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Transfers between time credit schemes made easier

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Apr 08, 2009 02:22 PM
08.04.09 | To implement Interprofessional Agreement (IPA) 2009-2010, the National Labour Council adopted a new Collective bargaining agreement (CBA) [1] to accommodate for the change in time-credit regimes as an economy measure.

New Eco cheques

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Apr 24, 2009 12:43 PM
03.04.09 | Next to meal cheques, culture cheques and sport cheques, companies will, from now on, also be able to grant their employees eco cheques, which, under certain conditions (e.g. enter into a Collective bargaining agreement (CBA)), are exempt from taxes and social security contributions.

The right to legal assistance from the first formal interrogation

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Mar 05, 2009 11:09 AM
03.03.09 | Contrary to what takes place in other countries (for example in France), in Belgium, a person interrogated in the framework of a criminal investigation does not have the right to be assisted by a lawyer [1]. A recent judgement passed by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concerning a Turkish national might cause considerable changes to this matter [2].

European Commission challenges certain restrictions of the notional interest deduction regime

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Feb 26, 2009 02:32 PM
20.02.09 | On 19 February 2009, the European Commission opened an infringement procedure against Belgium on the grounds that the notional interest deduction regime violates the free movement of capital and the freedom of establishment principles in the EC Treaty.

ECJ Rules Belgian Participation Exemption Regime Incompatible with Parent-Subsidiary Directive

by laga — Feb 20, 2009 04:16 PM
12.02.09 | On 12 February 2009, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its decision in favor of the taxpayer in the Cobelfret case, a case involving the compatibility of the Belgian dividends received deduction (DRD) regime with the EC Parent-Subsidiary Directive (Cobelfret v Belgium (C-138/07)). According to the ECJ, the DRD regime is not compatible with article 4(1) of the directive because it fails to effectively refrain from taxing dividends in some situations. The ECJ decided not to limit the temporal effects of the decision.

Travel authorisation mandatory when going to the USA

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Jan 14, 2013 04:33 PM
04.02.09 | As from 12 January 2009, all nationals of countries belonging to the Visa Waiver Program (such as Belgian nationals), will be required to obtain an electronic travel authorisation prior to initiating travel to the United States.

Switzerland joined the Schengen area on 12 December 2008

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Jan 14, 2013 04:35 PM
03.02.09 | On 27 November 2008 the EU-Ministers of Home affairs gave the green light to Switzerland to effectively apply the Schengen rules.

Filing professional card applications in Belgium via approved business desk as from 1 January 2009

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Feb 02, 2009 11:34 AM
02.02.09 | As of 1 July 2007, the retrieval of professional cards for self-employed foreigners is entrusted to the approved business desks and no longer to the communal authorities or the diplomatic or consular representatives abroad. We refer to our Laga flash of 11 October 2007 in this respect.

Indexation of salaries in the National Auxiliary Joint Committee for White-collar Workers (JC n° 218)

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Jan 14, 2013 03:55 PM
30.01.09 | The indexation of salaries in joint committee (JC) n° 218 raises certain issues which are highlighted as follows.

Extension of the transitional period for workers from Romania and Bulgaria

by Ralph Lloyd-Davis — Jan 14, 2013 04:36 PM
20.01.09 | With the publication of the Royal Decree of 18 December 2008 with respect to the employment of foreign workers, Belgium has used its possibility to prolong the transitional period which was initially expected to end on 1 January 2009.
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