Belgian government offers gifts to expat

1st April 2010, Comments 3 comments

A ‘no strings attached’ fund has been said up to say ‘Welcome, expats.’

The Belgian government has decided to set aside a gift fund for expats but it’s not clear yet how expats would be qualified.

Johan Derutter of The Bridge, a quango set up to help make a connection between expats and locals, said: ‘I think you know if you’re an expat or not and I don’t see anyone who isn’t one applying. Our office has worked really hard to for this (the fund) and I am looking forward to get the ball rolling.

The gifts cannot come in the form of money but shops such as Van den Borre, Carrefour and Phone House have all signed up for the initial wave.

Derutter said, ‘Within two weeks of applying, the applicant will receive a voucher of 100 euros to be spent in any of the shops who have joined the scheme. It’s a way of Belgium giving something back to a community that has done much to make Brussels the capital of Europe.’

More info at The Bridge

3 Comments To This Article

  • paul b posted:

    on 4th April 2010, 17:06:20 - Reply

    Same problem here. I am interested in "The Bridge" but my wife is not for sale.
  • C Covington posted:

    on 2nd April 2010, 15:12:02 - Reply

    So what is a good wife bringing these days?
  • A. Cameron posted:

    on 2nd April 2010, 11:04:17 - Reply

    When I click on the Bridge link, I get taken to a page of wife selling. Surely that is asking too much of expats!