Belgian news in brief, 16 March 2006

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Real estate agents lose legal action

Real estate agents lose legal action

Consumer Affairs Minister Freya Van den Bossche has won a court case against a group of Flemish real estate agents. Van den Bossche was taken to court last year after she claimed 80 percent of Belgian real estate agents operated in breach of consumer protection laws. However, a court has since dismissed the complaints raised by the real estate agents association CIB Limburg.

Brussels metro shops allowed to stay

The shop owners in Brussels metro stations will be allowed to stay, transport authority MIVB-STIB has said. As all metro stations are to be renovated, the transport authority wants to improve the quality of shops. But lease contracts with existing traders will be extended if they agree to new conditions. However, the traders are still concerned about higher rents.

EUR 41m to 'expat children' not in Belgium

At the end of 2004, the federal government was paying EUR 41 million in child allowance to 32,985 children who don't live in Belgium. Nine out of 10 of them live in the EU, while 8 percent live in Morocco. Most of the children still living in the EU are the children of French or Dutch nationals working across the border in Belgium.

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