Under pressure to legalise medical cannabis, Maggie De Block defends her position

Under pressure to legalise medical cannabis, Maggie De Block defends her position

Federal Health minister Maggie De Block is under increasing pressure to authorise cannabis for medical use. This pressure is mainly coming from an association that represents medical cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) users. The association gave Mrs De Block until Sunday to respond, but said it had still not heard anything by Saturday evening. Mrs De Block said she had replied to the association by email and by letter. Mrs De Block used the opportunity to defend her position. “While serving under this government, Mrs De Block has worked to legalise…

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Poll shows 80% think mobility situation is “deplorable”

Poll shows 80% think mobility situation is “deplorable”

Four out of five people find the mobility situation in Belgium “deplorable,” according to a poll carried out by La Libre newspaper and UCM, the organisation for the self-employed. According to respondents to the poll, the main causes of the problem are the fractured and fragmented political system, where there are three regional and one federal minister of mobility as well as three regional public transport systems; and the lack of public investment in roads and in alternative means of transport, including multi-modal (bike, train, tram for example). On the…

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Investigative journalism in focus at World Press Freedom Day in Brussels

Investigative journalism in focus at World Press Freedom Day in Brussels

The day, also called Difference Day, was celebrated last Friday at Bozar, Brussels, for the 5th time in row. The day was proclaimed by UN General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation by its Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics,” says UNESCO in a statement. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is also…

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