Belgian businesses will be provided with tools in September so that they can prepare for the possibility of failure at the negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), Federal Labour Minister Kris Peeters announced on Wednesday in Brussels.
Opposition politicians have criticised federal migration minister Theo Francken for deporting an Albanian gangster who later showed up on the government’s own Most Wanted list.
A clear majority of Belgians – 61% of those polled – would be in favour of a legally-applied plain packaging of cigarettes, according to a poll carried out for the Anti-Cancer Foundation. In that total is included around half of all smokers.
A strike by cabin staff of the Ryanair low-cost airline has been confirmed for 25-26 July after talks on Wednesday within a paritary commission failed to achieve any substantial progress, the Christian trade union LBC-NVK told Belga news agency.
Belgium is in 12th place among European Union (EU) members benefitting from the effects of the Juncker Plan, which has lived up to its aim of mobilising 315 billion euros in additional investments since its launch in 2015, according to European Commission documents published on Wednesday.
The Minister for the Economy, Kris Peeters (Flemish Christian Democrats), is drafting a bill setting out that all cash payments for retail purchases should be rounded up or down as applicable.
Belgium still has a significant way to go to meet the climate targets, drawn up as part of the Europe 2020 strategy.
The average Belgian has never spent so much time in traffic jams.
The Red Cross has warned that continuing high temperatures are leading to an increase in emergency interventions, in some cases up to 74% more than in 2017.
The number of cases of euthanasia rose in 2017 by 13% compared to the year before, according to a report by the federal control and evaluation committee.