On The Constitution Of The Universal Postal Union And The Additional Protocol Of The Eighth Universal Postal Union's General Rules Of Procedure Of The First Additional Protocol To The

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The Saeima has adopted and the President promulgated the following laws: The Constitution of the Universal Postal Union and the additional protocol of the eighth Universal Postal Union's general rules of procedure of the first additional protocol, article 1. Constitution of the Universal Postal Union on 12 august 2008, the eighth additional Protocol (hereinafter referred to as the Constitution of the eighth additional protocol) and the Universal Postal Union's general rules of procedure 12 august 2008 the first additional Protocol (hereinafter referred to as the General rules of the first additional protocol) with this law is adopted and approved.
2. article. In the eighth, and the additional protocol to the Constitution of the General rules of procedure, the first additional protocol to the fulfilment of the obligations provided for in the coordinated by the Ministry of transportation.
3. article. The Constitution's eighth additional Protocol shall enter into force for the period specified in article X and the General rules of procedure, the first additional Protocol shall enter into force for the period specified in Article XXVI and in order, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall notify the newspaper "journal".
4. article. The law shall enter into force on the day following its promulgation. With the law of the Constitution put for eighth additional protocol and general rules of the first additional protocol in English and their translation into Latvian language.
The Parliament adopted the law of 14 July 2011.
The President a. Smith in Riga on 28 July 2011/8 in Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union contents article I (art. 1b States amended) Definition II. (art. 4 amended) Exceptional relations III. (art. 8 amended) Restricted Unions. IV. Special agreements (art. 11 amended) Accession or admission to the Union. V. procedure (art. 22 amended) acts of the Union VI. (art. 25 amended) signature, authentication, and others forms of ratification approval of the acts of the Union (VII). (with. 29 amended) Presentation of proposals VIII. (art. 32 amended) Arbitration IX.  Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other acts of the Union X.  Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union/8 Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union the plenipotentiar to of the Governments of the member countries of the Universal Postal Union, met in Congress at Geneva, in view of article 30.2 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union, concluded at Vienna on 10 July 1964 , have adopted, subject to ratification, the following amendments to that Constitution.
Article I (Article 1b the amended) Definition For the purpose of 1 of the acts of the Universal Postal Union, the following terms shall have the meaning defined below: 1.1 the Postal Service: all postal services whose scope is determined by the bodies of the Union. The main obligation of the postal services too satisfy certain social and the economic objective of member countries, by ensuring the collection, sorting, transmission and delivery of postal items.
1.2 Member country: a country that fulfil the conditions of article 2 of the Constitution.
1.3 single postal territory (one and the same postal territory): the obligation upon the contracting parties to the Acta of the RIVER to provide for the reciprocal exchange of letter-post items, including freedom of transit, and to treat postal items in transit from other countries like their own postal items, without discrimination.
1.4 Freedom of transit: the obligation for an intermediate member country to ensur the transport of postal items passed on to it in transit for another member country, providing similar treatment to that given their domestic items.
1.5 Letter-post item: items described in the Convention.
1.6 International postal service: postal operations or services regulated by the acts; the set of these operations or services.
1.7 the operator Designated governmental or non-governmental: any entity officially designated by the members of the country to operate postal services and to fulfil the obligations arising out of related of the acts of the Union on its territory.
1.8 Reservations: an exemption clause whereby a member country to exclude or purport to modify the legal effect of a clause of an Act, other than the Constitution and the General regulations, in its application to that member country. Any reservation shall be compatible with the object and purpose of the Union as defined in the preamble and article 1 of the Constitution. It must be duly justified and approved by the majority required for approval of the Act concerned, and inserted in the Final Protocol theret.
Article II (article 4 amended) Exceptional relations Member countries whose designated operators provide a service with territories not included in the Union with a bound to act as intermediar for other member countries. The provision of the Convention and its regulations shall be applicable to such exceptional relations.
Article III (article 8 amended) Restricted Unions. Special agreements 1 Member countries, or their designated operator, if the legislation of those member countries so permit, may establish Restricted Unions and make Special agreements concerning the international postal service, provided always that they do not introduce a provision less to the published thana favourabl those provided for by the acts to which the member countries concerned with parts.
2 Restricted Unions may send an observer to the Congress, Conference and meetings of the Union to the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council thereof.
3 the Union may send an observer to the Congress, Conference and meetings of Restricted Unions.
Article IV (article 11 amended) Accession or admission to the Union. Procedure 1 Any member of the United Nations may accede to the Union.
2 Any sovereign country which is not a member of the United Nations may apply for admission as a member country of the Union.
3 application for Accession or admission to the Union must entail a formal declaration of accession to the Constitution and to the obligatory acts of the Union. It shall be addressed by the Government of the country concerned to the Director General of the International Bureau, who shall notify the accession or consult the member countries on the application for admission, as the case may be.
4 A country which is not a member of the United Nations shall be deemed to be admitted as a member country if it is approved by an application at least two thirds of the member countries of the Union. Member countries which have not replied within a period of four months, counting from the date of the consultation shall be considered as having abstained.
5 Accession or admission to membership shall be notified by the Director General of the International Bureau to the Governments of member countries. It shall take effect from the date of such notification.
Article V (article 22 amended) acts of the Union 1 the Constitution shall be the basic act of the Union. It shall contain the organic rules of the Union, and shall not be subject to reservations.
2 the General regulations shall embody those which ensur a provision the application of the Constitution and the working of the Union. They shall be binding on all member countries and shall not be subject to reservations.
3 the Universal Postal Convention, the Letter post regulations and the Parcel Post regulations shall embody the rules applicable throughout the international postal service and the provision of concerning the letter-post and parcel postal services. These acts shall be binding on all member countries. Member countries shall ensur that designated operators fulfil their obligations arising from the Convention and in the regulations of the ITU.
4 the agreements of the Union, and their regulations, IR regulat the services other than those of the letter post and postal parcel between those member countries which are parties to them. They shall be binding on those member countries only. Signatory member countries shall ensur that designated operators fulfil their obligation of the arising from the agreements and their regulations.
5 the regulations, which shall contain the rules of application for the cessary not impl in mentation of the Convention and of the agreements, shall be drawn up by the Postal Operations Council, bearing in mind the decision taken by Congress.
6 the Final Protocol is annexed to the acts of the Union referred to in paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 shall contain the reservations to those acts.
Article VI (article 25 amended) signature, authentication, and others forms of ratification approval of the acts of the Union 1 the acts of the Union arising from the Congress and shall be signed by the plenipotentiar in of the member countries.
2 the regulations shall be authenticated by the Chairman and the Secretary General of the Postal Operations Council.
3 the Constitution shall be ratified as soon as possible by the signatory countries.
4 Approval of the acts of the Union other than the Constitution shall be governed by the constitutional regulations of each signatory country.
5 When a member country does not ratify.â the Constitution or does not approve the other acts which it has signed, the Constitution and others acts shall be of less valid for the other member countries that have ratified or approved them.
Article VII (article 29 amended) Presentation of proposal 1 A member country shall have the right to present, either to Congress or between Congress, proposals concerning the acts of the Union to which it is a party.
2 However, the proposals concerning the Constitution and the General regulations may be submitted only to Congress.
3 Moreover, proposals concerning the regulations shall be submitted direct to the Postal Operations Council but must first be transmitted by the International Bureau to all member countries and all designated operator.
Article VIII (article 32 amended) Arbitration

In the event of a dispute between two or more member countries concerning the interpretation of the acts of the Union or the responsibility imposed on a member country by the application of those acts, the question shall be settled by the issue at arbitration.
Article IX, Accession to the Additional Protocol and to the other acts of the Union 1 Member countries which have not signed the present Protocol may accede to it at any time.
2 Member countries which the party to the acts by renewed stands out among Congress but which have not signed them shall accede as soon as possible the theret.
3 Instruments of accession relating to the cases set forth in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be sent to the Director General of the International Bureau, who shall notify the Governments of the member countries of their deposit.
Article X Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union, this Additional Protocol shall come into force on 1 January 2010 and shall remain in force for an indefinite period.
In witness whereof the plenipotentiar up of the Governments of the member countries have drawn up this Additional Protocol, which shall have the same force and the same validity as if it were inserted by a provision in the text of the Constitution itself, and they have signed it in a single original which shall be deposited with the Director General of the International Bureau. A copy thereof shall be delivered to each party by the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union the.
Done at Geneva, on 12 August 2008.
 
First Additional Protocol to the General regulations of the Universal Postal Union contents article I (art. 101b new) Function of Congress II. (art. 102 amended) Composition, functioning and meetings of the Council of Administration III. (art. 103 amended) Information on the activities of the Council of Administration IV. (art. 104 amended) Composition, functioning and meetings of the Postal Operations Council v. (art. 105 amended) Information on the activities of the Postal Operations Council VI. (art. 106 amended) Composition , functioning and meetings of the Consultative Committee VII. (art. 107 amended) Information on the activities of the Consultative Committee. Viii (art. 110 amended) languages used for documentation, for debate and for official correspondenc» IX. (art. 112 amended) the duties of the Director General. (art. 114 amended) secretariat of the Union ' s bodies XI. (art. 116 amended) Information. Opinion. Requests for interpretation and amendment of the Acta. Inquires. Role in the settlement of accounts XI. (art. 118 amended) forms supplied by the International Bureau. Xiii (art. 119 amended) acts of Union agreements and Special Restricted XIV. (art. 121 amended) Biennial report on the work of the Union XV. (art. 122 amended) procedure for submitting proposals to Congress XVI. (art. 123 amended) the procedure for submitting proposals to the Postal Operations Council concerning the preparation of new regulations in the light of the decision taken by Congress. Xvii (art. 124 amended) Procedure for submitting proposals between the XVII Congress. (art. 125 amended) Considerations of proposals between the XIX Congress. (art. 126 amended) Notification of decision adopted by the Congress between XX. (art. 128 amended) the Fixing and regulation of the expenditure of the Union XX. (art. 130 amended) Contributions of the XXII. class (art. 131 amended) payment for supplies from the International Bureau XXIII. (art. 132 amended) Arbitration procedure. XXIV (art. 135 amended) amendment , entry into force and duration of the General Regulations of the Accession to the Additional XXV. Protocol XXVI. Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the General Regulations in the first Additional Protocol to the General regulations of the Universal Postal Union the plenipotentiar to of the Governments of the member countries of the Universal Postal Union, met in Congress at Geneva, in view of article 22.2 of the Constitution concluded at Vienna on 10 July 1964 by common consent, have a, and subject to article 25.4 of the Constitution, adopted the following amendments to the General regulations.
Article I (article 101b) Function of Congress and 1 On the basis of proposals by member countries, the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council, Congress shall: 1.1 determin the general policies for achieving the object and purpose of the Union set out in the preamble and article 1 of the Constitution;
1.2 consider and, where appropriate adop, proposals for amendments to the Constitution, the General regulations, the Convention and agreements submitted by member countries and the Council, in accordanc with article 29 of the Constitution and article 122 of the General regulations;
1.3 set the date for the entry into force of the acts;
1.4 it is adop rules of procedure and the amendments to those rules;
1.5 consider the comprehensive reports on the work of the Council of Administration, the Postal Operations Council and the Consultative Committee, covering the period from the previous Congress, presented by these bodies in the respectiv accordanc with articles 103, 105 and 107 of the General regulations;
1.6 adop the Union's Hollywood;
1.7 to fix the maximum amount of the Union's expenditure in accordanc with article 21 of the Constitution;
1.8 elect the members countries to sit on the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council;
1.2 elect the Director General and Deputy Director General;
1.10 set in a resolution the ceiling of the costs to be borne by the Union for the production of documents in Chinese, German, Portuguese and Russian.
2 Congress, as the supreme body of the Union, shall deal with such other questions concerning postal services.
Article II (article 102 amended) Composition, functioning and meetings of the Council of Administration (const 17) (1) the Council of Administration shall consis of forty-one members who shall exercise their functions during the period between two successive of the Congress.
2 the chairmanship shall devolv by right on the host member country of Congress. If that member country of this right, waiv it shall become a de jure members and, as a result, the location of the group which it belong shall have at its disposal an additional seat, which the restrictive provision of the paragraph 3 shall not apply. In that case, the Council of Administration shall elect to the chairmanship, one of the member countries belonging to the group of the location to host member country.
3 the forty other members of the Council of Administration shall be elected by Congress on the basis of an equitable distribution location. At least a half of the membership shall be renewed stands out among the at each Congress; of the members may be chosen by three successive of the Congress.
4 Each member of the Council of Administration shall be appoin its representative, who shall be competent in postal matters.
5 the Office of member of the Council of Administration shall be unpaid. The operational expense of this Council shall be borne by the Union.
6 the Council of Administration shall have the following functions: 6.1 the supervis the activities of the Union between Congress, ensuring compliance with the decision of Congress, studying questions with respect to governmental policies on postal issues, and taking account of international regulatory developments such as those relating to trade in services and the competition;
to consider and approve 6.2, within the framework of its competence, any action considered to safeguard and enhance cessary not the quality of and to upgrade the international postal service;
6.3 the promote, line and all forms of postal supervis technical assistance within the framework of international technical cooperation;
to consider and approve 6.4 the biennial Program and budget and the accounts of the Union;
6.5 the authoriz the ceiling of expenditure to be exceeded, if the so require, in circumstanc accordanc with article 128.3 5;
6.6 the Financial Regulations the lay down of the Union;
6.7 the rules it lay down each of the Reserve Fund;
6.8 it lay down the rules each of the Special Fund;
lay it down 6.9 the rules each of the Special activities Fund;
6.10 it lay down the rules of the Voluntary Fund each;
6.11 it provides control over the activities of the International Bureau;
6.12 it is of a lower election contributions authoriz class, if it is so requested, in accordanc with the conditions set out in article 130.6;
6.13 the authoriz a change of location group if it is so requested by a member country, taking into account the views expressed by the member countries which are members of the groups concerned location;
6.14 the lay down the Staff Regulations and the conditions of service of the elected official;
6.15 to create or abolish International Bureau posts taking into account the restriction is imposed by the expenditure ceiling is fixed;
6.16 it lay down the regulations of the Social Fund;
6.17 to approve the biennial report on the work of the Union and the biennial Financial Operating reports prepared by the International Bureau and where appropriate to furnish observations on them;
6.18 to decide on the contacts to be established with member countries in order to carry out its functions;

6.19 after consulting the Postal Operations Council, to decide on the contacts to be estab lished with the organizations which are not de jure, to consider and approve the observer the reports by the International Bureau on UP relations with other international bodies and to take the decision in which it will consider appropriate on the conduct of such relations and the action to be taken on them; them in due course designat, after consulting the Postal Operations Council and the Secretary General, the international organizations, associations, enterprises and qualified persons to be invited to be represented at specified meetings of Congress and it's Committee when this is in the interest of the Union or the work of Congress and to instruct the Director General to issue the cessary invitation;
to establish principles, as 6.20 may be considered not cessary, for the Postal Operations Council to take into account in its study of questions with the major financial repercussions (charges, terminal charges, du transit, basic airmail rate conveyanc and the posting abroad of letter-post items), to follow closely the study of these questions, and to review and approve, for conformity with the aforementioned principles , Postal Operations Council proposals relating to these questions;
6.21 the study, at the request of Congress, the Postal Operations Council or member countries, administrative, legislative and legal problems concerning the Union or the international postal service; It shall be for the Council of Administration to decide, in the above-mentioned fields, whethers it is it the undertak expedien studies requested by member countries between Congress;
6.22 the Office which shall be formulat proposals submitted for the approval either of Congress or of member countries in accordanc with article 125;
6.23 to approve, within the framework of its competence, the recommendations of the Postal Operations Council for the adoption, if not, of the regulations or of cessary a new procedure until such time as Congress takes a decision in the matter;
6.24 to consider the annual report prepared by the Postal Operations Council and any proposals submitted by the Council;
6.25 it submit subjects for study to the Postal Operations Council for examination in accordanc with article 104.9.16;
6.26 it designat the member country where the next Congress is to be held in the case provided for in article 101.4;
6.27 to determin in due course and after consulting the Postal Operations Council, the number of committees required to carry out the work of the Congress and to specify their function;
6.28 the designat, after consulting the Postal Operations Council and subject to the approval of Congress, the member countries prepared:-assume it the vice-chairmanship of Congress and the chairman-ship and vice-chairmanship of the committees, taking as much account as possible of the equitable distribution of the location of the member countries; and to sit on the restricted committees of Congress;
to review and approve 6.29, in consultation with the Postal Operations Council, the draft Strategy for presentation to Congress;
at 6.30 to approve the four-yearly report, prepared by the International Bureau in consultation with the POC, on the performance of member countries in respect of the execution of the Union Strategy approved by the preceding Congress, for submission to the following Congress;
6.31 to establish the framework for the organization of the Consultative Committee and concur in the organization of the Consultative Committee in accordanc with the fineness of sion of article 106;
to establish criteria for membership 6.32 of the Consultative Committee and to approve or rejec applications for membership in accordanc with those criteria, ensuring that action on the applications is accomplished through an expedited process between meetings of the Council of Administration;
It is those designat 6.33 of its members that will serve as members of the Consultative Committee;
6.34 it receive and discuss the reports and recommendations from the Consultative Committee and to consider recommendations from the Consultative Committee for submission to Congress.
7 At its first meeting, which shall be convened by the Chairman of the Congress, the Council of Administration shall elect four Vice-Chairmen from among its members and draw up its rules of procedure.
8 On convocation by its Chairman, the Council of Administration shall meet once a year in the principals Office, at Union headquarters.
9 the Chairman, the Vice-Chairmen and the Committee Chairmen of the Council of Administration shall form the Management Committee. This Committee shall prepare and direct the work of each session of the Council of Administration. It shall approve, on behalf of the Council of Administration, the biennial report prepared by the International Bureau on the work of the Union and it shall take on any other tasks which the Council of Administration decide to assign to it or the need for which «arise in the course of the strategic planning process.
10 the travel expense of the representatives of each of the members of the Council of Administration participating in its meetings shall be borne by his member country. However, the representatives of each of the member countries as developing or least developed classified countries according to the lists established by the United Nations shall, except for meetings which take place during the Congress, be entitled to reimbursemen of the cost of either an economy class return air ticket or first class return rail ticket, or expense incurred for the travel by any other means , subject to the condition that this amount does not exceeds 100 the price of the economy class return air ticket. The same entitlement shall be granted to each member of the it Committee, Working Parties or other bodies when these meet outside Congress and the sessions of the Council.
11 the Chairman of the Postal Operations Council shall be the body at a represen meetings of the Council of Administration on the agenda of which there are questions of interest to the body which he directs.
12 the Chairman of the Consultative Committee shall be ATA meetings represen it of the Council of Administration when the agenda contains questions of interest to the Consultative Committee.
13 the effective Liason between ensur It the work of the two bodies, the Postal Operations Council may attend the Council designat representative of Administration meetings as observer.
14 the member country in which the Council of Administration shall be invited the meets take part in the meeting in the capacity of observer, if it is not a member of the Council of Administration.
15 the Council of Administration may invite any international body, any representative of an association or enterprise, or any qualified person whom it wishes to associate with it works it in meetings, without the right to vote. It may also invite, under the same conditions, one or more member countries concerned with questions on its agenda.
16 If they so request, the following observer may participat in the plenary sessions and Committee meetings of the Council of Administration, without the right to vote: 16.1 members of the Postal Operations Council;
16.2 members of the Consultative Committee;
16.3 intergovernmental organizations interested in the work of the Council of Administration;
16.4 other member countries of the Union.
17 For logistical reasons, the Council of Administration may limit the number of attendee per observer participating. It may also limit their right to speak during the debate.
the 18 members of the Council of Administration shall take an active part in its work. The observer for may, at their request, be allowed to cooperate in the studies undertaken, subject to such conditions as the Council may establish to ensur the efficiency and effectiveness of its work. They may also be invited to chair Working Parties and project teams when their experience or expertise to justif it. The participation of the observer shall be carried out by without additional expense for the Union.
19 In the exceptional, the observer may be circumstanc excluded from a meeting or portions of a meeting (a) or may have their right to receive documents restricted if the confidentiality of the subject of the meeting or document so requires. This restriction may be decided on a case-by-case basis by any body concerned or its Chair. The case-by-case situation shall be reported to the Council of the Administration and to the Postal Operations Council when matters of interest to the Postal Operations Council are concerned. If it will not consider this, the Council of Administration cessary may subsequently review the restriction, in consultation with the Postal Operations Council where appropriate.
Article III (article 103 amended) Information on the activities of the Council of Administration 1 After each session, the Council of Administration shall inform the member countries, their designated operator, the Restricted Unions and the members of the Consultative Committee about its activities by sending them, inter alia, (a) the summary records and its resolution and decision.
2 the Council of Administration shall make the Congress a comprehensive report on its work and send it to the member countries, their designated operators and the members of the Consultative Committee at least two months before the opening of the Congress.
Article IV (article 104 amended) Composition, functioning and meetings of the Postal Operations Council (const 18) 1 the Postal Operations Council shall consis of forty members who shall exercise their functions during the period between successive of the Congress.

2 the members of the Council shall be elected the Postal operations by Congress on the basis of qualified distribution location. Twenty-four seats shall be reserved for developing member countries and sixteen seats for developed member countries. At least one third of the members shall be renewed stands out among the at each Congress.
3 Each member of the Postal Operations Council shall be appoin its representative, who shall have responsibilities for delivering services mentioned in the acts of the Union.
4 the operational expense of the Postal Operations Council shall be borne by the Union. Its members shall not receive any payment. Travelling and living expense incurred by representatives of members of the countries participating in the Postal Operations Council shall be borne by these member countries. However, the representatives of each of the member countries considered to be disadvantaged according to the lists established by the United Nations shall, except for meetings which take place during the Congress, be entitled to reimbursemen of the price of an economy class return air ticket or first class return rail ticket, or expense incurred for travel by any of the other means, subject to the condition that this amount does not exceeds 100 the price of the economy class return air ticket.
5 At its first meeting, which shall be convened and opened by the Chairman of the Congress, the Postal Operations Council shall choose from among its members a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and the Committee Chairmen.
6 the Postal Operations Council shall draw up its rules of procedure.
7 In principle, the Postal Operations Council shall meet every year at Union headquarters. The date and place of the meeting shall be fixed by its Chairman in agreement with the Chairman of the Council of Administration and the Director General of the International Bureau.
8 the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and the Committee Chairmen of the Postal Operations Council shall form the Management Committee. This Committee shall prepare and direct the work of each meeting of the Postal Operations Council and take on all the tasks which the latter decide to assign to it or the need for which «arise in the course of the strategic planning process.
9 the function of the Postal Operations Council shall be the following: 9.1 to conduct the study of the most important operational, commercial, technical, economic and technical cooperation problems which are of interest to all member countries or their designated operator, including questions with major financial repercussions (charges, terminal charges, transit of the sow, the rates, parcel conveyanc airmail-post rates, and the posting abroad of letter-post items) , and to prepare information, opinion and recommendations for action on them;
9.2 to revisit the regulations of the Union within six months following the end of the Congress unless the latter decide otherwise for; in the case of urgent cessity, not the Postal Operations Council may also amend the said regulations at other sessions; in both cases, the operations Council shall be subject to the Council of Administration guidance on matters of fundamental policy and principles;
9.3 it is practical measure of line for the development and improvement of international postal services;
9.4 it take, subject to Council approval of Administration within the framework of the latter's competence, any action considered to safeguard and enhance cessary not the quality of and to upgrade the international postal service;
9.5 the Office proposals which shall be formulat submitted for the approval either of Congress or of member countries in accordanc with article 125; the approval of the Council of Administration is required when these proposals concern questions within the latter's competence;
9.6 examin it, at the request of a member country, any proposal which that member country forward to the International Bureau under article 124, their observations on it and prepare it to instruct the International Bureau the annex these observations to the proposal before submitting it for approval to the member countries;
recommend it, if not cessary 9.7, and where appropriate after approval by the Council of Administration and consultation of all the member countries, the adoption of regulations or of a new procedure until such time as Congress takes a decision in the matter;
9.8 to prepare and issue, in the form of recommendations to member countries and their designated operator, standard for technological, operational and other processes within its competence where uniformity of practice is essential; It shall similarly issue, as required, amendments to the standard it has already set;
9.9 it provides input to the Council of Administration for the development of the draft Strategy to be submitted to Congress;
9.10 it approve of those parts of the biennial report on the work of the Union prepared by the International Bureau which concern the responsibilities and functions of the Postal Operations Council;
9.11 the decide on the contacts to be established with member countries and their designated operators in order to carry out its functions;
9.12 the study and vocational training the teaching problems of interest to the member countries and their designated operator as well as to the new and developing countries;
9.13 the cessary to take steps to study and publiciz the experiments and progress made by certain member countries and their designated operators in the technical, operational, economic and vocational training fields of interest to the postal services;
9.14 it study the present position and needs of the postal services in the new and developing countries and to prepare appropriate recommendations on ways and means of improving the postal services in those countries;
9.15 to take, in consultation with the Council of Administration, appropriate steps in the sphere of technical cooperation with all member countries of the Union and their designated operator and in particular with the new and developing countries and their designated operator;
9.16 examin it any other questions submitted to it by a member of the Postal Operations Council, by the Council of Administration or by any member country or designated operator;
9.17 to receive and discuss the reports as well as recommendations from the Consultative Committee and, when matters of interest to the Postal Operations Council are involved, they examin and comment on the recommendations from the Consultative Committee for submission to Congress;
It is those designat 9.18 of the its members that will serve as members of the Consultative Committee.
10 On the basis of the Strategy adopted by the Congress of the Union and, in particular the part relating to the strategies of the permanent bodies of the Union, the Postal Operations Council shall, at its first session after Congress, prepare a draft work programme, containing a basic number of tactics aimed at implementing strategies. This basic work programme, which shall include a limited number of projects on topical subjects of common interest, shall be revised annually in the light of the new realit and kesko.
11 In order to ensur is effective Liason between the work of the two bodies, the Council of Administration may attend the representative designat Postal Operations Council meetings as observer.
12 If they so request, the following observer may participat in the plenary sessions and Committee meetings of the Postal Operations Council, without the right to vote: 12.1 members of the Council of Administration;
12.2 members of the Consultative Committee;
12.3 intergovernmental organizations interested in the work of the Postal Operations Council;
12.4 other member countries of the Union.
13 For logistical reasons, the Postal Operations Council may limit the number of attendee per observer participating. It may also limit their right to speak during the debate.
the 14 members of the Postal Operations Council shall take an active part in its work. The observer for may, at their request, be allowed to cooperate in the studies undertaken, subject to such conditions as the Council may establish to ensur the efficiency and effectiveness of its work. They may also be invited to chair Working Parties and project teams when their experience or expertise to justif it. The participation of the observer shall be carried out by without additional expense for the Union.
15 In exceptional circumstanc observer may be excluded from a meeting or portions of a meeting (a) or may have their right to receive documents restricted if the confidentiality of the subject of the meeting or document so requires. This restriction may be decided on a case-by-case basis by any body concerned or its Chair. The case-by-case situation shall be reported to the Council of the Administration and to the Postal Operations Council. If it will not consider this, the Council of Administration cessary may, in consultation with the Postal Operations Council, subsequently review the restriction where appropriate.
16, the Chairman of the Consultative Committee shall be that organization at represen meetings of the Postal Operations Council when the agenda contains questions of interest to the Consultative Committee.
17 the Postal Operations Council may invite the following to take part in its meetings without the right to vote: 17.1 any international body or any qualified person whom it wishes to associate with it works;
17.2 any member country not belonging to the Postal Operations Council;
17.3 any association or enterprise that it wishes to consult with respect to its work.
Article V (article 105 amended) Information on the activities of the Postal Operations Council After each session, 1 the Postal Operations Council shall notify to the member countries, their designated operator, the Restricted Unions and the members of the Consultative Committee about its activities by sending them, inter alia, (a) the summary records and its resolution and decision.

2 the Postal Operations Council shall prepare for the Council of Administration an annual report on its work.
3 the Postal Operations Council shall make the Congress a comprehensive report on its work and send it to the member countries, their designated operators and the members of the Consultative Committee at least two months before the opening of the Congress.
Article VI (article 106 amended) Composition, functioning and meetings of the Consultative Committee 1 the aim of the Consultative Committee shall be their represen the interests of the wider international postal sector, and to provide a framework for effective dialogue between enterprise. It shall be of the non-consis governmental organizations representing customers, delivery service providers, organizations of workers, suppliers of goods and services to the postal services sector and like organizations of individual and companies which have an interest in supporting the mission and objective of the Union. Where such organizations are registered, they must be registered in a member country of the Union. The Council of Administration and the Postal Operations council shall designat the members of their respectiv Council as members of the Consultative Committee. Apart from the members designated by the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council, membership in the Consultative Committee shall be determined through a process of application and acceptance by the Council of Administration ", carried out in accordanc with article 2 102.6.32 Each member of the Consultative Committee shall be appoin its own representative.
3 the operational costs of the Consultative Committee shall be shared by the Union and the members of the Committee as determined by the Council of Administration.
4 the members of the Consultative Committee shall not receive remuneration or any other compensation.
5 the Consultative Committee shall reorganize itself after each of the Congress in accordanc with the framework established by the Council of Administration. The Chairman of the Council of Administration shall presid at the organizational meeting of the Consultative Committee, which shall elect its Chairman at that meeting.
6 the Consultative Committee shall be the internal organization and determin it shall draw up its own rules of procedure, taking into account the general principles of the Union and subject to the concurrence of the Council of Administration after having consulted the Postal Operations Council.
7 the Consultative Committee shall meet twice annually. In principle, the meetings will be held at Union headquarters at the same time as meetings of the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council. The date and location of each meeting shall be fixed by the Chairman of the Consultative Committee in agreement with the Chairmen of the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council and the Director General of the International Bureau.
8 the Consultative Committee shall establish its own programme within the framework of the following functions: 8.1 to examin the documents and reports of the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council. In the exceptional, the circumstanc right to receive certain texts and documents may be restricted if the confidentiality of the subject of the meeting or document so requires. This restriction may be decided on a case-by-case basis by any body concerned or its Chairman. The case-by-case situation shall be reported to the Council of Administration, it and to the Postal Operations Council when matters of interest to the Postal Operations Council are concerned. If it will not consider this, the Council of Administration cessary may subsequently review the restriction, in consultation with the Postal Operations Council, where appropriate;
8.2 the conduct of studies and debate issues of importanc to the Consultative Committee's members;
8.3 to consider issues of the postal services sector regimes and issue reports on such issues;
8.4 to provide input to the work of the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council, including submitting reports and recommendations and giving opinion at the request of the two Councils;
8.5 to make recommendations to Congress, subject to the approval of the Council of Administration and, when matters of interest to the Postal Operations Council are involved, subject to examination and comment by the Postal Operations Council.
9 the Chairman of the Council of Administration and the Chairman of the Postal Operations Council shall be those represen bodies at meetings of the Consultative Committee when the agenda of such meetings contains questions of interest to those bodies.
10 In order to ensur is effective liason with the bodies of the Union, the Consultative Committee may attend the meetings of designat representative of Congress, the Council of Administration, and the Postal Operations Council, and their committees, sharp observer of respectiv without the right to vote.
11 If they so request, members of the Consultative Committee may attend plenary sessions and Committee meetings of the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council in accordanc with articles 104.12 102.16 and. They may also participat in the work of project teams and working groups under the terms established under articles and 104.14 102.18. Members of the Consultative Committee may attend Congress as observer without the right to vote.
12 If they so request, the following observer may participat in the sessions of the Consultative Committee, without the right to vote: 12.1 members of the Postal Operations Council and the Council of Administration;
12.2 intergovernmental organizations interested in the work of the Consultative Committee;
12.3 Restricted Unions;
12.4 other member countries of the Union.
13 For logistical reasons, the Consultative Committee may limit the number of attendee per observer participating. It may also limit their right to speak during the debate.
14 In exceptional circumstanc observer may be excluded from a meeting or portions of a meeting (a) or may have their right to receive documents restricted if the confidentiality of the subject of the meeting or document so requires. This restriction may be decided on a case-by-case basis by any body concerned or its Chair. The case-by-case situation shall be reported to the Council of the Administration and to the Postal Operations Council when matters of interest to the Postal Operations Council are concerned. If it will not consider this, the Council of Administration cessary may subsequently review the restriction, in consultation with the Postal Operations Council where appropriate.
15 the International Bureau, under the responsibility of the Director General, shall provide the Secretariat for the Consultative Committee.
Article VII (article 107 amended) Information on the activities of the Consultative Committee 1 After each session, the Consultative Committee shall inform the Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council of its activities by sending it to the Chairmen of those bodies, inter alia, (a) the summary records of its meetings and its recommendations and views.
2 the Consultative Committee shall make to the Council of Administration an annual activity report, with a copy to the Postal Operations Council. This report shall be included in the documentation of the Council of Administration that is provided to Union member countries, their designated operator and to the Restricted Unions, in accordanc with article 103.3 the Consultative Committee shall make the Congress a comprehensive report on its work and send it to the member countries and their designated operator for at least two months before the opening of the Congress.
Article VIII (article 110 amended) languages used for documentation, for debate and for the official 1 correspondenc For the documentation of the Union, the French, English, Arabic and Spanish languages shall be used. The Chinese, German, Portuguese and Russian languages shall also be used provided that only the most important basic documentation is produced in these languages. Other languages may also be used on condition that the member countries which have made the request shall bear all of the costs involved.
2 the member country or countries which have requested a language other than the official language constitut a language group.
3 Documentation shall be published by the International Bureau in the official language and in the languages of the duly constituted language group, either directly or through the intermediary of the regional Office of those groups in conformity with the procedures agreed with the International Bureau. Publications in the different languages shall be effected in accordanc with a common standard.
4 Documentation published directly by the International Bureau shall, as far as possible, be distributed simultaneously in the different languages requested.
5 Correspondenc between the member countries or their designated operator and the International Bureau and between the latter and outside entities to be exchanged in any Maya language for which the International Bureau has available a translation service.
6 the costs of translation into any language, including those resulting from the application of paragraph 5, shall be borne by the language group which has asked for that language. The member countries using the official language shall pay, in respect of the translation of the non-official documents, a contribution, the sum waded-the amount of which shall be the per unit contribution same as that borne by the member countries using the other International Bureau working language. All other costs involved in the supply of documents shall be borne by the Union. The ceiling of the costs to be borne by the Union for the production of documents in Chinese, German, Portuguese and Russian shall be fixed by a Congress resolution.

7 the costs to be borne by a language groups shall be divided among the members of that group in proportion to their contributions to the expense of the Union. These costs may be divided among the members of the language group according to another system, provided that the countries concerned agree themember it and notified to the International Bureau through the intermediary of their decision of the spokesman of the group.
8 the International Bureau shall give effect to any change in the choice of language requested by a member country after a period which shall not exceeds 100 two years.
9 For the discussions at meetings of the Union ' s bodies, the French, English, Spanish and Russian languages shall be admissibl, by means of a system of interpretation – with or without electronic equipment, the choice being left to the judgement of the organizer of the meeting after consultation with the Director General of the International Bureau and the member countries concerned.
10 Other languages shall be admissibl likewis for the discussion and meetings mentioned in paragraph 9.11 Delegation using other languages shall arrang for simultaneous interpretation into one of the languages mentioned in paragraph 9, either by the system indicated in the same paragraph, when the cessary technical modifications can be made, or by individual interpreters.
12 the costs of the interpretation services shall be shared among the member countries using the same language in proportion to their contributions to the expense of the Union. However, the costs of installing and maintaining the technical equipment shall be borne by the Union.
13 Member countries and/or their designated operator may come to an understanding about the language to be used for official correspondenc in their relations with one another. In the absence of such an understanding the language to be used shall be the French article IX (article 112 amended) the duties of the Director General 1 the Director General shall organize, administer and direct the International Bureau, of which he is the legal representative. He shall be empowered to classify posts in grades G to D 2 and 1, and promote their appoin official in those grades. For appointments in grades P 1 D 2, he shall consider the professional qualifications of the candidate's recommended by the member countries of which the candidate with a national or in which they exercise their professional activities, taking into account equitable distribution with respect to their location and language of the continent. (D) as far as 2 posts shall be filled by the candidate's possible from different regions and from other regions than those from which the Director General and Deputy Director General, bearing in mind the originat the paramount considerations of the efficiency of the International Bureau. In the case of posts requiring special qualifications, the Director General may seek applications from outside. He shall also consider, for the appointment of a new official, that, in principle, a person occupying the grade D 1 and D 2 P 5 posts must be nationals of different member countries of the Union. For the promotion of an official of the International Bureau of their grades, D 1 and D 2 P 5, he shall not be bound to apply that principle. Moreover, the requirements of equitable distribution location and language shall rank behind the merit in the recruitment process. The Director General shall notify the Council of Administration once a year of appointments and promotions in grades P 4 D 2.2 the Director General shall have the following duties: 2.1 to act as depositary of the acts of the Union and as intermediary in the procedure of accession and admissions and withdrawals from the Union it;
2.2 it notify the decision taken by Congress to all the Governments of the member countries;
2.3 notify all the member countries and their designated operator of the regulations drawn up or revised by the Postal Operations Council;
2.4 to prepare the draft annual budget of the Union at the lowest possible level consistent with the requirements of the Union and to submit it in due course to the Council of Administration for considerations; to communicate the budget to the member countries of the Union, after approval by the Council of Administration and to execute it;
2.5 it execute the specific activities requested by the bodies of the Union and those assigned to him by the acts;
2.6 it take action to achieve the objective set by the the bodies of the Union, within the framework of the established policy and the funds available;
2.7 to submit suggestions and proposals to the Council of Administration or to the Postal Operations Council;
2.8 following the close of the Congress, to submit proposals to the Postal Operations Council concerning changes to the regulations required as a result of the Congress decision, in accordanc with the rules of Procedure of the Postal Operations Council;
2.9 to prepare, for the Council of Administration and on the basis of directives issued by the Council, the draft Strategy to be submitted to Congress;
2.10 prepare it, for approval by the Council of Administration, a four-yearly report on the member countries ' performance in respect of the Union Strategy approved by the preceding Congress, which will be submitted to the following Congress;
2.11 to ensur the representation of the Union;
2.12 the act as an intermediary in relations between: – the UP and the Restricted Unions;
– the UP and the United Nations;
– the UP and the international organizations whose activities are of interest to the Union;
– the UP and the international organization or the association or enterprises that the bodies of the Union wish to consult or associate with their work;
2.13 to assume the duties of the Secretary General of the bodies of the Union and in this capacity supervis and taking into account the special provision of these General regulations, in particular: – the preparation and organization of the work of the Union's bodies;
-the preparation, production and distribution of documents, reports and minutes;
– the functioning of the Secretariat at meetings of the Union's bodies;
2.14 to attend the meetings of the bodies of the Union and take part in the discussion without the right to vote, with the possibility of being represented.
Article X (article 114 amended) secretariat of the Union's bodies (const 14, 15, 17, 18) the Secretariat of the Union's bodies shall be provided by the International Bureau under the responsibility of the Director General. It shall send all the documents published on the occasion of each session to the member countries of the body and their designated operator, member countries and their designated operator which, while not members of the body, to cooperate in the studies undertaken, Restricted to the Union and the other member countries and their designated operator which ask for them.
Article XI (article 116 amended) Information. Opinion. Requests for interpretation and amendment of the Acta. Inquires. Role in the settlement of accounts (const 20; Gen 124, 125, 126 regs) (1) the International Bureau shall at all times be at the disposal of the Council of Administration, the Postal Operations Council and member countries and their designated operator for the purpose of supplying them with any information on cessary not questions relating to the service.
2 In particular it shall collect, collate, publish and distribute all kind of information of interest to the international postal service, give an opinion, at the request of the parties involved, on the questions in dispute, to act on requests for interpretation and amendment of the acts of the Union and, in general, carry out such studies and editorial or documentary works as the assigned to it by those acts or as may be referred to it in the interest of the Union.
3 It shall also conduct inquires requested by member countries and to their designated operator to obtain the views of other member countries and their designated operator on a particular question. The result of an inquiry shall not have the status of a vote and shall not be formally binding.
4 It may act as a clearing house in the settlement of accounts of all kind of relating to the postal service.
Article XII (article 118 amended) forms supplied by the International Bureau (const 20) the International Bureau shall be responsible for arranging the manufacture of international reply coupons and for supplying them, at cost, to member countries or their designated operators ordering them.
Article XIII (article 119 amended) Acta of Restricted Unions and Special agreements (const 9) 1 two cop of the Acta of the Restricted Unions and of Special agreements concluded under article 8 of the Constitution shall be sent to the International Bureau by the Office of such unions, or, failing that, by one of the contracting parties.
2 the International Bureau shall see that the Acta of Restricted Unions and Special agreements do not include conditions less than a favourabl to the public those which are provided for in the acts of the Union and shall inform the member countries and their designated operator of the existenc of such unions and agreements. The International Bureau shall notify the Council of Administration of any irregularity discovered through applying this provision.
Article XIV (article 121 amended) Biennial report on the work of the Union (const 20; Gen regs 102.6.17) the International Bureau shall make a biennial report on the work of the Union, which shall be sent, after approval by the Council of Administration, the member countries and their designated operator, the Restricted Unions and the United Nations.
Article XV (article 122 amended) procedure for submitting proposals to Congress (const 29) (1) subject to the exception provided for in paragraphs 2 and 5, the following procedure shall govern the submission of proposals of all kind in the Congress by member countries:

(a) proposals which reach the International Bureau at least six months before the date fixed for the Congress shall be accepted;
(b) the proposal shall be accepted from drafting during the period of six months preceding the date fixed for the Congress;
(c) proposals of substance which reach the International Bureau in the interval between six and four weeks before the date fixed for the Congress shall not be accepted unless a ut300r2u supported by at least two member countries;
(d) proposals of substance which reach the International Bureau in the interval between four and two weeks preceding the date fixed for the Congress shall not be accepted unless a ut300r2u supported by at least eight member countries; proposals which arrive after that time shall no longer be accepted;
(e) declaration of support shall reach the International Bureau within the same period as the proposals to which they refer.
2 proposals concerning the Constitution or the General regulations shall reach the International Bureau not later than six months before the opening of the Congress; any received after that date but before the opening of the Congress shall not be considered unless the Congress so decide by a majority of two-thirds of the countries represented at the Congress and unless the condition laid down in paragraph 1 are fulfilled.
3 Every proposal shall, as a rule, have only one aim and contain only the changes justified by that aim. Similarly, each proposal liabl to lead to significant costs for the Union shall be accompanied by an indication of its financial impact, prepared by the member country submitting the proposal in consultation with the International Bureau, so that the financial resources needed for its implementation can be determined.
4 Drafting proposals shall be headed "Drafting proposals" by the member countries which submit them and shall be published by the International Bureau under a number followed by the letter R. Proposals which do not bear this indication but which, in the opinion of the International Bureau, deal only with drafting points shall be published with an appropriate annotations; the International Bureau shall draw up a list of these proposals for Congress.
5 the procedure prescribed in paragraphs 1 and 4 shall not apply either to their proposals concerning the rules of procedure of Congress or their amendments to proposals already made.
Article XVI (article 123 amended) the procedure for submitting proposals to the Postal Operations Council concerning the preparation of new regulations in the light of the decision taken by Congress 1 the regulations of the Universal Postal Convention and the Postal payment services agreement shall be drawn up by the Postal Operations Council in the light of the decision taken by Congress.
2 proposals the proposed amendments are consequential on the Convention or the Postal payment services agreement shall be submitted to the International Bureau simultaneously with the Congress proposal to which they relate. They may be submitted by a single member country without the support of other member countries. Such proposals shall be distributed to all member countries of the later than one month prior to the Congress.
3 Other proposals concerning the regulations for considerations by the Postal Operations Council in its preparation of the new regulations within the six months following the Congress shall be submitted to the International Bureau for at least two months prior to the Congress.
4 proposals concerning changes to the regulations required as a result of the Congress decision that are submitted by member countries must reach the International Bureau from later than two months before the opening of the Postal Operations Council. Such proposals shall be distributed to all member countries and their designated operator from later than one month prior to the opening of the Postal Operations Council.
Article XVII (article 124 amended) the procedure for submitting proposals between Congress (const 29; Gen regs 116) 1 To be eligible for considerations every proposal concerning the Convention or the agreements submitted by a member country of the Congress shall be between supported by at least two other member countries. Such proposals shall lapse if the International Bureau does not receive, at the same time, the number of declarations of cessary support.
2 these proposals shall be sent to other member countries through the intermediary of the International Bureau.
3 proposals concerning the regulations shall not require support but shall not be considered by the Postal Operations Council unless the latter agree to the urgent cessity not.
Article XVII (article 125 amended) Considerations of proposals between the Congress (const 29; Gen 1 116, 124 regs) Every proposal concerning the Convention, the agreements and their Final protocols shall be subject to the following procedure: where a member country has sent a proposal to the International Bureau, the latter shall forward it to all member countries for examination. They shall be allowed a period of two months in which to examin the proposal and forward any observations to the International Bureau. The amendments shall not be admissibl. Once these two months have elapsed, the International Bureau shall forward to the member countries all the observations it has received and invite each member country to vote for or against the proposal. Member countries that have not sent in their votes within a period of two months shall be considered to have abstained. The aforementioned period shall be reckoned from the date of the International Bureau circular.
2 proposals for amending the regulations shall be deal with by the Postal Operations Council.
3 If the proposal relate to an agreement or its Final Protocol, only the member countries which are parties to that agreement may take part in the procedure described in paragraph 1 article XIX (article 126 amended) Notification of decision is adopted between Congress (const 29; Gen regs Amendments 124, 125) 1 made to the Convention, the agreements and the Final Protocol to those acts shall be sanctioned by a notification thereof to the Governments of member countries by the Director General of the International Bureau.
2 Amendments made to the regulations and their Final Protocol by the Postal Operations Council shall be communicated to member countries and their operators designated by the International Bureau. The same shall apply to the interpretation of the referred to in the article of the Convention and 35.3.2 in the òàæó provision of the agreements.
Article XX (article 128 amended) the Fixing and regulation of the expenditure of the Union (const 21) (1) subject to the provision of paragraph 2 to 6, the annual expenditure of the relating to the activities of bodies of the Union may note the following sum exceeds 100 for 2009 and subsequent years: 37,000,000 Swiss franc for the years 2009 and 2010, and 37,235,000 Swiss franc for the years 2011 and 2012. The basic limit for 2012 shall also apply to the following years in case the Congress scheduled for 2012 is postponed.
2 the adjustments is relating to the convening of the next Congress (travelling expense of the Secretariat, transport charges, the cost of installing simultaneous interpretation equipment, the cost of reproducing documents during the Congress, etc.) shall not limit of 2,900,000 12 the Swiss franc.
3 the Council of Administration shall be authorized to limit 12 the let down in paragraphs 1 and 2 to take account of the increase in salary scales, pension contributions or allowance, including post adjustments, approved by the United Nations for applications to its staff working in Geneva.
4 the Council of Administration shall also be authorized to adjust, each year, the amount of expenditure other than that relating to staff on the basis of the Swiss consumer price index.
5 Notwithstanding paragraph 1, the Council of Administration, or in the case of extreme urgency, the Director General may, in the prescribed limit authoriz to be exceeded to meet the cost of major and unforeseen repairs to the International Bureau building, provided however that the amount of the increase does not exceeds 100 125.000 Swiss franc per ann.
6 If the credits authorized in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the prov inadequat ensur the smooth running of the Union, these limits may only be exceeded with the approval of the majority of the member countries of the Union. Any consultation shall include (a) a complete description of the facts justifying such a request.
7 countries which accede to the Union or the admitted to the status of members of the Union as well as those which leave the Union shall pay their contributions for the whole of the year during which their withdrawals of admissions or become effective.
8 Member countries shall pay their contributions to the Union's annual expenditure in advance on the basis of the budget passed down by the Council of Administration. These contributions shall be paid not later than the first day of the financial year to which the budget refer. After that date, the sum due shall be chargeabl with interest in favour of the Union at the rate of 6% per month of Anna from the fourth.
9 where the arrear of mandatory contributions, not including interest, owed table to the Union by a member country with equal to or more than the amount of the contribution of that member country for the preceding two financial years, such member may assign the country irrevocably to the Union all or part of the credits owed table it by other member countries, in accordanc with the arrangements laid down by the Council of Administration. The condition of this assignment of credit shall be determined by the agreement reached between the member country, it has/debtor and preparing the Union.
10 A member country which, for legal or other reasons, cannot make such assignment shall undertak to conclud a schedule for the amortization of it in arrear.

11 Other than in exceptional circumstanc, recovery of arrear of mandatory contributions owed table to the Union may not extend over more than ten years.
12 In the exceptional, the Council of circumstanc Administration may release a member count from all or part of try the interest owed table if that country has paid the full amount of its debt capital in arrear.
13 A member country may also be released, within the framework of an amortization schedule, approved by the Council of Administration for the it accounts in arrear, from all or part of the interest or the accumulated accru; such release shall, however, be subject to the full and punctual execution of the amortization schedule, within an agreed period of ten years at the most.
14 To cover shortfall in Union financing, a reserve Fund shall be established the amount of which shall be fixed by the Council of Administration. This Fund shall be maintained primarily from budget surplus. It may also be used to balance the budget or to reduce the amount of member countries ' contributions.
15 As regards the temporary financing shortfall, the Government of the Swiss Confederations shall make the cessary short-term advance, on conditions which are to be fixed by mutual agreement. That Government shall supervis, without charge, book-keeping and accounting of the International Bureau within the limits of the credits fixed by Congress.
16 the provision under paragraph 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 apply by analogy to the translation costs billed by the International Bureau to member countries belonging to the language group.
Article XX (article 130 amended) Contributions (const class 21; Gen regs, 128 115) 1 Member countries shall contribute defraying the expense of the Union according to the contributions to which they belong is a class. These classes shall be the following: class of 50 units;
class of 45 units;
class of 40 units;
a class of 35 units;
class of 30 units;
class of 25 units;
class of 20 units;
class of 15 units;
class of 10 units;
class of 5 units;
class of 3 units;
class of 1 unit;
class of 0.5 unit, reserved for the least advanced countries as listed by the United Nations and for other countries designated by the Council of Administration.
2 Notwithstanding the contribution classes listed in paragraph 1, any member country may elect to contribute a higher number of units than that òàæó to the contributions which it belong to class, for a minimum period equivalent to the period between Congress. The announcement of a change shall be made at the latest at the Congress. At the end of the period between Congress, the member country shall return automatically to its original number of contribution units unless it decide to maintain its contributions of a higher number of units. The payment of additional contributions shall increase the expenditure of accordingly.
3 Member countries shall be included in one of the above-mentioned contributions upon their admission of class or accession to the Union in accordanc with the procedure put down in article 21.4 of the Constitution.
4 Member countries may subsequently be placed in a lower contribution class, on condition that the change request is sent to the International Bureau for at least two months before the opening of the Congress. Congress shall give a non-binding opinion on these requests for a change in contribution class. The member country shall be free to decide to follow the opinion of whethers Congress. The final decision of the member country shall be transmitted to the International Bureau secretariat before the end of the Congress. This change request shall take effect on the date of the entry into force of the financial provision has drawn up by Congress. Member countries that have not made known their wish to change contribution class within the required time shall remain in the class to which they belonged up to that time.
5 Member countries may not be insis on being lowered more than one class at a time.
6 vertheles, Not in the exceptional natural disaster such as the circumstanc will cessitating international AIDS program, the Council of Administration may a temporary reduced authoriz tion in contribution class once between two of the Congress when so requested by a member country if the said member of the establish that it can no longer maintain its contribution at the class originally chosen. In the same, the Council of circumstanc Administration may also a temporary reduction for the authoriz non-least developed countries already in the class of 1 unit by placing them in the class of 0.5 unit.
7 the temporary reduction in contribution class in application of paragraph 5 may be authorized by the Council of Administration for a maximum period of two years or up to the next Congress, whichever is earlier. On expiry of the specified period, the country concerned shall automatically revert to its original contribution class.
8 Notwithstanding paragraphs 4 and 5, changes to a higher class shall not be subject to any restriction.
Article XXII (article 131 amended) payment for supplies from the International Bureau (Gen regs 118) supplies provided by the International Bureau to member countries and their designated operator against payment shall be paid for in the the shortes time possible and at the latest within six months from the first day of the month following that in which the account is sent by the Bureau. After that period, the sum due shall be chargeabl with interest in favour of the Union at the rate of 5% per ann reckoned of from the date of expiry of that period.
Article XXIII (article 132 amended) the Arbitration Procedure (const 32) (1) If (a) the dispute has to be settled by arbitration, each of the member countries party to the case shall select a member country not directly involved in the dispute. When several member countries make common cause, they shall count only as a single member country for the purpose of this provision.
2 If one of the member countries party to the case does not act on a proposal for arbitration within a period of six months from the date of its sending, the International Bureau, if so requested, shall call upon itself the defaulting member country to an arbitrator or shall itself appoin appoin one ex officio.
3 the parties to the case may agree to appoin a single arbitrator which may be the International Bureau.
4 the decision of the arbitrator shall be taken by a majority of votes (a).
5 In the event of (a) the arbitrator shall select members of another country, not involved in the dispute either, settle the matter. Should they file them agree on the choice, this member shall be appointed in the country by the International Bureau from among member countries not proposed by the arbitrator.
6 If the dispute concerns one of the agreements, the arbitrator may be appointed only from among the member countries that are parties to that agreement.
7 If a dispute has to be settled by arbitration between designated operator, the operator concerned shall ask their member countries to act in accordanc with the procedure provided for in paragraph 1 to Article XXIV 6 (article 135 amended) amendment, entry into force and duration of the General regulations of the amendments adopted by the Congress shall (a) be the subject of an additional protocol and , unless that Congress decide otherwise, of IR come into effect at the same time as renewed stands out among the other acts in the course of the same Congress.
These General regulations shall come into force on 1 January 2006 and shall remain in force for an indefinite period.
Article XXV Accession to the Additional Protocol Member countries which have not signed the present Protocol may accede to it at any time. The relevant instrument of accession shall be deposited with the Director General of the International Bureau, who shall notify the Governments of the member countries of their deposit.
Article XXV Entry into force and duration of the Additional Protocol to the General regulations this Additional Protocol shall come into force on 1 January 2010 and shall remain in force for an indefinite period.
In witness whereof the plenipotentiar up of the Governments of the member countries have drawn up this Additional Protocol, which shall have the same force and the same validity as if it were inserted by a provision in the text of the General regulations itself, and they have signed it in a single original which shall be deposited with the Director General of the International Bureau. A copy thereof shall be delivered to each party by the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union the.
Done at Geneva, on 12 August 2008.
 
 
Constitution of the Universal Postal Union's eighth additional protocol contains article I (1 bis amended) definitions II (article 4 amended) special relationship III (article 8 amended) restricted unions. IV agreement (amended article 11) accession or admission to the Union. Procedure V (article 22 amended) legislation of the Union VI (article 25 amended by) signing, authentication, another Union ratification and approval of laws of form VII (article 29 amended) Proposal submission, VIII (article 32 amended by) the accession to the additional protocol IX Arbitration and other legislation of the Union of the Universal Postal Union X of the Constitution of the entry into force of the additional protocol and the duration the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union's eighth additional protocol in the light of article 30 (2) of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union in adopted in Vienna on 10 July 1964, the Geneva Congress of the Universal Postal Union the Plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the Member States have adopted the constitutional amendments, which must be ratified by the countries.
(I) article (1. bis amended) definitions 1. Universal Postal Union provisions used terms have the following definitions:

1.1. mail services – all postal services for which the scope is determined by the institutions of the Union. Primary responsibility for providing postal services, is a member of a specific social and economic objectives by ensuring mail collection, sorting, transport and delivery.
1.2. Member States – which meet the conditions of article 2 of the Constitution.
1.3. The single postal territory (one and the same postal area)-the Act of Union, the Contracting Parties are obliged to ensure the mutual exchange of correspondence letters mailing, including the freedom of transit, transit and handle mailings from other countries as with shipments from their own country, without discrimination.
1.4. the freedom of transit, one of the Member States of the Union through the obligation to provide other Member States of the Union for the transit transport of postal items by providing to them the same treatment as domestic shipments.
1.5. correspondence Letters mailing the consignments referred to in the Convention.
1.6. international postal service-postal operations or services that are governed by the legislation of the Union; This action or service.
1.7. The designated operator, any governmental or non-governmental organization, which is officially a Member State chooses to provide postal services and, within its territory comply with the relevant obligations arising from EU legislation.
1.8. Disclaimer: the exemption clause whereby a Member State certifies that prevent or mitigate their Union Act, not the Constitution or the rules of procedure, the General article the legal consequences of the application of that Member State. Any reservation must be compatible with the Union's objectives and the scope of the preamble of the Constitution and accordingly in article 1. The disclaimer must be duly substantiated, shall be approved by the majority required for approval of the measure in question, and must be included in the Final report.
(II) article (article 4 amended) special relationship whose designated operators providing services in the territories, which are not included in the EU's mediator in other Member States. The following special relations shall apply the rules of procedure of the Convention and its provisions.
(Iii) article (article 8 amended) restricted unions. 1. The special agreement of the Member States or their designated operators, if the laws of the Member States, may establish the permissions restricted unions and conclude specific agreements concerning international mail services on the condition that they never introduced the public to less favourable rules than those provided for by the legislation of the Union, of which the Contracting Parties are the Member States concerned.
2. Limited associations can send observers to the Congress of the Union, conferences and meetings, to the Administrative Council and postal operations Council.
3. the Union may send observers to the Congress of the Association Limited, conferences and meetings.
Article IV (amended article 11) accession or admission to the Union. Procedure 1. any United Nations Member State can join the Union.
2. any sovereign State which is not a United Nations Member State can apply for admission to the Union, the Member States.
3. the application for accession or admission in the EU include formal declaration of accession to the Constitution and the laws of the Union. National governments address this application to the International Bureau, the Director-General of the who, depending on the situation or notified of the consultations with Member States on the admission application.
4. A State which is not a member of the United Nations, consider taking a member if they approved the application at least two thirds of the Member States of the Union. Member States which did not provide a response within four months from the filing date of the consultation considered that refrain.
5. the accession of a country or the reception of the Governments of the Member States shall communicate to the Director-General of the International Bureau. It shall enter into force on the date of such notification.
Article v (article 22 amended) legislation of the Union 1. Union master document is the Constitution. It includes the basic rules of the Union, and must not make reservations.
2. The General rules of procedure include provisions that ensure the application of the Constitution and the functioning of the Union. It is binding on all the Member States, and it may not make reservations.
3. the Universal Postal Convention, the rules of procedure of the correspondence of letters and mail the package includes rules of procedure applicable in international postal services, and provisions on correspondence of letters and postal services. These documents are binding on all Member States. Member States shall ensure that designated operators to fulfil all the obligations arising from the Convention and its rules.
4. The agreement and the regulations governing the services, with the exception of correspondence letters and postal services between the Member States that are parties to this agreement. They are only binding on those Member States. The signatory Member States shall ensure that designated operators to fulfil all the obligations arising from the agreements and rules.
5. Postal Operations Council, taking into account the decisions made at the Congress, designing the rules to which certain provisions of the Convention and the agreement necessary for the performance of the application.
6. concluding the protocol attached to the 3, 4 and 5 referred to in acts of the Union include the reservation of these acts.
Article vi (article 25 amended by) signing, authentication, another Union ratification and approval of legislation in the EU legislation 1, adopted by the Congress, the signature of the authorised person of the Member States.
2. the rules shall authenticate the postal operations Council and the Secretary-General.
3. The Constitution as soon as possible after ratification by the signatory States.
4. the Union's approval of the law, except the Constitution, governing each of the signatories to the constitutional rules.
5. If a Member State does not ratify the Constitution or does not approve other legislation of the Union, which it has signed, the Constitution and other legislation of the Union does not lose force in the other Member States that have ratified or approved it.
Article VII (article 29 amended) Proposal submission 1. Congress or Congress in the meantime, the Member State is entitled to submit proposals on the legislation of the Union, of which it is a party.
2. proposals for the Constitution and the General rules of procedure may only be submitted to the Congress.
3. Proposals for regulations submitted directly to the Council of postal operations, but, first, the International Bureau sends them to all Member States and to all the designated operators.
Article VIII (article 32 amended by) the Arbitration Tribunal shall decide a dispute between two or more parties about the interpretation or the Union responsibility, by the Member State imposes.
Article IX the additional protocol of accession and the Union acts 1. Member States which have not signed this Protocol, may accede to it at any time.
2. Member States that are updated during the Congress of the Union parties, but have not signed them, join them in the shortest possible time.
3. accession documents relating to paragraphs 1 and 2 of the cases referred to the International Bureau shall send the Director-General, who shall notify of their submission to the Governments of the Member States.
Article x of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union for the entry into force of the additional protocol and time, this additional Protocol shall enter into force on January 1, 2010 and shall remain in force indefinitely.
In witness whereof, the Plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the Member States have developed this additional protocol, which has the same legal force as if its provisions to be included in the text of the Constitution, and have signed it in a single copy, which shall be submitted to the Director-General of the International Bureau for the storage. Of the Universal Postal Union, the International Bureau shall send to each party a copy of this additional protocol.
Geneva, 12 august 2008. translation of the Universal Postal Union the General rules of the first additional protocol to the content I (101 bis new) Congress functions II (article 102 amended) composition of the Administrative Board, activities and meeting III (art. 103 amended) information on the Administrative Council IV (article 104 amended) postal operations Council, activities and meeting V (article 105 amended) information on postal operations Council VI (article 106 amended) the composition of the Advisory Committee meetings, activities and VII (article 107 amended) information on the activities of the Advisory Committee of the VIII (article 110 amended) documents, debates and official correspondence languages IX (article 112 amended by) the duties of Director-General X (article 114 is amended) EU institutions XI by the Secretariat (article 116 is amended) information. Opinions. The interpretation of the Union and amendments of the request. Polls. Obligations of payment in the XII (article 118 is amended) forms the International Bureau supplies XIII (article 119 amended by) the limited documents and special association agreements XIV (article 121 amended) report on the activities of the Union in two year time period XVI (article 122 amended) procedure for the submission of a proposal in the XVI Congress (article 123 amended) procedure for postal submission of proposals to the Council of the action on the preparation of new rules of procedure according to the decisions of the XVII Congress (article 124 amended) procedure for the submission of a proposal in Congress to intervening

XVII (article 125 amended) proposal for Congress XIX in the interim proceedings (article 126 amended by) the notification of the decision taken in the interim Congress XX (amended article 128) of the expenditure of the Union and control XX (article 130 modified) class XXII (art. 131 amended) for international office supplies carried XXIII (art. 132 amended by) the arbitration procedure XXIV (article 135 is amended) General amendment of the rules of procedure, the entry into force and duration of accession to the additional protocol XXV XXVI general rules of entry into force of the additional protocol and the operating time of the Universal Postal Union in the first of the rules of procedure of the General Additional Protocol in the light of paragraph 2 of article 22 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union, adopted in Vienna on 10 July 1964, in accordance with article 25 of the Constitution of the Geneva Congress of the Universal Postal Union the Plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the Member States have adopted these amendments to the rules of procedure in General.
(I) article (101 bis added) function of Congress 1. Basis of proposals submitted by Member States, the Administrative Council and postal operations Council: 1. determine the general policy of the Union's objectives and targets defined in the preamble of the Constitution and article 1;
1.2. consider and adopt, where appropriate, proposals for the Constitution, general rules of procedure, the amendment to the Convention and the agreement, in accordance with article 29 of the Constitution and the General rules of procedure article 122 Member States and submitted to the Council;
1.3. the legislation of the Union of the date of entry into force;
1.4. adopt internal rules of Congress and its amendments;
1.5. looking at pusīgo reports on the Administrative Council, the Council and the postal operations Committee, the Advisory Forum, which covers the period between the last and the last Congress that these institutions shall be submitted in accordance with general rule 103.,105. and article 107;
1.6. adopted the EU strategy;
1.7. determine the maximum amount of expenditure of the Union in accordance with article 21 of the Constitution;
1.1. Member States elected by the Administrative Council and postal operations Council;
1.9. elect the Director-General and Deputy Director-General;
1.10. the resolution of Congress determines the maximum amount of the costs, which shall be borne by the EU for the production of documents in Chinese, German, Portuguese and Russian.
2. As the highest institution of the Union, Congress addressed other questions below in the area of postal services.
(II) article (article 102 amended) composition of the Administrative Board, activities and meetings (article 17 of the Constitution) the Administrative Council shall 1. forty-one Member States that fulfil their functions during the period between the two conferences.
2. the host Member State Congress takes over the Office of President. If a Member State renounces these rights, it becomes the de jure Member, and thus the geographical group to which it belongs, obtained its space, which is not subject to restrictive conditions of paragraph 3. In this case, the Administrative Council shall elect a President of one of the Member States in the geographical group of the host Member State.
3. The other forty members of the Administrative Council, elected by the Congress, on the basis of equitable geographical distribution. At least half of the composition of the Administrative Board shall in each Congress; None of the Council members may not be selected in three consecutive congresses.
4. each Member of the Administrative Board shall appoint its representative who is competent to postal matters.
5. the performance of the functions of the Administrative Board members shall not be remunerated. Operating expenses shall be borne by the Council of the Union.
6. functions of the Administrative Board are the following: 6.1. monitoring the functioning of the Union Congress in the meantime to ensure compliance with the decisions of Congress, when considering questions of Government policy in the field of mail and taking into account the development of international standards for trade in services and competition; 
6.2. within the limits of its competence to consider and approve any activity that requires international mail service quality assurance, improvement and modernisation of services;
6.3. to promote, coordinate and monitor all mail types of technical assistance in the implementation of international technical cooperation;
6.4. to consider and approve the programme and budget of the Union for a period of two years, and the Bills of the Union;
6.5. If necessary, authorise the maximum amount of expenditure in accordance with article 128-point 5;
6.6. the development of the Union's financial regulation;
6.7. to develop rules governing reserve fund;
6.8. to develop rules governing the Special Fund;
6.9. to develop rules governing the specific activities of the Fund;
6.10. to develop rules governing voluntary contributions to the Fund;
6.11. to provide international control of the operation of the Office;
6.12. at the request of and in accordance with paragraph 6 of article 130 of the conditions allow to choose a lower class of contributions;
6.13. allow geographic group at the request of a Member State and taking account of the views of the Member States, which is the relevant geographical group members;
6.14. the development of staff regulations and conditions of the service ievēlētaj officials;
6.15. to establish or eliminate posts with the International Bureau, taking into account the limitations imposed by the expenditure limit laid down;
6.16. develop social fund rules;
6.17. to approve the International Bureau prepared a report on the activities of the Union in the period of two years and the Union's financial performance report for the period of two years and, if necessary, to provide comments on them;
6.18. in order to fulfil its functions, to take a decision on the contacts to be established with the Member States;
6.19. after consultation with the postal operations Council to adopt the decision on which to establish contacts with organisations that are not de jure observer, to consider and approve the reports of the International Office of the Union's relations with other international organizations and to take the decisions which it considers appropriate for the continuation of such relations and the action to be taken; after consultation with the postal operations Council and the Secretary-General to designate the time and invite international organizations, associations, businesses and qualified persons to be represented at the special Congress and its Committee meetings, if it's a Union or labour interests of Congress, and ask the Director-General to send out the necessary invitations;
6.20. If it considers it necessary, to lay down principles that postal operations Council, to be followed in considering issues having significant financial implications (tariffs, fees, transit fees, airmail transport receipts and correspondence letters mailing sent to foreign countries); carefully follow these issues, to review and approve the actions of the Council Post suggestions on relevant issues, in order to ensure compliance with the above principles;
6.21. the Congress, postal operations Council or at the request of the Member States to take legislative, administrative, and legal problems research in connection with Union or international mail services; The Administrative Board shall decide whether it is appropriate for Congress to start between the requested Member State;
6.22. develop proposals in accordance with article 125 will be submitted for approval to Congress or the States; 
6.23. If necessary, according to their competence to approve the recommendation of the Council of postal activity of the rules of procedure or the adoption of new procedures, until the Congress will not have made a decision in the matter;
6.24. examine mail activities prepared the annual report of the Council and any proposals submitted to the Council;
6.25. submit postal operations Council questions examination according to article 9.16.104.
6.26. Article 101 in the case provided for in point to designate the Member State in which the next Congress;
6.27. times and after consultation with the postal operations Council to determine the Congressional Labor Committee takes to complete and clarify their function;
6.28. after consultation with the postal operations Council and approval of Congress to designate the Member States that are able to take on Congress:-Vice-President and Chairman of the Committee and Vice-Chairman of the duties, pursuant to fair geographical distribution, and to participate in the work of committees of Congress, which has limited the number of members;
6.29. consultation with the postal operations Council, to consider and approve the draft strategy for submission to the Congress;
at 6.30 the next Congress submission to confirm a report on the four-year period prepared by the International Bureau after consultation with the postal operations Council, on the work done in the previous Congress of the Union approved the implementation of the strategy;
6.31. establish the organisational structure of the Advisory Committee and contribute to the activities of the Advisory Committee of the organisation in accordance with the provisions of article 106;
6.32. develop criteria for membership of the Advisory Committee, and approve or reject membership applications in accordance with these criteria, ensuring the application of accelerated examination procedure between meetings of the Administrative Council;
6.33. those members of the Administrative Board, which will work with the Advisory Committee;
6.34. receive and discuss the Advisory reports and recommendations of the Committee and examine them for submission to Congress.

7. At the first meeting, convened by the President of the Congress, the Administrative Council shall elect from among its members the four Vice-Chairmen and draw up its internal rules of roll.
8. the Administrative Board shall be convened by the Chairperson, and, in principle, meet at the headquarters of the Union once a year.
9. the Chairman of the Management Board, the Vice-Chairman, the Board committees and the strategic planning group composed of the Management Committee. This Committee shall prepare and chair the Administrative Council each sitting. On behalf of the Administrative Council shall confirm the International Bureau prepared a report on the activities of the Union of the two-year period and carry out any other tasks which the Board decides to ask it, or if the need arises to do strategic planning process.
10. Travel expenses of members of the Administrative Council each representative participating in the meetings of these bodies shall be borne by the Member State representative. However, any representative of a Member State, which created the United Nations lists classified as developing or underdeveloped countries who attend Board meetings, except for meetings that take place during the Congress, shall be entitled to remuneration for a round trip economy class or on round-trip ticket to first class, or reimbursement for expenses incurred while traveling with any other means of transport, but on condition that this amount does not exceed the fare for round trip economy class. The same rights are granted to the Administrative Council, the Committee, working group or other body in each Member when they meet outside the Congress and meetings of the Administrative Council.
11. the mail operations, the President of the Council shall represent the Board meetings, which are on the agenda of his postal operations Council issues of interest.
12. the Chairman of the Advisory Committee representative for the meetings of the Administrative Council, which is on the agenda of the Advisory Committee on questions of interest.
13. in order to ensure effective cooperation between the two institutions, the Council of postal activities may designate representatives to participate in meetings of the Administrative Board as observers.
14. The Member State in which the meetings of the Administrative Council, invited to participate in meetings as an observer, if it is not a member of the Administrative Council.
15. The Administrative Council may invite to the meetings without the right to vote of any international organization, any association or company representative or any qualified person who wishes to engage in their work. Under the same conditions, it also can invite one or more Member States interested in the meeting agenda.
16. the plenary sessions and Administrative Council may attend meetings of the Committee, such observers, without voting rights, if they so request: 16.1. Mail transactions the Council members;
16.2. the members of the Advisory Committee;
16.3. the work of the Administrative Council of the intergovernmental bodies concerned;
16.4. other Member States of the Union.
17. Logistic reasons the Board may limit the number of observers participating in the meeting. It can also restrict her right to reply to the debate.
18. members of the Administrative Council actively participates in its work. Observers may, at their request, be authorized to collaborate in research work to be carried out subject to the conditions that the Council may determine its work efficiency and productivity. You can invite also manage working groups and project groups if they have professional experience or knowledge. Observers without additional expenditure in the Union.
19. In exceptional cases, the observers may deny participation in the meeting or any meeting or restrict their rights to receive documents, if required in the meeting topic, or because of the confidential nature of documents. These restrictions may decide any participating institution or its Chairman, on a case-by-case basis. For each individual case report to the Administrative Council and postal operations Council, if they relate to matters of interest to the postal operations Council. If the Board considers it necessary, it may then limit to review in consultation with the postal operations Council.
(Iii) article (art. 103 amended) information on the activities of the Administrative Board 1. after each meeting of the Administrative Board shall inform the Member States of the Union, the selection operators, restricted unions and members of the Advisory Committee for its work, sending them, among other things, a summary of the report, resolutions and decisions.
2. the Management Board shall prepare the Congress a comprehensive report on its activities and shall forward it to the Member States of the Union, designated operators and members of the Advisory Committee at least two months before the opening of the Congress.
Article IV (article 104 amended) postal operations Council, activities and meetings (article 18 of the Constitution) 1. Postal Operations Council has forty members, which perform their functions during the period between the two conferences.
2. the mail operations members of the Council elected by Congress, based on a specific geographical distribution. Twenty-four places reserved for developing countries and the developed Member States to sixteen. Each Congress restores at least one third of the composition of the Council.
3. each mail transaction Council appoint a representative whose role is to provide the basic documents of the Union of the services.
4. Postal Operations Council shall be borne by the Union. Council members shall not be remunerated. Postal Operations Council of representatives of the Member States involved in the travel and subsistence expenses shall be borne by the Member States. However, except for meetings that take place during the Congress, each representative of the Member State which, in accordance with the United Nations lists are considered not beneficial conditions, are entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses either on a round trip economy class or on round-trip ticket to first class, or reimbursement for expenses incurred while traveling with any other means of transport, but on condition that this amount does not exceed the fare for round trip economy class.
5. At the first meeting, convened by the President of Congress, and found the mail transaction Council elect from among its members the Chairman of the Council, the Deputy Chairman and the Chairmen of the Committee.
6. Postal Operations Council shall draw up its internal rules of roll.
7. in principle, a postal operations Council shall meet each year at the headquarters of the Union. Date and place of the meeting shall be determined by the President of the Council with the President of the Administrative Board and the Director-General of the International Bureau.
8. the Management Committee is the President of the Council of postal operations, the Vice-President and the Council of postal operations Committee Chairman. This Committee shall prepare and conduct each mail transaction Council meeting and take all the tasks that the postal operations Council instructs it, or if you need to make a strategic planning process occurs.
9. the mail operations functions of the Council are the following: 9.1. make important operational, commercial, technical, economic and technical cooperation concern that interest in all Member States, or their designated operators, including issues having significant financial implications (tariffs, fees, transit fees, transport fares, airmail postal rates and mailing correspondence letters sent to foreign countries), and to prepare the information, opinions and recommendations for action on these matters;
9.2. six months after the end of the Congress to revise the rules of the Union, unless it decides otherwise; If the urgent need, postal operations Council may amend these rules of procedure of the meetings; in both cases, the postal operations Council is bound by the instructions of the Administrative Council of the essential policy and aspects of fundamental principles;
9.3. to coordinate practical measures for international postal service development and improvement;
9.4. take any action needed in the international mail service quality improvement and preservation services, approved by the Administrative Council of its competence;
9.5. to make proposals, in accordance with article 125 shall be submitted for approval to Congress or the States; If these proposals apply to matters that are within the competence of the Administrative Council, they must be approved by the Council;
9.6. at the request of a Member State, examine any proposal which this Member State shall send to the International Bureau in accordance with article 124, preparing for their comments and to ask the International Bureau to add the comments to the proposal before it is submitted to Member States for approval;
9.7. If necessary and appropriate, approval of the Administrative Council and in consultation with all Member States, to adopt the rules of procedure or recommend a new procedure until such time as Congress will take a decision in the matter;
9.8. If the uniformity of practice is essential, according to their competence to prepare and issue the Member States and their designated operators in the form of a recommendation of the technological, operational and other process standards; If necessary, in a similar way to issue amendments to these standards;

9.9. to contribute to the work of the Board, the latter the developing strategy of the project to be in Congress;
9.10. approve its International Bureau prepared a report on the activities of the Union of the part of the two-year period that applies to mail activities and functions of the Council;
9.11. in order to fulfil its functions, to take a decision on the contacts to be established with the Member States and their designated operators;
9.12. to carry out education and training problem research of interest to Member States and their designated operators, as well as emerging and developing countries;
9.13. to take the necessary measures to investigate and disclose certain of the Member States and the designated operator of the experimental results and achievements in the technical, operational, economic and professional training, which is interested in mail services;
9.14. explore postal service current situations and needs in the new and developing countries, and to prepare appropriate recommendations on the ways and means to improve postal services in these countries;
9. in consultation with the Management Board, to take appropriate measures in the field of technical cooperation with all Member States of the Union and their designated operators, but especially with new and developing countries and their designated operators;
9.16. consider any other issues that postal operations Council shall submit a postal operations Council, the Administrative Council or any Member State or the designated operator;
9.17. receive and discuss the Advisory Committee's reports and recommendations and, if they relate to matters of interest to the postal operations Council, to review and comment on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee for submission to the Congress;
9.18. choose the members of the Council that will run the Consultative Committee.
10. on the basis of the strategy adopted in the Congress and particularly that part relating to the permanent institution of the Union strategy, mail Action Council at the first meeting after the Congress prepares a major action programme, which includes a series of tactical techniques for the implementation of the strategy. The main programme of activities, including a limited number of projects of common interest for all current issues, reviewed annually, taking into account the new circumstances and priorities.
11. in order to ensure effective cooperation between the two institutions, the Administrative Council may designate representatives who participate in the Mail Operations Council meetings as observers.
12. the mail operations Council plenary sessions and Committee meetings be open to such observers, without voting rights, if they so request: 12.1. members of the Administrative Council;
12.2. the members of the Advisory Committee;
12.3. the mail operations in the work of the intergovernmental bodies concerned;
12.4 other Union Member States.
13. Logistical reasons mail action the Council may limit the number of observers participating in the meetings. It can also restrict her right to reply to the debate.
14. Postal Operations Council members actively participate in the work of the Council. Observers may, at their request, be authorized to collaborate in research work to be carried out subject to the conditions that the Council may determine its efficiency and productivity. Observers may be invited also to manage working groups and project groups if they have professional experience or knowledge. Observers without additional expenditure in the Union.
15. In exceptional cases, the observers may deny participation in the meeting or any meeting or restrict their rights to receive documents, if required in the meeting topic, or because of the confidential nature of documents. These restrictions may decide any participating institution or its Chairman, on a case-by-case basis. For each individual case report to the Administrative Council and postal operations Council. If the Board considers it necessary, it may then limit to review in consultation with the postal operations Council.
16. the Chairman of the Advisory Committee representative of the postal operations Council meetings, where the agenda is the Advisory Committee issues of interest.
17. the mail operations, the Council may be invited to participate in meetings without voting rights: 17.1. any international organisation or any qualified person, that it wants to involve in its work;
17.2. any member not represented in the Council of postal operations;
10.7. any association or company with which it wants to consult about their actions.
Article v (article 105 amended) information on postal operations Council meetings after each 1 postal operations Council shall inform the Member States of the Union, the selection operators, restricted unions and members of the Advisory Committee for its work, sending them, among other things, a summary of the report, resolutions and decisions.
2. Postal Operations Council shall prepare an annual report to the Board on its activities.
3. Postal Operations Council prepares to Congress a comprehensive report on its activities and shall forward it to the Member States of the Union, designated operators and members of the Advisory Committee at least two months before the opening of the Congress.
Article vi (article 106 amended) the composition of the Advisory Committee, activities and meetings of the Advisory Committee 1 aims to represent a broad international postal sector interests and ensure effective dialogue system maintenance between the interested parties. The Committee works in non-governmental organizations representing customers, delivery service providers, workers ' organizations, suppliers of goods and services, as well as the postal sector similar to private organizations and companies that are interested in supporting the mission and objectives of the Union. If such organizations are registered, they must be registered in a Member State of the Union. The Administrative Council and postal operations Council shall appoint from among the members of the Consultative Committee for the job. Not including the Administrative Council and postal operations Council appointed the members of the Committee for the participation in the Advisory Committee of the Administrative Council shall decide upon the specific application and approval process in accordance with article 6.31.102.
2. each Member of the Advisory Committee to appoint a representative.
3. the Advisory Committee operating costs split between the Union and the members of the Administrative Council.
4. the members of the Advisory Committee shall not receive remuneration or any other consideration.
5. after each Congress Advisory Committee carried out a reorganisation of the Administrative Council in accordance with established procedure. Chairman of the Administrative Council, chaired the Advisory Committee organizational meeting, which elected the Chairman of the Committee.
6. the Advisory Committee shall adopt its internal organisational structure and draw up its internal rules of roll, in the light of the basic principles of the Union, and on the basis of the consent of the Administrative Council, after consultation with the postal operations Council.
7. the Advisory Committee shall meet twice a year. In principle, the meetings take place at the headquarters of the Union, together with the Administrative Council and postal operations Council meetings. Date and place of the meeting shall be determined by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the President of the Administrative Council, the President of the Council of postal operations, and the Director-General of the International Bureau.
8. the Advisory Committee shall draw up its own programme in accordance with the following functions: 8.1 consider Administrative Council and postal operations Council documents and messages. In exceptional cases, the right to receive certain text and documents may be restricted if this is necessary for meeting the subject or because of the confidential nature of the document. These restrictions may decide any participating institution or its Chairman, on a case-by-case basis. For each individual case report to the Administrative Council and postal operations Council, if they relate to matters of interest to the postal operations Council. If the Board considers it necessary, it may then limit to review in consultation with the postal operations Council;
8.2. to identify and discuss the important Advisory Committee members;
8.3. to examine issues affecting the postal sector, and to report on these issues;
8.4. to contribute to the Administrative Council and postal operations Council work, including submitting reports and recommendations and deliver opinions at the request of the two Councils;
8.5. to provide to Congress recommendations approved by the Administrative Board and, if they relate to matters of interest to the postal operations Council, the latter shall examine them and provide comments.
9. the Chairman of the Administrative Council and postal operations Council Chairman representing these institutions Advisory Committee meetings, if meetings on the agenda are issues of interest to those authorities.
10. in order to ensure effective cooperation with the institutions of the Union, the Advisory Committee may appoint representatives who participate in the Congress, Administrative Council, and the Council of postal activities these councils the Committee meetings as observers without voting rights.

11. If the Advisory Committee members ask, they may participate in the plenary sessions and Administrative Council and postal operations Council Committee meetings in accordance with paragraph 16 of article 102, and article 12, paragraph 104. They can also participate in the project group and the work of the Working Group in accordance with paragraph 18 of article 102, and article 14, paragraph 104. Advisory Committee members may participate in the work of the Congress observers without voting rights.
12. The Advisory Committee may participate in the meetings of such observers, without voting rights, if they so request: 12.1. Mail Action Council and the members of the Administrative Council;
12.2. the work of the Advisory Committee of the intergovernmental bodies concerned;
12.3. limit associations;
12.4. the other Member States of the Union.
13. for logistical reasons, the Advisory Committee may limit the number of observers participating in the meetings. It can also restrict her right to reply to the debate.
14. In exceptional cases, the observers may deny participation in the meeting or any meeting or restrict their rights to receive documents, if required in the meeting topic, or because of the confidential nature of documents. These restrictions may decide any participating institution or its Chairman, on a case-by-case basis. For each individual case report to the Administrative Council and postal operations Council, if they relate to matters of interest to the postal operations Council. If the Board considers it appropriate, where appropriate after consultation with the postal operations Council restrictions can be reviewed.
15. the Director-General of the International Bureau in person provides the Advisory Committee secretariat functions.
Article VII (article 107 amended) information on the activities of the Advisory Committee 1. after each meeting of the Advisory Committee shall inform the Administrative Council and postal operations Council about its work, sending the said institutions, inter alia, a summary statement of the meeting, their recommendations and conclusions.
2. the Advisory Committee shall draw up an annual report to the Board on their activities and send one copy to the postal operations Council. This report documents the Administrative Council shall be inserted, which shall be sent to the Member States of the Union, designated operators and limited associations in accordance with article 103.
3. the Consultative Committee shall prepare the Congress a comprehensive report on its activities and shall forward it to the Member States of the European Union and its designated operator for at least two months before the opening of the Congress.
Article VIII (article 110 amended) documents, debates and official correspondence languages 1. Eu documents used in French, English, Arabic and Spanish. Chinese, German, Portuguese and Russian are used, provided that these languages be issued only the most important documents. Other languages may be used, provided that Member States which so request, shall bear all the costs incurred.
2. the Member State or States which have requested that the language is not the official language, the language of the form group.
3. the International Bureau publishes documents in the official language and language of that order included language groups, directly or through the regional offices of the group mediation procedures to coordinate with the International Bureau. The publication in different languages is carried out in accordance with the common standard.
4. the documents published by the International Bureau directly by the different languages you requested be circulated at the same time.
5. the correspondence exchanged between the Member States or their designated operators and the International Bureau, between the Office and external institutions takes place in any language in which the International Bureau is available in the translation service.
6. the costs of translation in any language, including the costs arising from the application of paragraph 5, shall be borne by the language group, the language requested. Member States that use of the official languages, on the unofficial translation of documents pay a one-time contribution, and the amount of this deposit unit is the same as that covered by the Member States, for use in the other working language of the International Bureau. All other service related costs shall be borne by the Union. With Congress's decision establishes a maximum limit of costs by the Union shall be borne by the issuing of documents in Chinese, German, Portuguese and Russian.
7. Costs borne by language group, distributed among the members in proportion to their contributions to the Union's expenditure. These costs can be split between the language of the group members according to a different system, but with the condition that the Member States concerned shall agree and shall notify the International Bureau of its decision to the group representative.
8. The International Bureau shall carry out any changes to the language of the Member State requested for the period of time which may not exceed two years.
9. the discussions at the meetings of the institutions of the Union is acceptable in English, French, Spanish and Russian languages, through the translation system – with or without electronic equipment, which is chosen at the discretion of the organizer of the meeting in consultation with the Director-General of the International Bureau and the Member States concerned.
10. in paragraph 9 of the above discussions and meetings also acceptable are other languages.
11. Delegations which used other languages provides a synchronous translation in one of the languages referred to in paragraph 9, either using the systems referred to in this paragraph, if it is possible to make the necessary technical modifications, or inviting individual interpreters.
12. Synchronous translation expenses distributed among the Member States which use the same language, in proportion to their contributions to the Union's expenditure. However, the technical installation and maintenance costs borne by the Union.
13. Member States and/or their designated operators can agree on mutual language used in official correspondence. In the absence of such agreement, the use of the French language.
Article IX (article 112 amended by) the Director-General Director-General responsibilities 1. organized, managed and run by the International Bureau and is its legal representative. He is authorized to classify positions degrees from G1 to D2, to appoint and promote officials in these grades. Rank from P1 to he taken into account candidates D2 professional qualifications, which recommends that those Member States in which the applicants are nationals of the country or to pursue their professional activities, while respecting equitable geographical distribution by continents and languages. Degree D2 positions within the ranks as possible candidates from different regions, as well as from regions other than the Director-General and Deputy Director General of the place of origin, bearing in mind the relevant observations of the International Bureau's work efficiency. If the position requires special skills, the Director-General is entitled to invite independent experts, without taking into account the above restrictive conditions. Appointment of new Executive Director-General, shall also take into account the fact that, in principle, to persons occupying positions in grades D2, D1 and P5, to be a member of various nationals. Officials of the International Bureau to increase the post to a degree D2, D1 and P5, the Director-General, this principle does not apply. In addition, in this case, the recruitment process for equitable geographical distribution and rank behind merit. Once a year the Director-General shall inform the Management Board about appointment and promotion to posts grades from P4 to D2.
2. The Director-General is responsible for the following: 2.1 to be a Union Act and mediate the latter joining the Union or the Union admission procedure and withdrawal procedures from the Union;
2.2. the Governments of all the Member States to notify the Congress decisions;
2.3. to notify all Member States and their designated operators for which the rules were developed by or mail transactions processed by the Council;
2.4. to prepare the annual budget of the Union project at the very lowest level in line with the requirements of the EU and to submit it to the Administrative Council for consideration; the budget approved by the Council, the Member States and to report their budgets to meet;
2.5. to execute specific tasks that you'd take the EU institutions, and their work for the Union;
2.6. action to achieve the objectives of the institutions of the Union in conformity with the policies developed and available financial resources;
2.7. to submit suggestions and proposals to the Board, or Post transactions to the Council;
2.8. the closing of the Congress, in accordance with the postal operations Council and staff roll to submit proposals to the Council on the activities of the post the changes necessary to make the subjects on the basis of the decisions of the Congress;
2.9. the basis of Soviet directives issued to the Board, to prepare the draft strategy for submission to Congress;
2.10. to prepare a report on the four-year period, the Member States ' performance in the previous Congress approved strategy, approved by the Administrative Council for submission to the next Congress.
2.11. to ensure the representation of the Union;
2.12. to mediate between: – the Universal Postal Union and the European Community;
– The Universal Postal Union and the United Nations;
– The Universal Postal Union and the international organisations in the activities of the Union is concerned;

– The Universal Postal Union and the international organisations or associations or companies, with which the EU institutions wish to consult or engage in their work;
2.13. the institution of the Union to take on the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and in the light of the General rules of procedure the specific provisions, in particular, this status monitor: – preparing the work of the institutions of the Union and organizing;
the document, message and protocol development, picking and shipping;
-the operation of the Secretariat in the meetings of the EU institutions;
2.14. the institutions of the Union to participate in meetings and discussions, without voting rights, but with the possibility to be represented.
Article x (amended article 114) of the institutions of the Union secretariat (Constitution of 14, 15, 17 and 18), the Director-General is responsible for ensuring that the International Bureau provide the Secretariat of the bodies of the Union's activities. The Secretariat shall send all the documents, published after each sitting, the relevant institutions in the Member States and their designated operators, Member States and their designated operators who are not members of the institution, but cooperate in the research to be carried out, controlled associations and to the other Member States and their designated operators requesting them.
Article XI (amended article 116). Opinions. Interpretation and amendment requests. Polls. Obligations of payment (article 20 of the Constitution, the general rule 124.125.126., and article) (1). the International Bureau is always the Board, mail operations Council and the Member States and their designated operators, to provide any relevant information on issues relating to the operation of the service.
2. in particular, the International Bureau shall collect, collate, publish and disseminate all kinds of information, which is useful for international mail services; at the request of the parties concerned shall deliver an opinion on controversial issues, take action, if the received requests for interpretation of the Union and amendments, usually performs the research, editorial work or documentation provided by the Office of the Union or you can ask in the interests of the Union.
3. to ascertain the specific question in the other Member States and the designated operator of the views, the International Bureau and by Member States at the request of designated operators also carry out surveys. The results of the survey has vote status, and it is not officially binding.
4. the International Bureau may act as clearing (Cashless settlement) Center for all types of payment, related to postal services.
Article XII (article 118 modified) form supplied by the International Bureau (article 20 of the Constitution), the International Bureau is responsible for the international reply coupon production and supply at cost price to the Member States or their designated operators that their orders.
Article XIII (article 119 amended by) the limited documents and special association agreements (article 8 of the Constitution) 1. Limited Office or one of the Contracting Parties shall send to the International Bureau by two associations limited documents and their copies of the special agreement concluded in accordance with article 8 of the Constitution.
2. the International Bureau ensures that the limited documents and special association agreements do not include conditions which are less favourable to the company than those provided for in legislation of the Union, and shall inform the Member States and their designated operators of such associations and the existence of the agreement. The International Bureau shall inform the Management Board of any violations revealed by the application of this rule.
Article XIV (article 121 amended) report on the activities of the Union of the two year time period (article 20 of the Constitution, the general rule of article 102 6.17) developed by the International Bureau and the Administrative Council approved a report on the activities of the Union of the two-year time period, which shall be forwarded to the Member States and their designated operators controlled associations and the United Nations.
Article XV (article 122 amended) procedure for submission of proposals in Congress (article 29 of the Constitution) 1. taking into account paragraphs 2 and 5 of those exceptions, Member States shall submit to the Congress all the way to the proposals in accordance with the following procedure: (a)) shall be adopted, if the International Bureau receives it at least six months before the opening day of Congress;
b) editorial proposals not be adopted during the six months period before the opening day of Congress;
(c)) the proposals for content, which the International Bureau receives four to six months before the opening day of the Congress, shall be admissible only if it is supported by at least two Member States;
(d) proposals on contents) nature, which the International Bureau receives two to four months before the opening day of the Congress, shall be admissible only if it is supported by at least eight Member States; After the expiry of that proposal not be accepted;
e) support declaration shall be filed with the International Bureau, at the same time as proposals to which they refer.
2. proposals of the Constitution or general rules of procedure the International Bureau must be received at least six months before the opening of the Congress; proposals received after that date, but before the opening of the Congress, are considered, if Congress is about to take a decision with a two-thirds majority of the States represented in Congress, and if the conditions of paragraph 1.
3. each proposal must often nominate only one goal and must include only changes that this objective serves as the justification. Similarly, any proposal that the Union may lead to significant costs, the financial impact of implementation, prepared by the Member State that it submit a proposal in consultation with the International Bureau, to allow for the implementation of the proposal the necessary financial means.
4. Member States shall submit proposals under the heading "editorial proposal" and the International Bureau are published with a number followed by the letter R, for which no proposal in this direction, but which, at the International Bureau, relate only to editorial issues, published under a given annotation; The International Bureau shall draw up the list of proposals to Congress.
5.1 and the procedure provided for in paragraph 4 shall not apply to proposals for Congress to order a roll or amendments to the proposals already submitted.
Article XVI (article 123 amended) procedure for postal submission of proposals to the Council of the action on the preparation of new rules of procedure according to the decisions of Congress 1. Universal Postal Convention and the agreement on postal payment services regulations drawn up by the Council of postal activities according to the decisions of Congress.
2. proposals resulting from the proposed amendments to the Convention or the agreement on postal payment services, shall be filed with the International Bureau, together with those proposals to Congress, to which they apply. They can be submitted by one Member State without the support of other Member States. Such a proposal shall be distributed to all Member States no later than one month before the opening of the Congress.
3. the other proposals for regulations which the Council shall examine the mail operations, preparing the new regulations within six months after the closing of the Congress, the International Bureau shall be submitted at least two months before the opening of the Congress. 
4. Proposals for the necessary changes to the rules, according to Congress's decision, which shall be submitted to the Member States, the International Bureau must be received no later than two months before the postal operations Council. Such a proposal shall be distributed to all Member States and their designated operators not later than one month before the postal operations Council's inception.
Article XVII (article 124 amended) procedure for submission of proposals in the interim Congress (article 29 of the Constitution, general rules of article 116) 1. each proposal for a Convention or agreement that a Member State shall submit to the Congress in the meantime, it is accepted for review only if it is supported by at least two other Member States. Such proposals are not considered, if not at the same time the International Bureau receives the required number of declarations of support.
2. these proposals forward to the other Member States through the International Office.
3. Proposals for the regulations do not require the support of the Declaration, but the postal operations Council shall examine them only if you agree that they are urgently needed.
Article XVIII (article 125 amended) proposal for the consideration of the Congress in the meantime (article 29 of the Constitution, general rules of article 116 and 124) 1. each proposal to the Convention, the agreement and closing protocols the following procedure shall apply: a if a Member State has sent a proposal to the International Bureau, it shall forward such proposals for consideration by all Member States. Member States shall determine the two month period proposal for review and comment to send to the International Bureau. The amendments do not allowed. After two months, the International Bureau shall send the Member States all the received comments and invite each Member State to vote for or against the proposal. Considers that Member States refrain, if its not two months sent their vote. The above time limits from the International Bureau of the date of issue of the circular.
2. Proposals for amendments to the subjects dealt with by the Council of postal operations.

3. If the proposal or agreement of the final Protocol, the procedure referred to in paragraph 1 may participate in only those Member States that are parties to this agreement.
Article XIX (article 126 amended by) the notification of any decision of the Congress in the meantime (article 29 of the Constitution, general rules of article 124 and 125) 1. With notification to the Governments of the Member States, the Director-General of the International Bureau approves the Convention and the agreements and this Act made the final protocols.
2. the International Bureau shall notify the Member States and their designated operators for amendments which the Council of postal activities made it to the final rules and protocols. The same applies to the interpretation of the rules referred to in article 36 of the Convention 3.2 and point the relevant provisions of the agreement.
Article XX (amended article 128) for the establishment and expenditure of the Union (article 22 of the Constitution) 1. According to article 2-6 conditions with the Union's institutions annual expenditure associated in 2009 and subsequent years shall not exceed the following amounts: 37 000 000 Swiss francs in 2009 and 2010 and 37 235 000 Swiss francs in 2011 and 2012. 2012 limit also applies to subsequent years, if the planned 2012 Congress will be deferred to a later time.
2. expenditure relating to the convening of the next Congress (secretariat travel costs, transport costs, simultaneous interpreting equipment setup costs, the cost of producing the document during the Congress, etc.) must not exceed 2 900 000 Swiss francs.
3. The Management Board is allowed to exceed 1 and in paragraph 2 limits, taking into account the increases in salary rates, pension contributions or benefits, including a premium salary approved by the United Nations for its application in Geneva employed personnel.
4. The Management Board is also authorized to adjust each year other expenses under the Swiss consumer price index, excluding personnel costs.
5. Notwithstanding paragraph 1, the Administrative Board or very urgent cases-the Director-General of the International Bureau be permitted to exceed the limits in order to cover the large and unexpected repair costs at the international office building, but with the condition that excess amount must not be greater than 125 000 Swiss francs a year.
6. If the Union does not interfere with the work in point 1 and 2 allow loans proves insufficient, it will only be exceeded with the approval of the majority of the Member States of the Union. Any discussion must include a complete description of the facts justifying the request.
7. States acceding to the Union or the Member States of the Union, as well as the status of countries that withdraw from the Union, the contribution for the whole year that accession or withdrawal takes effect.
8. on the basis of the budget drawn up by the Administrative Council, the Member States shall advance the Union's annual expenses. These contributions shall be made no later than the first day of the financial year to which the budget relates. After the period of non-iemaksātaj amounts collected on behalf of the Union interest rate 6% per year starting from the fourth month.
9. If the payment of the debt, not including interest, by a Member State of the Union, the Union is owed is equal to or greater than the amount of that Member State for the previous two financial years, in accordance with the administrative procedures of that Member State may irrevocably to cede to the Union of all or part of the amount of the debt that is owed for that Member State in other Member States. Debt provisions of the CMR was laid down in the agreement concluded between the Member States, its customers/vendors and Union.
10. a Member State which, for legal or other reasons, cannot make such effectiveness, undertake to draw up a schedule for the gradual payment of their debt.
11. except in an emergency situation, the payment of the debts due to the Union should not exceed ten years.
12. In exceptional cases, the Board may relieve a member from all or part of the interest payments, if this country has paid all the debt principal.
13. in accordance with the phasing-in schedule of payment of debts that the Administrative Council approved the settlement of the debt, a Member State may be exempted from all interest accrued or remaining payments or parts; However, such relief is granted, if fully and accurately is executed debt payment schedule approved phasing in period not exceeding ten years.
14. in order to cover the deficit in the financing of the Union, establish a reserve fund, the amount of which shall be determined by the Administrative Council. This Fund is maintained mainly from the budget surplus. It can also be used to balance the budget or the amount of contributions of the Member States.
15. with regard to temporary funding deficit, the Government of the Swiss Confederation shall grant the necessary short-term loans in accordance with a bilateral agreement. This Government without the expense of the International Bureau monitored accounting and accounting under the credit limit specified in the Congress.
16.9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 of the terms of paragraph apply mutatis mutandis translation costs, on which the International Bureau will invoice the Member States respective language groups.
Article XXI (article 130 is amended) contribution class (article 21 of the Constitution, general rules of procedure, and article 115.128) 1. spending of the Union Member States contributions to cover the corresponding contributions to the class in which it is included. These classes are as follows: 50 unit class;
45 unit class;
40 unit class;
35 unit class;
30 unit class;
25 unit class;
20 unit class;
15 unit class;
10 unit class;
5 unit class;
3 unit class;
1 unit class;
0.5 unit class reserved for the least developed countries, which are counted by the United Nations and other countries that are designated by the Administrative Board.
2. Notwithstanding paragraph 1, contributions listed in classes, any Member State may provide a greater number of units of contribution corresponding to the class to which the Member State concerned has been included to the minimum term, which is equivalent to the period of time between the two conferences. The latest deadline for the notification of these changes is the time of the Congress. Later in the period between the two conferences, the Member automatically returns to the original class with the provided contributions contributions to a number of units, if that Member State does not take a decision to continue to contribute to the larger number of units. Additional contributions under the increased expenses.
3. in accordance with article 21 of the Constitution of the procedure laid down in paragraph 4, the Member States acceding to the Union on the admitted, or are they included in one of the above classes of contributions.
4. Member States may include in the lower class of contribution, provided that a request to change the contribution class is sent to the International Bureau for at least two months before the opening of the Congress. For requests to change the contribution class provides a non-binding opinion of the Congress. The Member State concerned are entitled to freely decide on the taking into account of the opinion of the Congress or not. The final member of Congress before a final decision is sent to the Secretariat of the International Bureau. A request to change the class of contributions shall enter into force on the date of entry into force of the financial rules approved by Congress. Member States which have not notified within the time limit set for the intention to change the class of contributions, remain in the same class of contributions.
5. Member States may not require the same time reduced by more than one class.
6. However, in emergencies, such as natural disasters, when international assistance programs, the Administrative Council once period in Congress may allow the on-time switch in the lower class of contribution, where a Member State requests it and prove that it could not make the contributions originally designated class. In the same circumstances, the Board may also allow for time pass, the lowest class of contributions outside the least developed country category, but already includes 1 unit class, transferring its 0.5 unit class.
7. The application of paragraph 6, the Board may authorise the temporary transition to a lower class of contribution to a maximum of 2 years or until the next Congress, if it happens before the end of that period. After the end of the period, the country in question automatically returns to the original class of contributions.
8. Notwithstanding paragraphs 4 and 5, the transition to a higher class of contributions is not limited.
Article XXII (art. 131 amended) for the International Bureau made deliveries (General article 118 of the rules of procedure) For the International Bureau's fees made deliveries to Member States and their designated operators, payments shall be made in the shortest possible period of time-at the latest six months, counting from the first day of the month following the month in which the invoice is sent to the International Bureau. By the end of this period for the outstanding amounts charged interest right of the Union with an interest rate of 5% per annum, calculated from that date.
Article XXIII (art. 132 amended by) the arbitration procedure (article 32 of the Constitution) 1. If the dispute is to be settled by arbitration, each Member State which is a party in this case, choose a Member State that are not directly involved in the dispute. If several Member States are involved in the common case, the meaning of that provision it is considered only a single Member State.

2. If one of the Member States that are parties to the present case, does not respond to the proposal on the choice of the arbitral tribunal within six months from the date of dispatch of the proposal, the International Bureau shall, upon request, go to the Member State concerned with a call to designate the arbitrator or appointing it himself under the delegated powers.
3. in the present case, the parties may agree on the appointment of one arbitrator, which could be the International Bureau.
4. The arbitrators decision adopted by a majority.
5. in the event of a tie, the question of dispute settlement arbitrators choose not involved in the other Member State. If the arbitrators cannot agree on the choice, the choice of the Member States of the International Bureau, which the arbitrators are not recommended.
6. If the dispute concerns an agreement, arbitrators may choose only from those Member States that are parties to this agreement.
7. If a dispute between designated operators must differentiate between the Tribunal, involved operators are turning to Member States at their request to act according to the 1-6. the procedure provided for in paragraph 1.
Article XXIV (article 135 is amended) General amendment of the rules of procedure, the entry into force and duration of the Congress amendments adopted are the subject of an additional protocol, and, unless the Congress decides otherwise, enter into force simultaneously with the rest of the acts of the Union renewed during this Congress.
The General rules of procedure shall enter into force on 1 January 2006 and shall remain in force indefinitely.
Article XXV of the additional protocol of accession of the Member States which have not signed this Protocol, may accede to it at any time. Relevant accession shall be transmitted to the International Bureau for the storage Director-General, who shall notify of their submission to the Governments of the Member States.
Article XXVI of the rules of procedure of the General entry into force of the additional protocol and time, this additional Protocol shall enter into force on January 1, 2010 and shall remain in force indefinitely.
In witness whereof, the Plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the Member States have developed this additional protocol, which has the same legal force as if these rules should be included in the text of the rules of procedure of the General, and it is signed in a single copy, which shall be submitted to the Director-General of the International Bureau for the storage. Of the Universal Postal Union, the International Bureau shall send to each party a copy of this additional protocol.
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