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Royal Decree 28 February 1999

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Title 
Royal Decree 28 February 1999

Date
28 February 1999

Summary  
Royal Decree concerning the composition and operation of the Study Commission into the fate of the Belgian Jewish Community's assets, which were plundered or surrendered or abandoned during the war 1940-1945

Decree
Royal Decree 28 February 1999  Services of the Prime Minister and Department of Justice

Article 1. The Study Commission, at the services of the Prime Minister, into the fate of the Belgian Jewish Community's assets, which were plundered or surrendered or abandoned during the war 1940-1945, consists of 13 members, appointed by the Prime Minister: one president; five high civil servants, representing the departments of Justice, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development, Finance, Economic and Social Affairs, Public Health and Environment (Service of War Victims); one Emeritus Magistrate; two historians; four representatives of Jewish organisations in Belgium. The members are appointed for the duration of the Commission's work.

Article 2. The secretariat of the Study Commission will be supplied by the Prime Minister, or, if necessary, by other members of the Government. The operation costs will be met by the budget of the Prime Minister. The members and experts consulted have the right to travel and living expenses.

Article 3. The Study Commission should draw up its working regulations for the Prime Minister's approval within one month of its foundation. The Commission can invite the advice of any expert, and request any study necessary for its work.

Article. 4. The members, the experts and the staff are bound to confidentiality with regard to information gained within the activities of the Study Commission.

Article 5. Article 4 does not prevent the Commission to: spread identification data that can trace victims of the anti-Jewish measures taken by the German authorities, or their heirs, if it is not possible to trace them in any other way; share information with victims of the anti-Jewish measures taken by the German authorities or with their heirs, apart from that particular information that might damage others in their personal life.

Source
Study Commission website. The full text of the law is available,<http://www.combuysse.fgov.be/>, accessed 27 November 2002
Moniteur Belge, 12 March 1999

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