Benelux

(redirected from Benelux countries)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Benelux countries: Alpine Countries

Benelux

1. the customs union formed by Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg in 1948; became an economic union in 1960
2. these countries collectively

Benelux

 

the shortened name for the customs and economic union of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, which is also assuming the character of a military and political alliance. The formation of Benelux began with a currency agreement among the three countries (Oct. 21, 1943) and a customs convention (Sept. 5, 1944, which became effective in January 1948). On Feb. 3, 1958, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg concluded a treaty at The Hague establishing an economic union, which came into being on Nov. 1,1960, after it had been ratified by the parliaments of the three countries. The treaty provides for the creation of a single market for its members; the free movement of persons, goods, capital, and services among the three countries; coordination of economic, financial, and social policies; and action by the three member nations as a unit in the field of foreign economic relations. The treaty was concluded for a period of 50 years and may be extended for ten-year periods. The Benelux countries hold consultations on the most important international and military questions: the production of new types of military weapons and equipment, the training of armed forces personnel, participation in joint maneuvers, and so forth.

The Benelux countries were among the organizers of the Western bloc and are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Western European Union, and the European Economic Community.

The supreme organ of Benelux is the Council of Ministers, whose decisions are made unanimously and are obligatory for all three members. The Council of Economic Union, consisting of representatives of the ministries and departments of the three countries, directs the work of the departments and specialized commissions and supervises the execution of the decisions of the Council of Ministers. The Arbitration Commission settles disputed questions. There is also an Economic and Social Consultative Council, which is made up of equal numbers of representatives of employers’ associations, a number of trade unions, and other organizations of the three countries. Administrative and organizational functions are carried out by the General Secretariat. The seat of the governing organs of Benelux is in Brussels.

References in periodicals archive ?
Mirec sources material through contracts with government- and manufacturer-sponsored programs already established in the Benelux countries and in Scandinavia in compliance with the EU's Waste and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
and international markets including Great Britain, France, Germany and the Benelux countries.
Eric Salmon area sales manager for Austria, Benelux countries, France, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, and Belen Magano and Lue Whipple customer service representatives.
DoubleClick Benelux sells advertising on behalf of a local network of 20 premium branded Web sites in the Benelux countries and around the world and is designed to help Benelux advertisers build one-to-one relationships with their customers on the Internet.
The top lineups in Spain and the Benelux countries remain unchanged, each with a trio of three stars.
The firm has won the worldwide licence for Euro 2000, which will be staged in the Benelux countries.
The new operation will be based in Kortenhoef, to market, sell and support PROACTIS software and services in the Benelux countries.
Kazakhstan and the Benelux countries have agreed on cancelling visa regime for the holders of official posts and readmission, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
In the Benelux countries, more and more breweries are choosing cans for their beer packaging, said Colin Gillis, president, Ball Packaging Europe.
000 tourists from Benelux countries," said Corendon manager Atilay Uslu.
7 June 2011 - German Internet-based marketing platform provider Zanox will buy Dutch marketing network M4N in a move to gain leading presence in the Benelux countries.
Under the terms of the agreement, FrieslandCampina may use the brands under licence outside the Benelux countries.