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UPC – Message from the Preparatory Committee Chairman – Timetable

Posted: June 27th, 2017

A Message from the Chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee, Alexander Ramsay, 27 June 2017 

“As previously announced, the timetable for the start of the period of provisional application and the entry into force of the UPC Agreement is relying on the timely finalisation of national procedures concerning the ratification of the UPC Agreement (UPCA) and the participation in the Protocol on Provisional Application (PPA).

“Progress is indeed being made in several Contracting Member States. In Estonia the necessary laws have been passed and the last steps towards formal ratification are now being taken. Furthermore the UK Government has recently laid the orders implementing the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities in Westminster, thereby signalling a firm intent and commitment on the road to ratification.

“However, even considering Estonia and the UK, three additional approvals of the PPA, including Germany, are necessary in order for the preparations to be completed for this final phase (provisional application period).”

The entire announcement can be read here.

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