EuroMillions, SNCB tickets, glyphosate: what changes on February 1

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VShe first February, four changes will affect the lives of Belgians and Europeans.

EuroMillions’ maximum gain increases

Some changes are expected for EuroMillions this year, reports La Voix du Nord. Most notable is the increase in maximum gain. This Monday, the French Games (FDJ) confirmed that from February 1, it will be possible to win up to 200 million euros against 190 million since 2012 in nine countries (France, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg).

>> EuroMillions: from February 1, the maximum gain increases to 250 million euros

Luxembourg bans glyphosate

Glyphosate will be completely banned by the end of 2020 in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with a first stage which begins on February 1. Luxembourg thus becomes the first country in the European Union to ban the controversial herbicide.

By 31 December 2020, plant protection products based on glyphosate will be banned from the soil of the Grand Duchy, in accordance with the government agreement dating from 2018.

The ban takes place in three phases: a withdrawal of the marketing authorization on February 1, a deadline for the sale of stocks until June 30, then a grace period for the use of these products fixed at December 31, 2020.

In fact, almost 60% of farms in the country have already given up on glyphosate, according to the Luxembourg government.

The EU’s license to use glyphosate, renewed in 2017 by the European executive, runs until 15 December 2022. But its fate is debated in many countries. Luxembourg hopes that its approach will produce a “significant leverage effect” in the EU.

In Belgium, the Regions first prohibited the use of glyphosate. But the federal government remained in charge of its marketing. Since 2018, the marketing, sale and unprofessional use of total herbicides, such as “Roundup”, has been prohibited. Since December 31, 2018, the sale of selective herbicides (for example, the weedkiller which eliminates dandelions, daisies, etc. in a lawn) is also prohibited.

Alcohol prohibited on the pedestrian in Brussels at night

From February 1, 2020, it will be prohibited to consume alcohol in downtown Brussels between midnight and six in the morning.

The scope of application includes in particular Boulevard Anspach from Place Fontainas to Place De Brouckère, the side streets (du Midi, des Fripiers, Halles, Poissonniers) and the perpendiculars to this axis, as well as the Place de the Mint.

The ban applies to all alcoholic beverages, “distilled, fermented mixed or not”. Their tasting is however authorized in the bars and restaurants of the area, as well as on their terraces.

This decision of the Brussels municipal council was taken following numerous complaints from local residents about noise pollution, acts of uncleanliness, vandalism, theft and burglaries in matters of public security. Facts often attributed to drunk people.

Violators will be seized with their alcoholic beverage and will have to pay a fine of up to 350 euros.

SNCB and De Lijn bus prices increase

SNCB and the Flemish regional transport company De Lijn are adjusting their prices on February 1. For the railway company, the aim will be to make the train more attractive for leisure travelers, in addition to commuters.

SNCB stresses that the average fare adjustment (+1.53%) of the standard ticket and the weekend ticket will remain under the health index (+1.87% in the reference period June 2018-June 2019).

The increase in the price of home-work and school subscriptions is 2.87%. Products derived from subscriptions, such as the Campus card, are subject to the same price adjustment.

The average price increase for all other products, excluding subscriptions, was 1.87%.

The price of leisure products for young people (Go Pass 1, Go Pass 10 and Go Unlimited: free journeys for young people up to 26 years of age), as well as that of the Rail Pass (free journeys), remains unchanged.

The prices for the Key Card (for short distances in a specific area) and for the senior ticket increase by 0.30 and 0.20 euros respectively per journey.

In addition, seniors can now use their senior ticket every weekend in July and August (including August 15): the existing restriction will be lifted.

At De Lijn, the SMS ticket will drop from 2.25 to 2.65 euros. Smartphone owners will only pay 1.8 euros for an m-ticket via the app. A group ticket for 10 or more people will now cost 1.60 euros per journey rather than 1.30 euros. On the other hand, a one-way ticket purchased in advance will be cheaper: 2.5 euros rather than 3. Subscriptions are also becoming more expensive, with the exception of monthly subscriptions.

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