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The Commission of Public Health of the House on Tuesday passed unanimously, unless the failure of the Vlaams Belang, a bill granting special powers to the government in case of epidemic or pandemic of influenza A (H1N1). Outbreak, there will be "urgent to have an adequate legal framework," explained the Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx. In such exceptional cases, the parliamentary process would take too long. A Decree in Council of Ministers would then be approved by the Government and published in the Moniteur after consulting the State Council. The State Council has responded positively to the bill that provides the opportunity for the Government to use special powers, a technique rarely used, and which in other circumstances, has sometimes taken the side to the controversy.
Originally posted by parrallel
Thanks for the translation. I did try it myself but didn't post on my edit
So does anybody know if RTL is reliable? I'm sure they are a pretty big news network?
Government has special powers needed to Mexican flu pandemic ' * Tuesday, September 22, 2009 * Source: belga * Author: loa BRUSSELS - The parliamentary committee Health has put the green light Tuesday to a bill that gives the government special powers in the event of a pandemic of the A/H1N1-griep (Mexican flu). Only the Vlaams Belang abstained. Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx stressed Tuesday that in the event of a pandemic emergency is an adequate legal framework for rapid action. In such circumstances, the parliamentary road to cumbersome. The design gives the executive branch, therefore the possibility that a royal decision gives the government special powers. The Council of State gave a positive opinion on the bill. The special powers allow the government if necessary, for example, some professional groups commandeer outside the health sector are to give vaccinations, drugs have spread through the army, restrictions on giving blood removal, etc.. The special powers are however limited in time and only apply in exceptional circumstances. They have one years after the latest date will be confirmed by a law.
Originally posted by GypsK
sorry but this makes me chuckle!
I'm belgian and all those translations s*ck.
First of all, in the article from the OP a few extra words are added to spice it up, like
"suspend democracy and civic rights"
"switch over to military rule "
"the police "
"quarantine of the population"
The article simply says that in case of a pandemic, it is nececary to act quickly, so the government gets the power to call on "certain, non medical professions" to help with vaccinations, distribute medical suplies, etc... and to [suspend] the limitations on how much blood blooddonors may give.
This all without having to have consent from the parlement, because that would take to long.
There is nothing written about civil rights or quarantines, there hasn't been a quarentine in two months and we have about 11000 cases of the flu now. It doesn't say anything about police or giving power to the military.
actually it not a very interesting article at all
Originally posted by GypsK
reply to post by parrallel
I didn't meant to imply that you added the extra's in the story, I saw them in the sourced article
sry if it came across wrong