According to the senator, who sits in the equal opportunities commission, the effects of the glass ceiling in the financial-economic sector and in the judiciary have led to crisis. A policy to increase the number of women in senior positions, she argues, could help resolve the problem.
Vereecken had just started at Sara Lee’s Grimbergen office, just outside Brussels. While the Belgian government was battling to save the country’s banking system, Vereecken saw an opportunity to take the company’s corporate social responsibility one step further and help people caught up in the crisis.
The Ghent development, known as the Waalse Krook, is a multi-media cultural complex which will take up an area bounded by canals near the university and the Gent Zuid shopping centre. At one point the site was intended as a new music forum, and plans went all the way to the appointment of an architect, before financial and other problems put an end to the project.
Studio 100 was set up in 1996 by Verhulst and Bourlon, together with Danny Verbiest, who at the time was the voice of Samson the dog in the TV series Samson & Gert. Verbiest left the company in 2005, and his place was taken by venture capitalists Fortis Private Equity.
Van Hool is in partnership with the Orlando, Florida-based ABC, in which it holds a 33% stake. And while the company here is also involved in truck construction, in the US it only deals in coaches. And no ordinary ones at that – the Flemish company specialises in top-end luxury buses, often custom fit to the wishes of the client, such as the “Straussmobile” made for the touring orchestra of André Rieu, where seats were tailored to the measurements of individual musicians.
Earlier this year, Enfinity, which has been in business for only four years, announced it would build China’s first solar energy park, generating 10 mW, in Dunhuang province – a contract worth €27 million. Under the contract, the company will set up a joint venture with the state-owned China Guandong Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC).
Vansteenkiste was arrested two weeks ago. His wife showed up at the prison every day at 05.30 with clean clothes and toilet articles, but she was repeatedly denied access to her husband.
According to reports, Vansteenkiste was determined not to respond to attempts to pressure him into confessing. When a single-occupancy cell was found for him, he refused to move, and occupied his time by giving his two cellmates lessons in Dutch.
Luc Vansteenkiste (pictured) is CEO of auto parts manufacturer Recticel in Wetteren. He used to be the director-general of the VBO-FEB, the organisation of the country’s top entrepreneurs and bosses, which earned him the rank of baron granted by the King.
The law is the brainchild of justice minister Stefaan De Clerck and consumer affairs minister Paul Magnette, and aims to tackle what is a major problem for the overworked Belgian justice system. At present, every plaintiff who brings a damages claim in a court case does so individually, and is represented by his or her own lawyer. In some cases, such as the trial of the directors of software company Lernout and Hauspie, the number of plaintiffs runs into the hundreds.