<ЗАКЛЮЧИТЕЛЬНЫЙ АКТ ЕВРОПЕЙСКОЙ КОНФЕРЕНЦИИ МИНИСТРОВ ТРАНСПОРТА> [англ.](Вместе с <ПРОТОКОЛОМ> и <ПРАВИЛАМИ ПРОЦЕДУРЫ>)(Подписан в г. Брюсселе 17.10.1953)
The European Conference of
Ministers of Transport held at Brussels from 13th to 17th October, 1953;
With a view to reaching common accord on questions concerning European Inland
Has adopted and opened for signature the text of a Protocol
concerning the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, with an Annex
containing Rules of Procedure;
And has in addition adopted the following
1. Rail Transport problems:
use of goods wagons;
(b) Adoption of rational routes for the transport
of goods by rail and the unification of tariff rates;
Standardisation of equipment and electrification;
financing of purchases of railway rolling stock;
(e) Measures to
increase the number of signatories to the International Conventions on Rail
Transport and to expedite the ratification of International Conventions drafted
by specialised Agencies.
2. Road Transport problems:
Development of international traffic arteries;
(b) Road signs and
(c) Weights and dimensions of motor vehicles;
Regulations for internationals transport;
(e) Road traffic;
Provision of frontier posts on main international traffic arteries.
Inland Waterways Transport problems:
(a) Compilation of a list of
development projects for inland waterways of interest to Europe as a whole;
(b) International problems involved in the use of inland waterways.
4. General problems relating to the three modes of transport:
Capital investment in transport;
(b) Perishable goods.
CONCERNING THE EUROPEAN CONFERENCE
MINISTERS OF TRANSPORT
represented at the European Conference of Ministers of Transport meeting in
Brussels from 13th to 17th October, 1953;
Desirous of instituting a
procedure whereby effective steps can be taken to co-ordinate and rationalise
European inland transport of international importance;
Have agreed as
European Conference of Ministers of Transport
There is hereby organised a European Conference of Ministers of Transport
(hereinafter referred to as "the Conference").
The Conference shall comprise:
(a) A Council of
Ministers of Transport (hereinafter referred to as "the Council");
Committee of Deputies (hereinafter referred to as "the Committee");
These two bodies shall be assisted by Administrative Secretaries.
Purposes of the Conference
The purposes of the Conference shall
(a) To take whatever measures may be necessary to achieve, at
general or regional level, the maximum use and most rational development of
European inland transport of international importance;
co-ordinate and promote the activities of international organisations concerned
with European inland transport, taking into account the work of supranational
authorities in this field.
Membership and Associate
Membership of the Conference
1. The members of the Conference shall be the
contracting parties to the present Protocol.
2. The associate members of
the Conference shall be the Government of the United States of America and the
Government of Canada, if they so request, and any other Government, after its
application for associate membership has received the unanimous approval of the
3. Associate members may be represented by observers at all
meetings of the Council and of the Committee. All documents originating in the
Conference shall be communicated to them.
The Council shall be composed of those Ministers who are
responsible for inland transport in their own Governments. In those cases where,
in one Government, different inland transport questions are dealt with by two or
more Ministers, any of those Ministers may participate in the work of the
Council provided that no member Government shall have more than one vote in the
Committee of Deputies
1. The Committee shall
be composed of officials appointed on the basis of one deputy for each Minister,
it being understood that each member Government shall have no more than one vote
in the Committee.
2. The function of the Committee shall be:
To prepare for each meeting of the Council;
(b) To deal with questions
delegated to it by the Council;
(c) To report on the measures taken in
different countries to implement the conclusions reached within the
administrative seat of the Conference shall be in Paris. The Council shall meet
at the administrative seat of the Conference, or elsewhere, as they may decide.
The Committee shall normally meet at the administrative seat of the Conference.
They may, however, meet elsewhere if the Council so decide with the agreement of
the Government concerned.
(b) The administrative secretariat shall be
administratively integrated with the secretariat of the Organisation for
European Economic Co-operation but they shall be solely under the operational
control of the Conference. The Administrative Secretaries shall be appointed
with the agreement of the Conference. They shall be responsible for the
preparation of the agenda, records and minutes of the meetings of the Council or
Committee. They shall also take note of the conclusions of the Conference and
shall be responsible for the distribution of documents and the safekeeping of
the archives of the Conference.
Restricted groups may be formed for the purpose of initiating studies and
discussions, within the framework of the Conference, of questions which are of
special interest to certain members and are covered by the purposes of the
(b) The Council shall be notified of the formation of any
restricted group and kept informed of the general progress of its work.
(c) If the other members consider their interests are involved, they will be
allowed to follow the studies and discussions of the restricted group, but they
will not be able to oppose their being carried out within the framework of the
Conclusions of the Conference
conclusions reached within the Conference shall be put into effect in the
countries in agreement with them in that the Ministers of Transport concerned,
acting individually within the area of their national competence, shall take or
propose whatever measures may seem to them to be most appropriate.
Whenever the conclusion of a general or restricted international agreement seems
necessary, each Minister of Transport concerned shall seek from his Government
full powers to enable him, or any person or persons specially appointed for the
purpose, to conclude the international agreement in question. Any international
agreement so concluded between a limited number of member Governments shall be
open for accession by other member Governments.
(c) The Conference or a
restricted group may, by unanimous agreement, in any particular instance
notwithstanding the provisions of (a) and (b) above, transmit its conclusions to
any international organisation competent to take decisions with a request that
the organisation in question should adopt the conclusion concerned as its own
(d) Any Government which is a member of the Conference but is
not a member of an international organisation which may have taken a decision
under the provisions of paragraph (c) above, may notify the Conference of its
intention to act as though it were bound by that decision.
(a) The Organisation for European Economic
Cooperation will be invited to pay the salaries and expenses of the
Administrative secretariat and to provide whatever facilities may be required
for the proper working of the Conference. Whenever a body of the Conference
meets elsewhere than at the administrative seat of the Conference, the host
country shall pay all the expenses incurred by the meeting except the salaries
of the administrative secretariat which shall be paid by the Organisation for
European Economic Co-operation.
(b) Member Governments of the Conference
who are not members of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation will
contribute to the expenses of the Conference under special arrangements to be
concluded between them and the Organisation for European Economic
(c) The detailed application of this Article and of
Article 7 above shall be the subject of an arrangement between the Conference
and the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation.
Relations with International Organisations
(a) The Conference may
establish relations with any supranational inter-governmental or
non-governmental international organisation concerned with European inland
(b) Whenever particular technical questions under discussion
in the Conference may require the undertaking of special studies, the Council or
the Committee will, whenever possible and in whatever manner seems most
suitable, invite an appropriate inter-governmental or non-governmental
international organisation concerned with European inland transport to carry out
the studies required. The Committee shall, on the basis of these studies, submit
its conclusions to the Council for approval.
(c) (i) It is recognised
that the Conference has a major interest in consulting the Organisation for
European Economic Co-operation on questions of European inland transport of
general economic importance, and also in consulting the other organisations
referred to in paragraph (a) above on problems of transport in their respective
fields. This consultation shall, as far as possible, be on a reciprocal
(ii) If the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation
considers that a question studied by the Conference is of general economic
importance, it may unanimously request to be consulted, it being understood that
the Conference may equally request, under the same conditions, to be consulted
by the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation on problems falling
within its own competence.
Rules of Procedure
Rules of the Procedure annexed hereto shall govern the work of the
2. The Council may, by unanimous decision, revise or make
addition to the Rules of Procedure.
amendments to this Protocol may be adopted by the Council, the Ministers acting
unanimously and furnished with full powers from their Governments. Any such
amendments shall enter into force when all the member Governments have approved
Signature. Ratification and Entry into Force
The present Protocol shall remain open for signature, in Brussels, until 1st
May, 1954, to all Governments represented at the European Conference of
Transport Ministers held at Brussels from 13th to 17th October, 1953.
Any such Government may become a contracting party to the present Protocol:
(a) By signature without reservation as to ratification;
signature with reservation as to ratification, followed by ratification.
3. In the cases referred to in paragraph 2 (b) above, the instruments of
ratification shall be deposited with the Belgian Government, and shall take
effect upon deposit. The Belgian Government shall notify the Governments
referred to in paragraph 1 above of the deposit of instruments of
4. The present Protocol shall enter into force when six
Governments have finally approved it, either by signature without reservation as
to ratification or by signature followed by ratification, as the case may be.
For each Government signing without reservation as to ratification or ratifying
after the entry into force of the present Protocol, the Protocol shall enter
into force upon signature or ratification, as the case may be.
Nevertheless, pending the entry into force of this Protocol, those Governments
who have signed with reservation as to ratification agree, in order to avoid
delay, to put it into operation upon signature on a provisional basis in so far
as their several constitutional requirements permit.
1. Any non-signatory European Government may become a
contracting party to the present Protocol by accession thereto, after its
application for membership of the Conference has been unanimously approved by
2. Instruments of accession shall be deposited with the
Belgian Government and shall take effect upon deposit.
Any member Government may withdraw from the present Protocol
by giving six months" notice to the Belgian Government, which shall notify other
In witness whereof the undersigned Plenipotentiaries
being duly authorized to that effect have signed the present Protocol.
at Brussels this 17th of October, 1953, in the English and French languages,
both texts being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall remain
deposited in the archives of the Belgian Government by which certified copies
will be communicated to all the Participating Governments.
OF PROCEDURE FOR
THE EUROPEAN CONFERENCE
OF MINISTERS OF TRANSPORT
a) The Council shall elect on the agreement of the majority of
members present a Bureau consisting of a Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen. This
Bureau shall in principle be re-elected annually and shall remain in office
until new officers are elected.
b) The outgoing Chairman shall normally
be replaced by the senior Vice-Chairman of the previous year and the latter by
the junior Vice-Chairman of the previous year.
c) If, while holding
office, a member of the Bureau should relinquish his responsibilities for
transport in this own Government, he shall automatically be succeeded by his
successor in his Government.
This Council shall in principle be
convened by its Chairman at least once a year. In addition, a meeting of the
Council shall be convened by the Chairman on the express request of not less
than one-third of the members.
The Bureau of the
Committee shall consist of a Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen. In order to ensure
close co-operation between the Bureaux of the Council and the Committee, the
Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the Committee shall be respectively the Deputies
of the Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the Council.
shall meet as often as it considers necessary and, in any case, at each session
of the Council. In addition, a meeting of the Committee shall be convened by the
Chairman at the request, or with the agreement of not less than one-third of the
Unless the Council decides otherwise, meetings of both
the Council and of the Committee shall be held in private.
The restricted groups formed in accordance with Article
8 of the Protocol shall determine their own methods of work.
a) Before each meeting of the Council or of the Committee the
Bureau concerned shall draw up a provisional agenda.
b) The first item
on the agenda shall be a discussion of the measures taken by member countries to
implement the Conclusions of the Conference.
c) The provisional agenda
shall be made available to all members not less than six weeks before the date
of each session of the Council and not less than three weeks before the date of
each session of the Committee.
d) At the opening of each session any
member shall have the right to propose an item for inclusion in the provisional
agenda. Thereafter the agenda shall be adopted by a majority of members
The Resolutions agreed upon by the Council
or the Committee on matters of procedure relating to the progress of their work
shall be adopted by a majority of the members present, unless otherwise
The Council and the Committee
shall not meet unless a minimum of two-thirds of the members are present or
Records shall be prepared of all
meetings of the Council and of the Committee.
When the Conference discusses a subject which comes within the competence of
an international organisation, arrangements may be made, by a majority of the
Committee to hear the views of that organisation.
Except where the Bureau of the Council or of the Committee
may decide otherwise, documents originating in the Conference shall be
communicated only to member and associate Governments.
Bureau of the Council may, with the agreement of the Council, issue press
communiques on the work of the Conference.