brussels - Companies that have been convicted of crimes should be easier to find in a register. Koen Geens Minister of Justice will therefore in the criminal set up a separate section where ' criminal records ' businesses are incorporated . Writes the Belgian newspaper De Tijd Friday .
Companies can be held criminally liable in Belgium since 1999 for crimes, but convictions are often hard to find in the criminal record.
Geens therefore wants the criminal records linked to the unique number that companies have in the Belgian trade register. In this way a history of convictions can be retrieved easily, even if the penalized company has since changed its name.