The European Commission on Thursday announced a series of proposals aimed at giving member States greater flexibility in setting their value-added tax (VAT) rates, with certain conditions, and making life easier for small and medium sized businesses.
In 2017, some 5% of Belgium’s population faced a situation of severe material deprivation, and 21% said they had a hard time making ends meet, according to the latest annual living conditions survey by the Belgian statistics office, Statbel, published on Thursday.
The police in Brussels will intervene in the next few days to stem the influx of migrants in the Gare du Nord neighbourhood, Interior Minister Jan Jambon told a parliamentary commission on Wednesday.
In the coming month, war-torn Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism, Middle East and nuclear non-proliferation will be at the top of the agenda at the United Nation Security Council.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:46

Bad weather injures many in Flanders

Bad weather has injured many persons, one of them seriously, in Flanders, and relief services there have been overwhelmed by calls, mostly about fallen trees and damaged roofs and tiles.
The European Commission adopted this week a strategy to protect the environment from plastic pollution as part of the transition to a circular economy. By taking the lead in this transition, the Commission wants also to create new investment opportunities and jobs.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:34

British MPs pass EU withdrawal bill

On Wednesday evening, British MPs passed a government bill on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
In Belgium, 159 child adoptions from abroad took place last year.
The Loi Macron, passed in 2015 when Emmanuel Macron was still Minister for the Economy, is exerting pressure on Belgian companies.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:43

The King gives speech at the Royal Palace

On Thursday, King Philippe declared in a speech his desire for the largest number of people possible to benefit from Belgium’s return to economic growth.
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