Brussels scraps fixed parking places for commuters in public car parks

Brussels scraps fixed parking places for commuters in public car parks

Commuters in Brussels can no longer count on fixed parking spaces in public car parks, thanks to a new measure to be introduced on 1 July. Companies often reserve places in public car parks for their staff who work in the neighbourhood, but live elsewhere. The new measure, imposed by Bruxelles Environnement, hopes that more commuters will leave their cars at home when deprived of their guaranteed space. “Commuters account for some 200,000 cars entering Brussels every day,” said Bruxelles Environnement spokesperson Pauline Lorbat told Bruzz. “This measure was the…

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Sunscreen pulled from Belgian stores: factor 50 was actually 15

Sunscreen pulled from Belgian stores: factor 50 was actually 15

A sunscreen from a Spanish brand was pulled from the Belgian market by federal health authorities after it was found that the product overstated its sun protection factor (SPF) by more than half. The sunscreen, manufactured by Spanish brand ISDIN, advertised an SPF of 50, but a study conducted by consumer protection organisation Test-Achats found that its sun protection factor was no higher than 15. “We were informed [Wednesday] morning of the results of Test-Achat’s study,” a spokesperson for the Federal Public Health Bureau told SudInfo. “Our experts confirmed the…

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New Antwerp airline will tap into ‘niche’ travel market

New Antwerp airline will tap into ‘niche’ travel market

A new regional airline operating with a fleet of small aeroplanes out of Antwerp International Airport will aim to sweep “niche markets” up in the air towards as-of-yet unknown destinations. Representatives of the future regional carrier unveiled its future strategy on Monday, which will consist of tapping into a selective market of air-travel by offering flights in small aeroplanes carrying between 50 and 80 passengers. Among the new airline’s stakeholders are national carriers KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Irish CityJet, which will be able to access a smaller travel market…

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Earthquake in the Netherlands due to gas extraction

Earthquake in the Netherlands due to gas extraction

The third biggest earthquake ever in Groningen occurred early Wednesday morning, due to gas extraction happening close by. Around 5:45 AM on Wednesday, an earthquake, 3.4 on the Richter scale, occurred in the Dutch province of Groningen. The quake originated at a depth of about three kilometres under the village of Westerwijtwerd, Loppersum. Hundreds of people were woken up and startled, but there are no injuries. According to a seismologist from the Dutch meteorological service KNMI, the shock was among the top three ever in Groningen. There is a large…

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Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines and Tui go to court against Skeyes

Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines and Tui go to court against Skeyes

Three Belgian air traffic companies will go to court against air traffic controller Skeyes, after two others already did in April. Airport operator Brussels Airport and the airlines Brussels Airlines and TUI fly have demanded “an uninterrupted service of Skeyes, on pain of periodic penalty payments” in summary proceedings, Brussels Airport announced on Tuesday. In April, Liege Cargo Handling Services and Cargo Airlines already took Skeyes to court for the way the air controller strikes disrupted their services. The three denounce that in recent months the airspace has been partially…

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Internet scams on the rise in Belgium

Internet scams on the rise in Belgium

Over 7,000 reports of internet fraud were made last year in Belgium, a slight rise from 2017 figures which signals to an increasing number fraudsters choosing to operate behind the screen. The Belgian economic inspection received 7,082 reports from both private consumers and businesses, but the majority of cases concern citizens who report falling victim to fraudulent sales transactions online. Out of the total number of online frauds reported last year, 6,604 were from citizens and 478 were businesses. “The economic inspection notices an evident change, as fraudsters are increasingly…

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Bundesbank: German economy remains weak

Bundesbank: German economy remains weak

The underlying trend for the German economy remains weak, despite an economic recovery in the first quarter. The German central bank writes this in its monthly report. In the first three months of this year, Germany’s economy grew by 0.4 percent on a quarterly basis, following a stagnation in the previous period. According to the Bundesbank, this revival was largely due to one-off factors such as measures to boost private consumption and the mild winter weather that gave the construction sector a boost. The Bundesbank therefore thinks that in the…

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With Zelenskiy Rumored To Call Snap Elections, Parliamentary Issues Come To The Forefront Of Ukrainian Policy

With Zelenskiy Rumored To Call Snap Elections, Parliamentary Issues Come To The Forefront Of Ukrainian Policy

The survey conducted on May 13-17th showed that the new Ukrainian parliament would consist of the following political parties: “Sluga Narodu” Party led by the newly elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy (34.7%), “Opposition Platform – Za Zhittya” led by Yuriy Boyko, Vadim Rabinovich, and Viktor Medvedchuk (15.1%), the Batkivschyna Party of Yulia Tymoshenko (9.5%), and the Solidarnist Party of the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (8.9%). The other parties so far do not have enough public support to enter the next parliament: the Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko…

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Contractors fully booked, long wait times in construction sector

Contractors fully booked, long wait times in construction sector

Construction and renovations of family homes are suffering long delays because of a combination of contractors’ full order books, long delivery times for materials and a shortage of trained tradespeople, De Tijd reports. Notary records show an increase of 8% in the number of houses sold in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2018. Since many of those homes require some degree of renovation, the increase has put the building trade under pressure. Anyone currently seeking a building contractor is unlikely to find…

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No return of border controls between EU member states on tobacco and alcohol

No return of border controls between EU member states on tobacco and alcohol

EU ministers are against strengthening border controls to clamp down on private citizens buying tobacco or alcohol from other member countries. In a meeting on Friday they rallied against amending the suggested new EU directive on excise duties. This is a small victory for Belgium. Countries such as France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Ireland, which have significantly increased their excise duties on alcoholic beverages or tobacco for public health reasons, do not appreciate that their residents buy these products in neighbouring countries. They sought to toughen the provision (Article 32)…

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