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Belgium issues timetable for 4G auction

Belgium's telecoms regulator has published a preliminary timetable for its 800Mhz radio spectrum auction, which it still aims to complete during this financial year, reports Cellular News . The BIPT said that the new time schedule will allow the candidates to start their technical tests. However,...

Yummy money: meal tickets and lunch vouchers

Even if you don’t get lunch vouchers or meal tickets at work, you’ll have no doubt seen someone pay for their restaurant bill or their groceries with them, or with their electronic equivalent (since the beginning of this year, the paper version is slowly being replaced by a smart card which is...

After a speed camera… another speed camera

Belgium’s federal traffic police does not intend to relax its efforts to tackle speeding on the motorway, several newspapers report today, and has started installing several speed cameras in a row on some stretches of road. "Far too many drivers, having just passed a speed camera, consider that the...

Price of electricity 'to rise by 40%'

The annual electricity bill for the average household could increase from €590 to €840 – an increase of 40%, according to a study by Boston Consulting on behalf of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB), several newspapers report this morning. The price paid by large companies is expected...

Boonen pays €2m in Belgian tax case

Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen has reportedly paid €2m to resolve a tax evasion investigation in Belgium, reports Cycling News . News came to light last month that Boonen had been the focus of special tax investigators, who suspected that the former world champion had overstepped the mark in terms of...

Robbie Williams rehearsing in Brussels

British singer Robbie Williams is currently rehearsing in Brussels Expo’s Palais 5, in preparation for his forthcoming ‘Take The Crown’ European tour, which kicks off in Dublin on June 14, and reaches our shores on August 3 with a show at the King Baudouin stadium. He performed two songs (Bodies...

Three Belgian directors at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

There will be three Belgian directors featured at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs from June 28 until July 6, writes Cineuropa's Aurore Engelen . Vincent Lannoo’s In the Name of the Son (pictured) will be in the running for the Independent Camera in the ‘Independents’ Forum...

Wage watchers: how much does a prison officer earn?

Prison officer Thomas, 30, from Antwerp province talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I'm a prison officer in Hoogstraten. We have all kinds of inmates: sex offenders, drug dealers... Mostly people who are nearing the end of their sentences and learning a...

Fyra manufacturer blames ‘irresponsible driving’

AnsaldoBreda, the Italian manufacturer of the infamous Fyra train, rejects all charges that led to the service being discontinued, in a statement released yesterday. "The public should be made aware that the Fyra is safe and has been certified and verified by the competent international authorities...

InBev finalises Corona purchase

Corona, the Mexican lager which, in its nearly 90 years of production grew into a symbol of the nation's cultural heritage, has come into Belgian hands, writes the Latin Times’ David Iaconangelo . Leuven-based InBev Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, finalised a deal to buy Grupo Modelo,...

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