Law No. 172 Of 2 October 1998

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Law No. 172 of 2 October 1998 on ratification of the Convention with regard to the recognition of certificates obtained in higher education in the European region, adopted at Lisbon on 11 April 1997 PARLIAMENT ISSUING published in MONITORUL OFICIAL nr. 382 of 7 October 1998, the Romanian Parliament adopts this law.


The sole article Shall ratify the Convention on the recognition of certificates obtained in higher education in the European region, adopted at Lisbon on 11 April 1997 under the aegis of the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
This law was adopted by the Senate at its meeting on 11 May 1998, in compliance with the provisions of art. 74 para. (2) of the Constitution of Romania.
PRESIDENT of the SENATE, pp. CRISTIAN DUMITRESCU this law was adopted by the Chamber of deputies at its meeting on 3 September 1998, in compliance with the provisions of art. 74 para. (2) of the Constitution of Romania.
p. CHAMBER of DEPUTIES PRESIDENT, PAULA IVANESCU Annex UNESCO CONVENTION COUNCIL of EUROPE with regard to the recognition of certificates obtained in higher education in the European region Lisbon, 1997 *) — — — — — — — — — — — — * Note) version.

The parties to this Convention, conscious of the fact that the right to education constitutes a human right, and higher education, contributing to the advancement of knowledge, and shade represents a huge scientific and cultural asset for both individuals and for society, believing that higher education must play a vital role in promoting peace, mutual understanding and tolerance, as well as in Romanian history-mutual trust between people and peoples given the great diversity of educational systems of the States of the region of Europe reflect cultural differences, social, political, philosophical, religious and economic, a good price to be fully respected, wanting to offer the peoples of these States the opportunity to benefit fully from this diversity by facilitating the access of the inhabitants of each State and of students educational institutions of educational resources of each party to the other party , in particular, facilitate efforts to pursue literacy or finish periods of study in higher education institutions of the other party, given the recognition of studies, certificates, diplomas and degrees obtained in another country in the region of Europe, is an important step in promoting the academic exchanges between the sides, giving a great importance to the principle of institutional autonomy and being aware of the need to maintain and safeguard this principle convinced that the recognition of the atestarilor is an essential element of the right to education, as well as a responsibility of society, having regard to the Council of Europe and UNESCO conventions on the recognition of academic titles in Europe:-European Convention on the equivalence of diplomas allowing access in institutions (ETS 15, 1953), and the Protocol thereto (ETS 49, 1964);
-European Convention on the equivalence of periods of University study (ETS 21, 1956);
-European Convention on the academic recognition of university qualifications (ETS 32, 1959);
-The Convention on the recognition of studies and diplomas in the field of higher education in the States of the Europe region (1979);
-European Convention on the general equivalence of periods of University study (ETS 138, 1990), taking into account also the International Convention regarding the recognition of studies, diplomas and degrees in higher education in the Arab and European States bordering the Mediterranean (1976), adopted within the framework of UNESCO, covering academic recognition, partly in Europe, conscious of the fact that the present Convention shall be taken into account in the context of the UNESCO conventions and the international Advice that relates to other regions of the world as well as the need to improve the exchange of information between these regions, aware of the important changes that have taken place in higher education in Europe since the adoption of these conventions, which have caused a great diversity both within national systems of higher education, and between them, as well as the need to adapt legal instruments and practices so as to reflect these new developments conscious of the need to find, some common solutions to practical problems of recognition in Europe of States, conscious of the need to improve the current procedures of recognition, which should become more transparent and better adapted to the current state of higher education in the States of the region of Europe, confident in the beneficial effect of a Convention elaborated and adopted under the auspices of the Council of Europe and UNESCO to provide a support for future developments in the procedures relating to the recognition of the European region, aware of the importance of creating permanent mechanisms of implementation, to ensure implementation of the principles and provisions of the Convention, have decided as follows: article 1 Definitions section I within the framework of this Convention the terms listed will have: * access (to higher education)-right candidates eligible to enrol and to support entrance exam;
* admission (in institutions and programs of higher education)-action or the system allows candidates who meet the requirements to continue their studies in higher education in certain institutions and/or within certain programs;
assessment (of institutions or programmes)-the process of establishing the educational quality of an institution or a programme of higher education;
assessment (of individual certificates)-appreciation or valuation in writing by a competent body, certificates obtained from a person abroad;
* the competent authority to perform the recognition of officially approved body-to take the final decision on matters relating to the recognition of certificates obtained abroad;
* higher education-all types of cycles or sets of cycles of studies, training or training for research at post-secondary level which are recognised by the competent authorities of a party as belonging to the higher education system;
* higher education institution-institution provide university-level studies, recognised by the competent authority of a party as belonging to the higher education system;
* higher education programme a course of study recognized by the competent authority of a party as belonging to the higher education system, the completion of which he is a graduate certificate of higher education;
* period of studies-any component of a higher education programme which has been evaluated and proven by acts which, while not being a complete study program offers the possibility of acquiring knowledge and qualifications.
Certified: a. any degree University-Certified diploma or other certificate issued by a competent authority attesting the successful completion of a higher education program.
B. Certificates that allow access in higher education-any diploma or other certificate issued by a competent authority attesting the successful completion of an education programme and giving the holder of that right or to be considered for admission in higher education (according to the definition of access).
C. Recognition-recognition by the competent authority of the value of a certificate issued by an educational institution, in order to provide access to educational activities and/or employment.
Requirements: a. General requirements-the requirements to be satisfied in all cases, to gain access to higher education or to a given level thereof or to acquire a certificate of higher education of a certain level.
B. Special requirements-the conditions to be fulfilled, in addition to the General requirements, in order to be admitted to a particular higher education programme, or to acquire a specific certificate of higher education in a specific area of study.


Section II the competence of authorities Article 2.1 1. Where central authorities of a party are competent to perform recognition, that part will be required to comply with the provisions of this Convention and to take the necessary measures to ensure the implementation of these provisions on its territory.
Where the competence of a party of some entities to act in matters relating to the recognition, the party must submit one of the depositaries of the Convention a philosophies concerning the constitutional situation or structure at the time of signature or when shall deposit the instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession times anytime afterwards. In such a situation, the authorities of entities authorized by the party designated to handle such cases, must take the necessary measures to ensure the implementation, within their territory, the provisions of this Convention.
2. Where the competence of each institution of higher education or other entities to decide on issues of recognition, each Party shall, in accordance with its constitutional situation or structure shall transmit the text, of this Convention to these institutions or entities and shall do everything possible to encourage its receipt and in implementing its favorable.

3. The provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 of this article shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to the obligations incumbent on the parties in accordance with the following articles of this Convention.


Article 2.2 at the time of signing or when they submit the instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession times at any time thereafter, each State, the Vatican or the European Community shall inform either of the depositaries of this Convention with regard to the authorities which are competent to make different decisions concerning cases of recognition.


Article 2.3 none of the provisions of this Convention shall not affect any more favourable provisions concerning the recognition of certificates issued in one of the parties, contained in/or arising out of an existing treaty or to any signatory to this Convention is/or will become a party.


Section III basic principles related to the assessment of certificates Article 3.1 1. Holders of certificates issued by one of the parties ensure their access, on the basis of a request addressed to the competent institution, when assessing such attestations.
2. There shall be no discrimination between candidates on the grounds of sex, race, colour, disability, language, religion, political or other opinions, national origin, ethnic background, social times association with a national minority, property, lineage or other status or other reasons unrelated to the value of the certificate to be recognized. In order to ensure this right, each party undertakes to take measures to allow the assessment of an application for recognition of certificates should be made only on the basis of acquired knowledge and qualification.


Article 3.2 each Party shall take the necessary measures as the processes and criteria used in the assessment and recognition of certificates to be transparent, fair and uniform.


Article 3.3 1. Decisions on the recognition shall be taken on the basis of adequate information on the certificates for which recognition is sought.
2. The responsibility for providing adequate information rests with the first applicant that will provide you with good-faith of this information.
3. Notwithstanding the responsibility of the applicant, the institutions having issued the certificates in question have the obligation to provide, on request and within reasonable limits, essential information to be used by the holder or by the institution of the competent authorities of the country in which recognition is requested.
4. the Parties shall instruct or encourage, as necessary, all educational institutions from their educational system to meet any reasonable request for information necessary for the evaluation of certificates obtained from the institutions concerned.
5. Responsibility for demonstrating that an application does not comply with the essential requirements is the responsibility of the institution which makes the evaluation.


Article 2.1 each Party shall ensure, in order to facilitate the recognition of certificates, that have been provided adequate and accurate information regarding its own educational system.


Article 3.5 judgments recognition will be taken within a reasonable period of time, specified previously by authorities empowered to carry out the recognition and calculated from the moment they were provided with all the information regarding the case in question. If recognition is not possible, the reasons for refusal shall be specific, giving information on the measures they can take to get the applicant later recognition. If you are not performing recognition or don't take any kind of judgment, the applicant will be able to make a comeback in a reasonable period of time.


Section IV Recognition of certificates which allow access to higher education Article 4.1 each Party shall recognise certificates issued by other parties, which comply with the General requirements for access to higher education in those parties for the purpose of access to programmes belonging to the system of higher education, provided there are no substantial differences to be proven between the General requirements for access from the side where the certificate has been obtained and in that recognition is sought.


1. Article 4.2. Similarly, it will be sufficient for a party to enable the holder of a certificate issued by one of the other parties to obtain an assessment of that certificate at the request of the holder.
2. the provisions of article 4. IV.1 shall apply, mutatis mutandis, in such a case.


Article 2.7 where a certificate gives access only to specific types of institutions or programmes of higher education in the part where the certificate was obtained, each other party shall allow the holders of such certificates to access similar programs of the institutions belonging to their higher education systems, provided that there are no substantial differences to be proven between the demands of the part where the certificate has been obtained and in which its recognition is sought.


Article 2.7 where admission to particular higher education programmes is dependent on the fulfilment of special requirements, in addition to those of a general nature, of authorities empowered the party concerned may impose the same requirements additional holders of certificates obtained in the other parties or assess whether applicants who may possess certificates obtained in other parties fulfil equivalent requirements.


Article 4.5 where the part in which it was obtained a school graduation certificate, it shall provide access to higher education only in combination with additional attestation examinations, other parties may make access to fulfilling these requirements or may offer an alternative for the performance of such additional requirements within their own educational systems. Any State or the European Community, the Vatican may, either at the time of signing or submit the instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, be ever afterwards to inform any of the depositaries of this Convention as it makes use of the provisions of this article, nominalizand the parties towards wanting to apply this article as well as the reasons for doing this.


Article 4.6 without affecting the provisions of art. IV.1.-IV. 5, admission to a particular higher education institution, or to a given programme within such institutions may be restricted or selective. If the admission in an institution and/or a program of higher education is selective, admission procedures will be established so as to ensure that the evaluation and recognition of foreign certificates is carried out in accordance with the principles of fairness and non-discrimination described in section III.


Article 4.7 without affecting the provisions of art. IV.1.-IV. 5, admission to a particular higher education institution may be made conditional on demonstration by the applicant of the fact that it has mastered the language or languages used in the training process of the institution or designated languages.


Article 4 The parties in which access to higher education takes place on the basis of attested, similar nontraditional attestations elsewhere will be assessed as well as the certificates obtained in nontraditional party requesting the recognition.


Article 4.9 for the purpose of admission to programmes of higher education, each party may make the recognition of certificates issued by foreign educational institutions operating on its territory of certain requirements of national legislation or specific agreements agreed with the party of origin of such institutions.


Section V recognition of periods of study Article 5.1 each Party shall recognize periods of study completed within the framework of a higher education programme in another party. This recognition will encompass those periods of studies with a view to the conclusion of a higher education programme in the recognition that is sought, provided its not exist considerable differences between periods of proven studies completed elsewhere and the higher education programme which they would replace in the side that recognition is sought.


Article 5.2 in the same way, will be sufficient for a party to enable a person who has completed a period of study within the framework of a higher education programme in another party to obtain assessment of that period of study (at the request of the person concerned). In this case, the provisions of art. V.1 shall apply mutatis mutandis.


Article 5.3 each Party shall facilitate recognition of periods of study, in particular where: (a)) has been a previous understanding between higher education institution or the competent authority responsible for the relevant period of studies, on the one hand, and the higher education institution or the competent authority responsible for the required recognition, on the other hand; and (b) higher education institution) that was terminated during the period of study has issued a certificate or a copy of documents, certifying that the student has successfully met the requirements laid down for the period of study.
  


Section VI recognition of higher education certificates in article 6.1


To the extent that a recognition decision is taken based on the knowledge and skills certified by the certificate of higher education, each Party shall recognize the higher education certificates granted by the other, provided its not exist considerable differences between proven certificate whose recognition is required and appropriate attestation from the party requesting the recognition.


Article 6.2 in a similar manner, will be sufficient for a party to enable the holder of a certificate of higher education issued in one of the parties, the assessment that certified at the request of the holder. In this case, the provisions of art. VI.1 shall apply mutatis mutandis.


Article 6.3 Recognition in a party of a higher education certificate issued in another party shall determine: (a)) access to post-graduate studies, including relevant examinations, and/or to preparations for the doctorate, the same conditions that apply and holders of certificates you have the party requesting the recognition;
  

(b) the use of an academic title), in accordance with the laws and regulations which exist on the territory of the party or a territory under the jurisdiction of that party where recognition is requested. In addition, recognition may facilitate access to the labour market, in accordance with existing laws and regulations in the territory of the party or a territory under the jurisdiction of that party where recognition is requested.
  


6.4 Evaluation by a party of a higher education certificate issued in another party may take place under the following forms: (a) for the purpose of employment) recommendation for a job;
  

b) recommendation to the educational establishment, for the purpose of admission to programmes;
  

c) recommendation to the another competent authority in terms of recognition.
  


Article 6.5 any party may make the recognition of certificates of higher education qualifications issued by foreign educational institutions operating on its territory of certain requirements of national legislation or specific agreements concluded with the party of origin of such institutions.


Section VII Recognition of certificates held by refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee situation Article 7 each party will take all reasonable steps and correct within the educational system, in accordance with its constitutional, legal and regulatory environment in order to develop the necessary procedures and rapid assessment of the fulfilment by the refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee situation essential requirements for access to higher education, postgraduate education programmes or to employment, even if certificates obtained in a certain proportion cannot be proven with evidence.


Section VIII Information on the assessment of institutions and programmes of higher education Article 8.1 each party is required to provide adequate information on any institution belonging to the type system or higher education and about any program offered by these institutions, enabling the authorities of the other party empowered to determine whether can be recognized quality certificates issued by these institutions in the part in which it sought recognition. Such information may include: a) if parties have an official rating system of institutions and programmes of higher education: information on the methods and results of such assessments, as well as information concerning quality standards of each type of higher education or programs that lead to obtaining a certificate of higher education;
  

b) in the case of parties which have no official rating system of institutions and programmes of higher education: information on the recognition of the various certificates obtained in any higher education institution, or within any higher education programme, belonging to the higher education systems of the respective parties.
  


Article 8 each Party shall take the necessary measures for the development, updating and providing the following information: a) a description of the different types of higher education institutions belonging to the system of higher education, with all the characteristics of each type of institution;
  

b list of institutions) a recognized (State and private), belonging to the higher education system, indicating their possibilities to provide different types of certificates, and the conditions that must be met in order to gain access to each type of institution and programme;
  

c) a description of higher education programmes;
  

a list of d) educational institutions located outside the territory of the party, which they consider as belonging to the education system.
  


Section IX information on recognition matters Article 9.1 in order to facilitate the recognition of certificates relating to higher education, the parties undertake to establish transparent systems for the complete presentation of certificates obtained.


Article 9.2 1. Conscious of the need for relevant, accurate information, and current, each party will create or maintain a national information centre and shall notify one of the depositaries of the Convention about its creation or about any change in relation to the Centre.
2. In each party, the national information centre shall: a) to facilitate access to official information and accurate information on the higher education system and the certificates issued in the country where it is located;
  

(b) facilitate access to) information about the higher education system and the certificates obtainable elsewhere;
  

c) give recommendations or information concerning problems related to the recognition and assessment of certificates, in accordance with national laws and regulations.
  

3. Every national information centre shall have at its disposal the necessary means of its tasks.


Article 5.8 Parties shall support, through their information centres or otherwise, the use of higher education institutions of the parties to the document entitled "UNESCO/Council of Europe Diploma Supplement" or any other document of its kind.


Section X implementation Mechanisms Article 10.1 the following bodies are meant to oversee, promote and facilitate the implementation of this Convention: a) the Committee of the Convention concerning recognition of certificates obtained in higher education in the European region;
  

b) the European network of national centres of information on mobility and academic recognition (ENIC), created by the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 9 June 1994 and the UNESCO regional Committee for Europe on 18 June 1994.
  


Article 10 1. It constitutes, from the moment of signing the Convention, the Committee of the Convention on the recognition of certificates obtained in higher education in the European region, hereinafter referred to as the Committee. It will have its one representative from each side.
2. In applying this article, the term part does not apply to the European Community.
3. The meetings of the Committee may participate as observers, the States referred to in article 1. XI. 1.1 and the Vatican, where they are not party to this Convention, as well as the European Community and the President of the ENIC Network. They can also be invited as observers to the meetings of the Committee and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations working in the field of recognition of certificates in the European region.
4. the President of the regional Committee for the application of the UNESCO Convention on the recognition of studies and diplomas in the field of higher education in the European region will also be invited as an observer, the meetings of the Committee.
5. the Committee will promote and will oversee the implementation of the provisions of this Convention. For this purpose, he may, by a majority vote of the parties, recommendations, declarations, protocols and models of good practice for the appointing authorities of the parties guidance in the work of the Convention, as well as in considering applications for recognition of certificates in higher education. Although the parties are not bound by these texts, they shall endeavour to apply them, to make them known to the competent authorities and to promote them. The Committee will take into account the opinion of the ENIC Network representatives, before taking different decisions.
6. the Committee will submit reports to relevant bodies within the Council of Europe and UNESCO.
7. the Committee will maintain liaison with the UNESCO regional committees for the application of conventions on the recognition of studies, diplomas and academic titles, adopted by UNESCO.
8. most of the Parties shall constitute a quorum.
9. The Committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure. He will meet in ordinary session at least once every 3 years. The Committee will meet for the first time no later than one year after the entry into force of this Convention.
10. the Secretariat of the Committee will be entrusted with both the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and the Director-general of UNESCO.


Article 10.3


1. Each Party shall appoint as a member of the European network of national centres of information on mobility and academic recognition (ENIC), national information center or created or maintained in accordance with art. IX. Where there is more than one or to create national information centres in the territory of a party, in accordance with art. IX.2, all these will become members of the ENIC Network, but will have only one vote.
2. the ENIC Network (in its restricted to national information centres of the parties to this Convention) will support the implementation of the provisions of this Convention by the national authorities empowered to act. ENIC network shall meet at least once a year in plenary session. She will choose the President and the Executive Office, in accordance with its own powers.
3. The secretariat of the ENIC Network will be entrusted both the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and the Director-general of UNESCO.
4. the Parties shall cooperate, through the ENIC Network, with the national information centres of other parties, enabling them, in particular, to collect all the information necessary for the activities aimed at recognition and University mobility.


Section XI final clauses Article 11.1 1. This Convention shall be open to be signed by the Member States: (a)) of the Council of Europe;
  

(b) Member States of the region) European UNESCO;
  

c) any other State signatory or contracting party to the Convention times European Cultural Council of Europe and/or to the UNESCO Convention on the recognition of studies and diplomas in the field of higher education in the States of the Europe region (1979), which had been invited to the diplomatic conference which took level relates to the adoption of this Convention.
2. These States, as well as the Vatican can express consent by: a) signature without reservation in respect of ratification, the consent or approval;
  

b) signature, subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, followed by ratification, acceptance or approval; or (c)).
  

3. Signing will take place from the front with one of the depositories. Instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be deposited with one of the depositories.


Article 11.2 this Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of the time limit of one month from the expression of consent to five States to be bound by the Convention, of which at least three States are members of the Council of Europe and/or of the UNESCO-European region. For each of the other States, the Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of the time limit of one month from the date on which they have given their consent to be bound by the Convention.


Article 11.3 1. After the entry into force of this Convention, any other State, in addition to those defined in article 3. XI.1 may request accession to this Convention. Any request to this effect will be sent to one of the depositories, who shall transmit to the Contracting States at least three months before the meeting of the Committee on the Convention on the recognition of certificates obtained in higher education in the European region. The depositary shall inform the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Executive Board of UNESCO.
2. The decision to invite a State which has expressed willingness to accede to the Convention shall be taken by a majority of two-thirds of the parties.
3. After the entry into force of this Convention, the European Community will be able to join as a result of a request made by Member States, which shall be addressed to one of the depositories. In this case, the provisions of art. XI. 3.2 does not apply.
4. For any of the States requesting to join or to the European Community, the Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of the time limit of one month following the deposit of the instrument of accession with one of the depositories.


Article 11.4 1. The parties to this Convention which are also parties to one or more of the following conventions: European Convention on the equivalence of diplomas allowing access in institutions (ETS 15, 1953), and the Protocol thereto (ETS 49, 1964);
-European Convention on the equivalence of periods of University study (ETS 21, 1956);
-European Convention on the academic recognition of university qualifications (ETS 32, 1959);
-The International Convention regarding the recognition of studies, diplomas and degrees in higher education in the Arab and European States bordering the Mediterranean (1976);
-The Convention on the recognition of studies and diplomas in the field of higher education in the States of the Europe region (1979);
-European Convention on the general equivalence of periods of University study (ETS 138, 1990), a) will apply the provisions of this Convention in their mutual relations;
  

b) will continue to implement the above called the Convention parties in their relations with other States party to those conventions, but which are not parties to this Convention.
  

2. the parties to this Convention undertake not to become parties to any of the conventions referred to in paragraph 1, which are already parties, with the exception of the International Convention regarding the recognition of studies, diplomas and degrees in higher education in the Arab and European States bordering the Mediterranean (1976).


Article 11 1. Any State may, at the time of signing or depositing the instrument of ratification, or acceptance, approval, accession times to specify the territory or territories to which this Convention shall apply.
2. Any State may, at a later date, by a declaration addressed to one of the depositories, extend the application of this Convention to any other territory specified in the Declaration. For one such territory, the Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of the time limit of one month from the date of receipt by the depositary of such statements.
3. Any declaration made on the basis of the previous two subparagraphs, in respect of a territory may be withdrawn by a notification addressed to one of the depositories. The withdrawal will take effect on the first day of the month following the expiration of the time limit from the date of receipt of the notification by the depositary.


Article 7.2 1. Any party may, at any time, denounce the present Convention, to which a notice to one of the depositories.
2. The denunciation will take effect on the first day of the month following the expiration of a period of 12 months from the date of receipt of the notification by the depositary. Also denuntari will not affect recognition decisions, however, taken earlier in accordance with the provisions of this Convention.
3. Termination or suspension of this Convention as a result of a breach by a party of a provision essential to the accomplishment of its object or purpose, must be done in accordance with international regulations.


Article 7.3 1. Any State or the European Community, the Vatican may declare, at the time of signing or depositing the instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, as its reserve the right not to apply, in part or in full, one or more of the following articles of this Convention: article 1. IV. 8, art. V. 3, art. Vi. 3, art. VIII. 2 and art. IX. No other book can not be made.
2. Any party which has entered a reservation in accordance with the preceding paragraph, may withdraw, addressing a notice to one of the depositories. The withdrawal will take effect from the date on which the depositary has received the notification.
3. A party that has entered a reservation in respect of a provision of this Convention may not claim by any other party to apply that provision; If the restriction is partial or conditional, it may nevertheless require the implementation of that provision in so far as it has itself accepted it.


Article 11.8 1. Draft amendments to this Convention may be adopted by the Committee on the Convention on the recognition of certificates obtained in higher education in the European region, with a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast by the parties. Any draft amendment, adopted in this manner, you will be entered into a protocol of this Convention. The Protocol will specify the manner in which it will enter into force, but in any case, we require the consent of the parties to adhere to it. There is no amendment to section III of this Convention, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1.
3. Any proposal for amendments will be communicated to one of the depositories, who shall transmit it to the parties at least three months before the meeting of the Committee. The depositary shall also inform the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Executive Board of UNESCO.


Article 7.4 1. The Secretary general of the Council of Europe, as well as the Director-general of the United Nations Organization for education, science and Culture will be the depositaries of this Convention.
2. a depositary of any document, notice or communication will notify the parties to this Convention, as well as other countries of the Council of Europe and/or of the UNESCO European region: a) any signature;
  

b) submission of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession;
  

c) any entry into force of this Convention in accordance with article 7. XI. 2 and XI. 2.1;
  

d) any reservation on the basis of the provisions of art. XI. 7, and any withdrawal of reserves in virtue. XI. 7;
  

e any denunciation of this) conventions under article. XI. 6;
  

f) any declaration made in accordance with the provisions of art. II.1, or of article 22. II. 2;
  


g) any declaration made in accordance with the provisions of art. IV. 5;
  

h) any request for accession made in accordance with the provisions of art. XI. 3;
  

I) any proposal made in accordance with the provisions of art. XI. 8;
  

j) any other document, notification or communication relating to this Convention.
  

3. The depositary receiving a communication or sending a notice in relation to the provisions of this Convention shall inform immediately about this fact, the other depositary.
In consideration of the above, the undersigned, having full powers for that purpose, have signed this Convention.
Done at Lisbon on 11 April 1997, in two copies, in English, French, Russian and Spanish, the four texts being equally authentic, in one of which will be deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe and the other in the archives of the United Nations Organization for education, science and Culture. A certified copy will be forwarded to each of the States referred to in article 21. XI.1, and the European Community, and the United Nations Secretariat.
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