Vaccination, PCR tests, Stib: what changes from July 1st

The price of the Brupass school season ticket, which gives access to the Stib network (except from the airport), as well as to the De Lijn, TEC and SNCB networks in the Brupass area, will also decrease and will increase from 90 euros to 52 euros for the 1st and 2nd children. For the 3rd child and the following ones, the price remains modified at 40 euros.




In addition, from February 1, 2022, all Brussels residents aged 18 to 24 who do not have student status will notify the Brussels public transport company.

PCR tests

From the 1st, PCR tests to detect covid would earn a maximum of 55 euros, instead of 70 euros currently, and rapid antigenic tests 120 euros maximum. This regulation applies for the months of July, August and September.

PCR tests are still free under a number of circumstances. This is the case, for example, when a person develops one or more symptoms, following a high-risk contact or even upon returning from a red zone.

In addition, the federal government has decided that children aged 6 to 17 will receive two PCR tests free of charge during the summer, as will adults who have not had the opportunity to be fully immunized. To do this, it is possible to order a code via the federal platform “MaSante”. The code remains valid for ten days.

Vaccination

In Brussels, it will be possible to be vaccinated without an appointment in several new centers. Details can be found in the tweet of mayor Philippe Close integrated below.

Bpost

From July 1, VAT will be due on VAT products for all purchases made from online shops held outside the EU and delivered to Belgium. This new European legislation abolishes the tolerance on parcels with a maximum value of 22 euros. In order to make it possible to read and pay these costs in advance, Bpost is launching a new secure payment option in the My bpost application and the Track Trace.

These costs will no longer have to be paid to the postman or to a collection point.

Social allowances

Several social allowances (pensions, unemployment, sickness or disability benefits) will increase under an agreement on the distribution of the well-being envelope concluded in mid-April by the social partners. The government has released a budget of 700 million euros for this purpose for the next two years.

The fully unemployed will notably see their minimum allowances increase: by 2% for cohabitants, 2.4% for single people and 3.5% for heads of household. Likewise, the minimum allowances for temporary unemployment will be increased by 3.5%. Minimum pensions will increase by 2%. This increase is independent of the increase already promised for the lowest pensions.

More specifically, the invalidity pensions of miners will increase by 2.5%.

The minimum sickness and invalidity insurance (AMI) will be increased as follows: + 2.5% for regular workers who are heads of household and + 2% for all other categories (single persons, regular cohabiting workers, irregular workers ).

Minimum allowances for work accidents and occupational diseases will increase by 2%.

Parental leave allowances will also increase: single parents who take care of a child will see their allowances increase by 2.4%, as will those who benefit from a 1 / 5th time credit for childcare. .

Finally, assistance allowances (social integration income, Grapa and income replacement allowances for disabled people) will also be increased by 2%.

In addition, bridging rights benefits for the self-employed will increase by 2%. These workers will also benefit from an increase in their incapacity for work and maternity allowances, as well as allowances for foster parental leave and adoption leave.

Roaming

From the 1st, Proximus will allow its customers traveling outside the European Union (EU) to continue to benefit from their national tariff formula, the payment of a “Daily Roaming Pass”.

This daily plan will be activated automatically for 24 hours as soon as the customer makes a call, a mobile data session or sends more than two SMS or MMS. Call minutes, SMS and surfing volume (MB, megabytes) consumed abroad will then be deducted from the standard monthly quotas.

Depending on the area visited (A or B), this pass will cost 5.95 euros or 11.95 euros for every 24 hours of mobile service use abroad. “No other cost will be applied for communications within the country visited or to Belgium if you stay within the limits of your monthly subscription and as long as you are not within the legal limit of 60 euros including VAT for mobile communications. internet abroad, ”says the operator. In addition, a maximum of 10 Daily Roaming Passes will be charged per month. From the 11th day, it will remain active at no additional cost for the rest of the month.

In zone A in particular countries very popular with Belgians such as Switzerland, Morocco or the United States, as well as Canada or Turkey. Zone B includes less popular destinations such as Laos, Vietnam, Senegal, Congo and Peru.

For Business customers, Proximus will also reduce the price of data usage outside the EU, since it will drop from 12 euros / MB to 0.20 euro / MB excluding VAT (with the exception of a few pay).

Migraine

preventive migraine treatments Ajovy and Emgality will be reimbursed in Belgium, announced Federal Minister of Health and Social Affairs Frank Vandenbroucke.

Aimovig had already been accepted for reimbursement for adults suffering from at least eight days of migraine per month and having tried at least three prophylactic treatments (preventive, Editor’s note) without success. Ajovy and Emgality will also be reimbursed for the same indication and under the same conditions.

The co-payment for an ordinary insured patient will be 12.10 euros and 8 euros for a patient with BIM status. The total reimbursement amount will be 524.86 euros for Ajovy and 479.22 euros for Emgality, the National Institute for Sickness and Disability Insurance (Inami) specified.

Nursing staff

The new IFIC salary model for workers in the healthcare sector comes into force on July 1. From now on, remuneration will be based more on function than on diploma. The system should make it possible to revalue the salaries of personnel in the federal health sectors, especially at the start of their careers.

IFIC is the acronym for Instituut voor Functieclassificatie – Institute for the Classification of Functions, an organization responsible for modernizing the classification of existing positions within the sectors which concern the joint committee 330 of health establishments and services.

Concretely, each function is cataloged according to a series of criteria which were chosen by the social partners (bosses and). In total, “218 functions are classified into six families (administration – hotel, logistics and technical – medico-technical and pharmacy – paramedical – psycho-social – nurse / caregiver) and 20 categories, each corresponding to a different salary scale”, details Santhea, an employers’ federation of Walloon and Brussels health care institutions.

Each worker has normally received an individualized projection, which compares his current salary over the whole of his career and that to which he will be entitled with the IFIC. The employee is free to accept or refuse this new scale and, if necessary, to remain in the old system, which is more advantageous for people whose careers are already well advanced. Indeed, the IFIC offers a faster and more significant salary evolution at the beginning of the career, to arrive, at the end of the career, at a level similar to that of the old scale. It is therefore more interesting for young people.

Workers who will enter service from July 1, 2021 will automatically benefit from the application of the IFIC salary scales.

The result of an agreement between the social partners, the reform of IFIC was launched in 2018, under the previous legislature, with the main objective of “financially promoting the first years of the career to increase the attractiveness of the profession”, indicates the office of the Minister of Health. It is implemented in two stages: from the 1st in the private sector and by the end of the year in the public sector (with retroactive effect from July 1).

The annual total of the full implementation of IFIC, for all sectors of the CP330 concerned, amounts to 500 million euros, estimated by the federal government. This amount represents an average payroll increase of 6%.

Kilometer sampling

The Brussels-Capital Region and Flanders will index the kilometer charge on their territory from July 1. Price indexation has already taken place in Wallonia on January 1.

The tariffs apply to Belgian and foreign heavy goods vehicles with a maximum authorized mass (MMA) of more than 3.5 tonnes but also to vehicles towing semi-trailers of category N1, bearing the body code BC.

The price per kilometer traveled on toll roads depends on the region, the MMA and the Euro emission standard of the vehicle. The kilometer charge takes into account three MMA categories (over 3.5 tonnes to 12 tonnes, over 12 tonnes up to 32 tonnes, and over 32 tonnes) and seven Euro standards. The price is advantageous the higher the Euro standard and the lower the MMA.

The new tariffs will be automatically updated in the software of the OBUs (On Board Units) of service providers accredited for the kilometer charge.

Sorting of waste

New municipalities will switch to the enlarged blue bag on July 1. Almost all household plastic packaging and thus will be accepted in the PMC bag. Already in force in many municipalities, these new rules now also apply to Charleroi and its region (inter-municipal Tibi) and to Walloon Brabant (InBW). Only the province of Luxembourg will still have to wait until October for this change of blue bag.

Tubs of butter, mushrooms, sachets and plastic films, as many plastic packaging that is usually thrown in the classic household garbage, can be placed in the new blue bags, which appeared at the end of 2019 in certain municipalities of Wallonia.

In Flanders and the Brussels-Capital Region, all the municipalities have already adopted the new rules in this area.

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