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					Living & Working in Leuven
       1.      INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................................................4
            BELGIUM ........................................................................................................................................................ 4
            LEUVEN .......................................................................................................................................................... 5
            IMEC .............................................................................................................................................................. 5
       2.      ARRIVAL IN BELGIUM ............................................................................................................................... 6
            A. PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ......................................................................................................................................... 6
            RELOCATION .................................................................................................................................................... 6
            DOCUMENTS .................................................................................................................................................... 6
            B. UPON ARRIVAL.............................................................................................................................................. 6
       3.      ACCOMMODATION ..................................................................................................................................8
            SEARCHING HOUSING ......................................................................................................................................... 8
            COST (INDICATIVE PRICES) ................................................................................................................................... 8
            RENTAL CONTRACT ............................................................................................................................................ 8
            DEPOSIT ......................................................................................................................................................... 8
            SUPPLEMENTARY EXPENSES (UTILITIES) ................................................................................................................... 9
            FIRE INSURANCE ................................................................................................................................................ 9
            WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF PROBLEMS? ..................................................................................................................... 9
       4.      HEALTH CARE ......................................................................................................................................... 10
            GENERAL PRACTITIONERS & SPECIALISTS ............................................................................................................... 10
            DENTAL CARE ................................................................................................................................................. 10
            MEDICAL BILLS AND REIMBURSEMENT .................................................................................................................. 10
            PHARMACIES .................................................................................................................................................. 10
            HOSPITALS .................................................................................................................................................... 11
            THERMOMETERS ............................................................................................................................................. 11
            VACCINATIONS ............................................................................................................................................... 11
            SOS – EMERGENCY SERVICES AND NUMBERS ......................................................................................................... 11
       5.      SOCIAL SECURITY & INSURANCES ........................................................................................................... 12
            SOCIAL SECURITY ............................................................................................................................................. 12
            INSURANCES .................................................................................................................................................. 12
       6.      MONEY MATTERS................................................................................................................................... 15
            PAYMENT ...................................................................................................................................................... 15
            TAXES .......................................................................................................................................................... 16
       7.      DAY CARE & BABY SITTING..................................................................................................................... 17
            DAY CARE SERVICES.......................................................................................................................................... 17
            BABYSITTING SERVICES ...................................................................................................................................... 18
       8.      EDUCATION ............................................................................................................................................ 19
            SCHOOL SYSTEM ............................................................................................................................................. 19
            FURTHER EDUCATION ....................................................................................................................................... 20
       9.      TRANSPORT............................................................................................................................................ 21
            GETTING THERE .............................................................................................................................................. 21
            GETTING AROUND ........................................................................................................................................... 21
       10.         COMMUNICATION.............................................................................................................................. 25
            POSTAL SERVICES ............................................................................................................................................ 25
            GETTING CONNECTED ....................................................................................................................................... 25
            CABLE TELEVISION AND DIGITAL TV ...................................................................................................................... 25
       12. SECURITY, POLICE & LEGALITIES ............................................................................................................... 26



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         LEUVEN POLICE HEADQUARTERS ......................................................................................................................... 26
         BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS ........................................................................................................................ 26
       13.      DAY-TO-DAY LIFE ................................................................................................................................ 27
         SHOPPING ..................................................................................................................................................... 27
         LAUNDRETTES AND DRY CLEANING ....................................................................................................................... 28
         DINING ......................................................................................................................................................... 29
         ENVIRONMENT ............................................................................................................................................... 29
         SPORTS ......................................................................................................................................................... 30
         CULTURE ....................................................................................................................................................... 31
         LIBRARIES ...................................................................................................................................................... 33
         RELIGION ...................................................................................................................................................... 34
       14.      HR CONTACT INFORMATION .............................................................................................................. 36
         HR DESK....................................................................................................................................................... 36
         RELOCATION .................................................................................................................................................. 36




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       Dear colleague,

       I’d like to welcome you to Belgium, to Leuven and foremost to imec! I am
       delighted you are joining us.

       Joining imec means working in a new environment, and living in a whole new
       country with its typical habits, lifestyle, and arrangements. Moving to a new
       country is indeed quite adventurous, and it provokes a lot of questions and
       requires many preparations.

       That is why imec wants to support you and your family as much as possible
       during this transition. This brochure is prepared as an introductory guide: it
       offers information concerning Belgium and Leuven, and the daily life over here.
       It also provides imec specific information. I hope it will help you to better
       understand the Belgian way of doing things, so that your stay with us will
       become an interesting and lasting experience.

       We tried to be as comprehensive as possible on a large number of topics, but we are fully aware that a
       brochure cannot address all possible items or issues that you will face. Please know that you can call on any of
       us at the imec Human Resources Department to assist you in finding your way at imec or in Leuven. Or send
       us an e-mail if that is more convenient.

       I look forward to having you come on board, and wish you an exciting and successful stay with us.



       Sincerely,




       Hubert De Neve

       Executive Vice President

       Human Resources




       Contact details Human resources Department

       Tel. +32 (16) 28 77 99

       e-mail: hrdesk@imec.be




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                                                             federal government mainly has authority over
              1. INTRODUCTION                                foreign affairs, immigration issues, social
                                                             security and defense. Belgium has 10
          Belgium                                            provinces; Leuven is the capital of the
                                                             Province of Flemish Brabant.

          Synopsis                                           Leuven is situated in Flanders and is part of
                                                             the Dutch-speaking community. Brussels and
          Belgium is a small, densely populated country      the language border with Wallonia are very
          (10,39    million    inhabitants with    339       close. Although seven governments might
          people/km²), with three official languages:        seem a touch exaggerated for such a small
          Dutch, French and German. Its capital,             country, and the situation is often derided by
          Brussels, doubles as the capital of the            Belgians and non-Belgians alike, this system is
          European Union.                                    a typical embodiment of one of the most
                                                             attractive features of the Belgian character:
          It is fashionable among Belgians and non-          the art of compromise. When Belgians
          Belgians alike to complain about the level of      disagree, they try and find the middle ground.
          bureaucracy in the country and the inordinate      No civil wars or ethnic conflicts have ever
          number of holidays that Belgians enjoy. In fact,   taken place between Belgians.
          economic productivity is among the highest in
          the world, and the anarchic streak in the
          Belgian character ensures that bureaucrats
          never gain the upper hand. Belgium is also a       The Belgian Character
          very safe country and Leuven, we can assure
          you from a lifetime of personal experience, is     The one thing that most non-Belgians would
          without a doubt a quite safe university town.      agree on when first confronted with Belgians
                                                             on their home turf is that they are reserved
                                                             and introvert. This impression usually lasts
                                                             until their first visit to a Belgian’s home, where
                                                             they will be very cordially welcomed and fed
                                                             large amounts of excellent food and drink. A
                                                             Belgian feels most relaxed and comfortable in
                                                             the midst of his close circle of family and
                                                             friends. Family ties are very important –
                                                             witness the weekly exodus of Belgian students
                                                             from Leuven, who routinely spend every
                                                             weekend at home with their parents and
                                                             childhood friends. Friendships are enduring;
                                                             once you have made a Belgian friend, you will
                                                             find that it is very hard to get rid of him.

                                                             Most Belgians own their own homes and
                                                             spend a lot of time and money in constantly
          Politics and Languages                             renovating, decorating and improving them.
                                                             They tend their gardens meticulously, love
          Despite its small size, Belgium has a unique       good food and drink, benefit from an excellent
          and complex institutional and political            social security and health-care system, and
          structure. Belgium itself is a democratic          insist on having their roads and highways
          monarchy with a King, a parliament (house of       brightly lit at night.
          Commons) and a senate (House of Lords).
          The country is divided into three language
          groups, Dutch-speaking (6 million), French-
          speaking (4 million) and German-speaking
          (70,000), each with their own administration,
          mainly in charge of cultural and educational
          affairs. In addition, there are three regions,
          linked to economic interests, again with their
          own governments: Flanders (in the north),
          Wallonia (in the south), and Brussels. The



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                                                             Imec
          Leuven

                                                             Imec is Europe’s largest independent research
          The city of Leuven is an agglomeration of five
                                                             center in nano-electronics and nano-
          communities: Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo,
                                                             technology. Imec is headquartered in Leuven,
          Wilsele and Wijgmaal. Leuven has more than
                                                             Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the
          90,000 inhabitants. If we add to this the
                                                             Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China and Japan. Its
          35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 high-school
                                                             staff of more than 1,750 people include over
          students, it should come as no surprise that
                                                             550 industrial residents and guest researchers.
          the streets are filled with young faces and that
          the city lives at a student’s rhythm: hectic
          weeks at the beginning of the academic year
          and, later, relative calm periods during holiday
          and examination time. The centuries-long
          presence of the university has also left its
          marks in other areas of city life. The
          population of Leuven has a high average level
          of education, probably because many students
          remain in Leuven after they have graduated.

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                                                            Belgium
              2. ARRIVAL IN BELGIUM                         Tel : 0032 3 360 55 00
                                                            www.moving.gosselingroup.be
          A. Prior to arrival
                                                            TEAM ALLIED
                                                            Budasteenweg 2B
          Relocation                                        1830 Machelen
                                                            Belgium
                                                            Tel : +32 2 253 25 50
          Imec does not work with an external               www.teamalliedgroup.com
          Relocation Company to organize your
          relocation. But the imec relocation officers
          are at your disposal during your preparation      Documents
          as well as upon your arrival in Belgium. They
          will help you with relocation matters from the
                                                            Travel documents
          start until your first days in Belgium, such as
          the search for temporary or permanent
          housing.                                          Before coming to Belgium the imec relocation
                                                            officers will inform you about the right
                                                            procedure to follow.
          Once we get a clear view on the expected
          arrival date, you can start thinking about        Which documents you need will depend on
          booking the flight. Depending on what goods       your status: e.g. whether you are a payroll
          you are planning to move over, additional         employee or a resident, or whether you are
          arrangements will have to be made concerning      coming from an EU country or not.
          international moving companies, customs
          (importing goods), etc.
                                                            Documents for non EU assignees
          Working with a Belgian moving company can
          have certain benefits at the border. The          A work permit is required for non EU
          following Belgian moving companies have           assignees.
          European and overseas partners and serve a
          door to door service:

          ZIEGLER RELOCATION                                Documents for non EU payroll employees
          Tom Goovaerts- Moving Consultant
          Dieudonné Lefèvre street, 160                     Because imec has a recognized status as a
          1020 Brussels                                     specialized research institute it is exempted
          tel : +32 2 422 22 84                             from the work permit application. Instead, the
          e-mail : tom_goovaerts@zieglergroup.com           relocation officers will provide you with a
          www.zieglerrelocation.com                         document called “Host Agreement”. If you are
                                                            coming from a visa submitted country you can
          TRANSWORLD INTERNATIONAL                          use this “Host Agreement” to apply for your
          Clement Vanophemstraat 78                         D-visa.
          3090 Overijse
          Belgium                                           B. Upon arrival
          Tel : +32 2 687 50 90
          e-mail : info@transworld.be
          www.transworld.be                                 Residence permit

          ROMULUS                                           As a future employee in Belgium you are
          Arthur De Coninckstraat 9                         required to register at the Foreigner’s Office
          3070 Kortenberg                                   in your city of residence. For Leuven this is
          Belgium                                           called Town Services (“Stadsdiensten”) and
          tel : +32 2257 59 49                              the office is situated next to the railway
          romulus@romulus.be                                station.
          www.romulus.be
                                                            The procedure and the documents to be
          GOSSELIN MOVING NV                                submitted depend on whether you are an EU
          Belcrownlaan 23                                   citizen or not. Issuing time can be 6 weeks.
          2100 Deurne


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          City of Leuven: Town Services                       Visit from the police officer

          Foreigners’ office – Stadsdiensten – Dienst         After you register at the Leuven Foreigners
          Bevolking – afdeling Buitenlanders                  Office, your neighborhood police officer will
                                                              drop by your Leuven address to verify that
          Ask for your ticket at the counter, at the          you actually live there. If you are not at home
          latest one hour before closing time.                at the time of the officer’s visit, you will
                                                              receive a letter inviting you to report to the
          Professor Van Overstraetenplein 1, B-3000           police station in your district. Make sure you
          Leuven Tel. 016 27 20 00 – Fax 016 27 29 95         do this as soon as possible in order to avoid
                                                              misunderstandings or future administrative
          Open:                                               problems.
          Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from
          9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday from 12:00          Change of address
          noon to 8:00 p.m.
                                                              Every time you change your address within
                                                              Leuven, you must report your new address
                                                              within eight days to the Foreigners Office. If
                                                              you are moving to another town or city in
                                                              Belgium, you must report to the Foreigners
                                                              Office or town hall of your new city or town.

                                                              You are likewise required to inform the
                                                              health-insurance, and other relevant offices of
                                                              your change of address.

                                                              Leaving Belgium

                                                              If you temporarily have to leave Belgium for a
                                                              period longer than three months, you must
                                                              contact the Foreigners Office to find out what
                                                              administrative procedures you must follow.
          Identity card
                                                              Before leaving Belgium permanently, please
          The card you receive after registering at the       make sure that you visit the Foreigners Office
          town services is your official residence permit.    to turn in your Belgian identity card. If you
          It also functions as your identity card in          ever need to come back to Leuven, this will
          Belgium. This is an extremely important             save you and the city’s officials a great deal of
          document and you are required to carry it           time and trouble.
          with you at all times.

          Extend the validity of your identity card

          You should report in person to the Leuven
          Foreigners Office, preferably before the expiry
          date of your identity card. Bring a proof of
          extension of work permit/contract.

          Loss of your identity card

          If you lose your identity card, you must report
          this in person at the Foreigners Office and
          sign an official declaration of loss. Bring along
          three passport photographs as well. After an
          investigation by the police, you will be given a
          duplicate identity card.




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                                                             and parts of the rented building and the rental
              3. ACCOMMODATION                               price. The contract is definitive when both
                                                             you and the landlord sign it.
          Searching housing
                                                             Your landlord is obliged to register the
                                                             written rental contract. He must present it to
          We advise you to start looking for housing         the registration office in the place where the
          facilities as soon as possible, because finding    property is situated. This will give the rental
          appropriate accommodation takes time.              contract a “fixed date” and will make it
                                                             binding on third parties. From this fixed date,
          Usefull websites (all available in English):       you are legally protected against eviction by
                                                             the new owner if the leased premises are sold.
          Immoweb – www.immoweb.be

          VlanImmo – www.vlan.be/immo

          Vitrine – www.vitrine.be

          Logic-Immo – www.logic-immo.be


          Cost (indicative prices)

          Hotel              around € 100 per night
                             (breakfast included)
                                                             There are different types of rental contracts
                                                             depending on the duration of lease. Ask your
          Small studio       between € 300 and € 500
                                                             landlord detailed information on the duration
                             per month (furnished but
                                                             of the lease (1, 3 or 9 year contract), the
                             without hotel facilities like
                                                             penalty when leaving before end of contract,
                             sheets, cleaning, etc.)
                                                             deposit, expenses, etc. before signing the
                                                             contract. Contact the imec relocation officers
          Apartment          between € 600 and € 1500
                                                             if you need assistance with the legal aspects.
                             per month depending on
                             comfort and number of
                             bedrooms (most likely for       Deposit
                             renting at least on an annual
                             basis).
                                                             When you conclude a contract, the payment
          Aparthotel         between € 1000 and € 1500       of a deposit is required. For rooms, a deposit
                             per month (separate             of one month’s rent is common. For studios
                             bedroom and hotel facilities)   and apartments, deposits may amount to 2 or
                                                             3 month’s rent. This sum should never be
          House               at least € 1000 per month      considered as payment for rent and can only
                             (most likely for renting at     be used to compensate for damage to the
                             least on an annual basis).      rented property, caused by the tenant or by
                                                             third parties to whom the tenant has granted
                                                             access.
          Rental contract
                                                             The deposit or its balance will be reimbursed
                                                             upon return of the keys and after the landlord
          A rental contract between you and the
                                                             has inspected the state of the property. The
          landlord must be concluded in writing. There
                                                             landlord should have the opportunity to draw
          must be at least three copies: one for the
                                                             the final bill for heating, electricity, etc. before
          landlord, one for you (the tenant) and one for
                                                             he can return the balance of the deposit.
          the compulsory registration of contract.

          In this written contract the following
          information must be included: the identity of
          the landlord and the tenant, the starting date
          of the contract, an indication of all the rooms


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          Supplementary expenses                                What to do in case of problems?
          (utilities)
                                                                In case you need advise about your rental
          If the cost of heating, electricity, water, etc. is   contract or you have problems with your
          not included in the rent, it should be clearly        landlord you can always contact our
          stated in the contract how these costs will be        relocation officers. Imec is member of the
          calculated. If each housing unit is equipped          tenants association specialized in legal issues.
          with an individual electricity and gas meter,         Our relocation officers will be happy to give
          the tenant and the landlord should make a             you our registration number so that you can
          note of the meter reading at the beginning and        contact this organization for information:
          at the end of the rental period. The tenant
          pays for these units at the rate stipulated in            Huurdersbond Vlaams Brabant
          the contract. If no individual meters are                 Eén Meilaan 10 – 3010 Kessel-Lo
          available, the landlord is allowed to divide the          Tel : 016/25 05 14
          total costs proportionally among the residents            Email : huurdersbond.vl-br@scarlet.be
          of the house. Many contracts state that the               www.wetswinkel-leuven.be
          tenants have to pay a monthly advance for the
          costs, over and above the cost of the rent.

          When the final bill is submitted, tenants are
          entitled to see the individual invoices for the
          various utilities. Tenants of apartments and
          houses usually have an individual contract with
          the gas, electricity and water utility
          companies. In this case they will receive the
          invoices directly from the company
          concerned.


          Fire insurance

          Fire insurance is not a legal requirement.
          However, if you are renting it usually forms a
          condition of the lease. Therefore tenants must
          insure their premises against damages caused
          during occupancy. The tenant is responsible
          for damage caused by fire, water and for
          broken glass in windows or doors. Standard
          lease contracts state that the tenant must
          deliver a proof of insurance to the owner
          within 30 days of signing the lease.

          If you want to insure damage to your personal
          belongings (furniture etc.), you need to take
          out separate insurance coverage. This is an
          extra option next to your fire insurance.




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                                                             Medical bills and reimbursement
              4. HEALTH CARE
                                                             It’s normal practice in Belgium to pay your
                                                             doctor directly. You’ll be given a receipt,
          General practitioners &                            which is also the form you need to complete
          specialists                                        to claim reimbursement. You will pay the full
                                                             cost for a consultation but you will be
                                                             reimbursed afterwards (see also chapter 5
          You are free to choose your care provider.
                                                             Insurances).
          Under the Belgian national health care system,
          you can make an appointment directly with a
          specialist without requiring a referral from
          your family doctor, but your GP is often the
          best person to advise you on choosing a
          specialist.

          A GP can solve most medical problems. If the
          GP decides that you should consult a
          specialist, he/she will refer you to one who is
          best qualified to deal with your problem.
          There are many advantages to consulting a GP
          first, before seeing a specialist:

               GP’s are easier to reach; there could
                be a long waiting list to consult a          Pharmacies
                specialist.

               A GP will keep your medical history          In Belgium, drugs and medicines are only sold
                on file. This is important since             in pharmacies (to be recognized by the green
                information from previous medical            cross). In the yellow pages of the phone
                examinations may be relevant to your         directory pharmacies and drugstores are listed
                present condition.                           under the word “apotheken”. Or check the
                                                             online directory http://goldenpages.truvo.be.
               With certain medical conditions, it is       They are open every day except Saturday
                not always clear which specialist is         afternoons, Sundays and holidays. When
                best qualified. On your own, you             closed, all pharmacies will post in their
                might have to try several specialists        window a list of after-hours pharmacies
                before finding the right one, whereas        (“wachtdienst”). This information is also
                a GP can quickly diagnose your               published in the weekly newspaper Passe-
                problem and refer you to the proper          Partout (see the section entitled “Apothekers
                specialist.                                  van dienst in Leuven en omliggende”). Or call
                                                             0900 10 500 for the pharmacy on duty in your
          Most medical doctors speak English, French         neighborhood.
          and Dutch. You can usually reach a GP during
          office hours and in emergencies even at night.
          If your regular GP is unavailable when you call,
          you will be referred to another GP.


          Dental care

          You are normally free to choose any dentist,
          but you should check the conditions of your
          health insurance to see if they restrict
          reimbursement to dentists who are approved
          by the insurer or national health system. It is
          advised to go to the dentist once a year; else
          your reimbursement will be less. This does
          not apply to doctor’s visits.


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          Hospitals                                        SOS – Emergency services and
                                                           numbers
          University Hospitals
          www.uzleuven.be                                  In cases of emergency, always give your
                                                           address and telephone number. Speak slowly.
          016 33 22 11 for all University Hospitals
                                                           It would be useful for you to learn a few
          Gasthuisberg                                     words or expressions related to such cases in
                                                           Dutch or French.
             Herestraat 49, B-3000 Leuven (Emergency)

          Sint-Pieter

             Brusselsestraat 69, B-3000 Leuven
                                                           100             Ambulance and fire department
          Sint-Rafaël

             Kapucijnenvoer 33, B-3000 Leuven              101             Police emergency number

          Pellenberg
                                                           112             International emergency number
             Weligerveld 1, B-3041 Pellenberg

          Non-university hospital
                                                           105             Red Cross Flanders ambulance service
          Heilig-Hartziekenhuis

          www.hhleuven.be                                  070 25 70 25    Doctors on call

          016 20 92 09
                                                           070 25 40 40    Dentist on call
          Naamsestraat 150, B-3000 Leuven
          (Emergency)
                                                           0900 10 500     Pharmacies on duty
                                                                           (after hours and on weekends)
          Thermometers
                                                           070 24 52 45    Poison antidote centre

          In Belgium we use Celsius thermometers.
          These are larger than the Fahrenheit ones,
                                                           070 34 43 44    Card stop for bank and credit cards
          and are usually placed in the armpit. Readings
          from the armpit will be one degree lower than
          those taken orally. Always tell the doctor
                                                           02 649 95 55    Suicide prevention centre
          which method you have used.


          Vaccinations

          Parents are required to vaccinate their babies
          and young children at regular intervals. In
          Belgium, this service is organized by “Kind en
          Gezin”. Please contact them if you have
          children below 3 years of age.


          http://www.kindengezin.be/English_pages/




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                                                              and countries with bilateral social security
              5. SOCIAL SECURITY &                            treaties (i.e. USA, Canada, Turkey …) can
                 INSURANCES                                   continue to submit their employees to social
                                                              security in the home country during a certain
                                                              period of time, provided they can confirm this
          Social security                                     with a document that proves the employee to
                                                              be submitted in the home country (E101 form
          Belgium offers high-quality health care that is     in the EC). Non-EC and countries with no
          among the best in Europe. Foreigners are also       bilateral treaties should submit their
          entitled to certain allowances and to social        employees to local Belgian social security.
          services. The benefits which you may enjoy as
          a foreigner are strictly dependent on the           Not being submitted to Belgian social security
          conditions under which you are resident on          also means that no legal rights can be built up
          Belgian soil.                                       in Belgium (child allowance, unemployment
                                                              insurance, legal pension, health care). That is
          The Belgian social security system is based on      why it is imperative that the home company
          the payment of social contributions on your         always takes care of sufficient insurance
          income from work. These social contributions        coverage for its employees. We strongly
          serve to finance the social security system.        advise the home company to contact an
          Each month the employer pays between 30             international insurance provider to cover for
          and 40% on top of your salary into the social       the health care, hospitalization, travel accident
          security fund. The employee also pays a             insurance, repatriation and disability.
          proportion of his gross salary in social security
          contributions (13.07%). This fund is then used      Since imec is not the employer, we are not
          to pay social security:                             allowed to do anything in this field.

               Allowances in the event of sickness           There is a possibility also to affiliate with a
               Unemployment benefits                         ‘mutual insurance company’ in Belgium. For a
               Allowances in the event of incapacity         fee of approximately 75 € a month, the
                for work through sickness or                  employee will be covered for basic medical,
                invalidity                                    dental and hospitalization treatment.
               Allowances in the event of accidents
                at work
               Allowances in the event of industrial
                                                              Insurances
                disease
               Family allowances                             Health insurance
               Pensions
                                                              All residents of Belgium, Belgian or other
          Is the social security refundable?                  nationalities, are required by law to be
                                                              covered by health insurance. It is also in your
          In Belgium our social security includes a very      own best interest. Without insurance
          good health and disability and unemployment         coverage, the cost of medical care can quickly
          coverage, based on the principle of solidarity:     spiral out of control. For instance, a single
          everybody contributes. So the social security       night’s stay in the hospital can cost up to €
          is not refundable, because you can benefit our      300 not including treatment or medicine. A
          social security once you are ill, hospitalized,     standard      health-insurance   policy     will
          etc.                                                reimburse about 75% of the cost of a doctor’s
                                                              visit, medicine and hospitalization. Some
          Information for imec residents                      (critical) medical expenses are fully refunded.
                                                              The basic health insurance will not cover all
          As your home office continues to be your            hospital costs; as an imec employee you profit
          employer and as such continues to pay your          from the company’s hospitalization insurance
          salary, they have to check if social security       (see further).
          contributions are due in Belgium. In
          accordance to international law, social
          security contributions are due in the host
          country (country where the work is done)
          even when your company does not have a
          legal entity over here. European countries


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          Mutualities                                        Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain,
                                                             Sweden, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein,
          For regular medical expenses such as doctor        Iceland, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta,
          visits, you need to enroll at a mutuality on a     Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and
          personal account (this is obligatory in            Romania) or a nationals from Algeria, Tunisia,
          Belgium). A mutuality actually pays the biggest    Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia, you should
          amount of your doctor’s bill and medicines         obtain a European Health Insurance Card
          prescribed by your doctor. Your own                (EHIC) proving you already have insurance
          contribution is approximately 60 euro per          coverage in your home country. Any medical
          year.                                              costs you may incur will be reimbursed by a
                                                             Belgian health-insurance company if you show
          There are different mutualities from which         them the EHIC. This also applies to the cost
          you can choose: Socialistic Mutuality, Liberal     of drugs and medication: ask for a 704N form
          Mutuality, Christian Mutuality, Neutral            at the pharmacist’s.
          Mutuality and Independent Mutuality. They all
          provide the same basic service, but there can      Care insurance (“Zorgkas”)
          be a small difference in price and in the extra
          services that they provide. Euromut, an            In 2002 the Flemish government introduced
          Independent Mutuality, comes by regularly at       the care insurance. It is a collective insurance
          imec and can help you with your enrollment.        to provide financial assistance to seriously ill
          More info: http://www.euromut.be.                  patients. Every year, you will receive a bill of
                                                             25€ for this insurance when you live in
          SIS Card                                           Flanders and are at least 25 years old. You are
                                                             obliged to pay this bill before December 31st.
          When you take out health insurance you will
          receive a membership card (known as the SIS
          card), an information booklet and a number of
          stickers. Please take your SIS card and stickers
          every time you go to the pharmacist, visit a
          doctor, go to a hospital or to the health-
          insurance office. You may be asked to show
          your SIS card or use one of the stickers.

          If you have to go to the hospital and you don’t
          have your SIS card you will get an invoice of
          the total cost. Don’t pay it but bring it to the
          health insurance company. They will take care
          of a corrected invoice.
                                                             Work-related accidents
          Coverage outside Belgium
                                                             For payroll employees
          Whether or not you have coverage abroad
          (i.e. outside Belgium) depends on a number of      Imec automatically covers you for accidents
          criteria. Just to be sure, you should contact      on the way to and from your company and for
          your own health insurance company to get           accidents on the workplace itself. All other
          advice.                                            accidents must be covered by your private
                                                             insurance.
          Coverage for family
                                                             For industrial residents
          When coming to Leuven for a visit, your
          parents, partner, siblings or friends are not      This is different for industrial residents at
          covered by your health insurance policy. We        imec. Their company is responsible for the
          would advise your guests to take out a             insurance of accidents which are work-
          temporary private insurance to cover their         related. For more information, you can always
          period of stay in Belgium.                         contact the imec legal department.

          EEA Nationals

          If you are a EEA national (Austria, Denmark,



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          Third party liability insurance

          This policy protects the head of the
          household and all people for whom he is
          responsible, from third party damage claims.
          This policy covers any damages to third
          parties caused by you or one of your family
          members. Personal injury is not covered by
          this policy, only damage to third parties. The
          insurance also covers the costs of legal
          assistance. This insurance is not obliged, but
          strongly recommended, especially if you have
          children.

          Car insurance

          Each car owner is obliged to have civil liability
          car cover whereby the insurance company of
          the car deemed responsible for the accident,
          pays for the repairs, injuries, or death caused
          to the other party. Premiums are based on
          car’s horsepower and the accident record of
          the insured. Based on a bonus point system,
          annual rates jump rapidly, with point increases
          following accidents where the insured is at
          fault, whilst descending only a single point for
          each year of unclaimed accidents, until the
          lowest level is achieved. You can choose the
          range of your car insurance coverage.

          See also chapter 6 for information on imec
          specific insurances.




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              6. MONEY MATTERS
                                                            These services are attached to your bank
          Payment                                           account:

                                                             Cash withdrawals, either at one of the
          The Belgian currency is the Euro since the 1st      branches of the bank or at any ATM
          of January 2002. The Euro is the currency of        machine.
          the following sixteen countries of the
          European Union: Belgium, Germany, Greece,          Debit card payments for items bought in
          Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the      shops or commercial centers.
          Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Finland,
          Cyprus, Slovakia, Malta and Slovenia.              Forms to transfer money directly from
                                                              the bank account to another bank
                                                              account. This is very useful for paying rent
          Euro notes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200           and utility bills such as water, electricity,
          and €500 note.                                      internet and telephone. To be able to
                                                              make use of this service customers need
          Euro coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces      to go in person to a branch of their bank.
          and the 1 and 2 euro pieces.
                                                             Transfers from any “self-banking” machine
          Opening a bank account                              of any branch of the bank.

          Belgium has a very efficient and modern            Standing orders with the bank for making
          banking system. Branches of the principal           regularly recurring payments such as rent,
          Belgian and international banks can be found        gas, electricity, water or telephone. This
          in all larger Belgian cities. Among the best        is highly recommended since the
          known banks in Belgium are the following:           payments are made even if customers
          ING, KBC, Dexia, Argenta, BNP Paribas and           forget or are away for a period of time.
          Citibank.
                                                             Most banks provide            Home-Banking
          Belgian bank accounts can be “current               possibilities via internet.
          accounts” (zichtrekening), “savings accounts”
          (spaarrekening) or “term accounts”. The first     There is a possibility to open your bank
          are customarily used for current transactions,    account before your arrival in Belgium. Most
          payments or transfers; the second are self-       banks also have a special service for expats,
          explanatory; and the third are interest-bearing   e.g.:
          accounts fixed for a given period of time, and
          for which the rate of interest varies according   ING: www.ing.be/expat
          to the ups and downs of the investments of        KBC: www.kbc.be/expats
          the bank.
                                                            Payments and account statements
          After opening a bank account, customers
          receive a debit card, which needs to be signed    Payment by bank transfer is a very common
          and activated by choosing and confirming a        method of paying bills in Belgium. The
          personal “PIN code”.                              companies will normally indicate on their bills
                                                            how they prefer to be paid. Payments by
                                                            credit card such as Visa, Mastercard/Eurocard,
                                                            American Express, etc. are also common
                                                            practice. For a small fee to cover postage,
                                                            Belgian banks will mail daily, weekly or
                                                            monthly transactions statements for a current
                                                            account. The easiest way of obtaining account
                                                            statements is to print them out at a “self-
                                                            banking” terminal.




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                                                            The Recruitment & Selection Team and the
          Taxes                                             HR Services at imec will give you information
                                                            and assist you during application and actions
          Belgian residents                                 during the year.

          The Belgian tax year for personal income tax
          begins on 1 January and ends on 31                Industrial residents
          December. If you are liable to Belgian
          taxation, you will receive a tax return           The situation is different for industrial
          (declaration/aangifte) during May relating to     assignees coming from outside Belgium. As
          the previous year’s income. This form must be     imec is not their employer, we cannot give
          completed and returned by mid July (you will      any information on this subject. We therefore
          find the exact date on the tax return from). If   advise you to contact a special tax advisor like
          you don’t receive a return, request one at the    PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young,
          Ministry of Finance before 1 June or you will     KPMG, etc.
          risk a penalty!

          The taxpayer reports the amount of his
          taxable income, deducting personal and other
          allowances. In Belgium, married couples, and
          couples having made a legal declaration of
          cohabitation, make a joint income declaration.




          Foreigners in Belgium

          Payroll employees

          Foreigners taking up residence in Belgium are
          liable, in principle, to taxation on their
          worldwide income. This includes:

           Income from real estate property.

           Income from personal property, such as
            dividends, interest on loans and bonds,
            and income from capital invested in
            partnerships.


          Some of the imec foreign payroll employees
          are eligible to the status of non-resident in
          Belgium, which implies a special tax regime.
          This special status is granted by the Fiscal
          Authorities and allows a lower tax
          assessment. There are however very strict
          conditions for this non-resident status.



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                                                                  Open: from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
              7. DAY CARE & BABY
                 SITTING
                                                               De Villa @ imec
                                                                  Steengroevenlaan 1, B-3001 Heverlee
          Day care services                                       Tel. 016 23 32 58
                                                                  Open: from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
          There are a number of day-care centers in the        Kabouterberg
          Leuven area. Bear in mind that most day-care            Herestraat 49, B-3000 Leuven
          centers have long waiting lists, in some cases          Tel. 016 33 08 60
          longer than one year, so you are strongly               Open: from 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.
          advised to apply for a place as soon as
          possible, from the moment you know that you          ‘t Grootpark
          are pregnant. There are several channels                 Groot Park 17, B-3360 Lovenjoel
          through which organized day-care can be                  Tel. 016 46 31 12
          found:                                                   Open: from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
                                                               Day-Care for Sick Children -
          Kind en Gezin                                           Kabouterberg
                                                                  Herestraat 49, B-3001 Heverlee
          They will send you a list of officially                 Mrs. Christine Broossens Tel. 016 33 08
          recognized and approved childcare services in           60
          your region.      They also run consultancy
          services for infants in each commune once or     City of Leuven Day-Care
          twice a week. Babies and toddlers can be
          examined here by Kind en Gezin nurses and        Kindercentrum Craenendonck can help you in
          doctors and they can get vaccinated without      your search for a day-care centre: they can
          any cost. These nurses will also provide         provide an address list of day-care centres,
          information on childminding services in your     private individuals who care for children, and
          area.                                            facilities for after-school care. Kindercentrum
                                                           Craenendonck provides the following services,
          Hallepoortlaan 27 – B-1060 Brussel               all at this address:
          Tel: 02 542 12 11
          www.kindengezin.be                               Kindercentrum Craenendonck, Lei 10, B-3000
                                                           Leuven craenendonck@leuven.be - www.leuven.be
          Imec & KUL Day-Care

          As an imec payroll employee you can apply for    Regular day-care centre
          a place at the Day Care Center “De Villa”.          The day-care centre receives children from
          For more information, see chapter 6 (work           6 weeks to 3 years of age. They are placed
          life benefits).                                     in small groups according to age. The cost
                                                              depends on the parents’ income.
          The KULeuven day-care centers listed below          Kinderdagverblijf Craenendonck
          welcome children between six weeks and              Tel. 016 27 19 10
          three years of age. The cost depends on your        Open: Weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
          income and includes meals and regular costs.
          Nappies and bottle formula are not included.
          The day-care centers provide your child with     Day-care in a host family for children under
          the daily care and education that he/she           12
          requires. Children are placed in small groups.     This service helps you to find a place for
          The same person remains in charge of the           your child with a host mother or host
          same children throughout their stay there.         father. The cost depends on your income.
                                                             Stedelijke Dienst Opvanggezinnen
              Babyhome                                       Tel. 016 27 19 11
                 Tervuursevest 105, B-3001 Heverlee          Open: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and also on
                 Tel. 016 32 92 92                           Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
                 Open: from 7:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
              Peutertuin
                 De Croylaan 8, B-3001 Heverlee
                 Tel. 016 32 24 51


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          Limited day-care centre ‘t Margrietje              have to be a member of the Gezinsbond to be
             ‘t Margrietje offers a flexible solution for    able to use this service. When your child is
             children up to 3 years. Children can come       born in Leuven, you automatically receive a
             for a maximum of 20 hours a week.               free membership of the Gezinsbond for one
                                                             year.
              Tel. 016 20 04 79
             Open: Weekdays and Saturday (also during        For    information   and   referral   services:
             holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.           Baplu Lydia, Mob. 0497 60 35 10

          Hotline for Sick and Disabled Children
            If your child is sick and you are unable to
            stay at home to look after him/her, a
            caretaker will come to your home to take
            care of your child. Maximum 10 hours a
            day between 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

             Tel. 016 20 04 95 or 0475 65 16 72
             Open: Weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00
             noon and from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (except
             Fridays). Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.




          Babysitting services

          Student Employment Office

          The Student Employment Office of the
          KULeuven can help you find a babysitter-
          student to take care of your children.
          Applications should be made a few days in
          advance.

          Student Employment Office
          Naamsestraat 80, B-3000 Leuven
          Tel. 016 32 44 34, jobdienst@dsv.kuleuven.be
          Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. tot 5:00 p.m

          Babysitting Services of the “Gezinsbond”

          Parents interested in making use of this
          service may consult the Gezinsbond’s register
          which provides the names of the babysitters,
          as well as the number of hours that they are
          willing to work. The babysitters have been
          screened beforehand and are insured. The
          prices are fixed per hour. In addition, you pay
          a small annual fee to the Gezinsbond. You



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              8. EDUCATION                                  School fees

                                                            Except in private schools no fees are paid for
          School system                                     kindergarten, primary or secondary education,
                                                            which is subsided by the government.
                                                            However, you will receive a monthly bill for
          Schools in Belgium provide education from
                                                            various incidental expenses such as trips,
          nursery school to secondary school at little or
                                                            swimming, school magazine, drinks, meals and
          no cost, and their academic standards are
                                                            day-care after school hours. Bear in mind that
          consistently high. International pupils are
                                                            private schools have fees.
          welcome in the public school system. They
          can study either in Dutch or in French,
          depending on the language of the town or          Subscription
          district in which the school is located.
                                                            Parents are encouraged to examine and visit
          All kindergardens, primary and secondary          several schools in their area first to see
          schools have a five-day school week (Monday       whether one might be right for their children.
          to Friday) and Wednesday afternoon off.           As the waiting lists are long, they are advised
                                                            to apply for a place as soon as they have made
                                                            their choice. A full list of schools in Leuven
          The choice of schools includes :
                                                            can be found on: www.leuven.be Click on
                                                            ‘onderwijs’ (= education), then click on
           Schools run by the government, provinces
                                                            ‘overzicht scholen’ (= list of schools).
            and communes
                                                            In Leuven there is a school that provides
           Catholic Education
                                                            special Dutch lessons for children who do not
                                                            speak Dutch yet:
           Alternative Education (Steiner, Freinet,
            Montessori)
                                                            Sint-Albertus College
           Private schools                                 Geldenaarksebaan 177
                                                            3000 Leuven
          When choosing between different schools,          Tel. 016/40 50 60
          there are many factors to bear in mind.
          Consider for instance the distance between
          your home and school. Your local doctor,
          friends or colleagues can be most informative
          about the reputation of schools in the area.

          There are three international schools in the
          Brussels area : these are private schools.

          The International School of Brussels (ISB)
          Kattenberg 19
                                                            School calendar
          1170 Brussels
          Tel : +32 2 661 4212
                                                            Kindergarten: September 1 to June 30
           www.isb.be
                                                            Primary school: September 1 to June 30
           The British School
                                                            Secondary school: September 1 to June 30
          Leuvensesteenweg 19
          3080 Tervuren                                     School Holidays:
          Tel : +32 2 767 3098                              One week in early November
                                                            Two weeks at Christmas
           The European School of Brussels (Woluwe)
                                                            One week in February or early March
          Avenue Oscar Jespers 75
          1200 Brussels                                     Two weeks at Easter
          Tel : +32 2 774 22 11                             Two months in the summer: July and August
                                                            Higher Education: September to July (varies)




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                                                                  Further education
          Playground activities during school
          holidays
                                                                  (Non) university education
          Imec
                                                                  Belgium has an extensive network of
          In July and August, imec offers to all its co-          university and non-university education. You
          workers summer day-care for children                    can study in the Flemish, French and German
          between 2.5 and 12 years old. More                      speaking part of Belgium. Information about
          information is available at the Intranet.               the different programmes, cost, admission
                                                                  requirements, is available on:
          KULeuven
                                                                  www.diplomatie.be
          University Sports Centre organizes sports               www.highereducation.be
          activities during two weeks in July and August
          at the price of € 60,00 per week.                       Language education

          Universitair Sportcentrum                               Instituut voor Levende Talen (ILT )
          Tervuursevest 101, B-3001 Heverlee                      The Institute of Modern Languages organizes
          Tel.: 016 32 91 30 016 32 91 31                         Dutch courses throughout the academic year,
          Fax: 016 32 91 95 sport@kuleuven.be                     both for beginners and for advanced students.
          www.kuleuven.be/sport/sportkampen.htm                   These courses can be followed either
                                                                  intensively (12 h/week) or regularly way (6
                                                                  h/week). Intensive courses are held in the
          City of Leuven playground activities                    morning, while regular courses can be
                                                                  followed in the afternoon or in the evening.
          During school holidays, children can go to a
          playground to play with children of their own           ILT - Dekenstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven
          age from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Leuven,              Tel: 016 32 56 60 Fax: 016 32 56 56
          Heverlee, Kessel-Lo and Wilsele. They can               info@ilt.kuleuven.be ilt.kuleuven.be
          play in groups oriented around a specific               CLT Language Centre Centrum voor
          theme, or they can choose what they want to             Levende Talen
          do.
                                                                  The CLT Language Centre runs language
          The “Grabbelpas”- activities (only in Leuven            courses mainly in the evening. You can study
          from 7:30 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.) offer workshops          Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German,
          such as handcraft, sport, culture, daytrips, …          Modern Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish,
          during school holidays. The fee is depending            Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and
          on        the       kind       of       activity.       Turkish.
          Leuven: 4-15 years (Easter and summer)                  CLT - Dekenstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven
          Heverlee: 3-15 years (Easter and summer)                Tel: 016 32 56 61 Fax: 016 32 56 95
          Kessel-Lo: 3-15 years (only summer)                     secr@clt.kuleuven.be www.clt.be
          Wilsele: 3-12 years (only summer till aug.15)
                                                                  ACE Groep T
          You have to pay a onetime fee of € 5.00 for a           ACE-Group T organizes language courses that
          “Youth Centre Pass”. You need to sign up for            focus on oral communication. You can follow
          all these activities at Jeugdcentrum Vleugel F,         courses on Italian, English, French, Dutch for
          Brusselsestraat 61a,        B-3000 Leuven               foreigners, Chinese, Thai, Spanish and
                                                                  German.
          More information (addresses, prices, programme, etc.)
          on the website www.leuven.be/jeugd or tel. 016 24 66    ACE Groep T - Vesaliussttraat 13, B-3000 Leuven
          90.                                                     Tel: 016 30 11 16 Fax: 016 30 10 40
                                                                  www.groept.be
                                                                  Imec
                                                                  Contact HR Learning & Development for
                                                                  information about the language courses
                                                                  (English & Dutch) organized by imec.
                                                                  HRTraining@imec.be


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              9. TRANSPORT                                   In order to obtain a Belgian driving license,
                                                             you need to submit the following:

          Getting there                                       your national valid driving license
                                                              driving license has to valid before your
                                                               arrival in Belgium
          The national airport of Belgium is located at
                                                              residence permit
          Zaventem, Brussel. More information available
                                                              official translation of your driving license,
          on www.brusselsairport.be/en/
                                                               done by a sworn translator in Belgium.
                                                               Translation should be in Dutch or French.
          Imec is about 20 km from the airport. You can
                                                               You can ask a list of legally certified
          take a taxi (around €50 fare) or public
                                                               translators at the local council office.
          transport to reach imec. By train, there is a
          direct connection every 20 minutes from
                                                             After you have submitted these documents to
          Brussels Airport to Leuven.
                                                             the town hall, they will send your file to the
                                                             police and this can take up to 3 weeks.
                                                             During these 3 weeks you are not allowed to
                                                             drive a car.

                                                             The police will send an approval to the town
                                                             hall and then they will invite you to come and
                                                             collect the driving license.

                                                             Importing cars

                                                             Experience has learned that importing a car is
                                                             not advisable. Importing a car can be very
                                                             expensive because the car is not conform to
          Getting around                                     Belgian standards and also a lot of customs
                                                             administration is involved.
          Cars                                               Buying a car
          Driving license                                    When buying a new car, the car dealer will
                                                             take care of the paperwork. At this point,
          EU Citizens: can drive with a European driving     you need your residence permit. You will be
          license in Belgium.                                given a registration form to complete, and you
                                                             will need to insure the car.         Once all
          In case you want to switch your own driving        formalities are completed, registration
          license into a Belgian one, you need to get an     documents will be sent to you, as well as the
          official translation (preferably in Dutch or       back license plate. You will also need to pay a
          French), done by a sworn translator in             “mise en circulation/belasting op de
          Belgium. You can ask a list of legally certified   inverkeerstelling” tax as well as annual road
          translators at the local council office.           tax. If your car is equipped with a MPG
                                                             engine, motor diesel engine, you will have to
          NON EU Citizens: only tourists can drive           pay an additional tax.
          with an international driving license, or
          persons who are in the process of getting a        When buying a second hand car, the car must
          residence permit in Belgium                        be delivered with a “contrôle technique/
                                                             technische controle” certificate. Just as when
                                                             buying a new car, you will need to complete
                                                             the registration form and insure the car
                                                             before receiving the license plate.




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          Leasing/renting a car                                car park of De Bond and on the Sint-
                                                               Jacobsplein, you can take the bus to the
          Belgium tax legislation makes leasing far more       city centre and back free of charge. You
          attractive than in many other countries. The         park cheaper in these car parks and still
          added advantage, of course, is that all the          you are as quickly in the city centre as
          repair bills are covered and the paperwork is        otherwise. For further information about
          arranged by the leasing company.                     the above issues, you’re welcome to
                                                               contact the mobility advisors at
          In case you want to rent a car for a short or        duurzaamheid@dsv.kuleuven.be or 016
          long term, you can contact Hertz or Avis:            32 93 01 and 016 32 93 02.

          Avis Head Office Leuven                          Traffic Rules
          Nieuwstraat 28
          3360 Leuven (Korbeek-Lo)                         Please note that the police is very strict on
          Tel : 016 25 00 55                               checking the traffic rules. High fines and
          Fax : 016 25 02 08                               penalties will have to be paid in case you don’t
          info@advis-brabant.be                            respect them. Also be aware that automatic
          www.avis-brabant.be                              cameras are watching you. You can quickly
                                                           loose your driving license for speeding etc.
          Hertz Belgium
          Kolonel Bourgstraat 120
          1140 Brussels
          Tel : 02 717 32 01
          Fax : 02 717 32 02
          www.hertz.be

          When showing your imec badge, you can get a
          discount at the company below:

          Autocenter Hein N.V.
          Steenweg op Wezemaal 149
          3110 Rotselaar
          Tel : 016 58 06 57
          Fax : 016 58 34 78
          autocenter.hein@skynet.be

          Parking

          If you park on the street in Leuven, beware of   Driving do’s and don'ts
          the blue zones (parking allowed for two hours
          max, parking disc is obliged) and/or parking      Drive on the right and overtake on the
          machines (payment in advance). If you are an       left.
          inhabitant of Leuven, you can request an          Give priority to vehicles coming from the
          inhabitants card so you don’t have to pay or       right.
          put your parking disc in your car. There are      Trams have priority. If a tram or bus
          many parking facilities in Leuven:                 stops in the middle of the road to allow
                                                             passengers off, or on, you must stop.
           There are a lot of car parks, where you         The minimum driving age in Belgium is 18.
            will have to pay.                               Front and rear seat belts are obligatory
                                                             everywhere.
           A better alternative is perhaps the             Children must be at least 12 years of age
            outlying car parks in Heverlee (e.g.             before they can sit in the front seat
            Bodart, Engels Plein parking lots), most of      (unless a safety seat is fitted).
            which are free. An overview of all parking      Belgium has strict drink driving laws, only
            facilities in the city centre can be found       0.5 promille is allowed.
            on the Leuven website: www.leuven.be.           Speed limits: on the motorway 120km/h
                                                             (74 mph), on open roads 90km/h (45
           There is also P+BUS parking. If you park         mph), in town 50km/h (30mph).
            on the edge of the shopping centre, in the      Belgian motorways are toll-free.


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           Dipped headlights should be used                   passengers get a 70% discount, provided that
            between dusk and dawn; driving on                  all members of the group travel together.
            sidelights only is illegal.
           Using a mobile phone while driving is not
            allowed; the use of ’hands free’ equipment
            is allowed.
           Carrying a warning triangle in your car
            and a fluorescent jacket is obliged.
           Following documents should always be in
            your possession when driving a car:
            driving license, vehicle registration
            document (V5), certificate of motor
            insurance, road signs.

          Taxi

          You will find taxi companies online on               Bus
          www.goldenpages.truvo.be or call 1207
          (national information number) and ask for a          De Lijn (Flemish Bus Company)
          taxi company in the neighborhood.
                                                               Belgium has an extensive bus network that
          Trains                                               operates in and between most cities. You can
                                                               find time schedules on the bus stops along the
          Leuven is an important hub in the Belgian            road. Destinations, route planner, time
          railway network.                                     schedules and more information you will find
                                                               on the website.
          From Leuven station, there are connections
          to every other major Belgian railway station.        Bus lines nr. 2 and 616 will drop you at the
          You can find the best connection and itinerary       imec Campus.
          using the online search engine:
                                                               De Lijn
          www.b-rail.be (possibility to buy tickets online)    Martelarenplein 19b, B-3000 Leuven
                                                               Tel. 070 22 02 00 (general information)
          Leuven Railway Station                               Tel. 016 31 37 11 (province of Vlaams-Brabant)
                                                               Info Pass: Tel. 016 31 37 20
          Martelarenplein 16, B-3000 Leuven                    Info Groups: Tel. 016 31 37 17
          Tel. 016 21 21 11                                    vlbrab@delijn.be - www.delijn.be
          International Information & Eurostar, Thalys, HST:
          02 528.28.28                                         Travelling      through      Europe       with
                                                               Eurolines
          Heverlee Railway Station
                                                               Eurolines has direct and inexpensive
          Naamsesteenweg 180, B-3001 Heverlee.                 connections from Leuven to 500 destinations
                                                               in Europe.
          Go Pass and Rail Pass
                                                               www.eurolines.com - info@eurolines.be
          With a Go Pass (-26 years old) or Rail Pass
          (+26 years old), you can make 10 one-way
          trips in second class. You will get the most
          benefit if you travel between two stations that
          are far apart (e.g. Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, ...).

          Practical Tips

          On Fridays and weekends, ask for a
          “Weekend Ticket”. When you travel alone,
          you get up to a 40% discount. When travelling
          with friends, the first passenger gets a 50%
          discount. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th



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          Bicycles                                           Global Action Plan Cyclists

          Cycling is healthy, cheap and cool.                The Leuven Police has developed a global
          Furthermore, in a city like Leuven it is often     action plan for cyclists with four priorities:
          the quickest way to get from one place to          driving without lights when this is obligatory,
          another.                                           ignoring a red light (one also has to stop when
                                                             turning right!), driving in the wrong direction
                                                             and not giving way. These four priorities were
                                                             set up on basis of accident statistics of the last
                                                             years. During the academic year, traffic
                                                             surveillances will be held which will focus on
                                                             the movement summary offences by cyclists.
                                                             The following website contains all the
                                                             information about the Belgian Highway Code
                                                             specialized in cycling with lots of pictures of
                                                             traffic situations in Leuven.

                                                             www.kuleuven.be/transportation/GuideforCyc
                                                             lingIn-Belgium.pdf.

                                                             Bicycle Theft and the Bicycle Office

          Bicycle Rental and Repair                          A good lock to secure your bicycle is very
                                                             important and always recommended. In
          VELO is a non-profit organization that             Leuven you can get your bicycle engraved with
          promotes the bicycle as an ecological means        an ID number. This is no guarantee against
          of transport in the city by recycling, renting     theft, but it can help retrieving your bike. For
          and repairing bikes. VELO offers a bike rental     free engraving, go to the bicycle office of the
          and repair service and is organized as a           local police on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30
          training and employment project in the social      p.m. and on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
          economy.
                                                             Fietsendienst (Bycicle Office)
          You can rent a safe, fully equipped and            Mechelsestraat 162-168, B-3000 Leuven
          registered second-hand bike with a solid lock      Tel. 016 21 09 90 - www.leuven.be
          at VELO. A rental contract will be drawn up        Open:
          (please bring your passport, student               Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from
          card/badge and bank account number) and            8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
          you must pay the rental price plus a deposit.      Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
          You can also come to repair your own bike at       Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
          the bike repair shop or have your bike
          repaired for a small price. At VELO you can        Bicycle map
          also report bike theft and have your bike
          registered (engraving + bike ID).                  You can download the map of bicycle routes
                                                             from the City of Leuven web site. This map
          Minderbroederstraat 12 U, B-3000 Leuven            provides an overview of all safe bicycle routes
          Tel. 016 33 74 30                                  www.leuven.be/showpage.asp?iPageID=5892
          info@velo.be - www.velo.be

          Some Bicycle Repair Shops

          A-Bikes, Gemeentestraat 37, Kessel-Lo
          Huis Boydens, Diestsestraat 205, Leuven
          Rijwielen Cadans, Naamsestraat 123, Levuen
          Rijwielen Hugo Jacobs, Diestsestraat 192, Leuven
          Fietsen Koen, Martelarenlaan 201, Kessel-Lo
          Fietsen Niclaes, Naamsesteenweg 76, Heverlee




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                                                              Useful Numbers
              10. COMMUNICATION
                                                              National Information: 1207
          Postal services
                                                              International Information: 1204

          Mail is delivered by the postman to your            Fixed Lines
          address. The red post boxes are situated in
          towns, shopping centers and road sides.             There are two main providers in Belgium
                                                              (Belgacom and Telenet) and several smaller
          National mail can be placed in any letterbox in     ones (Tele2, Scarlet, ..) for fixed lines and
          Belgium or posted at a post-office counter and      internet connections. Contact the local
          may be open or sealed. For information about        telecom shops for more information.
          prices and sizes, see www.depost.be.
                                                              Mobile Telephones (Cell phones)
          Post Office addresses in Leuven
                                                              Newcomers from most European countries
          Leuven Philips                                      can continue to use their mobile telephones in
          Philipssite, B-3001 Heverlee,                       Belgium if their contract includes a roaming
          tel. 016 50 93 60                                   feature, although this will be rather costly in
          Open:                                               the long term. However, newcomers from the
          Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. –                           United States are generally unable to use their
          12:30 p.m.              and                         American cell phones in Europe. Mobile
          from 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.                          telephones or cell-phones are widely available
          Tuesdays until 6 p.m.                               in specialized shops and large retail outlets.

          Leuven Centrum                                      Calling Cards
          Jan Stasstraat 12, B-3000 Leuven,
          Tel. 016 50 95 60 Fax: 016 50 95 70                 Calling cards have two main advantages over
          Open:                                               regular lines: since the card is pre-paid there is
          Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except for     no bill at the end of the month; and calls can
          Thursday : 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.                   be made from any telephone (public, private,
                                                              mobile, etc.). Calling cards for international
          Heverlee Ambassade                                  calls are available at newsagents, post offices,
          Naamsesteenweg 380, B-3001 Heverlee,                supermarkets, train stations and night shops.
          Tel. 016 40 60 06                                   Always ask which card is the most suitable for
          Open:                                               the call and the country you want to call.
          Weekdays from 9:00 a.m.to 12:30 pm. and
          from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
          Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.               Cable television and digital TV

          Postpunten (in case post offices are closed)        Each commune provides exclusive rights to
                                                              various cable TV operators and each operator
          SuperGB Heverlee - Tervuursevest 113, Leuven        chooses the channels it wishes to offer. The
          AD Delhaize Luna - Tervuursesteenweg 154,           cable operator can also provide internet and
          Heverlee SPAR Sint-Jacob - Brusselsestraat 124,     telephone services. Contact your local
          Leuven                                              telecom shops to establish which operator is
                                                              authorized to provide services in your
          Getting connected                                   commune.


          General information

          Country Code for Belgium: 32 - Area code
          Leuven: (0)16: international call, skip ‘0’ (0032
          16 …); when calling within Belgium, always
          dial the full area code, 016. Other examples of
          area codes: Brussels: 02; Antwerp: 03; Ghent:
          09; Bruges: 050; Louvain-la- Neuve: 010.


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              12. SECURITY, POLICE &                        Births, marriages and deaths
              LEGALITIES
                                                            Registry Office Burgerlijke Stand
          Leuven Police Headquarters                        Prof. Van Overstraetenplein1, B-3000 Leuven
                                                            Tel. 016 27 20 00 – Fax 016 27 29 95
          The police department is in charge of             www.leuven.be
          maintaining law and order. Police officers are
          there for your security whenever you need         Births
          them.
                                                            You are obliged to inform the Registry Office
          Philipssite 4, B-3001 Heverlee                    of the birth of your baby within 15 days after
          Tel. 016 21 07 40 Fax: 016 21 07 39               the birth. The hospital will give you the
          politie@leuven.be                                 necessary papers and information. Ask the HR
                                                            Services at imec or at your home company for
          Open:
                                                            information on including your child in the
          Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and
                                                            insurance policy.
          from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or by
          appointment)
          For emergencies (24 hours a day) please           Civil Marriages
          contact:                                          The municipal authorities in Belgium only
          Interventieafdeling Algemene Politiezorg          recognize civil weddings, not church weddings.
          Philipssite 4, B-3001 Heverlee                    If you plan to have both a civil and a religious
          Tel. 016 21 06 10 Fax: 016 21 06 09               marriage ceremony, the civil ceremony must
                                                            take place first. You do not need to have both
          The national emergency number is 112.             on the same day. All information concerning
          The local district station Leuven Center is at    marriage and the documents required, can be
                                                            obtained at the Registry Office.
          Grote Markt 8
          3000 LEUVEN
           Phone (016) 21 09 00 (switchboard)               Deaths
          e-mail: wijkleuven@leuven.be                      The Registry Office must be informed of all
                                                            deaths. If death occurs in a hospital, this
          Opening Hours: from 0.00 to 24.00 (for all        formality will be normally done by the
          emergencies)                                      undertaker, but has to be paid. You can do
          Quarter Section: from 08.00 to 22.00, Sat 08.30   this yourself, but you then need to inquire at
          to 12.30                                          the Registry Office. If death occurs outside a
                                                            hospital, a doctor must be called first to
                                                            certify the death and to determine the cause
                                                            of death. After that, the registry office must be
                                                            informed. It is advisable to ask for several
                                                            copies of the death certificate, since they may
                                                            be needed for insurance, bank matters,
                                                            embassies, etc




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                                                                Eggs, white (container of 6): € 1.41
              13. DAY-TO-DAY LIFE
                                                                Rice, 500g: € 1.80
          Shopping
                                                                  Pasta, 500g: € 0.80
          Most supermarkets and shops are open every
          day except on Sunday. Some will have a
          closing weekday. There are a few                     Sausage, 1kg: € 7.50
          supermarkets that do open on Sunday, e.g. GB
          Express (Brusselsestraat 60, Tiensevest 10 and         Steak, 1kg: € 14
          Naamsestraat 48, open until 8 p.m), Super GB
          Partner (Koning Albertlaan 147, Kessel-Lo),
          Evin’s   Winkel     (Leeuwerikenstraat     23,        Grilled chicken, per kg: € 8
          Heverlee). Bakeries are usually open on
          Sundays and holidays. Many night shops open
                                                                Apples, 1kg: € 1.30
          after 6 p.m. until late at night. Evening
          Shopping in the centre of Leuven on
          Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.                           Carrots, 1kg: € 0.60

          Foodshops
                                                                  Pizza, medium: + 10 €
          Aldi
          Weldadigheidsstraat 58 and J. P.                 Markets
          Minckelerstraat 76, Leuven
                                                           Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m.:
          Lidl
          J.P. Minckelerstraat 116, Leuven                 A. de Becker-Remyplein (Kessel-Lo, food and
          Vlinderlaan 2, Kessel-Lo                         goods)

          Colruyt
          Lombaardenstraat 2, Leuven
          Tiensesteenweg 237, Kessel-Lo
          Groenveldstraat 71, Heverlee

          GB
          Tervuursevest 113

          GB Express
          Brusselsestraat 60
          Tiensevest 10
          Naamsestraat 48                                  Friday-morning:

                                                           Mgr. Ladeuzeplein (food and goods),
                                                           Hooverplein (food), Brusselsestraat (flowers).
          AD Delhaize
          Tervuursevest 19                                 Saturday:
          Brusselsestraat 31
          Tervuursesteenweg 154                            Flee market
                                                           (M. de Layensplein, Mechelsestraat)
          Indicative prices as per Jan 1st, 2009 (please   Food
          note that vegetable and fruit prices are         (vegetables, cheese, etc.) on Brusselsestraat
          strongly influenced by supply and weather
          conditions):                                     Sunday morning until 1:00 p.m.:

               Bread – white, sliced: € 2                  At Heverlee railway station
                                                           (Naamsesteenweg, Waversebaan, food and
                                                           goods)
             Milk, 1 liter, skimmed: € 0.66


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          Supplies                                         ‘t Pand
                                                           Tiensestraat 225 (children’s clothing)
          Blokker
          Bondgenotenlaan 58                               International food shops
          (furniture, household, electronic appliances
          and school supplies at very affordable prices)   Thai House Supermarket
                                                           Alfons Smetsplein
          Casa
          Diestsestraat 93/2                               Asian Market
          (furniture, household, electronic appliances     Naamsestraat 28
          and school supplies at very affordable prices)
                                                           African food shop Voodoo
          Hema                                             Tiensestraat 220
          Parijsstraat 2
          (clothes, houseware, gadgets and food)           La Méditerrannée for north-African food
                                                           Maria-Theresiastraat 52
          Ikea
          Weiveldlaan 19(close to E40), Zaventem           Fair Trade Shop (products from Africa, Asia
          (Interior)                                       and Latin-America)
                                                           Tiensestraat 273
          Domo                                             Naamsesteenweg 133
          Bondgenotenlaan 169
          (interior)
                                                           Laundrettes and dry cleaning
          Clothes
                                                           Pressing nr 1
          C&A                                              L. Melsensstraat 4
          Bondgenotenlaan 64
                                                           Strea Net
          H&M                                              Tervuursesteenweg 187
          Bondgenotenlaan 69
                                                           Atomic
          Zara                                             Brusselsestraat 214
          Bondgenotenlaan 75-79
                                                           De Lelie
          Wibra                                            Maria Van Belstraat 7
          Bondgenotenlaan 74
                                                           De Gouden Draad
          INNO                                             Tiensestraat 204
          Diestsestraat 67
                                                           Quick Shop
          Health and beauty products                       Diestsestraat 224

          Kruidvat                                         Tapolino
          Diestsestraat 55                                 Slachthuislaan 1
          Bondgenotenlaan 95
          Jodenstraat 1                                    Het Leuvens Strijkatelier
                                                           Frederik Lintstraat 37
          Second hand shops
                                                           Wassalons het Poederke
          SPIT                                             A. Vesaliusstraat 16
          IJzermolenstraat 10-12
                                                           De Washoek
          Rawette                                          Tervuursevest 12
          Parijsstraat 53A (only clothing)
                                                           For prices, ‘how to use a washing machine’, see
          Cyaankali                                        brochure ‘Housekeeping tips’,
          Diestsestraat 217 (only clothing)                www.kuleuven.be/socialservices/pdf/housekeepingti
                                                           ps.pdf


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          Dining                                             batteries. Expired or unused medication can
                                                             be taken to any pharmacist’s but please
                                                             remove the paper from the box. There are
          Leuven has a lot of restaurants, cafes and         also collections of small dangerous waste such
          pubs. Situated mostly in the centre, around        as leftover cleaning products, used cooking oil,
          the Great Market. You will find a list with        cosmetics, writing materials, etc, by the
          restaurants on the website of Leuven.              Leuven ’chemobiel’. Dates and places will be
          www.leuven.be or on www.resto.be                   announced via the website of the city
                                                             (www.leuven.be) and via the municipal
                                                             infobrochure ‘Stad Leuven info’. Or you can
                                                             bring it to one of the guarded containerparks
                                                             (See www.ecowerf.be).
          Environment

          The educational and civil authorities are fully
          committed to sustainable development and
          the creation of an environmentally friendly
          city. They encourage citizens and students to
          reduce their garbage production, to properly
          sort their garbage, to use energy in a
          responsible and sustainable way and to adopt
          sustainable transportation.

          Waste Prevention, Selection and Reduction

          In Leuven garbage needs to be sorted. The
          more garbage you produce, the more brown
          bags you will need and they cost money. You
          can reduce your garbage by buying fewer
          packages, by using glass instead of plastic
          bottles, etc. The following paragraphs explain     GFT (Kitchen and garden waste - green
          the different kinds of waste, and how they are     box)
          collected.
                                                             Vegetables, fruit and garden waste belong in
          Paper and cardboard                                the green bag. Coffee filters, teabags and
                                                             eggshells are also allowed. Please do not put
          Paper and cardboard are collected separately       anything else in the green bag! In a number of
          from other garbage. You can include any kind       residences and houses green boxes are used
          of paper, provided it’s clean and has no plastic   instead of bags.
          attached to it. All paper needs to be tied up
          with string or twine and left in front of the      PMD (Plastic, Metal and Drink cartons -
          house or residence on collection days.             blue bag)

          Glass                                              It is important that you know what goes in the
                                                             blue bag, since it will not be picked up if it
          Glass should be taken to one of the big glass      contains the wrong things.
          containers located throughout the city. Light
          bulbs or flat glass (for instance from a           Always allowed: washed “tetra packs”, plastic
          window) are NOT allowed! Always rinse out          bottles, metal cans, aluminum tins and trays
          glass bottles. Colored glass usually goes in a     (from lasagna for instance).
          separate container from clear glass.
                                                             Never allowed: butter tubs, yoghurt cups,
          KGA (Small dangerous waste)                        plastic bags, plastic objects, aluminum foil,
                                                             badly rinsed tetra packs.
          Most people have quite a lot of waste that is
          dangerous if it is dumped or burned since it
          might lead to soil contamination. Batteries can
          be taken to supermarkets and deposited in
          the green boxes provided especially for old


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          Everything else (brown bag)
                                                                Sports
          All the household garbage not mentioned
          above has to go into the brown bag. Large             KULeuven Sports Centre
          objects like furniture are collected five times a
          year. You have to put a special sticker on it         As an imec employee you can apply for a
          that can be purchased at the “Stadswinkel”            sports card from the KULeuven.
          (see below). If the furniture can still be used,
          or if you want to get rid of an electronic            The Sports Centre features a state-of-the-art
          appliance that still works, contact Spit (see         fitness room for which you need to pay a
          below).                                               supplement. To book a tennis court, soccer
                                                                field, or any other facility call or drop by the
          You can find all the information on the free          sports secretariat. If you and your team mates
          ‘waste collection calendar’, which outlines the       have a sports card, everything is free. You
          garbage pick-up schedule. You can find this           only need to pay extra for indoor tennis.
          online on the website of Leuven, or you can
          get a copy at the town hall. The environment          The Sports Centre organizes several recurring
          advisors also provide an English translation.         events: Bike&Run, Indoor Athletics Meeting,
                                                                the Flemish University Competition, the
          Where to buy garbage bags and stickers                Belgian University Competition, Sports Camps
                                                                for kids, Badminton Competition, ..
          City Shop – Stadswinkel
          Waversebaan 66, B-3001 Heverlee (at Heverlee          Tervuursevest 101, B-3001 Heverlee
          City Hall) - Tel. 016 30 90 56                        Tel. 016 32 91 30 Fax: 016 32 91 95
          Open:                                                 sport@kuleuven.be - www.kuleuven.be/sports
          Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
          Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.and from           Open: Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
          1:00 to 4:30 p.m.                                     and from1:00 to 6:00 p.m. (5:30 during the
          Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from        summer months)
          1:00 to 8:00 p.m.
                                                                Sport Clubs in Leuven
          City Registry Office - Bevolkingsdienst stad Leuven
          Prof. Van Overstraetenplein 1, B-3000 Leuven          The Sports Office has a comprehensive list of
          Open:                                                 sport clubs in the Leuven area. This list is
          Only on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.         continuously updated. Its content comes from
          (only stickers).                                      information collected by the staff of the Sports
                                                                Office. It is available in every municipal sports
          You can also find garbage bags in most                facility.
          supermarkets, except at Aldi.
                                                                Prof. Van Overstraetenplein 1, B-3000 Leuven
          SPIT (second-hand shop)                               sportdienst@leuven.be www.leuven.be

          Spit is a centre that recycles household items.
          You can bring them your old furniture,
          electric appliances, bicycles, clothes, etc. All
          items should be in a condition that allows
          them to be re-used. Spit personnel can pick
          up articles from your house. After repairs are
          carried out, these items are then sold in Spit’s
          shop.

          Second Hand Shop (Kringloopwinkel)
          IJzermolenstraat 10-12, B-3001 Heverlee
          Tel. 016 65 29 35 Fax: 016 35 92 89
          info@spit.be www.spit.be
          Open:                                                 Leuven has several sports facilities: swimming
          Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.        pools, indoor and outdoor facilities.
          Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




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          Swimming Pools                                           Culture
          Stadionlaan 4, B-3010 Kessel-Lo
          016 25 34 80
                                                                   Leuven is a young and dynamic city where it is
          Aarschotsesteenweg 730,                                  almost impossible to get bored. Apart from
          B-3012 Wilsele-Putkapel                                  the numerous cafes and restaurants, there is
          016 44 33 88                                             also a large variety of cultural activities.

          Sportoase,                                               Tourism IN&UIT Leuven
          Philipssite 6,
          B-3001 Heverlee                                          In&Uit (literally “In&Out”) is located in the
          016 74 07 40                                             sidewing of City Hall. It is a central reception
          www.sportoase.be                                         desk where you can pick up all kinds of
                                                                   information and documentation concerning
          Indoor Sports Facilities                                 leisure in Leuven. Basically, In&Uit informs
          Sportoase,                                               tourists as well as residents about how they
          Philipssite 6,                                           can spend their free time in Leuven. You can
          B-3001 Heverlee                                          learn about Leuven’s major sights, attractions
          016 74 07 40                                             and ongoing expositions, and about what is
          www.sportoase.be                                         going on in music and performing arts.
                                                                   Moreover, In&Uit sells visitor tickets for City
          Sportcomplex Kessel-Lo,                                  Hall and other places of interest and entrance
          Stadionlaan 4, B- 3010 Kessel-Lo                         tickets for local cultural activities.This is
          016 25 34 80                                             where you can obtain your free copy of
                                                                   Leuven’s culture and leisure magazine ‘Uit in
          Sporthal Wilsele-centrum                                 Leuven’. And while you’re there, also take a
          Aarschotsesteenweg 163, B-3012 Wilsele                   look at the media screens showing the cultural
          016 44 51 36                                             and tourist highlights of the moment.

          Turn- & sportzaal Boudewijnstadion                       The Leuven Cultural Centre
          Diestsesteenweg 288, B-3010 Kessel-Lo
          016 89 52 12                                             The Leuven Cultural Centre, with 200,000
                                                                   visitors and approximately 280 activities per
          Sporthal KHLeuven                                        season, is the most important organiser of
          Hertogstraat 178, B-3001 Heverlee                        performing arts in the region. They’ll bring
                                                                   you a fascinating mix of theatre, dance,
          Outdoor Sports Facilities                                classical and non-classical music, workshops,
          Boudewijnstadion                                         lectures, children’s performances, and much
          Diestsesteenweg, B-3010 Kessel-Lo                        more. There is always something for
          016 25 12 21                                             everybody.

          Den Bruul                                                30CC
          Brouwersstraat, B-3000 Leuven
          016 22 95 51                                             30CC organizes performances, concerts and
                                                                   shows at many different venues around the
          Atletiek Arena Gaston Roelants                           city: the Stadsschouwburg (municipal theatre)
          Diestsesteenweg, B-3010                                  (Bondgenotenlaan 21), the “Minnepoort”
          Kessel-Lo 016 25 12 21                                   Auditorium (Dirk Boutslaan 62), the
                                                                   “Romaanse Poort” and the “Wagehuys”
          Fit-o-meter                                              (Brusselsestraat 63), the “Predikherenkerk”
          Heverleebos, Naamsesteenweg, Heverlee                    (O.L.Vrouwstraat),     the      public   library
                                                                   “Tweebronnen” (Diestsestraat 49), and
                                                                   sometimes even on the city’s street corners.
          Jeugdvoetbalcentrum Bruineveld
                                                                   After the performance you can always
          Domeinstraat 61, 3010 Kessel-Lo
                                                                   continue chatting and meeting people in any of
          For information concerning fees & prices contact
                                                                   the various halls where these activities are
          the staff in charge of the facility or call the sports
                                                                   held. There is also a cultural café - Improvisio
          office: 016 44 26 50
                                                                   - in the main area of 30CC (Romaanse Poort,
                                                                   Brusselsestraat 63). 30CC also has a
                                                                   supporting function for the musical company


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          “La Petite Bande”, and the theatre companies       Movie Theatres in Leuven
          “Braakland/ZheBilding” and “fABULEUS”. You
          can also contact the centre to rent some of        Kinepolis Leuven
          the facilities mentioned above.
                                                             Kinepolis is a large movie theatre company
          Brusselsestraat 63, B-3000 Leuven                  located in most big cities of Belgium.
          Tel. 016 23 84 27 Fax: 016 29 12
          1530CC@leuven.be - www.30CC.be/                    Bondgenotenlaan 145-149, B-3000 Leuven
                                                             Tel. 016 31 96 00
          In&Uit Leuven                                      www.kinepolis.be
          City Hall
          Naamsestraat 1, B-3000 Leuven                      Cinema Zed
          Tel. 016 20 30 20 Fax 016 20 30 03
          inenuit@leuven.be - www.inenuitleuven.be           Cinema Zed is a not-for-profit movie theatre
                                                             screening primarily films from the alternative
          STUK                                               circuit.

          STUK is an important venue in Leuven and           Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven
          one of the most important arts centres in          Tel. 016 32 03 20
          Flanders. Its programming features theatre,        Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.;
          dance, films, music, fine arts, and new media.     Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
          In addition to the big names, you can also find    Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30p.m.
          the work of innovative newcomers. Prices are       www.cinemazed.be
          in general very affordable. The opening week,
          at the beginning of the cultural season, is a      Museums
          unique opportunity to get to know STUK.
                                                             Municipal Museum M. Leuven
          STUK also has an elegant ‘grand café’ where
          you can drink or eat something, read a             Museum M is located in the centre of Leuven
          newspaper or a book or go on internet for          and displays art from Leuven & Brabant from
          free. Friday evenings you can listen to a DJ and   the middle ages untill the 19th century.
          every Sunday evening you can enjoy a free jazz
          concert (‘Jazz on Sunday’).                        Willemsstraat 7, 3000 Leuven
                                                             Tel. 016 22 69 06 Fax 016 23 89 30
          CinemaZed (see further on this page) is            M@leuven.be - www.leuven.be/M
          incorporated into STUK and offers a wide
          range of films.                                    M/Treasury of Saint Peter’s Church

          Naamsestraat 96, B-3000 Leuven                     Grote Markt, B-3000 Leuven
          Tel. 016 32 03 20                                  Tel. 016 29 51 33
          ticket@stuk.be - www.stuk.be
                                                             *From March 16 to October 15:
                                                             Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                                             Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
                                                             Sundays and public holidays from 2:00 p.m. to
                                                             5:00 pm *From October 16 to March 15: closed
                                                             on Monday




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                                                            Leuven Public Library “TWEEBRONNEN ”
          Libraries
                                                            The mission of the Leuven public library is to
          Imec Library                                      promote knowledge and general culture
                                                            among the inhabitants of Leuven. The library
          Imec has its very own library with scientific     has two floors, each with its own opening
          publications and books! It’s permanently          hours and distinct character.
          accessible for consultation and reading, if you
          have a valid imec badge.                          The upper floor houses the reading
                                                            room

                                                            Here you will find reference works in several
                                                            languages, journals, newspapers and weekly
                                                            periodicals (also in languages other than
                                                            Dutch). There is a documentation centre that
                                                            provides information on the province of
                                                            Vlaams Brabant and its various communities,
                                                            internet PC’s, online catalogues of the
                                                            collections. The reading room has plenty of
                                                            seating, working tables and a few screened-off
                                                            study carrels.

                                                            The lower floor houses the lending
                                                            library

                                                            The library has extensive collections on loan:
                                                            novels in Dutch, French, English, German,
                                                            Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Kurdish; non-
          KULeuven University Library                       fiction works (books and dvd’s) ordered by
                                                            subject and a diverse collection of comic
          The university library system is composed of      books. But there is more. The library presents
          more than 30 libraries spread out over the        a large collection of cd’s and dvd’s and a
          various campuses. The Central library has a       collection of reference works on music,
          special mission: to collect and preserve old      movies and stage arts. You can borrow library
          book collections and to preserve old              items for four weeks.
          documents of general interest. In the reading
          room you will find an extensive collection of     To be able to borrow library materials, you
          encyclopedias, bibliographies and reference       need a library card. When you’re over 18,
          works; in addition, there is a collection of      there’s a small annual fee, when you’re
          basic reference works for each discipline.        younger than 18, it’s for free. Most of the
          Most books and periodicals are kept in closed     materials in the library can be lent free of
          stacks but you can request them at the            charge; only cd’s and movies have a lending
          circulation desk. Faculty or department           fee.
          libraries house books and periodicals in their
          respective fields.                                Rijschoolstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven
                                                            Tel. 016 22 65 22.
          The beautiful Campus Library Arenberg (W.         bibliotheek@leuven.be
          de Croylaan 6, Heverlee) is the main library      www.leuven.be/bibliotheek
          for reseachers in the fields of Science,
          Bioscience Engineering, Kinesiology and           Opening hours
          Rehabilitation Science.                           Monday: closed
                                                            Tuesday: 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
          University Library                                Wednesday: 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
          Mgr.Ladeuzeplein 21, B-3000 Leuven                Thursday: 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
          Tel. 016 32 46 60 Fax: 016 32 46 91               Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
          centrale.bibliotheek@bib.kuleuven.be              Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.




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                                                             Masses in English
          Religion
                                                             Roman-Catholic
          Masses in Dutch
                                                             University Parish KULeuven - International
          Roman-Catholic                                     Community

          Church of St John the Baptist Groot Begijnhof      The University Parish has an English-speaking
                                                             international community whose goal is to
          Groot Begijnhof, 3000 Leuven                       welcome people from anywhere in the world
          0472 45 49 11                                      to form a Christian community. They foster
          Sundays at 11:00 a.m.                              an open atmosphere where people from
          Saturday evenings at 6:15 p.m.                     different backgrounds, cultures and countries,
          Wednesday evenings student celebration 6:15p.m.    and various conducts in life, can meet and
                                                             experience Christian community in the
                                                             Catholic tradition.

                                                             Every Sunday of the year, at 10:30 a.m., the
                                                             community celebrates the Eucharist. The
                                                             liturgy is followed by a reception where
                                                             people have the opportunity to meet
                                                             informally. The community publishes a weekly
                                                             bulletin entitled “Bridges”. It contains
                                                             reflections, news, and spiritual-theological
                                                             insights. It is available at the Sunday liturgy.

          Protestant Service                                 Sacraments (baptism, confirmation, first
                                                             communion, reconciliation, and marriage) are
          Jesuit Church                                      prepared and celebrated as community events.

          There is a Protestant service in Dutch every       Minderbroedersstraat 15, bus 0.09, B-3000
          Sunday at 10:00 a.m.                               Leuven Tel. 016 32 08 13 or 016 32 08 14
                                                             upicmnm@yahoo.com www.kuleuven.be/up
                                                             Responsable: Reimund Bieringer
          Waversebaan220, B-3001 Heverlee.
                                                             Masses in English: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
          Tel. 016 22 98 83 Ernst.veen@pandora.be
          Contact person: Ernst Veen
                                                             Holy Spirit College
          Orthodox
                                                             Naamsestraat 40, B-3000 Leuven
                                                             In English: Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
          The Orthodox Parish of the Holy Apostel and
          Evangelist Mattheos
                                                             Anglican
          All services (liturgy – Sundays at 10:00 a.m. -
                                                             The Anglican community of St M&M’s: St.
          and vespers – Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.) in Dutch
                                                             Martha and St. Mary of Bethany Anglican
          and Old-Slavonic, occasionally with some
                                                             Church of Leuven
          Greek, English or Romanian.

          Contact Person: Priest, Father Alexander           The Anglican community M&M’s has a
          Yavarouski, speeks Dutch and Russian,              celebration every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.
          Tervuursestraat 56 (Collegium pro Latina America   in the St. Martha and St. Mary of Bethany
                                                             Chapel, Minderbroedersstraat, 15 (Justus
          or COPAL), B- 3000 Leuven Tel. 0498 83 45 56
          aliaksandr.yavarouski@pandora.be                   Lipsius College).
          www.leuven.orthodoxy.ru/ (website in Dutch,
          Russian and Greek).                                Justus Lipsius College,
                                                             Minderbroedersstraat 15, B-3000 Leuven
                                                             Contact person: Church Warden
                                                             churchwarden@anglicanleuven.be
                                                             www.anglicanleuven.be




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          Evangelical                                     Masses in Arabic

          The International Church of Evangelicals in     Muslim
          Leuven
                                                          International Muslim Students Association of
          Services in the Pauscollege, Hogeschoolplein    Leuven (IMSAL )
          3, on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (separate nursery
          and Sunday School for children under 12).       IMSAL is the official representative of Muslim
                                                          students of KU Leuven. It has its own
          Pauscollege,                                    Students Mosque in Rijschoolstraat 25, where
          Hogeschoolplein 3, B-3000 Leuven                the daily five prayers are held in addition to
          Worship Service: Sundays at 10:00 a.m.          the Friday prayer preceded by Khutba
          Contact persons: Kees & Toos Rosies             (sermon) in both Arabic and English. Friday
          Beekstraat 39, 3051 Sint-Joris-Weert            prayer starts at 1:00 pm (2:00 pm. during the
          Tel. 016 40 54 67 or 0475 83 27 46 -            summer months). Celebration of Islamic feasts
          www.icel.be                                     and daily collective Iftar in Ramadan are
                                                          arranged every year.

                                                          Rijschoolstraat 25, B-3000 Leuven
          Masses in French                                Tel. 016 33 24 39
                                                          For contact: imsalcom@yahoo.com
          Roman-Catholic                                  www.imsal.be

          University Parish KULeuven                      Al Fath mosque
          French speaking community
                                                          The mosque belongs to the resident Muslim
          The University Parish has also a french-        community of Leuven. Here the daily five
          speaking, african community. The community      prayers are held as well as Friday and Feasts
          celebrates the Eucharist at 11 a.m. in the      prayers. The Khutbas (sermons) of Friday and
          chapel of Leo XIII-seminary, entrance via       Eid prayers are delivered only in Arabic.
          Vesaliusstraat 2.
                                                          Penitentienenstraat 33, B-3000 Leuven
          Tiensestraat 124, B-3000 Leuven                 Contact person: Mr. Bachiri
          Tel. 016 32 55 85                               Tel. 016 20 87 02
          www.kuleuven.be/up/international/francais/
          Responsable: Catho Schoofs
          Masses in French: Sundays at 11 a.m.
                                                          Other Cities around Leuven

                                                          Brussels and Antwerp have communities of
          Masses in Spanish                               most religions, including a large Muslim, Jewish
                                                          and     Orthodox        community.       Smaller
          Roman-Catholic                                  denominations and religions most likely have a
                                                          community in Brussels, Antwerp and/or
          Saint Michael’s Church Sint-Michielskerk        Ghent as well.

          A Roman Catholic Mass is held in Spanish on
          Sundays at 12:00 noon.

          Naamsestraat 57A, B-3000 Leuven
          Tel. 016 20 09 06
          Contact person: Paul Aerts
          Tel. 016 31 63 69
          paul.aerts@chello.be




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              14. HR contact information

          HR Desk

          For all practical information on employment
          and HR administration:

          Tel:    +32 16 28 77 99
          Mail:   hrdesk@imec.be


          Relocation

          For all practical information on relocation and
          your stay in Belgium:

          Tel:    +32 16 28 13 71
          Mail:   Veronique.vanautgaerden@imec.be
                  Marion.vantichelen@imec.be




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