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Belgian minimum wage Europe’s second highest

The legal minimum wage in Belgium, which stands at €1,502 gross per month, is the second highest in Europe, just behind Luxembourg (€1,874), Le Soir and De Standaard report today, citing figures from Eurostat. The Belgian minimum wage increased by 29% in ten years in Belgium and by 36% in...

Belgium ratifies UNESCO underwater archaeology convention

Belgium has ratified the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, the organisation’s website reports. This ratification is an important step in the development of the Convention as it illustrates the growing international support for this instrument and for the...

Bpost profits up 3% as sending of packets grows

Growth in packets and cost-cutting efforts have helped counter a drop in state funding and the ongoing decline in domestic mail volumes at Belgium’s bpost so far this year, reports Post & Parcel . The company issued its half-year results on Wednesday night, stating that revenues have edged up...

Belgian films showcased at Montreal Festival

This year’s edition of Montreal’s World Film Festival will feature a healthy number of Belgian films, writes Cineuropa’s Aurore Engelen . Enthusiasm for Belgian cinema has paid off over the past ten years Ben X, Adem and Come As You Are all won the Grand Prix of the Americas; North Sea Texas won...

US fashion retailer honours the Antwerp Six

American fashion retailer Opening Ceremony is ‘all about Belgium’ this year, writes Vogue’s Sarah Karmali . The brand has chosen the country as its focus for 2013-2014 and will launch a dedicated collection featuring collaborations with both emerging and established Belgian designers - to introduce...

Bombay Inn

The owner is genuinely happy to see us come in, his first customers on this slow Wednesday evening, but the place fills up quickly in the two hours that we are there. First he brings a thirst-quenching Coke and pitcher of sparkling water, followed by the requisite poppadom and quartet of exotic dipping sauces.

@seven August 8

‘Tax Liberation Day’ puts Belgium at the top of the taxation scale

A study indicates that Belgium is the European country in which workers pay most tax, as today marks Belgium’s ‘tax Liberation Day’. For the fourth consecutive year, an EU wide calendar of so-called Tax Liberation Days for typical workers in each of the EU member countries has been released jointly...

‘Dine-and-dashing’ on the rise in Belgium

More and more customers leave restaurants and bars in Belgium without paying, reports Het Laatste Nieuws. Last year, there were 629 reported cases of ‘dine and dashing’, 15% more than in 2011, official figures from the Federal Police indicate. The real figure is thought to be much higher, because...

Life insurance no longer popular in Belgium

Belgians are falling out of love with life insurance, figures from AG Insurance suggest, after the company saw sales fall by 20% in the first half of 2013. Delta Lloyd, for its part, suffered a 11% drop in sales of life insurance policies, De Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg report...

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