Unemployment in Flanders fell again in February

Unemployment in Flanders fell again in February

According to figures released by the Flemish Employment Department unemployment in our region fell again during February. At the end of last month there were 8% (16,414) fewer job-seekers claiming unemployment benefit than was the case at the end of February 2018. Unemployment in Flanders now stands at 6.16% of the working population. Writing in a press statement released as the figures were announced, the Flemish Employment minister Philippe Muyters said “Unemployment in Flanders has been falling continuously since August 2015. Youth unemployment (under 25’s) fell by 7.6% in February….

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Belgium wants EU to tax airline flight tickets

Belgium wants EU to tax airline flight tickets

Belgium wants its EU partners to introduce a European tax on commercial aviation, Le Soir reports today. It could be on aircraft fuel, currently tax free, or a VAT on airline tickets. This will be discussed at the Council of Environmental Ministers next Tuesday at the request of the new Flemish Environment Minister, Koen Van den Heuvel (CD&V, Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams, or Christian democratic party). Walloon Minister Jean-Luc Crucke (MR, Reformed Movement) will defend the Belgian proposal. In a note to its EU partners, the Belgian delegation recommends “fair and…

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Historical EU-Arab summit without concrete results

Historical EU-Arab summit without concrete results

The first ever EU-Arab Summit that took place last week in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt brought together 49 countries from the League of Arab States and the EU. Against the back-drop of an Arab Spring which has become an Arab Winter, it resulted in a joint declaration full of solemn commitments that few observers believe will be implemented on the ground. The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, represented the EU at the Summit, alongside the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who also co-chaired the Summit with…

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