Law Approving The Agreement Between The Kingdom Of Belgium And The Republic Of Albania, Bosnia And Herzegovina, The Republic Of Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, The Republic Of Serbi

Original Language Title: Loi portant assentiment à l'Accord entre le Royaume de Belgique et la République d'Albanie, la Bosnie-et-Herzégovine, la République de Croatie, l'ancienne République Yougoslave de Macédoine, la République de Moldavie, le Monténégro, la République de Serbi

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Posted the: 2014-09-16 Numac: 2014015181 FEDERAL Foreign Affairs, external trade and development COOPERATION PUBLIC SERVICE 18 June 2014. -Law on consent to the agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia and the "United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo" acting on behalf of Kosovo in accordance with resolution 1244 of the Security Council of the United Nations on privileges and immunities of the Secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement. signed at Brussels on June 26, 2008 (1) (2) (3) PHILIPPE, King of the Belgians, to all, present and future, hi.
The Chambers have adopted and we endorse the following: Article 1. This Act regulates a matter referred to in article 77 of the Constitution.
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2. the agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo on behalf of Kosovo in accordance with resolution 1244 of the Security Council of the United Nations on privileges and immunities of the Secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement signed at Brussels on June 26, 2008, will release its full and complete effect.
S. 3. this Act has effect on June 26, 2008.
Promulgate this Act, order that it self under the seal of the State and published by le Moniteur.
Given to Brussels, June 18, 2014.
PHILIPPE by the King: the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, D. REYNDERS the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Ms. J. MILQUET. the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and public health, Ms. L. ONKELINX. the Minister of Justice, Mrs A.
TURTELBOOM, Minister of finance, K. GARG sealed with the seal of the State: the Minister of Justice, Ms. A. TURTELBOOM _ Notes (1) Senate (www.senate.be): Documents: 5-2760 annals of the Senate: 2014-04-03 House of representatives (www.lachambre.be): Documents: complete record 53-3540: 2014-04-23.
(2) see Decree of the Flemish community / the Flemish Region of 18 December 2009 (Moniteur belge of 27 January 2010), Decree of the French community of May 31 20.12 (Moniteur belge of 11 July 2012 - ed. 2), Decree of the German-speaking community of April 19, 2010 (Moniteur belge of May 19, 2010), Decree of the Walloon Region from June 21, 2012 (Moniteur belge of 2 July 2012) , Order of the Region of Brussels - capital of 17 June 2010 (Moniteur belge of 30 June 2010 - Ed. 2).
(3) bound States.

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM AND THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND THE UNITED NATIONS INTERIM ADMINISTRATION MISSION IN KOSOVO ON BEHALF OF KOSOVO IN ACCORDANCE WITH UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1244 ON THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF THE SECRETARIAT OF THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM , (hereinafter referred to as "Belgium" on the one side) and THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND THE UNITED NATIONS INTERIM ADMINISTRATION MISSION IN KOSOVO ON BEHALF OF KOSOVO IN ACCORDANCE WITH UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1244, (hereinafter referred to as 'THE CEFTA PARTIES' (, on the other side) HAVING regard to items 40, 41 and 42 of Annex 1 to the Agreement on the Amendment of and the Accession to the Central European Free Trade Agreement done in Bucharest on 19 december 2006 (hereinafter "CEFTA 2006"), establishing a Joint Committee composed of the representatives of the CEFTA Parties;
In CONSIDERING particular section 40.2 of Annex 1 to CEFTA 2006 according to which the Joint Committee will be supported by a permanent secretariat, located in Brussels, and will decide on the functions and administrative rules of the secretariat;
CONSIDERING Article 5 of Decision No 7/2007 of the Joint Committee of the Central European Free Trade Agreement, adopted on september 28, 2007, on the legal status of the secretariat, and in particular its paragraph 3 according to which the CEFTA Parties will negotiate and conclude a "headquarters" or similar agreement with the host country;
WISHING to conclude such an agreement to determine the privileges and immunities necessary for the functioning of the secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement and for the successful accomplishment of the mission of its staff, HAVE AGREED as follows: CHAPTER I Personality, privileges and immunities of the secretariat ARTICLE 1 For the purpose of this Agreement: a) "Host Country" means the Kingdom of Belgium;
(b) "CEFTA Parties" means the Parties of the Agreement on Amendment of and the Accession to the Central European Free Trade Agreement, done at Bucharest on 19 december 2006;
(c) "Secretariat" means the Secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement pursuant to the section 40.2 and section 41.5 of Annex 1 to the Agreement on the Amendment of and the Accession to the Central European Free Trade Agreement.
(d) "Director" means a person appointed as the Head of the Secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement;
(e) "Staff" means the members of the Secretariat as to the Protocol Service of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs notified in accordance with Article 19(3) of this agreement.
ARTICLE 2 The Secretariat shall have international legal personality and capacity. The Secretariat will have such legal capacity as is necessary for the exercise of its functions, including the capacity to conclude contracts, to acquire and features of movable and immovable property and to institute and participate in legal proceedings.
ARTICLE 3 The Secretariat, as well as its properties and assets used for the exercising of the official functions of the Secretariat, shall enjoy legal immunity except where expressly renounced by the Secretariat.
ARTICLE 4 1.
The properties and assets of the Secretariat used for the exercising of its official functions may not be subject to any form of requisition, confiscation, sequestration nor to any other form of seizure or constraint.
2 Should any form of expropriation be necessary, all appropriate action will be taken to prevent the exercising of the functions of the Secretariat being impeded in any way. In this case Belgium will give its assistance to enable relocation of the Secretariat.
ARTICLE 5 The archives of the Secretariat, and, in a general way, all documents of the Secretariat or those held by it shall be inviolable.
ARTICLE 6 1. The premises used exclusively for the exercising of the official functions of the Secretariat are inviolable. Permission by the representative of the Secretariat shall be required for access to its premises.
2 This permission, however, shall be assumed to be given in case of emergencies requiring prompt protective action.
3 Belgium shall take all appropriate measures to prevent invasion or damage to the Secretariat premises, to prevent the peace of the Secretariat being disturbed or its dignity being diminished in any way.
ARTICLE 7 1. Without prejudice to the international provisions and to the relevant provisions of the European Community the Secretariat may hold in Belgium currency of any kind and operate accounts in all currencies insofar as necessary for the execution of operations corresponding to its aim.
2 Belgium as to grant the Secretariat all authorisations necessary to freely transfer, according to the modalities provided for in the applicable national regulations and international agreements, funds necessary for the setting up and operation of the Secretariat.
ARTICLE 8 The Secretariat, its properties, its incomes and other goods destined for its official use shall be exempt from all direct taxes.
ARTICLE 9 When the Secretariat makes substantial purchases of movable or immovable goods or has substantial services performed that are strictly necessary for the exercising of its official activities and where the price includes indirect taxes or VAT, appropriate measures shall be taken whenever possible with a view to the remission or reimbursement of the amount of these taxes.
ARTICLE 10 No exemption from direct and indirect taxes shall be granted for incomes of the Secretariat which originate from an industrial or commercial activity exercised by the Secretariat or by one of its members for the Secretariat.
ARTICLE 11 The Secretariat shall be free of all indirect taxes regarding goods imported, acquired gold exported by it or in its name for its official use.
ARTICLE 12 Without prejudice to the obligations arising for Belgium from the treaties concerning the European Union and the implementation of legal and regulatory provisions regarding public order, security, health or morals, the Secretariat may import all goods and publications destined for its official use.
ARTICLE 13 The Secretariat shall be free from all indirect taxes regarding the official publications that it receives or sends abroad.
ARTICLE 14 The goods belonging to the Secretariat cannot be disposed of in Belgium except under conditions provided by Belgian laws and regulations.
ARTICLE 15 The Secretariat shall not be exempt from taxes and duties that are, in fact, no. more than charges for public utility services.
ARTICLE 16 Freedom of communication for its official purposes shall be guaranteed to the Secretariat. Its official correspondence shall be inviolable.
ARTICLE 17

Without prejudice to the obligations arising for Belgium from the treaties concerning the European Union and the application of laws and regulations, the conditions and procedures for the application of Articles 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 shall be determined by the competent minister of Finance.
CHAPTER II Legal position of the Director and Staff ARTICLE 18 1. The Director and one additional staff member who replaces the Director in case of his/her absence shall enjoy the immunities, privileges and facilities granted to the members of the diplomatic staff of diplomatic missions.
Their spouse and dependent minor children, living under the same roof, shall enjoy the privileges granted to the spouses and to the minor children of the diplomatic staff.
2. for the application of taxes on income and taxes on capital, items of income of gold capital of the Director and the staff member mentioned in paragraph 1 of this article shall be taxable in the country where they are considered as resident at the time of their taking up their duties, in accordance with the provisions of the conventions on the avoidance of double taxation.
ARTICLE 19 1. The staff of the Secretariat shall enjoy: has) legal immunity for acts performed in their official capacity, including words written or spoken; such immunity shall apply even after they have left the service;
(b) inviolability of all official papers and documents.
2. The staff of the Secretariat, as well as their legal spouse and their dependent minor children, living under the same roof shall enjoy exemption from measures restricting immigration and from aliens registration formalities. This exemption shall be given in accordance with Belgian legislation on the matter.
(3. The Secretariat shall notify the Protocol Service of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs of the arrival and final departure of its staff and shall also provide the following specific information about the staff such as: a) surname and first name;
(b) place and date of birth;
(c) sex;
(d) nationality;
(e) permanent residence (town, street, number);
(f) civil status;
(g) composition of the family;
(h) the social security scheme chosen by the staff member.
The Protocol Service of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs shall be notified within two weeks, of any changes to the above-mentioned data.
SECTION 20 (1). Without prejudice to the obligations arising for Belgium from the treaties concerning the European Union and to the application of laws and regulations, the staff members of the Secretariat, except the persons referred to in Article 18, shall enjoy the right, during a period of twelve months following their first taking up their duties in Belgium, to import or purchase, in exemption of import duties and value added tax (VAT) furniture and a motor vehicle for their personal use in Belgium.
2 The competent minister for Finance shall determine the limits and conditions under which this Article applies.
SECTION 21 Belgium shall not be bound to extend to its own nationals or to permanent residents the advantages, privileges and immunities granted under this Agreement.
ARTICLE 22 For the exercising of their official functions within the Secretariat, the staff of the Secretariat shall not be subject to Belgian legislation on employment of foreign workers and on the exercising of professional self-employed activities by foreigners.
ARTICLE 23 The Secretariat issue shall, before the 1 st of March of each year, to all beneficiaries a form specifying, besides their names and addresses, the amount of the salaries, emoluments and indemnities, pensions or annuities paid to them by the Secretariat during the course of the previous year.
Besides, the Secretariat shall send before the same date a duplicate of this form directly to the competent Belgian Fiscal Administration.
ARTICLE 24 1. The staff members of the Secretariat who are not Belgian nationals or who are not permanently residing in Belgium and are not exercising in Belgium any other gainful activity except that required by their functions, can choose to be covered by the social security schemes applicable to the staff members of the Secretariat under the rules provided for by those schemes. This right of option must be exercised by the staff member within two weeks of his first taking up his duties, and must be notified, within the same delay, in accordance with Article 19(3).
2. The Secretariat will ensure coverage by the Belgian social security system of its Belgian staff members or permanent residents, as well as of its staff members who have not opted for coverage by the social protection schemes provided by the Secretariat itself.
3. The Secretariat as to guarantee its staff members posted in Belgium who are covered by its own social security schemes, as well as their legal spouse and their dependent children, living under the same roof, referred to in Article 19.2, advantages equivalent to those provided by the Belgian social security system.
4 servants engaged by the Secretariat who do not occupy a permanent position considering the mission and the statutory regulations of the Secretariat will be covered by the Belgian social security system.
5 Belgium can obtain from the Secretariat the repayment of costs incurred for any aid having a social character it may have to provide to staff members posted to the Secretariat who are covered by the social security schemes applicable to staff members of the Secretariat.
CHAPTER III General provisions ARTICLE 25 The privileges and immunities are granted to the staff of the Secretariat only in the interest of the Secretariat and not for their personal advantage. The Director or the Joint Committee, as the case may be, shall waive all immunity whenever the immunity would impede the course of justice and such waiver does not prejudice the proper functioning of the Secretariat.
ARTICLE 26 Without prejudice to the rights conferred upon the Secretariat and its staff by this Agreement, Belgium reserves the right to take all necessary precautions in the interest of its security.
ARTICLE 27 1. The persons referred to in Articles 18 and 19 shall not enjoy any legal immunity regarding motor traffic offences or damages caused by a motor vehicle.
2 The Secretariat and its staff shall comply with all obligations imposed by Belgian legislation concerning civil liability insurance for the use of any motor vehicle.
ARTICLE 28 The Secretariat and its staff shall cooperate at all times with the appropriate Belgian authorities to facilitate the proper administration of justice, to ensure observation of police regulations and to prevent the occurrence of any abuse in connection with the immunities and privileges provided for in this Agreement.
ARTICLE 29 The Secretariat and its staff shall comply with Belgian laws and regulations and with judgments rendered against them.
ARTICLE 30 Belgium shall have no. international responsibility whatsoever for the activities of the Secretariat on its territory as regards the acts or omissions of the Secretariat or of its staff acting or failing to act in the exercise of their functions.
ARTICLE 31 1. Any difference of views regarding the application or interpretation of this Agreement, which cannot be resolved through direct negotiations between Belgium and the CEFTA Parties, may be submitted by one of the Parties, to an arbitral tribunal composed of three members.
2 Belgium and CEFTA Parties shall each extra one arbitrator.
3 The third arbitrator shall be appointed by both Belgium and the CEFTA Parties upon consultation.
4 The third arbitrator shall be the President of the arbitral tribunal.
5 In case of disagreement on the choice of the third arbitrator, the third arbitrator shall be appointed by the President of the International Court of Justice at the request of Belgium and the CEFTA Parties.
6 The dispute shall be brought to the arbitral tribunal upon application of either Belgium or the CEFTA Parties.
7. The arbitral tribunal shall determine its own procedure.
CHAPTER IV Final provisions ARTICLE 32 This Agreement shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by the Parties in accordance with their internal constitutional and legal procedures.
The instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be deposited with the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium (Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and International Cooperation).
This Agreement shall enter into force on the thirtieth day following the date of the receipt of the instruments of four signatory CEFTA Parties, in addition to the Kingdom of Belgium, to the effect that the internal formalities required for entry into force have been observed. The Agreement shall enter into force with respect to the other CEFTA Parties at the respective dates of the deposit of their instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.
This Agreement can be revised at the request of both Belgium and the Joint Committee of the CEFTA Parties. Amendments to this Agreement shall enter into force in accordance with the provisions of the above paragraphs.
The Agreement shall be considerd as denounced by a CEFTA Party from the date of this Party's withdrawal from CEFTA.
ARTICLE 33 The Government of the Kingdom of Belgium shall be the depositary of this Agreement. The original for the CEFTA Parties will be filed with the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, depositary of this Agreement, which shall send a certified and authenticated copy thereof to all Parties.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Representatives of the Kingdom of Belgium and of the Republic of Albania, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the Republic of Croatia and of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the Republic of Moldova, of Montenegro and of the Republic

of Serbia and of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo on behalf of Kosovo in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, have signed this Agreement in a single authentic copy in the English language.
DONE in Brussels, on 26th June, 2008.
(Translation)
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM AND THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA, THE BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA AND THE UNITED NATIONS INTERIM ADMINISTRATION MISSION IN KOSOVO ON BEHALF OF KOSOVO IN ACCORDANCE WITH RESOLUTION 1244 OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL UNITED THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM ON THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF THE SECRETARIAT OF THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT , Called hereinafter 'Belgium', one part and the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, L ' former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, the MONTENEGRO, the Republic of Serbia and the UNITED NATIONS INTERIM ADMINISTRATION MISSION IN KOSOVO on behalf of KOSOVO in accordance with RESOLUTION 1244 of the Security Council of United NATIONS, hereinafter called "the PARTIES to the CEFTA. on the other hand, given the items 40, 41 and 42 of annex 1 to the Agreement on the Amendment of and the Accession to the Central European Free Trade Agreement, done at Bucharest on 19 December 2006 (hereinafter "CEFTA 2006"), establishing a Joint Committee composed of representatives of the Parties to CEFTA;
Whereas in particular Article 40.2 of the annex 1 to the CEFTA 2006, whereby the Joint Committee will be supported by a permanent secretariat installed in Brussels, and will determine the functions and the administrative rules of the secretariat;
Whereas Article 5 of decision No 7/2007 of the Joint Committee of the Central European Free Trade Agreement, adopted on September 28, 2007, concerning the legal status of the secretariat, and in particular its paragraph 3 whereby Parties to the CEFTA will negotiate and conclude a "headquarters agreement" or a similar agreement with the country host;
Desiring to conclude such an agreement determining the privileges and immunities as are necessary for the functioning of the secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement and the accomplishment of the mission of its staff, have agreed to the following: chapter I:. -Personality, privileges and immunities of the secretariat ARTICLE 1. For the purposes of this agreement: a) "host State" means the Kingdom of Belgium;
(b) «the CEFTA Parties» are the Parties to the Agreement on the Amendment of and the Accession to the Central European Free Trade Agreement, done at Bucharest on 19 December 2006;
(c) "Secretariat" is the Secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement, in accordance with Articles 40(2) and 41.5 of annex 1 to the Agreement on the Amendment of and the Accession to the Central European Free Trade Agreement.
(d) "the Director" is a person appointed as head of the Secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement;
(e) "staff members" are the members of the Secretariat reported to the direction of the Protocol of the federal public service Foreign Affairs in accordance with Article 19(3) of the agreement.
SECTION 2. International personality and legal capacity are recognized in the Secretariat. The Secretariat has the personality to the extent necessary for the accomplishment of its mission, in particular the capacity to conclude contracts, to acquire and dispose of movable and immovable property and to institute legal proceedings.
ARTICLE 3. The Secretariat and its property and assets used for the performance of his official duties shall enjoy immunity from jurisdiction except to the extent where the Secretariat expressly renounces.
ARTICLE 4. 1. the property and assets of the Secretariat used for the exercise of their official duties may be subject to any form of requisition, confiscation, receiver or other form of seizure or restraint.
2. If an expropriation was necessary, all appropriate measures would be taken to prevent or preclude the exercise of the functions of the Secretariat. In this case the Belgium would provide assistance to allow the relocation of the Secretariat.
ARTICLE 5 The archives of the Secretariat and, generally, all documents owned or held by it shall be inviolable.
SECTION 6. 1. premises used exclusively for the exercise of official functions of the Secretariat shall be inviolable. The consent of the representative of the Secretariat is required for access to its premises.
2. However, this consent is presumed to be acquired disaster requiring immediate protection measures.
3. the Belgium shall take any appropriate measure to prevent overgrown or damaged, the premises of the Secretariat the Secretariat peace disturbed or reduced dignity.
SECTION 7. 1. without prejudice to the international provisions and the provisions Community European material, the Secretariat can hold any currency and have accounts in all currencies to the extent necessary to conduct operations responding to its object.
2. the Belgium undertakes to grant the necessary permissions to perform all movements of funds that will be following the procedures laid down in national regulations and applicable international agreements, the constitution and activity of the Secretariat.
SECTION 8. The Secretariat, its assets, income and other property are exempt from all direct taxes.
ARTICLE 9 When the Secretariat performs major real estate purchases or furniture or run services, strictly necessary for the exercise of its official activities and whose price includes excise or VAT, appropriate arrangements are made whenever it is possible to delivery or repayment of the amount of such duties and taxes.
SECTION 10. No direct or indirect tax exemption shall be granted for the Secretariat revenues that come from an industrial or commercial activity which would be exercised by the Secretariat or by one of its members on behalf of the Secretariat.
SECTION 11. The Secretariat shall be exempt from all indirect taxes on goods imported, acquired?
SECTION 12. Without prejudice to the obligations arising for Belgium the EU treaties and the implementation of legal and regulatory provisions regarding the order, security, health or public morals, the Secretariat can import all goods and publications intended for its official use.
ARTICLE 13. The Secretariat shall be exempt from all indirect taxes with respect to official publications which are intended, or it sends abroad.
SECTION 14. Property owned by the Secretariat cannot be surrendered in Belgium, that according to the conditions prescribed by the Belgian laws and regulations.
SECTION 15. The Secretariat is not exempt of taxes, taxes or charges which are just simple compensation of public utility services.
SECTION 16. The liber te communicat ion of the Secretariat for its official purposes is guaranteed. His official correspondence is inviolable.
ARTICLE 17.
Without prejudice to the obligations arising for Belgium from the treaties to the Union European and the implementation of legal and regulatory provisions, the conditions and detailed rules for the application of articles 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 are determined by the competent Minister of finance.
CHAPTER II. -Staff regulations ARTICLE 18. 1. the Director and a member of the staff that replaces the Director in the absence of this benefit from immunities, privileges and facilities to members of the diplomatic staff of diplomatic missions. Their spouses and children, minor, and living in their home, enjoy the benefits recognized for the spouse and minor children of diplomatic personnel.
2. for the purposes of the tax on income and on capital, income and assets of the members of the staff referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article may be taxed in the State where they are considered residents when their functions in accordance with the provisions of the preventive double taxation conventions.
SECTION 19. 1. all members of staff shall receive: a) immunity for acts performed in their official capacity, including their words and writings, this immunity persisted after termination of their functions;
b) inviolability for all papers and documents.
2. all members of staff, as well as their legal spouses and children, minor, and living in their homes, are not subject to the provisions limiting immigration or to formalities for the registration of aliens. This derogation is granted in accordance with the Belgian legislation on the subject.
(3. the Secretariat notifies the arrival and departure of the members of his staff at the direction of the federal public service Foreign Affairs Protocol and also above specified information after about all members of its staff: a) full name;
(b) place and date of birth;
(c) gender;
(d) nationality;
(e) principal residence (town, street, number);
(f) civil status;
(g) household composition;
(h) the social protection regime chosen by the Member of staff).
Any change of the above specified data must be reported within two weeks at the direction of the federal public service Foreign Affairs Protocol.
SECTION 20. 1. without prejudice to the obligations arising for the Belgium

of the treaties to the Union European and the implementation of legal and regulatory provisions, members of staff, except those referred to in article 18, shall enjoy the right during the period of twelve months following their first assumption of office to import or acquire, free of customs and value-added tax rights, chattels furniture and a car for their personal use.
2. the competent Minister of Finance set the limits and conditions for the application of this article.
SECTION 21. The Belgium is not obliged to grant its own nationals or permanent residents the advantages, privileges and immunities granted by this agreement.
SECTION 22. For the exercise of their official duties with the Secretariat, staff members are not subject to Belgian legislation on employment of foreign labor and exercise by foreigners of independent professional activities.
SECTION 23. The Secretariat will present before 1 March of each year to all beneficiaries a plug specifying in addition to their name and address, the amount of salaries, emoluments, allowances, pensions or annuities that the Secretariat has paid them in the previous year.
Similarly, double sheets will be forwarded directly by the Secretariat before the same date to the competent Belgian tax authorities.
SECTION 24. 1. members of the staff of the Secretariat who are not Belgian nationals or Belgian permanent residents and who have no other occupation-lucrative nature than required by their functions can opt for affiliation to the social security schemes applicable to the officials and staff of the Secretariat according to the rules of the schemes. This right of option must be exercised within two weeks following the entry on the basis of the official or agent of the Office. Within the same period, he shall be notified in accordance with article 19(3).
2. the Secretariat will provide the affiliation to the scheme of Belgian social security for members of the Belgian staff or permanent residents, as well as staff members who have not opted for the social protection provided by the Secretariat itself.
3. the Secretariat is committed to ensuring to members of staff in service in Belgium who are affiliated to its social security schemes, as well as their legal spouse and minor children, and living in their homes, referred to in article 19.2, advantages equivalent to those provided for by the Belgian social security scheme.
4. agents hired by the Office who do not occupy a permanent job by the Secretariat in the light of the mission and the statutory rules of the Secretariat, as well as their dependants, will be affiliated to the Belgian social security system.
5. the Belgium may obtain Secretariat the reimbursement of the costs for social assistance will be required to provide to the members of the staff of the Secretariat who are affiliated to the social security schemes applicable to the officials and staff of the Secretariat.
CHAPTER III. -General provisions ARTICLE 25. Privileges and immunities are granted to the members of the staff of the Secretariat only in the interest of the Secretariat and not for their personal benefit.
The Director or, where appropriate, the Joint Committee should waive immunity in all cases where immunity would impede the course of justice and where it can be waived without prejudice to the functioning of the Secretariat.
SECTION 26. Without prejudice to the rights conferred to the Secretariat and its staff members by the present agreement, the Belgium retains the right to take all useful precautions in the interests of its security.
SECTION 27. 1. the persons referred to in articles 18 and 19, do not enjoy any immunity from legal process in relation to cases of violations of the regulations on the movement of motor vehicles or damage caused by a motor vehicle.
2. the Secretariat and its staff members must comply with all obligations imposed by Belgian legislation for insurance of civil liability for the use of any motor vehicle.
SECTION 28. Secretariat and all members of his staff will at all times work with the competent Belgian authorities to facilitate the proper administration of justice, secure the observance of police regulations and prevent any abuse of privileges, immunities and facilities provided for in this agreement.
SECTION 29. The Secretariat and all members of staff must comply with the Belgian laws and the regulations and the decisions of justice made in their regard.
ARTICLE 30. The Belgium is liable because of the work of the Secretariat on its territory any international responsibility any for acts and omissions of the Secretariat or for those members of staff acting or refraining as part of their duties.
SECTION 31. 1. any divergence of views concerning the application or interpretation of this agreement, which could not be settled by direct talks between the Belgium and the CEFTA Parties, may be submitted by one of the Parties, at the discretion of a Court of arbitration consisting of three members.
2. the Belgium and the CEFTA Parties shall each designate a member of the arbitration tribunal.
3. the third member of the arbitral tribunal is designated by the Belgium and the CEFTA Parties after consultation.
4. the third member will be the president of the arbitral tribunal.
5. in the event of disagreement with the person of the third member of the arbitration tribunal, the latter is appointed by the president of the International Court of Justice at the request of the Belgium and the CEFTA Parties.
6. the arbitration tribunal is seized by the Belgium or the CEFTA Parties by way of motion.
7. the arbitration tribunal establishes its own procedure.
CHAPTER IV. -Final provisions ARTICLE 32. This agreement will be ratified, accepted or approved by the Belgium and the CEFTA Parties in accordance with their constitutional and legal procedures internal.
The instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be deposited with the Government of Belgium (federal public service Foreign Affairs, foreign trade and Development Cooperation).
This agreement shall enter into force the thirtieth day following the date of deposit by four Parties to CEFTA, as well as by the Belgium instruments notifying completion of legal and constitutional procedures internal required for its entry into force. The agreement will enter into force for the other Parties to the CEFTA on the respective dates of deposit of their instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.
This agreement may be reviewed at the request of the Belgium or Joint Committee of CEFTA. The amendments to this agreement will enter into force in accordance with the provisions of the preceding paragraph.
This agreement shall be deemed to be terminated by a party to the CEFTA from the date of the removal of this part of CEFTA.
SECTION 33. The Belgian Government will be the depositary of this agreement.
The original parties to the CEFTA will be filed with the Belgian Government, depositary of this agreement, which will make a certified copy conform to each of the Parties to the CEFTA.
In witness whereof, the representatives of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the Republic of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo on behalf of Kosovo in accordance with resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council duly mandated for this purpose, have signed this agreement in the English language.
Done at Brussels, 26 June 2008.

List of bound States States Date Authentication Type consent Date consent entered into force Albania 26/06/2008 acceptance 10/09/2009-25/07/2014 Belgium 2008-06-26 Ratification 2014-06-25 25/07/2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008-06-26 Croatia 2008-06-26 approval 2009-04-03 * Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.) 06/26/2008 Ratification 16 / 11 / 2010 25 / 07 / 2014 Moldova 26 / 06 / 2008 Ratification 09 / 07 / 2010-25 / 07 / 2014 MONTENEGRO 26 / 06 / 2008 Ratification 2009-10-12 25/07/2014 Serbia 2008-06-26 Ratification 06/07/2009-25/07/2014 UNMIK 06/26/2008 approval 03/07/2009-25/07/2014 * agreement has not entered into force for the Republic of Croatia, which became a Member State of the European Union from July 1, 2013.