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Pin code scrapped for small transactions

Bancontact/Mister Cash is about to make it easier to pay small amounts with a bank card. The Proton function, previously used to make small payments, will disappear by the end of this year. To compensate, Bancontact/Mister Cash worked out an alternative: From 2014 it will be possible to make small...

Club Brugge dismiss coach

Juan Carlos Garrido has been sacked at Club Brugge. The Spaniard, who has only been coaching in Bruges for 10 months, is the first coach this season in Belgium to lose his job. Interestingly, Club haven't been performing poorly at all. The 13-time champions are currently number two in Belgium and...

Belgian working week is the way forward, says UK think-tank

A shorter working week, based on the Belgian model, should become the norm, enabling people to get better value from their time, according to a new book published by independent think-tank the New Economics Foundation, reports the London Evening Standard . "It's time to make 'part-time' the new '...

Plans for ‘soda tax’ abandoned

There will be no ‘soda tax’ in Belgium after all, De Tijd reports. The office of health minister Laurette Onkelinx has confirmed that the tax on sugar-heavy soft drinks, first mooted in May , has now been abandoned, adding that in Denmark the initiative had been scrapped while the French seems to...

New ‘video on demand’ platform for Flemish films

The Union of Flemish Film Producers (VFPB) and the website UniversCine.be have, in collaboration with the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF) and Flanders Doc, have launched a new diffusion platform for Flemish films going back as far as 1945, making them available by paying download or online...

New Belgian memorial to honour WWI Welsh soldiers

Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones will today announce his government’s financial backing for a new memorial in Belgium to remember Welsh people who served during in the First World War, reports Wales Online . On a visit to the site of the new memorial in Langemark, West Flanders, he will announce...

Belgian chocolatiers master the art of the Australian rocky road

A high-end chocolate emporium in Australia has brought over six chocolatiers from Belgium to work at the popular attraction, which opened in December last year and now employs 72 people, writes the Weekly Times’ Johanna Leggatt . But the Belgian ‘imports’ at the new Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and...

Mind how you go: the dos and don’ts of Car Free Sunday

The 2013 edition of Car Free Sunday takes place this weekend and it is heartening to note that the initiative gains in popularity every year. From its inception in 2000 (when it mirrored the French initiative "En ville sans ma voiture" ) to the well-oiled operation it has become, Car Free Sunday...

Belgian-born law graduate becomes Australian cabinet minister

Australia’s new minister for finance, Mathias Cormann, was actually born in Belgium and only learnt English in his twenties, several Belgian media were quick to report. Cormann, 42, was born and raised in Eupen and studied at KU Leuven, only learning English as an exchange student at the University...

Martin Scorsese working on Leopold II TV series

Martin Scorsese will team up with Harry Belafonte to tackle a television mini-series about king Leopold II of the Belgians and his reign over Congo, reports TV Rage . Scorsese is looking to continue with his portrayal of violent historical figures on television, while Belafonte’s interest stems...

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