The Brussels Regional Government is relaxing radiation norms to allow the roll-out of a new 5G telecommunications network in the Belgian and Flemish capital. “As the capital of Europe Brussels can’t afford to stick behind” the government says.
The radiation norm setting out how much radiation will be permitted is being increased to 14.5 V / m. The decision means Brussels still has the strictest norm in the country. It is below values recommended by the World Health Organisation and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.
The Brussels government was acting on the basis of the second report of the 5G co-ordination platform and recommendations from the 5G consultative committees. Brussels also hopes to limit the impact this new technology will have on the environment as much as possible.