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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Belgium is at the second place with charging station availability

Belgium is at the second place with charging station availability

Almost 30% of all European charging points for electric cars are located in the Netherlands. This means that our upper neighbours remain absolute frontrunners. Belgium is lagging somewhat uncomfortably behind with 4.5%. Not least because the Netherlands is not significantly larger than Belgium. Every year, the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) gives a state of affairs at the charging point level in Europe. Last year it was already clear that our neighbouring countries are doing remarkably well. The new figures show no surprises. With no less than 90,284 charging points,…

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Belgium repatriates six Islamic State wives, sixteen children

Belgium repatriates six Islamic State wives, sixteen children

Belgium has repatriated six IS women and sixteen children from Syria. This is confirmed by the Belgian government. The women went straight to prison, because of their ties to the genocidal terrorist organization. The children, all under the age of twelve, are taken care of by the Youth Department. Parliamentarian Koen Metsu of the right-wing NV-A is critical of the repatriation of IS women. “This government is playing with our security,” he said. This is not the first time that Belgium has taken back IS women and children. Last year,…

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France isn’t in top three FIFA teams anymore, Belgium has the second place

France isn’t in top three FIFA teams anymore, Belgium has the second place

A new FIFA ranking has been published. Belgium remains in 2nd place. On 23 June, FIFA published a new FIFA ranking. Belgium remains in 2nd place. Brazil is 1st and running out. The top 3 is completed by Argentina, which displaces France to 4th place. Spain and the Netherlands are on the rise. Spain was still in 7th place at the end of March. Now they are 6th. The Netherlands rises 2 places to 8th place. ⚽️ Latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Ranking is out! 🇧🇷 Brazil stay top 💪🇰🇿 Kazakhstan…

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A fourth telecom provider enters the market in Belgium

A fourth telecom provider enters the market in Belgium

DIGI is the fifth telecom provider to establish itself on the Belgian market. This became clear after the auction of 5G frequencies for our country. The company DIGI consists of the West Flemish telecom specialist Citymesh from Bruges and the Romanian provider Digi Communications. This is the first time in 20 years that a new player is entering this market in Belgium. So far, the telecom providers Proximus, Telenet and Orange have split the mobile communications market in Belgium. In addition, there is the Walloon provider Network Research Belgium (NRB)…

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Belgium readies for the natural gas shortage

Belgium readies for the natural gas shortage

The Belgian federal government is currently finetuning a shutdown plan for gas if the conflict with Russia should lead to an effective shortage. At the request of Federal Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten from the Flemish Greens (Groen), a survey was sent to around 1,000 large industrial consumers in the country with the aim of finding out where their opportunities or problems lie if the gas supply is cut off. The last thing the government wants is to turn off the gas tap to private households in the country….

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