The Belgian 150-strong company will stay in Lithuania for six months

The Belgian 150-strong company will stay in Lithuania for six months

Belgium is sending 150 soldiers to Lithuania, where they will be part of a NATO combat group in the framework of the protection of NATO’s eastern flank. Most of the troops left on Wednesday, the rest will follow next week. On Wednesday, a Fokker F100 of the Austrian airline Trade Air took off from Melsbroek Military Airport. On board: 80 Belgian soldiers of the Ardennes fighters, military police, the 29th Logistics Battalion and the medical component. The military will fly to Lithuania, where they will be stationed at the NATO…

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Polio virus in London sewers raises questions in Europe

Polio virus in London sewers raises questions in Europe

Now that polio has been found in London’s sewage, British public health services are launching a vaccination campaign for children. In Belgium, the investigation of sewage is still running roughshod. Health experts have said that it will keep waste water under monitoring after the detection of poliovirus in London – but added there was no immediate threat to Scottish youngsters. Public Health Scotland (PHS) has been working with NHS boards on a precautionary basis to ensure optimal vaccine coverage and protection against polio and advising the public to ensure polio…

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3,047 applications for international protection filed in Belgium in July

3,047 applications for international protection filed in Belgium in July

In July, 3,047 people applied for international protection in Belgium to the General Commissariat for Refugees and stateless persons (CGRS). This is shown by the figures of the CGRS on Thursday. The people making the request are mainly from Afghanistan, Syria, Burundi and Palestine. That stat excludes Ukrainians. The majority, 2,660 people, filed an initial application for international protection. Another 382 people submitted a subsequent request. In addition, five persons were registered who came to Belgium via resettlement. That brings the total number of applicants in July to 3,047 people….

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