Heavy-duty trucks banned from Brussels city centre

Heavy-duty trucks banned from Brussels city centre

Heavy-duty vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes are now banned from the Pentagon – the area located within Brussels’ small ring -, the alderwoman in charge of mobility within the city council, Els Ampe, announced on Friday. “The historic city centre comprises three little streets that are not adapted to heavy-duty vehicles,” Ms. Ampe said. “Signs indicating the ban will be posted. The city is also working with the navigation systems for them to propose alternative routes.”

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EU in Syria: biggest payer of aid but no key-player

EU in Syria: biggest payer of aid but no key-player

EU is the biggest donor of humanitarian aid to Syria and wants to play a key role in the country’s post-war future and reconstruction once the war is over. The Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, has regained control of 80 % of the country and continues to bomb rebel positions in Idlib in the northwest and Damascus suburbs. This weekend tension increased after Iran sent an unmanned plane from Syria into Israel which responded with air strikes against targets in Syria. An Israeli plane was shot…

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Legislation broadening supplementary pension to self-employed approved by parliament

Legislation broadening supplementary pension to self-employed approved by parliament

Parliament approved almost unanimously on Thursday, save for abstention by the socialists and the PTB, the legislation proposed by ministers Bacquelaine and Ducarme. The legislation’s effect is to further broaden the second pension pillar, the supplementary pension, to the self-employed. To date, only employees and self-employed company directors have been able to have a supplementary pension, to complement the state pension. The system will henceforth be extended to all individuals who are self-employed as their main activity (operating as a sole trader or partnership, rather than a company). Now included…

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Construction sector aims to top 3% growth in 2018

Construction sector aims to top 3% growth in 2018

The construction sector should experience stronger growth this year, with the increase in its volume of work moving up from over 2% in 2017 to more than 3% in 2018, the Construction confederation said on Thursday at its annual press conference. “All indicators are in the green for private companies and this is the time to build or renovate,” said Robert de Mûelenaere, the confederation’s managing director. Belgium is experiencing a boom and many favourable factors augur a positive future for the sector, according to statistics from the Construction Confederation….

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