For The Republic Of Latvia And The European Meteorological Satellite Organisation Of Use (Eumetsat) The Agreement On The Accession Of The Republic Of Latvia To The Convention On The Use Of The European Meteorological Satellite Organization (Eumetsat) O...

Original Language Title: Par Latvijas Republikas un Eiropas Meteoroloģisko satelītu izmantošanas organizācijas (EUMETSAT) līgumu par Latvijas Republikas pievienošanos konvencijai par Eiropas Meteoroloģisko satelītu izmantošanas organizācijas (EUMETSAT) dibināšanu

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The Saeima has adopted and the President promulgated the following laws: For the Republic of Latvia and the European meteorological satellite organisation of use (EUMETSAT) the agreement on the accession of the Republic of Latvia to the Convention on the use of the European Meteorological Satellite Organization (EUMETSAT) article 1 of the Treaty. on 17 December 2008 the Darmštat signed by the Republic of Latvia and the European meteorological satellite organisation of use (EUMETSAT) the agreement on the accession of the Republic of Latvia 24 May 1983 Convention on the use of the European Meteorological Satellite Organization (EUMETSAT) and 1 December 1986 the EUMETSAT Protocol on the privileges and immunities (hereinafter contract) with this law is adopted and approved. 2. article. Contractual commitments coordinated by the Ministry of the environment. 3. article. The agreement shall enter into force for the period specified in article 5 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 contract and the Convention to be put on the EUMETSAT and EUMETSAT of the Protocol on the privileges and immunities the English text and its translation into Latvian language. The Parliament adopted the law of 8 April 2009. President Valdis Zatlers in Riga 2009 g. on 29 April, agreement BETWEEN the Government OF the REPUBLIC OF Latvia AND the EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR the EXPLOITATION OF SUPPORT to satellites (EUMETSAT) CONCERNING the ACCESSION OF the REPUBLIC OF Latvia TO the CONVENTION FOR the establishment OF A EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR the EXPLOITATION OF SUPPORT to satellites (EUMETSAT) AND the RELATED terms AND conditions preamble the Government of the Republic of Latvia , (hereinafter referred to as "Republic of Latvia"), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Satellite Support, established by the Convention opened for signature in Geneva on 24 May 1983 and entered into force on 19 June 1986 (hereinafter referred to as "EUMETSAT"), TAKING into account that the EUMETSAT Council at its 15th meeting on 4 and 5 June 1991 recommended the members States to accept Amendments to the Convention as proposed in the "Amending Protocol" the EUMS, attached Resolution/C/Res. (XXXVI), and that these Amendments will entered into force on 19 November 2000, CONSIDERING that, according to article 16 of the EUMETSAT Convention, any State may accede to the said Convention following a decision of the Council taken in conformity with the provision of article 5.2 (a) of the Convention, CONSIDERING further that the EUMETSAT Council, at its 34th meeting on 24-26 June 1997 , has defined the "Cooperating State" status as an intermediate step for European countries wishing to become full Member States EUMETSAT, CONSIDERING that the Republic of Latvia and EUMETSAT signed a Cooperating State agreement on 21 July 2004, BEARING IN MIND that article 7 of the above mentioned Agreement establish that of the agreement shall remain in force until 31 December 2010, unless the Republic of Latvia to become a full Member States of EUMETSAT earlier , and that, during the third year following the entry into force of this agreement, the Parties shall proceed to a formal review of their cooperation with a view to accession by the Republic of Latvia the EUMETSAT as a full Member State, FOLLOWING the wish expressed by the Republic of Latvia to become a EUMETSAT Member State within the framework conditions established by the EUMETSAT Convention , expressed through a letter from its Minister of environment dated 14 August 2008, RECALLING that the EUMETSAT Council at its 66th meeting on 9-10 December 2008 agreed to welcome the Republic of Latvia as a Member State through the adoption of Council Resolution EUMS/C/66/08/URRes.VI, CONVINCED that this accession will contribute to the achievement of the objective set out in of the EUMETSAT Convention , and that it will give the Republic of Latvia is a unique opportunity to fully participat in the Third Generation Program from Meteos you the outse, HAVING REGARD to articles 16 and 17 of the EUMETSAT Convention, have AGREED AS follows: article 1-the Republic of Latvia shall accede to the EUMETSAT Convention in accordanc with article 16.3 of the EUMETSAT Convention. Article 2 1. As from the date of accession, the provision of the EUMETSAT Convention and all EUMETSAT rules, together with all decisions taken by the Council, including all EUMETSAT programs (General budget, a Transition programme, Meteos Meteos you Second Generation Program and its Extensions, the EUMETSAT Polar System program, a Third Generation Features In Meteos, and the Optional Jason-2 Altimetry EUMETSAT programme) shall be binding for the Republic of Latvia. 2. As from the date of accession, the Republic of Latvia shall be placed in the same situation as the other Member States with regards to their decision, ruling, resolution or any other acts made by the Council or by any body and subordinat with regards to any agreement concluded by EUMETSAT. Therefore, the Republic of Latvia shall abid by the principles and policies stemming therefrom, and shall not take the cessary whenever appropriate measure to ensur is their full implementation. 3. The Republic of Latvia shall at the same time as the accession to the EUMETSAT Convention also accede to the Amending Protocol to the EUMETSAT Convention attached to Resolution the EUMS/C/Res. XXXV. 4. -The Republic of Latvia shall accede to the Protocol on Privileges and EUMETSAT Immunit, which was opened for signature on 1 December 1986 and entered into force on 5 January 1989, at the same time as the accession to the EUMETSAT Convention. This accession to the Protocol on Privileges and EUMETSAT to Immunit shall include the editorial amendments as notified to all Member States on 3 December 2002 and which entered into force on 1 January 2004.5. -The Republic of Latvia shall take all the appropriate measure of their internal legislation and the its adap rules to the rights and obligations resulting from its accession to the EUMETSAT. Article 3 In accordanc with article 16.5 of the EUMETSAT Convention, the Republic of Latvia shall make a special payment to EUMETSAT of EUR 123.377. This special payment of EUR compris 63.863 towards the investments already made for the mandatory programme, and EUR towards the 59.514 investments made for the Optional Jason-2 Altimetry Program. This payment shall be made from the later than 30 days after the date of deposit of the instrument of accession, but not earlier than 31 December 2009. Article 4 1. -The Republic of Latvia shall with regards to the provision of article 3 above start to contribute to the EUMETSAT annual budget as from 1 January 2009. The rate of contribution by the Republic of Latvia to the mandatory shall be calculated in the programme budget in accordanc with articles 10.2 and 10.3 of the EUMETSAT Convention. The rate of contribution to the Optional Jason-2 Altimetry EUMETSAT programme shall be 0,0966% of the Budget. 2. The Republic of Latvia shall acquir full voting rights at the EUMETSAT Council from the date of deposit of its instrument of accession. Article 5 1. The present Agreement shall enter into force on the date of deposit of the Republic of Latvia's instrument of accession with the Depositary of the EUMETSAT Convention, the Government of the Swiss Confederations. 2. In accordanc with it article 17.4, the EUMETSAT Convention shall become effective for the Republic of Latvia on the date referred to in article 5.1 above. 3. In accordanc with it article 15.2, the EUMETSAT Protocol on Privileges and shall become effective to the Immunit for the Republic of Latvia the thirty days after the date referred to in article 5.1 above. In WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned being duly authorised the, have signed this agreement. Done in............................................., on..................................., in two originals in the English and Latvian languages, both texts being equally authentic For the Government of the Republic of Latvia For the European Organisation for the Exploitation of satellites (EUMETSAT) support to Susan Dr Lars Prahm vējonis. Minister of environment Director-Generar project CONVENTION FOR the establishment OF A EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR the EXPLOITATION OF satellites (EUMETSAT) SUPPORT as amended by the EUMETSAT Council in Resolution IT/C/Res. (XXXVI) of 5 June 1991, and subsequently accepted by all EUMETSAT Member States December 2001 Convention preamble the States parties to this Convention, CONSIDERING that:-the safety of the population and the efficient execution of human activities with the numero are conditioned by data and that it support calls for more accurate and prompter forecasts; -the possibility of improving the forecasts to a large exten the depend on the availability of local support as well as observations, global, including those relating to remote and desert region; -support satellites have proved their aptitude and unique potential as a complemen to the ground observation systems, particularly in respect of their permanent weather monitoring and the carrying out and speedy collection of observations over the most of the inaccessibl area of the earth's surface; -support satellites, by virtue of their data coverage and operational characteristics, provide long term global data sets of vital importanc for the monitoring of the earth and its climate, especially important for the detection of global change; NOTING that: – the World Support Organization has recommended its members to improve support to data bases and strongly supported plans to develop and exploit a global satellite observation system in order to contribute to its programs; – the Meteos you satellites were successfully developed by the European Space Agency; -Meteos you the Operational Programme (MOP) conducted by EUMETSAT has demonstrated Europe's capacity to assume its share of responsibility in the operation of a global satellite observation system; RECOGNISING that: – in other national or international organisation provides Europe with all the data does not support satellite cessary to cover its area of interest; – the magnitud of the human, technical and financial resources required for activities in the space field is such that these resources lie beyond the means of any single European country; – it is desirabl to provide support to the European organisations with a framework for cooperation enabling them to embark on joint activities making use of space technologies applicable to support research and weather forecasting; Have AGREED AS follows: article 1 establishment OF EUMETSAT European Organisation (1) (A) for the Exploitation of satellites, the Support referred hereinafter as "EUMETSAT", is hereby established. 2 the member of EUMETSAT, hereinafter referred to as "Member States" shall be those States that are parties to this Convention in pursuanc of the provision of article 16.2 or 16.3.3 EUMETSAT shall have legal personality. It shall in particular have the capacity to contract, to acquir and dispos of movable and immovabl property and to be party to legal proceedings. 4 the organ of EUMETSAT shall be the Council and the Director-General. 5 the headquarters of EUMETSAT in Darmstadt, shall be located in the Federal Republic of Germany, unless otherwise decided by the Council in accordanc with article 5.2 (b) v. 6 the official languages of English and French shall be the EUMETSAT. Article 2 OBJECTIVE, activities AND PROGRAM the primary objective 1 of EUMETSAT is to establish, maintain and exploit European systems of operational support to satellites, taking into account as far as possible the recommendations of the World Support Organizations. A further objective of EUMETSAT is to contribute to the operational monitoring of the climate and the detection of global climatic changes. 2 the definition of the initial system is led in Annex I shall be further systems; "as defined in article 3.3 In the execution of its objective, EUMETSAT shall: (a) take the maximum advantage of the technologies developed in Europe, in particular in the field of providing for operational support to satellites by continuation of the programmes that have proved technically successful and cost-effective; (b) rely as appropriate on the capabilities of the existing international organisations carrying out activities in a similar field; (c) contribute to the development of space meteorology techniques and observing support systems using satellites that may lead to improved services at optimum cost. 4 For the purpose of achieving its objective of EUMETSAT shall, as far as possible, and in conformity with tradition, support to cooperate with the Governments and the national organisation of the Member States, as well as with non-Member States and international governmental and non-governmental scientific and technical organisations whose activities are related to its objective. EUMETSAT conclud agreements of the Maya that end. 5 the General budget of the activities not linked it compris a specific program. They shall be the basic technical and represen administrative infrastructure of EUMETSAT including basic staff, building and equipment as well as preliminary activities authorised by the Council in the preparation of future programme not yet approved. 6 the application of EUMETSAT shall include the mandatory program in which all Member States participat-with participation and optional program by those Member States that agree to do so, with Mandatory program 7: (a) the Operational Programme a Meteos (MOP) as defined in Annex I of the Convention; (b) the basic program's required to continue the provision of observations from geostationary and polar orbits; (c) other programs such as the axis defined by Council. 8 Optional program with the program within the objective of EUMETSAT agreed as such by the Council. 9 EUMETSAT may, outside the program referred to in of paragraphs 6, 7 and 8 above but not in conflict with the objective of EUMETSAT, carry out the activities requested by third parties and approved by the Council in accordanc with article 5.2 (a). The cost of such activities shall be borne by the third party concerned. Article 3 ADOPTION OF the PROGRAM AND the GENERAL budget 1 Mandatory program and the General budget are established through the adoption of a Resolution by the Council Program in accordanc with article 5.2 (a), to which a detailed programme Definition, containing all not programmatic, technical, financial, cessary contractual, legal and others the element is attached. 2 Optional programme with the established through the adoption of a Declaration by the programme Member States interested in accordanc with article 5.3 (a) to which a detailed programme Definition, containing all not programmatic, technical, financial, cessary contractual, legal and others the element is attached. Any optional programme shall fall within the objective of EUMETSAT and be in accordanc with the general framework of the Convention and the rules agreed by the Council for its application. The programme Declaration shall be approved by the Council in an Enabling Resolution in accordanc with article 5.2 (d) (iii). Any Member State shall have the opportunity to participat in the preparation of a draft Declaration and programme may become a Participating State of the optional programme within the time frame set out in the programme Declaration. Optional programmes take effect once at least one third of all EUMETSAT Member States have declared their participation by signing the Declaration within the time frame set out and the subscription of these Participating States have reached 90% of the total financial envelope. Article 4 the COUNCIL shall be composed of 1 the Council of not more that two representatives of each Member State, one of whom should be a delegate of the country's National Support service. The representatives may be assisted by an adviser during meetings of the Council. 2 the Council shall elect from among its members a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman who shall hold office for two years and may be re-elected not more than once. The Chairman shall conduct the discussions of the Council and shall not have the capacity of a representative of a Member State. 3 the Council shall meet in ordinary session at least once a year. It may meet in extraordinary session at the request of either the Chairman or one-third of the Member States. The Council shall meet at the EUMETSAT headquarters unless it's otherwise decide. 4 the Council may establish subsidiary bodies and working groups as it does for the cessary deemas achievement of the objective and the programme of EUMETSAT. 5 the Council shall adop a its own rules of procedure. Article 5 role OF the COUNCIL 1 the Council shall have the power to make all the adop measure not cessary for the implementation of this Convention. 2 the Council shall be empowered, in particular (a) by a unanimous vote of all the Member States: i. to decide on the accession of the States referred to in article 16, and on the terms and conditions of each such accession; II. to decide on the adoption of a mandatory program and General budget as referred to in article 3.1; III. to decide on the ceiling of contributions for the General budget for a period of five years, one year before the end of the period of such a ceiling or revisit it; IV. to decide on any measure of the financing of the programme, e.g. through loans; v. the authoris any transfer from a budget of a mandatory program to anothers mandatory programs; vi. to decide on any amendment of an approved Programme and programme Definition sharp Resolution referred to in article 3.1; VII. to approve the conclusion of Cooperation agreements with non-Member States; VIII. to decide it or not to dissolv dissolv of EUMETSAT in conformity with article 20; IX. to amend the Annex to this Convention; to approve of the x cost overrun of more than 10%, thereby increasing the original financial envelope or ceiling of mandatory programs (except for MOP); XI. to decide on activities to be carried out on behalf of third parties. (b) by a two-thirds majority vote of the Members present and voting representing the States also at least two-thirds of the total amount of GNP contributions (contributions for MOP i. respectively below): i. the adop the annual budget for the MOP, together with the level of staff complement and the expenditure and income forecast for the following three years attached theret; II. to adop this Financial rules as well as all other financial provision; III. to decide on the way the EUMETSAT will be dissolved pursuan to the provision of article 20.3 and 4; IV. to decide on the exclusion of a Member State to the pursuan provision of article 14, and on the condition of such exclusions; v. to decide on any transfer of the EUMETSAT headquarters; vi. the adop the Staff Rules; VII. to decide on the distribution policy for satellite data for the mandatory program. (c) by a vote representing at least two-thirds of the total amount of contributions and one half of the Member States present and voting: (i) their adop the annual General budget and the annual budget for the programme of mandatory (except for MOP), together with their level of staff complement and the expenditure and income forecast for the following three years attached theret; II. the cost overrun of the approve of up to 10%, thereby increasing the original financial envelope or ceiling (except for MOP); III. approve annually the accounts of those of the previous year, together with the balance sheet of the assets and liabilit to of EUMETSAT, after taking note of the auditor's report, and give discharge to the Director-General in respect of the implementation of the budget; IV. to decide on all others measure relating to the mandatory application of that have a financial impact on the Organisation. (d) by a two-thirds majority of the Member States present and voting: (i). appoin it the Director-General for a specific period, and terminate or suspend his appointment; in the case of suspension of the Council shall be appoin Acting Director-General United Nations; II. to define the operational specification of mandatory satellite programmes as well as the products and services; III. to decide that an envisaged optional program falls within the objective of EUMETSAT and that the program is in accordanc with the general framework of the Convention and the rules agreed by Council for its application; IV. to approve the conclusion of any agreement with Member States, international governmental and non-governmental organisations, or national organisations of Member States; v. the adop a recommendations to the Member States concerning amendments to this Convention; vi. to be its own adop rules of procedure; VII. appoin the it auditor and to decide the length of their appointments. (e) by a majority of the Member States present and voting: (i) to approve the appointments. and dismissal of senior staff; II. to decide on the setting-up of subsidiary bodies and working groups and define their terms of reference; III. to decide on any other measure not explicitly provided for in this Convention. 3 For optional program of the following specific rules apply: (a) the programme shall be adopted by a Declaration or two-thirds majority of Member States present and voting, interested. (b) All of the measure for the implementation of an optional programme shall be decided upon by a vote representing at least two-thirds of the contributions and one-third of the Participating States present and voting. The weightings of a Participating State is limited to 30%, even if the percentage of its financial contributions is higher. (c) Any amendment of the Declaration or any programme decision on accession requires unanimity of all Participating States. 4 Each Member State shall have one vote in the Council. However, a Member State shall have no vote in the Council if the amount of its contributions exceeds 100 in arrear of the assessed amount of its contributions for the current financial year. In such cases the Member State concerned may not be an vertheles to vote if a two-thirds majority of all the Member States entitled to vote consider that the non-payment is due to the beyond its control circumstanc. For the purpose of determining the majorit to unanimity or provided for in the present Convention, shall be taken from the account of a Member State that is not entitled to vote. The above rules shall apply mutatis mutandis to the optional program. The expression "Member State present and voting" shall mean the Member States voting for or against. Member States shall be considered as abstain that not voting. 5 the presence of representatives of a majority of all the Member States entitled to vote shall be not the constitut a cessary quor. This rule shall be applied mutatis mutandis to the optional program. Council decision in respect of urgent matters may be secured by means of a written procedure in the interval between Council meetings. Article 6 the DIRECTOR-GENERAL the Director-General 1 shall be responsible for the implementation of the decision taken by the Council and for the execution of the tasks assigned to EUMETSAT. He shall be the legal representative of EUMETSAT and in that capacity he shall sign agreements approved by the Council, as well as contracts. 2 the Director-General shall act on the instructions of the Council. He shall in particular, (a) the proper functioning of ensur EUMETSAT; (b) receive the contributions of the Member States; (c) enter into the commitment and incur the expenditure is decided on by the Council, within the limit of the authorised credits; (d) implementations that decision of the Council regarding the financing of EUMETSAT; (e) draft tender invitation and contracts; (f) prepare the meetings of the Council and provide the meetings of the bodies and subordinat possible working group with the cessary technical and administrative assistance; (g) monitor and control the execution of contracts; (h) prepare and implementations that the budget of EUMETSAT in accordanc with the Financial rules and submit annually for approval by the Council the accounts relating to the implementation of the budget and the balance sheet of assets and liabilit, drawn up in each case in accordanc with the Financial rules, and the report on the activities of EUMETSAT; (i) maintain the cessary accounts; (j) execute such other tasks as may be entrusted to him by the Council. 3 the Director-General shall be supported by a secretariat. Article 7 the STAFF OF the Secretariat 1 Except as provided for in the second paragraph of this article, the staff of the Secretariat shall be governed by the Staff rules adopted by the Council under the provision of article 5.2 (b). Where the conditions of employment of a staff member of the Secretariat are not governed by the said rules, they shall be governed by the law applicable in the country where the person concerned is carrying out his duties. 2 Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT. From the post may be reserved for nationals of a specific Member State. 3 Staff of national bodies of the Member States may be employed by and made available for a specific period the EUMETSAT. 4 the Council shall, in conformity with article 5.2 (e) approve the appointments and dismissal of senior staff as defined in the Staff Rules. Other staff members shall be appointed and may be dismissed by the Director-General acting under authority delegated by the Council. The Director-General shall have authority over the staff of the Secretariat as a whole. 5 the Member States shall respect the international character of the responsibilities of the Director-General and members of the Secretariat. In the exercise of their duties, the Director-General and members of the Secretariat shall not seek nor accept ither instructions from any Government or any authority external to EUMETSAT. Article 8 OWNERSHIP AND DISTRIBUTION OF satellite data 1 EUMETSAT shall have exclusive ownership of all worldwide data generated by EUMETSAT's satellites or instruments. 2 EUMETSAT shall make available data sets of agreed by the Council to the National Support services of the Member States of the World Support Organizations. 3 the distribution policy regarding satellite data shall be decided in accordanc with the rules passed down in article 5.2 (b) for mandatory programs and 5.3 (b) for the optional program. EUMETSAT, through the Secretariat, and the Member States shall be responsible for the implementation of this policy. Article 9 LIABILITY 1 EUMETSAT offers from warranty in respect of the services and products provided or to be provided to it by the Convention. pursuan 2 EUMETSAT, the Member States, and their civil servants or employees, when acting in the exercise of their functions and within the limits of their authority, as well as any representative at EUMETSAT shall not be liabl meetings, to any Member State or in respect of EUMETSAT loss or injury resulting from any discontinuation, delay or unsatisfactory operation of the services provided. 3 Members shall be from the State liabl for the ACTA and obligation of EUMETSAT linked with the establishment of the space segment of EUMETSAT, except where such liability results from a treaty to which that Member State and a State claiming compensation with the parts. In that case, EUMETSAT shall indemnify the Member State concerned in respect of any such liability, unless the latter has expressly undertaken to assume such liability exclusively. The Council shall establish the procedures for the implementation of this paragraph. Article 10 FUNDING principles 1 the adjustments of EUMETSAT shall be covered by the financial contributions of the Member States and by any other EUMETSAT income. 2 Each Member State shall pay an annual contribution to the EUMETSAT for the General budget and to the mandatory program (except for MOP) on the basis of the average gross National product (GNP) of each Member State for the latest three years for which statistics are available. The update of the statistics shall be made every three years. For MOP, each Member State shall pay an annual contribution to EUMETSAT on the basis of the scale in Annex II.3 led Member States to pay their contributions to the bound, mandatory program (except a MOP) up to a maximum of 110% if a decision is taken according to article 5.2 (c) (ii). 4 For optional program, each participating Member State shall pay an annual contribution to EUMETSAT on the basis of the scale agreed for the programme. 5 In the case an optional program is not fully subscribed within one year after the date at which it has taken effect in accordanc with article 3.2 the existing participants are bound to accept a new scale of contributions whereby the raises is distributed pro rata, unless they will agree unanimously on a different solution. 6 All contributions shall be made in European Currency units (ECU) as defined by the European communities. For MOP contributions may also be made in any convertible currency. 7 the method of payment of the contributions, and the methods of updating the statistics for the GNP, shall be determined in the Financial rules. 8 the Financial rules shall define the applicable procedure in the event of the non-payment of contributions of a Member State, as well as the additional charges on the Member State that is in arrear with its contributions. 9 the Council may accept voluntary contributions, in cash or otherwise whethers, provided they are made for the purpose of access compatible with the objective, activities and principles of conduct of EUMETSAT. Article 11 1 of BUDGET Budget shall be established in terms of the ECU. 2 the financial year shall run from 1 January to 31 December. 3 the budget of EUMETSAT shall be drawn up for each financial year before the beginning of that year under the condition laid down in the Financial rules. The revenue and expenditure shown in the budget of the Office shall be in balance. 4 the Council shall, in conformity with article 5.2 (b) and (c) the budget for adop MOP, the General budget and the budget for the program for each financial year of mandatory, as well as any supplementary and amending budget. Member States participating in the optional program shall adop of the budget for these programmes in accordanc with article 5.3 (b). 5 the adoption of the budget for: (a) shall constitut the obligation for each Member State to make available to the financial contributions EUMETSAT fixed in the budget; (b) the authority for the Director-General to incur a commitment and expenditure within the limit of the òàæó an credits. 6 If a budget has not been adopted by the beginning of a financial year, the Director-General may, each month, enter into commitment and make payments in each chapter of the òàæó budget up to one twelfth of the appropriation in the budget of the preceding financial year, provided that he shall not have at his disposal appropriation in excess of one twelfth of those provided for in the draft budget. 7 Member States shall pay each month, on a provisional basis and in accordanc with the scale of contributions, the not cessary for the non application of paragraph 6 of this article. 8 the details of the financial arrangements and accounting procedures shall be led in the Financial rules adopted by the Council in conformity with article 5.2 (b). Article 12 audit 1 the accounts of all revenue and expenditure is shown in the budget and the balance sheet of the assets and liabilit to of EUMETSAT shall, under the conditions laid down in the Financial rules, be submitted for annual audit. The auditor shall submit to the Council each year a report on the accounts. 2 the Director-General shall give the auditor any information and assistance needed for the execution of their tasks. 3 the further details of the audit shall be determined by the Council. Article 13 PRIVILEGES AND to EUMETSAT IR IMMUNIT enjoy the privilege and that by not immunit cessary for the performance of its official activities, in conformity with (a) the Protocol to be drawn up subsequently. Article 14 NON-FULFILMEN OF OBLIGATION 1 A Member States that fulfil its obligation to file under this Convention shall cease to be a member of EUMETSAT, if the Council so decide in conformity with the provision of article 5.2 (b), the State concerned not taking part in the vote on this issue. The decision shall take effect at a date decided by the Council. 2 If a Member State is excluded from the Convention, the scale of contributions for the General budget and for the application of the mandatory shall be basis in accordanc with article 10.2. The Participating States shall, in accordanc with the rules passed down in the programme Declaration, decide about any adjustment of scales of contributions following the exclusion from the optional program. Article 15 1 of Any DISPUTE between two or more positions of Member States, or between any of them and EUMETSAT, concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention or its Annex, that cannot be settled by or through the Council shall, at the request of any Party to the dispute, be submitted to an Arbitration Tribunal, unless the parties agree on another mode of settling the dispute. 2 the Arbitration Tribunal shall consis of three members. Each Party to the dispute shall nominat one arbitrator within a period of two months, reckoned from the date of receipt of the request referred to in paragraph 1 above. The first two of the arbitrator shall, within a period of two months, reckoned from the nomination of the second arbitrator, the third arbitrator the nominat, who shall be the Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal and who may not be a national of a State that is a Party to the dispute. If one of the two has not been arbitrator nominated within the required period he shall, at the request of either Party, be nominated by the President of the International Court of Justice or, if there is no agreement between the parties to call on the latter, by the Secretary General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The same procedure shall apply if the Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal has not been nominated within the required period. 3 the Arbitration Tribunal shall itself it will determin seat and establish its own rules of procedure. 4 Each Party shall bear the cost relating to the arbitrator for whose nomination it is responsible, as well as the costs of being represented before the Tribunal. The expenditure relating to the the Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal shall be shared equally by the parties to the dispute. 5 the award of the Arbitration Tribunal shall be made by a majority of its members, who may not abstain from voting. This award shall be final and binding on all parties to the dispute and no appeal shall lie against it. The Parties shall comply with the award without delay. In the event of a dispute as to its meaning or scope, the Arbitration Tribunal shall interpre it at the request of any Party to the dispute. Article 16 signature, RATIFICATION AND ACCESSION 1 this Convention, shall be open for signature by the States that took part in the Conference of the Plenipotentiar on the setting-up of a European Organisation for the Exploitation of Satellite Support. 2 the said States shall become parties to this Convention, either by signature not subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, or, by the deposit of an instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with the depositary if the Convention was signed subject to ratification, acceptance or approval. 3 From the date of entry into force of this Convention, any State that did not take part in the Conference of Plenipotentiar referred to it in paragraph 1 of this article may accede to it following a Council decision taken in conformity with the provision of article 5.2 (a). A State that wishes to accede to this Convention shall notify the Director-General and the latter shall notify accordingly the Member States of the request at least three months before it is submitted to the Council for decision. The Council shall determin the terms and conditions for the accession of the State in question, in conformity with article 5.2 (a). 4 the instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval and accession shall be deposited with the Government of the Swiss Confederations, referred to as "the depositary". 5 Accession to the EUMETSAT Convention means a minimum participation in the General budget and in all the mandatory program. Participation in optional programmes is subject to a decision of the Participating States in accordanc with article 5.3 (c). Any State that become a Party to the Convention shall make a special payment towards the investments already made taking into account the mandatory and optional programmes in which the State will participat. The amount of payment shall be determined in conformity with article 5.2 (a) (i). as regards mandatory program and in conformity with article 5.3 (c) as regards the optional program. 6 If a State accede to the Convention, the scale of contributions for the General budget and for the mandatory shall be the basis of the programme by the Council. The Participating States shall decide about any adjustment of scales of contributions following the accession to any optional Pro gramm. Article 17 ENTRY into force 1 this Convention shall enter into force sixty days after the date on which States whose aggregate of contributions according to the scale at Annexe II amount to at least 85% of the total amount of the contributions have become parties to the Convention in implementation of article 16.2.2 If the requirements for entry into force of this Convention in accordanc with paragraph 1 of this article have not been met 2 years after the date on which the Convention was opened for signature, the depositary shall, at the time the earlies possible, conven the Governments of the States which have signed the Convention without their signature being subject to ratification, acceptance or approval or have deposited instruments of which ratification, acceptance or approval. These Governments may then decide that notwithstanding the requirements of paragraph 1 the Convention shall enter into force among them. In taking such a decision these Governments will agree upon the IR date of entry into force and a revision of the scale of contributions referred to in Annex II.3 Following the entry into force of the Convention to either paragraph 1 or pursuan paragraph 2 of this article, and pending the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval , a State that has signed the Convention subject to ratification, acceptance or approval may take part in the EUMETSAT meeting without the right to vote. 4 For any State that, subsequent to the date of entry into force of the Convention, be it either paragraph 1 or pursuan paragraph 2 of this article, signs the Convention without its signature being subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, or deposits its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval, and for any States that accede to it, the Convention shall take effect on the date of signature by the said State or on the date of deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, as the case may be. Article 18 AMENDMENTS 1 Any Member State proposes amendments to the Maya this Convention. The amendment proposals shall be sent to the Director-General who shall communicate them to the other Member States at least three months prior to their examination by the Council. The Council shall examin the said proposal and may, by a decision taken in conformity with article 5.2 (d) v., recommend the Member States to accept the proposed amendments. 2 the amendments recommended by the Council will shall enter into force thirty days following the receipt by the depositary of the Convention of the written declaration of acceptance of all the Member States. 3 the Council may, by a decision taken in conformity with article 5.2 (a), amend the Annex to this Convention provided that any such amendment does not conflict with the Convention, at the same time determining the òàæó date of entry into force for all the Member States. Article 19 DENUNCIATION 1 After this Convention has been in force for six years, any Member State may denounc it by notifying the depositary of the Convention, thereby leaving the General budget and optional programs, mandatory. The denunciation shall take effect for the General budget at the end of the five year period for which the financial ceiling was decided, and for the mandatory or optional for the programme at the time of the expiration of the program. 2 the State concerned shall retain the rights it has acquired up to the date the denunciation takes effect with regards to the various programmes in which it was involved. 3 If a Member State cease to be a Party to the Convention, the scale of contributions for the General budget shall be a basis in accordanc with article 10.2 for the five year period following the period in which the State concerned denounced the Convention. Article 20 DISSOLUTION at any time 1 EUMETSAT may be dissolved by the Council by a decision in accordanc with article 5.2 (a). 2 Unless the Council decide otherwise, the EUMETSAT shall be dissolved if, as a result of the denunciation of this Convention by one or more Member States under the provision of article 19.1 or as a result of an exclusion following article 14.1, the contribution rate of each other Member State to the General budget and to the mandatory application of the is increased by more than one fifth. The decision on the dissolution shall be taken by the Council in conformity with article 5.2 (a), a Member State having denounced the Convention or having been excluded not taking part in the vote on this issue. 3 In the cases referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, the Council shall be (a) liquidation authority. appoin 4 the assets shall be shared out among the States that are members of the EUMETSAT at the time of its dissolution pro rata to the contributions actually paid by them from the time of becoming parties to this Convention. In the event of (a) shall be met by the raises by the same States pro rata to the contributions as assessed for the current financial year. Article 21 NOTIFICATION the depositary shall notify the signatory and acceding States of: (a) all signatures of the Convention; (b) the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession; (c) the entry into force of the Convention, be it either paragraph 1 or pursuan paragraph 2 of article 17; (d) the adoption and entry into force of any amendment to the Convention or to the Annexe of theret; (e) any denunciation of the Convention, or any loss of membership status in the EUMETSAT; (f) the dissolution of EUMETSAT. Article 22 REGISTRATION Upon the entry into force of this Convention, and of any amendments to it, the depositary shall register them with the Secretary General of the United Nations in accordanc with article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations.     Draft PROTOCOL ON the PRIVILEGES AND to OF the EUROPEAN ORGANISATION IMMUNIT FOR the EXPLOITATIONS OF SUPPORT to satellites (EUMETSAT) as amended in accordanc with notification of the Depositary of the Protocol on Privileges and to dated 12 January 2004 Immunit April 2005 Protocol preamble the States parties to the Convention for the establishment of a European Organisation for the Exploitation of satellites (EUMETSAT) Support , opened for signature at Geneva on 24 May 1983, as amended by the Amending Protocol attached to Council Resolution EUMS/C/Res. XXXVI, which entered into force on 19 November 2000 (hereinafter referred to as the "Convention"); WISHING to define the privilege and in accordanc with immunit article 13 of the Convention; AFFIRMING that the purpose of the privilege and to set forth immunit in this Protocol is to ensur the efficient performance of the official activities of EUMETSAT; Have AGREED as follows: article 1 use OF terms For the purpose of this Protocol: a) "Member State" means a State party to the Convention; (b)) "archives" means all records, including, documents, correspondenc manuscript, photograph, film, optical and magnetic recording, data recording and Computers program belonging to or held by the EUMETSAT; (c)) "official activities" of EUMETSAT means all activities carried out by EUMETSAT in pursuanc of its objective the axis defined in article 2 of the Convention and includes its administrative activities; d) "property" means anything that may be subject to a right of ownership as well as contractual rights; e) "representatives" means representatives of Member States and their adviser; f) "staff member" means the Director-General and all persons employed by EUMETSAT, holding permanent appointments and who are subject to it in the Staff Rules; g) "expert" means a person other than (a) a staff member appointed to carry out a specific task on behalf of EUMETSAT and at its expense. Article 2 LEGAL PERSONALITY EUMETSAT shall have legal personality in accordanc with article 1 of the Convention. It shall in particular have the capacity to contract, to acquir and dispos of movable property, and to immovabl and be a party to legal proceedings. Article 3 INVIOLABILITY OF archives the archives of EUMETSAT shall be inviolabl. Article 4 JURISDICTION AND IMMUNITY FROM EXECUTION 1. Within the scope of its official activities, EUMETSAT shall have immunity from jurisdiction and execution, except: (a)) in so far as, by decision of the Council, it has expressly waived such immunity in a particular case; the Council has the duty to waiv this immunity in all cases where reliance upon it would imped the course of Justice and it can be waived without prejudicing the interests of EUMETSAT; (b) in respect of a civil) action by a third party for damage arising from an accident caused by a vehicle or other means of transport belonging to or operated on behalf of EUMETSAT or in respect of a traffic involving such means of the offenc transport; (c)) in respect of the execution of an arbitration award made under article 21, 22 or 23 of this Protocol or article 15 of the Convention; d) in the event of the attachment, to a decision by pursuan the administrative or judicial authorities, of the salar and emolument, including pension rights, owed table to a staff member by EUMETSAT or a former staff member; e) in respect of (a) the countercla directly connected with judicial proceedings initiated by EUMETSAT; (f)) in respect of any commercial activity in which EUMETSAT might engage. 2. The property of EUMETSAT, wherever located, shall be: (a) the immun) from any form or requisition, confiscation or expropriation; (b) from any form of sequestration) and administrative or provisional judicial constraint, except in the cases provided for in the preceding paragraph. Article 5 FISCAL AND CUSTOMS PROVISION 1. Within the scope of its official activities, EUMETSAT, its property and income shall be the main direct taxes from. 2. When the purchase or services of substantial value and not cessary for the exercise of the official activities of EUMETSAT are made or used by EUMETSAT and when the price of such purchase and services includes taxes or duties, the Member State that has levied the taxes or duties shall take appropriate measure to grant exemption from such taxes or duties or to provide for their reimbursemen a , if they are the identifiabl. 3. Goods imported or exported by EUMETSAT and not cessary for the exercise of its official activities shall be the main from all import and export duties and taxes and from all import or export prohibition and restriction. 4. The provision of this article shall not apply to taxes or duties which are no more than charges for public utility services. 5. Goods acquired or imported and exempted under this article shall not be sold, hired out, lent or given away against payment or free of charge, except in accordanc with condition laid down by the Member States which have granted the exemption or reimbursement. Article 6 funds, CURRENCY AND securities EUMETSAT may receive and hold any kind of funds, currency, cash and securities. It may be freely dispos of the for any of its official activities and hold accounts in any currency to the exten required to meet its obligations. Article 8 COMMUNICATIONS 1. For its official communications and the transfer of all its documents, EUMETSAT shall enjoy treatment of less than that accorded favourabl by each Member State to other international organisations comparabl. 2. With regard to the transmission of data within the scope of its official activities, EUMETSAT shall enjoy in the territory of each Member State treatment as favourabl as that accorded by that State to its National Support Service, taking into account the international obligation of that State in respect of telecommunications. Article 7 publications the circulations of publications and other information material sent by or to EUMETSAT shall not be restricted in any way. Article 9 representatives 1. Representatives of Member States shall, while exercising their official functions and in the course of their journey to and from the place of meeting, enjoy the following privileges and immunity from the immunit: (a) arrest and detention), and from the chicken pox vaccine and of their personal, except the luggag in the case of a grave crime or found committing, attempting to commit when or just having committed an offenc; b) immunity from jurisdiction, even after the termination of their mission, in respect of acts, including words spoken and written, done by them in the exercise of their functions; This immunity shall not apply, however, in the case of a committed by a representative of the offenc traffic of a Member State, nor in the case of damage caused by a vehicle or other means of trans port belonging to or driven by him; (c) inviolability for all their official) papers and documents; (d) exemption from all measure of restricting) immigration and from aliens ' registration formalit; (e)) the same treatment in the matter of currency and exchange regulations as is accorded to the representatives of foreign Governments on temporary official missions; (f)) the same treatment in the matter of customs as regards their personal luggag as accorded to the ISU representatives of foreign Governments on temporary official missions. 2. the Privilege accorded to the immunit and the representatives of Member States not for their personal advantage but in order to ensur complete independence in the exercise of their functions in connection with EUMETSAT. Consequently, a Member State has the duty to waiv the immunity of a representative wherever retaining it would imped the course of Justice and it can be waived without prejudicing the purpose for which it was accorded. 3. the Member State shall be obliged to accord the privileges and to its own immunit representatives. Article 10 STAFF members the staff member of EUMETSAT shall enjoy the following privileges and to: (a) to the immunit immunit) from jurisdiction, even after they have left the service of EUMETSAT, in respect of acts, including words written and spoken, done by them in the exercise of their functions; This immunity shall not apply, however, in the case of a traffic-by a staff member offenc committed, nor in the case of damage by a vehicle or other means of transport belonging to or driven by him; (b) exemption from all obligation in) in respect of national service, including military service; (c) inviolability for all their official) papers and documents; d) together with members of their families forming part of their household, exemption from all measure of restricting immigration and from aliens ' registration formalit; e) together with members of their families forming part of their household, the same repatriation facilities as it, in time of international crisis as are accorded to staff members normally of international organisations; (f)) the same treatment in respect of currency and exchange regulations as is normally accorded to staff members of international organisations; g) exemption from national income tax on all their salar and emolument paid to them by EUMETSAT, excluding pension and other similar benefits paid by EUMETSAT, from the date upon which staff members have begun to be liabl for a tax on their salar to by EUMETSAT for the latter's benefit. The Member States reserve the right to take those salar and emolument into account when assessing the amount of tax to be applied to income from other sources; h) the right to import free of customs duties and other import charges their furniture and personal effects, including a motor vehicle, at the time of taking up their post in the territory of a Member State, and the right to export them free of duty upon termination of their functions, subject to the condition laid down by the law and regulations of the Member State concerned. Goods imported and exempted under this paragraph shall not be sold, hired out, lent or given away against payment or free of charge, except in accordanc with the condition laid down by the Member States which have granted the exemption. Article 11 the DIRECTOR-GENERAL In addition to the privilege and for the staff members to the immunit provided under article 10, the Director-General shall enjoy: (a) immunity from arrest and detention), except when found committing, attempting to commit or having committed an offenc feel; (b) immunity from civil and administrative) jurisdiction and execution enjoyed by diplomatic agents, except in the case of damage caused by a vehicle or other means of transport belonging to or driven by him; (c) immunity from criminal jurisdiction) full, except in the case of a traffic caused by a vehicle of the offenc or other means of transport belonging to or driven by him, it subject to sub-paragraph (a) above). (d)) the same customs facilities as regards his personal life it accorded with luggag as diplomatic agents. Article 12 SOCIAL SECURITY Provided that the staff members are covered by a social security scheme providing benefits of EUMETSAT adequat, EUMETSAT, and it staff members shall be from all main compulsory contributions to national social security schemes, subject to agreements to be concluded with the Member States concerned in accordanc with article 19 or equivalent measure taken by the Member States or the other relevant provision in force in the Member States. Article 13 experts experts other than staff members shall enjoy the following privileges and while performing their duties to the immunit for EUMETSAT or carrying out missions on its behalf: (a) immunity from jurisdiction, even after) the termination of their mission, in respect of acts, including words spoken and written, done by them in the exercise of their functions; This immunity shall not apply, however, in the case of a committed an offenc is by the traffic expert, nor in the case of damage caused by a vehicle or other means of transport belonging to or driven by him; (b) inviolability for all their official) papers and documents; (c) exemption from all measure of restricting) immigration and from aliens ' registration formalit; (d)) the same treatment in the matter of currency and exchange regulations as is accorded to the representatives of foreign Governments on temporary official missions. Article 14 WAIVER 1. The privilege and to provided for in this immunit Protocol are not granted to staff members and experts for their personal advantage. Ut300r2u provided solely to ensur, in all, the unimpeded functioning of circumstanc of EUMETSAT and the complete independence of the persons to whom they are accorded. 2. The Director-General has the duty to waiv the immunity of a staff member or an expert in all cases wherever retaining it would imped the course of Justice and it can be waived without prejudicing the interests of EUMETSAT. In the case of the Director-General, the Council is competent to waiv-such immunity. Article 15 NOTIFICATION OF STAFF members AND experts the Director-General of EUMETSAT shall at least once every year, notify the Member States of the names and the nationalit of the staff members and experts. Article 16 ENTRY, STAY AND departure Member States shall take all appropriate measure to facilitat the entry into, stay in, or departure from their territories of representatives of members States, staff members and experts. Article 17 SECURITY the provision of this Protocol shall not prejudice the right of each Member State to take all the banks "are not in the interests of cessary it security. Article 18 COOPERATION WITH MEMBER States EUMETSAT IR co-operate at all times with the competent authorities of the Member States in order to facilitat the proper administration of Justice, to ensur the observanc of the laws and regulations, and to prevent any abuse of the privilege, and facilities provided for immunit in this Protocol. Article 19 COMPLEMENTARY agreements EUMETSAT may with one or conclud more Member States complementary agreements to give effect to the provision of this Protocol as regards such State or States, and others subject to ensur the efficient functioning of EUMETSAT. Article 20 PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNIT FOR NATIONAL AND permanent RESIDENTS of the Member State shall be obliged to accord the privileges and to the immunit referred in articles 9, 10 (b)), d, e, f))) and (h)), 11 and 13 c) and (d)) to its own nationals or permanent residents. Article 21 ARBITRATION clause IN WRITTEN contracts When concluding written contracts, other than those concluded in accordanc with the Staff Regulations, EUMETSAT shall provide for arbitration. The arbitration clause or the special arbitration agreement concluded to this end shall specify the law and procedure applicable, the composition of the tribunal, the procedure for the appointment of the arbitrator and the seat of the tribunal. The execution of the arbitration award shall be governed by the rules in force in the State on whose territory the award is to be executed. Article 22 settlement OF the DISPUTE CONCERNING damage, NON-CONTRACTUAL RESPONSIBILITY OR STAFF members AND experts Any Member State may submit to arbitration in accordanc with the procedure provided for in article 15 of the Convention any dispute arising out of a) to damage caused by EUMETSAT; (b) involving any other non-contractual) responsibility of EUMETSAT; (c) involving a staff member or an) expert and in which the person concerned can claim immunity from jurisdiction, immunity is not waived if this. Article 23 settlement OF the DISPUTE CONCERNING the INTERPRETATION OR APPLICATION OF this PROTOCOL Any disputation between EUMETSAT and a Member State or between two or more Member States concerning the interpretation or application of this Protocol which is not settled by negotiation or through the Council shall, at the request of any party to the dispute, be submitted to arbitration in accordanc with the procedure provided for in article 15 of the Convention. Article 24 ENTRY into force, DURATION AND TERMINATION 1. This Protocol shall be open for signature or accession by the States parties to the Convention. 2. The said States shall become parties to this Protocol: – either by signature that is not subject to ratification, acceptance or approval; -or by the deposit of an instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with the Government of the Swiss Confederations, which shall be the depositary, If the Protocol has been signed subject to ratification, acceptance or approval; -alternatively, by the deposit of an instrument of accession. The Swiss Government shall notify all States that have signed or acceded to the Convention and the Director-General of EUMETSAT of the signatures, of the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the entry into force of this Protocol, any denunciation of this Protocol, and of its expiry. Upon the entry into force of this Protocol, the depositary shall register it with the Secretary General of the United Nations in accordanc with article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations. 3. This Protocol shall enter into force thirty days after its signature by the six States without their signatures being subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, or thirty days after the date of deposit of their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. 4. Once the Protocol has entered into force, it shall take effect vis-à-vis the States that have signed it without their signatures being subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, or have deposited their instruments which of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, thirty days after the date of signature or of the deposit of the relevant instrument. 5. This Protocol shall remain in force until the expiry of the Convention. 6. Any denunciation of the Convention by a Member State in accordanc with article 19 of the Convention shall automatically imply denunciation by that State of this Protocol.

The Republic of Latvia and the European meteorological satellite organisation of use (EUMETSAT) the agreement on the accession of the Republic of LATVIA to the Convention on the use of the European meteorological SATELLITE Organization (EUMETSAT) and binding provisions preamble the Government of the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter referred to as "the Republic of Latvia") and the European Organisation for the exploitation of meteorological satellites, founded on the basis of the Convention, which was opened for signature in Geneva on 24 May 1983 and entered into force on 19 June 1986 (hereinafter referred to as "EUMETSAT") Given that EUMETSAT Council meeting 15.1991 on June 4 and 5 recommended Member States to adopt amendments to the Convention, as proposed in the decision IT/C/RES. XXXVI attached "in the Protocol of amendment," and that these amendments entered into force on 19 November 2000, considering that, in accordance with article 16 of the EUMETSAT Convention in any country may accede to this Convention in accordance with the Council decision, in accordance with article 5 of the Convention of the second paragraph of (a) the conditions referred to in Observing that the EUMETSAT Council meeting of the 34.1997, 24-26 June, defined a "cooperating State" status as a starpsol in the European countries that want to become full member of EUMETSAT Member States, noting that on 21 July 2004, in the Republic of Latvia and EUMETSAT signed a contract of cooperation, bearing in mind that the above article 7 of the Treaty provides that the Treaty shall remain in force until December 31, If one of the Republic of Latvia does not become a full member of EUMETSAT Member State before, and that during the third year after the entry into force of this agreement, the parties formally reviewed their cooperation in the Republic of Latvia as a full member of EUMETSAT, the purpose of the accession of the Republic of Latvia the desire expressed in the letter of the Minister of the environment dated 14 august 2008, becoming a member of EUMETSAT under the EUMETSAT Convention framework, referring to the fact that the EUMETSAT Council meeting by its 66.9.2008 and 10 December agreed to admit the Republic of Latvia as a Member State, by Council decision the EUMS/C/66/08/URRes.VI, convinced that this accession will facilitate the EUMETSAT Convention goals and that the Republic of Latvia will provide a unique opportunity to begin full-fledged role in meteorological satellite in the third generation (a Third Generation Meteos programme), under the EUMETSAT Convention article 16 and 17. Have agreed as follows: article 1 the Republic of Latvia joins the EUMETSAT Convention under the EUMETSAT Convention article 16, third paragraph. 2. Article 1. Starting from the date of accession, the provisions of the Convention and EUMETSAT all EUMETSAT, together with all the provisions of the decisions of the Council, including all EUMETSAT programmes (General, transition programme meteorological satellites (Meteos you Transition Pro gramm) meteorological satellites, the second generation program (a Second Generation Meteos programme) and its extension, the EUMETSAT Polar System program (EUMETSAT Polar System program), meteorological satellite program of the preparation of the third generation (a Third Generation Features Meteos programme) and optional Jason-2 EUMETSAT altimetrij program (Optional Jason-2 Altimetry Program EUMETSAT)) , are binding on the Republic of Latvia. 2. Starting from the date of accession, the Republic of Latvia on the Council or any other subordinate bodies decisions, decisions, resolutions or any other activities and any EUMETSAT contracts are in the same situation as the other Member States. Therefore, the Republic of Latvia conform to the resulting principles and policies and, where necessary, take the necessary measures to fully implement it. 3. At a time when the Republic of Latvia joins EUMETSAT Convention, it also joins the EUMETSAT Convention Protocol of amendment annexed to the decision the EUMS/C/RES. XXXV. 4. The Republic of Latvia joins EUMETSAT Protocol on the privileges and immunities, which was opened for signature in 1986 and on 1 December 1989, entered into force on 5 January, at the same time as joining EUMETSAT Convention. This accession to EUMETSAT Protocol on the privileges and immunities include editorial amendments to the 2002 3 December notified to all Member States and came into force January 1, 2004. 5. The Republic of Latvia shall take all measures necessary for the application of their national legislation and regulations the rights and obligations deriving from the country's accession to EUMETSAT. Article 3 in accordance with article 16 of the EUMETSAT Convention's Fifth Republic of Latvia take EUMETSAT agreed to EUR 123 377. This set contains 63 863 EUR payment in respect of investments already made in required programs and 59 514 EUR in respect of investments made in the check-in 2 altimetrij Jason (Optional Jason-2 Altimetry Program). This payment is to be made not later than 30 days after the deposit of the instrument of accession, but not before the day on January 31, 2009. 4. Article 1. Republic of Latvia in accordance with the above provisions of article 3, starting from 1 January 2009, started to make contributions to the EUMETSAT annual budgets. The rate of financial contribution of the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Latvia take mandatory programs, the budget is calculated in accordance with article 10 of the EUMETSAT Convention, second subparagraph, and article 16 of the fifth. The rate of the financial contribution check EUMETSAT Jason-2 altimetrij (Optional Jason-2 Altimetry Program EUMETSAT) budget must be 0.0966% of the approved budget of EUMETSAT. 2. The Republic of Latvia of accession following the full voting rights receive the EUMETSAT Council. 5. Article 1. this Agreement shall enter into force on the accession of the Republic of Latvia on the day of the deposit of the EUMETSAT Convention depository, the Government of the Swiss Confederation. 2. in accordance with article 17 of the fourth EUMETSAT Convention is binding on the Republic of Latvia from the date mentioned in the first subparagraph. 3. in accordance with the Protocol on the EUMETSAT privileges and immunities article 24 the fourth part, the Republic of Latvia Agreement shall enter into force thirty days after the date mentioned in the first subparagraph. Stating the above, the undersigned duly authorised person sign this agreement. Looking … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … in two original copies in the English and Latvian languages, both texts being equally real.

The Government of the Republic of Latvia, the European Organisation for the exploitation of meteorological satellites (EUMETSAT) and Susan Dr Lars Prahm vējonis. Minister of environment project Director-European Convention on the exploitation of meteorological satellites (EUMETSAT) of the Organization of the TREATY with the amendments made by the EUMETSAT Council in accordance with the 5 June 1991 decision the EUMS/C/Res. (XXXVI), and then adopted all the EUMETSAT Convention preamble the Member States parties to this Convention, considering that:-the safety of the population and many human activities effective execution determines the weather information and need more accurate and more timely weather forecasts; -weather improvement opportunities largely depend on the meteorological observation, local as well as global, including those relating to the distant and uninhabited areas, accessibility; -Meteorological satellites have shown it as addition of Earth observation systems and unique potential, particularly as regards the permanent weather monitoring and observation, and the quick collection of the most nepieejamāk the Earth even surface areas; -Meteorological satellites, thanks to the provision of the data and the nature of the work, provide a vital long-term global dataset of Earth and its climate monitoring, which is especially important for global change detection; Given that: – the World Meteorological Organization has recommended its members to improve meteorological database and supported the plans for developing and using global satellite observation system, to contribute to the programme; -Meteos you satellites successfully developed for the European Space Agency; -Meteos you operational programme (MOP), led by EUMETSAT, has demonstrated Europe's ability to take on responsibility for the global satellite observation system in action. Recognizing that: – no other national or international organization does not provide Europe with all the meteorological satellite data needed for its interest; -the necessary human, technical and financial resources for activities in space is so large that it cannot ensure no single European country; -It is desirable to ensure European meteorological organisations with a framework for cooperation that would allow them to launch joint operations with cosmic technologies meteorological research and weather forecasting; Have agreed as follows: 1. Article 1 of the TREATY With EUMETSAT established the European Organisation for the exploitation of meteorological satellites, hereinafter referred to as "EUMETSAT". 2. Eumetsat Member States, hereinafter referred to as "Member States" means the States which, in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 16 or article 16, third paragraph, is a party to this Convention. 3. Eumetsat shall have legal personality. In particular, it shall be entitled to contract, to acquire and dispose of immovable and movable property, as well as to participate in legal proceedings. 4. The Council is the institution EUMETSAT and the Director-General. 5. Eumetsat headquarters is in Darmštat, the Federal Republic of Germany, unless the Council, acting in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (b) of part v of the otherwise decided. 6. Eumetsat official languages are English and French. Article 2 tasks, actions, and 1st. Main EUMETSAT mission is to create, maintain and exploit European systems of operational meteorological satellites, as much as possible in the light of the World Meteorological Organization. The next EUMETSAT mission is promoting the operational monitoring of climate and the detection of global climate change. 2. the initial system definition is included in annex 1; General system established in accordance with article 3. 3. Eumetsat, in performing its tasks: (a)) derive maximum benefit from the technologies developed in Europe, in particular in relation to meteorological satellites, providing operational program, which proved successful in terms of technical and cost-effective; (b)) use the potential of existing international organisations pursuing similar objectives; c) contributes to the development of space technology and meteorological meteorological observation system using satellites, leading to improved services at the optimal price. 4. to achieve the objectives of EUMETSAT, as much as possible and in accordance with any traditions to work together with the Governments of the Member States and their national organizations, as well as with non-member countries, and the international scientific and technical organizations, whether or not the Government's responsibility and that the actions that are associated with EUMETSAT. EUMETSAT, in respect of that eligible to contract. 5. General budget covers activities that are not associated with any specific program. They must reflect the EUMETSAT basic technical and administrative infrastructure, including basic personnel, buildings, and equipment, as well as the arrangements are not yet approved in the preparation of future programme, if it agreed to the Council. 6. the EUMETSAT programs include optional programs in which all the Member States, and the check in which Member States participate. 7. Optional programs are: (a) the operational meteorological satellite) program (MSOP) as defined in annex I to the Convention; b) with the software necessary to continue to monitor the observation of ģeostacionāraj and polar orbit; c) other programmes on such determined by the Council. 8. Check programs are programs that task within the EUMETSAT shall be determined by the Council. 9. Eumetsat shall, outside the programs referred to in this article in the sixth, seventh and eighth, but is not in contradiction with the objectives of EUMETSAT, to carry out the activities requested by the third party and approved by the Council in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (a). This action costs shall be borne by the relevant third party involved. Article 3 application acceptance and general budget 1. mandatory programs and the overall budget is created, that the Council adopt the decision in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (a) above, with a detailed explanation of the program, which includes all the necessary programme, technical, financial, contractual, legal, and other elements. 2. Check the programs were created by interested Member States in adopting the programme Declaration in accordance with article 5, part 3 (a) above, with a detailed explanation of the program, which includes all the necessary programme, technical, financial, contractual, legal, and other elements. Any choice program must meet within the objectives of the Convention and must be in accordance with its overall structure and rules, to be determined in its use. The Council must approve the programme Declaration of the authorization decision under the second subparagraph of article 5 (d) (iii). Any Member State have the opportunity to participate in the preparation of the draft declaration, and the programme set out in the declaration period can become a member of the optional programme. Check the programme enters into force as soon as at least one third of all Member States, EUMETSAT has announced its participation in a certain period of time and when signing the Declaration, the Member States ' payments have reached 90% of the total financial envelope. 4. ARTICLE 1 of the Council. the Council consists of not more than two representatives from each Member State, one of which is a national weather service spokesman. Representatives in the sessions of the Council can help consultants. 2. the Council shall appoint from among its members a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman acting in his position for two years and can be re-elected only once. The President chairs the Council meetings, and he doesn't have the status of a representative of a Member State. 3. the Council shall meet in ordinary meeting at least once a year. It may also organize extraordinary meetings at the request of the President or one third of the Member States. The Council shall meet at EUMETSAT headquarters unless it decides otherwise. 4. the Council may set up subsidiary bodies and working groups if necessary, objectives and programmes of EUMETSAT. 5. The Council shall adopt its own procedural rules. Article 5 the Council's role the Council has authorized 1 to take all necessary measures for the implementation of this Convention. 2. the Council, in particular the mandate, a unanimous vote of all Member States): i. to decide on accessions in accordance with article 16 and on the rules that are binding for accession; II. to decide on the minimum program and the adoption of the general budget in accordance with the first paragraph of article 3; III. to decide on a ceiling for contributions to the general budget of the five-year period, the years before such period expires, or review the following ceiling; IV. to decide on any financial program, for example, loans; v. to approve any budget money transactions from one program to another compulsory optional programme; vi. to decide on any amendments approved In decision or explanation, as specified in the first paragraph of article 3; VII. to confirm cooperation agreements with non-member countries; VIII. to decide to terminate or not to terminate the EUMETSAT activities in accordance with article 20; IX. to amend the annexes to this Convention; x. to confirm the cost increase by more than 10%, thus increasing the initial financial envelope or mandatory program ceiling (except the MSOP); XI. to decide on the actions that are performed on behalf of third parties. (b)) with a two-thirds majority of the Member States and at balsstiesīgaj and at least two-thirds of the gross national product (GNP) of the total contributions (contributions) (MSOP i): i. to adopt the annual budget of the MSOP, along with the addition of staff and expenditure and revenue forecasts for the next three years; II. to adopt financial regulations like other financial conditions; III. to decide on the EUMETSAT winding up in accordance with article 20 of the third and fourth. IV. to decide on the exclusion of a Member State in accordance with article 14 and of the conditions of exclusion; v. to decide on any transfer from EUMETSAT headquarters; vi. to accept the staff rules; VII. to decide on satellite data distribution policies of mandatory programmes. (c)) with votes representing at least two thirds of the total amount of contributions, and one half of the voting members at and: i. to adopt the annual budget and the overall annual budget for the minimum programmes (except the MSOP), together with the establishment plan and expenditure and revenue forecasts for the next three years; II. to confirm the cost increase by more than 10%, thus increasing the initial financial envelope or ceiling (except the MSOP); III. approved each year to the previous year's financial statements together with EUMETSAT active and liabilities at the balance sheet, auditor receipt of the report and the Director-General's approval in respect of the implementation of the budget; IV. to decide on other matters related to the mandatory programs that have a financial impact on the Organization; (d)) with a two-thirds majority of Member States present and voting: (i) to appoint the Director General. for a certain period of time, remove or temporarily suspended from his post. Cancellation, the Council must appoint a Director-General ad interim; II. to determine the minimum operational instructions satelītprogramm, as well as products and service; III. to decide as expected check the program coincides with the EUMETSAT programme objectives and how to comply with the Convention and the rules adopted by the Council on its application; IV. to confirm any agreement with Member States, international governmental and non-governmental organisations or national organizations in the Member States; v. to make recommendations to the Member States in connection with the amendment of this Convention; vi. to adopt its own rules of procedure; VII. appointment of Auditors, and to decide on its position. (e)) with the present and voting: (i) the majority of Member States. for confirmation of the appointment of key personnel and release; II. to decide on subsidiary bodies and working groups and determine their competence; III. to decide on other matters that are not expressly set out in this Convention. 3. Check programs are the following specific rules: (a)) the Declaration must be adopted by a two-thirds majority of Member States present and voting, majority. (b)) all the measures for the implementation of the programme of choice should be determined by at least two-thirds and one-third of the majority present and voting in the majority of Member States. Program member rate is limited to 30%, even if the percentage of the financial contribution is higher. (c)) to the Declaration or any decisions would be made on any amendment, requires all Member States of the programme agreement. 4. The Council, each Member State should have one vote. However, a Member State may not have the votes in the Council, if the debt exceeds the size of the contributions in the current financial year. In such cases, the Member State shall have the right to vote if all the two-thirds majority of the Member States shall notify that evasion was dependent on conditions that the Member State has not been able to control. To determine the consensus or majority provided for in this Convention, a Member State may not accept any message if it does not have the right to vote. The above rules check programs may apply, mutatis mutandis. The expression "members present and voting in the Member State" means a Member State of a vote for or against. That Member State shall refrain, is considered not voting. 5. all the representatives of the majority of Member States present vote is required to have a quorum. This provision should be applied in the selection of programmes shall apply mutatis mutandis. Council decision relating to the urgent questions can be provided by written procedure between Council meetings. Article 6 the Director-General the Director-General 1 is responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the Council and for the accomplishment of the tasks assigned to EUMETSAT. He is the legal representative of EUMETSAT, and the performance of the job, he signed the agreements approved by the Council, as well as contracts. 2. the Director-General shall act in accordance with the instructions of the Council. He in particular: (a)) ensure adequate functioning of EUMETSAT; b) from Member States receives support; c) official commitments and within the framework of credit shall bear the cost of which shall be decided by the Council; d) implementing Council decisions relating to the financing of the EUMETSAT; e) prepare invitations to tender and contracts; f) prepare the meetings of the Council and subordinate organizations and potential working group meeting with the necessary technical and administrative support; g) monitors and controls the execution of the contract. h) prepares and implements the EUMETSAT budgets in accordance with the financial rules and to the fulfillment of the budget each year, submit to the Council for approval a report related to the implementation, the balance of the assets and liabilities, which in each case shall be drawn up in accordance with the financial rules, and report on EUMETSAT activities; I maintain the necessary finance); (j) the performance of other tasks), the Council may entrust to it. 3. The secretariat shall support the Director-General. Article 7 SECRETARIAT staff 1. except that provided for in the second subparagraph of article, the Secretariat's work takes place in accordance with the staff regulations, adopted by the Council in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (b). If the Secretariat staff members ' conditions of employment are not subject to the above provisions, it shall lay down the law in force in the country in which the person concerned carries out its duties. 2. the staff is created, based on their qualifications, considering the international nature of EUMETSAT. Nationals of any of the Member States must not be advantages for the posts. 3. Fixed-term staff member State national authorities may be available and to be employed in EUMETSAT. 4. in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (e), the Council shall approve the Executive appointment, termination of Office, as laid down in the staff regulations. The other staff are appointed and removed from its Director-General, acting as the authorised representative of the Council. The competence of the Director-General should be for the entire staff of the Secretariat. 5. Member States must respect the Director General and the Secretariat for the international obligations of members. The Director-General and the members of the Secretariat in the performance of their duties, neither seek nor take instructions from any Government or from any authority outside of EUMETSAT. Article 8 the ownership of SATELLITE DATA and dissemination 1. Eumetsat around the world is the exclusive ownership of all EUMETSE the satellite or data caused by the devices. 2. The Council agreed EUMETSAT data available to the World Meteorological Organization national meteorological services. 3. Satellite data dissemination policy to be determined in accordance with article 5, second paragraph, (b) the provisions referred to in respect of minimum program, and the third subparagraph of article 5 (b) in respect of choice programs. EUMETSAT, represented by the Secretariat and the Member States are responsible for the implementation of this policy. Article 9 liability 1. Eumetsat makes no warranty regarding the services and products that are provided or to be provided in accordance with this Convention. 2. Eumetsat, Member States and their officials or employees, in the performance of their functions and their competence in doing so, as well as any representative of EUMETSAT Member State of any meetings or in front of the EUMETSAT shall have no liability for loss or damage resulting from the termination of the services, delay or unsatisfactory. 3. no Member State is not responsible for the EUMETSAT activities and responsibilities related to the space segment of EUMETSAT, except when such liability arising from an agreement concluded between a Member State and a country that requires compensation. In such a case, the EUMETSAT for such commitments provide the Member State of refund, unless the latter is not particularly determined to take on such a responsibility. The Council shall determine the order of executing rules on this point. Article 10 funding principles 1. Eumetsat Member States to bear the expenses of financial contributions, or from some other EUMETSAT income. 2. Each Member State must take the EUMETSAT annual contributions to the general budget and optional programs (except the MSOP) based on the average GNP of each Member State in the last three years of the statistics. The statistics renewal must take place every three years. The MSOP to each Member State pay annual contributions based on the EUMETSAT, the procedure referred to in Annex II. 3. Member States have the obligation to pay contributions for mandatory programmes (except the MSOP) up to 110% of the maximum if the decision adopted in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (c) (ii). 4. with regard to the choice of programs, each Member State must provide an annual contribution of EUMETSAT, based on the approved agenda for each program. 5. If the check program one year after its entry into force in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 3 is not fully subscribed, existing members are obliged to accept new payment order, proportionally dividing the deficit, unless the members unanimously agree to a solution. 6. all contributions shall be made to the European currency unit (ECU), as established by the European Community. Contributions may be made to the MSOP in any convertible currency. 7. Deposit payment methods and update the GNP statistics methods are laid down in the financial regulations. 8. the financial arrangements should be given suitable procedure if Member States fail to make payments, and in cases where a Member State that is owed, in addition to the duties are imposed. 9. the Council may accept voluntary donations either in cash or otherwise, to ensure that objectives are met, which is incompatible with EUMETSAT, activities and tasks management. 11. Article 1 of the budget the BUDGET should be adopted (E) ... (C) ... U. .. (A) the time limits laid down. 2. the financial year is from 1 January to 31 December. 3. the EUMETSAT budgets must be drawn up for each financial year, before the beginning of the year in accordance with the conditions laid down in the financial regulations. Income and expenditure in the budget shall be in balance. 4. The Council in accordance with article 5 of the second paragraph of article (b) and (c) shall adopt the budget of the MSOP, the general budget and optional programs in the budget for each financial year, as well as any supplementary budget and the amendments. Member States taking part in the programme, the budget for these programmes to be adopted in accordance with the third subparagraph of article 5 (b). 5. approval of the budget is due to: (a) the obligation for each Member State to make available the EUMETSAT budgets fixed financial contribution; b. right to the Director-General to enter into commitments and expenditure duly approved credit; 6. If the budget has not been adopted at the beginning of the financial year, the Director-General shall, each month, to enter into commitments and make payments in each relevant budget section to one twelfth of the appropriations for the previous financial year's budget on the condition that she passed the allocations of one twelfth of those provided for in the preliminary draft budget. 7. Member States must pay each month, based on preliminary data and in accordance with the level of contributions, the required amount specified in the article 6. 8. Financial arrangements and procedures of accounting program must include the financial rules adopted by the Council in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (b). Article 12 AUDIT 1. all income and expenditure shown in the budget balance and EUMETSAT, the assets and liabilities in accordance with the conditions defined in the financial regulations, is required to submit an annual audit. Auditor each year to submit to the Council a report on the settlement. 2. the Director-General shall provide the auditor with any information and assistance needed for the task. 3. Audit level of detail to be established by the Council. Article 13 privileges and immunities EUMETSAT enjoys privileges and immunities that are necessary for its official acts, in accordance with established protocol. 14. Article 1 of the defaulting Member State which fails to fulfil its obligations under this Convention shall cease to be a member of EUMETSAT, if the Council so decides, in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (b) of the bottom point conditions involved the country without participating in the vote on this issue. This decision shall enter into force on the date determined by the Council. 2. Where a Member State is excluded from the Convention's general budget and optional programs are adjusted on the level of contributions in accordance with the second paragraph of article 10. In the Member States, in accordance with the rules defined in the programme Declaration, to decide on the level of contributions to the changes, which follow a country's exclusion from the Chooser. Article 15 procedure for the settlement of disputes 1. Any dispute between two or more Member States, or between any of them and EUMETSAT relating to annex to this Convention or its interpretation or application, which cannot be resolved by the Council or which cannot be resolved by mediation if requested by one of the parties to the dispute, be referred to arbitration, unless the parties agree on another dispute resolution model. 2. The Tribunal shall consist of three members. Each party to the dispute within two months of the request referred to in the first subparagraph by the date of receipt of the single arbitrator. The first two arbitrators shall, within two months of the nomination of the second arbitrator, the third arbitrator by the day, who will be Chairman of the Tribunal and which may not be a citizen of the country involved in the dispute. If one of the two arbitrators within the prescribed period has not been raised, at the request of either party, nominated by the President of the International Court of Justice or, if the parties have not agreed about the crackdown at the last of these, the Secretary-General of the Permanent Arbitration. The same shall apply if the Chairman of the arbitral tribunal has not been made within the prescribed period. 3. The Tribunal shall itself determine its location, and the rules of procedure. 4. Each Party shall bear the expenses relating to the arbitrator, on the nomination of which it is responsible, as well as the costs of its representation in court. The Chairman of the arbitration costs shall be borne by the parties to the dispute in equal part. 5. The arbitration judgment is adopted by its members, who may not abstain from voting, majority. This decision is final and binding on both parties to the dispute, and the judgment is not appealable. The parties submit to judgment without hesitation. In the event of a dispute as to its meaning or content of the arbitration by any of the parties to the dispute request it interprets. Article 16 signature, ratification and accession 1. this Convention is open for signature by the States which took part in the authorized European Conference on the use of meteorological satellite organisation. 2. These countries should become parties to this Convention either, signing without reservation of ratification, acceptance or approval, or deposit of an instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval with the depositary of the Convention, if the Convention is signed by "for ratification, acceptance or approval; 3. From the entry into force of this Convention the date any country which did not participate of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries, as referred to in the first paragraph of this article may accede to it in accordance with a decision taken pursuant to the second subparagraph of article 5 (a). A country wishing to accede to this Convention, shall inform the Director-General accordingly and the latter shall inform the Member States about the request at least three months prior to its submission to the Council for decision. The Council is to determine the terms and conditions of joining the national question in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (a). 4. The instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval and accession shall be deposited with the Government of the Swiss Confederation, hereinafter referred to as "the depositary". 5. Accession to EUMETSAT Convention means participation as a minimum in the general budget and optional programs. Participation in the choice program is the program the choice of the Member States in accordance with the third subparagraph of article 5 (c). Any State which becomes a party to this Convention, to make a special contribution, in addition to the investments, given the mandatory and optional programs that the State will participate. Installment size must be determined in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (a) (i) in respect of the minimum programme, and in accordance with the third subparagraph of article 5 (c) concerning the choice of programmes. 6. If the country accede to the Convention, the level of contributions to the general budget and the minimum programmes governed by the Council. Programme of the Member States to decide on the changes to the contribution, if the application to join the new Government. Article 17 entry into force 1 this Convention shall enter into force sixty days after the date on which the countries with total contributions in accordance with Annex II of volume is at least 85% of the total amount of contributions, become parties to this Convention, the implementation of the second subparagraph of article 16. 2. If the first part of this article, the conditions for the entry into force of the Convention, is not executed within 2 years after the date on which the Convention is opened for signature, the depositary as soon as possible, to be convened by the Government of the countries that have signed the Convention without reservation of ratification, acceptance or approval or have deposited the instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval. The Government may then decide that, notwithstanding the first paragraph of this article, the requirements of the Convention it may enter into force. Such a decision, the Government reconcile the date of entry into force and review of the level of contributions relating to annex II.3. After the entry into force of this Convention in accordance with the first or second part and not settling their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval by signatory to this Convention with a note as to ratification, acceptance or approval of the EUMETSAT meetings may participate, without the right to vote. 4. the Convention for any State that after the date of entry into force of this Convention in accordance with the first or the second part of the signature of the Convention without reservation of ratification, acceptance or approval, or which shall be deposited with their instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval, and any country that accedes take effect from the date of that country signed the Convention or deposited its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession Depending on the particular circumstances. Article 18 Amendment 1. Any member may propose amendments to this Convention. Amendments must be sent to the Director-General of the offer, which they must notify the other Member States at least three months prior to the consideration by the Council. The Council must look at these deals, and it may, by decision taken pursuant to the second subparagraph of article 5 (d)) (v.., recommend Member States to accept the proposed amendments. 2. amendments recommended by the Council, shall enter into force thirty days from the date of its receipt by the depositary of written approval of all Member States. 3. the Council may, by a decision adopted in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (a), amend the annexes to this Convention, provided that such amendments are not contrary to this Convention, at the same time, the question of the date on which they enter into force in all Member States. Article 19 denunciation 1. After this Convention has been in force for six years, any Member State may denounce it by notifying the depositary of the Convention, which exited from the mandatory general budget and optional programs. To the general budget of the denunciation shall take effect five years, benefiting financial ceiling, at the end of the period, but the selection and mandatory programs-after the program stopped. 2. a participating country may retain the rights that it has received until the denunciation takes effect in respect of the various programmes in which it was involved. 3. If a member ceases to be a party to the Convention, the level of contributions to the general budget of the Division is to be revised in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 10 for the next five years, following the period in which the participating State denounced the Convention. Article 20 dissolution 1. the Council may at any time terminate the EUMETSAT activities with a decision in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (a). 2. unless the Council decides otherwise, EUMETSAT activities may be terminated if one or more Member States in accordance with article 19 of the Convention or denounces, in accordance with article 14, the first subparagraph shall cease to be a member of EUMETSAT, and hence the contributions of each Member State to the general budget and optional programs will increase by more than one-fifth. Decision on termination of the Council may be adopted in accordance with the second subparagraph of article 5 (a). A Member State which denounced Convention or gotten off of it, does not participate in the vote on this issue. 3. In the cases referred to in the first and second subparagraphs, the Council has to appoint the liquidation trustee. 4. the assets should be distributed among the countries which are members of the EUMETSAT at the time of the winding up in proportion to actual contributions of time as they become parties to this Convention. It will be refunded in the event of shortages in proportion to the current year's contributions. Article 21 depositary notifications refer the signatories and States parties to the Convention, information on: (a) all the signatories to the Convention); (b) any instrument of ratification), acceptance, approval or accession depositing; (c) the entry into force of the Convention), in accordance with article 17, first and second subparagraph; (d)) any Convention or of its annexes or amendments enter into force; e any denunciation of the Convention) or as members of any of the Member States of the status of loss of EUMETSAT; f) EUMETSAT winding. Article 22 registration Before this Convention and any of its entry into force the depositary must be registered with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with the United Nations Charter, article 102.

Draft Protocol on the use of the European meteorological SATELLITE Organization (EUMETSAT) privileges and immunities in accordance with the amendments to the Protocol on the privileges and immunities of the depositary of 12 January 2004 Notification Protocol preamble the States which are parties to the European Organisation for the exploitation of meteorological satellites (EUMETSAT) Convention which was opened for signature in Geneva on 24 May 1983, and amended by the Council decision IT/C/Res. XXXVI added "Protocol of amendment", which entered into force on 19 November 2000 (hereinafter ' the Convention '); Desiring to define the privileges and immunities in accordance with article 13 of the Convention; Reaffirming that this Protocol privileges and imunitāš aim to provide high quality the official EUMETSAT; Have agreed as follows: article 1 use of terms for the purposes of this Protocol: (a)) "Member State" means a State which is a party to the Convention; (b)) "archives" means all documentation, including correspondence, documents, manuscripts, photographs, films, optical and magnetic records, data entry, and software belonging to the EUMETSAT or in its possession; c) EUMETSAT "official actions" means all activities carried out using your own EUMETSAT objectives as defined in article 2 of the Convention, and includes its administrative activities. d) "property" means anything that may be considered the subject of ownership, including contract law; e) "representatives" means representatives and their advisors; f) "staff ' means the Director-General and all persons employed by the EUMETSAT, having a permanent capacity and which is subject to the provisions of the staff; g) "expert" means a person who is not the composition of the staff and who is appointed to perform a specific task and to the EUMETSAT. Article 2 legal PERSON EUMETSAT in accordance with the provisions of the Convention article 1 is a legal person. It has the power to conclude contracts, to acquire movable and immovable property and to get rid of it, as well as be a party to legal proceedings. 3. Article Archives immunity EUMETSAT Archive must be inviolable. Article 4 jurisdiction and immunity against prosecution 1. Eumetsat, its official activities subject to jurisdiction and immunity against prosecution, except in the following cases: (a)) if the decision of the Council is specifically waived such immunity case; The Council has the duty to waive the immunity in any case where reliance on it to hinder the implementation of Justice and where it can give up, does not harm the EUMETSAT interests; (b)) in relation to the third-party civil action for damage resulting from a traffic accident caused by car or other means of transport that belong to the EUMETSAT or is used in the name of or in respect of a road traffic accident involving such a vehicle; (c)) in relation to an arbitration decision that accepted this Protocol 21, 22 or 23 or article 15 of the Convention, implementation of the framework; (d)) for salaries and compensation, including pension rights, which comes from EUMETSAT, its existing or former staff, in the case of arrest, which followed the administrative or judicial authorities of the decision; (e) in relation to the counterclaim) that is directly related to the EUMETSAT proposed proceedings; (f)) in respect of any commercial activity, which could be involved in EUMETSAT. 2. Immunity also applies to EUMETSAT estate, wherever located, (a)), from the requirements of any kind, the confiscation or expropriation; (b)) of any kind and administrative sequestration or temporary Court restrictions, except in the cases referred to in the first subparagraph of this article. Article 5 the financial and customs rules 1. Eumetsat official activities of its property and income shall be exempt from direct taxes. 2. If you purchased goods or services used with significant value, which are essential for the official EUMETSAT activities, and if this purchase and the price of services includes taxes or duties, the Member State which has imposed such taxes or duties, appropriate measures must be taken to guarantee the exclusion of these taxes or fees, or when it is possible to identify, they must be released. 3. goods imported or exported by EUMETSAT and which is required for its official activities, shall not be subject to any import and export duties and taxes, as well as being exempt from all import and export prohibitions and restrictions. 4. The provisions of this article shall not apply to taxes or duties, which is only a fee for public utility services. 5. Goods acquired or imported and granted relief under this article, may not be sold, rented, loaned, or given away in return for payment or free of charge, except in accordance with the conditions laid down by the Member State in which the guaranteed benefits or reimbursement. Article 6 of the FUND securities, currency, and EUMETSAT to receive and keep any funds, currency, cash and securities. It is free to use funds in all their official acts, and it can have its own current account in any currency, to the extent that it is necessary to carry out its duties. Article 7 communication 1. official communications and the transmission of all the EUMETSAT should receive no less favourable treatment, as it is for each Member State, with other equivalent international bodies. 2. in the case of EUMETSAT data transmission within the official activities in the territory of each Member State must receive no less favourable treatment, as it is in relation to the national meteorological service, taking into account the international obligations of this State relating to telecommunications. Article 8 publication EUMETSAT sent and received publications and other information material for distribution must not be limited in any. Article 9 representatives 1. The representatives of the Member States, while they perform their official functions and during their movement to and from the meeting venue, you have to enjoy the following benefits and immunity: a) immunity against arrest and detention and against the seizure of personal belongings, except in cases of serious crime or if you are caught doing, trying to make a or has just carried out a crime; b) immunity against jurisdiction, even after the end of the mission, regarding the action, including the or written, made in the performance of their functions; This immunity shall not apply, when the road traffic offence was committed, which did the representative of the Member State, as well as to the damages which have been caused by a truck or other vehicle that he owns or for which it has been; c) all other documents filing and immunity; d) exemption in respect of all immigration restrictions, and alien registration formalities; (e)) the same treatment in respect of currency and exchange regulations, which are foreign Governments a temporary official missions; (f)) the same treatment in respect of customs matters, personal baggage, a foreign Government is a temporary official missions. 2. the privileges and immunities of the representatives of the Member States rather than their personal benefit, but to ensure the full independence of their functions in relation to EUMETSAT. The Member State should waive the immunity of a representative in any case where they would could hinder the implementation of Justice, and it can be taken away, without prejudice to the purposes for which it has been assigned. 3. None of the Member States are not obliged to grant its representatives on privileges and immunities. Article 10 personnel EUMETSAT personnel shall enjoy the following privileges and immunities: (a)) immunity against jurisdiction, even after the end of EUMETSAT, in relation to the treatment, including words spoken or written, performed, in the performance of their functions; This immunity shall not apply, when the road traffic offence was committed, which is done by staff, as well as to the damage that was caused by a truck or other vehicle, which it owns or for which it has been; (b)), the exemption for all public services, including compulsory military service; c) all other documents filing and immunity; (d)) exemption, it also applies to all living together with their family members, from any immigration restrictions and from all the foreigners registration formalities; (e)) the same repatriation facilities, together with their resident family members, what between the folksy crises usually refers to the personnel of other international organizations; (f)) the same provisions with respect to currency and exchange regulations, what are the international organisations concerned; g) salaries and emoluments paid by the EUMETSAT staff are exempt from income tax, starting from the date when the EUMETSAT staff salary is taxable, except pensions and similar benefits. Member State shall retain the right to take into account the salaries and income when assessed tax size should be applied to income from other sources; h) rights, without customs duties and other import charges to import their furniture and personal effects, including road transport, at a time when the work place is occupied territory, and right after the end of its functions without the payment of fees to export what is the law of the Member State concerned subject to the conditions set. Goods that are imported as an exception under this subparagraph may not be sold, rented, loaned, or given away against payment or free of charge, except where the Member State in accordance with the conditions set out in this exemption is allowed. Article 11 the Director-General in addition to the privileges and immunities of staff of a guarantee under article 10 to apply: (a) the Director-General) immunity against arrest and detention, except when caught doing, trying to make a or has just carried out a crime; b) immunity to any kind of civil and administrative jurisdiction and prosecution, one enjoys diplomatic representatives, except when the damage was caused by a truck or other vehicle that he owns, or that it ran; (c) the criminal jurisdiction) full immunity, except road traffic violations, which caused a truck or other vehicle that he owns, or that it ran, provided that they comply with this subparagraph (a)); (d)) the same customs benefits for personal luggage as are applied to diplomatic representatives. Article 12 social insurance EUMETSAT shall ensure that all staff would be included in the EUMETSAT social insurance scheme, the benefits, and to all of its personnel subject to the exceptional cases of any kind of minimum State social insurance scheme in accordance with agreements concluded with the Member States concerned in accordance with article 19 or the equivalent measures or other relevant provisions in force in the Member States. Article 13 experts experts who do not have the staff in the execution of his duties or tasks of EUMETSAT, its good, enjoy the following privileges and immunities: (a)) immunity against jurisdiction, even after the end of their mission, in respect of the action, including words spoken or written, performed, in the performance of their functions; This immunity shall not apply, when the road traffic offence was committed, that has done the damage, as well as experts, which was caused by a truck or other vehicle, which belongs to him or which he presided; (b)) all other documents filing and immunity; (c)) exemption from immigration restrictions and from alien registration formalities; (d)) the same treatment in customs matters relating to personal luggage, it is the foreign government temporary official missions. Article 14 refusal 1. Privileges and immunities, which are provided by this Protocol staff and experts, not for their personal benefit. They are only assigned to in all circumstances ensure the smooth operation and EUMETSAT, which they have been granted full independence. 2. the Director-General is obliged to refuse immunity staff or expert in all cases where it may affect the implementation of Justice and may be refused without compromising the EUMETSAT. If the refusal concerns the refusal of the Director-General, the immunity of the competence of the Council. Article 15 notice of personnel and experts, EUMETSAT Director-General at least once a year, inform the Member States of the staff and the experts ' names and nationalities. Article 16 entry, residence and departure Member States must do everything needed to facilitate the Member States ' representatives, staff and expert entry, stay in and exit from its territory. Article 17 of This Protocol, the provisions of the SECURITY must not in any way affect the right of each Member State to take all the precautions that are necessary in the interests of safety. Article 18 cooperation with EUMETSAT Member States always have to cooperate with the authorities of the Member States to facilitate the administration of Justice, secure the observance of law and order to avoid privilege, imunitāš and relief, laid down in this Protocol, the abuse. Article 19 additional agreement EUMETSAT may conclude with one or more Member States, in addition to this agreement, the provisions of the Protocol to take effect for that country or countries and other arrangements, to ensure the effective operation of EUMETSAT. Article 20 privileges and immunities of citizens and permanent residents of any of the Member States are not obliged to grant article 9, article 10 (b)), d, e, f))) and (h)), 11 and subparagraphs 13 (c) and (d) of article)) referred to the privileges and immunities of their citizens or permanent residents. Article 21 of the WRITTEN ARBITRATION agreements EUMETSAT should support the Tribunal, if the conclusion of the written contract, except those that have been concluded with respect to the staff regulations. Arbitration clause or a specific agreement on Arbitration Fairness Act and procedure applicable to the composition, of the Court of the appointment of the arbitrators and court location. Execution of the decision of the arbitral tribunal should be monitored in accordance with its national law, in force in the territory of which the decision is to be enforced. Article 22 settlement of disputes relating to non-contractual LIABILITY for damage or personnel and experts, any Member State may submit a complaint to arbitration in accordance with the provisions of the Convention in accordance with the procedure laid down in article 15, on any dispute which arises a) EUMETSAT damage caused; (b)) shall apply to any other non-contractual responsibility of EUMETSAT; (c)) shall apply to staff or experts, if the persons concerned can rely on immunities from jurisdiction if this immunity is not rejected. Article 23 settlement of disputes concerning the interpretation or APPLICATION of this Protocol to All disputes between EUMETSAT and the Member State or between two or more parties concerning the interpretation or application of this Protocol that cannot be settled by agreement with the Council or, if requested by one of the parties to the dispute, be submitted to arbitration in accordance with the provisions of the Convention in accordance with the procedure laid down in article 15. Article 24 entry into force of the Protocol, duration and termination 1. this Protocol shall be open for signature or available in all countries which are parties to the Convention. 2. These countries should become parties to this Protocol: – either by signing without reservation of ratification, acceptance or approval; -or by depositing the instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval of the Swiss Confederation, which is the depositary, the Protocol has been signed with added for ratification, acceptance or approval; -a different way, shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument. The Swiss Government must inform all States which have signed or acceded to the Convention, and the Director-General of EUMETSAT, the signature of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, this Protocol enters into force, of any denunciation of this Protocol and ruled out. Before the entry into force of the present Protocol, it should be recorded at the depositary the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, article 102. 3. this Protocol shall enter into force thirty days after being signed by the six countries without the signature of the instrument of ratification, approval or acceptance, or within thirty days after the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. 4. Once the Protocol has entered into force, it shall enter into force in respect of States which have signed it without ratifying, accepting or approving your captions, or which have deposited instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall within thirty days of the date of signature or deposit of the relevant instrument. 5. this Protocol shall remain in force until the Convention shall cease to have legal force. 6. Any denunciation of the State party under article 19 of the Convention automatically implies that the State denouncing the Protocol.