Brussels, Watermael-Boitsfort ban sugar dating campaign

Brussels, Watermael-Boitsfort ban sugar dating campaign

Adverts for the Rich meet Beautiful (RmB) dating site encouraging female students to link up with wealthy men looking for company in exchange for favours will be banned in the city of Brussels and the commune of Watermael-Boitsfort. “The city of Brussels will prohibit these adverts because the mayor evidently cannot tolerate them, “explained Maïté Van Rampelbergh, spokesperson of mayor Philippe Close. “No authorization has been requested for circulating such a message on campus. That’s why we are going to order the police to prevent this campaign.” In Watermael-Boitsfort, a…

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Agreement on bill to leave EU dependent upon “new partnership”

Agreement on bill to leave EU dependent upon “new partnership”

The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Davis, took the opposing stance to that of Europe on Monday. He is framing the agreement as to the “cost” of his country’s departure from the EU as an agreement around “the new partnership” between London and Brussels. Mr Davies indicated upon his arrival in Brussels for a further session of negotiations, “The United Kingdom will honour the financial commitments that we have made during our period of membership of the EU. However we will only reach a conclusion upon this subject in the…

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Ecologists deplore continuity between past and present governments

Ecologists deplore continuity between past and present governments

The Wallonia Region’s 2018 budget reflects a strong continuity between the choices of the current MR-cdH Government and those of its predecessor, the head of the Ecolo Party in the Walloon parliament, Stephane Hazée, said on Monday, one day after the end of budget deliberations on Sunday. “This is particularly striking on ecological issues, where an absence of real investment and commitments can be observed,” Hazée said in a commission of the Walloon parliament. “That’s also the case when one sees that the Government is tightening the screws on public…

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The Flemish government comes up with a budget agreement

The Flemish government comes up with a budget agreement

The Flemish government reached an agreement on the 2018 budget in the early hours of Sunday morning. The Minister-President Geert Bourgeois will give the Flemish Parliament a preview of the content during his annual September statement on Monday. The agreement is expected to include an alternative to the energy tax, which is better known as the Turteltaks. This tax of 100 euros per year, created to cover the cost of green certificates, was scrapped by the Constitutional Court. Just before the summer, Flemish Minister Bart Tommelein (Open Vld) said that…

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European Commission reflects on predictability of flexible jobs

European Commission reflects on predictability of flexible jobs

The European Commission is working to revise its Written Statement Directive, which gives workers starting out on new jobs the right to be informed in writing on key aspects of their employment. It is also thinking of injecting “a dose of predictability” for those doing flexible jobs. The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Marianne Thyssen of Belgium, said on Monday that she aimed to have the new directive on the table by the end of this year. She said she would first consult the social partners, but…

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EU closes excessive deficit procedure against Greece

EU closes excessive deficit procedure against Greece

The European Union (EU) announced on Monday that it was closing the excessive deficit procedure it had imposed on Greece since 2009, thus rewarding the country for its efforts to reform its economy. Three countries – France, Spain and the United Kingdom – remain under the excessive deficit procedure, down from 24 in 2011. An excessive deficit procedure enables the European Commission to place under surveillance any country that fails to respect the EU’s convergence criteria. They can ultimately receive fines, but, for now, that has never happened. The Commission…

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Affected Ryanair passengers can lodge complaints – Minister Bellot

Affected Ryanair passengers can lodge complaints – Minister Bellot

Reacting to plans by the low-cost carrier, Ryanair, to cut at least 2,000 flights by the end of October, the Minister of Mobility, François Bellot, and the Mobility Federal Public Service (FPS) recalled on Friday that affected passengers could file complaints with the Department. Contacting Ryanair is, however, the first step to take. “Since 2005, for any means of travel whatsoever, passengers’ rights are in force throughout the European Union,” the Minister and the Department recalled. “In our country, the Mobility and Transport FPS monitors the rights of passengers and…

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Theresa May asks EU for two-year Brexit transition period

Theresa May asks EU for two-year Brexit transition period

Speech calling for a pause to full exit until 2021 described as ‘constructive’ by Michel Barnier, the bloc’s chief negotiator. Theresa May has proposed delaying a full Brexit until 2021 by asking EU countries to agree to a two-year transition period during which the UK would continue to enjoy unfettered access to the single market. The prime minister said the government would be prepared to accept EU rules in that time, including allowing EU citizens to live and work in Britain, submitting to European laws and continuing to pay into…

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Car-emissions fraud: 11.000 Volkswagen owners join Test-Achats lawsuits

Car-emissions fraud: 11.000 Volkswagen owners join Test-Achats lawsuits

About 11,000 owners of Volkswagen vehicles have joined proceedings initiated by Test-Achats consumer association against the carmakers for equipping its cars with systems enabling them to beat anti-pollution tests. Hearings to determine whether the proceedings can be admitted should be held in late October. While US consumers can receive up to 10,000 dollars in compensation, nothing of the sort has been granted to European consumers. Finding this unacceptable, Test-Achats launched a class action suit on 15 June 2016 against Volkswagen and D’Ieteren, which imports vehicles from the German carmarker into…

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Belgian exports to Britain down to 2013 level

Belgian exports to Britain down to 2013 level

The value of Belgian exports to the United Kingdom, expressed in euros, has fallen to its September 2013 level after peaking in February at its highest level since January 2012, according to the latest monitoring report from Federal Directorate of the Economy, Planning Bureau and National Bank, quoted by Minister of the Economy, Kris Peeters. Uncertainty around the British exit from the European Union, Brexit, has already sparked a certain nervousness and has economic consequences, the Deputy Prime Minister, said. British Prime Minister Theresa May was scheduled to deliver a…

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