Food testing campaign to stop misleading branding in EU

Food testing campaign to stop misleading branding in EU

The question of dual quality of food products was raised after it was disclosed that in some countries people are sold food of lower quality than in other countries, despite the packaging and branding being identical. The European Commission announced on Friday that it will launch a common testing methodology to put an end to it. The methodology has been developed by the Commission’s Joint-Research Centre with support of at least 16 Member States and will be ready in April. This would allow Member States authorities to launch a coordinated…

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Brussels attacks – Smaïl Farisi, the terrorist’s accommodation provider, released on conditional parole

Brussels attacks – Smaïl Farisi, the terrorist’s accommodation provider, released on conditional parole

Smaïl Farisi has been released on conditional parole. He was released by the Instruction judge in charge of the investigation into the Brussels attacks, RTL reported on Saturday. It was confirmed by the Federal Prosecutor’s office. His preventative custody has ended and is on conditional parole but the charges against him still stand. He rented an apartment in Avenue de la Caserne in Etterbeek, which served as a base for Osama Krayem and Khalid El Bakraoui the morning of the Brussels and Zaventem attacks.

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Brussels: jobseekers’ numbers drop again

Brussels: jobseekers’ numbers drop again

Unemployment dropped again, this time by -4.4 %, in the Brussels Region in January, reducing the number of jobseekers to 91,877 -16.5%- the region’s public employment service, Actiris, announced on Monday. Four years ago, the capital had 20,000 more unemployed persons than now, it said. Youthful employment (under 25 years of age) went down for the 56th consecutive month, and is now 24.8%, a drop of 9.2% on an annual basis.

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Record year in the fight against fraud for the Special Tax Inspection Team

Record year in the fight against fraud for the Special Tax Inspection Team

The Special Tax Inspection Team recuperated a record 2.1 billion euros last year, reports L’Echo and De Tijd. The figures have been confirmed by the Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt. The Special Tax Inspection Team (ISI) has severely cracked down on tax fraud and issued fines and tax increases worth a record 2.1 billion euros. That’s around 400 million euros more than in 2016 and double the figure for 2015. The team’s investigators also opened 1,352 cases last year, 28% more than the previous year. Van Overtveldt says the team’s…

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