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Over €6m in lottery winnings unclaimed

A total of €6.7m in National Lottery winnings went unclaimed last year, an increase of nearly €1m in the space of two years, the SudPresse newspapers report today. However, only a very small number of major winnings were left undistributed, the National Lottery insists. Winners have a legal period...

GCHQ Belgacom hacking claim 'has to be probed'

The European Parliament is right to probe claims that UK spy agency GCHQ launched a cyber-attack on Belgian telecoms firm Belgacom, according to a leading British MEP, reports BBC News . Allegations that GCHQ attempted to hack into Belgacom - whose customers include the EU offices in Brussels -...

India and Belgium agree to strengthen economic ties

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee had a “very fruitful” meeting yesterday with Belgian prime minister Elio Di Rupo, during which the two countries decided to deepen their already strong economic engagement in critical infrastructure, nuclear energy, Information Technology and higher education,...

American pro cyclist killed by car while training

An American professional cyclist was killed yesterday after being hit by a truck while training in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Antwerp province, writes the Denver Post’s John Henderson . Cyclocross racer Amy Dombroski, 26, was riding behind a scooter when she was hit by a truck. The 52-year-old truck...

Culture beat - October 3

It’s fair to say that Norbert Leclercq likes classical guitar. Having trained under the tutelage of the great Nicolas Alfonso, he literally made the guitar his life, his raison d’être, as the myriad works he has produced since the 70s testify. Color 12 Guitares is, as the name suggests, a kind of...

The Bulli Bakers join BritCham charity baking competition

The heat is on! Here at the Bulletin HQ we couldn’t resist BritCham’s invitation to join a charity bake off . Now we had a perfect excuse to indulge in one of our favourite activities – afternoon tea. I say tea, but it actually extends to beer, cheese, chocolate… you name it, we will happily tuck...

No more severance pay for MPs who resign

The Conference of Presidents of the House of Commons has approved the scrapping of severance pay for MPs who voluntarily leave their post. "Instructions were sent immediately to the relevant services and the new system is effective as of October 2," said speaker André Flahaut. Exceptions will be...

Tax-On-Web deadline extended

Finance minister Koen Geens has announced plans to extend by a fortnight the deadline for filing individual income tax declarations via the Finance Ministry's Internet portal Tax-on-Web, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . As a result, the Tax-on-Web filing deadline will be extended until October 31,...

Delta Lloyd to sell Belgian banking activities

Dutch insurer Delta Lloyd has announced it will sell its Belgian banking operations, which analysts estimate to be worth about €300m, in order to build up its Belgian life insurance and pensions business, writes Reuters’ Sara Webb . Delta Lloyd Bank Belgium had total assets of €6.9bn at the end of...

Second 4G network goes live – but still not in Brussels

Belgium's biggest telecoms operator, Belgacom, has had the 4G market to itself since late 2012, through its mobile brand Proximus - but that's all about to change, writes ZDNet’s Jo Best . The country's second-largest mobile operator, Base, switched on its own LTE network on Tuesday, taking 4G...

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