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Wage watchers: how much does an architect earn?

Architect Ronny Custermans, 38, from Houthalen talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I am an architect-cum-manager at WeBuild, an architecture firm in Houthalen, Limburg province. We build mainly office and commercial premises and industrial buildings as well...

Belgians ‘agree with child euthanasia’

As the senate’s joint justice and social affairs committees prepare to resume their debate on the possible extension of the 2002 law on euthanasia to children, an opinion poll conducted by Dedicated Research, RTBF and La Libre today reveals that 75% of the Belgian population agrees with euthanasia...

US shutdown affects WWII memorials

The American government, has consequences in Belgium, RTBF reports. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) , the agency which manages the military cemeteries and memorials dedicated to U.S. soldiers, is the responsibility of the federal authorities. Consequently, its employees are...

Taxpayers pay up to €25 too much

According to a calculation made by the consumer watchdog magazine Test-Achats / Test-Aankoop, Belgian households pay the taxman between €3 and €25 too much in taxes depending on their situation, L’Echo reports today. The magazine has released a prefilled form aimed at helping taxpayers reclaim what...

100,000 Belgians caught speeding in France this summer

Nearly 100,000 Belgian tourists were caught speeding on French motorways in July and August, an increase of 20% compared to the same period in 2012, De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and the SudPresse newspapers report today. 53,400 Belgian motorists were caught in July, and a further 44,700 in August...

Court dismisses child sex claim against Holy See

A Belgian court yesterday rejected a rare attempt at a child sex class action suit against the Holy See filed in 2011 by 39 alleged victims of priests and church workers. The court in Ghent said the Holy See, which represents the Pope and the Vatican government, "is considered to be a state...

Brussels City Museum Oct 1 2013

STIB fares to go up in 2014

STIB’s board of directors yesterday agreed a new fares schedule for 2014. Most tickets and season tickets will increase slightly, the Sudpresse newspapers report today. Season tickets for children, students, OAPs and people on benefits will remain unchanged, however. A ‘Jump’ single ticket will now...

€50 fine for genuine mistakes in tax returns

Anyone who accidentally makes a mistake when filling in their tax return will be liable to pay a €50 fine, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report today. Until recently, the taxman turned a blind eye when a taxpayer made a genuine mistake, but the period of leniency is over. "First offense: €50," it...

Call for ban on chocolate cigarettes

Two MPs, Catherine Fonck and Mie-Jeanne Nyanga-Lu, have introduced a bill which prohibits "the sale of sweets and toys for children, with the intention of giving the product or its packaging the appearance of a product containing tobacco," reports La Dernière Heure. Chocolate and chewing gum...

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