EU Brexit negotiator meets Eurosceptic Nigel Farage

EU Brexit negotiator meets Eurosceptic Nigel Farage

The European Union (EU)’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, received on Monday in Brussels the former leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, torchbearer of the advocates of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. The two men reviewed the state of ongoing negotiations between Europe and Britain, according to a spokesman for the European Commission, who recalled that Barnier’s door was always open to Europarliamentarians from the United Kingdom. Although he resigned as head of his party after the narrow victory of the pro-Brexit movement at the June 2016…

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Even more company cars in Belgium

Even more company cars in Belgium

In 2017, 292,734 new company cars were recorded, or 3.2% more than previous year. This is reported on Tuesday in De Tijd, and is based upon figures from the Belgian Automobile Federation (“Febiac”). Traxio says that this growth is due to the implementation of a “plan cafétéria”, or a menu of multiple options, within large companies. The spokesman for the Federation says, “Numerous employees continue to go for the company car option.” The Belgian Federation for Vehicles Rental Providers (“Renta”) expects that the anticipated changes will have little impact on…

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Belgians regulate €590 million in “black money” in 2017

Belgians regulate €590 million in “black money” in 2017

In December 2017, the service responsible for correcting tax irregularities has received further demands from reformed fraudsters, than during all of 2016. This is reported on Tuesday in both De Tijd and L’Echo. This is on the basis of figures from the Finance Minister, Johan Van Overtveldt (New Flemish Alliance). This end-of-year rush has led to a record in the sphere, forced by the increase on January 1st, 2018, of the applicable rate for correcting irregularities of prescribed capital (from 37 to 38%) and that of the fine for non-prescribed…

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