Smoking cessation drugs will be better reimbursed.
SNCB adapts its rates
The average price of standard SNCB tickets and tickets for the weekend (first and second class) will fall from 1. February to 1.89%. The level of homework and school subscriptions will increase by 1.18% compared with the average adjustment of 0.29% for all other products. For TECs, tariffs will not increase in 2019, while Stib rates will remain stable for the sixth consecutive year.
At the end of December, the SNCB announced an average annual adjustment of 0.69% for all its tariffs, which is less than half of the health index (1.64%).
Tickets on the TEC network in Wallonia will not experience any tariff increases. With this decision, the Walloon government wants to defend the attractiveness of public transport as a mobility solution. In Brussels, the prices for Stib tickets and subscriptions will also not increase this year. The latest increase dates back to 2013, when the monthly subscription increased from 47.5 to 49 euros. Annual subscription is 499 euros.
Quitting smoking is better refunded
From February 1, 2019, smokers will pay significantly less for testing the cessation treatment and will be reimbursed for up to three cessation attempts every five years.
Before accessing a complete cessation of smoking, smokers should purchase a starter kit for testing within two weeks. This kit, sold at a price of 49.95 euros, has so far been completely obliged to the patient. From February 1, a personal contribution of € 9.80 for beneficiaries of the preferential scheme and € 14.80 for others.
In addition, smokers will be entitled to three full courses of treatment, reimbursed every five years, instead of the total number of the two previous procedures.
The perception of the role of the law will be made at the end of the trial.
From February 1, the losing party will have to pay the rights to the role at the end of the trial. Currently, the applicant pays these costs at the beginning of the proceedings, which can be an obstacle to access to justice. Unified tariffs are also set for the role of a person. The right to the role will increase from 40 to 50 euros in the Magistrate’s Court, from 100 to 165 euros in the first instance, from 210 to 400 euros on appeal and from 375 to 650 euros in cassation. ”Justice must be accessible to all. All citizens have the rightJustice Minister Cohen Hins said.
Temporary work is now possible in the federal public service.
Federal administrations will be able to call temporary workers from February 1, 2019. A royal decree on this topic was published in Moniteur in mid-January.
The use of temporary workers will now be possible in federal government services, state-owned companies (bpost, Proximus, etc.) and in HR Rail, the legal employer of railway employees.
Temporary employment is allowed only for temporary replacement of a full-time or full-time employee, for additional temporary work and for performing exceptional work for a maximum period of 12 months.
Temporary agency work is not allowed in case of a strike or lockout.
Entry into force of the EU-Japan Trade Agreement
The extensive trade agreement between the EU and Japan, approved in mid-December by the European Parliament, will enter into force on 1 February.
The Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement (JEFTA) will cover about 600 million consumers and nearly a third of global GDP. This will eliminate the overwhelming majority of the € 1 billion duties paid each year by EU companies exporting to Japan, as well as a number of legal obstacles. It will also open up 127 million consumers in the Japanese market for the Union’s main agricultural and industrial exports.
On the European side, the agri-food sector became the main winner thanks to an agreement abolishing tariffs on almost all food products, but sometimes after a transition period.