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‘All Covid-19 measures’ must be lifted in Belgium within 30 days, court rules

A Brussels court has ruled that “all coronavirus measures” imposed by the Belgian state must be lifted within 30 days, because the legal basis on which they have been made is insufficient. 

The ruling came Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by The League for Human Rights who argued that the state’s use of Ministerial Decrees to implement the measures was done without any input from parliament.

The judge said the Belgian State had 30 days to provide a sound legal basis for the restrictions, or face a penalty of €5,000 per day with a maximum limit of €200,000.

The judge has now ruled that the Civil Safety Act of 2007, which the state has used to enable it to act in “exceptional circumstances” cannot serve as a basis for the Ministerial Decrees.

“The judge ruled that the principle of legality has been violated because the current way of working is not foreseeable enough,” Kati Verstrepen of the Human Rights League said.

The ruling is being appealed, and the current coronavirus measures will not change for the time being.

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