Latest blog articles with tag ITEM

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    Facilitating cross-border (home) working: an important precondition for the Euroregional labour market and economy

    28 June 2022
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    In the ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2021, the "Impact analysis into the future of working from home for cross-border workers post-COVID-19" investigated the consequences for taxation and social security of working from home by cross-border workers. Hybrid work is the future, also for the region, according to the SER advisory report 'Hybrid Work'. But working from home by cross-border workers can be complex, non-transparent and costly, both for employee and employer.
  • Cross-border cooperation during a cross-border pandemic

    21 January 2022
    Not out of possibility, but out of necessity The last couple of weeks of 2021 were dominated by the cross-border nature of the COVID-19 crisis, and the fight against it. While the Netherlands went into the holiday season under a lockdown, complete closures were largely absent in Germany and Belgium. This leads to so-called cross-border effects, where people move, like a waterbed, to the neighbouring countries to enjoy eating and drinking out, as well as shopping. In response, the governments of the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia urged people not...
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    Work in progress: Belgian social policy under construction

    27 November 2020
    After 493 days of intensive negotiations, Belgium has a new federal government 1 The largest amount released for the new policy is invested in social policy, i.e. 2.3 billion euros out of a total of 3.2 billion euros. The federal government's objective is to protect social security and secure long-term financing. As a result, both the social security system and the pension system will be significantly modernized in the coming years. This contribution analyses the social policy where it becomes clear that the first pension pillar - the statutory pension - will be...
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    The similarity between Le Quattro Stagioni and the Brabançonne

    27 November 2020
    Since the elections of 26 May 2019 for a new Belgian federal government, intensive negotiations have been held and various possible coalitions have been explored. 1 Eventually, the Vivaldi coalition 2 succeeded in forming a new Belgian federal government on 30 September 2020. 3 This contribution examines how much music the coalition agreement 4 of the Vivaldi coalition actually contains when it comes to the effects for the Belgian border regions. Although not all details are yet known, it has already been established that Belgium will face several reforms in the...
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