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Bad debtors to be barred from new credits

People who do not make loan repayments on time could soon be ineligible for new credits, writes De Standaard. Consumer affairs minister Johan Vande Lanotte wants to introduce changes to the law on consumer credit, he announced at the Senate committee on finance and economic affairs after a question...

Flanders condemned for language bias

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down a judgement against the Flemish community for infringing EU freedom of movement by only drafting workers’ contracts in Dutch, EurActiv reports. Under Flemish law on the use of languages, workers must complete their employment contract in Dutch...

Scratchcards for responsible drivers

Drivers who respect the speed limit in the Brussels-Capital Region could be rewarded with a free Win for Life scratchcard, reports Flanders News . The idea to reward responsible drivers comes from the Brussels regional secretary of state for mobility, Bruno De Lille and the cards are part of the...

Steel car bodies soon as light as aluminium?

The steel car body structures of the near future “can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies”, according to WorldAutoSteel, the Brussels-based automotive group of the World Steel Association. WorldAutoSteel emphasises that all crash performance standards have been met at a comparable cost to...

Remembering India’s World War One soldiers

During a visit to the battlefields of France and Belgium, Baroness Warsi, Britain’s faith and communities minister, has paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the 1.2 million men from the Indian Army who fought for Britain in World War One. As part of the government’s programme to commemorate the...

Running for Retrak: Week 10

This week’s lesson was twofold. 1) It seems we all have rather different ideas of the meaning of “slow”. 2) Someone has to come last, and it might as well be me. As part of my couch-potato-to-20km training programme, I signed up to the Brussels Runners Meetup group, hoping for a bit of motivation...

It’s official: Marks & Spencer to reopen in Brussels

Marks & Spencer will open a new store in 2015 in Belgium, located on Avenue de la Toison d'Or in Brussels. The rumour ran for a little time in Brussels’ real estate circles, but it was not until yesterday that the British chain confirmed the information. This means that M&S returns after...

Government tackles Belgacom’s executive wages

The Belgian government, the majority shareholder of Belgacom, will either abstain or vote against several points relating to the remuneration of senior executives and directors of the company, at the general meeting of shareholders of the telecommunications group today in Brussels. "It is time that...

Panel of 12 experts to help with pension reform

Belgian minister for pension Alexander De Croo and minister for the self-employed and SMEs Sabine Laruelle have announced that 12 industry experts have been put in charge of preparing a second instalment of pension reform to the Belgian pension system for between 2020 and 2040, writes European...

Belgium to expand consular presence in India

Belgium is hopeful of setting up its Consulate General in Chennai before the end of this year, reports The Hindu . A visit to New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai by a large business delegation headed by the Prince Philippe is also set to take place in November, said Karl Van den Bossche (pictured left...

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