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30 June 2017

An increasing number of girls living in Belgium are being circumcised abroad. “If we act resolutely now, we can end this cruel and unnecessary practice by the end of this century,” says Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities Zuhal Demir. Together with Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders …

29 June 2017

The European Commission has presented its Reflection Paper on the future of EU finances. In this context, the EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources warned that Brexit can cause a budgetary hole of 10 to 12 billion euros. “But anyone dreaming of introducing new European taxes is not doing …

28 June 2017

MS Amlin, a lead insurer of the business market, is also setting up a European subsidiary in Brussels following Brexit. “We are especially pleased that we can now welcome a third major name to Brussels so soon after Lloyd’s and QBE,” Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt says. MS Amlin belongs …

28 June 2017

Approval by the Flemish Parliament was virtually unanimous for a decree that will get rid of unsedated slaughter by 2019. This historic step toward extending and improving animal welfare has now been firmly established by decree. The slaughterhouses have 18 months’ time to prepare their staff and …

27 June 2017

The ultra-loose interest policy of the European Central Bank (ECB) is having a nefarious effect on the savings of Flemish families. This emerged during the second Leergeld.EU seminar, an initiative by MEP Sander Loones, aiming to teach the citizen exactly what happens with his or her money. “The …

23 June 2017

Tasked with Administrative Simplification, State Secretary Theo Francken is looking to simplify the life of small and medium-sized enterprises. Together with Minister for the Middle Class, Self-employed and SMEs, Willy Borsus (MR), he has proposed an ambitious, far-reaching plan intended to reduce …