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3 FEBRUARY 2014. - Act enacting the Agreement between the Government of Belgium and the Government of Macedonia on the Exercise of For-profit Activities by Certain Members of the Family of Diplomatic Mission Staff and Consular Positions, done in Brussels on 6 July 2010 (1) (2)
PHILIPPE, King of the Belgians,
To all, present and to come, Hi.
The Chambers adopted and We sanction the following:
. This Act regulates a matter referred to in Article 77 of the Constitution.
Art. 2. The Agreement between the Government of Belgium and the Government of Macedonia on the exercise of for-profit activities by certain members of the family of diplomatic missions and consular posts, made in Brussels on 6 July 2010, will come out its full and complete effect.
Promulgate this law, order that it be clothed with the seal of the State and published by the Belgian Monitor.
Given in Brussels on 3 February 2014.
By the King:
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior,
Ms. J. MILQUET
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs,
Ms. L. ONKELINX
Minister of Independents,
Mrs. S. LARUELLE
The Minister of Justice,
Ms. A. TURTELBOOM
The Minister of Employment,
Ms. M. DE CONINCK
Minister of Finance,
Seal of the State Seal:
The Minister of Justice,
Ms. A. TURTELBOOM
(1) Senate (www.senate.be):
Annales du Sénat : 08/11/2012
House of Representatives (www.lachambre.be):
Full report : 19/12/2012, 20/12/2012.
(2) Effective date: 06/01/2014
Agreement between the Government of Belgium and the Government of Macedonia on the exercise of for-profit activities by certain members of the family of diplomatic missions and consular posts
The Government of Belgium
The Government of Macedonia,
Desirous of concluding an agreement to facilitate the exercise of for-profit activities by certain members of the family of members of the mission staff of the sending State or the consular posts of the sending State in the territory of the host State.
The following agreed:
1. Permitted, on the basis of reciprocity, to carry out a for-profit activity in the host State:
(a) the spouse and unmarried children under the age of eighteen dependent on a diplomatic officer or consular official of the affected sending State:
(i) to the receiving State, or
(ii) to international organizations with headquarters in the host State;
(b) the same spouse of another member of the staff of the sending State mission or of the staff of the consular post of the same State.
As defined in Article 1 of the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations (1961) and Consular Relations (1963).
2. The authorization to perform a for-profit activity is given by the authorities of the host State in accordance with the legal and regulatory provisions in force in that State and in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.
3. This authorization does not concern nationals of the host State or permanent residents in its territory.
4. Unless the host State decides otherwise, the authorization shall not be granted to that of the beneficiaries who, after having accepted a profit activity, ceases to be part of the family of the persons referred to in paragraph 1 of this article.
5. The authorization produces its effects during the period of assignment of persons referred to in paragraph 1 of this article in the diplomatic mission or consular post of the sending State in the territory of the receiving State, and ceases its effects at the latest at the end of this assignment.
1. Any request to obtain authorization to carry out a for-profit activity is sent, on behalf of the recipient, by the Embassy of the sending State to the direction of the Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Macedonian Government or the direction of the Protocol of the Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Belgian Government, as appropriate.
After verification that the person is in charge of an agent referred to in the scope of Article 1, paragraph 1, and after examination of the official request, the embassy of the sending State will be informed by the host government that the dependant may exercise the for-profit activity.
2. The procedures followed are applied in such a way that the recipient of the authorization can undertake a for-profit activity as soon as possible; all provisions governing work permits and other similar procedures are applied in a favourable sense.
3. Authorization to conduct a for-profit activity will not result in a dispensation for the recipient to meet the usual or regulatory requirements for personal, professional or other data that the individual is required to justify for the performance of his or her paid activity.
Civil and administrative privileges and immunities
In the event that the beneficiary of the authorization to perform a for-profit activity has the immunity of jurisdiction in civil and administrative matters in the host State, under the provisions of the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations or any other applicable international instrument, such immunity does not apply to acts arising from the exercise of the for-profit activity and returning to the scope of civil or administrative law of the State. The sending State shall raise the immunity of execution of any judicial decision in relation to such acts.
Immunity in criminal matters
In the event that the beneficiary of the authorization to engage in a for-profit activity has the immunity of criminal jurisdiction in the host State under the provisions of the aforementioned Vienna Conventions or any other applicable international instrument:
(a) the sending State shall lift the immunity of a criminal jurisdiction enjoyed by the beneficiary of the authorization in respect of the receiving State for any act or omission arising out of the exercise of the for-profit activity, except in particular cases where the sending State considers that such measure may be contrary to its interests;
(b) this waiver of immunity from criminal jurisdiction shall not be considered to extend to the immunity of enforcement of the judicial decision, immunity for which a specific waiver must be required. In the case of such a specific request, the sending State will take the request of the receiving State seriously into consideration.
Tax and social security schemes
In accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Conventions referred to above or under any other applicable international instrument, the beneficiaries of the authorization to carry out a for-profit activity are subject to the tax and social security regimes of the host State for all matters relating to the exercise of that activity in that State.
Duration and denunciation
This Agreement shall remain in force for an indefinite period, each Party that may terminate it at any time, subject to a written notice of six months to the other Party.
Entry into force
This Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the second month following the date of exchange of the last notification of the completion of the required constitutional and legal procedures.
In faith, the undersigned representatives, duly authorized by their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.
Done in Brussels on 6 July 2010, in two original copies, each in French, Dutch and Macedonian languages, all texts being equally authentic.