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Society of BelgiumIn Belgium, a series of social laws were already established after the First World War, but it was mainly after the Second World War that Belgium became a pioneer in social security. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of BEL and acronym for Belgium. To the extensive social insurance system, which is financed by the state at 25%, the rest is levied in the form of contributions from employers (about 2/3) and workers (about 1/3).

The state reimburses costs for certain categories, e.g. widows, pensioners and the disabled. With around 30%, the state contributes to health and pension insurance, but in the case of unemployment benefits, the state accounts for more than 70% of the cost.

However, the state has major problems in meeting its commitments. Payments are increasing, and despite increased fees for both employers and employees, the state will not meet the expenses unless radical measures are taken. Government spending cuts in the 1990s have greatly affected the social sector. The costs of pensions and healthcare will to a greater extent be covered by individual insurance.

Society of Belgium

Belgium continued to live high in arms sales to dictatorial states. In 2014 and 15, the country with the most weapons exported to Wallonia was the kleptocratic dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, which was also at war with Yemen.

In the aftermath of the attacks, the government carried out one suspension of basic human rights after another. In February 2016, the government launched the "Plan Canal" concept to curb "radicalization" in several suburbs of Brussels. Not by providing work and education for vulnerable youth, but by increasing police patrol and by increasing administrative control over Muslim associations. In April, the federal government decided to create a central database that could be shared by the various relevant government agencies. The database was to record "suspicious" travel activity. In July, a similar database of " hate preachers " was established». In December, police powers were extended to surveillance. Despite the fact that in May the government had promised the UN Human Rights Council that human rights would be respected despite ever-tighter terrorist legislation, the trend was clearly the opposite.

 

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