Approves The Amendments To The Statute Of The Hague Conference On Private International Law, Adopted At The Hague On 30 June 2005

Original Language Title: Aprova as Emendas ao Estatuto da Conferência da Haia de Direito Internacional Privado, adoptadas na Haia em 30 de Junho de 2005

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MOTION for a RESOLUTION paragraph 43/X whereas the European Community intends to accede to the Hague Conference on private international law; Whereas these Amendments establish the possibility of accession to the Hague Conference on private international law of regional economic integration Organizations to whom the members of the Hague Conference have delegated powers to private international law, including the European Community; Whereas these amendments to the Regulations establish also, amendments to the text of the Statute of the Hague Conference on private international law so that it suits practices that have developed since the Statute entered into force on 15 July 1955, establishing, in the same way, an authentic version of the staff regulations in the English language; Since your term will give a new wording to your article 12, creating a clear and rigorous changes.

So: under d) of paragraph 1 of article 197 of the Constitution, the Government presents to the Assembly of the Republic the following resolution: to approve the amendments to the Statute of the Hague Conference on private international law, adopted in the Hague, 30 June 2005, whose text, authenticated versions in English and French, as well as the consolidated text of this Statute authenticated version in the English language, as well as their translation into Portuguese language, published in annex.

Seen and approved by the Council of Ministers of 19 October 2006.

The Prime Minister, the Minister of the Presidency for Parliamentary Affairs Minister amendments to the Statute of the Hague Conference on private international law (C). The following decisions: the 20th session, to note the will expressed by the European Community to become a member of the Conference;

Considering it desirable that the Statute of the Conference be modified pursuant to its article 12, with the purpose of making possible the acceptance of the Hague Conference, the European Community of any other Regional economic integration Organization to which the Member States have transferred powers in the fields of private international law;

Considering it desirable to insert some modifications to the text of the Statute by harmonizing it in accordance with the practices observed after your entry into force on 15 July 1955, and establish an authentic version of the text in English, like the French version;

Whereas article 12 of the Statute allows the modification of the staff regulations, if approved by two thirds of the members, during a session or after written consultation;

Whereas the acceptance of a Regional economic integration organisation to the Conference implies the need to change "the rules of procedure for plenary sessions" and that it is also desirable to broaden your scope;

1. Adopts the following amendments to the Statute in order to submit for approval to the Member States, pursuant to article 12.
Article 2, paragraph 2:2. May be members of any other States whose participation present legal interest for the work of the Conference. The admission of new Member States will be decided by the Governments of the participating States, on a proposal of one or more of them, by a majority of the votes expressed, within six months from the date on which the Governments are in charge of examining the proposal.

Insert after article 2 article 2 A, as follows:


1. The States members of the Conference may, at a meeting concerning General Affairs and policy where the majority of Member States is present, by a majority of votes expressed, decide to admit also as a member any Regional economic integration Organization to the Conference that has submitted to the Secretary-General an application for admission. Any reference in these regulations to members covering those Member organizations, unless otherwise specified. The admission will be final only after acceptance of the Statute by the Regional economic integration organisation in question. 2. To apply for membership of the Conference, the Regional economic integration Organization shall be constituted only by sovereign States with competences transferred by its Member States which cover skills in a range of subjects within the framework of the Conference, including the authority to make decisions binding on its Member States on these matters. 3. Each Regional economic integration Organization to submit an application for admission shall, upon application, a declaration of competence specifying the matters in which their Member States have transferred powers to him. 4. Each Member Organisation and its Member States should ensure that any modifications concerning the competence or the composition of a member organization shall be notified to the Secretary General, which shall transmit this information to the other members of the Conference. 5. Assume that the Member States of an organization Member shall retain the powers on any matters in respect of which transfers of competence have not been specifically declared or notified. 6. Any member of the Conference may ask the Member Organisation and its Member States to provide information on the competence of the Member organization with respect to any specific question submitted to the Conference. The Member Organisation and its Member States should ensure that this information will be provided when requested. 7. The Member Organisation shall exercise the rights attaching to your membership in alternation with its Member States that are members of the Conference, in the areas of its competence. 8. The Member organization may have in matters in which it has jurisdiction and in any meeting of the Conference in which it is empowered to participate, a number of votes equal to the number of their Member States that you have transferred competence in respect of matters in question and who are entitled to vote at such meetings and in registered. Whenever a Member Organisation exercises your right to vote, its Member States shall not exercise your, and vice versa. 9. "Regional economic integration organisation" means an international organisation that is only constituted by sovereign States and which have competence transferred by its Member States in the context of a range of matters, including the authority to make decisions binding on its Member States on these matters.

Article 3:1. The functioning of the Conference will be ensured by the Council on General Affairs and policy (hereafter referred to as "the Council"), composed of all the members. In principle, the meetings of the Board shall be held each year. 2. The Council shall ensure that operation through a Permanent Bureau whose activities will direct. 3. The Council shall examine all proposals intended to be tabled on the agenda of the Conference. He will be free to enjoy the progress to give these proposals. 4. the State of the Netherlands, created by the Royal Decree of 20 February 1897 with a view to promoting the codification of private international law, marks, following consultations with the members of the Conference, the date of the Diplomatic Sessions. 5. The State Committee will be addressing the Government of the Netherlands for the convocation of the members. The Chairman of the State Committee will chair the Sessions of the Conference. 6. Ordinary Sessions of the Conference shall be held in principle every four years. 7. If necessary, the Council may, after consultation with the Commission, request the Government of the Netherlands to gather the Conference in extraordinary session. 8. The Council may consult with the State Commission on any other matter relevant to the Conference.

Article 4:1. The Permanent Secretariat will have your headquarters in the Hague. Shall be composed of a Secretary-General and four Secretaries shall be appointed by the Government of the Netherlands, by an indication of the State Committee. 2. The Secretary General and the Secretaries must possess appropriate legal knowledge and practical experience. The geographical representation and diversity of legal experience shall also be taken into consideration for your appointment. 3. The number of Secretaries may be increased after consultation with the Council and in accordance with article 9.

Article 5: under the direction of the Council, the Permanent Secretariat is responsible for: a) the preparation and organization of the Sessions of the Hague Conference and the meetings of the Council and of any special commissions; (b) the Secretariat) of the work sessions and the meetings referred to above; c) Of any work forming part of the activity of a secretariat.

Article 6:1. In order to facilitate communication between the members of the Conference and the Permanent Bureau, the Government of each Member State shall designate a national organ and each Member Organisation a liaison agency. 2. The Permanent Secretariat may match up with all the organs so designated and with the competent international organisations.

Article 7:1. The sessions and, between sessions, the Council, may set up special commissions to prepare draft Convention or study any private international law issues that fit into the purpose of the Conference. 2. the Council Sessions and the special committees will work as much as possible, on the basis of consensus.

Article 8:


1. the expenditure provided for in the annual budget of the Conference shall be apportioned among the States members of the Conference. 2. A member organization will not need to contribute with resources greater than those of the other Member States, to the annual budget of the Conference, but will contribute an additional sum, to be determined by the Conference in cooperation with the Member organization in order to cover additional administrative expenses arising out of your membership. 3. In any case, the costs of travel and stay of the Delegates to the Council and Special committees shall be borne by the Members represented.

Article 9:1. The budget of the Conference shall be submitted each year to the approval of the Council of diplomatic representatives of the Member States in the Hague. 2. These Representatives will, also, the apportionment among Member States, budget expenditure to be borne by the latter. 3. The diplomatic representatives shall meet, for those purposes, under the chairmanship of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Article 10:1. The expenses resulting from the ordinary and extraordinary Sessions of the Conference shall be borne by the Government of the Netherlands. 2. In any case, the travel and subsistence expenses of the Delegates shall be borne by the respective members.

Article 11 (French text only; no changes in the English translation): the uses of the Conference will continue in force at all it is not contrary to the present statute or to the regulations.

Article 12:1. The amendments to the staff regulations shall be adopted by consensus of the Member States present in a meeting on General Affairs and policy. 2. such Amendments shall enter into force for all members, three months after they have been approved by two thirds of the Member States in accordance with their respective internal procedures, but not before a period of nine months from the date of your approval. 3. The meeting referred to in paragraph 1 may change by consensus the periods referred to in paragraph 2.

Article 13: the provisions of this Statute will be complemented by regulations to ensure your implementation. These Regulations will be prepared by the Permanent Secretariat and submitted to the approval of a Diplomatic Session, the Council of diplomatic representatives or the Council on General Affairs and policy.

Article 14, paragraph 3:3. The Government of the Netherlands, in case of admission of a new Member, you must notify all members of the Declaration of acceptance of that new Member.

Article 15, paragraph 2:2. The denunciation shall be notified to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at least six months before the end of the budgetary year of the Conference, and will produce the effect on your expire this year, but only that the Member has notified.

Then the article 15, adding: the French and English texts of this Statute, as amended in ... 200., are equally authentic.

Statute of the Hague Conference on private international law the Governments of the following Countries: Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland; Given the permanent nature of the Hague Conference on private international law; Wishing to emphasize this character; And to that end, judged desirable to provide the Conference with a statute; Put the following provisions: article 1 the Hague Conference aims to work on unification of the rules of private international law.

Article 2 1. Are members of the Hague Conference on private international law that States have already taken part in one or more sessions of the Conference and which accept the present Statute.

2. May be members of any other States whose participation present legal interest for the work of the Conference. The admission of new Member States will be decided by the Governments of the participating States, on a proposal of one or more of them, by a majority of the votes expressed, within six months from the date on which the Governments are in charge of examining the proposal 3. The admission will become final with the acceptance of the present Statute by the State concerned.

Article 2 to 1. The States members of the Conference may, at a meeting concerning General Affairs and policy where the majority of Member States is present, by a majority of votes expressed, decide to admit also as a member any Regional economic integration Organization to the Conference that has submitted to the Secretary-General an application for admission. Any reference in these regulations to members covering those Member organizations, unless otherwise specified. The admission will be final only after acceptance of the Statute by the Regional economic integration organisation in question.

2. To apply for membership of the Conference, the Regional economic integration Organization shall be constituted only by sovereign States with competences transferred by its Member States which cover skills in a range of subjects within the framework of the Conference, including the authority to make decisions binding on its Member States on these matters.

3. Each Regional economic integration Organization to submit an application for admission shall, upon application, a declaration of competence specifying the matters in which their Member States have transferred powers to him.

4. Each Member Organisation and its Member States should ensure that any modifications concerning the competence or the composition of a member organization shall be notified to the Secretary General, which shall transmit this information to the other members of the Conference.

5. Assume that the Member States of an organization Member shall retain the powers on any matters in respect of which transfers of competence have not been specifically declared or notified.

6. Any member of the Conference may ask the Member Organisation and its Member States to provide information on the competence of the Member organization with respect to any specific question submitted to the Conference. The Member Organisation and its Member States should ensure that this information will be provided when requested.


7. The Member Organisation shall exercise the rights attaching to your membership in alternation with its Member States that are members of the Conference, in the areas of its competence.

8. The Member organization may have in matters in which it has jurisdiction and in any meeting of the Conference in which it is empowered to participate, a number of votes equal to the number of their Member States that you have transferred competence in respect of matters in question and who are entitled to vote at such meetings and in registered. Whenever a Member Organisation exercises your right to vote, its Member States shall not exercise your, and vice versa.

9. "Regional economic integration organisation" means an international organisation that is only constituted by sovereign States and which have competence transferred by its Member States in the context of a range of matters, including the authority to make decisions binding on its Member States on these matters.

Article 3 1. The functioning of the Conference will be ensured by the Council on General Affairs and policy (hereafter referred to as "the Council"), composed of all the members. In principle, the meetings of the Board shall be held each year.

2. The Council shall ensure that operation through a Permanent Bureau whose activities will direct.

3. The Council shall examine all proposals intended to be tabled on the agenda of the Conference. He will be free to enjoy the progress to give these proposals.

4. the State of the Netherlands, created by the Royal Decree of 20 February 1897 with a view to promoting the codification of private international law, marks, following consultations with the members of the Conference, the date of the Diplomatic Sessions.

5. The State Committee will be addressing the Government of the Netherlands for the convocation of the members. The Chairman of the State Committee will chair the Sessions of the Conference.

6. Ordinary Sessions of the Conference shall be held in principle every four years.

7. If necessary, the Council may, after consultation with the Commission, request the Government of the Netherlands to gather the Conference in extraordinary session.

8. The Council may consult with the State Commission on any other matter relevant to the Conference.

Article 4 4. The Permanent Secretariat will have your headquarters in the Hague. Shall be composed of a Secretary-General and four Secretaries shall be appointed by the Government of the Netherlands, by an indication of the State Committee.

5. The Secretary General and the Secretaries must possess appropriate legal knowledge and practical experience. The geographical representation and diversity of legal experience shall also be taken into consideration for your appointment.

6. The number of Secretaries may be increased after consultation with the Council and in accordance with article 9.

Article 5 under the direction of the Council, the Permanent Secretariat is responsible for: a) the preparation and organization of the Sessions of the Hague Conference and the meetings of the Council and of any special commissions; (b) the Secretariat) of the work sessions and the meetings referred to above; c) Of any work forming part of the activity of a secretariat.

Article 6 3. In order to facilitate communication between the members of the Conference and the Permanent Bureau, the Government of each Member State shall designate a national organ and each Member Organisation a liaison agency.

4. The Permanent Secretariat may match up with all the organs so designated and with the competent international organisations.

Article 7 1. The sessions and, between sessions, the Council, may set up special commissions to prepare draft Convention or study any private international law issues that fit into the purpose of the Conference.

2. the Council Sessions and the special committees will work as much as possible, on the basis of consensus.

Article 8 1. The sessions and, between sessions, the Council, may set up special commissions to prepare draft Convention or study any private international law issues that fit into the purpose of the Conference.

2. the Council Sessions and the special committees will work as much as possible, on the basis of consensus.

Article 9 1. The budget of the Conference shall be submitted each year to the approval of the Council of diplomatic representatives of the Member States in the Hague.

2. These Representatives will, also, the apportionment among Member States, budget expenditure to be borne by the latter.

3. The diplomatic representatives shall meet, for those purposes, under the chairmanship of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Article 10 1. The expenses resulting from the ordinary and extraordinary Sessions of the Conference shall be borne by the Government of the Netherlands.

2. In any case, the travel and subsistence expenses of the Delegates shall be borne by the respective members.

Article 11 the uses of the Conference will continue in force at all it is not contrary to the present statute or to the regulations.

Article 12 1. The amendments to the staff regulations shall be adopted by consensus of the Member States present in a meeting on General Affairs and policy.

2. such Amendments shall enter into force for all members, three months after they have been approved by two thirds of the Member States in accordance with their respective internal procedures, but not before a period of nine months from the date of your approval.

3. The meeting referred to in paragraph 1 may change by consensus the periods referred to in paragraph 2.

Article 13 the provisions of this Statute will be complemented by regulations to ensure your implementation. These Regulations will be prepared by the Permanent Secretariat and submitted to the approval of a Diplomatic Session, the Council of diplomatic representatives or the Council on General Affairs and policy.

Article 14 1. The present Statute shall be submitted to the acceptance of the two-State Governments who took part in one or more sessions of the Conference and shall come into force as soon as it is accepted by the majority of the States represented at the seventh session.

2. The statement of acceptance shall be deposited with the Government of the Netherlands, which shall communicate to the Governments referred to in the previous paragraph of this article.

3. The Government of the Netherlands, in case of admission of a new Member, you must notify all members of the Declaration of acceptance of that new Member.

Article 15


1. Each Member may denounce the present Statute after a period of five years from the date of your entry into force, in accordance with the first subparagraph of article 14 2. The denunciation shall be notified to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at least six months before the end of the budgetary year of the Conference, and will produce the effect on your expire this year, but only that the Member has notified.

The French and English texts of this Statute, as amended in ... 200., are equally authentic.



C Les Décisions suivantes: La Vingtième session, Ayant examiné la volonté exprimée par la Communauté européenne de devenir Membre de la Conférence;

Considérant qu'il est souhaitable que le Statut de la Conférence soit modifié, en application de son article 12, afin de rendre possible l ' admission à la Conférence de La Haye, tant de la Communauté européenne à toute autre Organisation that régionale d ' intégration économique à laquelle ses Etats members ont compétence en transféré en matière de droit international privé;

Considérant qu'il est en outre souhaitable de saisir l ' opportunité d apporter quelques modifications au texte du Statut afin de le rendre as aux practise développées depuis son entrée en vigueur le 15 juillet 1955, et d ' établir une en version anglaise, authentique à urge du texte français;

Considérant that l'article 12 du Statut permet la modification de celui-ci si elle est approved par les deux tiers des Members, realised how d'une Session or d'une consultation écrite;

Considérant l ' admission that d'une Organisation régionale d ' intégration économique à la Conférence entraîne la nécessité de modifier le Règlement intérieur des Sessions plénières «» et qu'il est souhaitable d ' étendre also son champ d ' application;

1. Adopt les amendements suivants au Statut dans le but de les soumettre aux Etats members pour approbation en application de l'article 12: Article 2, paragraphe 2:2. Peuvent devenir Members tous autres Etats dont la participation this un intérêt de nature juridique pour les travaux de la Conférence. L ' admission of nouveaux Etats members est décidée par les Gouvernements des Etats participants, sur proposition de un or plusieurs d between eux, à la majorité des voix, dans un délai émises six mois à dater du jour où les Gouvernements ont été saisis de cette proposition.

A la suite de l'article, l'article Mac insérer serial 2 2A suivant: 1. Les Etats members de la Conférence peuvent, realised how d'une réunion relative aux affaires générales et à la politique rassemblant la majorité d ' between eux, à la majorité des voix émises, décider d admettre also comme Membre d ' intégration économique régionale à toute Organisation qui a soumis une demande au Secrétaire général of admission. Toute référence queenette dans le présent Statut aux Members understand ces sauf dispositions contraires, members Organisations. L ' admission ne devient définitive qu ' après l ' acceptation du Statut par l'Organisation régionale d ' intégration économique concernée.

2. Pour pouvoir demander son admission à la Conférence en qualité de Membre d ' intégration une Organisation régionale doit être économique composée uniquement d ' Etats, et doit posséder souverains des compétences transférées par ses Etats pour un members with a fan of questions qui sont du ressort de la Conférence, y compris le pouvoir de prendre des décisions sur ces questions engageant ses Etats members.

3. Chaque Organisation régionale d ' intégration économique qui dépose une demande d ' admission this, en même temps that sa demande, une déclaration de compétence précisant les questions pour lesquelles ses Etats members lui ont compétence transféré.

4. Une Organisation membre et ses Etats members then s ' assurer toute modification that relative à la compétence à la composition ou d'une Organisation membre est notifiée au Secrétaire général, lequel cette information diffuse aux autres Members de la Conférence.

5. Les Etats members d'une Organisation membre sont réputés conserve leurs compétences sur toute question pour laquelle des transferts de compétence n'ont pas été spécifiquement déclarés or notifiés.

6. Tout Membre de la Conférence peut demander à l'Organisation membre et ses Etats members of fournir des informations à la compétence quant de l'Organisation à l ' égard de membre toute question spécifique dont la Conférence est saisie. L'organisation et ses Etats membre members then s ' assurer that ces informations sont fournies en reponse to une telle demande.

7. L'organisation membre les droits liés à exerts sa qualité de Membre en alternance avec ses Etats qui sont members Members de la Conférence, dans leurs domaines de compétence respectifs.

8. L'organisation membre peut disposer, pour les questions relevant de sa compétence, dans toute réunion de la Conférence à laquelle elle est habilitée à participer, d'un nombre de voix égal au nombre de ses Etats members qui lui ont compétence transféré sur la matière en question, et qui sont habilités à voter realised how de cette réunion et se sont enregistrés pour celle-ci. Lorsque l ' Organisation membre exerts son droit de vote, ses Etats members pas exercent le leur n, et inversement.

9. «Organisation régionale d ' intégration économique» signifie une organisation internationale composée uniquement d ' Etats souverains et qui possède des compétences transférées par ses Etats pour un members with a fan of questions, y compris le pouvoir de prendre des décisions engageant ses Etats members sur ces questions.

Article 3:1. Le fonctionnement de la Conférence est assuré par le Conseil sur les affaires générales et la politique (ci-après: le Conseil), composé de tous les Members. Les réunions du Conseil se tiennent en principe tous les ans.

2. assure ce fonctionnement par Le Conseil l ' intermédiaire d'un Bureau Permanent dont il directs les activités.

3. Le Conseil examine toutes les propositions destinées à être mises à l'Ordre du jour de la Conférence. Il est libre d ' apprécier la suite à donner à ces propositions.

4. La Commission d ' état néerlandaise instituée par Décret Royal, du 20 février 1897 en vue de promouvoir la codification du droit international privé, cool, après consultation des Members de la Conférence, la date des Sessions diplomatiques.

5. La Commission d ' état ' adresse au Gouvernement des Pays-Bas pour la convocation des Members. Le Président de la Commission d ' état préside les Sessions de la Conférence.

6. Les Sessions ordinaires de la Conférence auront lieu, en principe, tous les quatre ans.


7. En cas de besoin, le Conseil peut, après consultation de la Commission d ' état, prier le Gouvernement des Pays-Bas de réunir la Conférence en Session extraordinaire.

8. Le Conseil peut failure contact la Commission d ' état sur toute autre question interessant la Conférence.

Article 4:1. Le Bureau Permanent a son siège à La Haye. Il est composé d'un Secretaire général et de quatre Secrétaires qui sont nommés par le Gouvernement des Pays-Bas sur présentation de la Commission d ' état.

2. Le Secrétaire général et les Secrétaires devront posséder des connaissances juridiques et une expérience pratique appropriées. La diversité de la représentation géographique et de seront prises also juridique expertise en compte dans leur nomination.

3. Le nombre des Secrétaires peut être augmenté après consultation du Conseil et à l'article 9 highly formalised concept.

Article 5: Sous la direction du Conseil, le Bureau Permanent est chargé: a) de la préparation et de l'Organisation des Sessions de la Conférence de La Haye, ainsi that des réunions du Conseil et des Commissions spéciales;

b) des travaux du Secrétariat des Sessions et des réunions ci-dessus prévues;

c) toutes les tâches qui rentrent dans l ' activité d'un secrétariat.

Article 6:1. En vue de faciliter les communications entre les Members de la Conférence et le Bureau Permanent, le Gouvernement de chacun des Etats members désigner un organe national doit, et chaque Organisation membre un organe de liaison.

2. Le Bureau Permanent peut correspondre avec tous les organes désignés ainsi, et avec les organisations internationales competent.

Article 7:1. Les Sessions, et dans l ' intervalle des Sessions, le Conseil, peuvent instituer des Commissions spéciales en vue d ' élaborer, des projets de Convention or d ' étudier toutes questions de droit international privé rentrant dans le but de la Conférence.

2. Les Sessions, le Conseil et les Commissions spéciales, fonctionnent dans toute la mesure du possible, sur la base du consensus.

Article 8:1. Les reduced prévus au budget annuel de la Conférence sont répartis entre les Etats members de la Conférence.

2. Une Organisation membre n'est pas tenue de contribuer au budget annuel de la Conférence, en plus de ses Etats members, more verse une somme, déterminée par la Conférence en concertation avec l'Organisation membre afin de couvrir les editing expenses, administrative provisions as are additionnelles découlant de son statut de Membre.

3. Dans tous les cas, les indemnités de déplacement et de séjour des Délégués au Conseil et aux Commissions spéciales sont à la charge des Members représentés.

Article 9:1. Le budget de la Conférence est soumis, chaque année, à approbation du Conseil des Représentants diplomatiques des Etats members à La Haye.

2. Ces Représentants fixent also la répartition, entre les Etats members, des mises editing expenses EC budget à la charge par ces derniers.

3. Les Représentants diplomatiques if réunissent, ces, sous la Présidence purposes du Ministre des Affaires Etrangères du Royaume des Pays-Bas.

Article 10:1. Les editing expenses, extraordinary adventures résultant des Sessions ordinaires et de la Conférence, sont prises en charge par le Gouvernement des Pays-Bas.

2. En tout cas, les indemnités de déplacement et de séjour des Délégués sont à la charge des Members respectifs.

Article 11: Les usages de la Conférence continuent à être en vigueur pour tout ce qui n'est pas contraire au présent Statut or aux Regulations.

Article 12:1. Les modifications au présent Statut then être adoptées par consensus des Etats members realised how présents d'une réunion sur les affaires générales et la politique.

2. then entrer en vigueur modifications Ces, pour tous les trois mois après leur Members, approbation, highly formalised concept to their respective girl procédures, par les deux tiers des Etats members, more avant un délai de neuf pas mois suivant la date de leur adoption.

3. mentionnée au paragraphe premier La réunion peut, par consensus, modifier les délais mentionnés au paragraphe 2.

Article 13: Les dispositions du présent Statut complétées par des Regulations seront, en vue d'en assurer l ' exécution. CES Regulations seront établis par le Bureau Permanent et soumis à approbation d'une Session diplomatique, du Conseil des Représentants diplomatiques ou du Conseil sur les affaires générales et la politique.

Article 14, paragraphe 3:3. Le Gouvernement néerlandais notifie, en cas d ' admission d'un nouveau Membre, la déclaration d ' acceptation de ce nouveau Membre à tous les Members.

Article 15, paragraphe 2:2. La dénonciation devra être notifiée au Ministère des Affaires Etrangères du Royaume des Pays-Bas, au moins six mois avant l ' année budgétaire expiration de la Conférence, et son effet produira à ladite année, more of expiration uniquement à l ' égard du Membre qui l ' aura notifiée.

A la suite de l'article 15, ajouter Les textes français et anglais du Statut, tel qu ' amendé le............ 200..., font also was.

(C) The following Decisions – The Twentieth Session, Having examined the wish of the European Community to become a Member of the Conference;

Considering it desirable that the Statute of the Conference be amended, in accordance with its Article 12, so as to make membership of the Conference possible for the European Community as well as for any other Regional Economic Integration Organisation to which its Member States have transferred competence over matters of private international law;

Considering it furthermore desirable to take the opportunity to make certain adaptations to the text of the Statute so that it conforms with practices which have developed since the Statute came into force on 15 July 1955, and to establish in the English version of the Statute equally authentic to the French;

Considering that Article 12 of the Statute provides for amendment of the Statute by the decision of two-thirds of the Members, and that such a decision may be made either at the Session or by written consultation;

Considering that membership of the Conference of the Regional Economic Integration Organisation entails the need to amend the Rules of Procedure for Plenary one Meetings ", and that it is also desirable to give these Rules wider applicability;

1. Adopts the following amendments to the Statute with a view to their submission to Member States for their approval in accordance with Article 12 – Article 2, paragraph 2:


2. Any other State, the participation of which is from a juridical point of view of importance for the work of the Conference, may become a Member. The admission of new Member States shall be decided upon by the Governments of the participating States, upon the proposal of one or more of them, by the majority of the votes cast, within a period of six months from the date on which that proposal is submitted to the Governments.

Following Article 2 insert Article 2A as follows-1. The Member States of the Conference may, at a meeting concerning general affairs and policy where the majority of Member States is present, by a majority of the votes cast, decide to admit also as a Member any Regional Economic Integration Organisation which has submitted an application for membership to the Secretary General. References to Members under this Statute shall include such Member Organisations, except as otherwise expressly provided. The admission shall become effective upon the acceptance of the Statute by the Regional Economic Integration Organisation concerned.

2. To be eligible to apply for membership of the Conference, the Regional Economic Integration Organisation must be one greyscale constituted by sovereign States, and to which its Member States have transferred competence over a range of matters within the purview of the Conference, including the authority to make decisions binding on its Member States in respect of those matters.

3. Each Regional Economic Integration Organisation applying for membership shall, at the time of such application, submit a declaration of competence specifying the matters in respect of which competence has been transferred to it by its Member States.

4. Each Member Organisation and its Member States shall ensure that any change regarding the competence of the Member Organisation or in its membership shall be notified to the Secretary General, who shall circulate such information to the other Members of the Conference.

5. Member States of the Member Organisation shall be presumed to retain competence over all matters in respect of which transfers of competence have not been specifically declared or notified.

6. Any Member of the Conference may request the Member Organisation and its Member States to provide information as to whether the Member Organisation has competence in respect of any specific question which is before the Conference. The Member Organisation and its Member States shall ensure that this information is provided on such request.

7. The Member Organisation shall exercise membership rights on an alternative basis with its Member States that are Members of the Conference, in the areas of their respective competences.

8. The Member Organisation may exercise on matters within its competence, in any meetings of the Conference in which it is entitled to participate, a number of votes equal to the number of its Member States which have transferred competence to the Member Organisation in respect of the matter in question, and which are entitled to vote in and have registered for such meetings. Whenever the Member Organisation exercises its right to vote, its Member States shall not exercise theirs, and conversely.

9. "Regional Economic Integration Organisation" means an international organisation that is constituted by sovereign States, greyscale and to which its Member States have transferred competence over a range of matters, including the authority to make decisions binding on its Member States in respect of those matters.

Article 3:1. The Council on General Affairs and Policy (hereafter "the Council"), composed of all Members, has charge of the operation of the Conference. Meetings of the Council shall, in principle, be held annually.

2. The Council ensures such operation through a Permanent Bureau, the activities of which it grant.

3. The Council shall examine all proposals intended to be placed on the Agenda of the Conference. It shall be free to determine the action to be taken on such proposals.

4. The Netherlands Standing Government Committee, instituted by Royal Decree of 20 February 1897 with a view to promoting the codification of private international law, shall, after consultation with the Members of the Conference, determine the date of the Diplomatic Sessions.

5. The Standing Government Committee shall address itself to the Government of the Netherlands for the convocation of the Members. The Chair of the Standing Government Committee would over the Sessions of the Conference.

6. The Ordinary Sessions of the Conference shall, in principle, be held every four years.

7. If necessary, the Council may, after consultation with the Standing Government Committee, request the Government of the Netherlands to convene the Conference in Extraordinary Session.

8. The Council may consult the Standing Government Committee on any other matter relevant to the Conference.

Article 4:1. The Permanent Bureau shall have its seat at The Hague. It shall be composed of the Secretary General and four Secretaries who shall be appointed by the Government of the Netherlands upon presentation by the Standing Government Committee.

2. The Secretary General and the Secretaries must possess appropriate legal knowledge and practical experience. In their appointment account shall also be taken of diversity of geographic representation and of legal expertise.

3. The number of Secretaries may be increased after consultation with the Council and in accordance with Article 9.

Article 5: Under the direction of the Council, the Permanent Bureau shall be charged with –) the preparation and organisation of the Sessions of the Hague Conference and the meetings of the Council and of any Special Commissions;

b) the work of the Secretariat of the Sessions and meetings envisaged above;

c) all the tasks which are included in the activity of the secretariat.

Article 6:1. With a view to facilitating communication between the Members of the Conference and the Permanent Bureau, the Government of each of the Member States shall designate a national organ and each Member Organisation a contact organ.

2. The Permanent Bureau may correspond with all the organs so designated and with the competent international organisations.

Article 7:1. The Sessions and, in the interval between Sessions, the Council, may set up Special Commissions to prepare draft Conventions or to study all questions of private international law which come within the purpose of the Conference.

2. The Sessions, Council and Special Commissions shall, to the furthest extent possible, operate on the basis of consensus.

Article 8:1. The budgeted costs of the Conference shall be apportioned among the Member States of the Conference.


2. The Member Organisation shall not be required to contribute in addition to its Member States to the annual budget of the Conference, but shall pay a sum to be determined by the Conference, in consultation with the Member Organisation, to cover additional administrative expenses arising out of its membership.

3. In any case, travelling and living expenses of the delegates to the Council and the Special Commissions shall be payable by the Members represented.

Article 9:1. The budget of the Conference shall be submitted each year to the Council of Diplomatic Representatives of the Member States at The Hague for approval.

2. These Representatives shall also apportion among the Member States the expenses which are charged in that budget to the latter.

3. The Diplomatic Representatives shall meet for such purposes under the commitee chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Article 10:1. The expenses resulting from the Ordinary and Extraordinary Sessions of the Conference shall be borne by the Government of the Netherlands.

2. In any case, the travelling and living expenses of the delegates shall be payable by the respective Members.

Article 11 (French text only; no change in the English translation): Les usages de la Conférence continuent à être en vigueur pour tout ce qui n'est pas contraire au présent Statut or aux Regulations.

Article 12:1. Amendments to the Statute must be adopted by consensus of the Member States present at a meeting concerning general affairs and policy.

2. Such amendments shall enter into force, for all Members, three months after they are approved by two thirds of the Member States in accordance with their respective internal procedures, but not earlier than nine months from the date of their adoption.

3. The meeting referred to in paragraph 1 may change by consensus the periods of time referred to in paragraph 2.

Article 13: To provide for their execution, the provisions of the present Statute will be complemented by Regulations. The Regulations shall be established by the Permanent Bureau and submitted to the Diplomatic Session, the Council of Diplomatic Representatives or the Council on General Affairs and Policy for approval.

Article 14, paragraph 3:3. The Netherlands Government shall, in the case of the admission of a new Member, inform all Members of the declaration of acceptance of that new Member.

Article 15, paragraph 2:2. Notice of the denunciation shall be given to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at least six months before the expiration of the budgetary year of the Conference, and shall become effective at the expiration of the said year, but only with respect to the Member which has given notice copies thereof.

Following Article 15, add: The English and French texts of this Statute, the amended on........ 200., are equally authentic.