A cooking recipe published in the middle of a Belgian law

This is not the official publication of the law, but a version widely consulted by a majority of legal professionals

A Belgian lawyer, who wished to remain anonymous, came across a royal decree that was funny to say the least. This contained a cooking recipe reported this Friday RTL Info.

While it was a question of regulating the price of medicines, a recipe for asparagus au gratin in Cantal in six stages appeared in the beautiful middle of the text. “It’s a real Belgian story …”, concedes the lawyer. According to her, this is a first in a law: “We see errors, or snags in the text. But a cooking recipe, never… ”

Not the official text

This law has been widely shared in the legal community. He made some laugh and others less. “It is quite worrying that such errors can appear on the website of the SPF Justice,” lawyer Olivier Dupont told RTL info. The FPS Justice (Federal Public Service Justice) is in fact the Belgian federal public service responsible for executing federal policy in the field of Justice. One of his colleagues adds: “You have to wonder a little bit what happened for such a huge error to end up on the official website and on the posting of a royal decree accessible to all. “

Asked by RTL Info, Wilfried Verrezen, director of the Moniteur, the equivalent of the Official Journal in France, said it was not” the official publication of the law “. Phew. But, this version is still widely consulted by a majority of legal professionals.

The person in charge insists on the versifications put in place, making it possible to avoid typos, coarse or not. “The Monitor produces a proof, which is proofread and approved by the client,” he explains. “We’re going to correct that right away. Fortunately, this was not an official publication of the Monitor, because we cannot correct them, we would have had to publish an erratum “, concludes the director. As for the origin of the error, the director of the Monitor has his idea: “No doubt whoever published this version already had a Word document open, with the recipe. “

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