The COMMUNICATION FROM the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs declares that on 7 December. June 1968 was in
London adopted the European Convention on the abolition of the authentication of documents drawn up in
diplomatic agents or consular officials.
On behalf of the United States, the Convention was signed in Strasbourg on 4 July 2003.
With the Convention gave its assent, Parliament of the Czech Republic and the President of the
the Republic has ratified the Convention.
The Charter of the United States instrument of ratification was deposited with the
Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, the depositary of the Convention, on July 24. June 1998.
Convention entered into force, pursuant to article 6 (1). 2 day 14.
August 1970 and for the Czech Republic entered into force in accordance with
paragraph 3 of the same article on 25 September 2004. September 1998.
Czech translation of the Convention shall be published at the same time.
THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION
authentication of documents drawn up for cancellation by diplomatic representatives or
Member States of the Council of Europe, signatories to this Convention,
taking into account that the aim of the Council of Europe is to create a closer Union between the
taking into account that the relations between the Member States, as well as between the
their diplomatic agents or consular officials, they are still
based on mutual trust,
taking into account that the cancellation of the verification seeks to strengthen relations between the
Member States, since it will allow the use of foreign documents in the same
way as documents issued by national authorities,
convinced of the necessity of authentication of documents issued by the cancel request
their diplomatic agents or consular officers,
have agreed as follows:
For the purposes of this Convention, the authentication means only formal act
confirming the authenticity of the signature on the document, the eligibility of the person, the instrument
sign and, if necessary, the authenticity of the seal or stamp which is
1. this Convention shall apply to the documents drawn up by the diplomatic
representatives of the diplomatic or consular officials of a Contracting Party who are acting on
the official credentials, and the exercise of their functions in the territory of any State,
and that must be submitted to:
(a) in the territory of another Contracting Party, or
(b) the diplomatic representatives or consular officials of another Contracting
the parties, who shall carry out their functions in the territory of a State which is not party to
of this Convention.
2. this Convention shall also apply to official confirmation, such as
records of registration of certain documents or evidence to
that occurred at a particular time, and to verify the authenticity of the signatures attached
diplomatic agents or consular officials to other documents,
than those referred to in paragraph 1.
Each of the parties cancels the requirement of authentication of documents, to which the
covered by this Convention.
1. each Contracting Party shall take the necessary measures to ensure that its
authorities did not have authentication in cases where this Convention requirement
2. Where necessary, each Contracting Party shall confirm the authenticity of the documents,
covered by this Convention. This confirmation will not be subject to any
fee or payment of any costs, and will be carried out as
quickly as possible.
This Convention will be in relations between the contracting parties built over
the provisions of any treaties, conventions or agreements which require or
require authentication of the signature of the diplomatic or
consular officials, the position of the signatory of the Charter in which they acted, and
Alternatively, the authenticity of the seal or stamp which is provided with the instrument.
1. this Convention shall be open for signature by the Member States of the Council of Europe.
Shall be subject to ratification or approval. Instruments of ratification or
the instruments of approval shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.
2. this Convention shall enter into force three months after the date of deposit of the third
instruments of ratification or approval.
3. for each signatory State which subsequently ratifies or
Approves, the Convention shall enter into force three months after the date of the deposit of its
instruments of ratification or approval.
1. After the entry into force of this Convention, the Committee of Ministers the Council of Europe
invite any other State not a member of the Council of Europe, to access
to this Convention.
2. access will be effected by depositing an instrument of accession with the General
Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and shall become effective three months after the date of its
1. each Contracting Party may at the time of signature or at the time of
depositing its instrument of ratification, approval or accession
specify one or more of the territories to which the Convention shall apply.
2. each Contracting Party may, when depositing its instrument of ratification,
approval or accession, or at any time later, to extend the
by a declaration addressed to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, the scope of this
Of the Convention to any other territory or other territory specified in the Declaration and for
whose international relations it is responsible or on whose behalf it is
authorised to make commitments.
3. Any declaration made under the preceding paragraph may be in
respect of any territory mentioned in such declaration, be withdrawn
the procedure laid down in article 9 of this Convention.
1. this Convention shall remain in force indefinitely.
2. each Contracting Party may denounce this Convention for itself
by notification addressed to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.
3. The denunciation shall take effect six months after the date of receipt of such
notification by the Secretary-General.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the Member States of the Council and to all
States which have acceded to this Convention of:
(a) each signature,
(b) the deposit of any instrument of ratification, approval or
(c) any date of entry into force of this Convention,
(d) any declaration received in accordance with the provisions of article 8,
(e) any notification received in accordance with the provisions of article 9 and the date
to which notice of termination becomes effective.
In witness whereof the undersigned, duly authorised thereto, have signed to do this
Done at London on 7 December. June 1968 in English and French,
both texts being equally authentic, in a single copy, which
be deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe
shall transmit certified copies to each of the signatory and the přistoupivšímu State.