A court in Belgium has ruled that the enforcement of a Covid pass in a region of Wallonia is unlawful and has fined the district more than €5,000 per day until it stops enforcing its use.
The judgement was made by Namur’s Court of First Instance, ruling in favour of a non-profit organisation ‘Notre bon droit’ (NBD), who took proceedings against the use of the Covid Safe Ticket in the region.
The use of the pass has been mandatory in the Walloon Region and the whole of Belgium, and people who want to eat in restaurants or go to the theatre must present a the pass, which shows vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from Covid-19.
As part of its judgement, the Belgian court said the measure was disproportionate to the objectives pursued, and added that the pass may also be in breach of European law.
“The court has ruled in our favour by conceding that the CST does not respect the principle of proportionality,” the NBD’s founder Isabelle Duchateau said in a video announcement.
Under the court ruling, the Walloon region must now act to rectify the situation until a judgement is made on the benefits of the CST. In one week’s time, a penalty of €5,000 per day will be imposed on the region.
The legal costs of NBD must also be paid by the authorities.
But the Walloon Region refused to annul the CST following the judgement and said it would appeal the court’s decision on Wednesday, according to the Brussels Times.