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Belgian revenue rise overshadowed by expenditure

The Belgian Debt Agency has published its 2012 annual report, in which it highlights the fact that historically high expenditure levels offset a rise in fiscal revenues last year, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . According to the Agency, total fiscal revenues rose sharply in 2012, rising by 1.1% to...

Wallonia 'makes Belgium more attractive to investors'

Belgium now ranks as the 5th most attractive European country, one place up from 2011, according to Ernst & Young’s ‘2013 Barometer of Belgian Attractiveness’. The barometer is based on the number of foreign investments in Belgium, which rose from 153 to 169 (+10.5%) between 2011 and 2012. As...

British care worker spending weekend as disabled patient

A British care worker is tackling living as someone with learning disabilities to get an insight into how to treat her clients as part of a care-ethics project led by Belgium’s KAHO Sint-Lieven University, reports the Salisbury Journal . Elisa Wilcox, 43, from Fordingbridge, Hampshire, is currently...

England Counties finish Belgian tour with crushing victory

England Counties completed their tour of Belgium with a 57-5 victory over the hosts’ national team in Tubize on Sunday, the Western Morning News' Bill Sobey writes. Cornwall skipper Ben Hilton (pictured) started the game in the second row with Redruth prop Darren Jacques coming on as a second-half...

Back at the Residence: the Queen’s Birthday Party

The annual reception organised by the British Embassy in Brussels to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday was back at the British Residence after a year of renovation. The Residence, in keeping with the ‘Britain is Great’ theme, was known for the occasion as the Great British Home, and featured, as well...

Vote! Introducing Bulletin Polls…

From transport to politics, from ecology to consumer issues, many news topics tend to polarise our readership. Which is all fine; a healthy debate is always a good thing. We want to know what you think – which is why from now on, we will be conducting a weekly poll on a ‘hot’ topic. It could be a...

Ellis Gourmet Burger

Open since May 2011, Ellis Gourmet Burger is the applause-worthy initiative of six friends who recognised the lack of quality (read: non-fast food) hamburgers in Brussels. There's already another Ellis in the coastal town of Knokke, and if their success continues, we may see more Ellis locations open up in other cities such as Ghent or Antwerp.

Belgian Rugby: International 7s meet at Heysel

Not only is Rugby 7s growing in popularity, the successful results of Belgian teams is raising eyebrows across the rugby world. The Mens' team returned home from Israel at the beginning of June carrying the European Championship trophy (first leg), while the country’s Ladies' team similarly...

45,000 m² of commercial premises at Palace of Justice

A total of 45,000 square metres will be made available for shops, catering areas and tourism and trade activities inside the Brussels Palace of Justice, the secretary of state for public buildings, Servais Verherstraeten told L'Echo and De Tijd. The government had previously decided to dedicate...

Belgian banks’ profitability ‘remains low’

Belgian Central Bank Governor Luc Coene said yesterday that, while Belgian banks are improving in terms of solvency and liquidity, their profitability remains low . He explained t his was due to several factors, writes Dow Jones’s Frances Robinson . "Overall, the situation has improved for banks in...

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