Royal order (Belgium)

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In Belgium, a Royal Decree[1][2] (RD) or Royal Order (Koninklijk Besluit ) (Dutch), Arrêté Royal (French), or Königlicher Erlass (German) is a federal governmental decree exercising legislation, or powers the legislature has delegated to the King as secondary legislation.

A Royal Decree signed by King Baudouin (protecting houses in Tournai)

Under the Constitution of Belgium, the King cannot act alone. While the monarch is vested with executive power, he is required to exercise it through his ministers. Hence, while Royal Orders are issued with the King's signature, they must be countersigned by a minister to be valid. In turn, the countersigning minister assumes political responsibility for the order. Its implementation usually begins on the date that it is published in the Belgian Official Journal.

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  1. ^ "Belgium Modifies Royal Decree Regarding the Placement on the Market of Substances Manufactured at the Nanoscale, Requires Registration of Mixtures | Lexology".
  2. ^ "Тестовая страница".