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Belgian police arrest 10 for smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police carried out a major operation targeting a gang that trafficked people to Britain, arresting 10 alleged smugglers and finding 27 migrants, police said. Police made the arrests in a raid on a motorway parking lot in the small western town of Wetteren and in a number of house searches. “Belgium is a transit country for migrants who want ... Read More »

People smuggling ‘ringleader’ arrested in joint UK-Belgian investigation

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The suspected ringleader of an organised criminal network thought to be behind hundreds of attempts to smuggle migrants into the UK has been arrested by the National Crime Agency. 31-year-old Albanian national Alket Dauti was detained at his home address in Penge, south-east London, this morning (20 June). The arrest was part of a joint UK-Belgian investigation into a crime ... Read More »

Cocaine smuggling is corrupting Antwerp politics, says mayor

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The scale of cocaine smuggling at the port of Antwerp – through which half of Europe’s supply of the drug reportedly passes – is so vast that corruption of local politics is inevitable, the city’s mayor has said. Bart De Wever, who has been mayor since 2013, said the enormous amount of cash flooding in because of drug smuggling at ... Read More »

Belgian police arrest 10 for smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police carried out a major operation targeting a gang that trafficked people to Britain, arresting 10 alleged smugglers and finding 27 migrants, police said. Police made the arrests on Wednesday in a raid on a motorway parking lot in the small western town of Wetteren and in a number of house searches. “Belgium is a transit country for migrants ... Read More »

Belgian company signs important IT contract with EU Commission

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The framework contract, worth over 500 million euros — the most important concerning IT services within the Commission — will be performed during the next four years. Modis will be responsible for the IT service provider distribution network in Belgium and will coordinate the ITC recruitment within the European institutions. “Modis, a branch of the international group Adecco Groupe, is ... Read More »

No more extra charges for using bank card

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This week sees the end of a minor inconvenience suffered by every shopper: the extra charge levied by some shopkeepers on some purchases paid for by bank card, usually for minor amounts. The excuse for the supplement was the cost of renting the payment terminal from Bancontact, the company which operates the debit card system – fees which can, according ... Read More »

Belgian gets life for smuggling cocaine into Cambodia

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A Cambodian court jailed a Belgian man for life for smuggling a kilogramme of cocaine into the kingdom, a court official said. David Catry, 34, was arrested in January at Phnom Penh’s airport with the contraband in his suitcase, which he had carried from Brazil. He was found guilty of drug smuggling, according to Y Rin, a spokesman for Phnom ... Read More »

Smugglers ‘abusing’ soft Ireland border checks to get people into UK, National Crime Agency warns

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People smugglers are “abusing” soft border controls between Ireland and the UK to get their human cargo past authorities, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned. Officials told The Independent they were concerned about an increase in the number of gangs found to be working through the common travel area, which the government has said it wants to maintain after ... Read More »

People smugglers detained in the UK and Belgium

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The large scale operation that was mounted by Belgium’s Federal Police service and the UK’s National Crime Agency was directed against a gang that smuggled people from Iraq to the UK. Arrests were made a several locations in the northwest of England and in Ghent. According to the British authorities, the gang smuggled 3,000 migrants into Europe illegally during a ... Read More »

Smugglers jailed over £3.5m Belgium to Leeds tobacco haul

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Members of a gang avoided £3.5m in tax by smuggling tobacco into the UK have been jailed. The defendants, all from Leeds, were caught after a Belgian lorry that had delivered to a warehouse in the city was stopped at Dover. The lorry was found to contain almost £500,000 in cash, hidden in holdalls in the back of ovens. Packets ... Read More »

People smugglers detained in the UK and Belgium

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An international police operation in the UK and here in Belgium has resulted in the arrest of five of members of a suspected people smuggling gang. Two suspected people smugglers were detained in the East Flemish city of Ghent. The large scale operation that was mounted by Belgium’s Federal Police service and the UK’s National Crime Agency was directed against ... Read More »

Belgian gets life on cocaine smuggling charges in Cambodia

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Cambodian court sentenced a Belgian man to life in prison on charges of smuggling cocaine into the country. David Noel Catry was convicted of trafficking 1.03 kilograms (2.27 pounds) of cocaine earlier this year, said Ei Rin, a spokesman for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Catry, 34, was arrested in January at Phnom Penh International ... Read More »

Belgian justice authorities consult Dexia clients’ Panama papers

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Two years after the first Panama papers were leaked, Belgian justice authorities have had access for the first time to some 11 million documents from the Mossack Fonseca Panamanian cabinet, Le Soir and De Tijd newspapers, and Knack magazine reported. The investigators, including investigating judge Michel Claise went to Germany last week and were able to obtain the papers. They ... Read More »

Launch Of The First Commercial Flight By Air Belgium

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The inauguration of flights to Hong Kong, the first long haul destination in the history of Charleroi airport, marks the launch of the latest Belgian airline. This inaugural flight was originally scheduled for the end of April but was delayed pending authorisation from Russia to fly over its territory; this did not prevent the airline from operating a series of ... Read More »

Doel Nuclear Plant Shut Own After Disruption

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Belgian nuclear reactor Doel 4, just across the Dutch border, shut down automatically due to a fault on Saturday evening. The shutdown was an automatic procedure and there is no danger for the environment and the population, a Doel spokesperson said, ANP reports. According to reports in Belgian media, the fault occurred in the non-nuclear part of the plant. The ... Read More »

New Wind Farm Planned In Belgian Part Of The North Sea

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European demand for energy is growing. The European Union aims to provide a guaranteed, affordable and climate-friendly energy supply for its residents and businesses. It has formulated objectives for 2020, 2030 and 2050. Belgium is choosing to build renewable energy sources, such as wind farms, in order to meet its targets. This means that CO₂ emissions will be lower. In ... Read More »

Judge imposes change of flight routes over North of Brussels

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The federal government will have to pay high penalties if it does not adapt flight routes over the Northern periphery of Brussels, in virtue of the decision rendered in referral, Wednesday, by a Flemish-speaking judge of the Brussels Court, reported Thursday De Standaard. The message is sent to the Minister of Mobility, according to the daily paper. As per the ... Read More »

Ken Loach responds angrily to Belgian PM in antisemitism row

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Ken Loach has responded with fury at a hastily convened press conference to a suggestion by the Belgian prime minister that a leading university was wrong to honour him following complaints that it had overlooked allegations of antisemitism. An hour before the 81-year-old British director received his honorary degree from the free university of Brussels (ULB) on Thursday, he told ... Read More »

Brexit, US protectionism challenge Belgium’s ports

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Brexit and U.S. protectionism represent significant challenges for the future of Belgium’s ports, the governor of the National Bank of Belgium (BNB), Jan Smets, said. Smets, who was in Bruges for the presentation of a report on the economic interests of Belgian ports, said Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, Brexit, could have a considerable influence on Zeebruges. “Links with ... Read More »

CBC/KBC revises growth forecast downward

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The CBC/KBC bank insurance group has revised its 2018 economic growth forecast for Belgium from the original 1.9% to 1.6%, citing the risk of heightened trade conflicts, political uncertainty and higher oil prices. The group’s forecast is less optimistic than others since the average prediction was 1.8%. The CBC/KBC economists expect “a serious slowdown” in the economy this year, says ... Read More »