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Law of January 1999 (Department of Justice)

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Title  
Law of January 1999 Department of Justice

Date
January 1999
Published in Moniteur Belge 12 March 1999

Summary  
A law regulating the operation of the Study Commission set up to investigate the fate of the Belgian Jewish Community's assets, which were plundered, surrendered or abandoned during the war 1940-1945 (The Study Commission on Jewish Assets).

Law
Law of January 1999 Department of Justice

Article 1. This law regulates a matter as expressed in article 78 of the Constitution of Law.

Article 2. A Study Commission has been set up - to be at the services of the Prime Minister - to investigate the fate of the Belgian Jewish Community's assets, which were plundered or surrendered or abandoned during the Second World War; and to give a full report to the Government within two years. An intermediate report will be issued within six months.

Article 3. The mandate of the Study Commission can be extended by the King for a further two years should this be deemed necessary.

Article 4. The Study Commission can draw upon personal information, when this is necessary for the execution of her mission. It can draw up a database of individuals who were victims of the anti-Jewish measures taken by the German authorities. It also has access to the State Register of natural persons and can use the identification number of this register within the limits, as specified by the Commission for the protection of personal life.
At the conclusion of the Study Commission's work, all personal information gathered shall be turned over to the Government who will decide what should be done with it to protect the individual.

Article 5. Regardless of any other definition of law, the Study Commission can, through the authority of the President, gain access to all data deemed of use to the Commission's work.

Article 6. Any person who conceals, destroys, transfers abroad or has transferred relevant documents or other materials, or obstructs the consultation of those, will be subject to a term of imprisonment of five and ten years.

Article 7. The King will define further rules concerning the composition and operation of the Study Commission.

Article 8. The Royal Decree of July 6, 1997 concerning the foundation of a Study Commission into the fate of the Belgian Jewish Community's assets, which were plundered or surrendered or abandoned during the war 1940-1945, subsequently changed by the Royal Decree of October 28, 1997, will be abolished.

Source
The Buysse Commission website, <http://www.combuysse.fgov.be/>, accessed 27 November 2002

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