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Belgians earn an average of €3,300 gross a month

In 2013, full-time employees in Belgium earned on average €3,300 gross per month, according to the latest figures from the FPS Economy. The results show that exactly half of Belgium's full-time employees take home a gross monthly salary that falls between €2,000 and €3,000. The majority of these...

WTC building booked, hundreds more places found for refugees

The accommodation in an office block in Brussels for refugees waiting to be processed by the government agency Fedasil is fully occupied, the Red Cross has reported. The recent bad weather saw many asylum-seekers move indoors, although the tent camp in the nearby Maximilian Park is still occupied...

Erectile dysfunction drug sales continue to rise in Belgium

In 2014 in Belgium, 9.7 million pills for erectile dysfunction (ED) were sold in Belgium, 30% more than the previous year, reports La Dernière Heure , based on figures from pharma.be, the umbrella organisation of the Belgian pharmaceutical industry. The success of the pills can be explained by the...

Europe orders Belgium to change Major Law on port employment

The European Commission has given Belgium one month to adapt its law relating to employment in the ports, nearly 18 months after its first ruling that the so-called Major Law is in breach of EU regulations. According to the newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen , EU transport commissioner Violeta Bulc has...

Child benefit is not a perk, but a necessity, say Belgian families

About 78% of Belgian households with children say that the child benefit they receive from the state is an important part of the family budget. The monthly sum rarely goes towards savings or expenditures, but is most often used to help cover the family's everyday cost of living, writes Het...

AB InBev plans takeover of biggest competitor SABMiller

Leuven-based AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, is planning a shares takeover of SABMiller, its largest competitor worldwide. SABMiller brews more than 150 beers, including Miller Genuine Draft, Grolsch and Foster’s. According to AB InBev ( pictured ), it has informed SABMiller of its...

Angry taxi drivers block traffic in Brussels

During a major taxi demonstration yesterday on Brussels' inner ring road, an estimated 400 taxi drivers were involved in blockades. In addition to traffic chaos, the demonstration gave rise to a number of disturbances, including eggs being thrown, tires set on fire and rioting, reports...

No exceptions to ban on ritual slaughter, rules Brussels court

A Brussels court on Wednesday dismissed the claim brought by a number of Muslim organisations against the Flemish minister for animal welfare, Ben Weyts ( pictured ). Minister Weyts last September passed a ban on the slaughter of sheep without stunning except in officially recognised slaugherhouses...

Wind energy could provide 20% of Belgium's electricity by 2030

In 15 years, Belgium's wind turbines – both on land and at sea – could provide for 20% of the country's electricity consumption, compared with just 5% today, according to new predictions by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). At the end of 2014, Belgium produced 2,000 MW of wind power...

Every house in Flanders to be energy efficient by 2050

The government of Flanders and the construction sector are joining forces to make all houses in the region energy efficient by 2050. This bold ambition was announced yesterday by energy minister Annemie Turtelboom ( pictured ), housing minister Liesbeth Homans and environment minister Joke...

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