Belgian news in brief, 31 July 2006

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600,000 returns via Tax-on-Web

600,000 returns via Tax-on-Web

Some 600,000 have lodged their tax returns online via the programme Tax-on-Web. This is only a small increase compared with last year. The public had until 31 July to lodge their tax returns, while accountants have until the end of October to lodge client returns.

Man jailed over 'coffee shop'

Charleroi Court sentenced a man to five years jail and a EUR 5,000 fine on Monday for operating a 'coffee shop'. The man established the shop where drugs could be bought several months ago. He had also set up a room where the drugs could be used. The man had been arrested last year for dealing drugs. In the past few months, five coffee shops have been raided in Charleroi. In the Netherlands, cannabis selling coffee shops are legal.

9pc more laboratory animals

The number of laboratory animals in Belgium increased by 9 percent between 2000 and 2004. There are now slightly more than 700,000 laboratory animals in Belgium, the Health Ministry said. The sort of animal used has changed in the last few years. Mice are primarily used, while cats and dogs are rarely used for testing. Pigs are more frequently being used because they are a good alternative for people.

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