Inflation in Belgium hits hard at almost ten percent

Inflation in Belgium hits hard at almost ten percent

Inflation in Belgium rose even further in June, to 9.65 percent. This is the highest level since October 1982. Last month, inflation – the rate at which consumer prices rose in a year’s time – was still 8.97 percent. Last month, inflation was 8.97%. This month, it will rise to 9.65%. The high inflation this month, as in previous months, is largely due to high energy prices. For example, electricity is now 49.0 percent more expensive than a year ago. The inflation of all energy is currently 55.99 percent. In…

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Flanders wants to use GMO funds for better housing for staff: EU is concerned

Flanders wants to use GMO funds for better housing for staff: EU is concerned

The Flemish plan for the new system of European agricultural subsidies also places new emphasis on GMO subsidies in fruit and vegetables. These are social investments that producer organisations can incorporate into their operational programmes. Those programmes are lists of actions for which a grant can be applied for. Several hundred Dutch growers are bound by these Flemish GMO rules through Belgian marketing organisations. With regard to social investments, the CAP plan for Flanders is quite concrete. “An example of this is, for example, investments to improve the accommodation of…

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Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova rewarded young dombra musicians

Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova rewarded young dombra musicians

Developing talent takes a lot of time, effort and dedication. It also needs a lot of funding. Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova understand it well. Their fund is the organizer of Dombyra-Dastan contest, one of the most prestigious in Kazakhstan. Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova made it clear: all winners will get prizes in real cash, in effect immediately. It differs from other contests. “As you know, the winners of various competitions often face the fact that the payment of prizes takes place for quite a long time after the…

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Madrid tries to attract Formula I race, Belgium weight in the opportunity

Madrid tries to attract Formula I race, Belgium weight in the opportunity

Madrid hopes to host a Formula 1 race in the future. Enrique Lopez, an adviser to the community of the Spanish capital, has sent a letter to King class boss Stefano Domenicali to express interest. Since 1986, Formula 1 has been based in Barcelona. The Circuit de Catalunya also has a contract until 2026, so a short-term race in Madrid does not seem realistic at the moment. Domenicali has already indicated that there is a lot of interest from other countries and/or cities to organize a race. The maximum number…

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Trade unions warn of supermarket protests due to staff shortage

Trade unions warn of supermarket protests due to staff shortage

Trade unions have warned of strike actions in supermarkets and department stores because staff shortages are making working conditions for existing staff increasingly difficult. Belgian department stores and supermarkets are in dire need of staff, with at least 2,000 vacancies across the country. With so many vacancies, the workload on the existing staff increases. The problem occurs in all chains, with sporadic local strikes and protests as a result. Unions say the situation is so dire that national actions are “almost inevitable, sooner or later,” according to the latest news.

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Minimum wage set at 14 euro per hour

Minimum wage set at 14 euro per hour

This is stated in the agreements that the government has made with trade unions FNV, AC, CMHF and CNV, according to FNV. Members of the unions have yet to agree. The term of the collective agreement that applies to 130,000 civil servants is from april 1 this year until June 30, 2024. The salaries of civil servants will increase by 2.5 percent as of July 1. Also, as of this date, the minimum wage will be set at 14 euros per hour. On december 1, officials will receive a one-time…

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Major salad leaf recall initiated

Major salad leaf recall initiated

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn, Carrefour and Colruyt recall various lettuce products after exceeding the norm of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. They do this in consultation with the Federal Agency for the safety of the food chain (FASFC). Albert Heijn has a curly lettuce blend and arugula blend, Carrefour has four head lettuce products and a soft lettuce mix, and Colruyt has oak leaf lettuce. Customers are asked not to eat the product and return it. Chlorpyrifos only causes health problems if it is consumed in large quantities, it is stated in…

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OBO supplied cable ducts for Belgium’s longest car tunnel

OBO supplied cable ducts for Belgium’s longest car tunnel

OBO has supplied cable ducts and fastening systems for the renovation of Belgium’s longest car tunnel. The Annie Cordy tunnel, formerly known as the Leopold II tunnel, has a total length of 2.5 kilometers and is used by 65,000 vehicles daily. The tunnel was built in 1986 and connects the Basilica of Koekelberg with the inner ring. The renovation of the tunnel should be completed in 2022. OBO was selected for this project, because the company was able to provide products that have a service life of up to 25…

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No ‘early warning’ for gas supply in Belgium, but situation is serious

No ‘early warning’ for gas supply in Belgium, but situation is serious

Belgium should not announce an ‘early warning’ about gas supplies today, but that does not mean that the situation is not serious. This is what the Cabinet of Federal Minister of energy Tinne Van der Straeten (Green) says in response to the German decision to announce the second phase of the National Emergency Plan natural gas. Compared to many other European countries, Germany is very dependent on Russian gas. Before the war, more than half of Germany’s gas imports came from Russia. Our country is in permanent contact with neighbouring…

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Belgium supports Ukraine to become EU candidate (as a symbolic measure)

Belgium supports Ukraine to become EU candidate (as a symbolic measure)

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo made a phone call this afternoon with Ukrainian president Zelensky. He assured him that our country supports Ukraine to become a candidate member of the European Union. That candidacy will be discussed tomorrow at a European summit of heads of state and government. But De Croo has made it clear to Zelenski that real membership, as far as Belgium is concerned, is not yet in sight. The European Commission last Friday made the formal recommendation to offer Ukraine a European perspective and grant the country…

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