Belgium to improve protection for victims of terrorism
The Belgian Council of Ministers approved a preliminary draft law on Friday to improve guidance and compensation for victims of terrorism. A new solidarity mechanism will fully compensate the physical damage suffered by victims of a terrorist act, and the total amount of compensation for victims will increase from €1 billion to €1.7 billion. The procedure will be simplified and the deadline for applying for compensation will be extended.
There will be a solidarity mechanism in case of a terrorist act that ensures that physical damages of all victims residing in Belgium are fully compensated, based on common law. This mechanism is financed by insurers and reinsurers via the non-profit association TRIP (Terrorism Reinsurance and Insurance Pool) and the Belgian federal government.
The central point of contact for victims at the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office and the Victims' Fund of Justice will be strengthened at the time of a terrorist attack. This contact point will provide initial assistance for referring victims to the existing mechanisms for financial aid and assistance.
The total amount of compensation for victims of a terrorist act is increased from €1 billion to €1.7 billion, and the period for submitting a request for compensation is extended from three to five years.
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