Portugal is a policeman

One of seven Belgian football hooligans arrested in Lisbon on Tuesday is a Brussels policeman, Het Laatste Nieuws reported yesterday. The information has been confirmed by a press release from the Brussels-West police force. The arrests took place before the Champions League game between Benfica...

Scientology’s claim against Belgium dismissed

The European Court of Human Rights has declared inadmissible an application filed by the Church of Scientology claiming that the Belgian authorities had breached the organisation’s rights by issuing statements to various media about an ongoing investigation. In 1997, a judicial investigation was...

Belgian electronic music takes over London

London will celebrate Belgian electronic music in October with a week-long series of parties, gigs, club nights and film, reports Data Transmission . Belgium Booms will cover all aspects of Belgian electronic music, from the country’s pioneering EBM, New Beat and techno artists of the 80s and early...

AP names award-winning correspondent as Benelux editor

The Associated Press has appointed award-winning correspondent and investigative editor John-Thor Dahlburg as its news editor for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The appointment was announced on Wednesday by the news organisation's Europe editor, Niko Price. From a Brussels base, Dahlburg...

Culture beat - September 20

The Steel Heart of Russia photo exhibition at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels, which runs until September 29, reflects the history of the Motherland through the tale of the Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK), one of the world's largest steel producers . The story...

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