Brussels, May 26, 1969.
My dear General,
I have the honour to refer to the Agreement between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) on the special conditions applicable to the establishment and operation of International Military Headquarters within the European territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, signed at Paris on 25th May, 1964. Considering that the Headquarters of the Allied Forces in Central Europe (AFCENT) are being located within the Netherlands in accordance with Article II of the said Agreement, and considering that my Government is prepared to grant privileges and immunities to AFCENT on conditions no less favourable than those granted by the French Government, my Government deems it desirable to formulate, together with SHAPE, certain provisions with respect to AFCENT as a supplement to the Agreement of May 25th, 1964. To this end, I have the honour to propose the following provisions:
1) AFCENT and its assets, income and other property shall be exempt from all direct taxes: however, they shall be liable to rates, taxes or dues which are no more than charges for public utility services.
2) AFCENT shall be exempt from all taxes levied on goods sold, or on services rendered, in the messes, bars and canteens operated by it, provided that access thereto is regulated by provisions having received the prior approval of the competent Netherlands authorities and that they are run on a non-commercial basis.
3) The military and civilian personnel attached to AFCENT who are not Netherlands nationals shall be exempt from Netherlands motorvehicle tax in respect of not more than two privately owned motorvehicles each.
4) Military and civilian personnel of AFCENT shall be exempt from the obligation to take out an insurance policy as required by the provisions laid down by and in virtue of the Motor Vehicle Third Party Liability Act, until 1 April, 1969.
5) General officers attached to AFCENT holding positions of high responsibility shall be authorized to use CD plates, which will be delivered to them, it being understood that the registration mark shall consist of the letters CD and a number of two digits preceded by the letter A.
The list of general officers benefiting from this privilege shall be agreed between the Netherlands Government and SHAPE.
6) The authorizations to operate vehicles registered by AFCENT, to be issued by AFCENT in accordance with standards to be agreed upon with the competent Netherlands authorities shall also be regarded as valid driving licenses as described in Section 9 of the “Wegenverkeerswet” (Road Traffic Act, 13th September, 1935, Bulletin of Acts, Orders and Decrees No. 554).
7) The present provisions shall enter into force, with retroactive effect as from 15th March, 1967, on the date on which SHAPE has been notified by the Netherlands Government that the conditions constitutionally required in the Netherlands for their entry into force have been complied with.
8) The present provisions shall remain in force during the time that the Agreement of May 25th, 1964 is in vigour and that AFCENT is located within the Netherlands. The date on which any one of these two conditions is no longer fulfilled shall also be the date of the termination of the present provisions.
I have the honour to propose, that, if the provisions set forth above are acceptable to SHAPE, the present Note and your affirmative reply constitute a supplementary agreement between the Netherlands Government and SHAPE, and that the foregoing provisions be applied provisionally as from the date of the said reply.
Please accept, my dear General, the assurances of my highest consideration.
(sd.) H. N. BOON
of the Netherlands
to the North Atlantic Council.
General Lyman L. Lemnitzer
Supreme Allied Commander Europe