KBC named bank of the year by comparebanque.be

KBC named bank of the year by comparebanque.be

KBC is the bank of the year, according to the comparebanque.be website. The application developed by the bank is cited as one of the banking institution’s strong points. Argenta wins two awards: one for its savings account and the second for its current account. Fortis is distinguished for its mortgage credit, while Belfius is recognized for its loans for automobile purchase. The online broker Bolero is named best broker in Belgium for the fifth year in a row. Alongside the publication of these prizes, Wednesday afternoon in Brussels, Karel Van…

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Brexit: “The ball is now more than ever in the British court” says Charles Michel

Brexit: “The ball is now more than ever in the British court” says Charles Michel

The federal government “is preparing and taking concrete steps” anticipating a potential “no deal” situation, on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, indicated the Prime Minister, Charles Michel, on Tuesday evening, via Twitter. His announcement came shortly after the British parliament’s rejection of the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU. “The ball is now more than ever in the British court,” stated the head of the Federal government, speaking to the Belga press agency. “The other 27 EU countries have confirmed that the agreement on the table is the only…

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‘Health for everyone, everywhere’ at the heart of the cdH campaign

‘Health for everyone, everywhere’ at the heart of the cdH campaign

‘Health for everyone, everywhere’ will be at the heart of the Humanist Democratic Centre (cdH)’s electoral campaign in May next, cdH legislators in Wallonia’s parliament said on Wednesday as they presented their best wishes to the press in a context marked by the announcement of the resignation of party leader Benoît Lutgen. “Health is a sector that has suffered greatly in this legislature whereas the needs of the population are greater and greater,” the head of the cdH group in the Walloon parliament, Dimitri Fourny, said. As a result, the…

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Brussels Airport acquires the Sheraton Airport Hotel

Brussels Airport acquires the Sheraton Airport Hotel

Brussels Airport Company (“BAC”) has signed an agreement to acquire Airhotel Belgium SPRL, the private limited company which owns the Sheraton hotel at Brussels Airport. The airport company itself made the deal known on Wednesday in a communiqué. The hotel, which is located immediately opposite the terminal building, has 294 bedrooms, 21 conference rooms with a maximum capacity of 1,500 people, a restaurant, a fitness centre and a car park. Brussels Airport confirms that employees of the Sheraton hotel will be unaffected by the takeover, the price of which has…

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Port of Antwerp sounds the alarm

Port of Antwerp sounds the alarm

“Delay Brexit” says Belgium’s Port of Antwerp. Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp, has called for Britain’s departure from the EU to be postponed: “We need more time to prepare for the worst” he says. Jacques Vandermeiren: “If no deal is reached before the end of March, we will be in uncharted territory and our businesses face chaos. It would be a good idea, if all parties received more time to prepare for the very worst. There are less than eighty days left.” Mr Vandermeiren calls for Brexit…

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“Helicopter money” could have real impact on the economy

“Helicopter money” could have real impact on the economy

The “helicopter money” concept, which could translate into the European Central Bank giving money directly to European citizens, could have a real impact on the economy, according to the latest investors’ barometer published on Tuesday by the ING bank. In the current economic slowdown, economists are asking themselves which means are still available for re-dynamising the economy where necessary, the ING recalled. With high public debt limiting budgetary incentives and with European interest rates already bottoming out, “helicopter money” or “the money helicopter” is sometimes touted as an alternative solution….

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Crucial vote on Brexit in British parliament after EU assurances

Crucial vote on Brexit in British parliament after EU assurances

The vote on the Withdrawal Agreement will take place this afternoon after it was as cancelled last December. The main issue will be the Irish backstop solution for avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Unless an alternative solution can be found, the whole of the UK will continue to stay temporarily in a customs union with the EU. Both UK and EU agree on the need of a smooth and orderly withdrawal but the backstop arrangements may jeopardize the agreement. In a personal letter yesterday (14 January)…

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10 minutes maximum drop-off at Brussels Airport

10 minutes maximum drop-off at Brussels Airport

Starting February 6, ten minutes maximum will be applied in the drop-off zone at Brussels Airport, the Airport authorities announced Monday. Thirty minutes free parking will also be available in car parks P1, P2 and P3 for those with a Pcard+ parking pass. A free Pcard+ card can be requested online. Without the card, 30-minute parking will cost 2 euros. This measure aims at de-stressing drivers who drop off or meet passengers. The exact time at which passengers arrive in the arrivals hall may vary, depending on possible passport control,…

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hold Delhaize to open 350 new outlets in Belgium

hold Delhaize to open 350 new outlets in Belgium

The Belgian-Dutch distribution group Ahold Dehaize announced on Monday that it aimed to accelerate growth by opening about 350 stores and supermarkets in three to four years. In addition to opening 200 new Fresh Atelier and Shop&Go stores, which it announced in late October, the group plans to add 100 new supermarkets (SM, AD or Proxy) and 30 to 50 Albert Heijn supermarkets in Flanders. The Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn, whose mother company is Ahold, is still a chain in its own right in Belgium, De Standaard reported. This…

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Toon Aerts is new Belgian champion cyclocross

Toon Aerts is new Belgian champion cyclocross

Toon Aerts won the Belgian cyclocross championships at Kruibeke on Sunday. The rider raced to the front on one of the most arduous circuits in recent years. Protracted rain had turned the route of the race into a pool of mud. Riders struggled to complete the course in the East Flemish town of Kruibeke slipping and sliding throughout. Wout van Aert had won the event three times in a row. In the lead he may have hoped to make it a fourth but it was not to be. Toon Aerts…

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