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Belgium: International Human Rights Organization to File Complaint over Treatment of Roma

(Sept. 29, 2010) The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues will file a complaint against Belgium before the Council of Europe Social Rights Committee over Belgium's treatment of Roma and “travelers” (La Belgique poursuivie au Conseil de l'Europe pour son traitement des roms, LEMONDE.FR (Sept. 20, 2010), http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2010/09/20/la-belgique-poursuivie-au-conseil-de-l-europe-pour-son-traitement-des-roms_1413475_3214.html). The complaint will be based on violation […]

Belgium: List of Tax Havens Gazetted

(May 21, 2010) A Belgian Royal Decree of May 6, 2010, with retroactive effect from January 1, 2010, provides a list of jurisdictions deemed tax havens pursuant to article 307, section 1, items 3-6, of the Income Tax Code 1992. The decree was published in the May 12, 2010, issue of the official gazette, MONITEUR […]

Belgium: Terror Suspects Convicted, Sentenced

(May 13, 2010) It was reported on May 10, 2010, that eight people were convicted in Belgium for leading a terrorist group and recruiting people to fight for the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The fighters were recruited from Belgium and France. (Belgium Convicts Eight on Terrorism Charges, BBC NEWS, May 10, 2010, […]

Belgium: Chamber of Representatives Adopts Draft Law Banning Covering of the Face in Public Places

(May 7, 2010) On April 29, 2010, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives voted 136 in favor, none opposed, with two abstentions to ban the wearing of clothing that covers or partly covers the face (Compte rendu intégral, Séance plénière du 29-04-2010, La Chambre des Représentants de Belgique, available at http://www.dekamer.be/doc/PCRI/pdf/52/ip152.pdf). If adopted later by the […]

Belgium: New Law on Compensation of Victims of No-Fault Medical Accidents

(May 4, 2010) Belgium's Law of March 31, 2010, on the Compensation for Damages Resulting from Medical Care, was published in the Moniteur Belge, Belgium's official gazette, on April 2, 2010. (Loi du 31 mars 2010 relative à l'indemnisation des dommages résultant de soins de santé, MONITEUR BELGE, Service Public Fédéral Justice website, available at […]

Belgium: Draft Law on Nationality

(Apr. 21, 2010) On April 2, 2010, the Belgian Council of Ministers endorsed a draft law amending the Belgian Nationality Code. The proposal was presented to the Council by Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck. (Press Release, Premier Ministre de Belgique, Nationalité belge: adaptation des conditions pour l'obtention de la nationalité belge (Apr. 2, 2010), available […]

Belgium: New Obligation to Report Payments to Tax Havens

(Jan. 25, 2010) As of the first of this year, Belgian companies and the permanent establishments in Belgium of foreign companies are required to include on their tax returns information about certain payments to tax havens. The reporting threshold is €100,000, and a tax haven is defined as either 1) a country considered by the […]

Belgium: Ban on Islamic Headscarves in Flanders

(Oct. 6, 2009) Effective as of 2010, the Flanders Educational Council will implement a recently issued ban on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools located in Flanders. The Council justified its decision by citing the great pressure exerted on Muslim students who do not wear scarves by those students who are wearing them. […]

Belgium: Employment of Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

(Dec. 16, 2008) On December 5, 2008, the Belgian Council of Ministers approved a draft royal regulation that keeps barriers in place against the hiring of Bulgarian and Romanian workers for three more years, from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2011, because of the risk of unemployment due to the economic crisis. The government, […]

Belgium; Luxembourg; Netherlands: New Treaty

(July 2, 2008) Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg signed a new Benelux Treaty on June 17, 2008, in The Hague. The new treaty revises the present treaty, signed in 1958, which will come to an end on October 31, 2010. Article 2 of the new treaty provides its main objectives: to protect the Benelux countries' […]