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The Recap: New in July

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EU failed to protect air passengers’ rights during pandemic: The European Commission failed to safeguard the rights of air passengers during the coronavirus pandemic, a report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found.

Online sales, migraine meds, Stib for students: What’s new in July?: A pay rise for health workers, new rules on cross-border commerce, roaming outside the EU and the cost of a PCR test: this is all changing this month.

Belgium in global top 10 of countries with highest vaccination rate: Over seven million people received their first vaccine dose in Belgium so far, placing the country in the top 10 of countries with the highest vaccination rate in the world, health officials stated during a press conference on Wednesday.

‘Two hours earlier’: travellers warned of time difference on Belgian Covid certificate: Belgian residents getting tested to travel with the EU’s Digital Covid test Certificate are being warned to take into account a 2-hour difference between the time of the test and the hour displayed on the app.

Investment bank UBS buys off tax charges with €50 million settlement: The Swiss-based investment bank and financial services provider UBS has reached a settlement of €50 million with the Belgian tax authorities to avoid charges of tax evasion.

Diving into the future of public open-air swimming pools in Brussels: As the opening of FLOW, the open-air pool in Anderlecht, on 1 July nears, organisers and locals are beginning to wonder the annual question – will this be a one-off event or the first of many that will turn Brussels into an open swimming haven.

Fully vaccinated people should still wear masks, says WHO: The World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to continue wearing face masks, as it is concerned about the rise of the Delta variant.

Impact of slump in tourism due to Covid-19 on global economy ‘worse than expected’: The impact on the global economy of tourism crashing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be worse than initially expected, according to a United Nations report.

The Brussels Times