Veterinarians working as independent consultants with the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) will have their salaries reviewed from 1 April, Federal Agriculture Minister David Clarinval said on Saturday in a statement.
A proposal to that effect was approved on Friday at the latest meeting of the Council of Ministers, Belga News Agency reports.
A draft agreement to reform AFSCA’s inspection system and upgrade the salaries of official veterinarians and inspectors at the service of the federal agency had been signed in December. Under the proposal, their salaries will be increased by 6.1% from April next and by 1.9% from January 2023.
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They will also “enjoy better working conditions,” according to the office of Minister Clarinval.
Where inspections are concerned, these will be “adapted to the risks,” according to the office. This measure, like the organisation of expertise and other tasks of the inspectors and veterinarians, is the subject of a royal decree currently under preparation.
The aim of the new protocol is to make inspectors’ job more attractive.