Posted the: 2001-02-22 Numac: 2000015182 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international trade and COOPERATION international 31 August 1998. -Law on consent to the Treaty of understanding and cooperation between the Kingdom of Belgium, the French community of Belgium, the Flemish Belgium, the community German-speaking Belgium, Wallonia of Belgium, the Flemish Region of Belgium, the Region of Brussels-capital of Belgium and the Ukraine, signed in Brussels on 23 April 1997 (1) (2) (3) ALBERT II, King of the Belgians , A all, present and future, hi.
The Chambers have adopted and we endorse the following: Article 1. This Act regulates a matter referred to in article 77 of the Constitution.
S. 2. the Treaty of understanding and cooperation between the Kingdom of Belgium, the French community of Belgium, the Flemish Belgium, the German-speaking community of Belgium, Wallonia of Belgium, the Region Flemish Belgium, the Region of Brussels-capital of Belgium and the Ukraine, signed in Brussels on 23 April 1997, will release its full and complete effect.
Promulgate this Act, order that it are under the seal of the State and published by the Moniteur belge given in Brussels, August 31, 1998.
ALBERT by the King: the Minister for Foreign Affairs, E. DERYKE sealed with the seal of the State: the Minister of Justice, T. VAN PARYS _ Note (1) 1997-1998 Session.
Senate: Documents. -Bill filed April 10, 2000, n ° 1-794-1. -Report, n ° 1-794/2. -Text adopted at the meeting and forwarded to the House, no 1-794/3.
Parliamentary Annals. -Discussion, meeting of March 26, 1998. -Vote meeting of 26 March 1998.
Room: Documents. -Draft transmitted by the Senate, no. 1479/1.
Parliamentary Annals. -Discussion, meeting of 22 April 1998 - Vote, on April 18, 1998 meeting.
(2) see also the Decree of the French community of 6 April 1998 (Moniteur belge of 2 December 1998), the Decree of the Flemish Community of 17 July 2000 (Moniteur belge of 11 August 2000), the Decree of the German-speaking community of 2 July 1998 (Moniteur belge of 7 November 1998), the Decree of the Walloon Region from February 25, 1999 (Moniteur belge of 11 and 12 March 1999) and the order of the Brussels-Capital Region of 26 March 1998 (monitor Belgian June 13, 1998).
(3) pursuant to the provisions of article 17, this Treaty enters into force on 10 December 2000.
Treaty of understanding and cooperation between the Kingdom of Belgium, the French community of Belgium, the Flemish Community of Belgium, German-speaking Belgium community, the Walloon Region of Belgium, the Flemish Region of Belgium, the Region of Brussels-capital of Belgium and the Ukraine. the Kingdom of Belgium, represented by the Government federal the French community of Belgium, represented by the Government of the French community The Flemish Community of Belgium, represented by the Flemish Government, the German-speaking community of Belgium, represented by the Government of the German-speaking community, the Walloon Region of Belgium, represented by the Walloon regional government, the Flemish Region of Belgium, represented by the Flemish Government, the Region of Brussels-capital of Belgium, represented by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, the Ukraine, hereinafter referred to as the Contracting Parties Noting that the Ukraine is one of the successor States of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics;
Convinced of the need to build their relations on the principles of confidence, the values of freedom, democracy and justice, which are common;
Inspired by the idea of building a Europe United, continent of democracy, peace and stability, and eager to make a concrete contribution to this important process;
Have agreed as follows: Article 1 based on mutual respect and willingness to develop relations of friendship and cooperation in all fields, the Contracting Parties decide to give their relationship a new quality of partnership and understanding.
The Contracting Parties shall develop their relations on the basis of mutual respect, equality of rights, respect for the sovereignty and political independence of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Ukraine's attachment to the principles of freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights, as well as fidelity to the principles and commitments of the Organization for security and Cooperation in Europe.
This new quality of understanding and partnership, the will of the Contracting Parties to overcome the division of Europe into opposing blocs and the awareness of their responsibility for the consolidation of peace, security and stability in Europe, is reflected in all areas of their relations.
Article 2 the Contracting Parties confirm their commitment to the principles and goals of the United Nations Charter, and contribute by all means at their disposal to the strengthening of the authority, the role and effectiveness of the United Nations as well as the full respect of the United Nations Charter by all Member States.
The Contracting Parties confirm their full commitment to the principle of the peaceful settlement of disputes contained in the Charter of the United Nations.
The Contracting Parties shall actively support the development of effective action in preventive diplomacy.
Article 3 the Contracting Parties confirm the important role of the Organization for security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to develop stability and security in Europe and stressed the fundamental importance of the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, the Charter of Paris for a new Europe, the Helsinki Document 1992 and the Budapest Document 1994 and other OSCE documents.
The Contracting Parties shall promote the strengthening of the OSCE to prevent and settle conflicts in Europe, to ensure respect for the rights of man, democracy and the rule of law and promote economic cooperation by peaceful.
They encourage the use of the mechanisms for the peaceful settlement of disputes of the OSCE.
They underline the importance of the Security Forum of the OSCE as a forum allowing through negotiation and dialogue to progress in reducing the risk of military conflict and the strengthening of stability in Europe.
They welcomed the adoption of a Code of conduct on politico-military aspects of security.
They strive to consolidate the role of the OSCE in the areas of preventive diplomacy and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Article 4 the Contracting Parties agree that security and stability should be based on dialogue, partnership and cooperation and on the implementation in practice of the principle of a sufficient defense.
They underlined the need to continue the process of disarmament and arms control in an energetic way.
They consider that an order of peace is reinforced by the implementation and respect for the agreements concluded in the field of nuclear, conventional, chemical and biological weapons. They endeavour to take in their legislation measures to regulate the transfer and transport to other countries of materials, technology or equipment that could contribute to the development of nuclear weapons or other types of weapons of mass destruction, as well as the transfer of conventional weapons.
The Contracting Parties welcomed the accession of Ukraine to the non-proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear State in accordance with the commitments made by the Ukraine at Lisbon on 23 May 1992.
The Kingdom of Belgium supports the reconciliation and the development of cooperation between the Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Article 5 the Contracting Parties recognize the important role of the European Union in the political, social and economic development of Europe.
They consider that the success of the reforms, the transition to the market economy and the integration of Ukraine into the world economy are favored by his rapprochement with the European Union, including through the conclusion of appropriate agreements with, as the partnership agreement and Cooperation. The Kingdom of Belgium favours the further development of cooperation between the Ukraine and the European Union.
The Contracting Parties support the efforts of cooperation taking place within the Council of Europe. They recognize inter alia the importance of programmes for the development of law and the strengthening of democratic institutions. The Kingdom of Belgium welcomes the accession of the Ukraine as a member to the Council of Europe.
Article 6 the Contracting Parties shall intensify their meetings at an appropriate level, including at the highest level, notwithstanding the regular contacts at multiple meetings at the multilateral level and in the context of the European Union. These meetings focus on all issues of common interest.
The Contracting Parties shall promote regular consultations on topics at the level of the ministries of Foreign Affairs.
They promote the development of interparliamentary relations, the expansion of contacts between their social organizations, their institutions and local bodies and their citizens.
Article 7 the Contracting Parties shall, in accordance with the Document of the talks in Vienna from 1992
on the ways of strengthening confidence and security in Europe, develop contacts between representatives of their military forces in order to promote the consolidation of mutual trust, the climate of peace and security in Europe.
Article 8 the Contracting Parties stress the importance of a better understanding of their respective judicial systems.
They promote cooperation between their institutions of Justice particularly in the field of judicial cooperation in civil and criminal cases, as well as between public interest organizations in the fight against organized crime, the theft of means of transport, international terrorism, illegal trafficking in narcotics and smuggling including trafficking of art objects, weapons, explosives and nuclear material.
They recall that these materials have already been the subject of several multilateral conventions concluded within the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Conference of law International Hague private. These instruments, ratified widely, will be given priority consideration on the part of the Contracting Parties in the context of their future relations.
Article 9 the Contracting Parties agree on the importance of the problem of illegal immigration, the need to take measures to discourage it, and the duty of each State to readmit its nationals on its territory.
They fully subscribe to the recommendations adopted by the Ministerial Conference in Budapest from 15 to 16 February 1993 to prevent uncontrolled migration, and will work for their speedy and full implementation.
Article 10 the Contracting Parties undertake to ensure the necessary conditions for the effective development of economic relations. The Kingdom of Belgium and the Ukraine are striving to improve the conditions of the activity of their businesses on the other's respective territory, in particular in the area of encouragement and protection of investments, prevention of double taxation and the development of direct contacts between their enterprises and financial institutions.
The Contracting Parties undertake to agree as soon as possible on the settlement of disputes raised by each party and relating to financial and material goods and interests of their natural and legal persons.
The Contracting Parties shall accept the principle that a solution to these disputes can be found as soon as possible. In this context, they do not exclude the principle of arbitration provided that this is not in contradiction with their respective legislation. The Contracting Parties will fix in the future technical agreements areas which may be the subject of arbitration.
The Contracting Parties consider that cooperation in the field of the training of managers and technicians is important when it comes to respond to the needs of development of national economies.
The Contracting Parties shall promote a broad exchange of economic, scientific and technical information, and access to this information for their business and their scientists.
Article 11 in the context of their cooperation in the commercial, economic and financial fields, the Contracting Parties shall endeavour to improve their trade, particularly in the following areas:-energy;
-transport and communications;
-extractive industries (coal, iron ore and non-ferrous);
-heavy equipment, machine tools and construction of devices;
-Chemistry and the pharmaceutical industry;
-agriculture and agro-industry;
and other areas of common interest.
A joint Commission composed of high-level representatives designated by the Contracting Parties, will be created to ensure the implementation of this article.
It will have to consider the programmes submitted by each of the Contracting Parties, as well as the proposals aimed at the promotion of cooperation between them. The Joint Committee may invite the representatives of agencies and companies interested in participating in its work.
Article 12 the Contracting Parties intend to develop cooperation in the humanitarian field giving paramount importance to respect democracy and the universally recognized norms of particular human rights to facilitate the activities of charitable organizations.
They promote the conclusion, where appropriate, the administrative arrangements with local authorities to facilitate action in emergency situations.
The Kingdom of Belgium and the Ukraine undertake to cooperate to clarify the fate of their citizens who have disappeared in each respective territory.
Article 13 the Contracting Parties agree on the importance of the OSCE commitments in the field of freedom of movement and travel for all citizens in their respective territories.
They will examine the measures to be taken in fulfilling these commitments in respect of their national laws and international agreements that already link them each of the Contracting Parties in this area.
Article 14 the Contracting Parties shall promote cooperation in the field of fundamental and applied scientific research, and promote the establishment of direct contacts between scientists and institutions of science and research for the use in common of their acquisitions.
Article 15 the Contracting Parties consider that the culture, arts, education and information, sports and youth exchanges, are privileged areas of cooperation.
The Contracting Parties consider that their cooperation in these areas constitutes a contribution to the formation of a common European cultural space.
Article 16 the Contracting Parties, aware of the universal nature of the problems of the protection of the environment, will examine the possibilities to cooperate more effectively in this area, particularly as regards the elimination of the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident and nuclear safety in general.
The Contracting Parties shall promote the coordination of actions and the development of cooperation in this field at European and international levels.
Article 17. each of the Contracting Parties shall notify to the other the completion of the procedures required by its law for the bringing into force of this Treaty.
This Treaty will enter into force thirty days after the receipt of the last notification.
This Treaty is concluded for a period of five years. Its validity will be extended by tacit renewal of two years in two years, unless one of the Contracting Parties notifies the other in writing and with an advance notice of six months before the period of current validity, its decision to denounce the Treaty.
In witness whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed this Treaty.
Done at Brussels, 23 April 1997, in two copies, in each of the following languages: french, Dutch, German and Ukrainian.
Each language texts are equally authentic.
For the Kingdom of Belgium, the French community of Belgium, for the Flemish Community of Belgium, to the German-speaking community of Belgium, in the Walloon Region of Belgium, in the Flemish Region of Belgium, for the Region of Brussels - capital of Belgium, for the Ukraine.