Which Of The Following Countries Was Not Part Of The Benelux Agreement

- April 15, 2021

We, the Prime Ministers of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, firmly believe that a united European Union is essential to find answers to our common challenges. Especially if we want the EU to remain a source of prosperity and well-being for our fellow citizens. In the context of the COVID 19 crisis, our goal is to overcome this crisis together, achieve a sustainable recovery for our economy, our society and our citizens and emerge from the crisis stronger than we have done so far. The Benelux partnership remains an essential element in leading by example in finding solutions to cross-border issues for the benefit of our countries, our citizens and our businesses. The Benelux Court is an international tribunal. Its role is to promote uniformity in the application of benal legislation. In the event of difficulties in interpreting a common rule of law, national courts must ask the Court of Justice for an interpretive decision which later makes a binding decision. The members of the Court are appointed among the judges of the Belgian Court of Cassation, the “Hoge Raad of the Netherlands” and the Court of Cassation of Luxembourg. In addition to our common position in many EU discussions, the Benelux countries are taking concrete steps to further strengthen relations between our countries and our citizens. The COVID 19 pandemic clearly demonstrated the need for close cooperation. Protecting public health and limiting the spread of the virus are one of our countries` top priorities. The current situation requires continuous dialogue and the use of direct channels of communication. It is clear that national response measures apply to other countries.

That is why we are working to find out as soon as possible about our national epidemiological situation and the new national measures. We are committed to continuing and intensifying our cross-border health policy cooperation. We will also explore opportunities to help each other as much as possible to deal with bottlenecks or problems, such as testing and critical care capabilities. In addition to COVID-19, we are committed to continuing our cooperation in the Benelux countries for the implementation of cross-border data exchanges. This is the key in a situation where medical care is increasingly being provided abroad. A good example of our cooperation is the Benelux decision on the cross-border exchange of personal electronic health data, which provides the legal basis for data exchange. The Benelux countries aim to make the labour market and the market for services “border-neutral” in order to contribute to a more fluid search for suitable jobs in a neighbouring country. Benelux cooperation aims to achieve this by improving access to information on social rights and tax issues for workers and employers on both sides of the border.

In 2018, the education ministers of the three Belgian, Netherlands and Luxembourg regions signed an agreement[18] to recognise the level of all university degrees between the three countries, a development unique in the EU. To continue their education or get a job in another country, applicants must have their diploma recognized on the spot by the other country, which involves a lot of paperwork, fees and sometimes months of waiting.

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