BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of new scholarship regarding Belgian constitutional law in journals and books (I), decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court in which a violation of the Constitution has been found (II), upcoming national conferences (III), news articles (IV), and call for papers (V). In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

I. Scholarship

A. Journals

Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht, no. 7
K. Muylle, “Parlementair recht”, 440-453.
Parliamentary legislation

Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht, no. 8
R. Moerenhout, “Rechtspraakoverzicht Grondwettelijk Hof 2013: Bevoegdheid en rechtspleging”, 491-504.
Overview case law Constitutional Court 2013: Jurisdiction and procedure

Rechtskundig Weekblad, 11 October 2014
S. Voet, “Absolute vrijstelling van rechtsplegingsvergoeding voor de staat”, 202.
State absolutely exempted from legal costs

– Juristenkrant, 8 October 2014
1) J. Vrielink, “Boerkabattle: Grondwettelijk Hof vs. Europees Hof”, 2.
Burqa battle: Constitutional Court vs. European Court
2) D. Van Eeckhoutte, “Pleidooi voor samenwerkende rechtsmachten”, 11-12.
Plea for collaborating jurisdictions

Juristenkrant, 22 October 2014
A. Godfroid, “Verbod op wilde dieren in het circus”, 16.
Ban on wild animals in circuses

II. Decisions Belgian Constitutional Court (violation of the Constitution)

1) 9 October 2014, no. 148/2014
– Appeal for annulment
– Contested legislation: Wet van 1 juli 1956 betreffende de verplichte aansprakelijkheidsverzekering inzake motorrijtuigen (art. 14, § 1, tweede lid)
Act of 1 July 1956 concerning the compulsory liability insurance for motor vehicles (art. 14, § 1.2)
– Annulment
– Keywords: Insurance law, liability insurance motor vehicles, victim of a traffic accident caused by an unintentional fact, damages, 1˚ motor vehicle subject to compulsory insurance, 2˚ motor vehicle for which the State or a public institution has made ​​use of the exemption from insurance.
– See: PDF

2) 23 October 2014, no. 154/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Wet van 23 december 2005 betreffende het generatiepact, vóór de wijziging ervan bij art. 113 van de programmawet (I) van 29 maart 2012 (art. 30)
Act of 23 December 2005 on the Generation Pact, prior to its amendment by art. 113 of the Programme Act (I) of 29 March, 2012 (art. 30)
– Violation
– Keywords: Social law, labor law, interprofessional agreement, commitment of the sectors to increase training efforts, financial sanction mechanism applicable to employers belonging to a sector that delivers inadequate training efforts, 1˚ employer who individually provides sufficient training efforts, 2˚ employer who doesn’t provide sufficient trainings efforts.
-See: PDF

3) 23 October 2014, no. 156/2014
– Preliminary question
– Contested legislation: Wetboek van de inkomstenbelastingen 1992, zoals ingevoegd bij art. 14 van de wet van 24 december 2002 tot wijziging van de vennootschapsregeling inzake inkomstenbelastingen en tot instelling van een systeem van voorafgaande beslissingen in fiscale zaken (art. 218, § 2), in samenhang gelezen met art. 215, tweede en derde lid, van hetzelfde Wetboek
Income Tax Code 1992, as inserted by art. 14 of the Act of 24 December 2002 amending the corporate system of income taxes and instituting a system of prior decisions on tax matters (art. 218, § 2), in conjunction with art. 215.2 and 3 of the same Code
– Violation
– Keywords: Tax law, revenues, corporate tax, increase in case of no or insufficient advanced payments, exemption during the first three years after founding the corporation, corporations that meet the characteristics of an SME but whose dividends exceed 13 pct. of the paid-up capital at the beginning of the accounting period, exclusion
– See: PDF

4) 30 October 2014, no. 158/2014
– Appeal for annulment
– Contested legislation: Programmawet van 28 juni 2013 (art. 81)
Programme Act of 28 June 2013 (art. 81)
– Annulment
– Keywords: Social law, social security, pensions, government personnel, retirement or survivor’s pension, accumulation with professional earnings, 1˚ persons who have been forced to retire before the age of 65 due to physical disability, 2˚ persons who have been forced to retire before the age of 65 due to other reasons.
– See: PDF

III. Conferences

1) Procedure voor het Grondwettelijk Hof [Procedure before the Constitutional Court] – Monday 8 December 2014 (17:30 – 21:30), Kortrijk; Tuesday 16 December 2014 (17:30-21:30), Hasselt; Thursday 18 December 2014 (14:00 – 18:00), Leuven ­– See Themis.  

IV. News articles

1) X, “Eerst uitvoering zesde staatshervorming, nadien spreekt de kiezer zich uit”, GVA online, 9 October 2014.
First implementation of the sixth state reform, then the voter speaks out
2) S. Demeulemeester, “Homans stuurt ambtenaar naar gemeenteraden Brusselse faciliteitengemeenten”, Knack online, 27 October 2014.
Homans sends civil servant to the municipal councils of the Brussels’ municipalities with facilities

* With cooperation of Sam Bastiaens (master student Advanced Study of Constitutional Law, UGent)

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