Posted the: 2012-12-19 Numac: 2012015193 FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE Foreign Affairs, trade outside and COOPERATION to development 18 February 2009. -Law on consent to the second additional protocol to the Convention European mutual assistance in criminal matters, done at Strasbourg on 8 November 2001 (1) dated November 5, 2012, the Belgium withdrew the reservation concerning articles 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the second additional protocol, which has been made on the occasion of the ratification.
This reserve was as follows: "with regard to articles 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the Protocol, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium intends to avail itself of the possibility offered by article 33, paragraph 2, to accept the use of observation border, controlled delivery, the discreet investigation and joint teams of investigation for the following offences: weapons and drug trafficking. , trafficking humans, paedophilia and terrorism.
Any use of these four specific methods for research on Belgian territory will also be carried out by competent Belgian agents alone.
Pursuant to § 4 of the same items 17, 18, 19 and 20, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium declares that the federal prosecutor is designated as competent Belgian judicial authority for the implementation of requests for assistance involving the use of these particular methods of research. ».
The withdrawal of the reservation took effect on November 5, 2012.
_ Note (1) (see Moniteur belge of 19/06/2009, ed. 2, pages 42823-42839).