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Unnecessary eye operations cost government millions

This evolution is accompanied by a large increase in costs (84 percent) for the Belgian government, or up to €55million, according to De Tijd . One example is the decreasing number of prescriptions handed out for reading glasses, previously thought to be the ideal solution for hyperopia. Instead,...

EU survey confirms 'expat bubble' is real

The survey took into account the answers of more than 9,000 EU expatriates in Brussels, revealing a largely estranged community that is secluded from local residents. By its own admission, the survey sought to clarify whether “the image of the Brussels expatriate who lives on an elitist island...

Wage watchers: how much does a dancer earn?

Dancer Tommy Gryson, 26, from Kortrijk, West Flanders province talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I am a full-time self-employed dancer. I teach two days a week; the rest of the time I do freelance assignments as a performing dancer or choreographer...

King Philippe’s civil list to be subject to VAT

The civil list granted to the future King Philippe will be subject to VAT and excise duties, various Belgian media report today. The amount will be identical to that of Albert II’s civil list, the prime minister and his deputies in the federal government decided last night. The restricted council...

Belgian lab experiment could lead to €200 IVF treatment

A low-tech, simplified form of IVF currently being tested in Belgium uses baking soda, and has the potential to slash the cost of assisted conception, reports Reuters’ Ben Hischler . The process could bring IVF within reach of millions more childless couples around the world. The technique...

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...

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