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Calls to make overtime tax-exempt

The secretary of state for public service, Hendrik Bogaert (pictured) , wants overtime to be exempt from tax. "Those who want to work overtime should be able to do so without limit, in a system where gross is equal to net," he says in De Tijd this morning. "It would only apply to days of eight...

Value of airport diamond loot ‘€300m, not €37m’

The total value of the diamonds stolen during last February’s robbery at Brussels Airport is thought to be closer to €300m than the original quoted amount of €37m, De Morgen reports today. Morocco’s intelligence services argue that Antwerp’s diamond sector has downplayed the value of the loot for...

Apple revises warranty policy in compliance with EU law

Apple has updated its warranty policy in Belgium, offering all buyers a two-year warranty as standard, writes iDownload’s Christian Zibreg . Apple’s insistence on upselling European customers to its paid AppleCare extended coverage has failed to impress authorities in Europe, where two-year...

Anonymous Belgium unmasked as commercial law firm

The group calling itself Anonymous Belgium, which had threatened to “liberate the internet” by launching an attack on Belgian cyberspace on June 15 has revealed its true identity: a Brussels-based commercial law firm specialising in IT law and intellectual property. "We are not hackers. We only...

Maastricht coffee shops on trial for selling weed to Belgians

Owners and staff of three cannabis-selling cafes went on trial yesterday in the southern Netherlands charged with selling cannabis to foreigners, in a case both sides of a heated drug debate in this border city hope will clarify the legality of a clampdown on so-called "coffee shops", writes...

Bigger and better: Technopolis science centre

At the opening of the new extension at Technopolis last month, all eyes were on the guests of honour, Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, as they tried their hands at one of the many new experiments and activities at the science and technology centre. It might have been more pertinent, however,...

Belgium to extradite 17-year-old main suspect in Eindhoven attack

A Belgian court yesterday ruled that the main Belgian suspect in a case known as the ‘Eindhoven security camera attack’ will be extradited to the Netherlands to face trial, reports Dutch News . There had been doubts about whether Brent L., who is 17, would be sent to the Netherlands. The ruling...

Last stand to save Belgian ‘ghost town’

The Belgian village of Doel is facing its final battle for survival against plans to expand the adjacent port of Antwerp that will erase it from the map to make way for a new dock, writes Reuters’s Robert-Jan Bartunek . Doel is wedged between a nuclear power plant and an existing set of docks and...

Belgium targets trade cooperation with Arab world

Belgian foreign and external trade minister Didier Reynders said that the effect of the Arab Spring on bilateral economic links between Belgium and the Arab world had "by and large been a negative one." "Against the background to economic adjustments linked to political and social unrest, trade...

All-time low for number of weddings in Belgium

The number of weddings in Belgium was at an all-time low in 2012, reports La Dernière Heure. Responding to a parliamentary question, interior minister Joëlle Milquet confirmed that 91,566 people got married last year, a drop of 14% in five years. The number of legal cohabitants is stagnating; 78,...

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