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A law to loosen up regulations on the police using private security

A law has been passed to loosen up regulations on the police using private security. “Under the new law, private agents may for example perform actions of ‘sweeping’ preventive of buildings and land in search of spy equipment, weapons, drugs or explosives but cannot find after evidence of possible crimes, or take part in people searches. The police may also utilize the security companies for technical support, such as drones, vehicles or sniffer dogs but only the police can decide on a response.” [Agence Belga, 17 May 2017]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

"The PPP model is not without risk!"

“A record. Never before had Wallonia sent so many political representatives—108 burgomasters, aldermen, presidents of intermunicipal associations—to the MIPIM de Cannes, the high mass of real estate professionals.” The objective? “In a context of scarcity of public finances,” to try to chase “public private partnerships.” But “the PPP model is not without risk. It can be difficult for cities in search of major projects to resist the lobby of large real estate interests. (…) Let's not be fooled: the most profitable real estate projects can deprive people of public spaces, parks, historic monuments, brownfields, and other projects with high social or environmental added value.”

Source: www.lalibre.be

Merger talks between the Belgian and Dutch postal services fall through

Merger talks between the Belgian and Dutch postal services fall through. The Belgian service Bpost, which is 51% owned by the Belgian government, made a bid for the Netherlands’ PostNL, which was privatized in 1989. “Analysts said a tie-up between the two companies would make strategic sense but that the Belgian government's stake may have posed an obstacle to a deal.”

Source: WSJ

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