Has your zebra got a chip?
A number of important changes lined up ahead for Belgians as of Tuesday.1 July 2008
BELGIUM – The month of July heralds a number of changes: some families will qualify for lower energy prices, there is good news for children of divorced parents and horse owners must get a chip embedded in their animals!
Lower gas and electricity prices
From the start of July, 285,000 families will qualify for lower gas and electricity prices. In future, more people will be able to enjoy the so-called "social rate". This means cheaper bills for gas and electricity.
People using gas for heating will get a EUR 75 reduction; those using electricity get a EUR 50 reduction.
Family discounts for co-parenting families
July marks the start of the new summer timetable schedule for Flemish transport company. De Lijn will operate fewer bus and tram services across Flanders, though there will be more services on the coast.
The first of July is also good news for families with children whose parents have divorced. Co-parenting families will also qualify for family reductions on the Buzzy Pazz - a season ticket for youngsters that can be used on buses and trams operated by the Flemish Transport company De Lijn.
Chips to be embedded in animals
July also means a big chance for Belgian horses, ponies, donkeys and zebras as the animals will have to get a chip embedded in their bodies.
The measure is being introduced to improve food safety.
Horse, pony and zebra owners who do not register their animals and get a chip embedded in them risk a fine. The animals can also be seized.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]