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Unions outraged at savings tax rise

Belgium's three main trade unions - CNE, SETCa and CGSLB - have warned of the major impact of government plans to increase the tax on savings deposits in Belgian banks, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . As part of efforts to consolidate the budget in 2013 and 2014, the federal government unveiled...

Belgium-bound Brits wanted for BBC programme

The BBC has announced the commission of a brand new series, Escape to the Continent, a brand extension of BBC One’s popular daytime show Escape to the Country, and its makers are looking for British people looking to move to Belgium. Escape to the Continent will offer an insight into life living...

Belgian film industry website gets major revamp

The official website of the Belgian film industry has undergone a significant revamp coinciding with the recent Belgian economic mission to the United States. Using the tagline “Beyond expectations”, the site provides an overview of the strengths of the Belgian film industry: a tax shelter,...

It's only rock'n'roll: a guide to forming a band

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Well maybe not the worst, but it fills them with dread all the same. The children come back from a summer festival and, not content with having lived for several days on burgers, beer and very little sleep, they proudly announce that… yes, they are going to form a...

Co-habitation trumps marriage

"We notice a growing distaste for the institution of marriage , e specially among women, " says sociologist Dimitri Mortelmans of the University of Antwerp . "They see it as something from past generations , which calls to mind an image of power imbalance that is to their disadvantage ." Also...

Diesel and petrol more expensive as from Tuesday

A liter of diesel is expected to increase by 3.1 cents from Tuesday to €1.488 per liter . The price of Super 95, meanwhile, is set to go up by 4.1 cents , to €1.67 per liter, while S uper 98 will cost up to as much as €1,727 per liter , an increase of 4.2 cents . The price increases are due to the...

Telecom providers to store traffic data

If approved, the law would require providers such as Belgacom and Telenet to keep track of residents' email messages and i nternet usage , according to reports today by newspapers De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad . The intention is to give State Security access to valuable information that can be...

Panic in plane after two failed landings at Brussels Airport

The fully booked flight arrived from Marrakech ( Morocco ) around noon on Sunday with mostly customers of Thomas Cook . They testify how the plane almost touched the tarmac on two occasions , only to suddenly speed up again and s hoot into the air at a very sharp angle . The passengers were...

Princess Elisabeth studying French

"Princess Mathilde insists that her kids be perfectly bilingual. She has planned that with Philippe in great detail: they have a Dutch-speaking nanny and send their children to a Dutch-speaking school, while they speak French with them at home. Therefore Elisabeth speaks and writes perfectly in...

A look back on the Irish EU Presidency

Last week marked the end of a very busy period for Ireland, as our six-month Presidency of the Council of the EU drew to a close. Since the beginning of the year, Ireland has hosted over 1,600 meetings where our presidency team have driven Ireland’s priorities for the EU in our programme for...

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