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The Recap: LGBTQ+ Laws, Travel Maps & Fake PCR Tests

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13 EU countries back Belgian statement against Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ+ law: Thirteen European Union member states have signed a joint statement, initiated by Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, condemning the LGBTQ+ legislation passed by the Hungarian Parliament.

Belgium could turn green on European travel map by 28 June: If Belgium’s coronavirus infections continue to drop at the current rate, the country will turn green on the map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) before the start of the summer holidays.

Protest at Parliament ahead of discussions on lifting of Covid-19 vaccine patents: Several protestors gathered outside the Federal Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday morning to demand the lifting of patents on Covid-19 vaccines, ahead of a Health Commission meeting during which two resolutions on this subject would be discussed.

Traveller with fake PCR test at Brussels Airport sentenced to one year in prison: A man who got caught wanting to travel abroad with a forged PCR test at Brussels Airport was sentenced to a one-year prison term by the Brussels criminal court on Tuesday.

Facebook ‘threatened to delete Van Grieken’s page’ for offering condolences to family Conings: Far-right Vlaams Belang party leader Tom Van Grieken said Facebook has threatened to delete his page after he put up a message expressing his condolences to the family of Jürgen Conings, who was found dead on Sunday.

Belgium among top innovation leaders in EU: Belgium has ranked among the top best-performing countries in the European Union when it comes to innovation, according to research from the European Commission published on Monday.

Brussels starts offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine to under-41s tonight: All adults living in the Brussels-Capital Region, including those under 41 years old, will be able to register to voluntarily get vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Tuesday evening.

European bid to make agriculture policy more climate-friendly failed, report finds: The European Union’s investment aimed at making its agriculture policy more climate-friendly failed to lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from farming, a report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found.

The Brussels Times