Belgian news in brief, 29 August 2006

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Belgian Grand Prix in 2007 , The Francorchamps Grand Prix has been added to the Formula One races planned for 2007. It will be staged on Sunday 16 September 2007 in the Wallonian province of Liège. Some 16 other races have been included in the 2007 F1 calendar. The Belgian Grand Prix was cancelled this year due to financial and structural problems. An evaluation of next year's race will be made before deciding the long-term future of the Spa-Francorchamps event.

Belgian Grand Prix in 2007

The Francorchamps Grand Prix has been added to the Formula One races planned for 2007. It will be staged on Sunday 16 September 2007 in the Wallonian province of Liège. Some 16 other races have been included in the 2007 F1 calendar. The Belgian Grand Prix was cancelled this year due to financial and structural problems. An evaluation of next year's race will be made before deciding the long-term future of the Spa-Francorchamps event.

Largest solar panel installed

The largest solar energy panel in Belgium has been put into operation. The solar panel is on top of a building in Meise along the A12 motorway. The panel has been placed on a storage shed of DVV, the insurance firm Dexia. The solar panel is 20 times bigger than the average private unit. It is expensive to install, but ultimately profitable. A spokesperson with the sun energy firm IZEN said the money spent on a standard installation is recouped by an individual within 10 to 11 years. "The factory guarantee is 20 years, but they can actually make it to 30 years," Gie Verbunt said.

More complaints over telecoms fees

An increasing number of people are complaining about the large sums of money that have to be paid when switching telecoms operators. In recent months, the ombudsman for the telecoms sector has received more than a 1,000 complaints. The complaints come from people who switched from one phone or mobile phone operator to another and are then asked to pay a compensation fee. Ombudsman Luc Tuerlinckx urged consumers to read their contracts closely and cancel their contract on time.

Price no longer the key factor

The selection criteria used by consumers to determine where they shop are becoming more varied, the consumer research organisation OIVO-CRIOC said on Monday. The survey of about 700 consumers revealed that price is no longer the determining factor for the selection of a shop. Instead, consumers want to know about safety tests and are no longer satisfied with safety assurances on packaging. The close location of a shop also plays a crucial role, as does ethical criteria.

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