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The Recap: PLFs, Fare-Dodgers & a Holiday Guide

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European unions back calls for work permits for sans-papiers: European trade unions, represented by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), have backed calls from their Belgian members for the government to grant work permits to the undocumented migrants currently on hunger strike in Brussels.

Violence against women costs EU countries around €289 billion every year: Gender-based violence costs countries in the European Union around €366 billion a year, whilst violence against women makes up 79% of this cost, amounting to €289 billion.

Public prosecutor to fine airlines that don’t check coronavirus travelling documents: The public prosecutor’s office of Halle-Vilvoorde has said it will fine airline companies in Brussels Airport that do not check whether passengers have filled out a Passenger Location Form (PLF) or airlines let them board without a PLF.

Brussels to put funding towards using empty buildings for temporary housing: Faced with rising homelessness, the Brussels government has agreed to set aside €965,000 towards social initiatives aimed at using unoccupied buildings for temporary housing.

Ghent gets first open-air dance party as coronavirus test event: Around 2,000 people will be able to attend East Flanders’ first open-air dance party, which will be organised as an official test event.

Three times more infections than three weeks ago in Belgium, warns Van Gucht: The number of Covid-19 infections in Belgium continues to rise sharply, as three times more cases are being confirmed now than three weeks ago, health officials stated during a press conference on Wednesday.

STIB to step away from using word ‘black’ in terminology for fare-dodgers: Brussels public transport operator STIB has said it is looking to abandon using the term “black” when it refers to people who ride on public transport without paying.

Holiday Guide: What are the latest rules across the EU?: Those looking to pack their bags for a long weekend or a trip away may have set their sights on somewhere a little closer to home this year.

Compensation in Netherlands for manipulated VW car: And in Belgium?: A court in Amsterdam has ordered car manufacturer Volkswagen to pay owners of cars found to have manipulated software €3,000 in compensation for loss of value.

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