Work begins on City 2 makeover

Monday, 18 September 2017 17:01
Construction work will be carried out at the City 2 Commercial Centre on Rue Neuve in Brussels from the 18th of September 2017 to January 2019. AG Real Estate, which owns the building, says it aims to turn it into a place for living, meeting, discussion, relaxation and pleasure.
Retail trade will now be able to use the Flexi-job system, which already allows some part-time catering employees who work a certain amount of hours to do extra hours without paying social charges.

Corporate loans reach record high

Monday, 11 September 2017 18:49
Outstanding corporate loans totalled 145 billion euros at the end of June 2017 in Belgium, an increase of almost 5.8% over the preceding year and an all-time record, according to the latest quarterly barometre by the financial sector federation, Febelfin.
Belgium has raised 1.779 billion euros through treasury certificates at negative interest rates, the country’s Debt Agency announced on Tuesday.
There will be no wealth register to find out which trading accounts are concerned by the tax to be imposed by the Belgian government, Prime Minister Charles Michel told La Libre newspaper and Bel-RTL on Thursday.
The first convoy of intermediate-level vitrified waste arrived in Belgium on Wednesday morning in “optimum safety conditions”, the National Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Material (Ondraf), Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (AFCN), Synatom and Belgoprocess reported on Wednesday.
Five telecoms operators have committed themselves to fighting more effectively against fraud linked to call-charge numbers beginning with 070 or 0900.
French car-maker Renault, and the British firm, Connected Energy, are launching two new quick-charge stations for electric vehicles in Belgium and Germany using second-life batteries, the two companies announced in a press release. In Belgium, the town of Wanlin, along the E411, has been selected for this “world first”.
The Socialist Party, PS, on Friday expressed opposition to plans being studied by the federal government to privatise public companies, describing privatisation as a poor budgetary calculation for which consumers will pay the price.
Privatising the National Railway Company of Belgium, SNCB, is not on the cards, the Office of Prime Minister Charles Michel stated on Friday.