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Launched in Belgium in 2009 to encourage employees' environmental awareness, ecocheques are now available for employers to share with their employees as extra benefits to increase ecological purchasing power and make environmentally conscientious purchases. Ecocheques are similar to repas/maaltijd or guest cheques and employers may opt to give employees up to 250 Euros per year in ecocheques. They are not considered wages and therefore are generally not subjected to taxes or social charge implications. No employee contribution to the ecocheque system is required either. The nominal value per ecocheque is not to exceed ten Euros though may be dispersed in greater values. They are valid for two years from their issue date.

This article was originally published in the February 2010 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

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