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The Domains www.thebulletin.be and www.xpats.com are owned and managed by Bulletin Media SRL, Rue de Sardanson 20A, 5004 Namur, VAT/CBE BE 0778.978.591, phone +32(0)473.270.745, email editorial@thebulletin.be).

Any use and/or visit of any of these Domains is subject to the following Terms of use.

Version applicable since 1 February 2022

General information

The Bulletin Media Domains www.thebulletin.be and www.xpats.com mean both a website and a(n) (mobile) application offered or operated by Bulletin Media.

Conditions

Any use and/or visit of the Bulletin Media Domains is subject to these terms, unless determined otherwise by Bulletin Media. The mere use of a Bulletin Media Domain implies the user’s complete and irrevocable agreement to these terms of use applicable to the Bulletin Media Domain and to products and services offered. Bulletin Media reserves the right to change these terms at any time. Amended terms will be published on the Bulletin Media Domains and will enter into force with immediate effect after publication.

If you provide certain personal data, you warrant that these are accurate and complete. Providing inaccurate data or data belonging to third parties may result in the user being denied access to the Bulletin Media Domains involved and/or other Bulletin Media Domains in full or in part, temporarily or permanently.

For more information about the Bulletin Media policy concerning the processing of data relating to natural persons, please consult our privacy policy.

Limitation of Liability

Although Bulletin Media aims at providing accurate reports and information, it can never guarantee the accuracy, completeness or suitability of the reports or information in its publications for whatever use, nor can it be held liable for it.

Bulletin Media accepts no liability whatsoever for any user’s decisions or acts based on the information provided or on data or reports about users or third parties, nor for any errors or mistakes.

Furthermore, Bulletin Media accepts no liability for any direct or indirect damage or any other damage whatsoever arising from the inaccuracy, incompleteness, forgetfulness, negligence, etc.

Responsibility for the articles, the information and the images rests with the author of the article, the provider of the information, or the photographer, respectively.

Links to other websites

Bulletin Media cannot be held responsible in any way for any information which as a service to the user is accessible via hyperlinks to third-party content or third-party websites. Said links are included for information purposes only and the operators of said websites have sole responsibility and liability for the accuracy of the information offered and for compliance with the laws and regulations relating to the products and services available for purchase on their websites, particularly as regards the protection of the consumer, remote purchasing, etc.

Damage

Bulletin Media does not accept any liability for any temporary or permanent damage or defects to the user’s data or computer equipment as a result of using the Bulletin Media Domains. Furthermore, Bulletin Media shall not be liable for any eventual transfer of viruses via the Bulletin Media Domains.

Availability of the Bulletin Media Domains

Despite its best endeavours, Bulletin Media cannot guarantee continuous availability of the Bulletin Media Domains, or that they will be free from outages or interruptions. Bulletin Media reserves the right to interrupt access to the Bulletin Media Domains at any time and without prior notice for technical or other reasons, as well as to terminate the services without prejudice to current agreements. Other than in the case of wilful misconduct on the part of Bulletin Media, Bulletin Media cannot be held liable for interruptions or errors in electronic supply.

Advertisement

More information regarding the general sales conditions applicable to the sale of advertisements can be found under the Conditions of sale.

The principle of equal treatment implies the absence of any form of direct or indirect discrimination or harassment on the labour market. The Collective Bargaining Agreement No. 38 and the Decree of 8 May 2002, on proportionate participation in the employment market, are applicable inter alia.

Copyright – Intellectual Property Rights

Any and all texts, photographs, drawings, graphs, images, sounds, data, databases, software, names, trade names and domain names and all other components of the Bulletin Media Domains are subject to copyright and may be subject to other protection as well. Each Bulletin Media Domain is also subject to copyright in itself, and also protected by copyright as well as database laws as a database.

The user acknowledges explicitly that all the related property rights, including any intellectual property rights, are vested in Bulletin Media.

None of these components nor the Bulletin Media Domains themselves or any information offered on the Bulletin Media Domains may be stored (for any other purpose than to be able to view the Bulletin Media Domains), reproduced, modified, published, distributed, transmitted, sold, transferred to third parties or used in any way other than with the prior written consent of Bulletin Media. This also implies that it is forbidden to visit the Bulletin Media Domains in an automated manner by means of a robot, crawler or indexing software or in any other automated way. It is also forbidden to use services on the Bulletin Media Domains in such a way that they lead to an actual automatic indexing of the Bulletin Media Domain in question. It is forbidden to request the contents of the Bulletin Media Domains automatically or non-automatically with a frequency that is substantially higher than the frequency of a normal typical user.

Unless agreed otherwise by separate contract, by transmitting texts, photographs, drawings, graphs, images, sounds, data and other materials to a Bulletin Media Domain, every legal or natural person transfers all ownership of the aforementioned works, including intellectual property rights and copyrights, to Bulletin Media, and indemnifies Bulletin Media against alle possible claims from third parties in that regard.

Websites not belonging to Bulletin Media may link freely to the pages of the Bulletin Media Domains. The links always mention the name of the Bulletin Media Domain involved. The user is always linked directly to the Bulletin Media Domain involved, hence without any delay, additional steps or pages appearing in the frame of another website. The use of logos requires prior written consent from Bulletin Media.

Interactivity

Bulletin Media is not responsible for the content of weblogs running via the Bulletin Media Domains. Any chatting, reacting or messaging always occurs at the user’s own risk. The chat sessions, reactions and weblogs may not be distributed by third parties, not even in part.

By sending messages or reactions, the submitter also gives their consent to have these messages published in, for instance, the printed paper and other media.

The publisher reserves the right to refuse or remove reactions that do not contribute to any debate. Such decision is at the sole discretion of the editor and need not be accounted for.

The following acts are prohibited and punishable by law and as such obviously forbidden on the Bulletin Media Domains:

• racism, xenophobia, negationism and discrimination or any propagation thereof;

• slander, defamation, stalking, insulting, abuse of name or image, breach of trust;

• infringements of intellectual or other property. It is forbidden to disturb the public order on the Bulletin Media Domains. This means that spamming, transmitting unsolicited advertising via private or public messages, the act of repeatedly and unlawfully reloading pages, flooding or placing excessively long texts, etc., may be prosecuted;

• hacking or attempted hacking of the Bulletin Media Domains is prohibited and will be punished;

• violation of public decency, publication of pornographic images, paedophilia and the public offering of prostitution or escort services.

Visitors of the Bulletin Media Domains who believe that certain information on the Bulletin Media Domains is illegal or offensive are requested to get in touch via the above-mentioned contact information. In case of illegal behaviour by a user, the IP address of that user may be passed on to the competent authorities.

Competitions

Bulletin Media regularly organises competitions and provides special commercial offers. These are subject to these terms and conditions of use, the privacy policy of Bulletin Media and the specific conditions and competition rules.

Applicable Law

Belgian law will apply.

The invalidity, nullity or unenforceability of all or part of the above provisions will not result in the invalidity and/or unenforceability of other provisions. Parties agree that the electronic communication between them has legal force as written evidence.

Unless the provisions of a product or service determine otherwise, any dispute arising from the use of the Bulletin Media Domains shall be governed by Belgian law and brought exclusively before the competent courts of Brussels.