State reform costs regions dearly, says Brussels Economic Affairs Minister

State reform costs regions dearly, says Brussels Economic Affairs Minister

The Special Finances Act stemming from Belgium’s Sixth State Reform is costly for the country’s regions, says Brussels-Capital Region Economic Affairs Minister Didier Gosuin. “We’ve lost at least 150 million euros in the Brussels Region alone,” Gosuin, who belongs to the Democratic Federalist Independent (DéFI)) party, said on Wednesday in Le Soir daily. “The Federal State’s finances are being sanitized on the backs of the regions,” he added. Since the 6th State Reform, the regions generate the bulk of their income from the regional additions to personal income tax. A…

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Construction sector expects further increase in 2019

Construction sector expects further increase in 2019

The number of construction works in Belgium increased by about 2% to 2.5% last year, and the forecast for 2019 is a further increase of 1.5% to 2.0%, the Construction Confederation announced on Wednesday at a press conference. “Companies’ order books are full for more than six months on average, which is the best result in ten years,” the Confederation highlighted. The sector took on about 3,000 additional workers between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018, but still had a labour shortage, with 16,500 posts vacant in the sector…

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