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19 February 2016 - Law approving the European Convention on the abolition of legalization of documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents, done at London June 7, 1968 (1) (2)
Philippe, King of the Belgians,
all, present and future, Hi.
The House of Representatives has adopted and We sanction the following: Article 1
This Act regulates a matter referred to in Article 74 of the Constitution.
Art. 2. The European
Convention on the abolition of legalization of documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents
, made in London on 7 June 1968 release their full effect.
Promulgate this Act and order that self seal of the State and published in the Belgian Official Gazette.
Given in Brussels on 19 February 2016. PHILIPPE
By the King: The Minister for Foreign
sealed with the seal of the State:
The Minister of Justice
GEENS _______ Note
(1) House of Representatives (www.lachambre.be)
verbatim account: 19/01 / 2016.
European Convention on the suppression
legalization of documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents
The member States of the Council of Europe, signatories to this Convention, Considering
that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity between its members;
Considering that relations between Member States and between their diplomatic or consular agents are increasingly
based on mutual trust;
Considering that the abolition of legalization is likely
to strengthen the ties between the member states by allowing the use of foreign documents
same way as those emanating from national authorities;
Convinced of the need to remove
the requirement of legalization of documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents
Have agreed as follows: Article 1
. The legalization within the meaning of this
Convention, covers only the formality used to certify the authenticity of the signature on an act
, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of
seal or stamp which the document bears.
Art. 2. 1. This Convention applies to acts
established in their official capacity by diplomatic or consular agents of a Contracting Party exercising their functions
in the territory of any State to be produced: | || a) the
territory of another Contracting Party or
b) to the diplomatic or consular agents of a
other Contracting Party exercising their functions in the territory of a State
is not party to this Convention.
2. It also applies to official statements, such as
registration, visas for certain date and authentications of signatures, appended by diplomatic or consular agents
on acts other than those referred to in the previous paragraph.
. Each Contracting Party shall exempt from legalization documents to which this Convention applies
Art. 4. 1. Each Contracting Party shall take the necessary measures to prevent its
authorities may not proceed with legalization in cases where the present Convention provides for the deletion
2. It will verify, if necessary, origin
acts to which this Convention applies. This check will trigger the payment of any fee or expenses
and will be made as soon as possible.
Art. 5. This Convention shall prevail
in relations between the Contracting Parties, the provisions of treaties, conventions or agreements which provide
or submit to the legalization of the authenticity of the signature of diplomatic or consular agents
, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal
or stamp which the document bears.
Art. 6. 1. This Convention is open for signature
member states of the Council of Europe.
It shall be ratified or accepted.
The instruments of ratification or acceptance shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
The Convention will enter into force three months after the date of deposit of the third instrument of ratification or acceptance
. It shall come into force for any signatory State ratifying or accepting subsequently
three months after the date of deposit of its instrument of ratification or acceptance
Art. 7. 1. After the entry into force of this Convention, the Committee of Ministers
Council of Europe may invite any non-member state of the Council to accede to this Convention
2. Accession shall be by deposit with the Secretary General of the Council
Europe of an instrument of accession which shall take effect three months after the date of filing.
8. 1. Any Contracting Party may, at the time of signature or when depositing its instrument
of ratification, acceptance or accession, specify the territory or territories to which this Convention shall apply
2. Any Contracting Party may, when depositing its instrument
of ratification, acceptance or accession, or at any time thereafter, extend
application of this Convention, by declaration addressed the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, any
other territory specified in the declaration which it has international responsibility or
which it is empowered to contract. 3
. Any declaration made under the preceding paragraph
may be withdrawn in respect of any territory specified in such declaration, the
conditions laid down in Article 9 of the Convention.
Art. 9. 1. This Convention shall remain in force
2. Any Contracting Party may, in its part,
denounce this Convention by notification to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. 3
The denunciation shall take effect six months after the date of receipt of the notification by the Secretary General
Art. 10. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of the Council
and any State which has acceded to this Convention:
a) any signature;
the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance or accession;
C) any date of entry into force of
D) any declaration received in pursuance of
provisions of Article 8;
E) any notification received in pursuance of 9 Article
and the date on which the denunciation takes effect.
In witness whereof, the undersigned, duly authorized
thereto, have signed this Convention.
Done in London on 7 June 1968, in French and in English
, both texts being equally authentic, in one copy to be deposited in the archives
Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit certified copies
to each of the signatory and acceding States.
States Date authentication type Consent Date Consent Entry into force
GERMANY Ratification 06/07/1968 6/18/1971 19/09/1971
AUSTRIA Ratification 08/02/1971 09/04/1973 10/07/1973
BELGIUM Ratification 10/12/2014 14/03/2016 15/06/2016
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
CYPRUS Ratification 10/29/1968 4/16/1969 08/14/1970
SPAIN Ratification 04/15/1982 10/06/1982 09/11/1982 11/02/2011
ESTONIA Ratification 16/03/2011 17/06/2011
FRANCE Ratification 06/07/1968 13/05/1970 14/08/1970 06/07/1968 Ratification Greece
22/02/1979 23/05/1979 GEORGIA
IRELAND Ratification 28/11/1996 08/12/1998 09/03/1999
ITALY 11/06/1968 18/10/1971 19/01/1972 Ratification
Membership 06/11/1972 07/02/1973
LUXEMBOURG 07/06/1968 30/03/1979 30/06/1979 Ratification
MACEDONIA (FORMER REP. YUGOSLAV
07/06/1968 MALTA determined
MOLDOVA Ratification 11/05/2001 30/05/2002 31/08/2002 MONACO
Ratification NORWAY 07/05/1981 19/06/1981 09/20/1981
NETHERLANDS 16/09/1969 07/09/1970 10/10/1970 Ratification
|| | POLAND Ratification 10/10/1994 11/01/1995 12/04/1995
PORTUGAL Ratification 11.22.1979 13.12.1982 03.14.1983 ROMANIA
21 / Ratification 05/2010 02/01/2012 03/04/2012 06/07/1968
UK Ratification 9/24/1969 8/14/1970 1/22/2016 RUSSIA
| Undetermined ||
SWEDEN Ratification 07/06/1968 27/09/1973 28/12/1973 06/07/1968
SWITZERLAND Ratification 8/19/1970 20/11/1970
CZECH REP. 04/11/1997 24/06/1998 25/09/1998
Ratification Ratification TURKEY 01/09/1980 22/06/1987 23/09/1987