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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Proximus prepares for future competition

Proximus prepares for future competition

The chief executive officer of Proximus, Dominique Leroy, is taking up her responsibilities to position her company in the face of future competition, the high-tech industry federation, Agoria, commented following the announcement by Proximus of a plan including 1,900 layoffs and 1,250 recruitments. “It’s a normal reaction by a CEO preparing her company for future difficulties,” Agoria Director Marc Lambotte told the Belga news agency. He pointed to the competition from elsewhere in Europe that Proximus faces and the situation on the domestic market, where a fourth operator has been…

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Particle counters to fight filter fraud from 2020

Particle counters to fight filter fraud from 2020

Flemish Mobility Minister Ben Weyts and Brussels Minister for Road Safety Bianca Debaets presented on Monday the new particle counters to be used in Belgium against particle-filter fraud. All auto inspection centres will need to be equipped with the new meters by 2020 to enable them to measure particles contained in exhaust gases. The choice of meter was preceded by a vast survey by the Group of businesses licensed to conduct auto checks and to issue licenses, GOCA. From 1 July to 31 December 2018, various types of technology were…

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Record number of passengers at Ryanair in 2018 despite social conflicts

Record number of passengers at Ryanair in 2018 despite social conflicts

The low-cost carrier, Ryanair, announced on Thursday that it transported 139.2 million passengers in 2018, setting a new record despite being hit by strikes and flight cancellations. This was an 8% increase on the 2017 tally of 129 million – its previous record – but not enough to unseat Lufthansa, the parent company of Brussels Airlines, from the top slot in Europe. The Irish company, which achieved double-digit annualised passenger increases in the last four months of 2018, also indicated that the rate of occupancy of its planes for the…

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Molenbeek mayor calls for collective effort for next end-of-year celebrations

Molenbeek mayor calls for collective effort for next end-of-year celebrations

Molenbeek Mayor Catherine Moureaux on Tuesday stressed the need “for the authorities to take steps to best guarantee the safety of citizens at the next end-of-year celebrations.” She was reacting to the disturbances that occurred on the night of Sunday to Monday at the Place des Etangs noirs and the fire that damaged three cars and two facades on Rue Ribaucourt in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. Catherine Moureaux said she intended to “do everything to make sure the authors of these depredations are not left with any sense of impunity”. She also thanked…

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Changes that will affect your personal finances in 2019

Changes that will affect your personal finances in 2019

The New Year will bring with it a number of change that will all feel in our back pockets. Some of the changes will leave us a little richer, while other will leave us a little poorer. Flandersnews.be provides summary of the most import changes. he price of beer will rise from 1 January with the country’s biggest brewer AB InBev set to increase the price it charges supermarkets and the hospitality industry for its products. They can decide themselves whether they pass on the increase to their customers. An…

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Huge amount of stock and large discounts expected for January sales from Thursday the 3rd of January

Huge amount of stock and large discounts expected for January sales from Thursday the 3rd of January

The two major trends for this year’s winter sales will be a huge amount of stock and large discounts right from the word go, according to various trade associations and federations. The Neutral Independent’s Union (NIU) says that the warm weather this autumn means that the size of the clothes stock available will increase by 7% compared to last year. The sales will start on Thursday the 3rd of January and end on the 31st of January. The amount of stock available will be larger than normal for several reasons:…

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De Lijn rates to increase slightly in February

De Lijn rates to increase slightly in February

The De Lijn company will adapt some of its tariffs as of 1 February. SMS tickets and subscriptions will be revised upwards. “As in many other areas, we are following the evolution of the cost of living,” the Flemish public transport company said Wednesday. “Subscriptions, SMS tickets and day tickets will increase by an average of 1.73%.” Specifically, an annual Buzzy Pazz subscription (for ages 12-24) will cost 212 euros in February, against the current 209 euros. For those aged 25-64, an annual subscription will cost 319 euros (against 314),…

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Doel 4 to remain out of action for another week

Doel 4 to remain out of action for another week

The Doel 4 nuclear reactor in East Flanders that has been out of service since Friday won’t re-enter service until Monday 31 December. The reactor was to have started producing electricity again today. However, the energy production and supply company Engie Electrabel’s spokeswoman Anne-Sophie Hugé has told the press agency Belga that maintenance work on the reactor will take longer than was originally planned. On Friday Doel 4 a clogged filter in a secondary circuit caused production at the reactor to be stopped. Work to resolve to issue was to…

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Belgian fishers welcome new quotas and accent on sustainability

Belgian fishers welcome new quotas and accent on sustainability

The EU fisheries council has set fishing quotas for 2019, with an accent on sustainability of fishing stocks. Representing Belgium was Flemish environment minister Joke Schauvliege: the country’s fishing industry is concentrated along the North Sea coast in Flanders. Belgian fishers are active in ensuring the sustainability of stocks of the fish species they catch, both through industry organisation Rederscentrale and the scientists of the government’s Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO). According to researchers, Schauvliege said, Belgium has made progress in reaching a sustainable level in most…

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