The Public Administration Probity Screening Act (Bibob Act)
The Dutch Public Administration Probity Screening Act, known as the Bibob Act, is intended to prevent the government from becoming directly or indirectly involved in criminal activities. Private-law real estate transactions in which the government is involved also fall within the scope of this Act.
The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency enforces the Bibob Act in relation to transactions such as the rental, letting out, purchase, and sale by performing its own investigation, within the framework of the law, into the integrity of potential contract partners. Matters meriting attention in such an investigation in any case include that partner’s previous history, its financing, the transparency of its business operations, and its commercial affiliations. The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency is obliged to observe confidentiality when gathering this data. Should any irregularities be identified, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency has the right to discontinue negotiations without judicial intervention or any obligation to pay expenses.
Within the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency, the Standing Committee on Market Party Integrity handles matters touching on integrity. The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency can also seek advice from the National Bibob Agency,
which is part of the Justis Department (Judicial agency for Testing, Integrity and Screening), which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.