Act Respecting The Endowments And The Allowances Paid To Members Of The Royal Family As Well As The Transparency Of The Funding Of The Monarchy

Original Language Title: Loi concernant les dotations et les indemnités octroyées à des membres de la Famille royale ainsi que la transparence du financement de la monarchie

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Posted the: 2013-12-30 Numac: 2013003449 FEDERAL finance PUBLIC SERVICE November 27, 2013. -Act respecting holdings and granted allowances to members of the Royal family, so that the transparency of the funding of the monarchy PHILIPPE, King of the Belgians, to all, present and future, hi.
The Chambers have adopted and we endorse the following: Chapter 1. -Available general Article 1. This Act regulates a matter referred to in article 78 of the Constitution.
CHAPTER 2. -General principles relating to the allocations and allowances allocated to the members of the family Royal s. 2. an appropriation may be allocated: - to the heir apparent Crown, the King or the Queen who abdicated, - to the surviving spouse or the surviving spouse of the King or the Queen, - to the surviving spouse or the surviving spouse of the King or the Queen who abdicated, and - to the surviving spouse or the surviving spouse of the heir apparent to the Crown.
Any staffing is set by the Act on the Government's proposal.
S. 3. the appropriations referred to in article 2 are made up: 1 ° a part that is subject to tax on the income, corresponding to a treatment, which is fixed on the basis of the treatment of a superior within the judiciary or the public service function, hereinafter referred to as "share treatment";
2 ° of a party relating to expenditure and operating staff, hereinafter referred to as 'share operation and staff'.
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4. share treatment referred to in article 3, 1 ° is evolving in the same way as the treatment of superior function on which it is based.
The share operation and staff referred to in article 3 (2), is the same as that laid down in the Act of August 2, 1971, organizing a system of binding to the price index for consumption, salaries, wages, pensions and subsidies to the public Treasury, of certain social benefits, limits compensation to take into account for the calculation of certain social security contributions of workers and of the obligations imposed on social matters to self-employed workers.
S. 5. the hand treatment referred to in article 3, 1 °, is paid on a monthly basis, within seven days of the expiry of the period to which the compensation relates.
The share operation and staff referred to in article 3 (2), shall be paid on a quarterly basis, before the expiry of the period to which the compensation relates.
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6. the benefit of an allocation as referred to in article 3 is not compatible with the benefit of other taxable income from a professional activity.
S. 7. the law determines the maximum number of officials available to the recipient of the endowment.
In case of exceeding of the maximum referred to in paragraph 1, all staff expenditures that exceed this maximum, are in charge of the allocation of expenses of operation and personnel.
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8. the buildings belonging to the Royal Donation cannot be put at the disposal of the members of the Royal family only after the agreement of the Minister of finance.
S. 9. the members of the Royal family receiving any allocation under article 2 may, by royal decree deliberated in the Council of Ministers, be a compensation for the performance of services of general interest.
The royal decree fixes the magnitude of benefits, the duration of exercise as well as the height of the allowance which is allocated for that purpose art. 10. the equivalent of two diplomats is put at the disposal of the Royal family member accompanying trade missions.
S. 11. the members of the Royal family receiving an allocation referred to in article 3 comply with the rules set out in Chapter 4.
In the event of breach of these provisions, the Government may, after having heard the person concerned, propose to the House of representatives to proceed with a withholding tax on the allocation referred to in article 3 assigned.
CHAPTER 3. -Transparency and control article
12. the allocations are listed each year in the general budget of the expenditure of the Kingdom.
All expenses relating to the Royal family are mentioned in a joint budget program.
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13. all expenses incurred on the basis of article 3 (2), are recorded. Each year, the main topics of Auditors on operating and staff expenditure referred to in article 3 (2) are published.
S. 14. the first president and the president of the Court of Auditors shall examine the legality and regularity of expenditure charged on the share operation and personal.
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15. each year, the members of the Royal family receiving an allocation referred to in article 3 or, where appropriate, receive an allowance referred to in article 9, hand the Prime Minister a report of the activities of general interest, they conducted over the past year. The Prime Minister shall forward this report to the Federal Chambers.
CHAPTER 4. -Rules of conduct art.
16. in the framework of their activities, members of the Royal family attend the meetings or public events for which their presence or their competition is sought as far as this participation does not prejudice the dignity and respectability of their duties and that it does not threaten their neutrality.
They move in this capacity both in Belgium and abroad.
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17. to take account of the possible political implications that may have foreign travel of members of the Royal family, any proposed relocation outside the European economic area, be it public or private, shall be communicated to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Any trip abroad that may have a meaning political and, in particular, if there is contact with the high authorities of the State concerned, shall be communicated to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister shall, within a period of eight days, an opinion on the appropriateness of such a shift, and if necessary, on the conditions in which it can happen. In any case, this movement may take place only by the assent of the Minister.
S. 18. with the exception of the contacts that can occur in the context of advocacy activities, contacts of the members of the Royal family in Belgium with the authorities of foreign States, international organizations or their representatives are subject to the rules laid down in article 17.
S. 19. at any time, members of the Royal family shall not compromise by their words, their attitudes or behaviours the dignity and respectability that attach to the functions they carry out.
S. 20. in the exercise of their functions, the members of the Royal family are reserve in the public opinion and expression which are material or media used.
Members of the Royal family are evidence of respect for the political, philosophical, ideological conceptions or religious who express themselves in a democratic society.
CHAPTER 5. -Appropriations allocated to members of the Royal family referred to in article 2 s. 21. it is allocated, in charge of Treasury, an endowment annual and lifetime of 461 500 euro to her Majesty Queen Fabiola.
Share treatment referred to in article 3, 1 °, amounts to the treatment of gross departure from a State Councilor.
CHAPTER 6. -Provisions transitional art. 22 § 1. It is allocated, in charge of Treasury, an annual allocation of 320,000 euros to her Royal Highness Princess Astrid.
The provisions of chapters 2 to 4 apply to this allocation.
The treatment share referred to in article 3, 1 ° amounts to gross salary of departure for a State Councilor.
§ 2. An NCO and junior officer are maximum, put at the disposal of her Royal Highness Princess Astrid.
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23 § 1. It is allocated, in charge of the Treasury, an annual appropriation of 307 000 euro to Her Highness Royale le Prince Laurent.
The provisions of chapters 2 to 4 apply to this allocation.
The treatment share referred to in article 3, 1 ° amounts to gross salary of departure for a State Councilor.
§ 2. An NCO is, up, put at the disposal of his Highness Royale le Prince Laurent.
CHAPTER 7. -Provisions repealing art.
24. the Act of 16 November 1993 establishing the civil list for the duration of the reign of King Albert II, the awarding of an annual and lifetime endowment to her Majesty Queen Fabiola and the awarding of an annual allocation to his Royal Highness Prince Philip is repealed.
S. 25. the Act of 7 May 2000 directing an annual allocation to his Royal Highness Prince Philippe, an annual allocation to her Royal Highness Princess Astrid and an annual allocation to his Highness Royale le Prince Laurent is repealed.
CHAPTER 8. -Entry into force art. 26 this Act comes into force on January 1, 2014.
Promulgate this Act, order that it self under the seal of the State and published by le Moniteur.
Given in Brussels, November 27, 2013.
PHILIPPE by the King: Prime Minister, E. DI RUPO. the Minister of finance, responsible for the public service, K. Smith Secretary of State institutional reform, S. VERHERSTRATEN the Secretary of State for institutional reform, M. WATHELET Scellé of the seal of the State: the Minister of Justice, Ms. A. TURTELBOOM _ Note (1) records of the House of representatives: 53-2960-2012/2013 : No. 1: Bill.
No. 2: amendments.
No. 3: report.
No. 4: Text corrected by the commission.
53 - 2960 - 2013/2014: No. 5: text adopted in plenary meeting and transmitted to the Senate.

Full report: October 10, 2013.
The Senate documents: 5-2283-2013/2014: No. 1: project referred by the Senate.
No. 2: amendments.
No. 3: report.
No. 4: Decision not to amend.
Annals of the Senate: 24 October 2013.