Law Approving The Following International Acts: 1 ° Treaty Amending The Treaty Instituting The Economic Union Benelux Signed On February 3, 1958, And Declaration, Done At The Hague On 17 June 2008, 2 ° Protocol On Privileges And Immun.

Original Language Title: Loi portant assentiment aux Actes internationaux suivants : 1° Traité portant révision du Traité instituant l'Union économique Benelux signé le 3 février 1958, et Déclaration, faits à La Haye le 17 juin 2008, 2° Protocole relatif aux privilèges et immun

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Posted the: 2011-12-22 Numac: 2011015004 FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE Foreign Affairs, trade outside and 15 December 2010 development COOPERATION. -Law on consent in the following international acts: 1 ° Treaty amending the Treaty instituting the Economic Union Benelux signed on February 3, 1958, and Declaration, done at the Hague on 17 June 2008, 2 ° Protocol on the privileges and immunities of the Benelux Union, done at the Hague on June 17, 2008 (1) (2) ALBERT II, King of the Belgians, has all, present and future Hello.
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 Treaty revising the Treaty instituting the Economic Union Benelux signed on February 3, 1958, and the statement made made to the Hague on June 17, 2008, will release their full and complete effect.
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3. the Protocol on the privileges and immunities of the Benelux, done at the Hague on 17 June 2008, Union released its full and complete effect.
Promulgate this Act, order that it self under the seal of the State and published by le Moniteur.
Given in Brussels, December 15, 2010.
ALBERT by the King: the Prime Minister, Y. LETERME the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, S. VANACKERE sealed with the seal of the State: the Minister of Justice, S. DE CLERCK _ Notes (1) Session 2010-2011: Senate.
Documents.
-Bill filed on September 2, 2010, no. 5 - 37/1. -Report, n ° 5-37/2.
Parliamentary Annals.
-Discussion, meeting of October 12, 2010. -Vote meeting of October 12, 2010.
Room.
Documents.
-Draft transmitted by the Senate, no. 53-393/1. -Report No. 393/2. -Text adopted in plenary and subject to Royal assent, session No. 53-393/3.
Parliamentary Annals. -Discussion, meeting of October 28, 2010. -Vote meeting of October 28, 2010.
(2) see the Decree of the Flemish community / the Flemish Region by July 2, 2010 (Moniteur belge of 29 July 2010 - ed. 2), the Decree of the French community of 28 April 2011 (Moniteur belge of 24 May 2011), the Decree of the German-speaking community of May 25, 2009 (Moniteur belge of 24 July 2009), the Decree of the Walloon Region from May 5, 2011 (Moniteur belge of 5 May 2011 + may 12, 2011 + may 13, 2011) order of the Brussels-capital region by December 9, 2010 (Moniteur belge of 17 December 2010).

Treaty on REVISION of Treaty establishing the UNION economic BENELUX sign on 3 February 1958 preamble the Kingdom of Belgium, represented by: the federal Government, the Flemish Government, the Government of the French community, the Walloon Government, the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, the Government of the German-speaking community of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of Netherlands, whereas what they concluded on 3 February 1958 the Treaty instituting the Economic Union in the extension of the Convention Benelux customs Belgo-Luxembourg-Dutch signed in London on September 5, 1944;
Whereas the Treaty of February 3, 1958 was amended March 16, 1971, January 26, 1976 and February 16, 1990;
Considering that the Benelux Committee of Ministers, on 20 November 1995, redefined the missions of the Union economic Benelux based on the report of a Committee of wise men.
Considering also that article 99, first subparagraph, of the Treaty of February 3, 1958 provides that the Treaty is concluded for a period of fifty years, this period ending October 31, 2010;
Referring to the Convention of November 5, 1955, establishing a consultative Interparliamentary Council of Benelux and the additional protocol to the convention signed on February 3, 1958, as well as the Treaty of March 31, 1965 on the institution and the Statute of a Benelux Court of Justice and the protocols amending and under this Treaty;
Noting that, in the context of the Economic Union Benelux, they were able, on the basis of the Treaty of February 3, 1958 and in practice, implement their cooperation in a dynamic way in an international context in changing and especially facing the increasing integration in the European Union;
Noting that, relying on their cooperation, they were able to carry out initiatives that have had a positive impact on international developments and, in particular, the European Union;
Noting that, in accordance with article 306 of the Treaty establishing the European Community and in article 202 of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, the provisions of those treaties shall not preclude the existence and the completion of a regional union between the Belgium, the Luxembourg and the Netherlands, to the extent that the objectives of this union are not met pursuant to such processed;
Firmly resolved to deepen and strengthen their cooperation in the border regions in many areas;
Noting that the Kingdom of Belgium had adopted a federal State structure;
Eager to continue and to extend their cooperation and create therefor a conventional base that could materialize in a proactive manner;
Eager, after cooperation within the Customs Union and in the extension of the Union economic Benelux, to continue their cooperation in the wider context of the Benelux Union;
Agreed to review as follows the February 3, 1958 Benelux Economic Union Treaty: part 1. -Principles and objectives Article 1 the High Contracting Parties establish a Benelux Union to defend their common interests and promote the welfare of their populations.
Article 2 1. The Benelux Union is aimed at deepening and enlargement of the cooperation between the High Contracting Parties so that it can continue its role as precursor in the European Union and strengthen and improve cross-border cooperation at all levels.
(2 the Union Benelux aims in particular: a) to the maintenance and development of an economic union with the free movement of persons, goods, capital and services, and on an economic, financial and social policy collaborative, including the pursuit of a common policy in economic relations with third countries;
(b) to sustainable development reconciling balanced economic growth, social protection and protection of the environment;
(c) to the cooperation in the fields of justice and Home Affairs.
Section 3(1).
In order to achieve the objectives set out in article 2, the Benelux Union shall periodically draw up a multi-year joint programme defining the priorities for cooperation.
2. the joint work programme concerning inter alia: has) the completion of the internal market Benelux and the achievement of Union Benelux Economic, including the continuation of the harmonization of social policy, the policy on energy and climate, as well as cooperation in transport and communication;
b) cooperation on environment, nature, agriculture and natural areas;
(c) the policy on visas and immigration, police cooperation, cooperation in the management of crises and fight against disasters as well as in the fight against terrorism and fraud, including tax;
d) cooperation in other areas, if it proves necessary to achieve the objectives of article 2.
Article 4 rights and obligations under parts 1 and 3 of the Treaty of 1958 shall apply without restriction, unless it as otherwise provided in this Treaty part 2. (- Institutions Article 5 the Benelux Union institutions are: a) the Benelux Committee of Ministers;
(b) the Benelux Council;
(c) the consultative Interparliamentary Council of Benelux;
(d) the Benelux Court of Justice);
(e) the Benelux general Secretariat.
CHAPTER 1. -The Committee of Ministers Benelux Article 6 1. The Committee of Ministers monitors the application of this Treaty and ensures the attainment of the objectives set by the latter. It determines the directions and priorities of the cooperation in the Benelux Union.
2. to this end, the Committee of Ministers has for mission: has) to determine the modalities for the implementation of the provisions of this Treaty under the conditions laid down by them. These decisions of the Committee undertake the High Contracting Parties;
(b) to stop the joint work programme referred to in article 3 on the basis of a coordinated proposal of the general Secretariat;
(c) to adopt the budget of the Benelux Union in accordance with the procedures laid down in article 22;
(d) to stop the annual plan of the Benelux Union;
(e) to the annual report of the Benelux Union;
(f) to establish agreements that are subject to the High Contracting Parties with a view to their entry into force in accordance with the constitutional rules of each of the High Contracting Parties;
g) formulate recommendations concerning the functioning of the Benelux Union. These recommendations are not binding on the High Contracting Parties;
(h) to issue guidelines to the Council and to the general Secretariat.
Article 7 the Committee of Ministers has at least one representative at ministerial level from each High Contracting Party. The composition of the Committee of Ministers may vary the order of the day and the distribution of powers within each High Contracting Party.
Article 8 decisions of the Committee are acquired by unanimity. Each of the High Contracting Parties has a voice. The failure of a high contracting party does not constitute an obstacle to what a decision is acquired.
Article 9 1. The Committee

of Ministers meets at least once per Presidency. In an emergency, the Committee shall meet at the request of one of the High Contracting Parties.
2. the meetings of the Committee of Ministers are presided in turn by a Belgian, Luxembourg and Dutch Member for the duration of a calendar year, regardless of the place of the meeting.
Article 10 the Committee of Ministers may establish departmental working groups to which it may delegate certain of its powers. These groups are composed of members of the Committee or other members of the Governments in each of the High Contracting Parties.
Article 11 the Committee of Ministers shall adopt its rules of procedure.
CHAPTER 2. (-The Benelux Article 12 the Benelux Council Board for mission: a) prepare the meetings and the deliberations of the Committee of Ministers and departmental working groups;
b) instituting and revoke the administration and independent expert commissions working groups.
The Council gives to these working groups and commissions the directives necessary for their activities.
The Council shall transmit, if necessary, to the Committee of Ministers the proposals of the working groups and of the accompanied committees, where appropriate, of its opinion;
c) to ensure, in relation to the execution of the deliberations of the Committee of Ministers;
(d)) to the Committee of Ministers the proposals it deems appropriate to the operation of the Benelux Union.
Article 13 1.
The Council is formed by at least one representative of each High Contracting Party. The composition of the Board may vary the order of the day and the distribution of powers within each High Contracting Party.
2. the Presidency is assumed by the High Contracting Party holding the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
Article 14 the Commission shall adopt its rules of procedure.
CHAPTER 3. -The consultative Interparliamentary Council of Benelux Article 15 the Convention of November 5, 1955, establishing a consultative Interparliamentary Council of Benelux regulates the composition, jurisdiction and the method of work of the Inter-Parliamentary Council advisory.
Article 16 for issues directly relating to the operation of the Benelux Union, the consultative Interparliamentary Council of Benelux maintains relations with the Committee of Ministers.
CHAPTER 4. -The Court of Justice Benelux Article 17 the Treaty of March 31, 1965 on the institution and the Statute of a Benelux Court of Justice sets the composition, competence and functioning of the Benelux Court of Justice.
CHAPTER 5. -The general Secretariat Benelux Article 18 the Benelux general Secretariat headquarters is established in Brussels.
Article 19 1. The Secretaries General College is composed of a Secretary-General and two Deputy Secretaries-General. The members of the College are nationals of the High Contracting Parties. The three nationalities are represented within the College. The College is responsible for the direction of the general Secretariat.
2. the College of Secretaries-General breaks tasks, the final responsibility for the operations of the general Secretariat being assumed by the Secretary-General.
3. the Secretary-General and Assistant Secretaries-General are appointed for a term of five years, renewable only once.
4. the Committee of Ministers appoints and dismisses deputy general Secretary and Secretaries General. After the Commission's view, it sets the scales of their salary, pension and allowances, as well as all of the conditions in which they must carry out their duties.
Section 20 (1). The Secretary-General appoints and dismisses the staff of the general Secretariat, in accordance with the planned status in paragraph 2 of this article.
2. the status of personnel, organizational framework, salary scales, pensions and allowances, and all conditions under which staff members perform their duties are set by the Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the Secretary-General and after consultation with the Council.
Article 21 1. The general Secretariat has for mission: has) to make a proposal coordinated the joint work programme;
(b)) to the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers, ministerial working groups of the Council, the administration and independent expert commissions working groups;
c) coordinate in the administrative field activities of the Committee of Ministers, ministerial working groups of the Council, the administration and independent expert commissions working groups;
(d) to establish the annual plan of the Benelux Union;
(e) to make all the useful suggestions for the implementation of this Treaty taking into account the competences of the other institutions of the Benelux Union.
2. the Committee of Ministers may assign other duties to the general Secretariat.
Article 22 1.
The Secretary-General is developing the proposed annual budget of the institutions of the Benelux Union and shall submit it to the Committee of Ministers, with the advice of the Council.
2. by convention, the High Contracting Parties regulate: a) control of the implementation of the budgets;
(b) the judgment of Auditors;
(c) the granting of the necessary advances;
(d) the division between the High Contracting Parties of the excess of income over expenditure.
3. the provisions of this section are applicable to the Interparliamentary Consultative Council of Benelux or to the Benelux Court of Justice.
Article 23 the Secretary general shall publish Bulletin Benelux, programme of joint working, annual plan, the annual report and recommendations (e) referred to in article 6, paragraph 2, under (a), (b), (d) and (g).
PART 3. -Relations external Article 24 the Committee of Ministers determines the principles of cooperation of the Benelux Union with other States and federated entities, and especially with Member States of the European Union and the structures of regional cooperation of those States, if this approach promotes the achievement of the objectives of this Treaty, and in particular the fulfilment of the role of pioneer in the broader EU European.
Article 25 the Committee of Ministers may, in connection with the establishment or implementation of the joint work programme, decide to set up cooperation between the Benelux Union, on the one hand, and States, federated entities and administrative entities bordering the territory of the High Contracting Parties, other hand Article 26 where the application of articles 24 or 25 implies the conclusion of a treaty by the High Contracting Parties with a third State or federated entity , article 6, second paragraph, under (f), shall apply.
Article 27 in the context of the objectives of this Treaty and in consultation with the Commission, the general Secretariat of the Benelux Union maintains appropriate relations with States, federated entities and other administrative entities, as well as with the international organizations and other international institutions.
PART 4. -International legal personality, privileges and immunities Article 28 the Union Benelux has international legal personality for the purposes of granting privileges and immunities.
Article 29 1. The privileges and immunities necessary for the exercise of the mission and the achievement of the objectives of the Benelux Union are fixed by the Protocol annexed to this Treaty.
2. the Secretary-General is authorized to enter into additional agreements on behalf of the Benelux Union with the State where the Benelux Union has its seat or a State where an entity established by the Benelux Union and who is recognized as such by the State is established. Such additional agreements are aimed at the implementation of the provisions of the Protocol referred to in the first paragraph and other arrangements to ensure the proper functioning of the Benelux Union and the safeguarding of its interests in the affected States.
3. the Secretary-General submits such agreements further, prior to their signing and accompanied by an opinion from the Council, the Committee of Ministers.
PART 5. -Services common Benelux Article 30 the Committee of Ministers may establish common Services useful to the operation of the Benelux Union; It determines the responsibilities, organisational conditions and the operation of these Services.
PART 6. -The Benelux Organization for the intellectual property Article 31 the Organization Benelux intellectual property is governed by the Benelux Convention on intellectual property (trademarks and designs), signed at the Hague on 25 February 2005.
PART 7. -Provisions transitional Article 32 1. The Committee of Ministers decides on basis of an inventory drawn up by the Secretariat general Benelux and after receiving the opinion of the Council, what decisions, recommendations and guidelines referred to in article 6, second paragraph, under (a), (g) and (h), are null and void, because they are no longer applied.
2. the committees and special committees established in and on the basis of the Treaty of 1958 are entitled to continue their activities. The Council shall decide as soon as possible, on the basis of an inventory of the Benelux general Secretariat how article 12, under (b), applies to these commissions and special committees.
Article 33 1. As long as they were not provided for in an agreement between the Benelux Union and the State where the Benelux Union has its headquarters, referred to in article 29, second paragraph, the Secretary-General and under-secretaries-general enjoy in this state of the privileges and immunities granted respectively to a head of diplomatic mission accredited in this State and the members of the diplomatic staff under the Vienna Convention of 18 April 1961 on diplomatic relations.

2. the immunity from jurisdiction may, where appropriate, be raised by the Committee of Ministers.
Section 34A, the entry into force of the present Treaty, article 19, third subparagraph applies without restriction to the Secretary-General in office at the time of the signing.
PART 8. -Final provisions Article 35 the title of the Treaty instituting the Economic Union Benelux is replaced by 'Treaty establishing the Benelux Union.
Section 36 (1). The application of this Treaty is limited to the territory of the Belgium, the Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
2. the Kingdom of Netherlands reserves the right to insert in the treaties referred to in articles 6, second paragraph, under (f), and 26 clauses affecting the other constituent parts of the Kingdom of Netherlands.
Article 37 the provisions of this Treaty shall preclude the existence or the possible development of the Economic Union between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the extent that the objectives of this Union are not met pursuant to this Treaty.
Article 38 the french and Dutch are the official languages of the institutions of the Benelux Union.
Article 39 1. This Treaty is concluded for an indefinite period.
2. each High Contracting Party may withdraw from the Treaty with a delay of three years taking courses of the receipt to the Secretariat general of the notification of denunciation.
3. the Secretary-General inform the other High Contracting Parties to the denunciation by mentioning the date of entry into effect of the denunciation.
4 the High Contracting Parties shall carry out a consultation on the expedition of current affairs.
5. the second paragraph does not apply for a period of ten years from the date of entry into force of the Treaty.
Article 40 1. The present Treaty shall be ratified and the instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary-General who shall inform the other High Contracting Parties of the receipt of instruments of ratification.
2. this Treaty shall enter into force the first day of the second month following the deposit of the third instrument of ratification. The Secretary-General will report to the High Contracting Parties the date of the entry into force of this Treaty.
In faith whereof the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Treaty and took it their seal.
Done at the Hague, June 17, 2008 in triplicate, in Dutch and French languages both texts being equally authentic.

Protocol on the PRIVILEGES and immunities of the BENELUX UNION referring to article 29 of the Treaty establishing the Benelux Union (hereinafter: the Treaty), the High Contracting Parties have agreed upon the following provisions: Article 1 within the meaning of this Protocol: has) 'premises of the Benelux Union' are the land and buildings used by the Benelux Union for the exercise of its official activities;
(b) the 'archives' are all the folders, documents, manuscripts, electronic documents, photos, movies, and audio and video recordings belonging to or held by the Benelux Union or its staff in the performance of their official duties;
(c) the "host country" is the State where the Benelux Union has its seat or a State where an entity, established by the Benelux Union and who is recognized as such by the State is established.
(d) "official events" are the Benelux Union activities that are strictly necessary for the fulfilment of its mission as defined in part 1 of the Treaty.
Article 2 1. The premises of the Benelux Union and its archives and any material owned or held by it shall be inviolable.
2. the authorities of the High Contracting Parties in the territory of which the Benelux Union has its premises may enter these premises with the consent of the Secretary-General. This consent is presumed to be obtained in case of fire or other disaster requiring immediate protection measures.
3. the discount on the premises of the Benelux Union for all acts of procedure necessitated by an instance to justice concerning the Benelux Union does not constitute a breach of inviolability.
Section 3(1). Part its official activities, the Benelux Union enjoys immunity from jurisdiction and execution except: a) insofar as the Benelux Union would have expressly waived such immunity in a particular case;
(b) in the case of a civil action brought by a third party relating to persons and/or property, provided that this civil action has no direct link to the official operation of the Benelux Union;
(c) in the case of a civil action brought by a third party for damage resulting from an accident caused by a motor vehicle belonging to the Benelux Union or circulating on its behalf or infringements to the regulation of traffic affecting the above vehicle.
2. the property, funds and assets of the Benelux Union, regardless of the place or they are located on the territory of the High Contracting Parties, benefit from immunity from any form of requisition, confiscation, expropriation and receiver.
3. the property, funds and assets of the Benelux Union also benefit from immunity from any form of administrative or judicial constraint, except to the extent or temporarily so require the prevention of accidents involving motor vehicles belonging to the Benelux Union or circulating for the account of and investigations which may arise such accidents.
Article 4 1. For its official communications and the transfer of all its documents, the Benelux Union enjoys, in each High Contracting Party, of the most favourable treatment accorded to any other international organization by the High Contracting Party.
2. no censorship cannot be exercised against the official of the Benelux Union communications, regardless of the means of communication used.
Article 5(1).
As part of its official activities, the Benelux Union, its property, assets and revenue earmarked for its official use are exempt from direct taxes.
2. when goods or services purchases are made by the Benelux Union for the exercise of its official activities and the price of such goods and services includes taxes, appropriate arrangements are made by the High Contracting Parties, whenever it is possible, and without prejudice to the application of Regulation European, for return to the Benelux Union for the amount of these taxes or the prior exemption.
3. no exemption is granted in relation to the taxes and charges that are just simple compensation of public utility services.
4. the goods or services which have benefited from a tax exemption referred to in the first and second paragraphs may not be used for any purpose other that that for which the exemption has been granted in accordance with the conditions laid down by the host country that has granted the exemption.
Article 6 1. To the extent recognized in national civilian persons, the Benelux Union enjoys on the territory of each of the High Contracting Parties, of the legal capacity necessary to perform its functions and achieve its goals; It may in particular acquire and dispose of immovable and movable property and institute legal proceedings.
The Benelux Union is represented for this purpose by the Secretary-General.
2. in the event of a conflict of jurisdiction between the courts of the High Contracting Parties about a dispute to which the Benelux Union is party, the jurisdiction of the State where the Benelux Union has its seat is alone competent.
Article 7 representatives of the High Contracting Parties, alternates, advisers or experts enjoy the meetings of institutions of the Benelux Union, Common Services and the working groups of the administration as well as during their travel to destination or from the place of meeting of the privileges and immunities following: has) immunity from arrest and detention, seizure of their personal baggage except in case of flagrante delicto;
(b) immunity from legal process, even after the end of their mission, for acts, including their writings and their lyrics, performed in the exercise of their functions; This immunity is however not in the case of an offence to the regulation of the use of motor vehicles, committed by one of the persons mentioned above, or in the case of damage caused by a motor vehicle owned or driven by it;
(c) inviolability for all papers and documents;
(d) right to use codes and to receive papers or correspondence by courier or in sealed bags.
Article 8 the Secretary-General, under-secretaries-general and officials of the Benelux Union: has) enjoy, even when they have ceased to exercise their functions, the immunity from jurisdiction for acts, including lyrics and writings, made in the exercise of their functions; This immunity does however play in the case of infringements to the regulation of the use of motor vehicles committed by them or in the case of damage caused by a motor vehicle belonging to them or that they drive;
(b) are exempt from any obligation to military service;
c) shall enjoy inviolability for all papers and documents;
d) enjoy, for themselves and their legal spouses or recognised and their dependent children living in their household, the same exceptions to the provisions limiting immigration and regulating the registration of foreigners, as those usually accorded to members

the staff of international organizations;
e) in time of international crisis, together with their legal or recognized spouses and their dependent children living in their household, the same repatriation facilities as diplomatic agents enjoy.
Article 9 1. In addition to the privileges and immunities referred to in article 8, the Secretary-General and Assistant Secretaries-General shall enjoy respectively the privileges and immunities accorded a head of diplomatic mission to diplomatic agents under the Vienna Convention of 18 April 1961 on diplomatic relations.
2. the immunity from jurisdiction does not play in the case of civil actions arising out of damage caused by the Secretary-General and under-Secretaries-General in private life or contracts that they will conclude privately.
3. Notwithstanding paragraph 1, the application of the tax on income and on capital, income and elements of the heritage of the Secretary-General and Assistant Secretaries-General will be settled in complementary agreements within the meaning of article 29 of the Treaty.
Article 10 experts acting on behalf of and for the account of the Benelux Union shall enjoy the privileges and immunities hereinafter insofar as they are necessary for the exercise of their functions, including during journeys made in the exercise of their functions or during these missions: a) immunity for acts done in the exercise of their functions including the lyrics and writings, except in the case of infringement of the regulation of the use of motor vehicles made by an expert or damage caused by a motor vehicle belonging to him or which he leads. experts will continue to benefit from this immunity after the termination of their functions described at the beginning of this article with the Benelux Union;
(b) inviolability for all papers and documents.
Article 11 1. Without prejudice to the obligations arising for the High Contracting Parties to the treaties to the European Union, the High Contracting Parties shall take necessary measures to facilitate the entry into their countries of the persons referred to in article 10. Any visa required for these persons will be issued as soon as possible.
2. the Secretary-General of the Benelux Union shall communicate the names of the persons referred to in paragraph 1 in advance to the competent authorities.
Article 12 1. The High Contracting Parties are not obliged to grant the privileges and immunities referred to in articles 7, 8 (b) and 9, paragraph 1: a) to their own nationals.
(b) to persons who have their permanent residence in their territory to the moment they take their duties with the Benelux Union.
2. for the purposes of this article, permanent residence means a previous residence in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties to a minimum within the meaning of the provisions in force within this High Contracting Party, with the exception of the years spent in the service of an international organization or of a foreign mission.
Article 13 1. The Secretary general has the duty to waive the immunity of the officers referred to in article 8 and experts referred to in article 10 where it considers that such immunity impedes the course of justice and can be waived without prejudice to the interests of the Benelux Union.
2. the Committee of Ministers can, for the same reasons, throw the immunities granted to the Secretary-General and under-secretaries-general, referred to in articles 8 and 9.
3. each High Contracting Party has the duty to waive the immunity of its representatives, as well as their alternates, advisers or experts referred to in article 7, in all cases or, in its opinion, the immunity would impede the action of justice and or it can be waived without compromising the purpose for which it was granted.
Article 14 1. The Benelux Union anytime cooperates with the competent authorities of the High Contracting Parties to facilitate the proper administration of justice, secure the observance of the regulations of police and those relating to public health and the labour inspectorate or other national laws and to prevent any abuse of privileges, immunities and facilities provided for in this Protocol.
2. the privileges and immunities granted by this Protocol on the persons referred to in articles 7, 8 and 10 are not established to provide personal benefits to stakeholders. They only aim to ensure, in all circumstances, the proper functioning of the Benelux Union and the complete independence of the persons concerned.
3. the Benelux Union and persons referred to in articles 7, 8 and 10 are required to adhere to the laws and regulations of the High Contracting Parties.
Article 15 each of the High Contracting Parties reserves the right to take all useful precautions in the interests of its security.
Article 16 the High Contracting Parties incur because of the activity of the Benelux Union international liability any for acts or omissions of the Benelux Union or of its officials acting or abstaining in the context of their duties.
Article 17 this Protocol is not applied to the Interparliamentary Consultative Council of Benelux and the Benelux Court of Justice.
Section 18 (1). Any dispute between two or more High Contracting Parties or between the Benelux Union and one or several High Contracting Parties relating to the interpretation and application of this Protocol, is adjusted by way of consultation, negotiation or other agreed means, 2. If the dispute is not settled in accordance with paragraph 1 of this article within three months following the written request to that effect by one of the parties to the dispute, it is brought, at the request of one of the parties before an arbitral tribunal in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraphs 3 to 7 of this article.
3. the arbitral tribunal consists of an odd number of members. Each party to the dispute shall appoint one member. If the arbitral tribunal consists of an odd number of members, these members shall designate one Member who chairs the tribunal in their midst. If an even number of members is designated, these members shall elect an additional member who shall be the Chairman.
4. If one of the parties to the dispute has not designated its member of the tribunal within three months following the date of the written request referred to in paragraph 2, the other party or one of the other parties may apply to the President of the International Court of Justice to proceed with this designation. Failing agreement between the first member on the choice of the president of the arbitral tribunal in the months following the appointment of the other members, the other party or one of the other parties may apply to the President of the International Court of Justice to appoint the president.
5. unless the parties to the dispute decide otherwise, the arbitral tribunal sets its own procedure. The costs are borne by the parties to the dispute, in the manner determined by the arbitral tribunal.
6. the arbitral tribunal, which shall act by the majority, shall decide the dispute based on the provisions of the Protocol and the rules of international law applicable. Its decision is final and binding on the parties to the dispute.
7. the decision of the arbitral tribunal shall be communicated to the parties to the dispute and to the Secretary general of the Benelux Union.
IN faith whereof the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Protocol and took it their seal.
DONE at the Hague, June 17, 2008 in triplicate, in Dutch and French languages both texts being equally authentic.

DECLARATION at the time of the signature of the Treaty amending the Treaty establishing the Union on February 3, 1958 Benelux Economic (hereinafter: the Treaty), the Plenipotentiaries of the High Contracting Parties have adopted the following statement: on common work programme the joint work programme, referred to in article 3, paragraph 1, of the Treaty, is established for a period of four years. The Committee of Ministers examines every two years the need to adapt the joint work programme according to the procedure laid down in article 6, paragraph 2, under (b), of the Treaty. The annual plan referred to in article 6, paragraph 2, under (d), of the Treaty provides the implementation of the joint work programme.
Elements of a common work programme, which will take courses from the date of entry into force of this Treaty are annexed to this Declaration.
This initial joint programme shall ensure the continuity between the current Treaty establishing the Benelux Economic Union the revised Treaty establishing the Benelux Union. It must also allow the gradual transition towards the deepening and widening of the tasks of the Benelux in order to boost mutual cooperation in a changed international context.
The realization of this programme of work requires piloting at the political level and senior officials. The High Contracting Parties shall ensure that it is indeed so and if necessary at the ministerial level.
The general Secretariat is implementing the elements of the joint programme of work. It periodically evaluates all cooperation activities and initiates subsequent appropriate action. It supports diplomatic, logistic and administrative cooperation and reported on the results achieved.
Regarding the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers Benelux at the time of the entry into force of the Treaty, article 9, paragraph 2, of the Treaty will be applied as follows: (a) if the Treaty enters into force

before 1 October of a given year, the Committee of Ministers is chaired, for the remaining period of the calendar year from the date of entry into force, by the High Contracting Party which holds the Presidency at the date of entry into force under article 20, paragraph 2, of the Treaty establishing the Union economic Benelux on February 3, 1958.
(b) if the Treaty enters into force on 1 October of a given year or after this date, the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers is assured, for the remaining period of the calendar year from the date of entry into force, by the High Contracting Party which would exercise the Presidency on 1 January of the year following the year of the entry into force under article 20 , paragraph 2, of the Treaty establishing the Union economic Benelux on February 3, 1958.
Regarding the representation in the Benelux Council or representatives of each of the High Contracting Parties, referred to in article 13, paragraph 1, of the Treaty, exercise in public services in the High Contracting Parties the functions of Secretary-General, Director-general or executive function at a level comparable.
Regarding contacts between the High Contracting Parties and the Union Benelux. each High Contracting Party shall designate a point of contact who will act as Coordinator in the relations between the High Contracting Party concerned and the Benelux Union.
Concerning article 29, paragraph 3 the negotiations for the conclusion of a supplementary agreement between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Benelux Union will open as soon as possible after the signature in order to close them in the short term. This agreement is between other designed to arrive at a more balanced composition of the Secretariat-general term.
Budget 1. The Convention of January 14, 1964, between the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg concluded in pursuance of article 37, paragraph 2, of the Treaty establishing the Economic Union Benelux is deemed to have been entered into in pursuance of article 22, paragraph 2, of the Treaty.
2. within three months of the entry into force of the Treaty, the Committee of Ministers shall determine by decision referred to in article 6, paragraph 2, under (a), of the Treaty what what high contracting party to the Council representative acts as a person referred to in article 26, paragraph 2, of the Treaty establishing the Union Benelux Economic.
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