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CarAmigo is a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace that connects car owners with people who need a car
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CarAmigo et Ford annoncent leur partenariat
Vendredi 8 janvier 2016 — CarAmigo, la première plateforme de location de véhicules entre particuliers en Belgique, annonce avoir signé aujourd’hui un partenariat avec Ford, constructeur automobile pionnier de la mobilité alternative.
Ce partenariat vise à encourager les propriétaires ainsi que les futurs propriétaires d’un véhicule Ford à y inscrire leur voiture. Concrètement, lors de l’acquisition d’un nouveau véhicule, ou lors des entretiens, son propriétaire sera informé sur les avantages de le louer à d’autres particuliers via CarAmigo, et sur les économies qu’il pourra ainsi en retirer.
Les propriétaires de Ford encouragés à partager leur véhicule afin d’en réduire le coût de possession
Pour rappel, bien qu’occasionnant à son propriétaire des coûts importants en termes d’amortissement, d’assurances, de taxes et d’autres frais divers, un véhicule personnel n’est utilisé en moyenne que 5% du temps; ce partenariat permettra ainsi aux clients Ford de rentabiliser de façon efficace les coûts de possession de leur véhicule, tout en optimisant l’utilisation de ce dernier. Le nouvel acquéreur d’un véhicule Ford peut d’ores et déjà calculer le montant de son économie potentielle voire de son gain s’il inscrit son véhicule sur CarAmigo, grâce au simulateur mis à sa disposition sur www.caramigo.be/ford.
Une utilisation plus rationnelle du parc automobile
La location de véhicules entre particuliers est aussi l’une des solutions efficaces pour contribuer à diminuer le parc automobile en favorisant une utilisation plus rationnelle des dits-véhicules. Rationnelle mais également sécurisée puisque CarAmigo fournit une assurance omnium ainsi qu’une assistance routière Touring à chaque location, vérifie le profil de chacun des locataires et a même négocié pour le compte de ses propriétaires-loueurs un accord avec les autorités fiscales belges, au travers d’une décision fiscale anticipée, dite « ruling »[1].
Alex Gaschard, fondateur de CarAmigo se réjouit de ce partenariat: « La collaboration avec Ford va permettre à CarAmigo d’élargir son offre et, de ce fait, contribuer à populariser le concept de location de véhicules entre particuliers. Le fait qu’une grande marque automobile telle que Ford s’investisse concrètement dans la nouvelle mobilité est très réjouissant et nous encourage à aller un pas plus loin dans la promotion des bénéfices de l’économie du partage ».
Via la présence de Ford au Salon de l’auto à Bruxelles ainsi que via son réseau de points de vente, cette action de co-marketing soutenue en direct marketing, en PLV et en communication digitale, touchera tous les clients Ford en Belgique et sera par la suite étendue au Luxembourg.
 
A propos de CarAmigo
CarAmigo est la plus grande place de marché de location de voitures entre particuliers en Belgique et a été récemment reprise dans la presse nationale et internationale[2] comme l’une des startups belges les plus prometteuses.
Grâce à CarAmigo, un propriétaire récupère ses frais de voiture en la louant à d’autres personnes, en toute confiance puisque CarAmigo vérifie tous les conducteurs et fournit une assurance omnium.
Un conducteur désirant louer un véhicule peut choisir celui qui lui convient, où il veut et quand il veut, en toute sérénité puisque les véhicules bénéficient d’une assistance routière 24h/24.
Alors inscrivez-vous gratuitement sur www.CarAmigo.be, et c’est parti !
 
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 195,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Ford of Europe
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.
 
[1] Concrètement l’autopartage ne sera pas considéré comme un revenu professionnel pour un propriétaire louant son véhicule, moyennant le respect de certaines conditions, voir le communiqué sur http://caramigo.prezly.com/premiere-mondiale-la-societe-de-location-de-vehicules-entre-particuliers-caramigo-conclut-un-accord-de-ruling-avec-ladministration-fiscale 
[2] Notamment dans le rapport World in Beta de PwC: Who’s Who in Europe’s Mobility Equation (and the Unique Role they Play in Redefining the Playbook)

CarAmigo en Ford kondigen partnership aan
Vrijdag 8 januari 2016 — CarAmigo, het grootste platform voor autoverhuur tussen particulieren in België, maakt vandaag bekend dat het een partnership is aangegaan met Ford, de baanbrekende autoconstructeur op het gebied van alternatieve mobiliteit.
Dit partnership is erop gericht bezitters en toekomstige bezitters van een Ford-voertuig aan te moedigen hun voertuig in te schrijven op CarAmigo. Concreet zullen eigenaars van een nieuw voertuig bij de aankoop of tijdens onderhoudsbeurten worden ingelicht over de voordelen van het verhuren van hun auto aan andere particulieren via CarAmigo, en over de besparingen die ze op die manier kunnen realiseren.
Ford-eigenaars aangemoedigd om hun voertuig te delen
Hoewel een persoonlijk voertuig voor de eigenaar grote kosten met zich meebrengt, zoals afschrijving, verzekeringen, belastingen en diverse andere onkosten, wordt het gemiddeld slechts 5% van de tijd gebruikt. Het partnership zal Ford-klanten de mogelijkheid bieden om op een efficiënte manier de bezitskosten van hun voertuig te beperken en het gebruik ervan te optimaliseren. Wie een Ford-voertuig aankoopt kan vanaf nu zijn/haar potentiële besparing – of zelfs winst – berekenen dankzij de simulator die te vinden is op www.caramigo.be/ford.
Een meer rationeel gebruik van het wagenpark
Het verhuren van voertuigen tussen particulieren is een doeltreffende oplossing om bij te dragen aan de vermindering van het aantal auto’s op de weg, door een rationeler gebruik ervan te promoten. Naast een rationele oplossing is het ook  een veilige oplossing, CarAmigo zorgt ervoor dat het verhuurde voertuig steeds omnium verzekerd is en dat het geniet van Touring bijstand bij autopech. Bovendien controleert CarAmigo bij de inschrijving het profiel van elke  huurder en heeft het een akkoord met de Belgische belastingautoriteiten onderhandeld in de vorm van een vervroegde fiscale beslissing die “ruling” wordt genoemd[1]. Dit in het voordeel van de eigenaars/verhuurders.
Alex Gaschard, oprichter van CarAmigo verheugt zich over het partnership: "De samenwerking met Ford biedt CarAmigo de mogelijkheid zijn aanbod uit te breiden en op die manier meer bekendheid te geven aan het concept van autoverhuur tussen particulieren. Het feit dat een groot automerk als Ford zich voor nieuwe vormen van mobiliteit interesseert is erg verheugend en moedigt ons aan verder te gaan met het promoten van deeleconomie."
Via de aanwezigheid van Ford op het autosalon van Brussel en via zijn netwerk van verkooppunten zal deze co-marketingactie, die ondersteund wordt door direct marketing, POS-reclame en digitale communicatie, talrijke Ford-klanten in België bereiken. Later zal de actie ook uitgebreid worden naar het Groothertogdom Luxemburg.
 
 
Over CarAmigo
CarAmigo is de grootste markplaats in België die autoverhuur tussen particulieren mogelijk maakt. Het platform werd recentelijk ook genoemd in nationale en internationale[2] publicaties als een van de meest beloftevolle Belgische startups.
Dankzij CarAmigo kunnen auto-eigenaars hun autokosten recupereren door hun wagen aan anderen te verhuren. Dit kan in alle gemoedsrust dankzij een full omnium verzekering en doordat CarAmigo alle nieuwe chauffeurs verifieert.
Een chauffeur die een wagen wil huren kiest zelf de gewenste wagen, waar en wanneer hij wil, dit ook in alle gemoedsrust dankzij 24/24 bijstand bij autopech.
Schrijf u dus gratis in op www.CarAmigo.be, en je bent vertrokken !
 
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 195,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Ford of Europe
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.
 
[1] Het komt erop neer dat autodelen voor particuliere gebruikers niet beschouwd zal worden als een beroepsinkomst, mits aan bepaalde voorwaarden wordt voldaan die onder meer betrekking hebben op het aantal verhuurde voertuigen, de totale duur van de verhuur en het totaalbedrag van de gegenereerde inkomsten. Zie http://caramigo.prezly.com/caramigo-het-bedrijf-voor-autoverhuur-tussen-particulieren-treft-een-rulingakkoord-met-de-belastingdienst 
[2] Onder andere in het rapport World in Beta van PwC: Who’s Who in Europe’s Mobility Equation (and the Unique Role they Play in Redefining the Playbook)

CarAmigo and Ford form partnership
Friday, January 8, 2016 — CarAmigo, Belgium's first peer-to-peer car rental marketplace is delighted to announce that it has today signed a partnership agreement with Ford, a car manufacturer breaking new ground in alternative transport.
The aim of this partnership is to encourage current and future Ford owners to register their cars on CarAmigo. More specifically, when drivers buy a new car, or take one in for a service, Ford will tell them about the benefits of peer-to-peer car rental using CarAmigo and the possible savings.
Encouraging Ford owners to share their cars
Let us not forget that although private cars have significant financial implications for owners in terms of depreciation, insurance, taxes and other expenses, we only use them 5% of the time on average. This partnership will help Ford customers effectively make savings on the cost of owning a car while maximising car use. New Ford buyers can already work out their total potential savings – or even profits – by registering their car on CarAmigo and using the calculator available on www.caramigo.be/ford.
A more rational use of the car park
Peer-to-peer car rental is also one of the most effective ways to reduce road traffic by using cars more efficiently. The scheme is not just efficient; it is safe too. CarAmigo provides comprehensive insurance (in addition to Touring roadside assistance) for every rental. It also screens each rental customer and has even negotiated a deal with the Belgian tax authorities on behalf of car owners through an advance tax ruling[1].
Alex Gaschard, founder of CarAmigo, welcomes this partnership “Working with Ford will help CarAmigo expand its service and, as a result, help make peer-to-peer car rental more popular. Having a major car brand like Ford invest specifically in new modes of transport is something to celebrate. And it’s encouraging us to go even further to promote the benefits of the sharing economy”.
Thanks to Ford’s presence at the Brussels Motor Show and its sales outlets, this co-marketing campaign (supported by direct marketing, point-of-sale promotions and online communications) will reach many Ford customers in Belgium. And it will also then be extended to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
 
 
About CarAmigo
CarAmigo is Belgium’s first peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace and connects car owners with people who need a car. It was recently mentioned in the national & international[2] press as one of the most promising Belgian startups.
Thanks to CarAmigo, an owner can easily recoup some of his expenses by renting out his own car, with peace of mind since CarAmigo checks all drivers and provides a comprehensive all-risk insurance.
A driver in need of car can choose the one he needs, wherever whenever, with peace of mind since all cars benefit from a 24/7 roadside assistance.
So sign-up for free on www.CarAmigo.be, and ride away right away !
 
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 195,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Ford of Europe
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.
 
[1] In essence it means that carsharing will not be considered earned income for private users, subject to conditions including the number of cars rented, the total length of the rental and the total income generated. See press release for more details http://caramigo.prezly.com/world-premiere-peer-to-peer-carsharing-provider-caramigo-concludes-a-ruling-agreement-with-the-tax-authorities  
[2] Among others in PwC’s World in Beta report: Who’s Who in Europe’s Mobility Equation (and the Unique Role they Play in Redefining the Playbook)

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Altijd mobiel met Touring, nieuwe uitdagingen, nieuwe diensen: Touring verwelkomt CarAmigo op zijn website en laat enkele gebruikers van deze nieuwe peer-to-peer autodelen dienst zelf aan het woord.

https://www.caramigo.be/img/press/Artikel-CarAmigo-Touring-Magazine-sept-2015-NL.pdf

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Touring et votre mobilité, nouveaux défis, nouveaux services: Touring​ accueille CarAmigo sur son site: voici le témoignage de quelques utilisateurs de ce service de location de voitures entre particuliers.

https://www.caramigo.be/img/press/Article-CarAmigo-Touring-Magazine-sept-2015-FR.pdf

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Questions clés sur CarAmigo sur la Première

Dans une optique de développement durable, de plus en plus présente dans notre société, il est nécéssaire de soutenier l'essort des nouveaux modes de mobilités dont l'autopartage fait partie. En Belgique, plusieures solutions existent...

http://www.rtbf.be/radio/podcast/player?id=2040656&channel=lapremiere

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Club News: Touring Club Belgium launches on-demand mobility service

http://www.fiaregion1.com/en/fia_region_1/news/touring-launches-on-demand-mobility-services.htm

For European Mobility Week, Touring, launched a brand new platform that brings different mobility services directly to users on-demand and based on the sharing economy. The new ‘Mobilis Club’ provides road users with services related to traffic information, sharing, selling or repairing cars and a phone number to receive legal and medical information for Belgium and abroad. Here are some of the services on offer:

CarAmigo
A car-sharing system where registered users can share their private vehicle within an online platform with other users for specified periods of time. Vehicles in the system benefit from Touring road assistance and insurance throughout the borrowing period. See www.touring.be/caramigo

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Who’s Who in Europe’s Mobility Equation (and the Unique Role they Play in Redefining the Playbook)

http://www.worldinbeta.com/blog/europe-mobility-equation/

A big question emerging from the discussions on the crowd or on-demand economy is if the digital disruption really is beneficial in the long run?

The focus, heavily has been on how platforms and on-demand services have rendered traditional services obsolete and there has been pushback on this, naturally. One vertical which is dominating news and case studies on the digital economy is mobility. A smart city is incomplete without smart mobility and this reality manifests itself in Europe, one of the most developed regions in the world. When we talk mobility in Europe, some key players come to mind. These current developments are refining the smart commuting equation not only in Europe but worldwide, if we pay close attention.

#1 Regulatory Challenges Are Here to Stay (aka Uber versus Taxis)

In Europe, the fight against the on-demand mobility platform, Uber has consumed government regulators and news outlets. London’s transit authority is considering new rules for the taxi-hailing app that could include a mandatory five-minute wait for person wanting an Uber, an end to showing live cars on the app, banning cab-sharing and forcing private-hire firms to allow seven-day advance booking. These measures are designed to protect London’s iconic black cabs. But do they need protection? The main grief that black cab drivers have against Uber is that it undercuts their pay while not playing by the same rules. To add salt to wounds, black cab drivers go through hoops to secure a license, like memorizing hundreds of routes - that may seem pointless today when one has access to real time traffic through mapping applications. Uber is fighting similar fights in Paris, Brussels, Barcelona and Amsterdam and it’s not one-sided, with hundreds of thousands supporting the on-demand app.

Where is mobility regulation going? Uber says there is too much of it. The solution, according to the company is reducing regulation on black cabs and not increasing it for everyone else. Cities are fighting old versus new. The solution is not simply banning innovative services like Uber but taking into account what people want. Future technological disruptions are going to bring on more examples of the Uber versus taxis and so this forms an important chapter of the mobility playbook - Uber’s role in raking up these questions is immensely important. On the other hand, communities and regulators are wary of the US unicorn creating local havoc. Can Uber consider a local approach to its business?

#2 Sharing is Caring (aka BlaBlaCar)

While Uber is under fire, another mobility app called BlaBlaCar is basking in venture capital funding without much hassle from regulators. It all comes down to differentiation on the model and profits earned. The BlaBlaCar model with presence in 19 countries is akin to “social carpooling” or finding a ride on a community board for long distance carpooling where riders simply share costs. Here the drivers aren’t considered professionals and the company doesn’t face the same regulatory hurdles that come with offering short rides in cities. BlaBlaCar is meeting a key market need of fulfilling ridesharing for long distance, all while expanding through a clever strategy that includes acquiring local players. BlaBlaCar’s success in the sharing economy space will be a model for both cities and startups that seek to capitalize on connected crowds.

#3 Peer-to-Peer Marketplace For Unused Assets (aka CarAmigo)

CarAmigo is Belgium's first peer-to-peer car rental marketplace, and connects car owners with people who need a car. A peer-to-peer model like CarAmigo truly embodies the car sharing model where car owners can recoup part of car ownership costs while monetising a sleeping resource. Drivers in need of a car can ditch the ownership model and only pay for utility. CarAmigo can be called the “Airbnb” of mobility and even provides 24x7 roadside assistance to its users. The peer-to-peer model is here to stay with communities and even local jurisdictions pushing for new paradigms that will reduce resource depletion and dependencies.

#4 Crowdsourced Public Transport Network (aka Moovit & De Lijn)

Customers in developed cities in Europe are spoiled for choice with innovative apps and a public transportation system that is world renowned. For example, De Lijn in Belgium a company run by the Flemish government to provide public transportation is seen as a major solution to reducing congestion. Now an app like Moovit app brings all the information you need to travel on public transport to your phone. Moreover, Moovit harnesses crowdsourced information from commuters actually using the transport network. By combining information from public transport authorities with live information from the users that includes route condition, schedule changes, facility conditions, incidents, and other circumstances that can affect everyone else community too, Moovit offers 28 million travelers in 700 cities a real-time picture of the public transport system. Intelligent access and use of public infrastructure is a step in the right direction as smarter cities becomes an important priority.

#5 Smart Mobility Hardware and the Driverless Car (aka the Future)

McKinsey expects that driverless (and electric) cars will become mainstream between 2020 and 2040. Forbes contributor Theo Priestley writes that we aren’t ready to face a completely new ecosystem that emerges from 1) lower potential for government levies once demand for fuel drops 2) a newly revamped car industry that will disrupted on all aspects from design, ownership, insurance and more. Theo writes that, “.. governments won’t support innovation or a future for autonomous and electric cars without having a strategy in place to penalise it at the same time.”

So what are my predictions for the future of mobility that is playing out in slow motion in Europe, while the world watches:

●Sharing economy apps like BlaBlaCar and CarAmigo will rally the base, and help consumers see the positive sides to the digitally connected mobility marketplace.

●Crowdsourced cooperation on data that could arise in case of Moovit on De Lijn’s infrastructure, as an example and will be an important application to integrate mobility to a city’s smart infrastructure.

●The future may see Uber break down its business model to cater to individual cities working together with all the players in the ecosystem. In summary, I don’t see the crowd economy being dominated by one or two players but active local cooperation (which in actuality is the definition of the more democratic crowd powered movement.)

●I agree with Theo that we are absolutely not ready for autonomous cars yet - not many see the whole picture and we will continue to chip away are the key aspects of infrastructure, control and economics.

The key players in the European mobility space will participate in a panel discussion, titled, “Crowds Meet Mobility - Generating Positive Disruption,” on October 21 as part of CSW Europe 2015, in Brussels. Panelists include Els Ampe, MP, Brussels and alderman for Mobility & Public Works, City of Brussels; Shana Smeets, BlaBlaCar; Alex Gaschard, CarAmigo; Alex Torres, Moovit; Roger Kesteloot, De Lijn; Filip Nuytemans, Uber. Theo Priestley, Tech Evangelist & Forbes Contributor will moderate the discussion

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Priti Ambani is the Global Media Director at Crowdsourcing Week, an organization that is changing the way enterprises and individuals use the Internet. Working from the ground up, she has developed successful business and communications strategies for impact organizations that aim to create social, environment and economic wealth. Priti is a Professional Engineer and lives in Auckland, NZ with her husband and sons. She is a lover of the outdoors, traveling and from-scratch cooking! Follow her on Twitter @envirotarian

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Fiscale ruling voor autodelers

http://moneytalk.knack.be/geld-en-beurs/belastingen/fiscale-ruling-voor-autodelers/article-normal-619285.html

Het autodeelplatform CarAmigo heeft een rulingakkoord getroffen met de belastingdienst. De inkomsten die komen uit het verhuren van een wagen via het platform worden door de fiscus niet beschouwd als een beroepsinkomen. De verhuurders moeten wel aan enkele voorwaarden voldoen.

Het Belgische bedrijf CarAmigo, dat mensen toelaat hun auto te verhuren via een app, is tot een overeenkomst gekomen met de belastingdienst over de fiscale gevolgen voor de verhuurders. "We zijn wereldwijd het eerste bedrijf in de deeleconomie dat een dergelijke overeenkomst treft", zegt Alex Gaschard, de oprichter van CarAmigo, op de Crowdsourcing Week in Brussel.

Geen beroepsinkomen

In de overeenkomst verklaart de fiscus dat hij autodelen niet als een beroepsinkomst zal beschouwen, zolang aan bepaalde vereisten voldaan wordt. Zo mag de eigenaar niet meer dan één auto verhuren via CarAmigo, mag hij die auto niet meer dan 60 dagen per jaar verhuren en mag hij er in totaal niet meer dan 2.400 euro mee verdienen.

Onder deze voorwaarden mogen de eigenaars het geld dat ze inden, aangeven als roerende inkomsten, die belast worden aan 25 procent. De overeenkomst, die over heel België toepasselijk is, maar enkel voor het bedrijf CarAmigo, bepaalt bovendien dat de eigenaars 15 procent van de inkomsten als forfaitare kosten mogen aftrekken.

"We zijn proactief geweest en hebben een juridische aanvaring willen vermijden", zegt Gaschard. "De onderhandelingen hebben maanden geduurd, maar we zijn tevreden dat we nu een garantie kunnen bieden aan al onze gebruikers."

Het bedrijf telt ongeveer 320 voertuigen en enkele duizenden gebruikers. Daarnaast heeft Carmigo een contract afgesloten met een dochtermaatschappij van Axa en met Touring om huurders een omnium verzekering en bijstand te garanderen. (Belga/NS)

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