Pension reform from December 1st: each worker can buy back their years of degree study

Pension reform from December 1st: each worker can buy back their years of degree study

From December 1st, 2017, each worker is able to buy back any years of degree study, so that they count as part of their statutory state pension. The amount of this rebate has been fixed at a global gross amount of €1,500 for each year of their given degree study. The procedure, which all categories of worker and the self-employed must now pay for, anticipates that only years relating to a degree can be adjusted. The system does not take account of resit years. The rebate for study years was…

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Antwerp jewellers subject to stricter measures from January 1st

Antwerp jewellers subject to stricter measures from January 1st

Antwerp City Council will impose stricter requirements on jewellers from January 1st, so as to prevent malicious practices and guarantee fair competition. Amongst other requirements, they will have to provide a certificate to their customers in respect of each item of jewellery purchased, and will be required to install surveillance cameras in particular places. The commune authorities consider that Antwerp plays, as the diamond capital, a significant role in the jewellery sphere. The authorities feel that both the scope and the international nature of this sector make it vulnerable to…

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Belarus constructs its first nuclear power station near its border with the EU

Belarus constructs its first nuclear power station near its border with the EU

Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster that ruined a large part of it territory, Belarus has constructed its first nuclear power station. It was built and financed by Russia, under the concerned but powerless eye of neighbouring Lithuania. In North-West Belorussia, fifteen kilometres from the Lithuanian border, work on the Ostrovets centre is in its final phase: the two reactors, with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts each, will be started up in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The project, which was approved by the government in 2008 and is being managed…

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Minister Jambon thinks all the riots in Brussels are linked

Minister Jambon thinks all the riots in Brussels are linked

There is a system behind the various riots that have happened in Brussels recently, says Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA). Young people are gate-crashing to create havoc, he said when appearing on the De Zevende Dag program on VRT on Sunday. First there was the riot near the Stock Exchange on the evening Morocco qualified for the next football World Cup. These were followed by riots on place de la Monnaie, after a demonstration initiated by a youtuber. Then there were the riots on avenue Louise on Saturday. Jan…

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IAAF athlete of the year – Nafissatou Thiam is voted female athlete of the year, a first for Belgium

IAAF athlete of the year – Nafissatou Thiam is voted female athlete of the year, a first for Belgium

Nafissatou Thiam has been voted female athlete of the year 2017 by IAAF, the International Athletics Federation. The decision was announced during the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on Friday evening. She is the first Belgian to receive the award. This season, Thiam passed the mythical 7,000 point barrier in Götzis, before winning the world title in London. This is all just a year after her Olympic gold medal in Rio. The 23 year old heptathlete was one of three finalists for the award. IAAF drew up a shortlist of…

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