Preventive treatment against the AIDS virus tested successfully in Belgium

Preventive treatment against the AIDS virus tested successfully in Belgium

Le Soir is reporting on Tuesday that a drug vaccine against the AIDS virus has been successfully tested in Belgium. This makes the country a European pioneer in the fight against HIV. During a conference in Paris last week, Belgian researchers revealed for the first time results of an unprecedented study, the first Belgian experiment for a pre-exposure phophylaxis against the HIV virus. The treatment in question involves those who are HIV-negative but running an increased risk of infection taking Truvada, a preventive antiretroviral medicine. Two hundred volunteers from an…

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Michel government strengthens fight against social security fraud

Michel government strengthens fight against social security fraud

The federal government anticipates instigating more in-depth checks on those receiving welfare benefits, in an attempt to better fight fraud. De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad are stating on Tuesday that fines are becoming severe. The federal government will intensify the fight against social security fraud. Increased and systematic checks will take place targeting family-orientated situations involving welfare benefits. The organisations ONEM (which gives employment and benefits advice) and INAMI (that provides advice upon sickness benefits and related issues) will work together to dispatch inspectors. These inspectors will cross-check their databases….

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Brussels candidate to host two European agencies currently based in London

Brussels candidate to host two European agencies currently based in London

Brussels is one of the candidate cities to host the two European agencies currently based in London. The European Medicines Agency and The European Banking Authority are currently based in London and Brussels is one of the suggestions for their respective relocations following Brexit, according to an announcement on the European Council’s website. Eight cities are offering to host the European Banking Authority. Besides Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxemburg, Dublin, Paris, Prague, Vienna and Warsaw are under consideration. Dublin, Vienna, Warsaw and Brussels have also offered to host the European Medicines Agency….

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FA’s increased drug testing to focus on Premier League players

FA’s increased drug testing to focus on Premier League players

Drug testing in football will increase to unprecedented levels this season, with the Premier League coming under the greatest scrutiny. The Football Association, in conjunction with UK Anti-Doping, conducted more than 3,250 tests on professional players last season, and there were two positive results with two further cases under review. But the game’s governing body has promised to raise that total to more than 5,000 over the coming year. Football has the highest anti-doping budget in all of UK sport and also a far higher number of athletes to test….

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Peeters discreetly begins work to privatise public companies

Peeters discreetly begins work to privatise public companies

Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Kris Peeters will call on his party, the CD&V, to debate privatisation as a way to reduce the public debt. “Over the next few months, we will have to think about what to do about public contributions”, he told De Standaard on Saturday. “We need a good budget that will get approval from Europe. But we are too focused on balancing the books. The public debt should be our main concern”, he said. The debt is currently 106% of the GDP, 430 billion euros….

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