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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