Imagine that you come back from vacation but you’re unhappy about your trip: the hotel was not as described or your reservation wasn’t confirmed and you had to be transferred to another hotel. The Expat Welcome Desk explains how you should react…
Think European, vote local + VoteBrussels campaigns are reaching high! While our CEIO staff backed the VoteBrussels volunteers duty on several EC buildings, Commissioner Oettinger himself showed up to express his support to the initiative.
The jury for the architectural competition on the "Loi 130" project of the European commission met for the first time last week. Brussels-Capital Region is represented in the jury by the Minister-President and the Master Archictect "Bouwmeester" Mr Kristiaan Borret is also jury member. The Brussels Commissioner for Europe, Mr Alain Hutchinson, proposed as deputy-jurer, attented the meeting. More info on the project: http://ec.europa.eu/oib/loi130-competition/news_en.htm
The annual report 2016 of the Brussels Commissioner's Office presents a detailed description and deep analysis of the policy carried out since 1st January 2015. It also covers the achievements of 2016 and touches on the outlook for 2017.
During the month of May, Belgian tax authorities send out the tax return forms in brown envelopes, to all tax payers. Depending on your situation, filling in these returns can be quite complicated! Below are some guidelines from the Expat Welcome Desk.
Since 1st January several changes have taken place in various areas of Brussels life: the registration of residential tenancy contracts; the level of penal fines; the maternity leave for self-employed women; a BE HOME rebate; and the procedures for household garbage collection.
From January pay attention to your garbage collection because the days and schedules are going to change. And there’s another change: a new orange bag for organic waste. The Expat Welcome Desk summarises the important points below.
A road accident can be a frightening experience and you may find it difficult to stay calm. Being an expat in Brussels and perhaps not fluent in the local language only adds to the problem. But it is important that you try to keep a clear head and follow the right procedure…
The activity report 2015 of the Brussels Commissioner's Office aims to illustrate achievements during this first year of operation. It also presages the importance of this mission that the Brussels government has given us; a mission that we have seized enthusiastically and hopefully effectively.