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8 May to become a public holiday for Brussels civil servants

As from next year, Brussels civil servants will enjoy a day off on 8 May, the day on which the annual Brussels Iris Festival is being held. 

The news was announced by Bruzz and confirmed by the Brussels State Secretary for Public Employment Fadila Laanen (Francophone socialist). The deal should improve the well-being of civil servants in the capital. Season tickets for public transport will become 100 percent refundable, as well as fees paid to gain access to the public bicycle-sharing system Villo.

"We are improving working conditions for our staff after the unilateral decision taken by the federal government (putting the retirement age at 67 instead of 65, editor's note)", says Fadila Laanen. The measures are part of a whole labour package approved by the Brussels government.