Reptiles in Brussels
The list of reptiles that can be kept as pets in the Brussels-Capital Region comes into force on June 1.
As of June 1, any new buyer in Brussels of a reptile must, if the animal is not among the 422 authorized species listed, apply for approval from Bruxelles Environnement.
Those who already owned an unauthorized reptile before that date can keep it if they can prove that they already had it, whether with proof of purchase, registration of the animal, etc.
The same list of authorized reptiles is already valid in Flanders since October 2019.
Aimovig migraine preventive treatment reimbursed as of June 1
From this Tuesday, the preventive treatment of migraine Aimovig from Novartis will be reimbursed in Belgium for adults suffering from at least eight days of migraine per month and having previously tried at least three prophylactic treatments (preventive, Editor’s note) without success.
The co-payment amounts to € 12.10 for an ordinary insured patient and € 8.00 for a patient with BIM status (ex VIPO).
Excluding reimbursement, the monthly cost of the drug is 491.32 euros.
Expansion of reimbursement for spectacle lenses
More patients can now benefit from reimbursement for spectacle lenses.
Until now, glasses were reimbursed, regardless of age, from a diopter of 8.25. This threshold is now lowered to 7.75. For those under 18 and for those over 65, this threshold value goes from one diopter of 8 to 7.5.
The measure represents, on an annual basis, a budget of more than 1,600,000 euros. Some 23,500 people are potentially affected.
A “water” certificate for new buildings in Wallonia
In Wallonia, all new constructions do not comply with water standards and regulations. This is why, from today, all buildings for which a connection to running water is requested must first have a compliant certificate, the CertIBeau.
This document may be issued by approved certifiers and will be mandatory for any new water connection, whether for homes or businesses. Existing buildings may also be subject to a CertIBEau on a voluntary basis.
The certifiers will be responsible for verifying several elements such as the connection to the sewers, the points supplied with rainwater or the presence of lead in the installation. The objective is to prevent any health or environmental risk.
Railway workers will be entitled to a bicycle allowance
Since June 1, railway workers can receive compensation for their bicycle trips.
This compensation amounts to 0.24 euro per kilometer traveled, with a minimum of 1 km and a maximum of 10 km reimbursed per trip to get to work or to return home.
Rail workers who wish to take advantage of it must register through the Bike to Work app. The Minister of Mobility, Georges Gilkinet, will later examine with his colleagues and the social partners whether the system can be extended to other professional categories.
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office begins its activities
The very first supranational prosecution begins its activities on Tuesday. After four years of negotiations, around 20 EU countries reached an agreement in 2017 on the creation of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. As of Tuesday, he is in charge of criminal investigations and prosecutions to the detriment of the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or cross-border VAT fraud over 10 million euros.
22 EU Member States, including Belgium, participate in the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. It is a fully independent body headquartered in Luxembourg. Its work will complement that of other EU bodies and agencies, with which it will cooperate, such as OLAF, Eurojust and Europol. It will also cooperate with the competent authorities of the Member States which do not participate in it. Ultimately, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office should deal with some 3,000 cases per year.