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Over 1m tax returns are incomplete

More than one million tax returns are incomplete, L’Echo reports today, citing figures from the federal public service for finance. Out of 2.7m tax returns filed via Tax-on-Web, only 1.5m ‘code 1440s’ box had been ticked. Code 1440 is in effect a sworn statement relating to the additional 4% tax on...

Journalist smuggles weapons past airport security

A journalist working for Le Soir Magazine managed to get past security with a knife and 450g of mock explosives at a Belgian airport during a security test, the Belgian weekly announced today. On average, dangerous objects go undetected in 60% of cases. She was one of a party of four accompanying...

More and more Dutch patients come to Belgium for treatment

The number of Dutch patients travelling to Belgium for medical treatment has increased 14% over the past three years, reports Dutch News . Belgium is also popular with patients from Germany, France, the UK and Luxembourg, a report by the patient mobility observatory shows. The latest figures cover...

Wage watchers: how much does a zookeeper earn?

Zookeeper Karen Rogiers, 46, from Deurne talks about what she earns and how she spends it What do you do for a living? I’m a zookeeper at Antwerp zoo, where I look after the birds. Our six-strong team is in charge of 650 birds. The zoo receives many job applications, but many people have the wrong...

Unpopular .vlaanderen extension receives go-ahead

Belgian domain name registrar DNS Belgium has received the official approval for the extension .vlaanderen. It will be operational by the end of 2014, DNS.be announced yesterday. In-depth technical and financial assessments were required prior to the new domain name being approved. Flemish...

Sharp decrease in Belgians caught speeding on French roads

Some 53,000 Belgians were caught speeding on French roads in July, a 39% drop compared to July 2012, when 87,000 had fallen foul of French speed cameras. According to automobile association VAB, there were 14% fewer road accidents in France in July 2013 than a year earlier. Belgian motorists who...

Belgians ‘have never saved more’

Belgians continue to save more than ever. In June 2013, they had a total of €245.51bn on their savings accounts, according to figures released yesterday by the National Bank of Belgium. This constitutes a record amount for a country whose citizens are widely regarded as compulsive savers. In May,...

Jaguar self-combusts on Belgian motorway

A brand new Jaguar F-Type caught fire and melted in Belgium on Sunday, in what looked like a case of self-combustion. The owner was driving on the motorway and noticed something was wrong with the vehicle. When he pulled over, near Herentals, Antwerp province, to call the Jaguar emergency line, the...

Belgian footballer’s dream move to England collapses after Twitter backlash

Belgian international footballer Ilombé Mboyo’s dream move to the English Premier League collapsed yesterday after a Twitter backlash over the 26-year-old’s previous conviction for rape, reports the Daily Mirror . West Ham United chairman David Sullivan has confirmed the club have scrapped a move...

Green party calls for basic state pension for all

Flemish green party Groen has called for a reform of the pensions systems, based on two principles: a basic pension for all and a supplement based on years worked. "Our society needs decent pensions in order to fight rampant poverty,” said MP Wouter De Vriendt in a statement. Twenty-two percent of...

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