21 DECEMBER 2013. - An Act to approve the Agreement, concluded by exchange of notes verbales, dated 16 October 2013 and 7 November 2013, extending the agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the provision of a penitentiary facility in the Netherlands for the enforcement of custodial sentences imposed under Belgian convictions, made in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on 31 October 2009 (1). - Addendum
To the Secretary of State for Security and Justice
Mr. Fred Teeven
Date: June 23, 2014
Subject: Convention between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the provision of the Tilburg Penitentiary Institution for the execution of custodial sentences imposed under Belgian convictions. - Application for extension until December 31, 2015
Secretary of State,
As you know, the Convention of 31 October 2009 between our two Kingdoms on the provision of the Tilburg Penitentiary Institution was extended by the end of 2013 by an agreement concluded by the exchange of notes verbales dated 16 October and 7 November 2013. This Agreement extended the Convention for one year (i.e. the rental of the Tilburg Penitentiary Institution by Belgium) - until 31 December 2014 - and at the same time provides for the possibility of extending the Convention annually until the deadline of 31 December 2016.
This annual extension option is specified in the Agreement as follows:
'The Ministers of Justice of the host State and the State of origin agree [may agree]
July 2014 at the latest that the penitentiary institution remains at the disposal of the State of origin also after December 31, 2014 until December 31, 2015 at the latest;
July 2015 at the latest that the penitentiary institution remains at the disposal of the State of origin also after December 31, 2015 until December 31, 2016 at the latest. The agreement will therefore remain in effect, respectively, until December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2016 inclusive.'.
In view of the evolution of the prison population in Belgium and the current situation of the penitentiary park, Belgium would like to appeal to the application of this first possibility of extension, i.e. until 31 December 2015.
I therefore ask you here, Mr Secretary of State, if, pursuant to the above-mentioned provision of the Agreement between our two countries, you can sign your consent to an extension of the rental of the Tilburg Penitentiary Institution by Belgium until 31 December 2015 included.
I stand at your disposal to conclude any possible supplementary agreement in this regard.
Please receive, Mr. Secretary of State, the expression of my high consideration.
Minister of Justice.
To the Minister of Justice
Ms. A. Turtelboom
Date: July 2, 2014
Subject: Availability of the Tilburg prison facility from Belgium
Following your letter dated 23 June 2014, I will send you my agreement on the extension of the availability of Belgium from the Tilburg Penitentiary Institution until 31 December 2015, in accordance with the extended agreement between our countries in December 2013.
I look forward to continuing our excellent collaboration in Tilburg.
Please accept, Minister, the assurance of my high consideration.
The Secretary of State for Security and Justice,
(1) See Belgian Monitor of 30/12/2013 (Ed. 2) and of 2/01/2014.
The above-mentioned agreement is an agreement as mentioned in Article 3 of the Accreditation Act of 21/12/2013.