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The Recap: Waste, Workers & Worms

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First insect approved for human consumption in the EU: On a proposal from the European Commission, experts from the Member States have agreed to allow dried yellow mealworms to enter the European market as a food product.

Belgium’s recovery plan among best in EU for positive impact on climate: Belgium’s recovery plan is in the top ten in the European Union when it comes to having a positive climate effect.

Redundant workers’ search for new job six weeks longer on average: The average period that it takes redundant people in Belgium to find a new job increased last year by 1.5 months on average, according to an analysis by HR service provider Acerta of 2,400 employees who had been laid off.

Brussels’ fire brigade concerned about expansion of terrace blocking vehicle access: The Brussels fire brigade has expressed concerns about the access of emergency vehicles as restaurants and bars in the city are expanding their terraces into the public space in preparation for the reopening of the hospitality sector on Saturday.

Explained: Brussels’ vaccination queue jumpers: Waiting at the door of a vaccination centre in the Brussels-Capital Region in the hope of skipping the vaccination queue and getting a leftover dose at the end of the day is apparently paying off. Here is why.

Limburg mayor (56) accused of jumping vaccination queue: Veerle Heeren, mayor of Sint-Truiden in Limburg province, has admitted she was vaccinated ahead of time in March, despite being aged only 56 with no underlying conditions.

Brussels no longer the starting point for new night train to Prague: Ostend will be the new starting point for the Dutch railway initiative European Sleeper’s night train to Prague planned for spring of 2022, not Brussels.

Biggest polluter of Brussels canal? Coca Cola: The largest share of the pollution recovered from the canal in Brussels originates with Coca-Cola, according to the group that works to remove pollution waste from the city’s waterway.

Norway to introduce ‘vaccine certificates’ from early June: Norway will start using “coronavirus certificates,” or vaccination passports, from June, to ease some of the country’s restrictions, announced Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

The Brussels Times