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Summary dated 1st February 2020 of the essential legal provisions regarding the retention periods of your archives.
|Documents||Minimum retention period||Vorm||Start date of the retention period||Act|
Accounts and documents
|5 years||Original. Some documents can be kept electronically (1)||As from the date of settlement. These accounts and documents can therefore not be destroyed as long as the company exists.||Article 2:102 Code of Companies and Organisations|
Register of the members of a non-profit association
In the register of the members, all decisions with relation to the accession, exit and exclusion of the members have to be registered by the board of directors within eight days after it has been notified of the decision.
The Code does not stipulate a retention period
As the claim of the creditors is barred after five years from the announcement of the decision concerning the purpose of the assets, it is advisable to retain the documents during the existence of the non-profit association as well as for a period of five years after the end of the nonprofit association
|Any format||Article 2:143, 3:103, and 9:3 of the Code of Companies and Organisations|
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(1) None of the provisions indicate that the accounts and documents concerned may possibly be stored in any other format than their original (D. BOGAERTS (ed.), “Bewaring van documenten”, APR, Kluwer, Mechelen, 2009, 49).Pursuant to article 5:24 of the Code of Companies and Organisations, registers for registered securities may be retained in electronic format.
Article 2:7 §§ 2-3 of the Code of Companies and Associations stipulates that the first version of the company statutes in the deed of incorporation and the coordinated version of the company statutes after amendments are kept in a publicly consultable electronic database system which is part of the legal entity’s file and which, with regard to the company statutes and their amendments resulting from notarial deeds drawn up in Belgium, is managed by the Royal Federation of Belgian Notaries and, with regard to the others, by a body appointed by the King. Art. 1:5 of this Royal Decree stipulates that in the event of a deposit of a private deed or document by electronic means, the original documents shall be kept at the registered office of the legal entity. The filing is accompanied by a declaration signed electronically by all partners jointly and severally liable, the body authorised to represent them or their representative, or by the notary, to the effect that the original documents and the electronic copies filed are identical. Under these conditions, the electronic copies shall have the same probative value as the original document, without prejudice to the possibility of providing evidence to the contrary