Allowance of 130 euros granted to 95,000 nurses

Allowance of 130 euros granted to 95,000 nurses

By the end of this year, 95,000 nurses will each receive a gross allowance of 130 euros, following a decision to that effect by Health Minister Maggie de Block and Labour Minister Kris Peeters, Het Laatste Nieuws daily reported on Tuesday. The two ministers have been working for some time now on a draft social accord for the federal health care sector that will determine, among other things, working and salary conditions for the next four years. A sensitive issue in this regard is that an employee with a higher…

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Palestinian school financed by Belgium named after terrorist

Palestinian school financed by Belgium named after terrorist

A Palestinian girls’ school financed by Belgian cooperation has been named after a terrorist, prompting the Government to suspend its support to all school-related projects in the Palestinian territories, various Flemish newspapers reported on Tuesday. The Beit Awwa Basic Girls’ School was built on the West Bank of the River Jordan in 2013. It was later renamed the Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School without the knowledge of the Belgian authorities. Mughrabi was a Palestinian militant involved in an attack near Tel Aviv in 1978. The name change has not found favour…

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Walloon government to impose low-emission regional zone

Walloon government to impose low-emission regional zone

The draft order authorising low-emission zones (known as “ZBEs”), in Wallonia, not only anticipates that communes can define these on their given territories. The government will also be entitled to set up regional ZBEs, in the case of pollution peaks within cities where pollution thresholds are reached. This is according to the Minister for the Environment, Carlo Di Antonio. The cdH minister mentioned that a 2016 European directive in particular imposes a reduction of 59% of nitrous oxide emissions (NOx) by 2030, compared to 2005. He was questioned in the…

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Brussels may shortly acquire an English-speaking court

Brussels may shortly acquire an English-speaking court

The Prime Minister, Charles Michel, and the Justice Minister, Koen Geens, wish to develop an English-speaking court. L’Echo is reporting on Tuesday that it will be known as the Brussels International Business Court. Brussels may acquire the new one-tier court in the months to come. The daily newspaper mentions the draft legislation, which is currently travelling between departments. Within this new court, English would be the language used both to argue cases and draft decisions. These would not be likely to be appealed, offering the advantage of an accelerated court…

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