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Verdrag inzake het Energiehandvest, Lissabon, 17-12-1994

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Verdrag inzake het Energiehandvest

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The Energy Charter Treaty

Preamble

The Contracting Parties to this Treaty,

Having regard to the Charter of Paris for a New Europe signed on 21 November 1990;

Having regard to the European Energy Charter adopted in the Concluding Document of the Hague Conference on the European Energy Charter signed at The Hague on 17 December 1991;

Recalling that all signatories to the Concluding Document of the Hague Conference undertook to pursue the objectives and principles of the European Energy Charter and implement and broaden their cooperation as soon as possible by negotiating in good faith an Energy Charter Treaty and Protocols, and desiring to place the commitments contained in that Charter on a secure and binding international legal basis;

Desiring also to establish the structural framework required to implement the principles enunciated in the European Energy Charter;

Wishing to implement the basic concept of the European Energy Charter initiative which is to catalyse economic growth by means of measures to liberalize investment and trade in energy;

Affirming that Contracting Parties attach the utmost importance to the effective implementation of full national treatment and most favoured nation treatment, and that these commitments will be applied to the Making of Investments pursuant to a supplementary treaty;

Having regard to the objective of progressive liberalization of international trade and to the principle of avoidance of discrimination in international trade as enunciated in the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization and as otherwise provided for in this Treaty;

Determined progressively to remove technical, administrative and other barriers to trade in Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment, technologies and services;

Looking to the eventual membership in the World Trade Organization of those Contracting Parties which are not currently members thereof and concerned to provide interim trade arrangements which will assist those Contracting Parties and not impede their preparation for such membership;

Mindful of the rights and obligations of certain Contracting Parties which are also members of the World Trade Organization;

Having regard to competition rules concerning mergers, monopolies, anti-competitive practices and abuse of dominant position;

Having regard also to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Nuclear Suppliers Guidelines and other international nuclear non-proliferation obligations or understandings;

Recognizing the necessity for the most efficient exploration, production, conversion, storage, transport, distribution and use of energy;

Recalling the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution and its protocols, and other international environmental agreements with energy-related aspects; and

Recognizing the increasingly urgent need for measures to protect the environment, including the decommissioning of energy installations and waste disposal, and for internationally-agreed objectives and criteria for these purposes,

Have agreed as follows:

PART I. DEFINITIONS AND PURPOSE

Article 1. Definitions

As used in this Treaty:

  • 1. “Charter” means the European Energy Charter adopted in the Concluding Document of the Hague Conference on the European Energy Charter signed at The Hague on 17 December 1991; signature of the Concluding Document is considered to be signature of the Charter.

  • 2. “Contracting Party” means a state or Regional Economic Integration Organization which has consented to be bound by this Treaty and for which the Treaty is in force.

  • 3. “Regional Economic Integration Organization” means an organization constituted by states to which they have transferred competence over certain matters a number of which are governed by this Treaty, including the authority to take decisions binding on them in respect of those matters.

  • 4. ‘Energy Materials and Products’, based on the Harmonised System of the World Customs Organization and the Combined Nomenclature of the European Communities, means the items included in Annexes EM I or EM II .

  • 4bis. ‘Energy-Related Equipment’, based on the Harmonised System of the World Customs Organization, means the items included in Annexes EQ I or EQ II .

  • 5. “Economic Activity in the Energy Sector” means an economic activity concerning the exploration, extraction, refining, production, storage, land transport, transmission, distribution, trade, marketing, or sale of Energy Materials and Products except those included in Annex NI, or concerning the distribution of heat to multiple premises.

  • 6. “Investment” means every kind of asset, owned or controlled directly or indirectly by an Investor and includes:

    • a) tangible and intangible, and movable and immovable, property, and any property rights such as leases, mortgages, liens, and pledges;

    • b) a company or business enterprise, or shares, stock, or other forms of equity participation in a company or business enterprise, and bonds and other debt of a company or business enterprise;

    • c) claims to money and claims to performance pursuant to contract having an economic value and associated with an Investment;

    • d) Intellectual Property;

    • e) Returns;

    • f) any right conferred by law or contract or by virtue of any licences and permits granted pursuant to law to undertake any Economic Activity in the Energy Sector.

    A change in the form in which assets are invested does not affect their character as investments and the term “Investment” includes all investments, whether existing at or made after the later of the date of entry into force of this Treaty for the Contracting Party of the Investor making the investment and that for the Contracting Party in the Area of which the investment is made (hereinafter referred to as the “Effective Date”) provided that the Treaty shall only apply to matters affecting such investments after the Effective Date.

    “Investment” refers to any investment associated with an Economic Activity in the Energy Sector and to investments or classes of investments designated by a Contracting Party in its Area as “Charter efficiency projects” and so notified to the Secretariat.

  • 7. “Investor” means:

    • a) with respect to a Contracting Party:

      • (i) a natural person having the citizenship or nationality of or who is permanently residing in that Contracting Party in accordance with its applicable law;

      • (ii) company or other organization organized in accordance with the law applicable in that Contracting Party;

    • b) with respect to a “third state”, a natural person, company or other organization which fulfils, mutatis mutandis, the conditions specified in subparagraph a) for a Contracting Party.

  • 8. “Make Investments” or “Making of Investments” means establishing new Investments, acquiring all or part of existing Investments or moving into different fields of Investment activity.

  • 9. “Returns” means the amounts derived from or associated with an Investment, irrespective of the form in which they are paid, including profits, dividends, interest, capital gains, royalty payments, management, technical assistance or other fees and payments in kind.

  • 10. “Area” means with respect to a state that is a Contracting Party:

    • a) the territory under its sovereignty, it being understood that territory includes land, internal waters and the territorial sea; and

    • b) subject to and in accordance with the international law of the sea: the sea, sea-bed and its subsoil with regard to which that Contracting Party exercises sovereign rights and jurisdiction.

    With respect to a Regional Economic Integration Organization which is a Contracting Party, Area means the Areas of the member states of such Organization, under the provisions contained in the agreement establishing that Organization.

  • 11.

  • 12. “Intellectual Property” includes copyrights and related rights, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs, patents, layout designs of integrated circuits and the protection of undisclosed information.

  • 13.

    • a) “Energy Charter Protocol” or “Protocol” means a treaty, the negotiation of which is authorized and the text of which is adopted by the Charter Conference, which is entered into by two or more Contracting Parties in order to complement, supplement, extend or amplify the provisions of this Treaty with respect to any specific sector or category of activity within the scope of this Treaty, or to areas of cooperation pursuant to Title III of the Charter.

    • b) “Energy Charter Declaration” or “Declaration” means a non-binding instrument, the negotiation of which is authorized and the text of which is approved by the Charter Conference, which is entered into by two or more Contracting Parties to complement or supplement the provisions of this Treaty.

  • 14. “Freely Convertible Currency” means a currency which is widely traded in international foreign exchange markets and widely used in international transactions.

Article 2. Purpose of the Treaty

This Treaty establishes a legal framework in order to promote long-term cooperation in the energy field, based on complementarities and mutual benefits, in accordance with the objectives and principles of the Charter.

PART II. COMMERCE

Article 3. International markets

The Contracting Parties shall work to promote access to international markets on commercial terms, and generally to develop an open and competitive market, for Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment.

Article 4. Non-derogation from WTO Agreement

Nothing in this Treaty shall derogate, as between particular Contracting Parties which are members of the WTO, from the provisions of the WTO Agreement as they are applied between those Contracting Parties.

Article 5. Trade-related investment measures

  • 1 A Contracting Party shall not apply any trade-related investment measure that is inconsistent with the provisions of article III or XI of the GATT 1994; this shall be without prejudice to the Contracting Party's rights and obligations under the WTO Agreement and Article 29.

  • 2 Such measures include any investment measure which is mandatory or enforceable under domestic law or under any administrative ruling, or compliance with which is necessary to obtain an advantage, and which requires:

    • a) the purchase or use by an enterprise of products of domestic origin or from any domestic source, whether specified in terms of particular products, in terms of volume or value of products, or in terms of a proportion of volume or value of its local production; or

    • b) that an enterprise's purchase or use of imported products be limited to an amount related to the volume or value of local products that it exports;

      or which restricts:

    • c) the importation by an enterprise of products used in or related to its local production, generally or to an amount related to the volume or value of local production that it exports;

    • d) the importation by an enterprise of products used in or related to its local production by restricting its access to foreign exchange to an amount related to the foreign exchange inflows attributable to the enterprise; or

    • e) the exportation or sale for export by an enterprise of products, whether specified in terms of particular products, in terms of volume or value of products, or in terms of a proportion of volume or value of its local production.

  • 3 Nothing in paragraph 1 shall be construed to prevent a Contracting Party from applying the trade-related investment measures described in subparagraphs 2a) and c) as a condition of eligibility for export promotion, foreign aid, government procurement or preferential tariff or quota programmes.

  • 4 Notwithstanding paragraph 1, a Contracting Party may temporarily continue to maintain trade-related investment measures which were in effect more than 180 days before its signature of this Treaty, subject to the notification and phase-out provisions set out in Annex TRM.

Article 6. Competition

  • 1 Each Contracting Party shall work to alleviate market distortions and barriers to competition in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector.

  • 2 Each Contracting Party shall ensure that within its jurisdiction it has and enforces such laws as are necessary and appropriate to address unilateral and concerted anti-competitive conduct in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector.

  • 3 Contracting Parties with experience in applying competition rules shall give full consideration to providing, upon request and within available resources, technical assistance on the development and implementation of competition rules to other Contracting Parties.

  • 4 Contracting Parties may cooperate in the enforcement of their competition rules by consulting and exchanging information.

  • 5 If a Contracting Party considers that any specified anti-competitive conduct carried out within the Area of another Contracting Party is adversely affecting an important interest relevant to the purposes identified in this Article, the Contracting Party may notify the other Contracting Party and may request that its competition authorities initiate appropriate enforcement action. The notifying Contracting Party shall include in such notification sufficient information to permit the notified Contracting Party to identify the anti-competitive conduct that is the subject of the notification and shall include an offer of such further information and cooperation as the notifying Contracting Party is able to provide. The notified Contracting Party or, as the case may be, the relevant competition authorities may consult with the competition authorities of the notifying Contracting Party and shall accord full consideration to the request of the notifying Contracting Party in deciding whether or not to initiate enforcement action with respect to the alleged anti-competitive conduct identified in the notification. The notified Contracting Party shall inform the notifying Contracting Party of its decision or the decision of the relevant competition authorities and may if it wishes inform the notifying Contracting Party of the grounds for the decision. If enforcement action is initiated, the notified Contracting Party shall advise the notifying Contracting Party of its outcome and, to the extent possible, of any significant interim development.

  • 6 Nothing in this Article shall require the provision of information by a Contracting Party contrary to its laws regarding disclosure of information, confidentiality or business secrecy.

  • 7 The procedures set forth in paragraph 5 and Article 27(1) shall be the exclusive means within this Treaty of resolving any disputes that may arise over the implementation or interpretation of this Article.

Article 7. Transit

  • 1 Each Contracting Party shall take the necessary measures to facilitate the Transit of Energy Materials and Products consistent with the principle of freedom of transit and without distinction as to the origin, destination or ownership of such Energy Materials and Products or discrimination as to pricing on the basis of such distinctions, and without imposing any unreasonable delays, restrictions or charges.

  • 2 Contracting Parties shall encourage relevant entities to cooperate in:

    • a) modernizing Energy Transport Facilities necessary to the Transit of Energy Materials and Products;

    • b) the development and operation of Energy Transport Facilities serving the Areas of more than one Contracting Party;

    • c) measures to mitigate the effects of interruptions in the supply of Energy Materials and Products;

    • d) facilitating the interconnection of Energy Transport Facilities.

  • 3 Each Contracting Party undertakes that its provisions relating to transport of Energy Materials and Products and the use of Energy Transport Facilities shall treat Energy Materials and Products in Transit in no less favourable a manner than its provisions treat such materials and products originating in or destined for its own Area, unless an existing international agreement provides otherwise.

  • 4 In the event that Transit of Energy Materials and Products cannot be achieved on commercial terms by means of Energy Transport Facilities the Contracting Parties shall not place obstacles in the way of new capacity being established, except as may be otherwise provided in applicable legislation which is consistent with paragraph 1.

  • 5 A Contracting Party through whose Area Energy Materials and Products may transit shall not be obliged to

    • a) permit the construction or modification of Energy Transport Facilities; or

    • b) permit new or additional Transit through existing Energy Transport Facilities,

    which it demonstrates to the other Contracting Parties concerned would endanger the security or efficiency of its energy systems, including the security of supply.

    Contracting Parties shall, subject to paragraphs 6 and 7, secure established flows of Energy Materials and Products to, from or between the Areas of other Contracting Parties.

  • 6 A Contracting Party through whose Area Energy Materials and Products transit shall not, in the event of a dispute over any matter arising from that Transit, interrupt or reduce, permit any entity subject to its control to interrupt or reduce, or require any entity subject to its jurisdiction to interrupt or reduce the existing flow of Energy Materials and Products prior to the conclusion of the dispute resolution procedures set out in paragraph 7, except where this is specifically provided for in a contract or other agreement governing such Transit or permitted in accordance with the conciliator's decision.

  • 7 The following provisions shall apply to a dispute described in paragraph 6, but only following the exhaustion of all relevant contractual or other dispute resolution remedies previously agreed between the Contracting Parties party to the dispute or between any entity referred to in paragraph 6 and an entity of another Contracting Party party to the dispute:

    • a) A Contracting Party party to the dispute may refer it to the Secretary-General by a notification summarizing the matters in dispute. The Secretary-General shall notify all Contracting Parties of any such referral.

    • b) Within 30 days of receipt of such a notification, the Secretary-General, in consultation with the parties to the dispute and the other Contracting Parties concerned, shall appoint a conciliator. Such a conciliator shall have experience in the matters subject to dispute and shall not be a national or citizen of or permanently resident in a party to the dispute or one of the other Contracting Parties concerned.

    • c) The conciliator shall seek the agreement of the parties to the dispute to a resolution thereof or upon a procedure to achieve such resolution. If within 90 days of his appointment he has failed to secure such agreement, he shall recommend a resolution to the dispute or a procedure to achieve such resolution and shall decide the interim tariffs and other terms and conditions to be observed for Transit from a date which he shall specify until the dispute is resolved.

    • d) The Contracting Parties undertake to observe and ensure that the entities under their control or jurisdiction observe any interim decision under subparagraph c) on tariffs, terms and conditions for 12 months following the conciliator's decision or until resolution of the dispute, whichever is earlier.

    • e) Notwithstanding subparagraph b) the Secretary-General may elect not to appoint a conciliator if in his judgement the dispute concerns Transit that is or has been the subject of the dispute resolution procedures set out in subparagraphs a) to d) and those proceedings have not resulted in a resolution of the dispute.

    • f) The Charter Conference shall adopt standard provisions concerning the conduct of conciliation and the compensation of conciliators.

  • 8 Nothing in this Article shall derogate from a Contracting Party's rights and obligations under international law including customary international law, existing bilateral or multilateral agreements, including rules concerning submarine cables and pipelines.

  • 9 This Article shall not be so interpreted as to oblige any Contracting Party which does not have a certain type of Energy Transport Facilities used for Transit to take any measure under this Article with respect to that type of Energy Transport Facilities. Such a Contracting Party is, however, obliged to comply with paragraph 4.

  • 10 For the purposes of this Article:

    • a) “Transit" means

      • (i) the carriage through the Area of a Contracting Party, or to or from port facilities in its Area for loading or unloading, of Energy Materials and Products originating in the Area of another state and destined for the Area of a third state, so long as either the other state or the third state is a Contracting Party; or

      • (ii) the carriage through the Area of a Contracting Party of Energy Materials and Products originating in the Area of another Contracting Party and destined for the Area of that other Contracting Party, unless the two Contracting Parties concerned decide otherwise and record their decision by a joint entry in Annex N. The two Contracting Parties may delete their listing in Annex N by delivering a joint written notification of their intentions to the Secretariat, which shall transmit that notification to all other Contracting Parties. The deletion shall take effect four weeks after such former notification.

    • b) “Energy Transport Facilities" consist of high-pressure gas transmission pipelines, high-voltage electricity transmission grids and lines, crude oil transmission pipelines, coal slurry pipelines, oil product pipelines, and other fixed facilities specifically for handling Energy Materials and Products.

Article 8. Transfer of technology

  • 1 The Contracting Parties agree to promote access to and transfer of energy technology on a commercial and non-discriminatory basis to assist effective trade in Energy Materials and Products and Investment and to implement the objectives of the Charter subject to their laws and regulations, and to the protection of Intellectual Property rights.

  • 2 Accordingly, to the extent necessary to give effect to paragraph 1 the Contracting Parties shall eliminate existing and create no new obstacles to the transfer of technology in the field of Energy Materials and Products and related equipment and services, subject to non-proliferation and other international obligations.

Article 9. Access to capital

  • 1 The Contracting Parties acknowledge the importance of open capital markets in encouraging the flow of capital to finance trade in Energy Materials and Products and for the making of and assisting with regard to Investments in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector in the Areas of other Contracting Parties, particularly those with economies in transition. Each Contracting Party shall accordingly endeavour to promote conditions for access to its capital market by companies and nationals of other Contracting Parties, for the purpose of financing trade in Energy Materials and Products and for the purpose of Investment in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector in the Areas of those other Contracting Parties, on a basis no less favourable than that which it accords in like circumstances to its own companies and nationals or companies and nationals of any other Contracting Party or any third state, whichever is the most favourable.

  • 2 A Contracting Party may adopt and maintain programmes providing for access to public loans, grants, guarantees or insurance for facilitating trade or Investment abroad. It shall make such facilities available, consistent with the objectives, constraints and criteria of such programmes (including any objectives, constraints or criteria relating to the place of business of an applicant for any such facility or the place of delivery of goods or services supplied with the support of any such facility) for Investments in the Economic Activity in the Energy Sector of other Contracting Parties or for financing trade in Energy Materials and Products with other Contracting Parties.

  • 3 Contracting Parties shall, in implementing programmes in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector to improve the economic stability and investment climates of the Contracting Parties, seek as appropriate to encourage the operations and take advantage of the expertise of relevant international financial institutions.

  • 4 Nothing in this Article shall prevent:

    • a) financial institutions from applying their own lending or underwriting practices based on market principles and prudential considerations; or

    • b) a Contracting Party from taking measures:

      • (i) for prudential reasons, including the protection of Investors, consumers, depositors, policy-holders or persons to whom a fiduciary duty is owed by a financial service supplier; or

      • (ii) to ensure the integrity and stability of its financial system and capital markets.

PART III. INVESTMENT PROMOTION AND PROTECTION

Article 10. Promotion, protection and treatment of investments

  • 1 Each Contracting Party shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Treaty, encourage and create stable, equitable, favourable and transparent conditions for Investors of other Contracting Parties to Make Investments in its Area. Such conditions shall include a commitment to accord at all times to Investments of Investors of other Contracting Parties fair and equitable treatment. Such Investments shall also enjoy the most constant protection and security and no Contracting Party shall in any way impair by unreasonable or discriminatory measures their management, maintenance, use, enjoyment or disposal. In no case shall such Investments be accorded treatment less favourable than that required by international law, including treaty obligations. Each Contracting Party shall observe any obligations it has entered into with an Investor or an Investment of an Investor of any other Contracting Party.

  • 2 Each Contracting Party shall endeavour to accord to Investors of other Contracting Parties, as regards the Making of Investments in its Area, the Treatment described in paragraph 3.

  • 3 For the purposes of this Article, “Treatment" means treatment accorded by a Contracting Party which is no less favourable than that which it accords to its own Investors or to Investors of any other Contracting Party or any third state, whichever is the most favourable.

  • 4 A supplementary treaty shall, subject to conditions to be laid down therein, oblige each party thereto to accord to Investors of other parties, as regards the Making of Investments in its Area, the Treatment described in paragraph 3. That treaty shall be open for signature by the states and Regional Economic Integration Organizations which have signed or acceded to this Treaty. Negotiations towards the supplementary treaty shall commence not later than 1 January 1995, with a view to concluding it by 1 January 1998.

  • 5 Each Contracting Party shall, as regards the Making of Investments in its Area, endeavour to:

    • a) limit to the minimum the exceptions to the Treatment described in paragraph 3;

    • b) progressively remove existing restrictions affecting Investors of other Contracting Parties.

  • 6

    • a) A Contracting Party may, as regards the Making of Investments in its Area, at any time declare voluntarily to the Charter Conference, through the Secretariat, its intention not to introduce new exceptions to the Treatment described in paragraph 3.

    • b) A Contracting Party may, furthermore, at any time make a voluntary commitment to accord to Investors of other Contracting Parties, as regards the Making of Investments in some or all Economic Activities in the Energy Sector in its Area, the Treatment described in paragraph 3. Such commitments shall be notified to the Secretariat and listed in Annex VC and shall be binding under this Treaty.

  • 7 Each Contracting Party shall accord to Investments in its Area of Investors of other Contracting Parties, and their related activities including management, maintenance, use, enjoyment or disposal, treatment no less favourable than that which it accords to Investments of its own Investors or of the Investors of any other Contracting Party or any third state and their related activities including management, maintenance, use, enjoyment or disposal, whichever is the most favourable.

  • 8 The modalities of application of paragraph 7 in relation to programmes under which a Contracting Party provides grants or other financial assistance, or enters into contracts, for energy technology research and development, shall be reserved for the supplementary treaty described in paragraph 4. Each Contracting Party shall through the Secretariat keep the Charter Conference informed of the modalities it applies to the programmes described in this paragraph.

  • 9 Each state or Regional Economic Integration Organization which signs or accedes to this Treaty shall, on the date it signs the Treaty or deposits its instrument of accession, submit to the Secretariat a report summarizing all laws, regulations or other measures relevant to:

    • a) exceptions to paragraph 2; or

    • b) the programmes referred to in paragraph 8.

    A Contracting Party shall keep its report up to date by promptly submitting amendments to the Secretariat. The Charter Conference shall review these reports periodically.

    In respect of subparagraph a) the report may designate parts of the energy sector in which a Contracting Party accords to Investors of other Contracting Parties the Treatment described in paragraph 3.

    In respect of subparagraph b) the review by the Charter Conference may consider the effects of such programmes on competition and Investments.

  • 10 Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the treatment described in paragraphs 3 and 7 shall not apply to the protection of Intellectual Property; instead, the treatment shall be as specified in the corresponding provisions of the applicable international agreements for the protection of Intellectual Property rights to which the respective Contracting Parties are parties.

  • 11 For the purposes of Article 26, the application by a Contracting Party of a trade-related investment measure as described in Article 51 and 2 to an Investment of an Investor of another Contracting Party existing at the time of such application shall, subject to Article 53(3) and (4), be considered a breach of an obligation of the former Contracting Party under this Part.

  • 12 Each Contracting Party shall ensure that its domestic law provides effective means for the assertion of claims and the enforcement of rights with respect to Investments, investment agreements, and investment authorizations.

Article 11. Key personnel

  • 1 A Contracting Party shall, subject to its laws and regulations relating to the entry, stay and work of natural persons, examine in good faith requests by Investors of another Contracting Party, and key personnel who are employed by such Investors or by Investments of such Investors, to enter and remain temporarily in its Area to engage in activities connected with the making or the development, management, maintenance, use, enjoyment or disposal of relevant Investments, including the provision of advice or key technical services.

  • 2 A Contracting Party shall permit Investors of another Contracting Party which have Investments in its Area, and Investments of such Investors, to employ any key person of the Investor's or the Investment's choice regardless of nationality and citizenship provided that such key person has been permitted to enter, stay and work in the Area of the former Contracting Party and that the employment concerned conforms to the terms, conditions and time limits of the permission granted to such key person.

Article 12. Compensation for losses

  • 1 Except where Article 13 applies, an Investor of any Contracting Party which suffers a loss with respect to any Investment in the Area of another Contracting Party owing to war or other armed conflict, state of national emergency, civil disturbance, or other similar event in that Area, shall be accorded by the latter Contracting Party, as regards restitution, indemnification, compensation or other settlement, treatment which is the most favourable of that which that Contracting Party accords to any other Investor, whether its own Investor, the Investor of any other Contracting Party, or the Investor of any third state.

  • 2 Without prejudice to paragraph 1, an Investor of a Contracting Party which, in any of the situations referred to in that paragraph, suffers a loss in the Area of another Contracting Party resulting from

    • a) requisitioning of its Investment or part thereof by the latter's forces or authorities; or

    • b) destruction of its Investment or part thereof by the latter's forces or authorities, which was not required by the necessity of the situation,

    shall be accorded restitution or compensation which in either case shall be prompt, adequate and effective.

Article 13. Expropriation

  • 1 Investments of Investors of a Contracting Party in the Area of any other Contracting Party shall not be nationalized, expropriated or subjected to a measure or measures having effect equivalent to nationalization or expropriation (hereinafter referred to as “Expropriation") except where such Expropriation is:

    • a) for a purpose which is in the public interest;

    • b) not discriminatory;

    • c) carried out under due process of law; and

    • d) accompanied by the payment of prompt, adequate and effective compensation.

    Such compensation shall amount to the fair market value of the Investment expropriated at the time immediately before the Expropriation or impending Expropriation became known in such a way as to affect the value of the Investment (hereinafter referred to as the “Valuation Date").

    Such fair market value shall at the request of the Investor be expressed in a Freely Convertible Currency on the basis of the market rate of exchange existing for that currency on the Valuation Date. Compensation shall also include interest at a commercial rate established on a market basis from the date of Expropriation until the date of payment.

  • 2 The Investor affected shall have a right to prompt review, under the law of the Contracting Party making the Expropriation, by a judicial or other competent and independent authority of that Contracting Party, of its case, of the valuation of its Investment, and of the payment of compensation, in accordance with the principles set out in paragraph 1.

  • 3 For the avoidance of doubt, Expropriation shall include situations where a Contracting Party expropriates the assets of a company or enterprise in its Area in which an Investor of any other Contracting Party has an Investment, including through the ownership of shares.

Article 14. Transfers related to investments

  • 1 Each Contracting Party shall with respect to Investments in its Area of Investors of any other Contracting Party guarantee the freedom of transfer into and out of its Area, including the transfer of:

    • a) the initial capital plus any additional capital for the maintenance and development of an Investment;

    • b) Returns;

    • c) payments under a contract, including amortization of principal and accrued interest payments pursuant to a loan agreement;

    • d) unspent earnings and other remuneration of personnel engaged from abroad in connection with that Investment;

    • e) proceeds from the sale or liquidation of all or any part of an Investment;

    • f) payments arising out of the settlement of a dispute;

    • g) payments of compensation pursuant to Articles 12 and 13.

  • 2 Transfers under paragraph 1 shall be effected without delay and (except in case of a Return in kind) in a Freely Convertible Currency.

  • 3 Transfers shall be made at the market rate of exchange existing on the date of transfer with respect to spot transactions in the currency to be transferred. In the absence of a market for foreign exchange, the rate to be used will be the most recent rate applied to inward investments or the most recent exchange rate for conversion of currencies into Special Drawing Rights, whichever is more favourable to the Investor.

  • 4 Notwithstanding paragraphs 1 to 3, a Contracting Party may protect the rights of creditors, or ensure compliance with laws on the issuing, trading and dealing in securities and the satisfaction of judgements in civil, administrative and criminal adjudicatory proceedings, through the equitable, non-discriminatory, and good faith application of its laws and regulations.

  • 5 Notwithstanding paragraph 2, Contracting Parties which are states that were constituent parts of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may provide in agreements concluded between them that transfers of payments shall be made in the currencies of such Contracting Parties, provided that such agreements do not treat Investments in their Areas of Investors of other Contracting Parties less favourably than either Investments of Investors of the Contracting Parties which have entered into such agreements or Investments of Investors of any third state.

  • 6 Notwithstanding subparagraph 1b), a Contracting Party may restrict the transfer of a Return in kind in circumstances where the Contracting Party is permitted under Article 29(2)a) or the WTO Agreement to restrict or prohibit the exportation or the sale for export of the product constituting the Return in kind; provided that a Contracting Party shall permit transfers of Returns in kind to be effected as authorized or specified in an investment agreement, investment authorization, or other written agreement between the Contracting Party and either an Investor of another Contracting Party or its Investment.

Article 15. Subrogation

  • 1 If a Contracting Party or its designated agency (hereinafter referred to as the “Indemnifying Party") makes a payment under an indemnity or guarantee given in respect of an Investment of an Investor (hereinafter referred to as the “Party Indemnified") in the Area of another Contracting Party (hereinafter referred to as the “Host Party"), the Host Party shall recognize:

    • a) the assignment to the Indemnifying Party of all the rights and claims in respect of such Investment; and

    • b) the right of the Indemnifying Party to exercise all such rights and enforce such claims by virtue of subrogation.

  • 2 The Indemnifying Party shall be entitled in all circumstances to:

    • a) the same treatment in respect of the rights and claims acquired by it by virtue of the assignment referred to in paragraph 1; and

    • b) the same payments due pursuant to those rights and claims,

    as the Party Indemnified was entitled to receive by virtue of this Treaty in respect of the Investment concerned.

  • 3 In any proceeding under Article 26, a Contracting Party shall not assert as a defence, counterclaim, right of set-off or for any other reason, that indemnification or other compensation for all or part of the alleged damages has been received or will be received pursuant to an insurance or guarantee contract.

Article 16. Relation to other agreements

Where two or more Contracting Parties have entered into a prior international agreement, or enter into a subsequent international agreement, whose terms in either case concern the subject matter of Part III or V of this Treaty,

  • 1. nothing in Part III or V of this Treaty shall be construed to derogate from any provision of such terms of the other agreement or from any right to dispute resolution with respect thereto under that agreement; and

  • 2. nothing in such terms of the other agreement shall be construed to derogate from any provision of Part III or V of this Treaty or from any right to dispute resolution with respect thereto under this Treaty,

where any such provision is more favourable to the Investor or Investment.

Article 17. Non-application of Part III in certain circumstances

Each Contracting Party reserves the right to deny the advantages of this Part to:

  • 1. a legal entity if citizens or nationals of a third state own or control such entity and if that entity has no substantial business activities in the Area of the Contracting Party in which it is organized; or

  • 2. an Investment, if the denying Contracting Party establishes that such Investment is an Investment of an Investor of a third state with or as to which the denying Contracting Party:

    • a) does not maintain a diplomatic relationship; or

    • b) adopts or maintains measures that:

      • (i) prohibit transactions with Investors of that state; or

      • (ii) would be violated or circumvented if the benefits of this Part were accorded to Investors of that state or to their Investments.

PART IV. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Article 18. Sovereignty over energy resources

  • 1 The Contracting Parties recognize state sovereignty and sovereign rights over energy resources. They reaffirm that these must be exercised in accordance with and subject to the rules of international law.

  • 2 Without affecting the objectives of promoting access to energy resources, and exploration and development thereof on a commercial basis, the Treaty shall in no way prejudice the rules in Contracting Parties governing the system of property ownership of energy resources.

  • 3 Each state continues to hold in particular the rights to decide the geographical areas within its Area to be made available for exploration and development of its energy resources, the optimalization of their recovery and the rate at which they may be depleted or otherwise exploited, to specify and enjoy any taxes, royalties or other financial payments payable by virtue of such exploration and exploitation, and to regulate the environmental and safety aspects of such exploration, development and reclamation within its Area, and to participate in such exploration and exploitation, inter alia, through direct participation by the government or through state enterprises.

  • 4 The Contracting Parties undertake to facilitate access to energy resources, inter alia, by allocating in a non-discriminatory manner on the basis of published criteria authorizations, licences, concessions and contracts to prospect and explore for or to exploit or extract energy resources.

Article 19. Environmental aspects

  • 1 In pursuit of sustainable development and taking into account its obligations under those international agreements concerning the environment to which it is party, each Contracting Party shall strive to minimize in an economically efficient manner harmful Environmental Impacts occurring either within or outside its Area from all operations within the Energy Cycle in its Area, taking proper account of safety. In doing so each Contracting Party shall act in a Cost-Effective manner. In its policies and actions each Contracting Party shall strive to take precautionary measures to prevent or minimize environmental degradation. The Contracting Parties agree that the polluter in the Areas of Contracting Parties, should, in principle, bear the cost of pollution, including transboundary pollution, with due regard to the public interest and without distorting Investment in the Energy Cycle or international trade. Contracting Parties shall accordingly:

    • a) take account of environmental considerations throughout the formulation and implementation of their energy policies;

    • b) promote market-oriented price formation and a fuller reflection of environmental costs and benefits throughout the Energy Cycle;

    • c) having regard to Article 34(4), encourage cooperation in the attainment of the environmental objectives of the Charter and cooperation in the field of international environmental standards for the Energy Cycle, taking into account differences in adverse effects and abatement costs between Contracting Parties;

    • d) have particular regard to Improving Energy Efficiency, to developing and using renewable energy sources, to promoting the use of cleaner fuels and to employing technologies and technological means that reduce pollution;

    • e) promote the collection and sharing among Contracting Parties of information on environmentally sound and economically efficient energy policies and Cost-Effective practices and technologies;

    • f) promote public awareness of the Environmental Impacts of energy systems, of the scope for the prevention or abatement of their adverse Environmental Impacts, and of the costs associated with various prevention or abatement measures;

    • g) promote and cooperate in the research, development and application of energy efficient and environmentally sound technologies, practices and processes which will minimize harmful Environmental Impacts of all aspects of the Energy Cycle in an economically efficient manner;

    • h) encourage favourable conditions for the transfer and dissemination of such technologies consistent with the adequate and effective protection of Intellectual Property rights;

    • i) promote the transparent assessment at an early stage and prior to decision, and subsequent monitoring, of Environmental Impacts of environmentally significant energy investment projects;

    • j) promote international awareness and information exchange on Contracting Parties' relevant environmental programmes and standards and on the implementation of those programmes and standards;

    • k) participate, upon request, and within their available resources, in the development and implementation of appropriate environmental programmes in the Contracting Parties.

  • 2 At the request of one or more Contracting Parties, disputes concerning the application or interpretation of provisions of this Article shall, to the extent that arrangements for the consideration of such disputes do not exist in other appropriate international fora, be reviewed by the Charter Conference aiming at a solution.

  • 3 For the purposes of this Article:

    • a) “Energy Cycle" means the entire energy chain, including activities related to prospecting for, exploration, production, conversion, storage, transport, distribution and consumption of the various forms of energy, and the treatment and disposal of wastes, as well as the decommissioning, cessation or closure of these activities, minimizing harmful Environmental Impacts;

    • b) “Environmental Impact" means any effect caused by a given activity on the environment, including human health and safety, flora, fauna, soil, air, water, climate, landscape and historical monuments or other physical structures or the interactions among these factors; it also includes effects on cultural heritage or socio-economic conditions resulting from alterations to those factors;

    • c) “Improving Energy Efficiency" means acting to maintain the same unit of output (of a good or service) without reducing the quality or performance of the output, while reducing the amount of energy required to produce that output;

    • d) “Cost-Effective" means to achieve a defined objective at the lowest cost or to achieve the greatest benefit at a given cost.

Article 20. Transparency

  • 1 Laws, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative rulings of general application which affect trade in Energy Materials and Products or Energy-Related Equipment are, in accordance with Article 29(2)(a), among the measures subject to the transparency disciplines of the WTO Agreement.

  • 2 Laws, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative rulings of general application made effective by any Contracting Party, and agreements in force between Contracting Parties, which affect other matters covered by this Treaty shall also be published promptly in such a manner as to enable Contracting Parties and Investors to become acquainted with them. The provisions of this paragraph shall not require any Contracting Party to disclose confidential information which would impede law enforcement or otherwise be contrary to the public interest or would prejudice the legitimate commercial interests of any Investor.

  • 3 Each Contracting Party shall designate one or more enquiry points to which requests for information about the above mentioned laws, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative rulings may be addressed and shall communicate promptly such designation to the Secretariat which shall make it available on request.

Article 21. Taxation

  • 1 Except as otherwise provided in this Article, nothing in this Treaty shall create rights or impose obligations with respect to Taxation Measures of the Contracting Parties. In the event of any inconsistency between this Article and any other provision of the Treaty, this Article shall prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

  • 2 Article 7(3) shall apply to Taxation Measures other than those on income or on capital, except that such provision shall not apply to:

    • a) an advantage accorded by a Contracting Party pursuant to the tax provisions of any convention, agreement or arrangement described in subparagraph 7a)(ii); or

    • b) any Taxation Measure aimed at ensuring the effective collection of taxes, except where the measure of a Contracting Party arbitrarily discriminates against Energy Materials and Products originating in, or destined for the Area of another Contracting Party or arbitrarily restricts benefits accorded under Article 73.

  • 3 Article 10(2) and (7) shall apply to Taxation Measures of the Contracting Parties other than those on income or on capital, except that such provisions shall not apply to:

    • a) impose most favoured nation obligations with respect to advantages accorded by a Contracting Party pursuant to the tax provisions of any convention, agreement or arrangement described in subparagraph 7a)(ii) or resulting from membership of any Regional Economic Integration Organization; or

    • b) any Taxation Measure aimed at ensuring the effective collection of taxes, except where the measure arbitrarily discriminates against an Investor of another Contracting Party or arbitrarily restricts benefits accorded under the Investment provisions of this Treaty.

  • 4 Article 29(2) to (8) shall apply to Taxation Measures other than those on income or on capital.

  • 5

    • a) Article 13 shall apply to taxes.

    • b) Whenever an issue arises under Article 13, to the extent it pertains to whether a tax constitutes an expropriation or whether a tax alleged to constitute an expropriation is discriminatory, the following provisions shall apply:

      • (i) The Investor or the Contracting Party alleging expropriation shall refer the issue of whether the tax is an expropriation or whether the tax is discriminatory to the relevant Competent Tax Authority. Failing such referral by the Investor or the Contracting Party, bodies called upon to settle disputes pursuant to Article 26(2)c) or 27(2) shall make a referral to the relevant Competent Tax Authorities;

      • (ii) The Competent Tax Authorities shall, within a period of six months of such referral, strive to resolve the issues so referred. Where non-discrimination issues are concerned, the Competent Tax Authorities shall apply the non-discrimination provisions of the relevant tax convention or, if there is no non-discrimination provision in the relevant tax convention applicable to the tax or no such tax convention is in force between the Contracting Parties concerned, they shall apply the non-discrimination principles under the Model Tax Convention on Income and Capital of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development;

      • (iii) Bodies called upon to settle disputes pursuant to Article 26(2)c) or 27(2) may take into account any conclusions arrived at by the Competent Tax Authorities regarding whether the tax is an expropriation. Such bodies shall take into account any conclusions arrived at within the six-month period prescribed in subpara- graph b)(ii) by the Competent Tax Authorities regarding whether the tax is discriminatory. Such bodies may also take into account any conclusions arrived at by the Competent Tax Authorities after the expiry of the six-month period;

      • (iv) Under no circumstances shall involvement of the Competent Tax Authorities, beyond the end of the six-month period referred to in subparagraph b)(ii), lead to a delay of proceedings under Articles 26 and 27.

  • 6 For the avoidance of doubt, Article 14 shall not limit the right of a Contracting Party to impose or collect a tax by withholding or other means.

  • 7 For the purposes of this Article:

    • a) The term “Taxation Measure" includes:

      • (i) any provision relating to taxes of the domestic law of the Contracting Party or of a political subdivision thereof or a local authority therein; and

      • (ii) any provision relating to taxes of any convention for the avoidance of double taxation or of any other international agreement or arrangement by which the Contracting Party is bound.

    • b) There shall be regarded as taxes on income or on capital all taxes imposed on total income, on total capital or on elements of income or of capital, including taxes on gains from the alienation of property, taxes on estates, inheritances and gifts, or substantially similar taxes, taxes on the total amounts of wages or salaries paid by enterprises, as well as taxes on capital appreciation.

    • c) A “Competent Tax Authority" means the competent authority pursuant to a double taxation agreement in force between the Contracting Parties or, when no such agreement is in force, the minister or ministry responsible for taxes or their authorized representatives.

    • d) For the avoidance of doubt, the terms “tax provisions" and “taxes" do not include customs duties.

Article 22. State and privileged enterprises

  • 1 Each Contracting Party shall ensure that any state enterprise which it maintains or establishes shall conduct its activities in relation to the sale or provision of goods and services in its Area in a manner consistent with the Contracting Party's obligations under Part III of this Treaty.

  • 2 No Contracting Party shall encourage or require such a state enterprise to conduct its activities in its Area in a manner inconsistent with the Contracting Party's obligations under other provisions of this Treaty.

  • 3 Each Contracting Party shall ensure that if it establishes or maintains an entity and entrusts the entity with regulatory, administrative or other governmental authority, such entity shall exercise that authority in a manner consistent with the Contracting Party's obligations under this Treaty.

  • 4 No Contracting Party shall encourage or require any entity to which it grants exclusive or special privileges to conduct its activities in its Area in a manner inconsistent with the Contracting Party's obligations under this Treaty.

  • 5 For the purposes of this Article, “entity" includes any enterprise, agency or other organization or individual.

Article 23. Observance by sub-national authorities

  • 1 Each Contracting Party is fully responsible under this Treaty for the observance of all provisions of the Treaty, and shall take such reasonable measures as may be available to it to ensure such observance by regional and local governments and authorities within its Area.

  • 2 The dispute settlement provisions in Parts II, IV and V of this Treaty may be invoked in respect of measures affecting the observance of the Treaty by a Contracting Party which have been taken by regional or local governments or authorities within the Area of the Contracting Party.

Article 24. Exceptions

  • 1 This Article shall not apply to Articles 12, 13 and 29.

  • 2 The provisions of this Treaty other than

    • a) those referred to in paragraph 1; and

    • b) with respect to subparagraph (i), Part III of the Treaty

    shall not preclude any Contracting Party from adopting or enforcing any measure

    • (i) necessary to protect human, animal or plant life or health;

    • (ii) essential to the acquisition or distribution of Energy Materials and Products in conditions of short supply arising from causes outside the control of that Contracting Party, provided that any such measure shall be consistent with the principles that

      • (A) all other Contracting Parties are entitled to an equitable share of the international supply of such Energy Materials and Products; and

      • (B) any such measure that is inconsistent with this Treaty shall be discontinued as soon as the conditions giving rise to it have ceased to exist; or

    • (iii) designed to benefit Investors who are aboriginal people or socially or economically disadvantaged individuals or groups or their Investments and notified to the Secretariat as such, provided that such measure

      • (A) has no significant impact on that Contracting Party's economy; and

      • (B) does not discriminate between Investors of any other Contracting Party and Investors of that Contracting Party not included among those for whom the measure is intended,

    provided that no such measure shall constitute a disguised restriction on Economic Activity in the Energy Sector, or arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination between Contracting Parties or between Investors or other interested persons of Contracting Parties. Such measures shall be duly motivated and shall not nullify or impair any benefit one or more other Contracting Parties may reasonably expect under this Treaty to an extent greater than is strictly necessary to the stated end.

  • 3 The provisions of this Treaty other than those referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be construed to prevent any Contracting Party from taking any measure which it considers necessary:

    • a) for the protection of its essential security interests including those

      • (i) relating to the supply of Energy Materials and Products to a military establishment; or

      • (ii) taken in time of war, armed conflict or other emergency in international relations;

    • b) relating to the implementation of national policies respecting the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or needed to fulfil its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Nuclear Suppliers Guidelines, and other international nuclear non-proliferation obligations or understandings; or

    • c) for the maintenance of public order.

    Such measure shall not constitute a disguised restriction on Transit.

  • 4 The provisions of this Treaty which accord most favoured nation treatment shall not oblige any Contracting Party to extend to the Investors of any other Contracting Party any preferential treatment:

    • a) resulting from its membership of a free-trade area or customs union; or

    • b) which is accorded by a bilateral or multilateral agreement concerning economic cooperation between states that were constituent parts of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics pending the establishment of their mutual economic relations on a definitive basis.

Article 25. Economic integration agreements

  • 1 The provisions of this Treaty shall not be so construed as to oblige a Contracting Party which is party to an Economic Integration Agreement (hereinafter referred to as “EIA”) to extend, by means of most favoured nation treatment, to another Contracting Party which is not a party to that EIA, any preferential treatment applicable between the parties to that EIA as a result of their being parties thereto.

  • 2 For the purposes of paragraph 1, “EIA” means an agreement substantially liberalizing, inter alia, trade and investment, by providing for the absence or elimination of substantially all discrimination between or among parties thereto through the elimination of existing discriminatory measures and/or the prohibition of new or more discriminatory measures, either at the entry into force of that agreement or on the basis of a reasonable time frame.

  • 3 This Article shall not affect the application of the WTO Agreement according to Article 29.

PART V. DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

Article 26. Settlement of disputes between an Investor and a Contracting Party

  • 1 Disputes between a Contracting Party and an Investor of another Contracting Party relating to an Investment of the latter in the Area of the former, which concern an alleged breach of an obligation of the former under Part III shall, if possible, be settled amicably.

  • 2 If such disputes can not be settled according to the provisions of paragraph 1 within a period of three months from the date on which either party to the dispute requested amicable settlement, the Investor party to the dispute may choose to submit it for resolution:

    • a) to the courts or administrative tribunals of the Contracting Party party to the dispute;

    • b) in accordance with any applicable, previously agreed dispute settlement procedure; or

    • c) in accordance with the following paragraphs of this Article.

  • 3

    • a) Subject only to subparagraphs b) and c), each Contracting Party hereby gives its unconditional consent to the submission of a dispute to international arbitration or conciliation in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

    • b)

      • (i) The Contracting Parties listed in Annex ID do not give such unconditional consent where the Investor has previously submitted the dispute under subparagraph 2a) or b).

      • (ii) For the sake of transparency, each Contracting Party that is listed in Annex ID shall provide a written statement of its policies, practices and conditions in this regard to the Secretariat no later than the date of the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval in accordance with Article 39 or the deposit of its instrument of accession in accordance with Article 41.

    • c) A Contracting Party listed in Annex IA does not give such unconditional consent with respect to a dispute arising under the last sentence of Article 10(1).

  • 4 In the event that an Investor chooses to submit the dispute for resolution under subparagraph 2 c), the Investor shall further provide its consent in writing for the dispute to be submitted to:

    • a)

      • (i) The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, established pursuant to the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of other States opened for signature at Washington, 18 March 1965 (hereinafter referred to as the “ICSID Convention"), if the Contracting Party of the Investor and the Contracting Party party to the dispute are both parties to the ICSID Convention; or

      • (ii) The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, established pursuant to the Convention referred to in subparagraph a)(i), under the rules governing the Additional Facility for the Administration of Proceedings by the Secretariat of the Centre (hereinafter referred to as the “Additional Facility Rules"), if the Contracting Party of the Investor or the Contracting Party party to the dispute, but not both, is a party to the ICSID Convention;

    • b) a sole arbitrator or ad hoc arbitration tribunal established under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (hereinafter referred to as “UNCITRAL"); or

    • c) an arbitral proceeding under the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

  • 5

    • a) The consent given in paragraph 3 together with the written consent of the Investor given pursuant to paragraph 4 shall be considered to satisfy the requirement for:

    • b) Any arbitration under this Article shall at the request of any party to the dispute be held in a state that is a party to the New York Convention. Claims submitted to arbitration hereunder shall be considered to arise out of a commercial relationship or transaction for the purposes of article I of that Convention.

  • 6 A tribunal established under paragraph 4 shall decide the issues in dispute in accordance with this Treaty and applicable rules and principles of international law.

  • 7 An Investor other than a natural person which has the nationality of a Contracting Party party to the dispute on the date of the consent in writing referred to in paragraph 4 and which, before a dispute between it and that Contracting Party arises, is controlled by Investors of another Contracting Party, shall for the purpose of article 25(2)b) of the ICSID Convention be treated as a “national of another Contracting State" and shall for the purpose of article 1(6) of the Additional Facility Rules be treated as a “national of another State".

  • 8 The awards of arbitration, which may include an award of interest, shall be final and binding upon the parties to the dispute. An award of arbitration concerning a measure of a sub-national government or authority of the disputing Contracting Party shall provide that the Contracting Party may pay monetary damages in lieu of any other remedy granted. Each Contracting Party shall carry out without delay any such award and shall make provision for the effective enforcement in its Area of such awards.

Article 27. Settlement of disputes between Contracting Parties

  • 1 Contracting Parties shall endeavour to settle disputes concerning the application or interpretation of this Treaty through diplomatic channels.

  • 2 If a dispute has not been settled in accordance with paragraph 1 within a reasonable period of time, either party thereto may, except as otherwise provided in this Treaty or agreed in writing by the Contracting Parties, and except as concerns the application or interpretation of Article 6 or Article 19 or, for Contracting Parties listed in Annex IA, the last sentence of Article 10(1), upon written notice to the other party to the dispute submit the matter to an ad hoc tribunal under this Article.

  • 3 Such an ad hoc arbitral tribunal shall be constituted as follows:

    • a) The Contracting Party instituting the proceedings shall appoint one member of the tribunal and inform the other Contracting Party to the dispute of its appointment within 30 days of receipt of the notice referred to in paragraph 2 by the other Contracting Party;

    • b) Within 60 days of the receipt of the written notice referred to in paragraph 2, the other Contracting Party party to the dispute shall appoint one member. If the appointment is not made within the time limit prescribed, the Contracting Party having instituted the proceedings may, within 90 days of the receipt of the written notice referred to in paragraph 2, request that the appointment be made in accordance with subparagraph d;

    • c) A third member, who may not be a national or citizen of a Contracting Party party to the dispute, shall be appointed by the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute. That member shall be the President of the tribunal. If, within 150 days of the receipt of the notice referred to in paragraph 2, the Contracting Parties are unable to agree on the appointment of a third member, that appointment shall be made, in accordance with subparagraph d), at the request of either Contracting Party submitted within 180 days of the receipt of that notice;

    • d) Appointments requested to be made in accordance with this paragraph shall be made by the Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration within 30 days of the receipt of a request to do so. If the Secretary-General is prevented from discharging this task, the appointments shall be made by the First Secretary of the Bureau. If the latter, in turn, is prevented from discharging this task, the appointments shall be made by the most senior Deputy;

    • e) Appointments made in accordance with subparagraphs a) to d) shall be made with regard to the qualifications and experience, particularly in matters covered by this Treaty, of the members to be appointed;

    • f) In the absence of an agreement to the contrary between the Contracting Parties, the Arbitration Rules of UNCITRAL shall govern, except to the extent modified by the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute or by the arbitrators. The tribunal shall take its decisions by a majority vote of its members;

    • g) The tribunal shall decide the dispute in accordance with this Treaty and applicable rules and principles of international law;

    • h) The arbitral award shall be final and binding upon the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute;

    • i) Where, in making an award, a tribunal finds that a measure of a regional or local government or authority within the Area of a Contracting Party listed in Part I of Annex P is not in conformity with this Treaty, either party to the dispute may invoke the provisions of Part II of Annex P;

    • j) The expenses of the tribunal, including the remuneration of its members, shall be borne in equal shares by the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute. The tribunal may, however, at its discretion direct that a higher proportion of the costs be paid by one of the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute;

    • k) Unless the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute agree otherwise, the tribunal shall sit in The Hague, and use the premises and facilities of the Permanent Court of Arbitration;

    • l) A copy of the award shall be deposited with the Secretariat which shall make it generally available.

Article 28. Non-application of Article 27 to certain disputes

A dispute between Contracting Parties with respect to the application or interpretation of Article 5 or 29 shall not be settled under Article 27 unless the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute so agree.

PART VI. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

Article 29. Interim provisions on trade-related matters

  • 1 The provisions of this Article shall apply to trade in Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment while any Contracting Party is not a member of the WTO.

  • 2

    • a) Trade in Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment between Contracting Parties at least one of which is not a member of the WTO shall be governed, subject to subparagraph (b) and to the exceptions and rules provided for in Annex W, by the provisions of the WTO Agreement, as applied and practised with regard to Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment by members of the WTO among themselves, as if all Contracting Parties were members of the WTO.

    • b) Such trade of a Contracting Party which is a state that was a constituent part of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may instead be governed, subject to the provisions of Annex TFU, by an agreement between two or more such states, until 1 December 1999 or the admission of that Contracting Party to the WTO, whichever is the earlier.

  • 3

    • a) Each signatory to this Treaty, and each state or Regional Economic Integration Organization acceding to this Treaty before 24 April 1998, shall on the date of its signature or of its deposit of its instrument of accession provide to the Secretariat a list of all customs duties and charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation of Energy Materials and Products, notifying the level of such customs duties and charges applied on such date of signature or deposit. Each signatory to this Treaty, and each state or Regional Economic Integration Organization acceding to this Treaty before 24 April 1998, shall on that date provide to the Secretariat a list of all customs duties and charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation of Energy-Related Equipment, notifying the level of such customs duties and charges applied on that date.

    • b) Each state or Regional Economic Integration Organization acceding to this Treaty on or after 24 April 1998, shall, on the date of its deposit of its instrument of accession, provide to the Secretariat a list of all customs duties and charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation of Energy Materials and Products and Energy-Related Equipment, notifying the level of such customs duties and charges applied on such date of deposit.

      Any changes to such customs duties or charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation shall be notified to the Secretariat, which shall inform the Contracting Parties of such changes.

  • 4 Each Contracting Party shall endeavour not to increase any customs duty or charge of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation:

    • a) in the case of the importation of Energy Materials and Products listed in Annex EM I or Energy-Related Equipment listed in Annex EQ I and described in Part I of the Schedule relating to the Contracting Party referred to in article II of the GATT 1994, above the level set forth in that Schedule, if the Contracting Party is a member of the WTO;

    • b) in the case of the exportation of Energy Materials and Products listed in Annex EM I or Energy-Related Equipment listed in Annex EQ I, and that of their importation if the Contracting Party is not a member of the WTO, above the level most recently notified to the Secretariat, except as permitted by the provisions made applicable by subparagraph (2)(a).

  • 5 A Contracting Party may increase such customs duty or other charge above the level referred to in paragraph (4) only if:

    • a) in case of a customs duty or other charge imposed on or in connection with importation, such action is not inconsistent with the applicable provisions of the WTO Agreement, other than those provisions of the WTO Agreement listed in Annex W; or

    • b) it has, to the fullest extent practicable under its legislative procedures, notified the Secretariat of its proposal for such an increase, given other interested Contracting Parties reasonable opportunity for consultation with respect to its proposal, and accorded consideration to any representations from such Contracting Parties.

  • 6 In respect of trade between Contracting Parties at least one of which is not a member of the WTO, no such Contracting Party shall increase any customs duty or charge of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation of Energy Materials and Products listed in Annex EM II or Energy-Related Equipment listed in Annex EQ II above the lowest of the levels applied on the date of the decision by the Charter Conference to list the particular item in the relevant Annex.

    A Contracting Party may increase such customs duty or other charge above that level only if:

    • a) in case of a customs duty or other charge imposed on or in connection with importation, such action is not inconsistent with the applicable provisions of the WTO Agreement, other than those provisions of the WTO Agreement listed in Annex W; or

    • b) in exceptional circumstances not elsewhere provided for in this Treaty, the Charter Conference decides to waive the obligation otherwise imposed on a Contracting Party by this paragraph, consenting to an increase in a customs duty, subject to any conditions the Charter Conference may impose.

  • 7 Notwithstanding paragraph (6), in the case of trade referred to in that paragraph, Contracting Parties listed in Annex BR in respect of Energy Materials and Products listed in Annex EM II, or in Annex BRQ in respect of Energy-Related Equipment listed in Annex EQ II, shall not increase any customs duty or other charge above the level resulting from their commitments or any provisions applicable to them under the WTO Agreement.

  • 8 Other duties and charges imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation of Energy Materials and Products or Energy-Related Equipment shall be subject to the provisions of the Understanding on the Interpretation of Article II: 1(b) of the GATT 1994 as modified according to Annex W.

  • 9 ANNEX D shall apply:

    • a) to disputes regarding compliance with provisions applicable to trade under this Article;

    • b) to disputes regarding the application by a Contracting Party of any measure, whether or not it conflicts with the provisions of this Article, which is considered by another Contracting Party to nullify or impair any benefit accruing to it directly or indirectly under this Article; and

    • c) unless the Contracting Parties parties to the dispute agree otherwise, to disputes regarding compliance with Article 5 between Contracting Parties at least one of which is not a member of the WTO,

      Except that Annex D shall not apply to any dispute between Contracting Parties, the substance of which arises under an agreement that:

      • (i) has been notified in accordance with and meets the other requirements of sub-paragraph (2)(b) and Annex TFU; or

      • (ii) establishes a free-trade area or a customs union as described in article XXIV of the GATT 1994.

Article 30. Developments in international trading arrangements

Contracting Parties undertake that in the light of the results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations embodied principally in the Final Act thereof done at Marrakesh, 15 April 1994, they will commence consideration not later than 1 July 1995 or the entry into force of this Treaty, whichever is the later, of appropriate amendments to this Treaty with a view to the adoption of any such amendments by the Charter Conference.

Article 31. Energy-related equipment

The provisional Charter Conference shall at its first meeting commence examination of the inclusion of energy-related equipment in the trade provisions of this Treaty.

Article 32. Transitional arrangements

  • 1 In recognition of the need for time to adapt to the requirements of a market economy, a Contracting Party listed in Annex T may temporarily suspend full compliance with its obligations under one or more of the following provisions of this Treaty, subject to the conditions in paragraphs 3 to 6:

    Article 6(2) and (5)

    Article 7(4)

    Article 9(1)

    Article 10(7) – specific measures

    Article 14(1)d) – related only to transfer of unspent earnings

    Article 20(3)

    Article 22(1) and (3)

  • 2 Other Contracting Parties shall assist any Contracting Party which has suspended full compliance under paragraph 1 to achieve the conditions under which such suspension can be terminated. This assistance may be given in whatever form the other Contracting Parties consider most effective to respond to the needs notified under subparagraph 4c) including, where appropriate, through bilateral or multilateral arrangements.

  • 3 The applicable provisions, the stages towards full implementation of each, the measures to be taken and the date or, exceptionally, contingent event, by which each stage shall be completed and measure taken are listed in Annex T for each Contracting Party claiming transitional arrangements. Each such Contracting Party shall take the measure listed by the date indicated for the relevant provision and stage as set out in Annex T. Contracting Parties which have temporarily suspended full compliance under paragraph 1 undertake to comply fully with the relevant obligations by 1 July 2001. Should a Contracting Party find it necessary, due to exceptional circumstances, to request that the period of such temporary suspension be extended or that any further temporary suspension not previously listed in Annex T be introduced, the decision on a request to amend Annex T shall be made by the Charter Conference.

  • 4 A Contracting Party which has invoked transitional arrangements shall notify the Secretariat no less often than once every 12 months:

    • a) of the implementation of any measures listed in its Annex T and of its general progress to full compliance;

    • b) of the progress it expects to make during the next 12 months towards full compliance with its obligations, of any problem it foresees and of its proposals for dealing with that problem;

    • c) of the need for technical assistance to facilitate completion of the stages set out in Annex T as necessary for the full implementation of this Treaty, or to deal with any problem notified pursuant to subparagraph b) as well as to promote other necessary market-oriented reforms and modernization of its energy sector;

    • d) of any possible need to make a request of the kind referred to in paragraph 3.

  • 5 The Secretariat shall:

    • a) circulate to all Contracting Parties the notifications referred to in paragraph 4;

    • b) circulate and actively promote, relying where appropriate on arrangements existing within other international organizations, the matching of needs for and offers of technical assistance referred to in paragraph 2 and subparagraph 4c);

    • c) circulate to all Contracting Parties at the end of each six month period a summary of any notifications made under subparagraph 4a) or d).

  • 6 The Charter Conference shall annually review the progress by Contracting Parties towards implementation of the provisions of this Article and the matching of needs and offers of technical assistance referred to in paragraph 2 and subparagraph 4c). In the course of that review it may decide to take appropriate action.

PART VII. STRUCTURE AND INSTITUTIONS

Article 33. Energy charter protocols and declarations

  • 1 The Charter Conference may authorize the negotiation of a number of Energy Charter Protocols or Declarations in order to pursue the objectives and principles of the Charter.

  • 2 Any signatory to the Charter may participate in such negotiation.

  • 3 A state or Regional Economic Integration Organization shall not become a party to a Protocol or Declaration unless it is, or becomes at the same time, a signatory to the Charter and a Contracting Party to this Treaty.

  • 4 Subject to paragraph 3) and subparagraph 6a), final provisions applying to a Protocol shall be defined in that Protocol.

  • 5 A Protocol shall apply only to the Contracting Parties which consent to be bound by it, and shall not derogate from the rights and obligations of those Contracting Parties not party to the Protocol.

  • 6

    • a) A Protocol may assign duties to the Charter Conference and functions to the Secretariat, provided that no such assignment may be made by an amendment to a Protocol unless that amendment is approved by the Charter Conference, whose approval shall not be subject to any provisions of the Protocol which are authorized by subparagraph b).

    • b) A Protocol which provides for decisions thereunder to be taken by the Charter Conference may, subject to subparagraph a), provide with respect to such decisions:

      • (i) for voting rules other than those contained in Article 36;

      • (ii) that only parties to the Protocol shall be considered to be Contracting Parties for the purposes of Article 36 or eligible to vote under the rules provided for in the Protocol.

Article 34. Energy Charter Conference

  • 1 The Contracting Parties shall meet periodically in the Energy Charter Conference (referred to herein as the “Charter Conference") at which each Contracting Party shall be entitled to have one representative. Ordinary meetings shall be held at intervals determined by the Charter Conference.

  • 2 Extraordinary meetings of the Charter Conference may be held at such times as may be determined by the Charter Conference, or at the written request of any Contracting Party, provided that, within six weeks of the request being communicated to the Contracting Parties by the Secretariat, it is supported by at least one-third of the Contracting Parties.

  • 3 The functions of the Charter Conference shall be to:

    • a) carry out the duties assigned to it by this Treaty and any Protocols;

    • b) keep under review and facilitate the implementation of the principles of the Charter and of the provisions of this Treaty and the Protocols;

    • c) facilitate in accordance with this Treaty and the Protocols the coordination of appropriate general measures to carry out the principles of the Charter;

    • d) consider and adopt programmes of work to be carried out by the Secretariat;

    • e) consider and approve the annual accounts and budget of the Secretariat;

    • f) consider and approve or adopt the terms of any headquarters or other agreement, including privileges and immunities considered necessary for the Charter Conference and the Secretariat;

    • g) encourage cooperative efforts aimed at facilitating and promoting market-oriented reforms and modernization of energy sectors in those countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics undergoing economic transition;

    • h) authorize and approve the terms of reference for the negotiation of Protocols, and consider and adopt the texts thereof and of amendments thereto;

    • i) authorize the negotiation of Declarations, and approve their issuance;

    • j) decide on accessions to this Treaty;

    • k) authorize the negotiation of and consider and approve or adopt association agreements;

    • l) consider and adopt texts of amendments to this Treaty;

    • m) consider and approve modifications of and technical changes to the Annexes to this Treaty;

    • n) consider and approve the listing of signatories in Annexes BR or BRQ or in both these Annexes;

    • o) consider and approve the addition of items to Annex EM II from Annex EM I with the corresponding deletion of those items from Annex EM I and consider and approve the addition of items to Annex EQ II from Annex EQ I with the corresponding deletion of those items from Annex EQ I;

    • p) appoint the Secretary-General and take all decisions necessary for the establishment and functioning of the Secretariat including the structure, staff levels and standard terms of employment of officials and employees.

  • 4 In the performance of its duties, the Charter Conference, through the Secretariat, shall cooperate with and make as full a use as possible, consistently with economy and efficiency, of the services and programmes of other institutions and organizations with established competence in matters related to the objectives of this Treaty.

  • 5 The Charter Conference may establish such subsidiary bodies as it considers appropriate for the performance of its duties.

  • 6 The Charter Conference shall consider and adopt rules of procedure and financial rules.

  • 7 In 1999 and thereafter at intervals (of not more than five years) to be determined by the Charter Conference, the Charter Conference shall thoroughly review the functions provided for in this Treaty in the light of the extent to which the provisions of the Treaty and Protocols have been implemented. At the conclusion of each review the Charter Conference may amend or abolish the functions specified in paragraph 3 and may discharge the Secretariat.

Article 35. Secretariat

  • 1 In carrying out its duties, the Charter Conference shall have a Secretariat which shall be composed of a Secretary-General and such staff as are the minimum consistent with efficient performance.

  • 2 The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the Charter Conference. The first such appointment shall be for a maximum period of five years.

  • 3 In the performance of its duties the Secretariat shall be responsible to and report to the Charter Conference.

  • 4 The Secretariat shall provide the Charter Conference with all necessary assistance for the performance of its duties and shall carry out the functions assigned to it in this Treaty or in any Protocol and any other functions assigned to it by the Charter Conference.

  • 5 The Secretariat may enter into such administrative and contractual arrangements as may be required for the effective discharge of its functions.

Article 36. Voting

  • 1 Unanimity of the Contracting Parties Present and Voting at the meeting of the Charter Conference where such matters fall to be decided shall be required for decisions by the Charter Conference to:

    • a) adopt amendments to this Treaty other than amendments to Articles 34 and 35 and Annex T;

    • b) approve accessions to this Treaty under Article 41 by states or Regional Economic Integration Organizations which were not signatories to the Charter as of 16 June 1995;

    • c) authorize the negotiation of and approve or adopt the text of association agreements;

    • d) approve modifications to Annexes EM, NI, W and B;

    • e) approve technical changes to the Annexes to this Treaty; and

    • f) approve the Secretary-General's nominations of panelists under Annex D, paragraph 7;

    • g) approve the addition of items to Annex EM II from Annex EM I with the corresponding deletion of those items from Annex EM I and approve the addition of items to Annex EQ II from Annex EQ I with the corresponding deletion of those items from Annex EQ I.

    The Contracting Parties shall make every effort to reach agreement by consensus on any other matter requiring their decision under this Treaty. If agreement cannot be reached by consensus, paragraphs 2 to 5 shall apply.

  • 2 Decisions on budgetary matters referred to in Article 34(3)e) shall be taken by a qualified majority of Contracting Parties whose assessed contributions as specified in Annex B represent, in combination, at least three-fourths of the total assessed contributions specified therein.

  • 3 Decisions on matters referred to in Article 34(7) shall be taken by a three-fourths majority of the Contracting Parties.

  • 4 Except in cases specified in subparagraphs 1a) to (g), paragraphs 2 and 3, and subject to paragraph 6, decisions provided for in this Treaty shall be taken by a three-fourths majority of the Contracting Parties Present and Voting at the meeting of the Charter Conference at which such matters fall to be decided.

  • 5 For purposes of this Article,“Contracting Parties Present and Voting" means Contracting Parties present and casting affirmative or negative votes, provided that the Charter Conference may decide upon rules of procedure to enable such decisions to be taken by Contracting Parties by correspondence.

  • 6 Except as provided in paragraph 2, no decision referred to in this Article shall be valid unless it has the support of a simple majority of the Contracting Parties.

  • 7 A Regional Economic Integration Organization shall, when voting, have a number of votes equal to the number of its member states which are Contracting Parties to this Treaty, provided that such an Organization shall not exercise its right to vote if its member states exercise theirs, and vice versa.

  • 8 In the event of persistent arrears in a Contracting Party's discharge of financial obligations under this Treaty, the Charter Conference may suspend that Contracting Party's voting rights in whole or in part.

Article 37. Funding principles

  • 1 Each Contracting Party shall bear its own costs of representation at meetings of the Charter Conference and any subsidiary bodies.

  • 2 The cost of meetings of the Charter Conference and any subsidiary bodies shall be regarded as a cost of the Secretariat.

  • 3 The costs of the Secretariat shall be met by the Contracting Parties assessed according to their capacity to pay, determined as specified in Annex B, the provisions of which may be modified in accordance with Article 36 1d).

  • 4 A Protocol shall contain provisions to assure that any costs of the Secretariat arising from that Protocol are borne by the parties thereto.

  • 5 The Charter Conference may in addition accept voluntary contributions from one or more Contracting Parties or from other sources. Costs met from such contributions shall not be considered costs of the Secretariat for the purposes of paragraph 3.

PART VIII. FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 38. Signature

This Treaty shall be open for signature at Lisbon from 17 December 1994 to 16 June 1995 by the states and Regional Economic Integration Organizations which have signed the Charter.

Article 39. Ratification, acceptance or approval

This Treaty shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by signatories. Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be deposited with the Depositary.

Article 40. Application to territories

  • 1 Any state or Regional Economic Integration Organization may at the time of signature, ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, by a declaration deposited with the Depositary, declare that the Treaty shall be binding upon it with respect to all the territories for the international relations of which it is responsible, or to one or more of them. Such declaration shall take effect at the time the Treaty enters into force for that Contracting Party.

  • 2 Any Contracting Party may at a later date, by a declaration deposited with the Depositary, bind itself under this Treaty with respect to other territory specified in the declaration. In respect of such territory the Treaty shall enter into force on the ninetieth day following the receipt by the Depositary of such declaration.

  • 3 Any declaration made under the two preceding paragraphs may, in respect of any territory specified in such declaration, be withdrawn by a notification to the Depositary. The withdrawal shall, subject to the applicability of Article 47(3), become effective upon the expiry of one year after the date of receipt of such notification by the Depositary.

  • 4 The definition of “Area" in Article 1(10) shall be construed having regard to any declaration deposited under this Article.

Article 41. Accession

This Treaty shall be open for accession, from the date on which the Treaty is closed for signature, by states and Regional Economic Integration Organizations which have signed the Charter, on terms to be approved by the Charter Conference. The instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Depositary.

Article 42. Amendments

  • 1 Any Contracting Party may propose amendments to this Treaty.

  • 2 The text of any proposed amendment to this Treaty shall be communicated to the Contracting Parties by the Secretariat at least three months before the date on which it is proposed for adoption by the Charter Conference.

  • 3 Amendments to this Treaty, texts of which have been adopted by the Charter Conference, shall be communicated by the Secretariat to the Depositary which shall submit them to all Contracting Parties for ratification, acceptance or approval.

  • 4 Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval of amendments to this Treaty shall be deposited with the Depositary. Amendments shall enter into force between Contracting Parties having ratified, accepted or approved them on the ninetieth day after deposit with the Depositary of instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval by at least three-fourths of the Contracting Parties. Thereafter the amendments shall enter into force for any other Contracting Party on the ninetieth day after that Contracting Party deposits its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval of the amendments.

Article 43. Association agreements

  • 1 The Charter Conference may authorize the negotiation of association agreements with states or Regional Economic Integration Organizations, or with international organizations, in order to pursue the objectives and principles of the Charter and the provisions of this Treaty or one or more Protocols.

  • 2 The relationship established with and the rights enjoyed and obligations incurred by an associating state, Regional Economic Integration Organization, or international organization shall be appropriate to the particular circumstances of the association, and in each case shall be set out in the association agreement.

Article 44. Entry into force

  • 1 This Treaty shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit of the thirtieth instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval thereof, or of accession thereto, by a state or Regional Economic Integration Organization which is a signatory to the Charter as of 16 June 1995.

  • 2 For each state or Regional Economic Integration Organization which ratifies, accepts or approves this Treaty or accedes thereto after the deposit of the thirtieth instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval, it shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit by such state or Regional Economic Integration Organization of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

  • 3 For the purposes of paragraph 1, any instrument deposited by a Regional Economic Integration Organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member states of such Organization.

Article 45. Provisional application

  • 1 Each signatory agrees to apply this Treaty provisionally pending its entry into force for such signatory in accordance with Article 44, to the extent that such provisional application is not inconsistent with its constitution, laws or regulations.

  • 2

    • a) Notwithstanding paragraph 1 any signatory may, when signing, deliver to the Depositary a declaration that it is not able to accept provisional application. The obligation contained in paragraph 1 shall not apply to a signatory making such a declaration. Any such signatory may at any time withdraw that declaration by written notification to the Depositary.

    • b) Neither a signatory which makes a declaration in accordance with subparagraph a nor Investors of that signatory may claim the benefits of provisional application under paragraph 1.

    • c) Notwithstanding subparagraph a), any signatory making a declaration referred to in subparagraph a shall apply Part VII provisionally pending the entry into force of the Treaty for such signatory in accordance with Article 44, to the extent that such provisional application is not inconsistent with its laws or regulations.

  • 3

    • a) Any signatory may terminate its provisional application of this Treaty by written notification to the Depositary of its intention not to become a Contracting Party to the Treaty. Termination of provisional application for any signatory shall take effect upon the expiration of 60 days from the date on which such signatory's written notification is received by the Depositary.

    • b) In the event that a signatory terminates provisional application under subparagraph a, the obligation of the signatory under paragraph 1 to apply Parts III and V with respect to any Investments made in its Area during such provisional application by Investors of other signatories shall nevertheless remain in effect with respect to those Investments for twenty years following the effective date of termination, except as otherwise provided in subparagraph c).

    • c) Subparagraph b) shall not apply to any signatory listed in Annex PA. A signatory shall be removed from the list in Annex PA effective upon delivery to the Depositary of its request therefor.

  • 4 Pending the entry into force of this Treaty the signatories shall meet periodically in the provisional Charter Conference, the first meeting of which shall be convened by the provisional Secretariat referred to in paragraph 5 not later than 180 days after the opening date for signature of the Treaty as specified in Article 38.

  • 5 The functions of the Secretariat shall be carried out on an interim basis by a provisional Secretariat until the entry into force of this Treaty pursuant to Article 44 and the establishment of a Secretariat.

  • 6 The signatories shall, in accordance with and subject to the provisions of paragraph 1 or subparagraph 2c) as appropriate, contribute to the costs of the provisional Secretariat as if the signatories were Contracting Parties under Article 37(3). Any modifications made to Annex B by the signatories shall terminate upon the entry into force of this Treaty.

  • 7 A state or Regional Economic Integration Organization which, prior to this Treaty's entry into force, accedes to the Treaty in accordance with Article 41 shall, pending the Treaty's entry into force, have the rights and assume the obligations of a signatory under this Article.

Article 46. Reservations

No reservations may be made to this Treaty.

Article 47. Withdrawal

  • 1 At any time after five years from the date on which this Treaty has entered into force for a Contracting Party, that Contracting Party may give written notification to the Depositary of its withdrawal from the Treaty.

  • 2 Any such withdrawal shall take effect upon the expiry of one year after the date of the receipt of the notification by the Depositary, or on such later date as may be specified in the notification of withdrawal.

  • 3 The provisions of this Treaty shall continue to apply to Investments made in the Area of a Contracting Party by Investors of other Contracting Parties or in the Area of other Contracting Parties by Investors of that Contracting Party as of the date when that Contracting Party's withdrawal from the Treaty takes effect for a period of 20 years from such date.

  • 4 All Protocols to which a Contracting Party is party shall cease to be in force for that Contracting Party on the effective date of its withdrawal from this Treaty.

Article 48. Status of Annexes and Decisions

The Annexes to this Treaty and the Decisions set out in Annex 2 to the Final Act of the European Energy Charter Conference signed at Lisbon on 17 December 1994 are integral parts of the Treaty.

Article 49. Depositary

The Government of the Portuguese Republic shall be the Depositary of this Treaty.

Article 50. Authentic texts

IN WITNESS whereof the undersigned, being duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Treaty in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, of which every text is equally authentic, in one original, which will be deposited with the Government of the Portuguese Republic.

DONE at Lisbon on the seventeenth day of December in the year one thousand nine hundred and ninety-four.

Annex EM I 1. Energy materials and products (In accordance with Article 1(4))

Nuclear energy

26.12

Uranium or thorium ores and concentrates.

   

26.12.10 Uranium ores and concentrates.

   

26.12.20 Thorium ores and concentrates.

 

28.44

Radioactive chemical elements and radioactive isotopes (including the fissile or fertile chemical elements and isotopes) and their compounds; mixtures and residues containing these products.

   

28.44.10 Natural uranium and its compounds.

   

28.44.20 Uranium enriched in U235 and its compounds; plutonium and its compounds.

   

28.44.30 Uranium depleted in U235 and its compounds; thorium and its compounds.

   

28.44.40 Radioactive elements and isotopes and radioactive compounds other than 28.44.10, 28.44.20 or 28.44.30.

   

28.44.50 Spent (irradiated) fuel elements (cartridges) of nuclear reactors.

   

28.45.10 Heavy water (deuterium oxide).

Coal, Natural Gas, Petroleum and Petroleum Products, Electrical Energy

27.01

Coal, briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal.

27.02

Lignite, whether or not agglomerated excluding jet.

27.03

Peat (including peat litter), whether or not agglomerated.

27.04

Coke and semi-coke of coal, of lignite or of peat, whether or not agglomerated; retort carbon.

 

27.05

Coal gas, water gas, producer gas and similar gases, other than petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons.

 

27.06

Tar distilled from coal, from lignite or from peat, and other mineral tars, whether or not dehydrated or partially distilled, including reconstituted tars.

 

27.07

Oils and other products of the distillation of high temperature coal tar; similar products in which the weight of the aromatic constituents exceeds that of the non-aromatic constituents (e.g., benzole, toluole, xylole, naphtalene, other aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures, phenols, creosote oils and others).

 

27.08

Pitch and pitch coke, obtained from coal tar or from other mineral tars.

 

27.09

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude.

 

27.10

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude.

 

27.11

Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons

Liquified:

  • - natural gas

  • - propane

  • - butanes

  • - ethylene, propylene, butylene and butadiene (27.11.14)

  • - other

In gaseous state:

  • - natural gas

  • - other

 

27.13

Petroleum coke, petroleum bitumen and other residues of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals.

 

27.14

Bitumen and asphalt, natural; bituminous or oil shale and tar sands; asphaltites and asphaltic rocks.

 

27.15

Bituminous mixtures based on natural asphalt, on natural bitumen, on petroleum bitumen, on mineral tar or on mineral tar pitch (e.g., bituminous mastics, cut-backs).

 

27.16

Electrical energy.

Other Energy

44.01.10

Fuel wood, in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms.

 

44.02

Charcoal (including charcoal from shells or nuts), whether or not agglomerated.

Annex EM II 2. Energy materials and products (In accordance with Article 1(4))

Annex EQ I 3. List of energy-related equipment (In accordance with Article 1(4bis))

For the purpose of this Annex, ‘Ex’ has been included to indicate that the product description referred to does not exhaust the entire range of products within the World Customs Organization Nomenclature headings or the Harmonized System codes listed below.

Ex 39.19

Self-adhesive plates, sheets, film, foil, tape, strip and other flat shapes, of plastics, whether or not in rolls.

Ex 3919.10 – In rolls of a width not exceeding 20 cm

-- To be used for oil and gas pipelines and sea lines protection

Ex 73.041

Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, seamless, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel.

7304.10 – Line pipe of a kind used for oil or gas pipelines

– Casing, tubing and drill pipe, of a kind used in drilling for oil or gas:2

7304.213– Drill pipe

7304.294 – Other

Ex 73.05

Other tubes and pipes (for example, welded, riveted or similarly closed), having circular cross-sections, the external diameter of which exceeds 406.4 mm, of iron or steel.

– Line pipe of a kind used for oil or gas pipelines:

7305.11 – Longitudinally submerged arc welded

7305.12 – Other, longitudinally welded

7305.19 – Other

7305.20 – Casing of a kind used in drilling for oil or gas

Ex 73.06

Other tubes, pipes and hollow profiles (for example, open seam or welded, riveted or similarly closed), of iron or steel.

7306.10 – Line pipe of a kind used for oil or gas pipelines

7306.20 – Casing and tubing of a kind used in drilling for oil or gas

73.07

Tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel.

Ex 73.08

Structures (excluding prefabricated buildings of heading No. 94.06) and parts of structures (for example, bridges, and bridge-sections, lock-gates, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frame-works, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors, shutters, balustrades, pillars and columns), of iron or steel; plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, tubes and the like, prepared for use in structures, of iron or steel.

7308.20 – Towers and lattice masts

7308.40 – Equipment for scaffolding, shuttering, propping or pitpropping

Ex 7308.90 – Other

-- Parts for oil and gas drilling platforms

Ex 73.09

Reservoirs, tanks, vats and similar containers for any material (other than compressed or liquefied gas), of iron or steel, of a capacity exceeding 300 l, whether or not lined or heat-insulated, but not fitted with mechanical or thermal equipment.

Ex 7309.00 – For liquids

-- Of a capacity exceeding 1,000,000 l, where specially designed for strategic oil reserves

-- Heat insulated

Ex 73.11

Containers for compressed or liquefied gas, of iron or steel.

-- Of more than 1,000 l

Ex 73.12

Stranded wire, ropes, cables, plaited bands, slings and the like, of iron or steel, not electrically insulated.

Ex 7312.10 – Stranded wires, ropes and cables

-- Ropes and cables coated, non-coated or zinc coated of a kind used in the energy sector

Ex 73.26

Other articles of iron or steel.

Ex 7326.90 – Other

-- Connectors for optical fibre cables

Ex 76.13

Aluminium containers for compressed or liquefied gas.

– Of more than 1,000 l

Ex 76.14

Stranded wire, cables, plaited bands and the like, of aluminium, not electrically insulated.

Ex 7614.10 – With steel core

-- Of a kind used in electricity generation, transmission and distribution

Ex 7614.90 – Other

-- Of a kind used in electricity generation, transmission and distribution

Ex 78.06

Other articles of lead.

-- Containers with an anti-radiation lead covering, for the transport or storage of highly radioactive materials

Ex 81.09

Zirconium and articles thereof, including waste and scrap.

Ex 8109.90 – Other

-- Cartridges or tubes for nuclear fuel elements

Ex 82.07

Interchangeable tools for hand tools, whether or not power-operated, or for machine-tools (for example, for pressing, stamping, punching, tapping, threading, drilling, boring, broaching, milling, turning or screw driving), including dies for drawing or extruding metal, and rock drilling or earth boring tools.

– Rock drilling or earth boring tools:

8207.135– With working part of cermets

8207.19 – Other, including parts

Ex 83.07

Flexible tubing of base metal, with or without fittings.

-- For exclusive use in oil and gas wells

84.01

Nuclear reactors; fuel elements (cartridges), non-irradiated, for nuclear reactors; machinery and apparatus for isotopic separation.

84.02

Steam or other vapour generating boilers (other than central heating hot water boilers capable also of producing low pressure steam); super-heated water boilers.

84.03

Central heating boilers other than those of heading No. 84.02.

84.04

Auxiliary plant for use with boilers of heading No. 84.02 or 84.03 (for example, economisers, super-heaters, soot removers, gas recoverers); condensers for steam or other vapour power units.

84.05

Producer gas or water gas generators, with or without their purifiers; acetylene gas generators and similar water process gas generators, with or without their purifiers.

Ex 84.06

Steam turbines and other vapour turbines.

– Other turbines6:

8406.817 – Of an output exceeding 40 MW

8406.828 – Of an output not exceeding 40 MW

8406.90 – Parts

Ex 84.08

Compression-ignition internal combustion piston engines (diesel or semidiesel engines).

Ex 8408.90 – Other engines

-- New, of a power exceeding 50 kW

Ex 84.09

Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the engines of heading No. 84.07 or 84.08.

8409.99 – Other

84.10

Hydraulic turbines, water wheels, and regulators therefor.

84.11

Turbo-jets, turbo-propellers and other gas turbines.

84.13

Pumps for liquids, whether or not fitted with a measuring device; liquids elevators.

Ex 84.14

Air or vacuum pumps, air or other gas compressors and fans; ventilating or recycling hoods incorporating a fan, whether or not fitted with filters.

– Fans:

Ex 8414.59 – Other

-- For use in mining and power plants

8414.80 – Other

8414.90 – Parts

84.16

Furnace burners for liquid fuel, for pulverised solid fuel or for gas; mechanical stokers, including their mechanical grates, mechanical ash dischargers and similar appliances.

Ex 84.17

Industrial or laboratory furnaces and ovens, including incinerators, nonelectric.

Ex 8417.80 – Other

-- Exclusively waste incinerators, laboratory furnaces and ovens and uranium sintering ovens

Ex 8417.90 – Parts

-- Exclusively for waste incinerators, laboratory furnaces and ovens and uranium sintering ovens

Ex 84.18

Refrigerators, freezers, and other refrigerating or freezing equipment, electric or other; heat pumps other than air conditioning machines of heading No. 84.15.

– Other refrigerating or freezing equipment; heat pumps:

8418.61 – Compression type units whose condensers are heat exchangers

8418.69 – Other

Ex 84.19

Machinery, plant or laboratory equipment, whether or not electrically heated, for the treatment of materials by a process involving a change of temperature such as heating, cooking, roasting, distilling, rectifying, sterilising, pasteurising, steaming, drying, evaporating, vapourising, condensing or cooling, other than machinery or plant of a kind used for domestic purposes; instantaneous or storage water heaters, non-electric.

8419.50 – Heat exchange units

8419.60 – Machinery for liquefying air or other gases

– Other machinery, plant and equipment:

8419.89 – Other

Ex 84.21

Centrifuges, including centrifugal dryers; filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus, for liquids and gases.

– Filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for liquids:

8421.21 – For filtering or purifying water

– Filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for gases:

8421.39 – Other

Ex 84.25

Pulley tackle and hoists other than skip hoists; winches and capstans; jacks.

8425.20 – Pit-head winding gear; winches specially designed for use underground

Ex 84.26

Ships’ derricks; cranes, including cable cranes; mobile lifting frames, straddle carriers and works trucks fitted with a crane.

Ex 8426.20 – Tower cranes

-- For offshore platforms and onshore rigs

– Other machinery:

Ex 8426.91 – Designed for mounting on road vehicles

-- Lifting equipment for repairing and completion of wells

Ex 84.29

Self-propelled bulldozers, angledozers, graders, levellers, scrapers, mechanical shovels, excavators, shovel loaders, tamping machines and road rollers.

– Mechanical shovels, excavators and shovel loaders:

Ex 8429.51 – Front-end shovel loaders

-- Loaders specially designed for underground use

Ex 84.30

Other moving, grading, levelling, scraping, excavating, tamping, compacting, extracting or boring machinery, for earth, minerals or ores; pile-drivers and pile-extractors; snow-ploughs and snow-blowers.

– Coal or rock cutters and tunnelling machinery:

8430.31 – Self-propelled

8430.39 – Other

– Other boring or sinking machinery:

Ex 8430.41 – Self-propelled

-- For the discovery or exploitation of deposits of oil and gas

Ex 8430.49 – Other

-- For the discovery or exploitation of deposits of oil and gas

Ex 84.31

Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machinery of heading Nos. 84.25 to 84.30.

-- Only for machinery covered

84.71

Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.

Ex 84.74

Machinery for sorting, screening, separating, washing, crushing, grinding, mixing or kneading earth, stone, ores or other mineral substances, in solid (including powder or paste) form; machinery for agglomerating, shaping or moulding solid mineral fuels, ceramic paste, unhardened cements, plastering materials or other mineral products in powder or paste form; machines for forming foundry moulds of sand.

8474.10 – Sorting, screening, separating or washing machines

8474.20 – Crushing or grinding machines

Ex 8474.90 – Parts

-- Of cast iron or cast steel

Ex 84.79

Machines and mechanical appliances having individual functions, not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter.9

– Other machines and mechanical appliances:

Ex 8479.89 – Other

-- Mobile hydraulic powered mine roof support

Ex 84.81

Taps, cocks, valves and similar appliances for pipes, boiler shells, tanks, vats or the like, including pressure-reducing valves and thermostatically controlled valves.

8481.10 – Pressure-reducing valves

8481.20 – Valves for oleohydraulic or pneumatic transmissions

8481.40 – Safety or relief valves

8481.80 – Other appliances

8481.90 – Parts

Ex 84.83

Transmission shafts (including cam shafts and crank shafts) and cranks; bearing housings and plain shaft bearings; gears and gearing; ball or roller screws; gear boxes and other speed changers, including torque converters; flywheels and pulleys, including pulley blocks; clutches and shaft couplings (including universal joints).

Ex 8483.40 – Gears and gearing, other than toothed wheels, chain sprockets and other transmission elements presented separately; ball or roller screws; gear boxes and other speed changers, including torque converters

-- Transmission elements exclusively for use in sucker rod pumping units in the oil and gas industry

Ex 84.84

Gaskets and similar joints of metal sheeting combined with other material or of two or more layers of metal; sets or assortments of gaskets and similar joints, dissimilar in composition, put up in pouches, envelopes or similar packings; mechanical seals.

8484.10 – Gaskets and similar joints of metal sheeting combined with other material or of two or more layers of metal

8484.2010– Mechanical seals

85.01

Electric motors and generators (excluding generating sets).

85.02

Electric generating sets and rotary converters.

85.03

Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machines of heading No. 85.01 or 85.02.

Ex 85.04

Electrical transformers, static converters (for example, rectifiers) and inductors.

– Liquid dielectric transformers:

8504.21 – Having a power handling capacity not exceeding 650 kVA

8504.22 – Having a power handling capacity exceeding 650 kVA but not exceeding 10,000 kVA

8504.23 – Having a power handling capacity exceeding 10,000 kVA

– Other transformers:

8504.33 – Having a power handling capacity exceeding 16 kVA but not exceeding 500 kVA

8504.34 – Having a power handling capacity exceeding 500 kVA

8504.40 – Static converters

8504.50 – Other inductors

8504.90 – Parts

Ex 85.07

Electric accumulators, including separators therefor, whether or not rectangular (including square).

– Excluding the use for non-energy sectors

85.14

Industrial or laboratory electric (including induction or dielectric) furnaces and ovens; other industrial or laboratory induction or dielectric heating equipment.

Ex 85.26

Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus.

8526.10 – Radar apparatus

– Other:

8526.91 – Radio navigational aid apparatus

85.31

Electric sound or visual signalling apparatus (for example bells, sirens, indicator panels, burglar or fire alarms), other than those of heading No. 85.12 or 85.30.

Ex 85.32

Electrical capacitors, fixed, variable or adjustable (pre-set).

8532.10 – Fixed capacitors designed for use in 50/60 Hz circuits and having a reactive power handling capacity of not less than 0.5 kvar (power capacitors)

85.35

Electrical apparatus for switching or protecting electrical circuits, or for making connections to or in electrical circuits (for example, switches, fuses, lightning arresters, voltage limiters, surge suppressors, plugs, junction boxes), for a voltage exceeding 1,000 volts.

85.36

Electrical apparatus for switching or protecting electrical circuits, or for making connections to or in electrical circuits (for example, switches, relays, fuses, surge suppressors, plugs, sockets, lamp-holders, junction boxes), for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 volts.

Ex 8536.10 – Fuses

-- Exceeding 63 ampere

Ex 8536.20 – Automatic circuit breakers

-- Exceeding 63 ampere

Ex 8536.30 – Other apparatus for protecting electrical circuits

-- Exceeding 16 ampere

– Relays:

8536.41 – For a voltage not exceeding 60 V

8536.49 – Other

Ex 8536.50 – Other switches

-- For a voltage exceeding 60 V

85.37

Boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets and other bases, equipped with two or more apparatus of heading No. 85.35 or 85.36, for electric control or the distribution of electricity, including those incorporating instruments or apparatus of Chapter 90, and numerical control apparatus, other than switching apparatus of heading No. 85.17.

85.38

Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the apparatus of heading No. 85.35, 85.36 or 85.37.

Ex 85.41

Diodes, transistors and similar semiconductor devices; photosensitive semiconductor devices, including photovoltaic cells whether or not assembled in modules or made up into panels; light emitting diodes; mounted piezo-electric crystals.

Ex 8541.40 – Photosensitive semiconductor devices, including photovoltaic cells whether or not assembled in modules or made up into panels; light emitting diodes

-- Photosensitive semiconductor devices, including photovoltaic cells whether or not assembled in modules or made up into panels

Ex 85.44

Insulated (including enamelled or anodised) wire, cable (including co-axial cable) and other insulated electric conductors, whether or not fitted with connectors; optical fibre cables, made up of individually sheathed fibres, whether or not assembled with electric conductors or fitted with connectors.

8544.60 – Other electric conductors, for a voltage exceeding 1,000 V

8544.70 – Optical fibre cables

Ex 85.45

Carbon electrodes, carbon brushes, lamp carbons, battery carbons and other articles of graphite or other carbon, with or without metal, of a kind used for electrical purposes.

8545.20 – Bushes

85.46

Electrical insulators of any material.

85.47

Insulating fittings for electrical machines, appliances or equipment, being fittings wholly of insulating material apart from any minor components of metal (for example, threaded sockets) incorporated during moulding solely for purposes of assembly, other than insulators of heading No. 85.46; electrical conduit tubing and joints therefor, of base metal lined with insulating material.

Ex 87.04

Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.

– Other, with compression-ignition internal combustion piston engine (diesel or semi-diesel):

Ex 8704.21 – g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes

-- Specially designed for the transport of highly radioactive materials

Ex 8704.22 – g.v.w. exceeding 5 tonnes but not exceeding 20 tonnes

-- Specially designed for the transport of highly radioactive materials

Ex 8704.23 – g.v.w. exceeding 20 tonnes

-- Specially designed for the transport of highly radioactive materials

– Other, with spark-ignition internal combustion piston engine:

Ex 8704.31 – g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes

-- Specially designed for the transport of highly radioactive materials

Ex 8704.32 – g.v.w. exceeding 5 tonnes

-- Specially designed for the transport of highly radioactive materials

Ex 87.05

Special purpose motor vehicles, other than those principally designed for the transport of persons or goods (for example, breakdown lorries, crane lorries, fire fighting vehicles, concrete-mixer lorries, road sweeper lorries, spraying lorries, mobile workshops, mobile radiological units).

8705.20 – Mobile drilling derricks

Ex 87.09

Works trucks, self-propelled, not fitted with lifting or handling equipment, of the type used in factories, warehouses, dock areas or airports for short distance transport of goods; tractors of the type used on railway station platforms; parts of the foregoing vehicles.

– Vehicles:

Ex 8709.11 – Electrical

-- Specially designed for the transport of highly radioactive materials

Ex 8709.19 – Other

-- Specially designed for the transport of highly radioactive materials

Ex 89.05

Light-vessels, fire-floats, dredgers, floating cranes, and other vessels the navigability of which is subsidiary to their main function; floating docks; floating or submersible drilling or production platforms.

8905.20 – Floating or submersible drilling or production platforms

Ex 90.15

Surveying (including photogrammetrical surveying), hydrographic, oceanographic, hydrological, meteorological or geophysical instruments and appliances, excluding compasses; rangefinders.

Ex 9015.80 – Other instruments and appliances

-- Geophysical instruments only

9015.90 – Parts and accessories

Ex 90.26

Instruments and apparatus for measuring or checking the flow, level, pressure or other variables of liquids or gases (for example, flow meters, level gauges, manometers, heat meters), excluding instruments and apparatus of heading No. 90.14, 90.15, 90.28 or 90.32.

-- Except for use in the water distribution industry

90.27

Instruments and apparatus for physical or chemical analysis (for example polarimeters, refractometers, spectrometers, gas or smoke analysis apparatus); instruments and apparatus for measuring or checking viscosity, porosity, expansion, surface tension or the like; instruments and apparatus for measuring or checking quantities of heat, sound or light (including exposure meters); microtomes.

90.28

Gas, liquid or electricity supply or production meters, including calibrating meters therefor.

Ex 90.29

Revolution counters, production counters, taximeters, mileometers, pedometers and the like; speed indicators and tachometers, other than those of heading No. 90.14 or 90.15; stroboscopes.

Ex 9029.10 – Revolution counters, production counters, taximeters, mileometers, pedometers and the like

-- Production counters

Ex 9029.90 – Parts and accessories

-- For production counters

Ex 90.30

Oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers and other instruments and apparatus for measuring or checking electrical quantities, excluding meters of heading No. 90.28; instruments and apparatus for measuring or detecting alpha, beta, gamma, X-ray, cosmic or other ionising radiations.

Ex 9030.10 – Instruments and apparatus for measuring or detecting ionising radiations

-- For use in the energy sector

– Other instruments and apparatus, for measuring or checking voltage, current, resistance or power, without a recording device:

9030.31 – Multimeters

9030.39 – Other

– Other instruments and apparatus:

Ex 9030.8311– Other, with a recording device

-- For use in the energy sector

Ex 9030.89 – Other

-- For use in the energy sector

Ex 9030.90 – Parts and accessories

-- For use in the energy sector

90.32

Automatic regulating or controlling instruments and apparatus.

Annex EQ II 4. List of energy-related equipment (In accordance with Article 1(4bis))

Annex NI 5. Non-applicable energy materials and products for definition of “Economic activity in the energy sector" (In accordance with Article 1(5))

27.07

Oils and other products of the distillation of high temperature coal tar; similar products in which the weight of the aromatic constituents exceeds that of the non-aromatic constituents (e.g., benzole, toluole, xylole, naphtalene, other aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures, phenols, creosote oils and others)

44.01.10

Fuel wood, in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms.

44.02

Charcoal (including charcoal from shells or nuts), whether or not agglomerated.

Annex TRM 6. Notification and phase-out (TRIMs) (In accordance with Article 5(4))

1

Each Contracting Party shall notify to the Secretariat all trade-related investment measures which it applies that are not in conformity with the provisions of Article 5, within:

  • a) 90 days after the entry into force of this Treaty if the Contracting Party is a member of the WTO; or

  • b) 12 months after the entry into force of this Treaty if the Contracting Party is not a member of the WTO.

Such trade-related investment measures of general or specific application shall be notified along with their principal features.

2

In the case of trade-related investment measures applied under discretionary authority, each specific application shall be notified. Information that would prejudice the legitimate commercial interests of particular enterprises need not be disclosed.

3

Each Contracting Party shall eliminate all trade-related investment measures which are notified under paragraph 1 within:

  • a) two years from the date of entry into force of this Treaty if the Contracting Party is a member of the WTO; or

  • b) three years from the date of entry into force of this Treaty if the Contracting Party is not a member of the WTO.

4

During the applicable period referred to in paragraph 3 a Contracting Party shall not modify the terms of any trade-related investment measure which it notifies under paragraph 1 from those prevailing at the date of entry into force of this Treaty so as to increase the degree of inconsistency with the provisions of Article 5 of this Treaty.

5

Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 4, a Contracting Party, in order not to disadvantage established enterprises which are subject to a trade-related investment measure notified under paragraph 1, may apply during the phase-out period the same trade-related investment measure to a new Investment where:

  • a) the products of such Investment are like products to those of the established enterprises; and

  • b) such application is necessary to avoid distorting the conditions of competition between the new Investment and the established enterprises.

Any trade-related investment measure so applied to a new Investment shall be notified to the Secretariat. The terms of such a trade-related investment measure shall be equivalent in their competitive effect to those applicable to the established enterprises, and it shall be terminated at the same time.

6

Where a state or Regional Economic Integration Organization accedes to this Treaty after the Treaty has entered into force:

  • a) the notification referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be made by the later of the applicable date in paragraph 1 or the date of deposit of the instrument of accession; and

  • b) the end of the phase-out period shall be the later of the applicable date in paragraph 3 or the date on which the Treaty enters into force for that state or Regional Economic Integration Organization.

Annex N 7. List of contracting parties requiring at least 3 separate areas to be involved in a transit (In accordance with Article 7(10)a))

  • 1. Canada and United States of America

Annex VC 8. List of contracting parties which have made voluntary binding commitments in respect of article 10(3) (In accordance with Article 10(6))

Annex ID 9. List of contracting parties not allowing an investor to resubmit the same dispute to international arbitration at a later stage under article 26 (In accordance with Article 26(3)b)(i))

1. Australia

13. Italy

2. Azerbaijan

14. Japan

3. Bulgaria

15. Kazakhstan

4. Canada

16. Norway

5. Croatia

17. Poland

6. Cyprus

18. Portugal

7. The Czech Republic

19. Romania

8. European Communities

20. The Russian Federation

9. Finland

21. Slovenia

10. Greece

22. Spain

11. Hungary

23. Sweden

12. Ireland

24. United States of America

Annex IA 10. List of contracting parties not allowing an investor or contracting party to submit a dispute concerning the last sentence of article 10(1) to international arbitration (In accordance with Articles 26(3)c) and 27(2))

  • 1. Australia

  • 2. Canada

  • 3. Hungary

  • 4. Norway

Annex P 11. Special sub-national dispute procedure (In accordance with Article 27(3)(i))

PART I

  • 1. Canada

  • 2. Australia

PART II

1

Where, in making an award, the tribunal finds that a measure of a regional or local government or authority of a Contracting Party (hereinafter referred to as the “Responsible Party") is not in conformity with a provision of this Treaty, the Responsible Party shall take such reasonable measures as may be available to it to ensure observance of the Treaty in respect of the measure.

2

The Responsible Party shall, within 30 days from the date the award is made, provide to the Secretariat written notice of its intentions as to ensuring observance of the Treaty in respect of the measure. The Secretariat shall present the notification to the Charter Conference at the earliest practicable opportunity, and no later than the meeting of the Charter Conference following receipt of the notice. If it is impracticable to ensure observance immediately, the Responsible Party shall have a reasonable period of time in which to do so. The reasonable period of time shall be agreed by both parties to the dispute. In the event that such agreement is not reached, the Responsible Party shall propose a reasonable period for approval by the Charter Conference.

3

Where the Responsible Party fails, within the reasonable period of time, to ensure observance in respect of the measure, it shall at the request of the other Contracting Party party to the dispute (hereinafter referred to as the “Injured Party") endeavour to agree with the Injured Party on appropriate compensation as a mutually satisfactory resolution of the dispute.

4

If no satisfactory compensation has been agreed within 20 days of the request of the Injured Party, the Injured Party may with the authorization of the Charter Conference suspend such of its obligations to the Responsible Party under the Treaty as it considers equivalent to those denied by the measure in question, until such time as the Contracting Parties have reached agreement on a resolution of their dispute or the non-conforming measure has been brought into conformity with the Treaty.

5

In considering what obligations to suspend, the Injured Party shall apply the following principles and procedures:

  • a) The Injured Party should first seek to suspend obligations with respect to the same Part of the Treaty as that in which the tribunal has found a violation.

  • b) If the Injured Party considers that it is not practicable or effective to suspend obligations with respect to the same Part of the Treaty, it may seek to suspend obligations in other Parts of the Treaty. If the Injured Party decides to request authorization to suspend obligations under this subparagraph, it shall state the reasons therefor in its request to the Charter Conference for authorization.

6

On written request of the Responsible Party, delivered to the Injured Party and to the President of the tribunal that rendered the award, the tribunal shall determine whether the level of obligations suspended by the Injured Party is excessive, and if so, to what extent. If the tribunal cannot be reconstituted, such determination shall be made by one or more arbitrators appointed by the Secretary-General. Determinations pursuant to this paragraph shall be completed within 60 days of the request to the tribunal or the appointment by the Secretary-General. Obligations shall not be suspended pending the determination, which shall be final and binding.

7

In suspending any obligations to a Responsible Party, an Injured Party shall make every effort not to affect adversely the rights under the Treaty of any other Contracting Party.

Annex W 12. Exceptions and rules governing the application of the provisions of the WTO Agreement (in accordance with Article 29(2)(a))

(A). Exceptions to the application of the provisions of the WTO agreement.

The following provisions of the WTO Agreement shall not be applicable under Article 29(2)(a):

  • 1. Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization

    All except article IX, paragraphs 3 and 4 and XVI, paragraphs 1, 3 and 4

    • a) ANNEX 1A to the WTO Agreement:

      Multilateral Agreements on Trade in Goods:

      • (i) General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994

        • II Schedules of Concessions, paragraphs (1)(a),(1)(b,1st sentence), (1)(c) and (7)

        • IV Special Provisions relating to Cinematographic Films

        • XV Exchange Arrangements

        • XVIII Governmental Assistance to Economic Development

        • XXII Consultation

        • XXIII Nullification and Impairment

        • XXIV Customs Unions and Free-Trade Areas, paragraph 6

        • XXV Joint Action by the Contracting Parties

        • XXVI Acceptance, Entry into Force and Registration

        • XXVII Withholding or Withdrawal of Concessions

        • XXVIII Modification of Schedules

        • XXVIII bis Tariff Negotiations

        • XXIX The Relation of this Agreement to the Havana Charter

        • XXX Amendments

        • XXXI Withdrawal

        • XXXII Contracting Parties

        • XXXIII Accession

        • XXXV Non-application of the Agreement between Particular Contracting Parties

        • XXXVI Principles and Objectives

        • XXXVII Commitments

        • XXXVIII Joint Action

        • Annex H Relating to Article XXVI

        • Annex I Notes and Supplementary Provisions (related to the above-mentioned GATT provisions)

Understanding on the Interpretation of Article II: 1(b) of the GATT 1994
  • 2 Date of incorporation of other duties and charges into the schedule

  • 4 Challenges, (1st sentence only)

  • 6 Dispute settlement

  • 8 Supersession of BISD 27S/24

Understanding on the Interpretation of Article XVII of the GATT 1994
  • 1 only the phrase “for review by the working party to be set up under paragraph (5)”

  • 5 Working Party on state trading

Understanding on the Balance-of-Payments Provisions of the GATT 1994
  • 5 Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions, except last sentence

  • 7 Review by the Committee, the phrase “or under paragraph 12(b) of Article XVIII”

  • 8 Simplified consultation procedures

  • 13 Conclusions of Balance-of-Payments consultations, first sentence, third sentence: the phrase “and XVIII: B, the 1979 Declaration” and last sentence.

Understanding on the Interpretation of Article XXIV of the GATT 1994

All except paragraph 13

Understanding in Respect of Waivers of Obligations under the GATT 1994
  • 3 Nullification and Impairment

Understanding on the Interpretation of Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 Marrakesh Protocol to the GATT 1994

Preamble (paragraphs 1, 8, 9)

  • 1.3. General Provisions

  • 10.5. The words “Developed country” and the words “French or Spanish” which shall be replaced by “Russian”

  • 10.6. The phrase “and draw attention of developing country Members … interest to them.”

  • 10.9. Information about technical regulations, standards and certification systems (languages)

  • 11. Technical assistance to other Parties

  • 12. Special and differential treatment of developing countries

  • 13 The Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade

  • 14. Consultation and Dispute Settlement

  • 15. Final Provisions (other than 15.2 and 15.5)

Annex 2 Technical Expert Groups
  • (vi) Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures

  • (vii) Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the GATT 1994 (Anti-dumping)

    • 15 Developing Country Members

    • 16 Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices

    • 17 Consultation and Dispute Settlement

    • 18 Final Provisions, paragraphs 2 and 6

  • (viii) Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of the GATT 1994 (Customs Valuation)

    Preamble, paragraph 2, the phrase “and to secure additional benefits for the international trade of developing countries”

    • 14 Application of Annexes (second sentence except as far as it refers to Annex III paragraphs 6 and 7)

    • 18 Institutions (Committee on Customs Valuation)

    • 19 Consultation and Dispute Settlement

    • 20 Special and differential treatment of developing countries

    • 21 Reservations

    • 23 Review

    • 24 Secretariat

    Annex II Technical Committee on Customs Valuation

    Annex III Extra Provisions (except paragraphs 6 and 7 )

  • (ix) Agreement on Preshipment Inspection

    Preamble, paragraphs 2 and 3

    • 3.3. Technical Assistance

    • 6. Review

    • 7. Consultation

    • 8. Dispute Settlement

  • (x) Agreement on Rules of Origin

    Preamble, 8th indent

    • 4. Institutions

    • 6. Review

    • 7. Consultation

    • 8. Dispute Settlement

    • 9. Harmonization of Rules of Origin

    Annex I Technical Committee on Rules of Origin
  • (xi) Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures

    • 1.4(a) General Provisions (last sentence)

    • 2.2. Automatic Import Licensing (footnote 5)

    • 3.5(iv) Non-Automatic Import Licensing (last sentence)

    • 4. Institutions

    • 6. Consultations and Dispute Settlement

    • 7. Review (except paragraph 3)

    • 8. Final provisions (except paragraph 2)

  • (xii) Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures

    • 4. Remedies (except paragraphs 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3)

    • 5. Adverse Effects, last sentence

    • 6. Serious Prejudice (paragraphs 6.6, the phrases “subject to the provisions of paragraph 3 of Annex V” and “arising under Article 7, and to the panel established pursuant to paragraph 4 of Article 7”, 6.8 the phrase “, including information submitted in accordance with the provisions of Annex V” and 6.9)

    • 7. Remedies (except paragraphs 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3)

    • 8. Identification of Non-Actionable Subsidies, paragraph 8.5 and Footnote 25

    • 9. Consultations and Authorised Remedies

    • 24. Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and Subsidiary Bodies

    • 26. Surveillance

    • 27. Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Country Members

    • 29. Transformation into Market Economy, paragraph 29.2 (except first sentence)

    • 30. Dispute Settlement

    • 31. Provisional Application

    • 32.2, 32.7 and 32.8 (only insofar as it refers to Annexes V and VII)

    Final Provisions

    Annex V Procedures for Developing Information concerning Serious Prejudice

    Annex VII Developing Countries

  • (xiii) Agreement on Safeguards

    • 9. Developing Country Members

    • 12. Notification and Consultation, paragraph 10

    • 13. Surveillance

    • 14. Dispute Settlement

    ANNEX Exception

(B). Rules Governing the Application of Provisions of the WTO Agreement.

  • 1. In the absence of a relevant interpretation of the WTO Agreement adopted by the Ministerial Conference or the General Council of the World Trade Organization under paragraph 2 of article IX of the WTO Agreement concerning provisions applicable under Article 29(2)(a), the Charter Conference may adopt an interpretation.

  • 2. Requests for waivers under Article 29(2) and (6)(b) shall be submitted to the Charter Conference, which shall follow, in carrying out these duties, the procedures of paragraphs 3 and 4 of article IX of the WTO Agreement.

  • 3. Waivers of obligations in force in the WTO shall be considered in force for the purposes of Article 29 while they remain in force in the WTO.

  • 4. The provisions of article II of the GATT 1994 which have not been disapplied shall, without prejudice to Article 29(4), (5) and (7), be modified as follows:

    • (i) All Energy Materials and Products listed in Annex EM II and Energy-Related Equipment listed in Annex EQ II imported from or exported to any other Contracting Party shall also be exempt from all other duties or charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation, in excess of those imposed on the date of the standstill referred to in Article 29(6), first sentence, or under Article 29(7), or those directly and mandatorily required to be imposed thereafter by legislation in force in the importing or exporting territory on the date referred to in Article 29(6), first sentence.

    • (ii) Nothing in article II of the GATT 1994 shall prevent any Contracting Party from imposing at any time on the importation or exportation of any product:

      • a) a charge equivalent to an internal tax imposed consistently with the provisions of paragraph 2 of article III of GATT 1994 in respect of the like domestic product or in respect of an article from which the imported product has been manufactured or produced in whole or in part;

      • b) any anti-dumping or countervailing duty applied consistently with the provisions of article VI of GATT 1994;

      • c) fees or other charges commensurate with the cost of services rendered.

    • (iii) No Contracting Party shall alter its method of determining dutiable value or of converting currencies so as to impair the value of the standstill obligations provided for in Article 29(6) or (7).

    • (iv) If any Contracting Party establishes, maintains or authorises, formally or in effect, a monopoly of the importation or exportation of any Energy Material or Product listed in Annex EM II or in respect of Energy-Related Equipment listed in EQ II, such monopoly shall not operate so as to afford protection on the average in excess of the amount of protection permitted by the standstill obligation provided for in Article 29(6) or (7). The provisions of this paragraph shall not limit the use by Contracting Parties of any form of assistance to domestic producers permitted by other provisions of this Treaty.

    • (v) If any Contracting Party considers that a product is not receiving from another Contracting Party the treatment which the first Contracting Party believes to have been contemplated by the standstill obligation provided for in Article 29(6) or (7), it shall bring the matter directly to the attention of the other Contracting Party. If the latter agrees that the treatment contemplated was that claimed by the first Contracting Party, but declares that such treatment cannot be accorded because a court or other proper authority has ruled to the effect that the product involved cannot be classified under the tariff laws of such Contracting Party so as to permit the treatment contemplated in this Treaty, the two Contracting Parties, together with any other Contracting Parties substantially interested, shall enter promptly into further negotiations with a view to a compensatory adjustment of the matter.

    • (vi)

      • a) The specific duties and charges included in the Tariff Record relating to the Contracting Parties members of the International Monetary Fund, and margins of preference in specific duties and charges maintained by such Contracting Parties, are expressed in the appropriate currency at the par value accepted or provisionally recognized by the Fund at the date of the standstill referred to in Article 29(6), first sentence, or under Article 29(7). Accordingly, in case this par value is reduced consistently with the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund by more than twenty per centum, such specific duties and charges and margins of preference may be adjusted to take account of such reduction; Provided that the Conference concurs that such adjustments will not impair the value of the standstill obligation provided for in Article 29(6) or (7) or elsewhere in this Treaty, due account being taken of all factors which may influence the need for, or urgency of, such adjustments.

      • b) Similar provisions shall apply to any Contracting Party not a member of the Fund, as from the date on which such Contracting Party becomes a member of the Fund or enters into a special exchange agreement in pursuance of Article XV of GATT 1994.

    • (vii) Each Contracting Party shall notify the Secretariat of the customs duties and charges of any kind applicable on the date of the standstill referred to in Article 29(6) first sentence. The Secretariat shall keep a Tariff Record of the customs duties and charges of any kind relevant for the purpose of the standstill on customs duties and charges of any kind under Article 29(6) or (7).

  • 5. The Decision of 26 March 1980 on “Introduction of a Loose-Leaf System for the Schedules of Tariff Concessions” (BISD 27S/24) shall not be applicable under Article 29(2)(a). The applicable provisions of the Understanding on the Interpretation of Article II:1(b) of the GATT 1994 shall, without prejudice to Article 29(4), (5) or (7), apply with the following modifications:

    • (i) In order to ensure transparency of the legal rights and obligations deriving from paragraph 1(b) of article II of GATT 1994, the nature and level of any “other duties or charges” levied on any Energy Materials and Products listed in Annex EM II or Energy-Related Equipment listed in Annex EQ II with respect to their importation or exportation, as referred to in that provision, shall be recorded in the Tariff Record at the levels applying at the date of the standstill referred to in Article 29(6), first sentence, or under Article 29(7) respectively, against the tariff item to which they apply. It is understood that such recording does not change the legal character of “other duties or charges”.

    • (ii) “Other duties or charges” shall be recorded in respect of all Energy Materials and Products listed in Annex EM II and Energy-Related Equipment listed in Annex EQ II.

    • (iii) It will be open to any Contracting Party to challenge the existence of an “other duty or charge”, on the ground that no such “other duty or charge” existed at the date of the standstill referred to in Article 29(6), first sentence, or the relevant date under Article 29(7), for the item in question, as well as the consistency of the recorded level of any “other duty or charge” with the standstill obligation provided for by Article 29(6) or (7), for a period of one year after the entry into force of the Amendment to the trade-related provisions of this Treaty, adopted by the Charter Conference on 24 April 1998, or one year after the notification to the Secretariat of the level of customs duties and charges of any kind referred to in Article 29(6), first sentence, or Article 29(7), if that is the later.

    • (iv) The recording of “other duties or charges” in the Tariff Record is without prejudice to their consistency with rights and obligations under GATT 1994 other than those affected by sub-paragraph (iii) above. All Contracting Parties retain the right to challenge, at any time, the consistency of any “other duty or charge” with such obligations.

    • (v) “Other duties or charges” omitted from a notification to the Secretariat shall not subsequently be added to it and any “other duty or charge” recorded at a level lower than that prevailing on the applicable date shall not be restored to that level unless such additions or changes are made within six months of the notification to the Secretariat.

  • 6. Where the WTO Agreement refers to “duties inscribed in the Schedule” or to “bound duties”, there shall be substituted “the level of customs duties and charges of any kind permitted under Article 29(4) to (8)”.

  • 7. Where the WTO Agreement specifies the date of entry into force of the WTO Agreement (or an analogous phrase) as the reference date for an action, there shall be substituted the date of entry into force of the Amendment to the trade-related provisions of this Treaty adopted by the Charter Conference on 24 April 1998.

  • 8. With respect to notifications required by the provisions made applicable by Article 29(2)(a):

    • a) Contracting Parties which are not members of the WTO shall make their notifications to the Secretariat. The Secretariat shall circulate copies of the notifications to all Contracting Parties. Notifications to the Secretariat shall be in one of the authentic languages of this Treaty. The accompanying documents may be solely in the language of the Contracting Party;

    • b) such requirements shall not apply to Contracting Parties to this Treaty which are also members of the WTO which provides for its own notification requirements.

  • 9. Where Article 29(2)(a) or (6)(b) applies, the Charter Conference shall carry out any applicable duties that the WTO Agreement assigned to the relevant bodies under the WTO Agreement.

  • 10.

    • a) Interpretations of the WTO Agreement adopted by the Ministerial Conference or the General Council of the WTO under paragraph 2 of article IX of the WTO Agreement insofar as they interpret provisions applicable under Article 29(2)(a) shall apply.

    • b) Amendments to the WTO Agreement under article X of the WTO Agreement that are binding on all members of the WTO (other then those under paragraph 9 of article X) insofar as they amend or relate to provisions applicable under Article 29(2)(a), shall apply unless a Contracting Party requests the Charter Conference to disapply or modify such amendment. The Charter Conference shall take the decision by a three-fourths majority of the Contracting Parties and determine the date of the disapplication or modification of such amendment. A request for the disapplication or modification of such amendment may include a request that the application of the amendment be suspended pending the decision of the Charter Conference.

      A request to the Charter Conference made under this paragraph shall be made within six months of the circulation of a notification from the Secretariat that the amendment has taken effect under the WTO Agreement.

    • c) Interpretations, amendments, or new instruments adopted by the WTO, other than the interpretations and amendments applied under paragraphs (a) and (b) shall not apply.

Annex TFU 13. Provisions regarding trade agreements between states which were constituent parts of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (In accordance with Article 29(2)b))

1

Any agreement referred to in Article 29 2b) shall be notified in writing to the Secretariat by or on behalf of all of the parties to such agreement which sign or accede to this Treaty:

  • a) in respect of an agreement in force as of a date three months after the date on which the first of such parties signs or deposits its instrument of accession to the Treaty, no later than six months after such date of signature or deposit; and

  • b) in respect of an agreement which enters into force on a date subsequent to the date referred to in subparagraph a), sufficiently in advance of its entry into force for other states or Regional Economic Integration Organizations which have signed or acceded to the Treaty (hereinafter referred to as the “Interested Parties") to have a reasonable opportunity to review the agreement and make representations concerning it to the parties thereto and to the Charter Conference prior to such entry into force.

2

The notification shall include:

  • a) copies of the original texts of the agreement in all languages in which it has been signed;

  • b) a description, by reference to the items included in Annex EM, of the specific Energy Materials and Products to which it applies;

  • c) an explanation, separately for each relevant provision of the WTO Agreement made applicable by Article 29(2)a), of the circumstances which make it impossible or impracticable for the parties to the agreement to conform fully with that provision;

  • d) the specific measures to be adopted by each party to the agreement to address the circumstances referred to in subparagraph c); and

  • e) a description of the parties' programmes for achieving a progressive reduction and ultimate elimination of the agreement's non-conforming provisions.

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Parties to an agreement notified in accordance with paragraph 1 shall afford to the Interested Parties a reasonable opportunity to consult with them with respect to such agreement, and shall accord consideration to their representations. Upon the request of any of the Interested Parties, the agreement shall be considered by the Charter Conference, which may adopt recommendations with respect thereto.

4

The Charter Conference shall periodically review the implementation of agreements notified pursuant to paragraph 1 and the progress having been made towards the elimination of provisions thereof that do not conform with provisions of the WTO Agreement made applicable by Article 29(2)a). Upon the request of any of the Interested Parties, the Charter Conference may adopt recommendations with respect to such an agreement.

5

An agreement described in Article 29(2)b) may in case of exceptional urgency be allowed to enter into force without the notification and consultation provided for in subparagraph 1b), paragraphs 2 and 3, provided that such notification takes place and the opportunity for such consultation is afforded promptly. In such a case the parties to the agreement shall nevertheless notify its text in accordance with subparagraph 2a) promptly upon its entry into force.

6

Contracting Parties which are or become parties to an agreement described in Article 29(2)b) undertake to limit the non-conformities thereof with the provisions of the WTO Agreement made applicable by Article 29(2)a) to those necessary to address the particular circumstances and to implement such an agreement so as least to deviate from those provisions. They shall make every effort to take remedial action in light of representations from the Interested Parties and of any recommendations of the Charter Conference.

Annex BR 14. List of Contracting Parties which shall not increase any customs duty or other charge above the level resulting from their commitments or any provisions applicable to them under the WTO agreement (In accordance with Article 29 (7))

Annex BRQ 15. List of Contracting Parties which shall not increase any customs duty or other charge above the level resulting from their commitments or any provisions applicable to them under the WTO agreement (In accordance with article 29 (7))

Annex D 16. Interim provisions for trade dispute settlement (In accordance with Article 29(9))

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  • a In their relations with one another, Contracting Parties shall make every effort through cooperation and consultations to arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution of any dispute about existing measures that might materially affect compliance with the provisions applicable to trade under Article 5 or 29, or about any measures that might nullify or impair any benefit accruing to a Contracting Party directly or indirectly under the provisions applicable to trade under Article 29.

  • b A Contracting Party may make a written request to any other Contracting Party for consultations regarding any existing measure of the other Contracting Party that it considers might affect materially compliance with provisions applicable to trade under Article 5 or 29, or any measure that might nullify or impair any benefit accruing to a Contracting Party directly or indirectly under the provisions applicable to trade under Article 29. A Contracting Party which requests consultations shall to the fullest extent possible indicate the measure complained of and specify the provisions of Article 5 or 29 and of the WTO Agreement that it considers relevant. Requests to consult pursuant to this paragraph shall be notified to the Secretariat, which shall periodically inform the Contracting Parties of pending consultations that have been notified.

  • c A Contracting Party shall treat any confidential or proprietary information identified as such and contained in or received in response to a written request, or received in the course of consultations, in the same manner in which it is treated by the Contracting Party providing the information.

  • d In seeking to resolve matters considered by a Contracting Party to affect compliance with provisions applicable to trade under Article 5 or 29 as between itself and another Contracting Party, or to nullify or impair any benefit accruing to it directly or indirectly under the provisions applicable to trade under Article 29, the Contracting Parties participating in consultations or other dispute settlement shall make every effort to avoid a resolution that adversely affects the trade of any other Contracting Party.

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  • a If, within 60 days from the receipt of the request for consultation referred to in subparagraph 1b), the Contracting Parties have not resolved their dispute or agreed to resolve it by conciliation, mediation, arbitration or other method, either Contracting Party may deliver to the Secretariat a written request for the establishment of a panel in accordance with subparagraphs b) to f). In its request the requesting Contracting Party shall state the substance of the dispute and indicate which provisions of Article 5 or 29 and of the WTO Agreement are considered relevant. The Secretariat shall promptly deliver copies of the request to all Contracting Parties.

  • b The interests of other Contracting Parties shall be taken into account during the resolution of a dispute. Any other Contracting Party having a substantial interest in a matter shall have the right to be heard by the panel and to make written submissions to it, provided that both the disputing Contracting Parties and the Secretariat have received written notice of its interest no later than the date of establishment of the panel, as determined in accordance with subparagraph c).

  • c A panel shall be deemed to be established 45 days after the receipt of the written request of a Contracting Party by the Secretariat pursuant to subparagraph a).

  • d A panel shall be composed of three members who shall be chosen by the Secretary-General from the roster described in paragraph 7. Except where the disputing Contracting Parties agree otherwise, the members of a panel shall not be citizens of Contracting Parties which either are party to the dispute or have notified their interest in accordance with subparagraph b), or citizens of states members of a Regional Economic Integration Organization which either is party to the dispute or has notified its interest in accordance with subparagraph b).

  • e The disputing Contracting Parties shall respond within ten working days to the nominations of panel members and shall not oppose nominations except for compelling reasons.

  • f Panel members shall serve in their individual capacities and shall neither seek nor take instruction from any government or other body. Each Contracting Party undertakes to respect these principles and not to seek to influence panel members in the performance of their tasks. Panel members shall be selected with a view to ensuring their independence, and that a sufficient diversity of backgrounds and breadth of experience are reflected in a panel.

  • g The Secretariat shall promptly notify all Contracting Parties that a panel has been constituted.

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  • a The Charter Conference shall adopt rules of procedure for panel proceedings consistent with this Annex. Rules of procedure shall be as close as possible to those of the WTO Agreement. A panel shall also have the right to adopt additional rules of procedure not inconsistent with the rules of procedure adopted by the Charter Conference or with this Annex. In a proceeding before a panel each disputing Contracting Party and any other Contracting Party which has notified its interest in accordance with subparagraph 2b), shall have the right to at least one hearing before the panel and to provide a written submission. Disputing Contracting Parties shall also have the right to provide a written rebuttal. A panel may grant a request by any other Contracting Party which has notified its interest in accordance with subparagraph 2b) for access to any written submission made to the panel, with the consent of the Contracting Party which has made it.

    The proceedings of a panel shall be confidential. A panel shall make an objective assessment of the matters before it, including the facts of the dispute and the compliance of measures with the provisions applicable to trade under Article 5 or 29. In exercising its functions, a panel shall consult with the disputing Contracting Parties and give them adequate opportunity to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution. Unless otherwise agreed by the disputing Contracting Parties, a panel shall base its decision on the arguments and submissions of the disputing Contracting Parties. Panels shall be guided by the interpretations given to the WTO Agreement within the framework of the WTO Agreement and shall not question the compatibility with Article 5 or 29 of practices applied by any Contracting Party which is a member of the WTO to other members of the WTO to which it applies the WTO Agreement and which have not been taken by those other members to dispute resolution under the WTO Agreement.

    Unless otherwise agreed by the disputing Contracting Parties, all procedures involving a panel, including the issuance of its final report, should be completed within 180 days of the date of establishment of the panel; however, a failure to complete all procedures within this period shall not affect the validity of a final report.

  • b A panel shall determine its jurisdiction; such determination shall be final and binding. Any objection by a disputing Contracting Party that a dispute is not within the jurisdiction of the panel shall be considered by the panel, which shall decide whether to deal with the objection as a preliminary question or to join it to the merits of the dispute.

  • c In the event of two or more requests for establishment of a panel in relation to disputes that are substantively similar, the Secretary-General may with the consent of all the disputing Contracting Parties appoint a single panel.

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  • a After having considered rebuttal arguments, a panel shall submit to the disputing Contracting Parties the descriptive sections of its draft written report, including a statement of the facts and a summary of the arguments made by the disputing Contracting Parties. The disputing Contracting Parties shall be afforded an opportunity to submit written comments on the descriptive sections within a period set by the panel.

    Following the date set for receipt of comments from the Contracting Parties, the panel shall issue to the disputing Contracting Parties an interim written report, including both the descriptive sections and the panel's proposed findings and conclusions. Within a period set by the panel a disputing Contracting Party may submit to the panel a written request that the panel review specific aspects of the interim report before issuing a final report. Before issuing a final report the panel may, in its discretion, meet with the disputing Contracting Parties to consider the issues raised in such a request.

    The final report shall include descriptive sections (including a statement of the facts and a summary of the arguments made by the disputing Contracting Parties), the panel's findings and conclusions, and a discussion of arguments made on specific aspects of the interim report at the stage of its review. The final report shall deal with every substantial issue raised before the panel and necessary to the resolution of the dispute and shall state the reasons for the panel's conclusions.

    A panel shall issue its final report by providing it promptly to the Secretariat and to the disputing Contracting Parties. The Secretariat shall at the earliest practicable opportunity distribute the final report, together with any written views that a disputing Contracting Party desires to have appended, to all Contracting Parties.

  • b Where a panel concludes that a measure introduced or maintained by a Contracting Party does not comply with a provision of Article 5 or 29 or with a provision of the WTO Agreement that applies under Article 29, the panel may recommend in its final report that the Contracting Party alter or abandon the measure or conduct so as to be in compliance with that provision.

  • c Panel reports shall be adopted by the Charter Conference. In order to provide sufficient time for the Charter Conference to consider panel reports, a report shall not be adopted by the Charter Conference until at least 30 days after it has been provided to all Contracting Parties by the Secretariat. Contracting Parties having objections to a panel report shall give written reasons for their objections to the Secretariat at least 10 days prior to the date on which the report is to be considered for adoption by the Charter Conference, and the Secretariat shall promptly provide them to all Contracting Parties. The disputing Contracting Parties and Contracting Parties which notified their interest in accordance with subparagraph 2b) shall have the right to participate fully in the consideration of the panel report on that dispute by the Charter Conference, and their views shall be fully recorded.

  • d In order to ensure effective resolution of disputes to the benefit of all Contracting Parties, prompt compliance with rulings and recommendations of a final panel report that has been adopted by the Charter Conference is essential. A Contracting Party which is subject to a ruling or recommendation of a final panel report that has been adopted by the Charter Conference shall inform the Charter Conference of its intentions regarding compliance with such ruling or recommendation. In the event that immediate compliance is impracticable, the Contracting Party concerned shall explain its reasons for non-compliance to the Charter Conference and, in light of this explanation, shall have a reasonable period of time to effect compliance. The aim of dispute resolution is the modification or removal of inconsistent measures.

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  • a Where a Contracting Party has failed within a reasonable period of time to comply with a ruling or recommendation of a final panel report that has been adopted by the Charter Conference, a Contracting Party to the dispute injured by such non-compliance may deliver to the non-complying Contracting Party a written request that the non-complying Contracting Party enter into negotiations with a view to agreeing upon mutually acceptable compensation. If so requested the non-complying Contracting Party shall promptly enter into such negotiations.

  • b If the non-complying Contracting Party refuses to negotiate, or if the Contracting Parties have not reached agreement within 30 days after delivery of the request for negotiations, the injured Contracting Party may make a written request for authorization of the Charter Conference to suspend obligations owed by it to the non-complying Contracting Party under Article 5 or 29.

  • c The Charter Conference may authorize the injured Contracting Party to suspend such of its obligations to the non-complying Contracting Party, under provisions of Article 5 or 29 or under provisions of the WTO Agreement that apply under Article 29, as the injured Contracting Party considers equivalent in the circumstances.

  • d The suspension of obligations shall be temporary and shall be applied only until such time as the measure found to be inconsistent with Article 5 or 29 has been removed, or until a mutually satisfactory solution is reached.

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  • a Before suspending such obligations the injured Contracting Party shall inform the non-complying Contracting Party of the nature and level of its proposed suspension. If the non-complying Contracting Party delivers to the Secretary-General a written objection to the level of suspension of obligations proposed by the injured Contracting Party, the objection shall be referred to arbitration as provided below. The proposed suspension of obligations shall be stayed until the arbitration has been completed and the determination of the arbitral panel has become final and binding in accordance with subparagraph e).

  • b The Secretary-General shall establish an arbitral panel in accordance with subparagraphs 2d) to f), which if practicable shall be the same panel which made the ruling or recommendation referred to in subparagraph 4d), to examine the level of obligations that the injured Contracting Party proposes to suspend. Unless the Charter Conference decides otherwise the rules of procedure for panel proceedings shall be adopted in accordance with subparagraph 3a).

  • c The arbitral panel shall determine whether the level of obligations proposed to be suspended by the injured Contracting Party is excessive in relation to the injury it experienced, and if so, to what extent. It shall not review the nature of the obligations suspended, except insofar as this is inseparable from the determination of the level of suspended obligations.

  • d The arbitral panel shall deliver its written determination to the injured and the non-complying Contracting Parties and to the Secretariat within 60 days of the establishment of the panel or within such other period as may be agreed by the injured and the non-complying Contracting Parties. The Secretariat shall present the determination to the Charter Conference at the earliest practicable opportunity, and no later than the meeting of the Charter Conference following receipt of the determination.

  • e The determination of the arbitral panel shall become final and binding 30 days after the date of its presentation to the Charter Conference, and any level of suspension of benefits allowed thereby may thereupon be put into effect by the injured Contracting Party in such manner as that Contracting Party considers equivalent in the circumstances, unless prior to the expiration of the 30 days period the Charter Conference decides otherwise.

  • f In suspending any obligations to a non-complying Contracting Party, an injured Contracting Party shall make every effort not to affect adversely the trade of any other Contracting Party.

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Each Contracting Party may designate two individuals who shall, in the case of Contracting Parties which are also member of the WTO, if they are willing and able to serve as panellists under this Annex, be persons whose names appear on the indicative list of governmental and non-governmental individuals, referred to in article 8 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes contained in Annex 2 to the WTO Agreement or who have in the past served as panellists on a GATT or WTO dispute settlement panel. The Secretary-General may also designate, with the approval of the Charter Conference, not more than ten individuals, who are willing and able to serve as panellists for purposes of dispute resolution in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 4. The Charter Conference may in addition decide to designate for the same purposes up to 20 individuals, who serve on dispute settlement rosters of other international bodies, who are willing and able to serve as panellists. The names of all of the individuals so designated shall constitute the dispute settlement roster. Individuals shall be designated strictly on the basis of objectivity, reliability and sound judgement and, to the greatest extent possible, shall have expertise in international trade and energy matters, in particular as relates to provisions applicable under Article 29. In fulfilling any function under this Annex, designees shall not be affiliated with or take instructions from any Contracting Party. Designees shall serve for renewable terms of five years and until their successors have been designated. A designee whose term expires shall continue to fulfil any function for which that individual has been chosen under this Annex. In the case of death, resignation or incapacity of a designee, the Contracting Party or the Secretary-General, whichever designated said designee, shall have the right to designate another individual to serve for the remainder of that designee's term, the designation by the Secretary-General being subject to approval of the Charter Conference.

8

Notwithstanding the provisions contained in this Annex, Contracting Parties are encouraged to consult throughout the dispute resolution proceeding with a view to settling their dispute.

9

The Charter Conference may appoint or designate other bodies or fora to perform any of the functions delegated in this Annex to the Secretariat and the Secretary-General.

10

Where a Contracting Party invokes Article 29(9)(b), this Annex shall apply, subject to the following modifications:

  • a) the complaining party shall present a detailed justification in support of any request for consultations or for the establishment of a panel regarding a measure which it considers to nullify or impair any benefit accruing to it directly or indirectly under Article 29;

  • b) where a measure has been found to nullify or impair benefits under Article 29 without violation thereof, there is no obligation to withdraw the measure; however, in such a case the panel shall recommend that the Contracting Party concerned make a mutually satisfactory adjustment;

  • c) the arbitral panel provided for in paragraph (6)(b), upon the request of either party, may determine the level of benefits that have been nullified or impaired, and may also suggest ways and means of reaching a mutually satisfactory adjustment; such suggestions shall not be binding upon the parties to the dispute.

Annex B 17. Formula for allocating charter costs (In accordance with Article 37(3))

1

Contributions payable by Contracting Parties shall be determined by the Secretariat annually on the basis of their percentage contributions required under the latest available United Nations Regular Budget Scale of Assessment (supplemented by information on theoretical contributions for any Contracting Parties which are not UN members).

2

The contributions shall be adjusted as necessary to ensure that the total of all Contracting Parties' contributions is 100%.

Annex PA 18. List of signatories which do not accept the provisional application obligation of article 45(3)b) (In accordance with Article 45(3)c))

  • 1. The Czech Republic

  • 2. Germany

  • 3. Hungary

  • 4. Lithuania

  • 5. Poland

  • 6. The Slovak Republic

Annex T 19. Contracting parties' transitional measures (In accordance with Article 32(1))

List of Contracting Parties entitled to transitional arrangements

Albania

Latvia

Armenia

Lithuania

Azerbaijan

Moldova

Belarus

Poland

Bulgaria

Romania

Croatia

The Russian Federation

The Czech Republic

Slovakia

Estonia

Slovenia

Georgia

Tajikistan

Hungary

Turkmenistan

Kazakhstan

Ukraine

Kyrgyzstan

Uzbekistan

List of provisions subject to transitional arrangements

Provision

Page

Provision

Page

Article 6(2)

47

Article 10(7)

84

Article 6(5)

61

Article 14(1)d)

86

Article 7(4)

73

Article 20(3)

89

Article 9(1)

79

Article 22(3)

99

Article 6(2)

“Each Contracting Party shall ensure that within its jurisdiction it has and enforces such laws as are necessary and appropriate to address unilateral and concerted anti-competitive conduct in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector."

Country: Albania

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

There is no law on protection of competition in Albania. The law No 7746 of 28 July 1993 on Hydrocarbons and the law No 7796 of 17 February 1994 on Minerals do not include such provisions. There is no law on electricity which is in the stage of preparation. This law is planned to be submitted to the Parliament by the end of 1996. In these laws Albania intends to include provisions on anti-competitive conduct.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Armenia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

At present a state monopoly exists in Armenia in most energy sectors. There is no law on protection of competition, thus the rules of competition are not yet being implemented. There are no laws on energy. The draft laws on energy are planned to be submitted to the Parliament in 1994. The laws are envisaged to include provisions on anti-competitive behaviour, which would be harmonized with the EC legislation on competition.

Phase-out

31 December 1997.

Country: Azerbaijan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The anti-monopoly legislation is at the stage of elaboration.

Phase-out

1 January 2000.

Country: Belarus

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Anti-monopoly legislation is at the stage of elaboration.

Phase-out

1 January 2000.

Country: Georgia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Laws on demonopolization are at present at the stage of elaboration in Georgia and that is why the State has so far the monopoly for practically all energy sources and energy resources, which restricts the possibility of competition in the energy and fuel complex.

Phase-out

1 January 1999.

Country: Kazakhstan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The law on Development of Competition and Restriction of Monopolistic Activities (No 656 of 11 June 1991) has been adopted, but is of a general nature. It is necessary to develop the legislation further, in particular by means of adopting relevant amendments or adopting a new law.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The law on Anti-monopoly Policies has already been adopted. The transitional period is needed to adapt provisions of this law to the energy sector which is now strictly regulated by the state.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Country: Moldova

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The law on Restriction of Monopolistic Activities and Development of Competition of 29 January 1992 provides an organizational and legal basis for the development of competition, and of measures to prevent, limit and restrict monopolistic activities; it is oriented towards implementing market economy conditions. This law, however, does not provide for concrete measures of anti-competitive conduct in the energy sector, nor does it cover completely the requirements of Article 6.

In 1995 drafts of a law on Competition and a State Programme of Demonopolization of the Economy will be submitted to the Parliament. The draft law on Energy which will be also submitted to the Parliament in 1995 will cover issues on demonopolization and development of competition in the energy sector.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Romania

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The rules of competition are not yet implemented in Romania. The draft law on Protection of Competition has been submitted to the Parliament and is scheduled to be adopted during 1994.

The draft contains provisions with respect to anti-competitive behaviour, harmonized with the EC's law on Competition.

Phase-out

31 December 1996.

Country: The Russian Federation

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

The Federation.

Description

A comprehensive framework of anti-monopoly legislation has been created in the Russian Federation but other legal and organizational measures to prevent, limit or suppress monopolistic activities and unfair competition will have to be adopted and in particular in the energy sector.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Country: Slovenia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Law on Protection of Competition adopted in 1993 and published in Official Journal No 18/93 treats anti-competitive conduct generally. The existing law also provides for conditions for the establishment of competition authorities. At present the main competition authority is the Office of Protection of Competition in the Ministry of Economic Relations and Development. With regard to importance of energy sector a separate law in this respect is foreseen and thus more time for full compliance is needed.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Tajikistan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

In 1993 Tajikistan passed the law on Demonopolization and Competition. However, due to the difficult economic situation in Tajikistan, the jurisdiction of the law has been temporarily suspended.

Phase-out

31 December 1997.

Country: Turkmenistan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Under the Ruling of the President of Turkmenistan No 1532 of 21 October 1993 the Committee on Restricting Monopolistic Activities has been etablished and is acting now, the function of which is to protect enterprises and other entities from monopoly conduct and practices and to promote the formation of market principles on the basis of the development of competition and entrepreneurship.

Further development of legislation and regulations is needed which would regulate anti-monopoly conduct of enterprises in the Economic Activity in the Energy Sector.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Country: Uzbekistan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The law on Restricting Monopoly Activities has been adopted in Uzbekistan and has been in force since July 1992. However, the law (as is specified in article 1, paragraph 3) does not extend to the activities of enterprises in the energy sector.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Article 6(5)

“If a Contracting Party considers that any specified anti-competitive conduct carried out within the Area of another Contracting Party is adversely affecting an important interest relevant to the purposes identified in this Article, the Contracting Party may notify the other Contracting Party and may request that its competition authorities initiate appropriate enforcement action. The notifying Contracting Party shall include in such notification sufficient information to permit the notified Contracting Party to identify the anti-competitive conduct that is the subject of the notification and shall include an offer of such further information and cooperation as that Contracting Party is able to provide. The notified Contracting Party or, as the case may be, the relevant competition authorities may consult with the competition authorities of the notifying Contracting Party and shall accord full consideration to the request of the notifying Contracting Party in deciding whether or not to initiate enforcement action with respect to the alleged anti-competitive conduct identified in the notification. The notified Contracting Party shall inform the notifying Contracting Party of its decision or the decision of the relevant competition authorities and may if it wishes inform the notifying Contracting Party of the grounds for the decision. If enforcement action is initiated, the notified Contracting Party shall advise the notifying Contracting Party of its outcome and, to the extent possible, of any significant interim development."

Country: Albania

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

In Albania there are no established institutions to enforce the competition rules. Such institutions will be provided for in the law on the Protection of Competition which is planned to be finalized in 1996.

Phase-out

1 January 1999.

Country: Armenia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Institutions to enforce the provisions of this paragraph have not been established in Armenia.

The laws on Energy and Protection of Competition are planned to include provisions to establish such institutions.

Phase-out

31 December 1997.

Country: Azerbaijan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Anti-monopoly authorities shall be established after the adoption of anti-monopoly legislation.

Phase-out

1 January 2000.

Country: Belarus

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Anti-monopoly authorities shall be established after the adoption of anti-monopoly legislation.

Phase-out

1 January 2000.

Country: Georgia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Laws on demonopolization are at present at the stage of elaboration in Georgia and that is why there are no competition authorities established yet.

Phase-out

1 January 1999.

Country: Kazakhstan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

An Anti-monopoly Committee has been established in Kazakhstan, but its activity needs improvement, both from legislative and organizational points of view, in order to elaborate an effective mechanism handling the complaints on anti-competitive conduct.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

There is no mechanism in Kyrgyzstan to control the anti-competitive conduct and the relevant legislation. It is necessary to establish relevant anti-monopoly authorities.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Country: Moldova

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The Ministry of Economy is responsible for the control of competitive conduct in Moldova. Relevant amendments have been made to the law on Breach of Administrative Rules, which envisage some penalties for violating rules of competition by monopoly enterprises.

The draft law on Competition which is now at the stage of elaboration will have provisions on the enforcement of competition rules.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Romania

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Institutions to enforce the provisions of this paragraph have not been established in Romania.

The Institutions charged with the enforcement of competition rules are provided for in the draft law on Protection of Competition which is scheduled to be adopted during 1994.

The draft also provides a period of nine months for enforcement, starting with the date of its publication.

According to the Europe Agreement establishing an association between Romania and the European Communities, Romania was granted a period of five years to implement competition rules.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Tajikistan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Tajikistan has adopted laws on Demonopolization and Competition, but institutions to enforce competition rules are in the stage of development.

Phase-out

31 December 1997.

Country: Uzbekistan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The law on Restricting Monopoly Activities has been adopted in Uzbekistan and has been in force since July 1992. However, the law (as is specified in article 1, paragraph 3) does not extend to the activities of the enterprises in the energy sector.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Article 7(4)

“In the event that Transit of Energy Materials and Products cannot be achieved on commercial terms by means of Energy Transport Facilities the Contracting Parties shall not place obstacles in the way of new capacity being established, except as may be otherwise provided in applicable legislation which is consistent with paragraph 1."

Country: Azerbaijan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

It is necessary to adopt a set of laws on energy, including licensing procedures regulating transit. During a transition period it is envisaged to build and modernize power transmission lines, as well as generating capacities with the aim of bringing their technical level to the world requirements and adjusting to conditions of a market economy.

Phase-out

31 December 1999.

Country: Belarus

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Laws on energy, land and other subjects are being worked out at present, and until their final adoption, uncertainty remains as to the conditions for establishing new transport capacities for energy carriers in the territory of Belarus.

Phase-out

31 December 1998.

Country: Bulgaria

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Bulgaria has no laws regulating Transit of Energy Materials and Products. An overall restructuring is ongoing in the energy sector, including development of institutional framework, legislation and regulation.

Phase-out

The transitional period of 7 years is necessary to bring the legislation concerning the Transit of Energy Materials and Products in full compliance with this provision.

1 July 2001.

Country: Georgia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

It is necessary to prepare a set of laws on the matter. At present there are substantially different conditions for the transport and transit of various energy sources in Georgia (electric power, natural gas, oil products, coal).

Phase-out

1 January 1999.

Country: Hungary

Sector

Electricity industry.

Level of government

National.

Description

According to the current legislation establishment and operation of high-voltage transmission lines is a state monopoly.

The creation of the new legal and regulatory framework for establishment, operation and ownership of high-voltage transmission lines is under preparation.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has already taken the initiative to put forward a new Act on Electricity Power, that will have its impact also on the Civil Code and on the Act on Concession. Compliance can be achieved after entering in force of the new law on Electricity and related regulatory decrees.

Phase-out

31 December 1996.

Country: Poland

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Polish law on Energy, being in the final stage of coordination, stipulates for creating new legal regulations similar to those applied by free market countries (licenses to generate, transmit, distribute and trade in energy carriers). Until it is adopted by the Parliament a temporary suspension of obligations under this paragraph is required.

Phase-out

31 December 1995.

Article 9(1)

“The Contracting Parties acknowledge the importance of open capital markets in encouraging the flow of capital to finance trade in Energy Materials and Products and for the making of and assisting with regard to Investments in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector in the Areas of other Contracting Parties, particularly those with economies in transition. Each Contracting Party shall accordingly endeavour to promote conditions for access to its capital market by companies and nationals of other Contracting Parties, for the purpose of financing trade in Energy Materials and Products and for the purpose of Investment in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector in the Areas of those other Contracting Parties, on a basis no less favourable than that which it accords in like circumstances to its own companies and nationals or companies and nationals of any other Contracting Party or any third state, whichever is the most favourable."

Country: Azerbaijan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Relevant legislation is at the stage of elaboration.

Phase-out

1 January 2000.

Country: Belarus

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Relevant legislation is at the stage of elaboration.

Phase-out

1 January 2000.

Country: Georgia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Relevant legislation is at the stage of preparation.

Phase-out

1 January 1997.

Country: Kazakhstan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The bill on Foreign Investments is at the stage of authorization approval with the aim to adopt it by the Parliament in autumn 1994.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Relevant legislation is currently under preparation.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Article 10(7). – Specific measures

“Each Contracting Party shall accord to Investments in its Area of Investors of another Contracting Party, and their related activities including management, maintenance, use, enjoyment or disposal, treatment no less favourable than that which it accords to Investments of its own Investors or of the Investors of any other Contracting Party or any third state and their related activities including management, maintenance, use, enjoyment or disposal, whichever is the most favourable."

Country: Bulgaria

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Foreign persons may not acquire property rights over land. A company with more than fifty per cent of foreign person's share may not acquire property right over agricultural land;

Foreigners and foreign legal persons may not aquire property rights over land except by way of inheritance according to the law. In this case they have to make it over;

A foreign person may aquire property rights over buildings, but without property rights over the land;

Foreign persons or companies with foreign controlling participation must obtain a permit before performing the following activities:

  • exploration, development and extraction of natural resources from the territorial sea, continental shelf or exclusive economic zone;

  • acquisition of real estate in geographic regions designated by the Council of Ministers.

  • The permits are issued by the Council of Ministers or by a body authorized by the Council of Ministers.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Article 14(1)d)

“Each Contracting Party shall with respect to Investments in its Area of Investors of any other Contracting Party guarantee the freedom of transfer into and out of its Area, including the transfer of:

unspent earnings and other remuneration of personnel engaged from abroad in connection with that Investment;"

Country: Bulgaria

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Foreign nationals employed by companies with more than 50 per cent of foreign participation, or by a foreign person registered as sole trader or a branch or a representative office of a foreign company in Bulgaria, receiving their salary in Bulgarian leva, may purchase foreign currency not exeeding 70 per cent of their salary, including social security payments.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Country: Hungary

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

According to the Act on Investments of Foreigners in Hungary, article 33, foreign top managers, executive managers, members of the Supervisory Board and foreign employees may transfer their income up to 50 per cent of their aftertax earnings derived from the company of their employment through the bank of their company.

Phase-out

The phase out of this particular restriction depends on the progress Hungary is able to make in the implementation of the foreign exchange liberalization programme whose final target is the full convertibility of the Forint. This restriction does not create barriers to foreign investors. Phase-out is based on stipulations of Article 32.

1 July 2001.

Article 20(3)

“Each Contracting Party shall designate one or more enquiry points to which requests for information about the above mentioned laws, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative rulings may be addressed and shall communicate promptly such designation to the Secretariat which shall make it available on request."

Country: Armenia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

In Armenia there are no official enquiry points yet to which requests for information about the relevant laws and other regulations could be addressed. There is no information centre either. There is a plan to establish such a centre in 1994-1995. Technical assistance is required.

Phase-out

31 December 1996.

Country: Azerbaijan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

There are no official enquiry points so far in Azerbaijan to which requests for information about relevant laws and regulations could be addressed. At present such information is concentrated in various organizations.

Phase-out

31 December 1997.

Country: Belarus

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Official enquiry offices which could give information on laws, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative rulings do not exist yet in Belarus. As far as the judicial decisions and administrative rulings are concerned there is no practice of their publishing.

Phase-out

31 December 1998.

Country: Kazakhstan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

The process of establishing enquiry points has begun. As far as the judicial decisions and administrative rulings are concerned they are not published in Kazakhstan (except for some decisions made by the Supreme Court), because they are not considered to be sources of law. To change the existing practice will require a long transitional period.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Country: Moldova

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

It is necessary to establish enquiry points.

Phase-out

31 December 1995.

Country: The Russian Federation

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

The Federation and the Republics constituting Federation.

Description

No official enquiry points exist in the Russian Federation as of now to which requests for information about relevant laws and other regulation acts could be addressed. As far as the judicial decisions and administrative rulings are concerned they are not considered to be sources of law.

Phase-out

31 December 2000.

Country: Slovenia

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

In Slovenia there are no official enquiry points yet to which requests for information about relevant laws and other regulatory acts could be addressed. At present such information is available in various ministries. The Law on Foreign Investments which is under preparation foresees establishment of such an enquiry point.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Country: Tajikistan

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

There are no enquiry points yet in Tajikistan to which requests for information about relevant laws and other regulations could be addressed. It is only a question of having available funding.

Phase-out

31 December 1997.

Country: Ukraine

Sector

All energy sectors.

Level of government

National.

Description

Improvement of the present transparency of laws up to the level of international practice is required. Ukraine will have to establish enquiry points providing information about laws, regulations, judicial decisions and administrative rulings and standards of general application.

Phase-out

1 January 1998.

Article 22(3)

“Each Contracting Party shall ensure that if it establishes or maintains a state entity and entrusts the entity with regulatory, administrative or other governmental authority, such entity shall exercise that authority in a manner consistent with the Contracting Party's obligations under this Treaty".

Country: The Czech Republic

Sector

Uranium and nuclear industries.

Level of government

National.

Description

In order to deplete uranium ore reserves that are stocked by Administration of State Material Reserves, no imports of uranium ore and concentrates, including uranium fuel bundles containing uranium of non-Czech origin, will be licensed.

Phase-out

1 July 2001.

Energy Charter Protocol on energy efficiency and related environmental aspects

Preamble

The contracting parties to this Protocol,

Having regard to the European Energy Charter adopted in the Concluding Document of the Hague Conference on the European Energy Charter, signed at The Hague on 17 December 1991; and in particular to the declarations therein that cooperation is necessary in the field of energy efficiency and related environmental protection;

Having regard also to the Energy Charter Treaty, opened for signature from 17 December 1994 to 16 June 1995;

Mindful of the work undertaken by international organizations and fora in the field of energy efficiency and environmental aspects of the energy cycle;

Aware of the improvements in supply security, and of the significant economic and environmental gains, which result from the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures; and aware of their importance for restructuring economies and improving living standards;

Recognizing that improvements in energy efficiency reduce negative environmental consequences of the energy cycle including global warming and acidification;

Convinced that energy prices should reflect as far as possible a competitive market, ensuring market-oriented price formation, including fuller reflection of environmental costs and benefits, and recognizing that such price formation is vital to progress in energy efficiency and associated environmental protection;

Appreciating the vital role of the private sector including small and medium-sized enterprises in promoting and implementing energy efficiency measures, and intent on ensuring a favourable institutional framework for economically viable investment in energy efficiency;

Recognizing that commercial forms of cooperation may need to be complemented by intergovernmental cooperation, particularly in the area of energy policy formulation and analysis as well as in other areas which are essential to the enhancement of energy efficiency but not suitable for private funding; and

Desiring to undertake cooperative and coordinated action in the field of energy efficiency and related environmental protection and to adopt a Protocol providing a framework for using energy as economically and efficiently as possible:

Have agreed as follows:

PART I. INTRODUCTION

Article 1. Scope and objectives of the Protocol

  • 1 This Protocol defines policy principles for the promotion of energy efficiency as a considerable source of energy and for consequently reducing adverse Environmental Impacts of energy systems. It furthermore provides guidance on the development of energy efficiency programmes, indicates areas of cooperation and provides a framework for the development of cooperative and coordinated action. Such action may include the prospecting for, exploration, production, conversion, storage, transport, distribution, and consumption of energy, and may relate to any economic sector.

  • 2 The objectives of this Protocol are:

    • a) the promotion of energy efficiency policies consistent with sustainable development;

    • b) the creation of framework conditions which induce producers and consumers to use energy as economically, efficiently and environmentally soundly as possible, particularly through the organization of efficient energy markets and a fuller reflection of environmental costs and benefits; and

    • c) the fostering of cooperation in the field of energy efficiency.

Article 2. Definitions

As used in this Protocol:

  • 1. “Charter" means the European Energy Charter adopted in the Concluding Document of the Hague Conference on the European Energy Charter signed at The Hague on 17 December 1991; signature of the Concluding Document is considered to be signature of the Charter.

  • 2. “Contracting Party" means a state or Regional Economic Integration Organization which has consented to be bound by this Protocol and for which the Protocol is in force.

  • 3. “Regional Economic Integration Organization" means an organization constituted by states to which they have transferred competence over certain matters a number of which are governed by this Protocol, including the authority to take decisions binding on them in respect of those matters.

  • 4. “Energy Cycle" means the entire energy chain, including activities related to prospecting for, exploration, production, conversion, storage, transport, distribution and consumption of the various forms of energy, and the treatment and disposal of wastes, as well as the decommissioning, cessation or closure of these activities, minimizing harmful Environmental Impacts.

  • 5. “Cost-Effectiveness" means to achieve a defined objective at the lowest cost or to achieve the greatest benefit at a given cost.

  • 6. “Improving Energy Efficiency" means acting to maintain the same unit of output (of a good or service) without reducing the quality or performance of the output, while reducing the amount of energy required to produce that output.

  • 7. “Environmental Impact" means any effect caused by a given activity on the environment, including human health and safety, flora, fauna, soil, air, water, climate, landscape and historical monuments or other physical structures or the interactions among these factors; it also includes effects on cultural heritage or socio-economic conditions resulting from alterations to those factors.

PART II. POLICY PRINCIPLES

Article 3. Basic principles

Contracting Parties shall be guided by the following principles:

  • 1. Contracting Parties shall cooperate and, as appropriate, assist each other in developing and implementing energy efficiency policies, laws and regulations.

  • 2. Contracting Parties shall establish energy efficiency policies and appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks which promote, inter alia:

    • a) efficient functioning of market mechanisms including market-oriented price formation and a fuller reflection of environmental costs and benefits;

    • b) reduction of barriers to energy efficiency, thus stimulating investments;

    • c) mechanisms for financing energy efficiency initiatives;

    • d) education and awareness;

    • e) dissemination and transfer of technologies;

    • f) transparency of legal and regulatory frameworks.

  • 3. Contracting Parties shall strive to achieve the full benefit of energy efficiency throughout the Energy Cycle. To this end they shall, to the best of their competence, formulate and implement energy efficiency policies and cooperative or coordinated actions based on Cost-Effectiveness and economic efficiency, taking due account of environmental aspects.

  • 4. Energy efficiency policies shall include both short-term measures for the adjustment of previous practices and long-term measures to improve energy efficiency throughout the Energy Cycle.

  • 5. When cooperating to achieve the objectives of this Protocol, Contracting Parties shall take into account the differences in adverse effects and abatement costs between Contracting Parties.

  • 6. Contracting Parties recognize the vital role of the private sector. They shall encourage action by energy utilities, responsible authorities and specialised agencies, and close cooperation between industry and administrations.

  • 7. Cooperative or coordinated action shall take into account relevant principles adopted in international agreements, aimed at protection and improvement of the environment, to which Contracting Parties are parties.

  • 8. Contracting Parties shall take full advantage of the work and expertise of competent international or other bodies and shall take care to avoid duplication.

Article 4. Division of responsibility and coordination

Each Contracting Party shall strive to ensure that energy efficiency policies are coordinated among all of its responsible authorities.

Article 5. Strategies and policy aims

Contracting Parties shall formulate strategies and policy aims for Improving Energy Efficiency and thereby reducing Environmental Impacts of the Energy Cycle as appropriate in relation to their own specific energy conditions. These strategies and policy aims shall be transparent to all interested parties.

Article 6. Financing and financial incentives

  • 1 Contracting Parties shall encourage the implementation of new approaches and methods for financing energy efficiency and energy-related environmental protection investments, such as joint venture arrangements between energy users and external investors (hereinafter referred to as “Third Party Financing").

  • 2 Contracting Parties shall endeavour to take advantage of and promote access to private capital markets and existing international financing institutions in order to facilitate investments in Improving Energy Efficiency and in environmental protection related to energy efficiency.

  • 3 Contracting Parties may, subject to the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty and to their other international legal obligations, provide fiscal or financial incentives to energy users in order to facilitate market penetration of energy efficiency technologies, products and services. They shall strive to do so in a manner that both ensures transparency and minimizes the distortion of international markets.

Article 7. Promotion of energy efficient technology

  • 1 Consistent with the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty, Contracting Parties shall encourage commercial trade and cooperation in energy efficient and environmentally sound technologies, energy-related services and management practices.

  • 2 Contracting Parties shall promote the use of these technologies, services and management practices throughout the Energy Cycle.

Article 8. Domestic programmes

  • 1 In order to achieve the policy aims formulated according to Article 5, each Contracting Party shall develop, implement and regularly update energy efficiency programmes best suited to its circumstances.

  • 2 These programmes may include activities such as the:

    • a) development of long-term energy demand and supply scenarios to guide decision-making;

    • b) assessment of the energy, environmental and economic impact of actions taken;

    • c) definition of standards designed to improve the efficiency of energy using equipment, and efforts to harmonize these internationally to avoid trade distortions;

    • d) development and encouragement of private initiative and industrial cooperation, including joint ventures;

    • e) promotion of the use of the most energy efficient technologies that are economically viable and environmentally sound;

    • f) encouragement of innovative approaches for investments in energy efficiency improvements, such as Third Party Financing and co-financing;

    • g) development of appropriate energy balances and data bases, for example with data on energy demand at a sufficiently detailed level and on technologies for Improving Energy Efficiency;

    • h) promotion of the creation of advisory and consultancy services which may be operated by public or private industry or utilities and which provide information about energy efficiency programmes and technologies, and assist consumers and enterprises;

    • i) support and promotion of cogeneration and of measures to increase the efficiency of district heat production and distribution systems to buildings and industry;

    • j) establishment of specialized energy efficiency bodies at appropriate levels, that are sufficiently funded and staffed to develop and implement policies.

  • 3 In implementing their energy efficiency programmes, Contracting Parties shall ensure that adequate institutional and legal infrastructures exist.

PART III. INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Article 9. Areas of cooperation

The cooperation between Contracting Parties may take any appropriate form. Areas of possible cooperation are listed in the Annex.

PART IV. ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL ARRANGEMENTS

Article 10. Role of the Charter Conference

  • 1 All decisions made by the Charter Conference in accordance with this Protocol shall be made by only those Contracting Parties to the Energy Charter Treaty who are Contracting Parties to this Protocol.

  • 2 The Charter Conference shall endeavour to adopt, within 180 days after the entry into force of this Protocol, procedures for keeping under review and facilitating the implementation of its provisions, including reporting requirements, as well as for identifying areas of cooperation in accordance with Article 9.

Article 11. Secretariat and financing

  • 1 The Secretariat established under Article 35 of the Energy Charter Treaty shall provide the Charter Conference with all necessary assistance for the performance of its duties under this Protocol and provide such other services in support of the Protocol as may be required from time to time, subject to approval by the Charter Conference.

  • 2 The costs of the Secretariat and Charter Conference arising from this Protocol shall be met by the Contracting Parties to this Protocol according to their capacity to pay, determined according to the formula specified in Annex B to the Energy Charter Treaty.

Article 12. Voting

  • 1 Unanimity of Contracting Parties Present and Voting at the meeting of the Charter Conference where such matters fall to be decided shall be required for decisions to:

    • a) adopt amendments to this Protocol; and

    • b) approve accessions to this Protocol under Article 16.

    Contracting Parties shall make every effort to reach agreement by consensus on any other matter requiring their decision under this Protocol. If agreement cannot be reached by consensus, decisions on non-budgetary matters shall be taken by a three-fourths majority of Contracting Parties Present and Voting at the meeting of the Charter Conference at which such matters fall to be decided.

    Decisions on budgetary matters shall be taken by a qualified majority of Contracting Parties whose assessed contributions under Article 11(2) represent, in combination, at least three-fourths of the total assessed contributions.

  • 2 For purposes of this Article, “Contracting Parties Present and Voting" means Contracting Parties to this Protocol present and casting affirmative or negative votes, provided that the Charter Conference may decide upon rules of procedure to enable such decisions to be taken by Contracting Parties by correspondence.

  • 3 Except as provided in paragraph 1 in relation to budgetary matters, no decision referred to in this Article shall be valid unless it has the support of a simple majority of Contracting Parties.

  • 4 A Regional Economic Integration Organization shall, when voting, have a number of votes equal to the number of its member states which are Contracting Parties to this Protocol; provided that such an Organization shall not exercise its right to vote if its member states exercise theirs, and vice versa.

  • 5 In the event of persistent arrears in a Contracting Party's discharge of financial obligations under this Protocol, the Charter Conference may suspend that Contracting Party's voting rights in whole or in part.

Article 13. Relation to the Energy Charter Treaty

  • 1 In the event of inconsistency between the provisions of this Protocol and the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty, the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, prevail.

  • 2 Article 10(1) and Article 12(1) to (3) shall not apply to votes in the Charter Conference on amendments to this Protocol which assign duties or functions to the Charter Conference or the Secretariat, the establishment of which is provided for in the Energy Charter Treaty.

PART V. FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 14. Signature

This Protocol shall be open for signature at Lisbon from 17 December 1994 to 16 June 1995 by the states and Regional Economic Integration Organizations whose representatives have signed the Charter and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Article 15. Ratification, acceptance or approval

This Protocol shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by signatories. Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be deposited with the Depositary.

Article 16. Accession

This Protocol shall be open for accession, from the date on which the Protocol is closed for signature, by states and Regional Economic Integration Organizations which have signed the Charter and are Contracting Parties to the Energy Charter Treaty, on terms to be approved by the Charter Conference. The instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Depositary.

Article 17. Amendments

  • 1 Any Contracting Party may propose amendments to this Protocol.

  • 2 The text of any proposed amendment to this Protocol shall be communicated to Contracting Parties by the Secretariat at least three months before the date on which it is proposed for adoption by the Charter Conference.

  • 3 Amendments to this Protocol, texts of which have been adopted by the Charter Conference, shall be communicated by the Secretariat to the Depositary which shall submit them to all Contracting Parties for ratification, acceptance or approval.

  • 4 Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval of amendments to this Protocol shall be deposited with the Depositary. Amendments shall enter into force between Contracting Parties having ratified, accepted or approved them on the thirtieth day after deposit with the Depositary of instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval by at least three-fourths of the Contracting Parties. Thereafter the amendments shall enter into force for any other Contracting Party on the thirtieth day after that Contracting Party deposits its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval of the amendments.

Article 18. Entry into force

  • 1 This Protocol shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of deposit of the fifteenth instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval thereof, or of accession thereto, by a state or Regional Economic Integration Organization which is a signatory to the Charter and a Contracting Party to the Energy Charter Treaty or on the same date as the Energy Charter Treaty enters into force, whichever is later.

  • 2 For each state or Regional Economic Integration Organization for which the Energy Charter Treaty has entered into force and which ratifies, accepts, or approves this Protocol or accedes thereto after the Protocol has entered into force in accordance with paragraph 1, the Protocol shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of deposit by such state or Regional Economic Integration Organization of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

  • 3 For the purposes of paragraph 1, any instrument deposited by a Regional Economic Integration Organization shall not be counted as additional to those deposited by member states of such Organization.

Article 19. Reservations

No reservations may be made to this Protocol.

Article 20. Withdrawal

  • 1 At any time after this Protocol has entered into force for a Contracting Party, that Contracting Party may give written notification to the Depositary of its withdrawal from the Protocol.

  • 2 Any Contracting Party which withdraws from the Energy Charter Treaty shall be considered as also having withdrawn from this Protocol.

  • 3 The effective date of withdrawal under paragraph 1 shall be ninety days after receipt of notification by the Depositary. The effective date of withdrawal under paragraph 2 shall be the same as the effective date of withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty.

Article 21. Depositary

The Government of the Portuguese Republic shall be the Depositary of this Protocol.

Article 22. Authentic texts

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Protocol in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, of which every text is equally authentic, in one original, which will be deposited with the Government of the Portuguese Republic.

DONE at Lisbon on the seventeenth day of December in the year one thousand nine hundred and ninety-four.

Annex Illustrative and non-exhaustive list of possible areas of cooperation pursuant to Article 9

Development of energy efficiency programmes, including identifying energy efficiency barriers and potentials, and the development of energy labelling and efficiency standards;

Assessment of the Environmental Impacts of the Energy Cycle;

Development of economic, legislative and regulatory measures;

Technology transfer, technical assistance and industrial joint ventures subject to international property rights regimes and other applicable international agreements;

Research and development;

Education, training, information and statistics;

Identification and assessment of measures such as fiscal or other market-based instruments, including tradeable permits to take account of external, notably environmental, costs and benefits.

Energy analysis and policy formulation:

  • assessment of energy efficiency potentials;

  • energy demand analysis and statistics;

  • development of legislative and regulatory measures;

  • integrated resource planning and demand side management;

  • Environmental Impact assessment, including major energy projects.

Evaluation of economic instruments for Improving Energy Efficiency and environmental objectives.

Energy efficiency analysis in refining, conversion, transport and distribution of hydro-carbons.

Improving Energy Efficiency in power generation and transmission:

  • cogeneration;

  • plant component (boilers, turbines, generators, etc.);

  • network integration.

Improving Energy Efficiency in the building sector:

  • thermal insulation standards, passive solar and ventilation;

  • space heating and air conditioning systems;

  • high efficiency low NOx burners;

  • metering technologies and individual metering;

  • domestic appliances and lighting.

Municipalities and local community services:

  • district heating systems;

  • efficient gas distribution systems;

  • energy planning technologies;

  • twinning of towns or of other relevant territorial entities;

  • energy management in cities and in public buildings;

  • waste management and energy recovery of waste.

Improving Energy Efficiency in the industrial sector:

  • joint ventures;

  • energy cascading, cogeneration and waste heat recovery;

  • energy audits.

Improving Energy Efficiency in the transport sector:

  • motor vehicle performance standards;

  • development of efficient transport infrastructures.

Information:

  • awareness creation;

  • data bases: access, technical specifications, information systems;

  • dissemination, collection and collation of technical information;

  • behavioural studies.

Training and education:

  • exchanges of energy managers, officials, engineers and students;

  • organization of international training courses.

Financing:

  • development of legal framework;

  • Third Party Financing;

  • joint ventures;

  • co-financing.

Final act of the European Energy Charter Conference

I. The final Plenary Session of the European Energy Charter Conference was held at Lisbon on 16–17 December 1994. Representatives of the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Armenia, Australia, the Republic of Austria, the Azerbaijani Republic, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Bulgaria, Canada, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Estonia, the European Communities, the Republic of Finland, the French Republic, the Republic of Georgia, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Iceland, Ireland, the Italian Republic, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Latvia, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Republic of Lithuania, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Moldova, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Poland, the Portuguese Republic, Romania, the Russian Federation, the Slovak Republic, the Republic of Slovenia, the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America and the Republic of Uzbekistan (hereinafter referred to as “the representatives") participated in the Conference, as did invited observers from certain countries and international organizations.

Background

II. During the meeting of the European Council in Dublin in June 1990, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands suggested that economic recovery in Eastern Europe and the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics could be catalysed and accelerated by cooperation in the energy sector. This suggestion was welcomed by the Council, which invited the Commission of the European Communities to study how best to implement such cooperation. In February 1991 the Commission proposed the concept of a European Energy Charter.

Following discussion of the Commission's proposal in the Council of the European Communities, the European Communities invited the other countries of Western and Eastern Europe, of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the non-European members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to attend a conference in Brussels in July 1991 to launch negotiations on the European Energy Charter. A number of other countries and international organizations were invited to attend the European Energy Charter Conference as observers.

Negotiations on the European Energy Charter were completed in 1991 and the Charter was adopted by signature of a Concluding Document at a conference held at The Hague on 16-17 December 1991. Signatories of the Charter, then or subsequently, include all those listed in Section I above, other than observers.

The signatories of the European Energy Charter undertook:

  • to pursue the objectives and principles of the Charter and implement and broaden their cooperation as soon as possible by negotiating in good faith a Basic Agreement and Protocols.

The European Energy Charter Conference accordingly began negotiations on a Basic Agreement – later called the Energy Charter Treaty – designed to promote East-West industrial cooperation by providing legal safeguards in areas such as investment, transit and trade. It also began negotiations on Protocols in the fields of energy efficiency, nuclear safety and hydrocarbons, although in the last case negotiations were later suspended until completion of the Energy Charter Treaty.

Negotiations on the Energy Charter Treaty and the Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects were successfully completed in 1994.

The Energy Charter Treaty

III. As a result of its deliberations the European Energy Charter Conference has adopted the text of the Energy Charter Treaty (hereinafter referred to as the “Treaty") which is set out in Annex 1 and Decisions with respect thereto which are set out in Annex 2, and agreed that the Treaty would be open for signature at Lisbon from 17 December 1994 to 16 June 1995.

Understandings

IV. By signing the Final Act, the representatives agreed to adopt the following Understandings with respect to the Treaty:

1. With respect to the Treaty as a whole

  • a The representatives underline that the provisions of the Treaty have been agreed upon bearing in mind the specific nature of the Treaty aiming at a legal framework to promote long-term cooperation in a particular sector and as a result cannot be construed to constitute a precedent in the context of other international negotiations.

  • b The provisions of the Treaty do not:

    • (i) oblige any Contracting Party to introduce mandatory third party access; or

    • (ii) prevent the use of pricing systems which, within a particular category of consumers, apply identical prices to customers in different locations.

  • c Derogations from most favoured nation treatment are not intended to cover measures which are specific to an Investor or group of Investors, rather than applying generally.

2. With respect to Article 1(5)

  • a It is understood that the Treaty confers no rights to engage in economic activities other than Economic Activities in the Energy Sector.

  • b The following activities are illustrative of Economic Activity in the Energy Sector:

    • (i) prospecting and exploration for, and extraction of, e.g., oil, gas, coal and uranium;

    • (ii) construction and operation of power generation facilities, including those powered by wind and other renewable energy sources;

    • (iii) land transportation, distribution, storage and supply of Energy Materials and Products, e.g., by way of transmission and distribution grids and pipelines or dedicated rail lines, and construction of facilities for such, including the laying of oil, gas, and coal-slurry pipelines;

    • (iv) removal and disposal of wastes from energy related facilities such as power stations, including radioactive wastes from nuclear power stations;

    • (v) decommissioning of energy related facilities, including oil rigs, oil refineries and power generating plants;

    • (vi) marketing and sale of, and trade in Energy Materials and Products, e.g., retail sales of gasoline; and

    • (vii) research, consulting, planning, management and design activities related to the activities mentioned above, including those aimed at Improving Energy Efficiency.

3. With respect to Article 1(6)

For greater clarity as to whether an Investment made in the Area of one Contracting Party is controlled, directly or indirectly, by an Investor of any other Contracting Party, control of an Investment means control in fact, determined after an examination of the actual circumstances in each situation. In any such examination, all relevant factors should be considered, including the Investor's

  • a) financial interest, including equity interest, in the Investment;

  • b) ability to exercise substantial influence over the management and operation of the Investment; and

  • c) ability to exercise substantial influence over the selection of members of the board of directors or any other managing body.

Where there is doubt as to whether an Investor controls, directly or indirectly, an Investment, an Investor claiming such control has the burden of proof that such control exists.

4. With respect to Article 1(8)

Consistent with Australia's foreign investment policy, the establishment of a new mining or raw materials processing project in Australia with total investment of $A 10 million or more by a foreign interest, even where that foreign interest is already operating a similar business in Australia, is considered as the making of a new investment.

5. With respect to Article 1(12)

The representatives recognize the necessity for adequate and effective protection of Intellectual Property rights according to the highest internationally-accepted standards.

6. With respect to Article 5(1)

The representatives' agreement to Article 5 is not meant to imply any position on whether or to what extent the provisions of the “Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures” annexed to the Final Act of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations are implicit in articles III and XI of the GATT.

7. With respect to Article 6

  • a The unilateral and concerted anti-competitive conduct referred to in Article 6(2) are to be defined by each Contracting Party in accordance with its laws and may include exploitative abuses.

  • b “Enforcement" and “enforces" include action under the competition laws of a Contracting Party by way of investigation, legal proceeding, or administrative action as well as by way of any decision or further law granting or continuing an authorization.

8. With respect to Article 7(4)

The applicable legislation would include provisions on environmental protection, land use, safety, or technical standards.

9. With respect to Articles 9, 10 and Part V

As a Contracting Party's programmes which provide for public loans, grants, guarantees or insurance for facilitating trade or Investment abroad are not connected with Investment or related activities of Investors from other Contracting Parties in its Area, such programmes may be subject to constraints with respect to participation in them.

10. With respect to Article 10(4)

The supplementary treaty will specify conditions for applying the Treatment described in Article 10(3). Those conditions will include, inter alia, provisions relating to the sale or other divestment of state assets (privatization) and to the dismantling of monopolies (demonopolization).

11. With respect to Articles 10(4) and 29(6)

Contracting Parties may consider any connection between the provisions of Article 10(4) and Article 29(6).

12. With respect to Article 14(5

It is intended that a Contracting Party which enters into an agreement referred to in Article 14(5) ensure that the conditions of such an agreement are not in contradiction with that Contracting Party's obligations under the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund.

13. With respect to Article 19(1) i)

It is for each Contracting Party to decide the extent to which the assessment and monitoring of Environmental Impacts should be subject to legal requirements, the authorities competent to take decisions in relation to such requirements, and the appropriate procedures to be followed.

14. With respect to Articles 22 and 23

With regard to trade in Energy Materials and Products governed by Article 29, that Article specifies the provisions relevant to the subjects covered by Articles 22 and 23.

15. With respect to Article 24

Exceptions contained in the GATT and Related Instruments apply between particular Contracting Parties which are parties to the GATT, as recognized by Article 4. With respect to trade in Energy Materials and Products governed by Article 29, that Article specifies the provisions relevant to the subjects covered by Article 24.

16. With respect to Article 26(2)a)

Article 26(2) a) should not be interpreted to require a Contracting Party to enact Part III of the Treaty into its domestic law.

17. With respect to Articles 26 and 27

The reference to treaty obligations in the penultimate sentence of Article 10(1) does not include decisions taken by international organizations, even if they are legally binding, or treaties which entered into force before 1 January 1970.

18. With respect to Article 29(2)a)

  • a Where a provision of GATT 1947 or a Related Instrument referred to in this paragraph provides for joint action by parties to the GATT, it is intended that the Charter Conference take such action.

  • b The notion “applied on 1 March 1994 and practised with regard to Energy Materials and Products by parties to GATT 1947 among themselves” is not intended to refer to cases where a party to the GATT has invoked article XXXV of the GATT, thereby disapplying the GATT vis-à-vis another party to the GATT, but nevertheless applies unilaterally on a de facto basis some provisions of the GATT vis-à-vis that other party to the GATT.

19. With respect to Article 33

The provisional Charter Conference should at the earliest possible date decide how best to give effect to the goal of Title III of the European Energy Charter that Protocols be negotiated in areas of cooperation such as those listed in Title III of the Charter.

20. With respect to Article 34

  • a The provisional Secretary-General should make immediate contact with other international bodies in order to discover the terms on which they might be willing to undertake tasks arising from the Treaty and the Charter. The provisional Secretary-General might report back to the provisional Charter Conference at the meeting which Article 45(4) requires to be convened not later than 180 days after the opening date for signature of the Treaty.

  • b The Charter Conference should adopt the annual budget before the beginning of the financial year.

21. With respect to Article 34(3)m)

The technical changes to Annexes might for instance include, delisting of non-signatories or of signatories that have evinced their intention not to ratify, or additions to Annexes N and VC. It is intended that the Secretariat would propose such changes to the Charter Conference when appropriate.

22. With respect to Annex TFU(1)

  • a If some of the parties to an agreement referred to in paragraph 1 have not signed or acceded to the Treaty at the time required for notification, those parties to the agreement which have signed or acceded to the Treaty may notify on their behalf.

  • b The need in general for notification of agreements of a purely commercial nature is not foreseen because such agreements should not raise a question of compliance with Article 29(2)a), even when they are entered into by state agencies. The Charter Conference could, however, clarify for purposes of Annex TFU which types of agreements referred to in Article 29(2)b) require notification under the Annex and which types do not.

Declarations

V. The representatives declared that Article 18(2) shall not be construed to allow the circumvention of the application of the other provisions of the Treaty.

VI. The representatives also noted the following Declarations that were made with respect to the Treaty:

  • 1. With respect to Article 1(6)

    The Russian Federation wishes to have reconsidered, in negotiations with regard to the supplementary treaty referred to in Article 10(4), the question of the importance of national legislation with respect to the issue of control as expressed in the Understanding to Article 1(6).

  • 2. )With respect to Articles 5 and 10(11)

    Australia notes that the provisions of Articles 5 and 10(11) do not diminish its rights and obligations under the GATT, including as elaborated in the Uruguay Round Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures, particularly with respect to the list of exceptions in Article 5(3), which it considers incomplete.

    Australia further notes that it would not be appropriate for dispute settlement bodies established under the Treaty to give interpretations of GATT articles III and XI in the context of disputes between parties to the GATT or between an Investor of a party to the GATT and another party to the GATT. It considers that with respect to the application of Article 10(11) between an Investor and a party to the GATT, the only issue that can be considered under Article 26 is the issue of the awards of arbitration in the event that a GATT panel or the WTO dispute settlement body first establishes that a trade-related investment measure maintained by the Contracting Party is inconsistent with its obligations under the GATT or the Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures.

  • 3. With respect to Article 7

    The European Communities and their Member States and Austria, Norway, Sweden and Finland declare that the provisions of Article 7 are subject to the conventional rules of international law on jurisdiction over submarine cables and pipelines or, where there are no such rules, to general international law.

    They further declare that Article 7 is not intended to affect the interpretation of existing international law on jurisdiction over submarine cables and pipelines, and cannot be considered as doing so.

  • 4. With respect to Article 10

    Canada and the United States each affirm that they will apply the provisions of Article 10 in accordance with the following considerations:

    For the purposes of assessing the treatment which must be accorded to Investors of other Contracting Parties and their Investments, the circumstances will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. A comparison between the treatment accorded to Investors of one Contracting Party, or the Investments of Investors of one Contracting Party, and the Investments or Investors of another Contracting Party, is only valid if it is made between Investors and Investments in similar circumstances. In determining whether differential treatment of Investors or Investments is consistent with Article 10, two basic factors must be taken into account.

    The first factor is the policy objectives of Contracting Parties in various fields insofar as they are consistent with the principles of non-discrimination set out in Article 10. Legitimate policy objectives may justify differential treatment of foreign Investors or their Investments in order to reflect a dissimilarity of relevant circumstances between those Investors and Investments and their domestic counterparts. For example, the objective of ensuring the integrity of a country's financial system would justify reasonable prudential measures with respect to foreign Investors or Investments, where such measures would be unnecessary to ensure the attainment of the same objectives insofar as domestic Investors or Investments are concerned. Those foreign Investors or their Investments would thus not be “in similar circumstances" to domestic Investors or their Investments. Thus, even if such a measure accorded differential treatment, it would not be contrary to Article 10.

    The second factor is the extent to which the measure is motivated by the fact that the relevant Investor or Investment is subject to foreign ownership or under foreign control. A measure aimed specifically at Investors because they are foreign, without sufficient countervailing policy reasons consistent with the preceding paragraph, would be contrary to the principles of Article 10. The foreign Investor or Investment would be “in similar circumstances" to domestic Investors and their Investments, and the measure would be contrary to Article 10.

  • 5. With respect to Article 25

    The European Communities and their Member States recall that, in accordance with article 58 of the Treaty establishing the European Community:

    • a) companies or firms formed in accordance with the law of a Member State and having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the Community shall, for the right of establishment pursuant to Part Three, Title III, Chapter 2 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, be treated in the same way as natural persons who are nationals of Member States; companies or firms which only have their registered office within the Community must, for this purpose, have an effective and continuous link with the economy of one of the Member States;

    • b) “companies and firms" means companies or firms constituted under civil or commercial law, including cooperative societies, and other legal persons governed by public or private law, save for those which are non-profitmaking.

    The European Communities and their Member States further recall that:

    Community law provides for the possibility to extend the treatment described above to branches and agencies of companies or firms not established in one of the Member States; and that, the application of Article 25 of the Energy Charter Treaty will allow only those derogations necessary to safeguard the preferential treatment resulting from the wider process of economic integration resulting from the Treaties establishing the European Communities.

  • 6. With respect to Article 40

    Denmark recalls that the European Energy Charter does not apply to Greenland and the Faroe Islands until notice to this effect has been received from the local governments of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

    In this respect Denmark affirms that Article 40 of the Treaty applies to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

  • 7. With respect to Annex G(4)

    • a) The European Communities and the Russian Federation declare that trade in nuclear materials between them shall be governed, until they reach another agreement, by the provisions of article 22 of the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Russian Federation, of the other part, signed at Corfu on 24 June 1994, the exchange of letters attached thereto and the related joint declaration, and disputes regarding such trade will be subject to the procedures of the said Agreement.

    • b) The European Communities and Ukraine declare that, in accordance with the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement signed at Luxembourg on 14 June 1994 and the Interim Agreement thereto, initialled there the same day, trade in nuclear materials between them shall be exclusively governed by the provisions of a specific agreement to be concluded between the European Atomic Energy Community and Ukraine.

      Until entry into force of this specific agreement, the provisions of the Agreement on Trade and Economic and Commercial Cooperation between the European Economic Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed at Brussels on 18 December 1989 shall exclusively continue to apply for trade in nuclear materials between them.

    • c) The European Communities and Kazakhstan declare that, in accordance with the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement initialled at Brussels on 20 May 1994, trade in nuclear materials between them shall be exclusively governed by the provisions of a specific agreement to be concluded between the European Atomic Energy Community and Kazakhstan.

      Until entry into force of this specific agreement, the provisions of the Agreement on Trade and Economic and Commercial Cooperation between the European Economic Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed at Brussels on 18 December 1989 shall exclusively continue to apply for trade in nuclear materials between them.

    • d) The European Communities and Kyrgyzstan declare that, in accordance with the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation initialled at Brussels on 31 May 1994, trade in nuclear materials between them shall be exclusively governed by the provisions of a specific agreement to be concluded between the European Atomic Energy Community and Kyrgyzstan.

      Until entry into force of this specific agreement, the provisions of the Agreement on Trade and Economic and Commercial Cooperation between the European Economic Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed at Brussels on 18 December 1989 shall exclusively continue to apply for trade in nuclear materials between them.

    • e) The European Communities and Tajikistan declare that trade in nuclear materials between them shall be exclusively governed by the provisions of a specific agreement to be concluded between the European Atomic Energy Community and Tajikistan.

      Until entry into force of this specific agreement, the provisions of the Agreement on Trade and Economic and Commercial Cooperation between the European Economic Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed at Brussels on 18 December 1989 shall exclusively continue to apply for trade in nuclear materials between them.

    • f) The European Communities and Uzbekistan declare that trade in nuclear materials between them shall be exclusively governed by the provisions of a specific agreement to be concluded between the European Atomic Energy Community and Uzbekistan.

      Until entry into force of this specific agreement, the provisions of the Agreement on Trade and Economic and Commercial Cooperation between the European Economic Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed at Brussels on 18 December 1989 shall exclusively continue to apply for trade in nuclear materials between them.

The Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects

VII. The European Energy Charter Conference has adopted the text of the Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects which is set out in Annex 3.

The European Energy Charter

VIII. The provisional Charter Conference and the Charter Conference provided for in the Treaty shall henceforth be responsible for making decisions on requests to sign the Concluding Document of The Hague Conference on the European Energy Charter and the European Energy Charter adopted thereby.

Documentation

IX. The records of negotiations of the European Energy Charter Conference will be deposited with the Secretariat.

DONE at Lisbon on the seventeenth day of December in the year one thousand nine hundred ans ninety-four.

Annex 2 Decisions with respect to the Energy Charter Treaty

The European Energy Charter Conference has adopted the following Decisions:

  • 1. With respect to the Treaty as a whole

    In the event of a conflict between the treaty concerning Spitsbergen of 9 February 1920 (the Svalbard Treaty) and the Energy Charter Treaty, the treaty concerning Spitsbergen shall prevail to the extent of the conflict, without prejudice to the positions of the Contracting Parties in respect of the Svalbard Treaty. In the event of such conflict or a dispute as to whether there is such conflict or as to its extent, Article 16 and Part V of the Energy Charter Treaty shall not apply.

  • 2. With respect to Article 10(7)

    The Russian Federation may require that companies with foreign participation obtain legislative approval for the leasing of federally-owned property, provided that the Russian Federation shall ensure without exception that this process is not applied in a manner which discriminates among Investments of Investors of other Contracting Parties.

  • 3. With respect to Article 14

    • 1) The term “freedom of transfer" in Article 14(1) does not preclude a Contracting Party (hereinafter referred to as the “Limiting Party") from applying restrictions on movement of capital by its own Investors, provided that:

      • a) such restrictions shall not impair the rights granted under Article 14(1) to Investors of other Contracting Parties with respect to their Investments;

      • b) such restrictions do not affect Current Transactions; and

      • c) the Contracting Party ensures that Investments in its Area of the Investors of all other Contracting Parties are accorded, with respect to transfers, treatment no less favourable than that which it accords to Investments of Investors of any other Contracting Party or of any third state, whichever is the most favourable.

    • 2) This Decision shall be subject to examination by the Charter Conference five years after entry into force of the Treaty, but not later than the date envisaged in Article 32(3).

    • 3) No Contracting Party shall be eligible to apply such restrictions unless it is a Contracting Party which is a state that was a constituent part of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which has notified the provisional Secretariat in writing no later than 1 July 1995 that it elects to be eligible to apply restrictions in accordance with this Decision.

    • 4) For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Decision shall derogate, as concerns Article 16, from the rights hereunder of a Contracting Party, its Investors or their Investments, or from the obligations of a Contracting Party.

    • 5) For the purposes of this Decision:

      “Current Transactions" are current payments connected with the movement of goods, services or persons that are made in accordance with normal international practice, and do not include arrangements which materially constitute a combination of a current payment and a capital transaction, such as deferrals of payments and advances which is meant to circumvent respective legislation of the Limiting Party in the field.

  • 4. With respect to Article 14(2)

    Without prejudice to the requirements of Article 14 and its other international obligations, Romania shall endeavour during the transition to full convertibility of its national currency to take appropriate steps to improve the efficiency of its procedures for the transfers of Investment Returns and shall in any case guarantee such transfers in a Freely Convertible Currency without restriction or a delay exceeding six months. Romania shall ensure that Investments in its Area of the Investors of all other Contracting Parties are accorded, with respect to transfers, treatment no less favourable than that which it accords to Investments of Investors of any other Contracting Party or of any third state, whichever is the most favourable.

  • 5. With respect to Articles 24(4)a) and 25

    An Investment of an Investor referred to in Article 1(7)a)(ii), of a Contracting Party which is not party to an EIA or a member of a free-trade area or a customs union, shall be entitled to treatment accorded under such EIA, free-trade area or customs union, provided that the Investment:

    • a) has its registered office, central administration or principal place of business in the Area of a party to that EIA or member of that free-trade area or customs union; or

    • b) in case it only has its registered office in that Area, has an effective and continuous link with the economy of one of the parties to that EIA or member of that free-trade area or customs union.

Concluding Document of the Hague Conference on the European Energy Charter

The representatives of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belorussia, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, The European Communities, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, The Interstate Economic Committee, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, The Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadjikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The United States of America, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia convened in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 16 to 17 December 1991 in order to adopt the European Energy Charter.

The Conference was opened and closed by the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.

Her Majesty, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, attended the opening of the Conference.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands and the Commissioner for Energy of the European Commission addressed the Conference.

During the Conference, contributions were received and statements made by delegates of the signatories.

Determined to give full effect to the results of the Conference, the representatives of the signatories adopted the following text for the European Energy Charter:

European Energy Charter

The representatives of the signatories meeting in The Hague on 16 and 17 December 1991,

Having regard to the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, signed in Paris on 21 November 1990 at the summit meeting of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE);

Having regard to the document adopted in Bonn on 11 April 1990 by the CSCE Conference on Economic Co-operation in Europe;

Having regard to the declaration of the London Economic Summit adopted on 17 July 1991;

Having regard to the report on the conclusions and recommendations of the CSCE meeting in Sofia on 3 November 1989, on the protection of the environment, as well as its follow-up;

Having regard to the Agreement establishing the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development signed in Paris on 29 May 1990;

Anxious to give formal expression to this new desire for a European-wide and global co-operation based on mutual respect and confidence;

Resolved to promote a new model for energy co-operation in the long term in Europe and globally within the framework of a market economy and based on mutual assistance and the principle of non-discrimination;

Aware that account must be taken of the problems of reconstruction and restructuring in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and in the USSR and that it is desirable for the signatories to participate in joint efforts aimed at facilitating and promoting market-oriented reforms and modernisation of energy sectors in these countries;

Certain that taking advantage of the complementary features of energy sectors within Europe will benefit the world economy; persuaded that broader energy co-operation among signatories is essential for economic progress and more generally for social development and a better quality of life;

Convinced of the signatories' common interest in problems of energy supply, safety of industrial plants, particularly nuclear facilities, and environmental protection;

Willing to do more to attain the objectives of security of supply and efficient management and use of resources, and to utilize fully the potential for environmental improvement, in moving towards sustainble development;

Convinced of the essential importance of efficient energy systems in the production, conversion, transport, distribution and use of energy for security of supply and for the protection of the environment;

Recognizing State sovereignty and sovereign rights over energy resources;

Assured of support from the European Community, particularly through completion of its internal energy market;

Aware of the obligations under major relevant multilateral agreements, of the wide range of international energy co-operation, and of the extensive activities by existing international organizations in the energy field and willing to take full advantage of the expertise of these organizations in furthering the objectives of the Charter;

Recognizing the role of entrepreneurs, operating within a transparent and equitable legal framework, in promoting co-operation under the Charter;

Determined to establish closer, mutually beneficial commercial relations and promote energy investments;

Convinced of the importance of promoting free movement of energy products and of developing an efficient international energy infrastructure in order to facilitate the development of market-based trade in energy;

Aware of the need to promote technological co-operation among signatories;

Affirming that the energy policies of signatories are linked by interests common to all their countries and that they should be implemented in accordance with the principles set out below;

Affirming, finally, their desire to take the consequent action and apply the principles set out below;

Have adopted the following declaration constituting the “European Energy Charter”:

Title I. OBJECTIVES

The signatories are desirous of improving security of energy supply and of maximising the efficiency of production, conversion, transport, distribution and use of energy, to enhance safety and to minimise environmental problems, on an acceptable economic basis.

Within the framework of State sovereignty and sovereign rights over energy resources and in a spirit of political and economic co-operation, they undertake to promote the development of an efficient energy market throughout Europe, and a better functioning global market, in both cases based on the principle of non-discrimination and on market-oriented price formation, taking due account of environmental concerns. They are determined to create a climate favourable to the operation of enterprises and to the flow of investments and technologies by implementing market principles in the field of energy.

To this end, and in accordance with these principles, they will take action in the following fields:

  • 1. Development of trade in energy consistent with major relevant multilateral agreements such as GATT, its related instruments, and nuclear non-proliferation obligations and undertakings, which will be achieved by means of:

    • an open and competitive market for energy products, materials, equipment and services;

    • access to energy resources, and exploration and development thereof on a commercial basis;

    • access to local and international markets;

    • removal of technical, administrative and other barriers to trade in energy and associated equipment, technologies and energy-related services;

    • modernization, renewal and rationalization by industry of services and installations for the production, conversion, transport, distribution and use of energy;

    • promoting the development and interconnection of energy transport infrastructure;

    • promoting best possible access to capital, particularly through appropriate existing financial institutions;

    • facilitating access to transport infrastructure, for international transit purposes in accordance with the objectives of the Charter expressed in the first paragraph of this Title;

    • access on commercial terms to technologies for the exploration, development and use of energy resources.

  • 2. Co-operation in the energy field, which will entail:

    • co-ordination of energy policies, as necessary for promoting the objectives of the Charter;

    • mutual access to technical and economic data, consistent with proprietary rights;

    • formulation of stable and transparent legal frameworks creating conditions for the development of energy resources;

    • co-ordination and, where appropriate, harmonization of safety principles and guidelines for energy products and their transport, as well as for energy installations, at a high level;

    • facilitating the exchange of technology information and know-how in the energy and environment fields, including training activities;

    • research, technological development and demonstration projects.

  • 3. Energy efficiency and environmental protection, which will imply:

    • creating mechanisms and conditions for using energy as economically and efficiently as possible, including, as appropriate, regulatory and market-based instruments;

    • promotion of an energy mix designed to minimise negative environmental consequences in a cost-effective way through:

      • (i) market-oriented energy prices which more fully reflect environmental costs and benefits;

      • (ii) efficient and co-ordinated policy measures related to energy;

      • (iii) use of new and renewable energies and clean technologies;

    • achieving and maintaining a high level of nuclear safety and ensuring effective co-operation in this field.

Title II. IMPLEMENTATION

In order to attain the objectives set out above, the signatories will, within the framework of State sovereignty and sovereign rights over energy resources, take co-ordinated action to achieve greater coherence of energy policies, which should be based on the principle of non-discrimination and on market-oriented price formation, taking due account of environmental concerns.

They underline that practical steps to define energy policies are necessary in order to intensify co-operation in this sector and further stress the importance of regular exchanges of views on action taken, taking full advantage of the experience of existing international organizations and institutions in this field.

The signatories recognize that commercial forms of co-operation may need to be complemented by intergovernmental co-operation, particularly in the area of energy policy formulation and analysis as well as in areas which are essential and not suitable to private capital funding.

They undertake to pursue the objectives of creating a broader European energy market and enhancing the efficient functioning of the global energy market by joint or co-ordinated action under the Charter in the following fields:

  • access to and development of energy resources;

  • access to markets;

  • liberalization of trade in energy;

  • promotion and protection of investments;

  • safety principles and guidelines;

  • research, technological development, innovation and dissemination;

  • energy efficiency and environmental protection;

  • education and training.

In implementing this joint or co-ordinated action, they undertake to foster private initiative, to make full use of the potential of enterprises, institutions and all available financial sources, and to facilitate co-operation between such enterprises or institutions from different countries, acting on the basis of market principles.

The signatories will ensure that the international rules on the protection of industrial, commercial and intellectual property are respected.

  • 1. Access to and development of energy resources

    Considering that efficient development of energy resources is a sine qua non for attaining the objectives of the Charter, the signatories undertake to facilitate access to and development of resources by the interested operators.

    To this end, they will ensure that rules on the exploration, development and acquisition of resources are publicly available and transparent; they recognize the need to formulate such rules wherever this has not yet been done and to take all necessary measures to co-ordinate their actions in this area.

    With a view to facilitating the development and diversification of resources, the signatories undertake to avoid imposing discriminatory rules on operators, notably rules governing the ownership of resources, internal operation of companies and taxation.

  • 2. Access to Markets

    The signatories will strongly promote access to local and international markets for energy products for the implementation of the objectives of the Charter. Such access to markets should take account of the need to facilitate the operation of market forces, and promote competition.

  • 3. Liberalization of trade in energy

    In order to develop and diversify trade in energy, the signatories undertake progressively to remove the barriers to such trade with each other in energy products, equipment and services in a manner consistent with the provisions of GATT, its related instruments, and nuclear non-proliferation obligations and undertakings.

    The signatories recognize that transit of energy products through their territories is essential for the liberalization of trade in energy products. Transit should take place in economic and environmentally sound conditions.

    They stress the importance of the development of commercial international energy transmission networks and their interconnection, with particular reference to electricity and natural gas and with recognition of the relevance of long-term commercial commitments. To this end, they will ensure the compatibility of technical specifications governing the installation and operation of such networks, notably as regards the stability of electricity systems.

  • 4. Promotion and protection of investments

    In order to promote the international flow of investments, the signatories will at national level provide for a stable, transparent legal framework for foreign investments, in conformity with the relevant international laws and rules on investment and trade.

    They affirm that it is important for the signatory States to negotiate and ratify legally binding agreements on promotion and protection of investments which ensure a high level of legal security and enable the use of investment risk guarantee schemes.

    Moreover, the signatories will guarantee the right to repatriate profits or other payments relating to an investment and to obtain or use the convertible currency needed.

    They also recognize the importance of the avoidance of double taxation to foster private investment.

  • 5. Safety principles and guidelines

    Consistent with relevant major multilateral agreements, the signatories will:

    • implement safety principles and guidelines, designed to achieve and/or maintain high levels of safety, in particular nuclear safety and the protection of health and the environment;

    • develop such common safety principles and guidelines as are appropriate and/or agree to the mutual recognition of their safety principles and guidelines.

  • 6. Research, technological development, innovation and dissemination

    The signatories undertake to promote exchanges of technology and co-operation on their technological development and innovation activities in the fields of energy production, conversion, transport, distribution and the efficient and clean use of energy, in a manner consistent with nuclear non-proliferation obligations and undertakings.

    To this end, they will encourage co-operative efforts on:

    • research and development activities;

    • pilot or demonstration projects;

    • the application of technological innovations;

    • the dissemination and exchange of know-how and information on technologies.

    • 7. Energy efficiency and environmental protection

      The signatories agree that co-operation is necessary in the field of efficient use of energy and energy-related environmental protection. This should include:

      • ensuring, in a cost-effective manner, consistency between relevant energy policies and environmental agreements and conventions;

      • ensuring market-oriented price formation, including a fuller reflection of environmental costs and benefits;

      • the use of transparent and equitable market-based instruments designed to achieve energy objectives and reduce environmental problems;

      • the creation of framework conditions for the exchange of know-how regarding environmentally sound energy technologies and efficient use of energy;

      • the creation of framework conditions for profitable investment in energy efficiency projects.

  • 8. Education and training

    The signatories, recognizing industry's role in promoting vocational education and training in the energy field, undertake to co-operate in such activities, including:

    • professional education;

    • occupational training;

    • public information in the energy efficiency field.

TITLE III. SPECIFIC AGREEMENTS

The signatories undertake to pursue the objectives and principles of the Charter and implement and broaden their co-operation as soon as possible by negotiating in good faith a Basic Agreement and Protocols.

Areas of co-operation could include:

  • horizontal and organisational issues;

  • energy efficiency, including environmental protection;

  • prospecting, production, transportation and use of oil and oil products and modernization of refineries;

  • prospecting, production and use of natural gas, interconnection of gas networks and transmission via high-pressure gas pipelines;

  • all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle including improvements in safety in that sector;

  • modernization of power stations, interconnection of power networks and transmission of electricity via high-voltage power lines;

  • all aspects of the coal cycle, including clean coal technologies;

  • development of renewable energy sources;

  • transfers of technology and encouragement of innovation;

  • co-operation in dealing with the effects of major accidents, or of other events in the energy sector with transfrontier consequences.

The signatories will, in exceptional cases, consider transitional arrangements. They, in particular, take into account the specific circumstances facing some states of Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR as well as their need to adapt their economies to the market system, and accept the possibility of a stage-by-stage transition in those countries for the implementation of those particular provisions of the Charter, Basic Agreement and related Protocols that they are, for objective reasons, unable to implement immediately and in full.

Specific arrangements for coming into full compliance with Charter provisions as elaborated in the Basic Agreement and Protocols will be negotiated by each Party requesting transitional status, and progress towards full compliance will be subject to periodic review.

TITLE IV. FINAL PROVISION

The signatories request the Government of the Netherlands, President-in-Office of the Council of the European Communities, to transmit to the Secretary-General of the United Nations the text of the European Energy Charter which is not eligible for registration under Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations.

In adopting the European Energy Charter Ministers or their representatives record that the following understanding has been reached:

The representatives of the Signatories understand that in the context of the European Energy Charter, the principle of non-discrimination means Most-Favoured-Nation Treatment as a minimum standard. National Treatment may be agreed to in provisions of the Basic Agreement and/or Protocols.

The original of this Concluding Document, drawn up in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish texts, will be transmitted to the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which will retain it in its archives. Each of the Signatories will receive from the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands a true copy of the Concluding Document.

Vertaling : NL

Verdrag inzake het Energiehandvest

Preambule

De Partijen bij dit Verdrag,

Gelet op het Handvest van Parijs voor een Nieuw Europa, ondertekend op 21 november 1990,

Gelet op het Europees Energiehandvest dat is aangenomen als onderdeel van het op 17 december 1991 te 's-Gravenhage ondertekende Slotdocument van de Conferentie van 's-Gravenhage over het Europees Energiehandvest,

Eraan herinnerend dat alle ondertekenaars van het Slotdocument van de Conferentie van 's-Gravenhage zich ertoe verbonden hebben zich in te zetten voor de doelstellingen en beginselen van het Europees Energiehandvest en hun samenwerking zo snel mogelijk vorm te geven en uit te breiden door te goeder trouw te onderhandelen over een Verdrag inzake een Energiehandvest, met protocollen, en geleid door de wens de in dat Handvest neergelegde verplichtingen op een deugdelijke en bindende internationale rechtsgrondslag te vestigen;

Geleid door de wens het structurele kader tot stand te brengen dat vereist is om de in het Europees Energiehandvest vermelde beginselen in praktijk te brengen;

Geleid door de wens een concrete invulling te geven aan de grondgedachte van het Europees Energiehandvest, te weten dat dit als katalysator voor de economische groei moet fungeren door het nemen van maatregelen voor de liberalisatie van de investeringen en de handel in energie;

Bevestigend dat de Verdragsluitende Partijen het grootste belang hechten aan de daadwerkelijke toepassing van het beginsel van volledig nationale behandeling en van meestbegunstiging, en dat deze verplichtingen zullen gelden voor het doen van investeringen uit hoofde van een aanvullend verdrag;

Gezien de beoogde geleidelijke liberalisatie van het internationale handelsverkeer en het beginsel dat discriminatie in het internationale handelsverkeer moet worden vermeden, zoals dat tot uitdrukking is gebracht in de Overeenkomst tot oprichting van de Wereldhandelsorganisatie, en zoals dat voorts in dit Verdrag is voorzien/geregeld;

Vastbesloten technische, administratieve en andere belemmeringen voor de handel in energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten en uitrusting op energiegebied, technologieën en diensten geleidelijk weg te nemen;

In het vooruitzicht dat de Verdragsluitende Partijen die momenteel geen lid zijn van de Wereldhandelsorganisatie uiteindelijk tot die Overeenkomst zullen toetreden en ernaar strevend voorlopige handelsregelingen te treffen die de betrokken Verdragsluitende Partijen tot steun zijn en een voorbereiding op de toetreding tot die Overeenkomst niet in de weg staan;

Gelet op de rechten en verplichtingen van sommige Verdragsluitende Partijen die tevens lid zijn van de Wereldhandelsorganisatie;

Gelet op mededingingsregels inzake fusies, monopolies, mededingingbeperkende gedragingen en misbruik van machtsposities;

Gelet voorts op het Verdrag inzake de niet-verspreiding van kernwapens, de Richtlijnen voor internationale nucleaire transacties en andere internationale verplichtingen of afspraken met betrekking tot niet-verspreiding van kernwapens;

Erkennend de noodzaak van een zo doelmatig mogelijke exploratie, produktie, omzetting, opslag, vervoer, distributie en gebruik van energie;

Herinnerend aan het Raamverdrag van de Verenigde Naties inzake klimaatverandering, het Verdrag betreffende grensoverschrijdende luchtverontreiniging over lange afstand en de protocollen daarbij, en andere internationale overeenkomsten op milieugebied met energie-aspecten, en

Erkennend dat er een steeds dringender behoefte bestaat aan maatregelen ter bescherming van het milieu, met inbegrip van de ontmanteling van energie-installaties en de verwijdering van afvalstoffen, en aan hiertoe internationaal overeengekomen doelstellingen en criteria,

Zijn het volgende overeengekomen:

DEEL I. DEFINITIES EN DOEL

Artikel 1. Definities

In dit Verdrag wordt verstaan onder:

  • 1. „Handvest”: het Europees Energiehandvest dat is aangenomen als onderdeel van het op 17 december 1991 te 's-Gravenhage ondertekende Slotdocument van de Conferentie van 's-Gravenhage over het Europees Energiehandvest; ondertekening van het Slotdocument wordt beschouwd als ondertekening van het Handvest;

  • 2. „Verdragsluitende Partij”: een Staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die ermede heeft ingestemd door het Verdrag te worden gebonden en waarvoor het Verdrag in werking is;

  • 3. „regionale organisatie voor economische integratie”: een organisatie gevormd door Staten, waaraan haar Lid-Staten bevoegdheden hebben overgedragen ten aanzien van een aantal zaken, waarvan sommige onder dit Verdrag vallen, met inbegrip van de bevoegdheid aangaande die aangelegenheden besluiten te nemen welke voor haar Lid-Staten bindend zijn;

  • 4. „Energiegrondstoffen en energieproducten”, op basis van het geharmoniseerde systeem van de Werelddouaneorganisatie en de gecombineerde nomenclatuur van de Europese Gemeenschappen: de in bijlage EMI of EM II opgenomen grondstoffen en producten.

  • 4 bis. „Uitrusting op energiegebied”, op basis van het geharmoniseerde systeem van de Werelddouaneorganisatie: de in bijlage EQ I of EQ II opgenomen grondstoffen en producten.

  • 5. „economische activiteit in de energiesector”: een economische activiteit met betrekking tot exploratie, winning, raffinage, produktie, opslag, vervoer over land, transmissie, distributie, handel, marketing of verkoop van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten, met uitzondering van die genoemd in bijlage NI, of met betrekking tot collectieve verwarmingssystemen;

  • 6. „investering”: elke vorm van activa die een investeerder in eigendom heeft of waarover hij direct of indirect zeggenschap heeft, met inbegrip van:

    • a. lichamelijke en onlichamelijke en roerende en onroerende zaken alsook andere rechten, zoals huur-, hypotheek-, retentie- en pandrechten;

    • b. een vennootschap of onderneming, of aandelen of andere vormen van vermogensdeelneming in, en obligaties en andere schuldbewijzen van een vennootschap of onderneming;

    • c. aanspraken op geld en aanspraken op prestaties volgens een contract met een economische waarde en in verband met een investering;

    • d. intellectuele eigendom;

    • e. opbrengsten;

    • f. een bij wet of contract of uit hoofde van overeenkomstig de wet verleende licenties en vergunningen verleend recht een economische activiteit in de energiesector te ondernemen.

    Een wijziging van de wijze waarop activa geïnvesteerd worden, heeft geen invloed op het karakter ervan als investeringen en de term „investering" bestrijkt alle investeringen, zowel de investeringen die al gedaan zijn op als de investeringen die worden gedaan na de datum van inwerkingtreding van dit Verdrag voor de Verdragsluitende Partij van de investeerder die de investering doet of voor de Verdragsluitende Partij op het grondgebied waarvan de investering wordt gedaan, al naar gelang welke datum later is (hierna te noemen de „effectieve datum”), met dien verstande dat het Verdrag alleen van toepassing is op aangelegenheden die na de effectieve datum op zulke investeringen van invloed zijn.

    „Investering" heeft betrekking op elke investering in verband met een economische activiteit in de energiesector en op investeringen of categorieën investeringen die door een Verdragsluitende Partij op haar grondgebied worden aangemerkt als „onder het Handvest vallende efficiëntieprojecten” en als zodanig bij het Secretariaat worden aangemeld;

  • 7. „investeerders”:

    • a. van een Verdragsluitende Partij,

      • i. natuurlijke personen die het staatsburgerschap of de nationaliteit bezitten van of permanent verblijven op het grondgebied van die Verdragsluitende Partij conform haar toepasselijke wetgeving;

      • ii. vennootschappen of andere organisaties opgericht conform op het grondgebied van die Verdragsluitende Partij toepasselijke wetgeving;

    • b. uit een derde land, natuurlijke personen, vennootschappen of andere organisaties die mutatis mutandis voldoen aan de onder a. aan Verdragsluitende Partijen gestelde voorwaarden;

  • 8. „investeringen doen”: nieuwe investeringen tot stand brengen, een bestaande investering geheel of gedeeltelijk overnemen, dan wel op nieuwe terreinen investeringsactiviteiten ontwikkelen;

  • 9. „opbrengsten”: de uit of in verband met een investering verkregen bedragen, ongeacht de vorm waarin zij worden betaald, met inbegrip van winst, dividenden, rente, vermogenswinst, uitkering van royalty's, vergoeding voor management of technische steun of andere vormen van vergoedingen en betalingen in natura;

  • 10. „grondgebied” met betrekking tot een Staat, die Verdragsluitende Partij is:

    • a. het grondgebied onder zijn soevereiniteit, met dien verstande dat dat grondgebied land, binnenwateren en de territoriale zee omvat, en

    • b. behoudens en overeenkomstig het internationale zeerecht: de zee, zeebodem en ondergrond daarvan waarover die Verdragsluitende Partij soevereine rechten of rechtsmacht uitoefent.

    Met betrekking tot een regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die Partij bij dit Verdrag is, betekent „grondgebied” de gebieden van de Lid-Staten van die organisatie volgens de bepalingen van het verdrag tot oprichting van die organisatie;

  • 11.

  • 12. „intellectuele eigendom”: auteursrechten en daarmee verband houdende rechten, handelsmerken, geografische aanduidingen, industriële ontwerpen, octrooien, de layout van geïntegreerde schakelingen en de bescherming van niet-openbaargemaakte informatie;

  • 13.

    • a. „Protocol uit hoofde van het Energiehandvest” of „Protocol”: een verdrag waarvoor de Conferentie van het Handvest machtiging tot onderhandeling heeft verleend en dat zij heeft aangenomen, en dat is gesloten door twee of meer Verdragsluitende Partijen om de bepalingen van dit Verdrag met betrekking tot specifieke sectoren of categorieën activiteiten die onder dit Verdrag vallen, of tot de samenwerkingsgebieden bedoeld in titel III van het Handvest te vervolledigen, aan te vullen, uit te breiden of nader uit te werken;

    • b. „Verklaring uit hoofde van het Energiehandvest” of „Verklaring”: een niet-bindend instrument waartoe de Conferentie van het Handvest machtiging tot onderhandeling heeft verleend en waarvan zij de tekst heeft goedgekeurd, en die is gesloten door twee of meer Verdragsluitende Partijen om de bepalingen van dit Verdrag te vervolledigen of aan te vullen;

  • 14. „vrij inwisselbare valuta”: een valuta die op grote schaal op internationale deviezenmarkten verhandeld en bij internationale transacties gebruikt wordt.

Artikel 2. Doel van het Verdrag

Dit Verdrag heeft als doel een juridisch kader te bieden voor het bevorderen van de samenwerking op lange termijn op energiegebied, op basis van wederzijds voordeel en complementariteit en overeenkomstig de doelstellingen en beginselen van het Handvest.

DEEL II. HANDEL

Artikel 3. Internationale markten

De Verdragsluitende Partijen streven ernaar te bevorderen dat de internationale markten onder commerciële voorwaarden toegankelijk zijn en streven er meer in het algemeen naar een open en concurrentiegerichte markt voor energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten en uitrusting op energiegebied te ontwikkelen.

Artikel 4. Onverkorte gelding van de WTO-Overeenkomst

De bepalingen van dit Verdrag laten, in de betrekkingen tussen individuele Verdragsluitende Partijen die lid zijn van de WTO, de bepalingen van WTO-Overeenkomst zoals die worden toegepast tussen die Verdragsluitende Partijen onverlet.

Artikel 5. Met de handel verband houdende investeringsmaatregelen

  • 1 Een Verdragsluitende Partij past geen met de handel verband houdende investeringsmaatregel toe die onverenigbaar is met het bepaalde in artikel III of artikel XI van de GATT 1994; deze bepaling laat de rechten en verplichtingen van de Verdragsluitende Partij krachtens WTO-Overeenkomst en krachtens artikel 29 onverlet.

  • 2 Dergelijke maatregelen omvatten investeringsmaatregelen die verplicht of afdwingbaar zijn krachtens de nationale wetgeving of een bestuursrechtelijke beslissing, dan wel waarvan de naleving voorwaarde is voor het verkrijgen van een voordeel, en die voorschrijven dat:

    • a. een bedrijf produkten van binnenlandse oorsprong of herkomst moet kopen of gebruiken, ongeacht of dit voorschrift geldt voor specifieke produkten, een bepaalde hoeveelheid van of een bepaalde waarde aan produkten, dan wel voor een bepaald deel van de omvang of waarde van zijn lokale produktie; of

    • b. de aankoop of het gebruik van geïmporteerde produkten door een bedrijf moet worden beperkt tot een hoeveelheid die in een bepaalde verhouding staat tot de hoeveelheid of de waarde van de lokale produkten die het bedrijf uitvoert;

      of die een beperking oplegt aan:

    • c. de invoer door een bedrijf van produkten die gebruikt worden bij of verband houden met de lokale produktie van dat bedrijf, in het algemeen, dan wel voor een hoeveelheid die in een bepaalde verhouding staat tot de omvang of de waarde van de lokale produktie die het bedrijf uitvoert;

    • d. de invoer door een bedrijf van produkten die gebruikt worden bij of verband houden met de lokale produktie van dat bedrijf, welke beperking erin bestaat dat het bedrijf slechts toegang krijgt tot een bedrag aan deviezen dat in verhouding staat tot de aan het bedrijf toe te schrijven inbreng van deviezen; of

    • e. de uitvoer of verkoop voor uitvoer van produkten door een bedrijf, ongeacht of deze beperking geldt voor specifieke produkten, voor een bepaalde hoeveelheid van of waarde aan produkten, dan wel voor een bepaald deel van de omvang of de waarde van zijn lokale produktie.

  • 3 Geen enkele bepaling van het eerste lid mag worden uitgelegd als een beletsel voor een Verdragsluitende Partij om de in het tweede lid, letters a) en c), bedoelde met de handel verband houdende investeringsmaatregelen toe te passen als voorwaarde om in aanmerking te komen voor exportbevordering, buitenlandse hulp, overheidsopdrachten of programma's die voorzien in preferentiële tarieven of quota.

  • 4 Ongeacht het eerste lid kan een Verdragsluitende Partij tijdelijk met de handel verband houdende investeringsmaatregelen handhaven die bij de ondertekening van dit Verdrag door die Partij reeds meer dan 180 dagen van toepassing waren, zulks onder voorbehoud van de bepalingen inzake kennisgeving en uitfasering die zijn opgenomen in bijlage TRM.

Artikel 6. Mededinging

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij streeft naar vermindering van marktverstoringen en belemmeringen van de mededinging bij economische activiteit in de energiesector.

  • 2 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij zorgt ervoor dat zij binnen haar rechtsmacht de nodige en geschikte wetgeving ter bestrijding van unilaterale en overeengekomen mededingingbeperkende gedragingen bij economische activiteit in de energiesector tot stand brengt en doet naleven.

  • 3 Verdragsluitende Partijen die ervaring hebben met het toepassen van de mededingingsregels dienen ernstig in overweging te nemen om desgevraagd en binnen de grenzen van de beschikbare middelen technische bijstand voor de ontwikkeling en toepassing van mededingingsregels te verlenen aan andere Verdragsluitende Partijen.

  • 4 De Verdragsluitende Partijen kunnen bij de handhaving van hun mededingingsregels samenwerken door middel van onderling overleg en uitwisseling van informatie.

  • 5 Indien een Verdragsluitende Partij van oordeel is dat een bepaalde mededingingbeperkende gedraging binnen het grondgebied van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij een nadelige invloed heeft op een aanzienlijk belang ten aanzien van de in dit artikel aangegeven doeleinden, kan die Verdragsluitende Partij de andere Verdragsluitende Partij daarvan in kennis stellen en verzoeken dat de mededingingsautoriteiten van de andere Verdragsluitende Partij passende handhavingsmaatregelen treffen. Bij die kennisgeving verstrekt deze Verdragsluitende Partij voldoende informatie, opdat de andere Verdragsluitende Partij kan vaststellen op welke mededinging beperkende gedragingen de kennisgeving betrekking heeft, en biedt zij aan alle verdere informatie te geven en alle verdere medewerking te verlenen die binnen haar vermogen ligt. De Verdragsluitende Partij die een kennisgeving heeft ontvangen of, naar gelang van het geval, de betrokken mededingingsautoriteit(en) kan (kunnen) overleg plegen met de mededingingsautoriteiten van de andere Verdragsluitende Partijen, neemt (nemen) het verzoek van de andere Verdragsluitende Partij ernstig in overweging bij hun besluit al dan niet handhavingsmaatregelen te nemen ten aanzien van de in de kennisgeving genoemde mededingingbeperkende gedraging. De Verdragsluitende Partij die een kennisgeving heeft ontvangen informeert de andere Verdragsluitende Partij over haar besluit of het besluit van de betrokken mededingingsautoriteiten en kan indien zij dit wenst de andere Verdragsluitende Partij informeren over de beweegredenen voor het besluit. Indien handhavingsmaatregelen worden genomen, doet de Verdragsluitende Partij die een kennisgeving heeft ontvangen mededeling aan de andere Verdragsluitende Partij van het resultaat daarvan en, voor zover mogelijk, van significante ontwikkelingen die zich inmiddels hebben voorgedaan.

  • 6 Geen enkele bepaling van dit artikel vereist dat een Verdragsluitende Partij informatie moet verstrekken in strijd met haar wetten betreffende openbaarmaking van informatie, vertrouwelijkheid en bedrijfsgeheimen.

  • 7 De in het vijfde lid en artikel 27, eerste lid, beschreven procedures zijn binnen dit Verdrag de enige wijze waarop mogelijke geschillen betreffende de uitvoering of interpretatie van dit artikel kunnen worden geregeld.

Artikel 7. Doorvoer

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij neemt de nodige maatregelen ter vergemakkelijking van de doorvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten overeenkomstig het beginsel van vrije doorvoer en zonder onderscheid te maken naar oorsprong, bestemming of eigendom van die energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten, zonder prijsdiscriminatie op grond van een dergelijk onderscheid en zonder onredelijke vertragingen, beperkingen of heffingen op te leggen.

  • 2 De Verdragsluitende Partijen moedigen de bevoegde diensten ertoe aan om mee te werken aan:

    • a. de modernisering van de energietransportvoorzieningen die noodzakelijk zijn voor de doorvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten;

    • b. de ontwikkeling en exploitatie van energietransportvoorzieningen die het grondgebied van meer dan een Verdragsluitende Partij bestrijken;

    • c. maatregelen om de gevolgen van onderbrekingen van de voorziening met energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten te ondervangen;

    • d. het vergemakkelijken van de onderlinge verbinding van energietransportvoorzieningen.

  • 3 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij verbindt zich ertoe dat, wat betreft energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten in doorvoer, haar bepalingen inzake het vervoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten en het gebruik van energietransportvoorzieningen niet ongunstiger zijn dan voor dergelijke grondstoffen en produkten afkomstig van of bestemd voor haar eigen grondgebied, tenzij in een bestaande internationale overeenkomst anders is bepaald.

  • 4 Ingeval doorvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten via energietransportvoorzieningen niet op commerciële voorwaarden kan geschieden, werpen de Verdragsluitende Partijen geen belemmeringen op voor het creëren van nieuwe capaciteit, tenzij in de vigerende wetgeving die niet in strijd is met het eerste lid anders is bepaald.

  • 5 Een Verdragsluitende Partij over wier grondgebied doorvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten kan plaatsvinden is niet verplicht:

    • a. toestemming te geven voor de aanleg of aanpassing van energietransportvoorzieningen; of

    • b. toestemming te geven voor nieuwe of bijkomende doorvoerstromen via bestaande energietransportvoorzieningen,

    waarvan zij tegenover de andere betrokken Verdragsluitende Partijen kan aantonen dat daardoor de veiligheid of de doeltreffendheid van haar energiesystemen, inclusief de zekerheid van de voorziening, in gevaar zouden worden gebracht.

    Behoudens het bepaalde in het zesde en het zevende lid garanderen de Verdragsluitende Partijen de bestaande stromen van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten naar, van of tussen het grondgebied van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen.

  • 6 In geval van een geschil over een aangelegenheid in verband met de doorvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten over het grondgebied van een Verdragsluitende Partij mag die Verdragsluitende Partij, vóór de afsluiting van de in het zevende lid bedoelde procedures voor het beslechten van geschillen, de bestaande stroom van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten niet onderbreken of verminderen, toelaten dat een lichaam onder haar zeggenschap dat doet, dan wel van een lichaam onder haar rechtsmacht eisen dat dit de bestaande stroom van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten onderbreekt of vermindert, tenzij zulks uitdrukkelijk is vermeld in een contract of een andere overeenkomst over deze doorvoer of is toegestaan bij een besluit van de bemiddelaar.

  • 7 De volgende bepalingen zijn van toepassing op een geschil als bedoeld in het zesde lid, zij het pas nadat alle contractuele of andere te voren overeengekomen middelen voor het beslechten van geschillen tussen de Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil of tussen een in het zesde lid bedoeld lichaam en een lichaam van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij het geschil, zijn uitgeput.

    • a. Een Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij het geschil kan dit voorleggen aan de Secretaris-Generaal door middel van een kennisgeving waarin de aangelegenheden waarop het geschil betrekking heeft worden samengevat. De Secretaris-Generaal stelt alle Verdragsluitende Partijen hiervan in kennis.

    • b. De Secretaris-Generaal wijst binnen dertig dagen na ontvangst van de kennisgeving in overleg met de partijen bij het geschil en de andere betrokken Verdragsluitende Partijen een bemiddelaar aan. De bemiddelaar moet ervaring hebben met de aangelegenheden waarop het geschil betrekking heeft en mag geen onderdaan, staatsburger of ingezetene zijn van een partij bij het geschil of een van de andere betrokken Verdragsluitende Partijen.

    • c. De bemiddelaar streeft ernaar dat de partijen bij het geschil akkoord gaan met een oplossing ervan of met een procedure om een dergelijke oplossing te bereiken. Indien hij niet binnen negentig dagen na te zijn aangewezen een dergelijk akkoord heeft bewerkstelligd, doet hij een aanbeveling voor een oplossing van het geschil of een procedure om een dergelijke oplossing te bereiken, en neemt hij een besluit over de voorlopige tarieven en andere voorwaarden die voor de doorvoer in acht moeten worden genomen vanaf een datum die hij aangeeft totdat het geschil is opgelost.

    • d. De Verdragsluitende Partijen verbinden zich ertoe erop toe te zien en ervoor te zorgen dat de lichamen onder hun zeggenschap of rechtsmacht een voorlopig besluit krachtens het zevende lid, letter c), inzake tarieven en voorwaarden in acht nemen gedurende twaalf maanden na het besluit van de bemiddelaar of totdat het geschil is opgelost, welke van beide tijdstippen eerder valt.

    • e. Ongeacht letter b) kan de Secretaris-Generaal ervan afzien een bemiddelaar aan te wijzen indien naar zijn oordeel het geschil betrekking heeft op doorvoer die reeds het onderwerp is of is geweest van de in de letters a) tot en met d) opgenomen procedures voor het beslechten van geschillen en deze procedures niet tot een oplossing van het geschil hebben geleid.

    • f. De Conferentie van het Handvest stelt standaardbepalingen vast betreffende de afwikkeling van de bemiddelingsprocedure en de vergoeding van bemiddelaars.

  • 8 Geen enkele bepaling van dit artikel doet afbreuk aan de rechten en verplichtingen van een Verdragsluitende Partij krachtens het internationale recht, met inbegrip van het internationaal gewoonterecht, alsook krachtens bilaterale of multilaterale overeenkomsten, met inbegrip van voorschriften inzake onderzeese kabels en pijpleidingen.

  • 9 Dit artikel mag niet zo worden uitgelegd dat daardoor een Verdragsluitende Partij die niet beschikt over een bepaald type energietransportvoorzieningen dat wordt gebruikt voor doorvoer verplicht is maatregelen met betrekking tot dat type energietransportvoorzieningen te nemen ingevolge de bepalingen van dit artikel. Deze Verdragsluitende Partij is echter verplicht te voldoen aan het bepaalde in het vierde lid.

  • 10 Voor de toepassing van dit artikel wordt verstaan onder:

    • a. „Doorvoer":

      • i. de overbrenging via het grondgebied van een Verdragsluitende Partij, dan wel naar of van op het grondgebied van die partij gelegen haveninstallaties voor laden of lossen van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten die afkomstig zijn van het grondgebied van een andere staat en bestemd zijn voor het grondgebied van een derde staat, met dien verstande dat hetzij die andere staat, hetzij die derde staat een Verdragsluitende Partij is; of

      • ii. de overbrenging via het grondgebied van een Verdragsluitende Partij van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten die afkomstig zijn van het grondgebied van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij en bestemd zijn voor het grondgebied van die andere Verdragsluitende Partij, tenzij de twee betrokken Verdragsluitende Partijen daarover anders beslissen en deze beslissing door middel van een gezamenlijke aantekening in bijlage N opnemen. De twee Verdragsluitende Partijen kunnen hun aantekeningen in bijlage N doorhalen door een gezamenlijke schriftelijke kennisgeving van hun voornemen aan het Secretariaat, dat deze kennisgeving doorzendt aan alle andere Verdragsluitende Partijen. De doorhaling wordt van kracht vier weken na de kennisgeving aan het Secretariaat.

    • b. „Energietransportvoorzieningen": hogedruk-gaspijpleidingen, hoog spanningsgrid-netwerken, aardoliepijpleidingen, kolenslikpijpleidingen, pijpleidingen voor olieprodukten en andere vaste installaties die specifiek bestemd zijn voor het behandelen van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten.

Artikel 8. Overdracht van technologie

  • 1 De Verdragsluitende Partijen komen overeen, onder voorbehoud van hun wetten en voorschriften en de bescherming van de intellectuele eigendom, de toegang tot en de overdracht van energietechnologie op commerciële en niet-discriminerende basis te bevorderen, ten einde de handel in energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten en de investeringen te ondersteunen en het doel van het Handvest te verwezenlijken.

  • 2 Voor zover nodig voor de toepassing van het eerste lid heffen de Verdragsluitende Partijen derhalve bestaande belemmeringen op, en creëren zij geen nieuwe belemmeringen voor de overdracht van technologie op het gebied van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten, alsmede uitrusting en diensten die hiermee samenhangen, onder voorbehoud van non-proliferatieverplichtingen en andere internationale verplichtingen.

Artikel 9. Toegang tot kapitaal

  • 1 De Verdragsluitende Partijen erkennen het belang van open kapitaalmarkten voor het bevorderen van de kapitaalstroom voor de financiering van de handel in energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten en voor het doen en ondersteunen van investeringen in economische activiteit in de energiesector op het grondgebied van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen, met name die wier economie zich in een overgangssituatie bevindt. Elke Verdragsluitende Partij streeft er derhalve naar toegang tot haar kapitaalmarkt te bevorderen voor bedrijven en onderdanen van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen, met het oog op de financiering van handelstransacties in energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten en met het oog op investeringen in economische activiteit in de energiesector op het grondgebied van die andere Verdragsluitende Partijen, onder voorwaarden die niet minder gunstig zijn dan die welke onder vergelijkbare omstandigheden gelden voor haar eigen bedrijven en onderdanen of voor bedrijven en onderdanen van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij of derde staat, al naar gelang welke voorwaarden het gunstigst zijn.

  • 2 Een Verdragsluitende Partij kan programma's vaststellen en in stand houden die toegang verschaffen tot overheidsleningen, subsidies, garanties of verzekeringen ter vergemakkelijking van handelsactiviteiten of investeringen in het buitenland. Zij stelt deze faciliteiten beschikbaar, met inachtneming van de doelstellingen, beperkingen en criteria van de desbetreffende programma's (met inbegrip van overwegingen, doelstellingen, beperkingen of criteria met betrekking tot de vestigingsplaats van de aanvrager van een dergelijke faciliteit of de plaats van levering van met steun van deze faciliteit geleverde goederen of diensten) voor investeringen in de economische activiteit in de energiesector van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen of voor de financiering van handelstransacties met betrekking tot energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten met andere Verdragsluitende Partijen.

  • 3 Bij de uitvoering van programma's op het gebied van de economische activiteit in de energiesector ter verbetering van de economische stabiliteit en het investeringsklimaat van de Verdragsluitende Partijen, streven deze op passende wijze ernaar om de werkzaamheden van de op dit gebied opererende internationale financiële instellingen te bevorderen en gebruik te maken van de bij die instellingen aanwezige deskundigheid.

  • 4 Geen enkele bepaling van dit artikel belet

    • a. financiële instellingen om hun eigen op marktbeginselen en bedrijfseconomische overwegingen gebaseerde krediet- of verzekeringssysteem toe te passen; of

    • b. een Verdragsluitende Partij maatregelen te nemen

      • i. om bedrijfseconomische redenen, met inbegrip van de bescherming van investeerders, consumenten, depositeurs, polishouders of personen ten aanzien waarvan een verstrekker van financiële diensten een fiduciaire verplichting heeft;

      • ii. om de integriteit en stabiliteit van haar financieel systeem en kapitaalmarkten te waarborgen.

DEEL III. BEVORDERING BESCHERMING EN BEHANDELING VAN INVESTERINGEN

Artikel 10. Bevordering, bescherming en behandeling van investeringen

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij bevordert en schept overeenkomstig de bepalingen van dit Verdrag stabiele, billijke, gunstige en doorzichtige voorwaarden voor het doen van investeringen op haar grondgebied door investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen. Tot die voorwaarden behoort de verbintenis investeringen van investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen steeds eerlijk en billijk te behandelen. Dergelijke investeringen genieten voorts duurzame bescherming en zekerheid en de Verdragsluitende Partijen doen niet met onredelijke of discriminerende maatregelen afbreuk aan het beheer, de instandhouding, het gebruik en het genot ervan en de beschikking erover. In geen geval mogen deze investeringen minder gunstig worden behandeld dan het internationale recht, met inbegrip van in het kader van verdragen aangegane verplichtingen, vereist. Elke Verdragsluitende Partij moet verplichtingen die zij is aangegaan ten aanzien van investeerders of met betrekking tot investeringen door investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij nakomen.

  • 2 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij streeft ernaar investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen wat betreft het doen van investeringen op haar grondgebied de in het derde lid omschreven behandeling toe te kennen.

  • 3 In dit artikel wordt onder „behandeling" verstaan een behandeling toegekend door een Verdragsluitende Partij die niet minder gunstig is dan die welke zij toekent aan haar eigen investeerders of aan de investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij of een derde staat, al naar gelang welke behandeling het gunstigst is.

  • 4 Bij een aanvullend verdrag wordt, onder daarin op te nemen voorwaarden, aan elke partij daarbij de verplichting opgelegd om, wat betreft het doen van investeringen op haar grondgebied, aan investeerders van andere partijen de in het derde lid omschreven behandeling toe te kennen. Dit aanvullende verdrag staat open voor ondertekening door de staten en regionale organisaties voor economische integratie die dit Verdrag hebben ondertekend of daartoe zijn toegetreden. De onderhandelingen over het aanvullende verdrag beginnen uiterlijk op 1 januari 1995 en het ligt in de bedoeling deze op 1 januari 1998 af te ronden.

  • 5 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij streeft ernaar om, wat betreft het doen van investeringen op haar grondgebied:

    • a. uitzonderingen op de in het derde lid omschreven behandeling tot een minimum te beperken;

    • b. bestaande beperkingen voor investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen geleidelijk weg te nemen.

  • 6

    • a. Een Verdragsluitende Partij kan, wat betreft het doen van investeringen op haar grondgebied, te allen tijde, via het Secretariaat, de Conferentie van het Handvest uit eigen beweging in kennis stellen van haar voornemen geen nieuwe uitzonderingen op de in het derde lid omschreven behandeling vast te stellen.

    • b. Voorts kan een Verdragsluitende Partij te allen tijde uit eigen beweging de verplichting op zich nemen om, wat betreft het doen van investeringen in een aantal van de of in alle economische activiteiten in de energiesector op haar grondgebied, investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen de in het derde lid omschreven behandeling toe te kennen. Een dergelijke verplichting dient ter kennis van het Secretariaat te worden gebracht en in bijlage VC te worden opgenomen en is bindend krachtens dit Verdrag.

  • 7 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij kent aan investeringen op haar grondgebied van investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen, en daarmee verband houdende activiteiten waaronder het beheer, de instandhouding, het gebruik en het genot daarvan of de beschikking daarover, een niet minder gunstige behandeling toe dan aan investeringen van haar eigen investeerders of van investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij of derde staat en daarmee verband houdende activiteiten waaronder het beheer, de instandhouding, het gebruik, het genot daarvan of de beschikking daarover, al naar gelang welke behandeling het gunstigst is.

  • 8 De modaliteiten voor de toepassing van het zevende lid met betrekking tot programma's in het kader waarvan een Verdragsluitende Partij subsidies of andere financiële steun verleent of contracten afsluit voor onderzoek en ontwikkeling op het gebied van energietechnologie, worden opgenomen in het in het vierde lid bedoelde aanvullende verdrag. Elke Verdragsluitende Partij stelt de Conferentie van het Handvest via het Secretariaat in kennis van de modaliteiten die zij toepast ten aanzien van de in dit lid bedoelde programma's.

  • 9 Elke staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die dit Verdrag ondertekent of tot dit Verdrag toetreedt, dient op de dag waarop hij/zij het Verdrag ondertekent of de akte van toetreding nederlegt, bij het Secretariaat een verslag in waarin een overzicht wordt gegeven van alle wettelijke, bestuursrechtelijke en andere maatregelen met betrekking tot:

    • a. uitzonderingen op het tweede lid;

    • b. de in het achtste lid bedoelde programma's.

    Een Verdragsluitende Partij meldt met het oog op het actueel houden van haar verslag onverwijld elke wijziging bij het Secretariaat. De Conferentie van het Handvest bestudeert deze verslagen op gezette tijden.

    Met betrekking tot het bepaalde in letter a. kunnen in het verslag delen van de energiesector worden aangewezen waarin een Verdragsluitende Partij investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen de in het derde lid omschreven behandeling toekent.

    Met betrekking tot het bepaalde in letter b. kunnen bij de bestudering van het verslag door de Conferentie van het Handvest de effecten van dergelijke programma's op mededinging en investeringen in beschouwing worden genomen.

  • 10 Ongeacht enige andere bepaling van dit artikel geldt de in het derde en het zevende lid omschreven behandeling niet voor de bescherming van intellectuele eigendom; de daarvoor geldende behandeling is die welke is omschreven in de desbetreffende bepalingen van de vigerende internationale overeenkomsten inzake de bescherming van de intellectuele eigendom waarbij de onderscheiden Verdragsluitende Partijen partij zijn.

  • 11 Voor de toepassing van artikel 26 wordt de toepassing door een Verdragsluitende Partij van een investeringsmaatregel op handelsgebied als bedoeld in artikel 5, eerste en tweede lid, op een op dat tijdstip reeds bestaande investering van een investeerder van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij beschouwd, behoudens het bepaalde in artikel 5, derde en vierde lid, als een inbreuk op een verplichting van eerstgenoemde Verdragsluitende Partij krachtens dit Deel.

  • 12 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij zorgt ervoor dat haar interne wetgeving doeltreffende middelen biedt voor het doen gelden van aanspraken en de handhaving van rechten betreffende investeringen, investeringsovereenkomsten en investeringsvergunningen.

Artikel 11. Stafpersoneel

  • 1 Een Verdragsluitende Partij behandelt, onder voorbehoud van haar wettelijke en bestuursrechtelijke bepalingen betreffende binnenkomst, verblijf en arbeid van een natuurlijke persoon, te goeder trouw verzoeken van investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij en van stafpersoneel in dienst van dergelijke investeerders of werkzaam in het kader van investeringen van dergelijke investeerders; om haar grondgebied binnen te mogen komen en daar tijdelijk te verblijven voor activiteiten in verband met het doen of de ontwikkeling, het beheer, de instandhouding, het gebruik en het genot van of de beschikking over relevante investeringen, met inbegrip van het verstrekken van adviezen of essentiële technische diensten.

  • 2 Een Verdragsluitende Partij staat aan investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij die investeringen op haar grondgebied hebben en voor investeringen van dergelijke investeerders toe naar keuze van die investeerder of investering stafleden in dienst te nemen, ongeacht nationaliteit en staatsburgerschap, op voorwaarde dat de betrokken stafleden toestemming hebben gekregen om het grondgebied van de eerstgenoemde Verdragsluitende Partij binnen te komen en daar te verblijven en te werken, en dat het betrokken dienstverband in overeenstemming is met de voorwaarden en termijnen die verbonden zijn aan de voor die stafleden verleende toestemming.

Artikel 12. Compensatie van verliezen

  • 1 Behoudens wanneer artikel 13 van toepassing is, wordt aan een investeerder van een Verdragsluitende Partij die met betrekking tot een investering op het grondgebied van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij een verlies lijdt ten gevolge van oorlog of een ander gewapend conflict, een nationale noodtoestand, burgerlijke ongeregeldheden of andere soortgelijke gebeurtenissen op dat grondgebied door laatstgenoemde Verdragsluitende Partij wat betreft restitutie, schadeloosstelling, compensatie of een andere regeling de gunstigste behandeling toegekend welke die Partij andere investeerders, hetzij eigen investeerders, hetzij investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij, hetzij investeerders van een derde staat, toekent.

  • 2 Onverminderd het eerste lid wordt een investeerder van een Verdragsluitende Partij die in één van de in het eerste lid genoemde situaties op het grondgebied van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij een verlies lijdt ten gevolge van

    • a. de vordering van zijn investering of een deel daarvan door de strijdkrachten of de overheid van die Verdragsluitende Partij, of

    • b. de vernietiging van zijn investering of een deel daarvan door de strijdkrachten of de overheid van die Verdragsluitende Partij, anders dan onder dwang van de omstandigheden,

    restitutie of vergoeding toegekend, die in beide gevallen prompt, adequaat en doeltreffend is.

Artikel 13. Onteigening

  • 1 Investeringen van investeerders van een Verdragsluitende Partij op het grondgebied van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij mogen niet worden genationaliseerd, onteigend of onderworpen aan maatregelen met een soortgelijk effect als nationalisatie of onteigening (hierna te noemen „onteigening"), behalve wanneer de onteigening:

    • a. geschiedt in het algemeen belang;

    • b. niet discriminerend is;

    • c. geschiedt met inachtneming van een behoorlijke rechtsgang; en

    • d. gepaard gaat met de betaling van prompte, adequate en doeltreffende compensatie.

    Die compensatie is gelijk aan de billijke marktwaarde van de onteigende investering op het tijdstip vlak voordat de onteigening of op handen zijnde onteigening zodanig bekend werd dat de investeringswaarde werd beïnvloed (hierna te noemen: de „datum van de waardebepaling").

    Deze billijke marktwaarde wordt op verzoek van de investeerder berekend in een vrij inwisselbare valuta volgens de voor die valuta op de datum van de waardebepaling geldende marktwisselkoers. De compensatie omvat tevens rente over de periode tussen de onteigenings- en de betalingsdatum, welke berekend wordt tegen een commercieel, op marktbasis vastgesteld tarief.

  • 2 De betrokken investeerder heeft recht op onverwijlde toetsing, krachtens het recht van de Verdragsluitende Partij die de onteigening verricht, van zijn zaak, de waardebepaling van zijn investeringen en de betaling van compensatie overeenkomstig de beginselen neergelegd in het eerste lid, door een gerechtelijke of andere onafhankelijke bevoegde instantie van die Partij.

  • 3 Voor alle duidelijkheid wordt bepaald dat onteigening ook de gevallen omvat waarin een Verdragsluitende Partij de activa onteigent van een vennootschap of onderneming op haar grondgebied waarin een investeerder van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij een investering, ook indien via aandelenbezit, heeft.

Artikel 14. Overmakingen van gelden in verband met investeringen

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij waarborgt met betrekking tot investeringen op haar grondgebied door investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij het vrij verrichten van overmakingen van gelden naar en van haar grondgebied, waaronder de overmaking van:

    • a. aanvangskapitaal en aanvullend kapitaal voor de instandhouding en ontwikkeling van een investering;

    • b. opbrengsten;

    • c. betalingen uit hoofde van een contract, met inbegrip van de aflossing van de hoofdsom en de betaling van de lopende rente ingevolge een leningsovereenkomst;

    • d. onuitgegeven inkomsten en andere bezoldigingen van personeel dat in verband met die investering uit het buitenland aangeworven is;

    • e. opbrengsten uit de volledige of gedeeltelijke verkoop of liquidatie van een investering of een deel daarvan;

    • f. betalingen die voortvloeien uit de beslechting van een geschil; en

    • g. compensatiebetalingen overeenkomstig de artikelen 12 en 13.

  • 2 De in het eerste lid genoemde overmakingen geschieden onverwijld en in een vrij inwisselbare valuta.

  • 3 Overmakingen worden verricht tegen de op de datum van de overmaking geldende wisselkoers voor spottransacties in de over te maken valuta. Bij ontstentenis van een deviezenmarkt is de toe te passen koers de meest recente koers die wordt toegepast op investeringen vanuit het buitenland of de meest recente wisselkoers die wordt toegepast voor de omrekening van valuta's in bijzondere trekkingsrechten, al naar gelang welke koers voor de investeerder het gunstigst is.

  • 4 Ongeacht het bepaalde in het eerste, tweede en derde lid kan een Verdragsluitende Partij de rechten van crediteuren beschermen of naleving van wetten betreffende de uitgifte van en de handel in waardepapieren en van beslissingen in civiel-, bestuurs- en strafrechtelijke arbitrageprocedures waarborgen, door het op billijke, niet discriminerende wijze en te goeder trouw toepassen van haar wetten en voorschriften.

  • 5 Ongeacht het bepaalde in het tweede lid kunnen Verdragsluitende Partijen die staten zijn die deel uitmaakten van de voormalige Unie van Socialistische Sovjetrepublieken, in onderling gesloten overeenkomsten bepalen dat overmakingen van betalingen worden uitgevoerd in de valuta's van die Partijen, mits dergelijke overeenkomsten er niet toe leiden dat investeringen op hun grondgebied van investeerders van andere Verdragsluitende Partijen minder gunstig worden behandeld dan investeringen van investeerders van de Verdragsluitende Partijen die een dergelijke overeenkomst zijn aangegaan of investeringen van investeerders van een derde staat.

  • 6 Ongeacht het bepaalde in het eerste lid, letter b), kan een Verdragsluitende Partij de overbrenging van opbrengsten in natura beperken in gevallen waarin die Verdragsluitende Partij krachtens artikel 29, tweede lid, letter a), of de WTO-Overeenkomst gemachtigd is om de uitvoer of de verkoop voor uitvoer van het produkt waarin de opbrengst in natura bestaat te beperken of te verbieden, met dien verstande dat de betrokken Verdragsluitende Partij toestaat opbrengsten in natura uit te keren zoals goedgekeurd of aangegeven in een investeringsovereenkomst, investeringsvergunning of andere schriftelijke overeenkomst tussen de Verdragsluitende Partij en een investeerder van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij of diens investering.

Artikel 15. Subrogatie

  • 1 Wanneer een Verdragsluitende Partij of de door haar aangewezen instantie (de „schadeloos stellende partij" een betaling verricht uit hoofde van een schadeloosstelling of waarborg voor een investering van een investeerder (de „schadeloos gestelde partij") op het grondgebied van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij (de „gastpartij") erkent de gastpartij dat

    • a. alle uit die investering voortvloeiende rechten en vorderingen worden overgedragen aan de schadeloos stellende partij, en

    • b. de schadeloos stellende partij gerechtigd is die rechten en die vorderingen op grond van subrogatie af te dwingen.

  • 2 De schadeloos stellende partij kan te allen tijde aanspraak maken op

    • a. dezelfde behandeling op het gebied van rechten en vorderingen die zij op grond van de in het eerste lid bedoelde overdracht heeft verworven, en

    • b. dezelfde uit hoofde van die rechten en vorderingen te ontvangen bedragen

    als waarop de schadeloos gestelde partij krachtens dit Verdrag recht had in verband met de betrokken investering.

  • 3 Bij een procedure ingevolge artikel 26 mag een Verdragsluitende Partij niet als verdediging, motivering voor een tegeneis of voor aanspraak op vergoeding of om enige andere reden aanvoeren dat voor de naar bewering geleden schade of een deel daarvan uit hoofde van een verzekering of een waarborgbeding een schadeloosstelling of andere vorm van compensatie is of zal worden ontvangen.

Artikel 16. Verhouding tot andere overeenkomsten

Wanneer twee of meer Verdragsluitende Partijen reeds een internationale overeenkomst zijn aangegaan, of naderhand een internationale overeenkomst aangaan, waarvan de bepalingen betrekking hebben op het onderwerp van Deel III of Deel V van dit Verdrag,

  • 1. mag geen enkele bepaling van Deel III of Deel V van dit Verdrag zo worden uitgelegd dat daardoor afbreuk wordt gedaan aan een bepaling in die overeenkomst, of aan een recht om geschillen ter zake krachtens die overeenkomst te regelen, en

  • 2. mag geen enkele bepaling in die overeenkomst zo worden uitgelegd dat daardoor afbreuk wordt gedaan aan een bepaling van Deel III of Deel V van dit Verdrag of aan een recht om geschillen ter zake krachtens dit Verdrag te regelen,

wanneer die bepaling gunstiger is voor de investeerder of de investering.

Artikel 17. Niet-toepassing van Deel III onder bepaalde omstandigheden

Elke Verdragsluitende Partij behoudt zich het recht voor de voordelen van dit Deel te ontzeggen aan:

  • 1. een rechtspersoon, indien staatsburgers of onderdanen van een derde staat eigenaar zijn van of zeggenschap hebben over een dergelijke rechtspersoon en indien die rechtspersoon geen wezenlijke zakelijke activiteiten heeft op het grondgebied van de Verdragsluitende Partij waar hij is opgericht, of

  • 2. een investering, indien de ontzeggende Verdragsluitende Partij vaststelt dat het een investering betreft van een investeerder van een derde staat waarmee of ten aanzien waarvan de ontzeggende Verdragsluitende Partij

    • a. geen diplomatieke betrekkingen onderhoudt, of

    • b. maatregelen treft of handhaaft die

      • i. transacties met investeerders van die staat verbieden, of

      • ii. overtreden of omzeild zouden worden indien de voordelen van dit Deel zouden worden verleend aan investeerders van die staat of aan hun investeringen.

DEEL IV. DIVERSE BEPALINGEN

Artikel 18. Soevereiniteit over energiebronnen

  • 1 De Verdragsluitende Partijen erkennen de soevereiniteit en de soevereine rechten van de staten met betrekking tot energiebronnen. Zij bevestigen opnieuw dat deze moeten worden uitgeoefend in overeenstemming met en met inachtneming van de regels van het internationaal recht.

  • 2 Onverminderd de doelstelling de toegang tot energiebronnen en de exploratie en ontwikkeling daarvan op commerciële grondslag te bevorderen, laat het Verdrag de binnen de Verdragsluitende Partijen geldende regels inzake de eigendom van energiebronnen onverlet.

  • 3 Elke staat behoudt in het bijzonder het recht vast te stellen welke geografische gebieden binnen zijn grondgebied gebruikt mogen worden voor de exploratie en ontwikkeling van zijn energiebronnen, op welke wijze een optimale winning kan plaatsvinden, in welk tempo zij mogen worden uitgeput of geëxploiteerd, alsmede het recht belastingen, royalty's of andere financiële vergoedingen voor die exploratie en exploitatie vast te stellen en te ontvangen, het recht voorschriften vast te stellen inzake de milieu- en veiligheidsaspecten van die exploratie, ontwikkeling en winning op zijn grondgebied, en het recht aan die exploratie en exploitatie deel te nemen, onder andere via directe overheidsparticipatie of via overheidsbedrijven.

  • 4 De Verdragsluitende Partijen verbinden zich ertoe de toegang tot de energiebronnen te vergemakkelijken, onder andere door op niet discriminerende wijze aan de hand van gepubliceerde criteria, machtigingen, vergunningen, concessies en contracten te verlenen voor de prospectie en exploratie, dan wel voor de exploitatie of winning van energiebronnen.

Artikel 19. Milieu-aspecten

  • 1 Met het oog op duurzame ontwikkeling en rekening houdend met haar verplichtingen krachtens de internationale milieu-overeenkomsten waarbij zij partij is streeft elke Verdragsluitende Partij ernaar schadelijke milieu-effecten, zowel binnen als buiten haar grondgebied, die worden veroorzaakt door werkzaamheden, ongeacht de aard daarvan, binnen de energiecyclus op haar grondgebied op economisch verantwoorde wijze zo gering mogelijk te houden, daarbij naar behoren rekening houdend met veiligheidsoverwegingen. Daarbij handelt elke Verdragsluitende Partij op een wijze die een goede kosten/baten-verhouding waarborgt. In haar beleid en optreden streeft elke Verdragsluitende Partij ernaar voorzorgsmaatregelen te nemen om achteruitgang van het milieu te voorkomen of zo gering mogelijk te houden. De Verdragsluitende Partijen komen overeen dat de vervuiler op het grondgebied van de Verdragsluitende Partijen in beginsel de kosten van verontreiniging met inbegrip van grensoverschrijdende verontreiniging draagt, waarbij naar behoren rekening wordt gehouden met het openbare belang en investeringen in de energiecyclus of de internationale handel niet mogen worden verstoord. De Verdragsluitende Partijen zullen derhalve:

    • a. bij de opstelling en uitvoering van hun energiebeleid voortdurend rekening houden met milieu-overwegingen;

    • b. bevorderen dat de prijsvorming in de gehele energiecyclus marktgericht is en dat milieukosten en -voordelen daarin vollediger weerspiegeld worden;

    • c. gelet op artikel 34, vierde lid, samenwerking bevorderen bij het bereiken van de milieudoelstellingen van het Handvest alsook op het gebied van internationale milieunormen voor de energiecyclus, rekening houdend met de verschillen tussen de Verdragsluitende Partijen qua nadelige effecten en bestrijdingskosten;

    • d. in het bijzonder aandacht schenken aan de verbetering van de energie-efficiëntie, de ontwikkeling en het gebruik van hernieuwbare energiebronnen, de bevordering van het gebruik van schonere brandstoffen en de toepassing van technologieën en technologische middelen die de verontreiniging verminderen;

    • e. het vergaren en tussen de Verdragsluitende Partijen uitwisselen bevorderen van informatie over milieuvriendelijke en economisch doelmatige vormen van energiebeleid en rendabele praktijken en technologieën;

    • f. bij het publiek het besef bevorderen van de milieu-effecten van energiesystemen, de mogelijkheden van voorkoming of bestrijding van de nadelige milieu-effecten daarvan, en de kosten die aan de diverse voorkomings- of bestrijdingsmaatregelen zijn verbonden;

    • g. onderzoek, ontwikkeling en toepassing van energie-efficiënte en milieuvriendelijke technologieën, praktijken en procédés die de schadelijke milieu-effecten van alle aspecten van de energiecyclus op een economisch doelmatige wijze tot een minimum zullen reduceren, bevorderen en daarbij samenwerken;

    • h. gunstige voorwaarden stimuleren voor de overdracht en verspreiding van dergelijke technologieën die te verenigen zijn met een toereikende en doeltreffende bescherming van de intellectuele eigendom;

    • i. bevorderen dat de milieu-effecten van uit milieu-oogpunt significante investeringsprojecten op energiegebied in een vroeg stadium en voordat een besluit wordt genomen op doorzichtige wijze worden beoordeeld en vervolgens worden bewaakt;

    • j. op internationaal niveau de kennis en de uitwisseling van informatie over relevante milieuprogramma's en -normen van de Verdragsluitende Partijen en de uitvoering van die programma's en normen bevorderen;

    • k. op verzoek en binnen de grenzen van hun beschikbare middelen deelnemen aan de ontwikkeling en uitvoering van passende milieuprogramma's op het grondgebied van de Verdragsluitende Partijen.

  • 2 Op verzoek van een of meer Verdragsluitende Partijen worden geschillen betreffende de toepassing of uitlegging van bepalingen van dit artikel door de Conferentie van het Handvest met het oog op een oplossing onderzocht, voorzover er geen regelingen voor de behandeling van dergelijke geschillen bestaan binnen andere ter zake bevoegde internationale organen.

  • 3 Voor de toepassing van dit artikel wordt verstaan onder:

    • a. „energiecyclus": de gehele energieketen met inbegrip van activiteiten in verband met prospectie, exploratie, produktie, omzetting, opslag, vervoer, distributie en verbruik van de verschillende vormen van energie, alsmede de behandeling en verwijdering van afvalstoffen en het niet langer verrichten en afsluiten van deze activiteiten met zo weinig mogelijk schadelijke milieu-effecten;

    • b. „milieu-effecten": alle door een bepaalde activiteit veroorzaakte effecten op het milieu, met inbegrip van gezondheid en veiligheid van de mens, flora, fauna, bodem, lucht, water, klimaat, landschap en historische monumenten of andere fysieke structuren of de onderlinge beïnvloeding van deze factoren; dit begrip omvat tevens effecten op het cultureel erfgoed of de sociaal-economische omstandigheden als gevolg van wijzigingen van die factoren;

    • c. „verbetering van de energie-efficiëntie": een zodanig optreden, dat dezelfde hoeveelheid van een goed of een dienst wordt geproduceerd zonder dat de kwaliteit of prestatie ervan wordt verminderd, doch de voor die produktie vereiste hoeveelheid energie wordt verminderd;

    • d. „met een goede kosten/baten-verhouding": het bereiken van een gesteld doel tegen de laagste kosten of het bereiken van het beste resultaat tegen gegeven kosten.

Artikel 20. Doorzichtigheid

  • 1 In overeenstemming met artikel 29, tweede lid, letter a), behoren wetten, voorschriften, rechterlijke besluiten en algemene bestuursrechtelijke beslissingen die van invloed zijn op de handel in energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten of uitrusting op energiegebied, tot de maatregelen die onderworpen zijn aan de doorzichtigheidsregels van de WTO-Overeenkomst.

  • 2 Wetten, voorschriften, rechterlijke besluiten en algemene bestuursrechtelijke beslissingen die een Verdragsluitende Partij in werking heeft doen treden, en vigerende overeenkomsten tussen Verdragsluitende Partijen die van invloed zijn op andere onder dit Verdrag vallende aangelegenheden worden eveneens onverwijld op zodanige wijze bekend gemaakt dat de Verdragsluitende Partijen en investeerders daarvan kennis kunnen nemen. Uit hoofde van dit lid kan een Verdragsluitende Partij niet worden verplicht vertrouwelijke informatie te onthullen die de rechtshandhaving belemmert, anderszins strijdig is met het openbaar belang of afbreuk doet aan de rechtmatige commerciële belangen van een investeerder.

  • 3 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij wijst één of meer informatiebureaus aan waartoe men zich kan wenden met verzoeken om informatie over bovengenoemde wetten, voorschriften, rechterlijke besluiten en bestuursrechtelijke beslissingen en doet daarvan onverwijld mededeling aan het Secretariaat, dat deze aanwijzing op verzoek mededeelt.

Artikel 21. Belastingen

  • 1 Behalve als bepaald in dit artikel worden door geen enkele bepaling van dit Verdrag rechten verleend of verplichtingen opgelegd met betrekking tot belastingmaatregelen van de Verdragsluitende Partijen. In geval van onverenigbaarheid van dit artikel met andere bepalingen van dit Verdrag heeft dit artikel, wat de onverenigbaarheid betreft, de voorrang.

  • 2 Artikel 7, derde lid, is van toepassing op andere belastingmaatregelen dan belastingen op inkomen of kapitaal, met dien verstande dat de bepalingen van die artikelen niet van toepassing zijn op:

    • a. een voordeel dat een Verdragsluitende Partij heeft toegekend overeenkomstig de belastingbepalingen van een verdrag, overeenkomst of regeling als bedoeld in het zesde lid, letter a), onder ii), van dit artikel; of

    • b. een belastingmaatregel die ten doel heeft de doeltreffende inning van belastingen te waarborgen, behalve indien die maatregel van een Verdragsluitende Partij een willekeurige discriminatie tussen energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij of een willekeurige beperking van de krachtens de betreffende bepalingen van artikel 7, derde lid, toegekende voordelen inhoudt.

  • 3 Artikel 10, tweede en zevende lid, zijn van toepassing op andere belastingmaatregelen van de Verdragsluitende Partijen dan belastingen op inkomen of kapitaal, met dien verstande dat geen van deze bepalingen:

    • a. ertoe strekt dat verplichtingen tot toepassing van het meestbegunstigingsbeginsel worden opgelegd met betrekking tot voordelen die een Verdragsluitende Partij heeft toegekend overeenkomstig de belastingbepalingen van een verdrag, overeenkomst of regeling als bedoeld in het zevende lid, letter a), onder ii), van dit artikel of als uitvloeisel van het lidmaatschap van een regionale organisatie voor economische integratie; of

    • b. van toepassing is op een belastingmaatregel die ten doel heeft de doeltreffende inning van belastingen te waarborgen, behalve indien de maatregel een willekeurige discriminatie tussen investeerders van de Verdragsluitende Partijen of een willekeurige beperking van de krachtens de investeringsbepalingen van dit Verdrag toegekende voordelen inhoudt.

  • 4 Artikel 29, tweede tot en met achtste lid, is van toepassing op andere belastingmaatregelen dan belastingen op inkomen of kapitaal.

  • 5

    • a. Artikel 13 is van toepassing op belastingen.

    • b. Wanneer in het kader van artikel 13 een geschil rijst, voor zover het betrekking heeft op de vraag of een belasting een onteigening vormt, dan wel of een belasting waarvan wordt beweerd dat deze een onteigening vormt, discriminerend is, geldt het volgende:

      • i. De investeerder of de Verdragsluitende Partij die aanvoert dat er sprake is van onteigening legt het geschil over de vraag of de maatregel een onteigening dan wel discriminerend is, voor aan de bevoegde belastingautoriteiten. Laat de investeerder of de Verdragsluitende Partij dit na, dan leggen de instanties die worden verzocht geschillen te beslechten overeenkomstig artikel 26, tweede lid, letter c), of artikel 27, tweede lid, het geschil voor aan de bevoegde belastingautoriteiten.

      • ii. De bevoegde belastingautoriteiten streven ernaar om het aldus voorgelegde geschil binnen een periode van zes maanden te regelen. Indien het gaat om een geschil inzake non-discriminatie, passen de bevoegde belastingautoriteiten de bepalingen inzake non-discriminatie van het relevante belastingverdrag toe, of passen zij, indien er geen non-discriminatiebepaling voorkomt in het op de belasting van toepassing zijnde relevante belastingverdrag of indien er geen belastingverdrag tussen de betrokken Verdragsluitende Partijen van kracht is, de non-discriminatiebeginselen overeenkomstig het modelverdrag van de OESO betreffende belastingen op inkomen en kapitaal toe.

      • iii. De instanties die worden verzocht geschillen te regelen overeenkomstig artikel 26, tweede lid, letter c), of artikel 27, tweede lid, kunnen rekening houden met eventuele conclusies van de bevoegde belastingautoriteiten over de vraag of de belasting een onteigening is. Die instanties houden rekening met eventuele binnen de bij letter b), onder ii), voorgeschreven termijn van zes maanden door de bevoegde belastingautoriteiten getrokken conclusies over de vraag of de belasting discriminerend is. Deze instanties kunnen ook rekening houden met eventuele na het verstrijken van de voorgeschreven periode van zes maanden door de bevoegde belastingautoriteiten getrokken conclusies.

      • iv. In geen geval mag de betrokkenheid van de bevoegde belastingautoriteiten na het einde van de bij letter b), onder ii), bedoelde periode van zes maanden leiden tot een vertraging van de procedures ingevolge de artikelen 26 en 27.

  • 6 Voor alle duidelijkheid wordt bepaald dat artikel 14 het recht van een Verdragsluitende Partij om een belasting op te leggen of te innen via bronheffing of andere middelen niet beperkt.

  • 7 Voor de toepassing van dit artikel:

    • a. omvat de term „belastingmaatregel”:

      • i. de bepalingen betreffende belastingen van de interne wetgeving van de Verdragsluitende Partij of van een staatsrechtelijke onderverdeling of een plaatselijke autoriteit ervan; en

      • ii. de bepalingen betreffende belastingen van verdragen ter voorkoming van dubbele belasting en van internationale overeenkomsten of regelingen waaraan de Verdragsluitende Partij gebonden is.

    • b. worden als belastingen op het inkomen en het vermogen beschouwd alle belastingen die worden geheven op het gehele inkomen, op het gehele vermogen of op bestanddelen van het inkomen of vermogen, met inbegrip van belastingen op winsten uit de vervreemding van eigendom, onroerend-zaakbelasting, successierechten, belastingen op schenkingen of in wezen soortgelijke belastingen, belastingen op het totaalbedrag van de door ondernemingen betaalde lonen of salarissen, alsmede belastingen op de waardevermeerdering van vermogen.

    • c. wordt onder „bevoegde belastingautoriteit” verstaan de bevoegde autoriteit overeenkomstig een overeenkomst inzake dubbele belasting tussen de Verdragsluitende Partijen, of, bij ontstentenis van een van kracht zijnde overeenkomst de/het voor belastingen bevoegde minister of ministerie of hun gemachtigde vertegenwoordigers.

    • d. voor alle duidelijkheid wordt bepaald dat de termen „belastingbepalingen" en „belastingen" geen betrekking hebben op douanerechten.

Artikel 22. Overheidsbedrijven en ondernemingen met een bevoorrechte status

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij waarborgt dat een overheidsbedrijf dat zij opricht of in stand houdt zijn activiteiten met betrekking tot de verkoop of levering van goederen en diensten op haar grondgebied uitoefent op een wijze die strookt met de verplichtingen van de Verdragsluitende Partij uit hoofde van Deel III van dit Verdrag.

  • 2 Een Verdragsluitende Partij moedigt een overheidsbedrijf niet aan of eist niet van dat bedrijf dat het zijn activiteiten op haar grondgebied uitoefent op een wijze die niet strookt met de verplichtingen van de Verdragsluitende Partij uit hoofde van andere bepalingen van dit Verdrag.

  • 3 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij waarborgt dat indien zij een lichaam opricht of in stand houdt en daaraan een regelgevende, administratiefrechtelijke of andere bestuursbevoegdheid verleent, het lichaam de bevoegdheid uitoefent op een wijze die strookt met de verplichtingen van de Verdragsluitende Partij uit hoofde van dit Verdrag.

  • 4 Een Verdragsluitende Partij moedigt een lichaam waaraan zij uitsluitende of bijzondere voorrechten verleent, niet aan of eist niet van dat lichaam dat het zijn activiteiten op haar grondgebied uitoefent op een wijze die niet strookt met de verplichtingen van de Verdragsluitende Partij uit hoofde van dit Verdrag.

  • 5 Voor de toepassing van dit artikel wordt de term „lichaam" geacht elke onderneming, instelling of andere organisatie of persoon te omvatten.

Artikel 23. Naleving door lagere overheden

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij is uit hoofde van dit Verdrag geheel verantwoordelijk voor de naleving van alle bepalingen van het Verdrag en treft daartoe alle haar ter beschikking staande redelijke maatregelen om naleving door de regionale en plaatselijke overheden en andere bestuurslichamen op haar grondgebied te waarborgen.

  • 2 De bepalingen inzake regeling van geschillen in de Delen II, IV en V van dit Verdrag kunnen worden ingeroepen voor maatregelen die van invloed zijn op de naleving van het Verdrag door een Verdragsluitende Partij en die zijn getroffen door regionale of plaatselijke overheden of andere bestuurslichamen op het grondgebied van de Verdragsluitende Partij.

Artikel 24. Uitzonderingen

  • 1 Dit artikel is niet van toepassing op de artikelen 12, 13 en 29.

  • 2 Andere bepalingen van dit Verdrag dan

    • a. de in het eerste lid genoemde bepalingen; en

    • b. wat het bepaalde onder i) betreft, de bepalingen van Deel III van het Verdrag beletten een Verdragsluitende Partij niet maatregelen aan te nemen of te doen uitvoeren:

      • i. die nodig zijn om het leven en de gezondheid van mensen, dieren of planten te beschermen;

      • ii. die van essentieel belang zijn voor de aankoop of distributie van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten in een situatie waarin de voorziening onvoldoende is door omstandigheden buiten de macht van die Verdragsluitende Partij, op voorwaarde dat deze maatregelen stroken met het beginsel dat

        • A. alle andere Verdragsluitende Partijen recht hebben op een billijk deel van de internationale voorziening van dergelijke energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten; en

        • B. elke maatregel van dien aard die niet strookt met dit Verdrag onmiddellijk wordt opgeheven, zodra er een eind komt aan de situatie die er aanleiding toe was; of

      • iii. ten behoeve van investeerders die leden van inlandse bevolkingsgroepen of personen of groepen met een sociale of economische achterstand zijn, of van hun investeringen, welke maatregelen als zodanig bij het Secretariaat worden aangemeld, op voorwaarde dat deze maatregelen

        • A. geen wezenlijk effect hebben op de economie van die Verdragsluitende Partij; en

        • B. voor buiten de doelgroep van die maatregelen vallende investeerders, geen onderscheid maken tussen investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij en investeerders van de betrokken Verdragsluitende Partij,

      mits deze maatregelen geen verkapte beperkingen op economische activiteit in de energiesector vormen of een willekeurige of niet te rechtvaardigen discriminatie tussen Verdragsluitende Partijen of tussen investeerders of andere belanghebbenden van Verdragsluitende Partijen. Dergelijke maatregelen worden naar behoren gemotiveerd en mogen een voordeel dat één of meer andere Verdragsluitende Partijen uit hoofde van dit Verdrag redelijkerwijs mogen verwachten niet méér neutraliseren of verminderen dan strikt voor het aangegeven doel nodig is.

  • 3 Andere bepalingen van dit Verdrag dan de in het eerste lid bedoelde mogen niet zo worden uitgelegd dat daardoor een Verdragsluitende Partij wordt belet een maatregel te treffen welke die partij noodzakelijk acht:

    • a. voor de bescherming van haar essentiële veiligheidsbelangen, met inbegrip van maatregelen:

      • i. met betrekking tot de voorziening van energiegrondstoffen en energieprodukten van een militaire inrichting; of

      • ii. in oorlogstijd, bij gewapende conflicten of andere noodsituaties in de internationale betrekkingen;

    • b. met betrekking tot de uitvoering van nationaal beleid tot inachtneming van de niet-verspreiding van kernwapens of andere nucleaire explosiemiddelen of dat vereist is om te voldoen aan haar verplichtingen uit hoofde van het Verdrag inzake de niet-verspreiding van kernwapens, de Richtlijnen voor internationale nucleaire transacties en andere internationale verplichtingen of afspraken met betrekking tot de niet-verspreiding van kernwapens; of

    • c. voor de handhaving van de openbare orde.

    Een dergelijke maatregel mag geen verkapte doorvoerbeperking vormen.

  • 4 De bepalingen van dit Verdrag die voorzien in toepassing van het meestbegunstigingsbeginsel houden voor een Verdragsluitende Partij niet de verplichting in ook ten aanzien van de investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij een preferentiële behandeling toe te passen die:

    • a. voortvloeit uit haar lidmaatschap van een vrijhandelsassociatie of douane-unie; of

    • b. wordt toegekend uit hoofde van een bilaterale of multilaterale overeenkomst inzake economische samenwerking tussen staten die deel uitmaakten van de voormalige Unie van Socialistische Sovjetrepublieken, in afwachting van een definitieve regeling van hun wederzijdse economische betrekkingen.

Artikel 25. Overeenkomsten tot economische integratie

  • 1 De bepalingen van dit Verdrag mogen niet zo worden uitgelegd dat daardoor een Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij een overeenkomst tot economische integratie (hierna te noemen „OEI”) verplicht is een tussen de partijen bij die OEI uit hoofde van hun lidmaatschap daarvan geldende preferentiële behandeling via de toepassing van het meestbegunstigingsbeginsel uit te breiden tot een andere Verdragsluitende Partij die geen partij is bij die OEI.

  • 2 Voor de toepassing van het eerste lid wordt verstaan onder „OEI” een overeenkomst die gericht is op een substantiële liberalisering, onder andere van handel en investeringen, door alle discriminatie tussen of onder de partijen daarbij geheel of grotendeels weg te nemen via de afschaffing van bestaande discriminerende maatregelen en/of een verbod op nieuwe of stringentere discriminerende maatregelen, hetzij bij de inwerkingtreding van die overeenkomst of binnen een redelijke termijn.

  • 3 Dit artikel laat de toepassing van de WTO-Overeenkomst krachtens artikel 29 onverlet.

DEEL V. REGELING VAN GESCHILLEN

Artikel 26. Regeling van geschillen tussen een investeerder en een Verdragsluitende Partij

  • 1 Geschillen tussen een Verdragsluitende Partij en een investeerder van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij over een investering van deze laatste op het grondgebied van eerstgenoemde Partij, die betrekking hebben op de beweerde niet-nakoming van een verplichting van eerstgenoemde Partij die voortvloeit uit Deel III van dit Verdrag, worden, zo mogelijk, door middel van een minnelijke schikking geregeld.

  • 2 Indien dergelijke geschillen niet overeenkomstig de bepalingen van het eerste lid kunnen worden geregeld binnen een periode van drie maanden vanaf de datum waarop één van beide partijen bij het geschil om een minnelijke schikking heeft verzocht, wordt het geschil op verzoek van de betrokken investeerder voorgelegd:

    • a. aan de rechters of administratiefrechtelijke instanties van de Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij het geschil, of

    • b. in overeenstemming met een toepasselijke, eerder overeengekomen procedure voor regeling van geschillen, of

    • c. in overeenstemming met de volgende leden van dit artikel.

  • 3

    • a. Met inachtneming van uitsluitend het bepaalde in de letters b) en c) geeft elke Verdragsluitende Partij haar onvoorwaardelijke toestemming om een geschil te onderwerpen aan internationale arbitrage of bemiddeling overeenkomstig de bepalingen van dit artikel.

    • b.

      • i. De in bijlage ID vermelde Verdragsluitende Partijen geven deze onvoorwaardelijke toestemming niet voor gevallen waarin de investeerder het geschil reeds eerder heeft voorgelegd overeenkomstig het tweede lid, letters a) of b).

      • ii. Terwille van de doorzichtigheid doet elke in bijlage ID vermelde Verdragsluitende Partij, uiterlijk op de datum van nederlegging van haar akte van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring overeenkomstig artikel 39 of van de nederlegging van haar akte van toetreding overeenkomstig artikel 41, een schriftelijke verklaring over haar beleid, procedures en voorwaarden terzake aan het Secretariaat toekomen.

    • c. Een in bijlage IA vermelde Verdragsluitende Partij geeft deze onvoorwaardelijke toestemming niet voor geschillen in verband met de laatste zin van artikel 10, eerste lid.

  • 4 Indien de investeerder kiest voor de in het tweede lid, letter c), genoemde mogelijkheid, stemt hij er voorts schriftelijk mee in dat het geschil wordt voorgelegd aan:

    • a.

      • i. het Internationale Centrum voor Beslechting van Investeringsgeschillen, opgericht krachtens het Verdrag inzake de beslechting van geschillen met betrekking tot investeringen tussen Staten en onderdanen van andere Staten, dat op 18 maart 1965 in Washington voor ondertekening is opengesteld (hierna te noemen: ICSID-Verdrag), indien de Verdragsluitende Partij van de investeerder en de Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij het geschil beide partij zijn bij het ICSID-Verdrag, of

      • ii. het Internationale Centrum voor Beslechting van Investeringsgeschillen, dat uit hoofde van het in letter a), onder i), genoemde Verdrag is opgericht, overeenkomstig de bepalingen betreffende de opening van aanvullende mogelijkheden voor het verlenen van administratieve diensten bij geschillen door het Secretariaat van het Centrum (hierna te noemen: Bepalingen inzake aanvullende mogelijkheden), indien de Verdragsluitende Partij van de investeerder of de Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij het geschil, doch niet beide, partij is bij het ICSID-Verdrag;

    • b. één scheidsman of een scheidsgerecht ad hoc, benoemd of ingesteld overeenkomstig de arbitrageprocedure van de VN-Commissie voor Internationaal Handelsrecht (UNCITRAL); of

    • c. een scheidsrechterlijke procedure bij het Arbitrage-Instituut van de Kamer van Koophandel te Stockholm.

  • 5

    • a. De in het derde lid bedoelde toestemming alsook de in het vierde lid bedoelde schriftelijke toestemming van de investeerder moeten voldoen aan de vereisten voor:

    • b. Arbitrage overeenkomstig dit artikel vindt op verzoek van een partij bij het geschil plaats in een Staat die partij is bij het Verdrag van New York. De aldus voorgelegde geschillen worden voor de toepassing van artikel I van dat Verdrag geacht voort te vloeien uit een handelsrechtelijke betrekking of een handelstransactie.

  • 6 Een overeenkomstig het vierde lid ingesteld scheidsgerecht beslist over de geschillen overeenkomstig dit Verdrag en de toepasselijke internationale rechtsregels en -beginselen.

  • 7 Een investeerder, zijnde geen natuurlijke persoon, die op de datum van de in het vierde lid bedoelde schriftelijke instemming de nationaliteit heeft van een Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij het geschil, en over wie investeerders van een andere Verdragsluitende Partij zeggenschap hebben voordat een geschil ontstaat tussen die investeerder en de eerstgenoemde Verdragsluitende Partij, wordt voor de toepassing van artikel 25, tweede lid, letter b), van het ICSID-Verdrag behandeld als een „onderdaan van een andere Verdragsluitende Staat” en voor de toepassing van artikel 1, zesde lid, van de Bepalingen inzake aanvullende mogelijkheden als een „onderdaan van een andere Staat”.

  • 8 Scheidsrechterlijke uitspraken, die de toekenning van rente kunnen omvatten, zijn definitief en bindend voor de partijen bij het geschil. Een scheidsrechterlijke uitspraak over een maatregel van een lagere overheid of instantie van de bij het geschil betrokken Verdragsluitende Partij moet voorzien in de mogelijkheid dat die Verdragsluitende Partij een financiële schadevergoeding betaalt in plaats van een andere toegewezen compensatie. Elke Verdragsluitende Partij geeft onverwijld gevolg aan een dergelijke uitspraak en zorgt voor de doeltreffende tenuitvoerlegging van dergelijke uitspraken op haar grondgebied.

Artikel 27. Regeling van geschillen tussen Verdragsluitende Partijen

  • 1 De Verdragsluitende Partijen streven ernaar geschillen over de toepassing of de uitlegging van dit Verdrag langs diplomatieke weg te regelen.

  • 2 Wanneer het geschil niet binnen een redelijke termijn overeenkomstig het eerste lid geregeld is, kan elke Partij daarbij, tenzij anders bepaald in dit Verdrag of schriftelijk overeengekomen door de Verdragsluitende Partijen, en behoudens wat betreft de toepassing of interpretatie van artikel 6 of artikel 19 of, voor in bijlage IA vermelde Verdragsluitende Partijen, van de laatste zin van artikel 10, eerste lid, door middel van een schriftelijke kennisgeving aan de andere partij bij het geschil, de kwestie overeenkomstig dit artikel aan een scheidsgerecht ad hoc voorleggen.

  • 3 Een dergelijk scheidsgerecht ad hoc wordt als volgt gevormd:

    • a. De Verdragsluitende Partij die de procedure inleidt, benoemt binnen 30 dagen na ontvangst van de in het tweede lid bedoelde schriftelijke kennisgeving van de andere Verdragsluitende Partij een lid van het scheidsgerecht en stelt de andere Verdragsluitende Partij daarvan in kennis;

    • b. binnen 60 dagen na ontvangst van de in het tweede lid bedoelde schriftelijke kennisgeving benoemt de andere Verdragsluitende Partij bij het geschil eveneens een lid. Indien de benoeming niet binnen de voorgeschreven termijn geschiedt, kan de Verdragsluitende Partij die de procedure heeft ingeleid binnen 90 dagen na ontvangst van de in het tweede lid bedoelde schriftelijke kennisgeving verzoeken dat de benoeming plaatsvindt overeenkomstig letter d);

    • c. Een derde lid, dat niet de nationaliteit of het staatsburgerschap mag hebben van een Verdragsluitende Partij die partij is bij het geschil, wordt benoemd door de Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil. Dat lid wordt de voorzitter van het scheidsgerecht. Indien de Verdragsluitende Partijen niet binnen 150 dagen na ontvangst van de in het tweede lid bedoelde kennisgeving overeenstemming bereiken over de benoeming van een derde lid, geschiedt de benoeming overeenkomstig letter d) op verzoek van een van beide Verdragsluitende Partijen, ingediend binnen 180 dagen na ontvangst van die kennisgeving;

    • d. Benoemingen waarvan wordt verzocht dat zij worden verricht overeenkomstig deze letter, geschieden door de Secretaris-Generaal van het Permanente Hof van Internationale Arbitrage (PCIA) binnen 30 dagen na ontvangst van een verzoek daartoe. Indien hij verhinderd is zich van deze taak te kwijten, geschieden de benoemingen door de eerste Secretaris van het Bureau. Indien ook deze verhinderd is zich van deze taak te kwijten, geschieden de aanwijzingen door de plaatsvervanger met de hoogste anciënniteit.

    • e. Bij benoemingen overeenkomstig de letters a tot en met d wordt rekening gehouden met de deskundigheid en ervaring, met name op de onder dit Verdrag vallende gebieden, van de te benoemen leden.

    • f. Bij gebreke van een andersluidende overeenkomst tussen de Verdragsluitende Partijen zijn de arbitrageregels van de VN-Commissie voor Internationaal Handelsrecht (UNCITRAL) van toepassing, behoudens de wijzigingen die daarin zijn aangebracht door de Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil of door de scheidsmannen. Het scheidsgerecht doet uitspraak met meerderheid van stemmen.

    • g. Het scheidsgerecht beslist over het geschil overeenkomstig dit Verdrag en de toepasselijke regels en beginselen van het internationale recht.

    • h. De uitspraak van het scheidsgerecht is definitief en bindend voor de Verdragsluitende Partijen bij het geschil.

    • i. Wanneer het scheidsgerecht in zijn uitspraak constateert dat een maatregel van een regionale of lokale overheid of instantie op het grondgebied van een in Deel I van bijlage P vermelde Verdragsluitende Partij niet in overeenstemming is met dit Verdrag, kan elk van beide partijen bij het geschil een beroep doen op de bepalingen van Deel II van bijlage P.

    • j. De kosten van het scheidsgerecht, met inbegrip van de vergoedingen voor de leden, komen voor gelijke delen ten laste van de Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil. Het scheidsgerecht kan echter naar eigen goeddunken bepalen dat een groter aandeel in de kosten ten laste komt van één der Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil.

    • k. Tenzij de Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil anders overeenkomen, zetelt het scheidsgerecht in 's-Gravenhage en maakt het gebruik van de kantoren en faciliteiten van het Permanent Hof van Arbitrage.

    • l. Een afschrift van de uitspraak wordt neergelegd bij het Secretariaat, dat dit ter algemene beschikking stelt.

Artikel 28. Niet-toepassing van artikel 27 op bepaalde geschillen

Een geschil tussen de Verdragsluitende Partijen betreffende de toepassing of uitlegging van artikel 5 of artikel 29 wordt niet volgens artikel 27 geregeld, tenzij de Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil dit overeenkomen.

DEEL VI. OVERGANGSBEPALINGEN

Artikel 29. Voorlopige bepalingen inzake de met handel verband houdende aangelegenheden

  • 1 Zolang een of meer Verdragsluitende Partijen geen lid zijn van de WTO, zijn de bepalingen van dit artikel van toepassing op de handel in energiegrondstoffen, energieproducten en uitrusting op energiegebied.

  • 2

    • a. De handel in energiegrondstoffen, energieproducten en uitrusting op energiegebied tussen Verdragsluitende Partijen waarvan ten minste één geen lid is van de WTO, wordt geregeld, behoudens het bepaalde onder letter b) en de uitzonderingen en voorschriften van bijlage W, door de bepalingen van de WTO-Overeenkomst zoals deze worden toegepast en ten aanzien van energiegrondstoffen, energieproducten en uitrusting op energiegebied door de leden van de WTO onderling worden gehanteerd, alsof al die Verdragsluitende Partijen lid zijn van de WTO.

    • b. De handel door een Verdragsluitende Partij die een staat is die deel uitmaakte van de voormalige Unie van Socialistische Sovjetrepublieken kan in plaats daarvan, behoudens de bepalingen van bijlage TFU, tot 1 december 1999 of totdat de betrokken Verdragsluitende Partij tot de WTO wordt toegelaten, al naargelang wat het eerste plaatsvindt, door een overeenkomst tussen twee of meer van dergelijke staten worden geregeld.

  • 3

    • a. Elke Ondertekenende Partij bij dit Verdrag en elke staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die voor 24 april 1998 tot dit Verdrag toetreedt, deponeert op de datum van ondertekening of van nederlegging van zijn akte van toetreding bij het Secretariaat een lijst van alle douanerechten en andersoortige heffingen welke terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieproducten op die datum worden geheven, met kennisgeving van de hoogte daarvan. Elke Ondertekenende Partij bij dit Verdrag en elke staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die voor 24 april 1998 tot dit Verdrag toetreedt, deponeert op die datum bij het Secretariaat een lijst van alle douanerechten en andersoortige heffingen welke terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer van uitrusting op energiegebied op die datum worden geheven, met kennisgeving van de hoogte daarvan.

    • b. Elke staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die voor of na 24 april 1998 tot dit Verdrag toetreedt, deponeert op de datum van nederlegging van zijn akte van toetreding bij het Secretariaat een lijst van alle douanerechten en andersoortige heffingen welke terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer van energiegrondstoffen, energieproducten en uitrusting op energiegebied op die datum worden geheven met kennisgeving van de hoogte daarvan.

      Van alle wijzigingen van die douanerechten of andersoortige heffingen welke terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer worden geheven, moet worden kennisgegeven aan het Secretariaat, dat de Verdragsluitende Partijen over die wijzigingen inlicht.

  • 4 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij streeft ernaar douanerechten of andersoortige heffingen welke terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer worden geheven niet te verhogen:

    • a. wat betreft de invoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieproducten als vermeld in bijlage EM I of uitrusting op energiegebied als vermeld in bijlage EQ I en omschreven in Deel I van de in artikel II van de GATT 1994 bedoelde, op de Verdragsluitende Partij betrekking hebbende lijst, boven het in die lijst vermelde niveau, indien de Verdragsluitende Partij lid is van de WTO;

    • b. wat betreft de uitvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieproducten als vermeld in bijlage EM I of uitrusting op energiegebied als vermeld in bijlage EQ I en de invoer daarvan indien de Verdragsluitende Partij geen lid is van de WTO, boven het meest recent aan het Secretariaat kennisgegeven niveau, behalve wanneer dit is toegestaan krachtens de uit hoofde van het tweede lid, letter a), geldende bepalingen.

  • 5 Een Verdragsluitende Partij kan een dergelijk douanerecht of andere heffing alleen dan boven het in het vierde lid bedoelde niveau verhogen indien:

    • a. ingeval het een terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer geheven douanerecht of andere heffing betreft, een dergelijke handeling niet onverenigbaar is met de toepasselijke bepalingen van de WTO-Overeenkomst, niet zijnde de in bijlage W genoemde bepalingen van de WTO-Overeenkomst; of

    • b. zij, in zo ruim mogelijke mate binnen de grenzen van haar wetgevingsprocedures, het Secretariaat in kennis heeft gesteld van haar voorstel voor een dergelijke verhoging, andere belanghebbende Verdragsluitende Partijen een redelijke gelegenheid heeft gegeven tot overleg over haar voorstel en eventuele opmerkingen van die Verdragsluitende Partijen in beschouwing heeft genomen.

  • 6 Ten aanzien van handel tussen Verdragsluitende Partijen waarvan ten minste één geen lid is van de WTO, verhoogt die Verdragsluitende Partij geen douanerechten of andersoortige heffingen, welke terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer van energiegrondstoffen en energieproducten vermeld in bijlage EM II of van uitrusting op energiegebied vermeld in bijlage EQ II worden geheven, boven het laagste van de niveaus toegepast op de datum waarop de Conferentie over het Energiehandvest besluit de bedoelde post in de desbetreffende bijlage op te nemen.

    Een Verdragsluitende Partij mag een dergelijk douanerecht of andere heffing alleen dan boven dat niveau verhogen, indien:

    • a. ingeval het een terzake van of in verband met de invoer geheven douanerecht of andere heffing betreft, een dergelijke handeling niet in strijd is met de toepasselijke bepalingen van de WTO-Overeenkomst, niet zijnde de in bijlage W genoemde bepalingen van de WTO-Overeenkomst; of

    • b. in buitengewone omstandigheden die niet elders in dit Verdrag worden behandeld, de Conferentie over het Energiehandvest besluit een Verdragsluitende Partij te ontslaan van de haar anders uit hoofde van dit lid opgelegde verplichting en instemt met de verhoging van een douanerecht, afhankelijk van de voorwaarden die de Conferentie daaraan kan verbinden.

  • 7 Onverminderd het zesde lid verhogen, in het geval van in dat lid bedoelde handel, de Verdragsluitende Partijen vermeld in bijlage BR wat betreft de in bijlage EM II opgenomen energiegrondstoffen en energieproducten, of in bijlage BRQ wat betreft de in bijlage EQ II opgenomen uitrusting op energiegebied, de douanerechten of andere heffingen niet boven het niveau voortvloeiend uit hun verplichtingen of de uit hoofde van de WTO-Overeenkomst voor hen geldende bepalingen.

  • 8 Andere rechten en heffingen welke terzake van of in verband met de in- of uitvoer van energiegrondstoffen, energieproducten of uitrusting op energiegebied worden geheven, zijn onderworpen aan de bepalingen van de Afspraak ten aanzien van de interpretatie van artikel II, eerste lid, letter b, van de GATT 1994 als gewijzigd overeenkomstig bijlage W.

  • 9 bijlage D is van toepassing op:

    • a. geschillen met betrekking tot het naleven van bepalingen die van toepassing zijn op handel bedoeld in dit artikel;

    • b. geschillen met betrekking tot het toepassen door een Verdragsluitende Partij van maatregelen, al dan niet strijdig met de bepalingen van dit artikel, die volgens een andere Verdragsluitende Partij enig voordeel dat voor haar rechtstreeks of middellijk uit dit artikel voortvloeit teniet doen of aantasten; en

    • c. tenzij de Verdragsluitende Partijen die partij zijn bij het geschil dit anders overeenkomen, geschillen met betrekking tot het naleven van artikel 5 tussen Verdragsluitende Partijen waarvan ten minste één geen lid is van de WTO,

    met dien verstande dat bijlage D niet van toepassing is op geschillen tussen Verdragsluitende Partijen die in hoofdzaak rijzen in verband met een overeenkomst:

    • i. waarvan kennis is gegeven overeenkomstig de andere eisen van het tweede lid, letter b), en van bijlage TFU, en die daaraan voldoet, of

    • ii. waarbij een vrijhandelszone of een douane-unie wordt ingesteld als omschreven in artikel XXIV van de GATT 1994.

Artikel 30. Ontwikkelingen in internationale handelsregelingen

De Verdragsluitende Partijen verbinden zich ertoe, in het licht van de resultaten van de Uruguay-Ronde van multilaterale handelsbesprekingen zoals die hoofdzakelijk zijn neergelegd in de op 15 april 1994 te Marrakesh opgestelde Slotakte, uiterlijk op 1 juli 1995 of op de datum van inwerkingtreding van dit Verdrag, al naar gelang welk tijdstip later valt, te beginnen met het in overweging nemen van passende wijzigingen op dit Verdrag met het oog op aanneming daarvan door de Conferentie van het Handvest.

Artikel 31. Uitrusting op energiegebied

De voorlopige Conferentie van het Handvest maakt tijdens haar eerste vergadering een begin met het bestuderen van de opneming van uitrusting op energiegebied in de handelsbepalingen van dit Verdrag.

Artikel 32. Overgangsregelingen

  • 1 Gezien de tijd die nodig is om zich aan de eisen van een markteconomie aan te passen, kan een in bijlage T genoemde Verdragsluitende Partij, behoudens het bepaalde in het derde tot en met het zesde lid van dit artikel, de volledige nakoming van haar verplichtingen krachtens een of meer van de onderstaande bepalingen van dit Verdrag, tijdelijk opschorten:

    Artikel 6, tweede en vijfde lid

    Artikel 7, vierde lid

    Artikel 9, eerste lid

    Artikel 10, zevende lid – specifieke maatregelen

    Artikel 14, eerste lid, letter d – alleen wat betreft de overmaking van niet uitgegeven inkomsten

    Artikel 20, derde lid

    Artikel 22, eerste en derde lid

  • 2 Andere Verdragsluitende Partijen verlenen een Verdragsluitende Partij die volledige nakoming overeenkomstig het eerste lid heeft opgeschort, bijstand om de voorwaarden te scheppen voor beëindiging van deze opschorting. Deze bijstand kan worden verleend in de vorm die zij het meest doeltreffend achten om te voorzien in de overeenkomstig het vierde lid, letter c, van dit artikel bekendgemaakte behoeften, indien nodig ook via bilaterale of multilaterale overeenkomsten.

  • 3 De toepasselijke bepalingen, de fases op de weg naar volledige uitvoering daarvan, de te nemen maatregelen en de datum waarop of, bij wijze van uitzondering, de omstandigheden als gevolg waarvan elke fase wordt beëindigd en de maatregel genomen, worden, voor elke Verdragsluitende Partij die zich beroept op overgangsregelingen, genoemd in bijlage T. Elk van deze Verdragsluitende Partijen neemt de genoemde maatregelen op de in die bijlage voor de desbetreffende bepaling en fase aangegeven datum. Verdragsluitende Partijen die overeenkomstig het eerste lid volledige nakoming tijdelijk hebben opgeschort, verbinden zich ertoe de relevante verplichtingen per 1 juli 2001 volledig na te komen. Indien een Verdragsluitende Partij het wegens uitzonderlijke omstandigheden nodig acht te verzoeken de duur van deze tijdelijke opschorting te verlengen of tot een voordien niet in bijlage T vermelde verdere tijdelijke opschorting te mogen overgaan, wordt de beslissing over een verzoek tot wijziging van bijlage T genomen door de Conferentie van het Handvest.

  • 4 Een Verdragsluitende Partij die zich heeft beroepen op overgangsregelingen, stelt het Secretariaat ten minste eenmaal per twaalf maanden in kennis van :

    • a. de uitvoering van in bijlage T genoemde maatregelen, en de algemene voortgang op de weg naar volledige nakoming;

    • b. de voortgang die zij de volgende twaalf maanden denkt te maken op de weg naar volledige nakoming van haar verplichtingen, de problemen die zij voorziet en voorstellen voor een oplossing van die problemen;

    • c. de behoefte aan technische bijstand ter vergemakkelijking van de voltooiing van de in bijlage T genoemde fases die nodig zijn voor de volledige uitvoering van dit Verdrag of om in letter b bedoelde problemen het hoofd te bieden, alsook om andere noodzakelijke marktgerichte hervormingen en de modernisering van haar energiesector te bevorderen;

    • d. de eventuele noodzaak een verzoek als bedoeld in het derde lid te doen.

  • 5 Het Secretariaat:

    • a. zendt alle Verdragsluitende Partijen de in het vierde lid bedoelde kennisgevingen toe;

    • b. zendt de in het tweede lid en het vierde lid, letter c, bedoelde verzoeken om en aanbiedingen van technische bijstand toe en bevordert actief de onderlinge afstemming van deze verzoeken en aanbiedingen, zo mogelijk met gebruikmaking van de binnen andere internationale organisaties bestaande regelingen;

    • c. zendt alle Verdragsluitende Partijen aan het eind van elke periode van zes maanden een overzicht toe van alle kennisgevingen uit hoofde van het vierde lid, letter a of d.

  • 6 De Conferentie van het Handvest evalueert jaarlijks de voortgang die de Verdragsluitende Partijen hebben gemaakt met de uitvoering van de bepalingen van dit artikel alsmede de onderlinge afstemming van behoeften aan en aanbiedingen van technische bijstand als bedoeld in het tweede lid en het vierde lid, letter c. Bij die evaluatie kan zij besluiten passende maatregelen te nemen.

DEEL VII. STRUCTURELE EN INSTITUTIONELE ASPECTEN

Artikel 33. Protocollen en verklaringen uit hoofde van het Energiehandvest

  • 1 De Conferentie van het Handvest kan machtiging verlenen voor onderhandelingen over een aantal protocollen of verklaringen uit hoofde van het Energiehandvest om de doelstellingen en beginselen van het Handvest te verwezenlijken.

  • 2 Iedere Ondertekenende Partij bij het Handvest kan aan dergelijke onderhandelingen deelnemen.

  • 3 Een Staat of een regionale organisatie voor economische integratie kan geen partij bij een protocol of verklaring worden, tenzij hij/zij Ondertekenende Partij bij het Handvest en Verdragsluitende Partij bij dit Verdrag is of dit tegelijkertijd wordt.

  • 4 Behoudens het derde lid en het zesde lid, letter a, worden de slotbepalingen die van toepassing zijn op een protocol in dat protocol vastgesteld.

  • 5 Een protocol is alleen van toepassing op de Verdragsluitende Partijen die zich daaraan gebonden verklaren en laat de rechten en verplichtingen van de Verdragsluitende Partijen die geen partij bij het Protocol zijn, onverlet.

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    • a. Bij een protocol kunnen taken aan de Conferentie van het Handvest en functies aan het Secretariaat worden opgedragen, met dien verstande dat dit niet door middel van een wijziging van het protocol mag geschieden tenzij die wijziging wordt goedgekeurd door de Conferentie van het Handvest; deze goedkeuring is niet onderworpen aan krachtens het bepaalde in letter b) toegestane bepalingen van het protocol.

    • b. Bij een protocol waarbij wordt voorzien in door de Conferentie van het Handvest te nemen beslissingen kan, behoudens het bepaalde in letter a, ten aanzien van deze beslissingen:

      • i. een andere stemprocedure dan die van artikel 36 worden vastgesteld;

      • ii. worden bepaald dat alleen partijen bij het protocol als Verdragsluitende Partijen in de zin van artikel 36 of als stemgerechtigd krachtens de voorschriften van het protocol worden beschouwd.

Artikel 34. Conferentie van het Energiehandvest

  • 1 De Verdragsluitende Partijen komen geregeld bijeen in de Conferentie van het Energiehandvest (hierna te noemen „de Conferentie van het Handvest") waarin elke Verdragsluitende Partij recht op een vertegenwoordiger heeft. Gewone vergaderingen vinden plaats op door de Conferentie van het Handvest vast te stellen tijdstippen.

  • 2 Buitengewone vergaderingen van de Conferentie van het Handvest kunnen plaatsvinden op door de Conferentie van het Handvest vast te stellen tijdstippen of op schriftelijk verzoek van een Verdragsluitende Partij, mits dat verzoek door ten minste een derde van de Verdragsluitende Partijen wordt gesteund binnen zes weken nadat het Secretariaat hen daarvan in kennis heeft gesteld.

  • 3 De Conferentie van het Handvest heeft de volgende taken:

    • a. het uitvoeren van haar krachtens dit Verdrag en de Protocollen opgedragen taken;

    • b. het controleren en vergemakkelijken van de verwezenlijking van de beginselen van het Handvest en van de uitvoering van de bepalingen van dit Verdrag en de Protocollen;

    • c. het vergemakkelijken, overeenkomstig dit Verdrag en de Protocollen, van de coördinatie van passende algemene maatregelen ter verwezenlijking van de beginselen van het Handvest;

    • d. het bespreken en aannemen van werkprogramma's die door het Secretariaat moeten worden uitgevoerd;

    • e. het bespreken en goedkeuren van de jaarrekeningen en de begroting van het Secretariaat;

    • f. het bespreken en goedkeuren of aannemen van de bepalingen van een zetelovereenkomst of andere overeenkomsten, met inbegrip van de voorrechten en immuniteiten die voor de Conferentie van het Handvest en het Secretariaat noodzakelijk worden geacht;

    • g. het aanmoedigen van gezamenlijke inspanningen ter vergemakkelijking en bevordering van marktgerichte hervormingen en modernisering van de energiesectoren in de landen van Midden- en Oost-Europa en de voormalige Unie van Socialistische Sovjetrepublieken die zich in een economische overgangssituatie bevinden;

    • h. het machtigen tot onderhandelingen over, het goedkeuren van het onderhandelingsmandaat voor en het beoordelen en aannemen van de tekst van protocollen en van wijzigingen daarin;

    • i. het machtigen tot onderhandelingen over verklaringen en het goedkeuren van de bekendmaking daarvan;

    • j. het nemen van besluiten over toetredingen tot dit Verdrag;

    • k. het machtigen tot onderhandelingen over en het beoordelen en goedkeuren of aannemen van associatieovereenkomsten;

    • l. het bespreken en aannemen van wijzigingen op dit Verdrag;

    • m. het bespreken en goedkeuren van wijzigingen en technische aanpassingen op de bijlagen bij dit Verdrag;

    • n. het bespreken en goedkeuren van de lijst van Ondertekenende Partijen in bijlagen BR of BRQ of in beide bijlagen;

    • o. het bespreken en goedkeuren van de toevoeging van posten aan bijlage EM II uit bijlage EM I met de dienovereenkomstige schrapping van die posten in bijlage EM I en het bespreken en goedkeuren van de toevoeging van posten aan bijlage EQ II uit bijlage EQ I en de dienovereenkomstige schrapping van die posten in bijlage EQ I;

    • p. het benoemen van de Secretaris-Generaal en het nemen van alle nodige besluiten voor het instellen en het functioneren van het Secretariaat, waaronder begrepen de structuur, de personeelsformatie en de algemene arbeidsvoorwaarden van functionarissen en ander personeel.

  • 4 Met het oog op een doelmatige en efficiënte aanpak van haar taken werkt de Conferentie van het Handvest via het Secretariaat zoveel mogelijk samen met, en doet zij zoveel mogelijk een beroep op de diensten en programma's van andere instellingen en organisaties met een erkende bevoegdheid in aangelegenheden verband houdend met de doelstellingen van dit Verdrag.

  • 5 De Conferentie van het Handvest kan alle ondergeschikte organen instellen die zij dienstig acht voor de uitvoering van haar taken.

  • 6 De Conferentie van het Handvest bespreekt het reglement van orde en het financieel reglement en neemt deze aan.

  • 7 In 1999 en daarna met tussenpozen (van ten hoogste vijf jaar) die door de Conferentie van het Handvest worden vastgesteld, gaat de Conferentie van het Handvest over tot een grondige evaluatie van de in dit Verdrag omschreven taken in het licht van de met de tenuitvoerlegging van de bepalingen van het Verdrag en de Protocollen gemaakte voortgang. Na iedere evaluatie kan de Conferentie van het Handvest de in het derde lid omschreven taken wijzigen of opheffen en het Secretariaat kwijting verlenen.

Artikel 35. Secretariaat

  • 1 Bij de uitoefening van haar taken beschikt de Conferentie van het Handvest over een Secretariaat dat bestaat uit een Secretaris-Generaal en zoveel personeel als uit het oogpunt van doelmatigheid ten minste vereist is.

  • 2 De Secretaris-Generaal wordt benoemd door de Conferentie van het Handvest. De eerste benoeming geldt voor ten hoogste vijf jaar.

  • 3 Bij de vervulling van zijn taken is het Secretariaat verantwoording verschuldigd en brengt het verslag uit aan de Conferentie van het Handvest.

  • 4 Het Secretariaat verleent de Conferentie van het Handvest de nodige bijstand voor de vervulling van haar taken en verricht de taken die het bij dit Verdrag en de Protocollen worden opgedragen alsook alle andere taken die het door de Conferentie van het Handvest worden opgedragen.

  • 5 Het Secretariaat kan de administratieve en contractuele regelingen treffen die nodig zijn voor een doeltreffende taakvervulling.

Artikel 36. Stemprocedure

  • 1 Eenparigheid van stemmen van de Verdragsluitende Partijen die aanwezig zijn en hun stem uitbrengen op de vergadering waar over de desbetreffende aangelegenheden moet worden besloten, is vereist voor besluiten van de Conferentie van het Handvest inzake:

    • a. de aanneming van andere wijzigingen van dit Verdrag dan met betrekking tot de artikelen 34 en 35 en bijlage T;

    • b. de goedkeuring van toetredingen tot dit Verdrag uit hoofde van artikel 41 door Staten of regionale organisaties voor economische integratie die geen Ondertekenende Partij bij het Handvest waren op 16 juni 1995;

    • c. het machtigen tot onderhandelingen over en het goedkeuren of aannemen van de tekst van associatieovereenkomsten;

    • d. de goedkeuring van wijzigingen op de bijlagen EM, NI, W en B;

    • e. de goedkeuring van technische aanpassingen in de bijlagen bij dit Verdrag; en

    • f. de goedkeuring van de voordrachten van panelleden door de Secretaris-Generaal in het kader van bijlage D, punt 7;

    • g. de goedkeuring van de toevoeging van posten aan bijlage EM II uit bijlage EM I en de dienovereenkomstige schrapping van die posten in bijlage EM I en de goedkeuring van de toevoeging van posten aan bijlage EQ II uit bijlage EQ I en de dienovereenkomstige schrapping van die posten in bijlage EQ I.

    De Verdragsluitende Partijen doen al het mogelijke om bij consensus overeenstemming te bereiken over alle andere aangelegenheden waarvoor uit hoofde van dit Verdrag hun besluit vereist is. Als geen overeenstemming bij consensus kan worden bereikt, zijn het tweede tot en met het vijfde lid van toepassing.

  • 2 Besluiten over begrotingsaangelegenheden als bedoeld in artikel 34, derde lid, letter e, worden genomen met gekwalificeerde meerderheid van stemmen van de Verdragsluitende Partijen waarvan de in bijlage B vastgestelde bijdragen samen ten minste drie vierde vertegenwoordigen van de daarin vastgestelde totale bijdragen.

  • 3 Besluiten over de in artikel 34, zevende lid, bedoelde aangelegenheden worden genomen met een meerderheid van drie vierde van de Verdragsluitende Partijen.

  • 4 Behalve in de in het eerste lid, letters a tot en met f, het tweede en het derde lid, bedoelde gevallen en behoudens het zesde lid, worden besluiten uit hoofde van dit Verdrag genomen met een meerderheid van drie vierde van de stemmen van de Verdragsluitende Partijen die aanwezig zijn en hun stem uitbrengen op de vergadering van de Conferentie van het Handvest waar over dergelijke aangelegenheden wordt besloten.

  • 5 Voor de toepassing van dit artikel wordt verstaan onder „Verdragsluitende Partijen die aanwezig zijn en hun stem uitbrengen", de Verdragsluitende Partijen die aanwezig zijn en voor- of tegenstemmen, met dien verstande dat de Conferentie van het Handvest in het reglement van orde kan bepalen dat die besluiten door de Verdragsluitende Partijen kunnen worden genomen via de schriftelijke procedure.

  • 6 Onverminderd het tweede lid is een in dit artikel bedoeld besluit alleen geldig wanneer het wordt gesteund door een gewone meerderheid van de Verdragsluitende Partijen.

  • 7 Een regionale organisatie voor economische integratie beschikt bij stemmingen over een aantal stemmen dat gelijk is aan het aantal van haar lidstaten die Partij bij dit Verdrag zijn, met dien verstande dat een dergelijke organisatie haar stemrecht niet uitoefent indien de lidstaten hun stemrecht uitoefenen, en omgekeerd.

  • 8 Ingeval een Verdragsluitende Partij aanhoudend in gebreke blijft bij het voldoen aan haar financiële verplichtingen uit hoofde van dit Verdrag, kan de Conferentie van het Handvest het stemrecht van die Verdragsluitende Partij geheel of gedeeltelijk schorsen.

Artikel 37. Beginselen inzake financiering

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij draagt zelf de kosten van haar vertegenwoordiging op vergaderingen van de Conferentie van het Handvest en de ondergeschikte organen.

  • 2 De vergaderkosten van de Conferentie van het Handvest en de ondergeschikte organen worden beschouwd als kosten van het Secretariaat.

  • 3 De kosten van het Secretariaat worden door de Verdragsluitende Partijen betaald naar draagkracht, vastgesteld zoals aangegeven in Bijlage B waarvan de bepalingen kunnen worden gewijzigd overeenkomstig artikel 36, eerste lid, letter d).

  • 4 Elk protocol bevat bepalingen om te waarborgen dat de Secretariaatskosten die voortvloeien uit dat protocol worden gedragen door de partijen bij dat protocol.

  • 5 De Conferentie van het Handvest kan vrijwillige extra bijdragen van een of meer Verdragsluitende Partijen of uit andere bronnen aanvaarden. De uit dergelijke bijdragen betaalde kosten worden niet beschouwd als Secretariaatskosten in de zin van het derde lid.

DEEL VIII. SLOTBEPALINGEN

Artikel 38. Ondertekening

Dit Verdrag staat te Lissabon van 17 december 1994 tot en met 16 juni 1995 open voor ondertekening door de Staten en regionale organisaties voor economische integratie die het Handvest hebben ondertekend.

Artikel 39. Bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring

Dit Verdrag dient te worden bekrachtigd, aanvaard of goedgekeurd door de ondertekenende Partijen. De akten van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring worden nedergelegd bij de Depositaris.

Artikel 40. Toepassing op gebiedsdelen

  • 1 Een Staat of regionale organisatie voor economische ontwikkeling kan op het tijdstip van ondertekening, bekrachtiging, aanvaarding, goedkeuring of toetreding verklaren, door middel van een bij de Depositaris nedergelegde verklaring, dat het Verdrag van toepassing is op alle gebiedsdelen waarvan hij respectievelijk zij de internationale betrekkingen behartigt, dan wel op een of meer van die gebiedsdelen. Een dergelijke verklaring wordt van kracht op het tijdstip waarop het Verdrag voor die Verdragsluitende Partij in werking treedt.

  • 2 Een Verdragsluitende Partij kan op een latere datum, door middel van een bij de Depositaris nedergelegde verklaring zichzelf krachtens dit Verdrag binden met betrekking tot een ander in de verklaring genoemd gebiedsdeel. Met betrekking tot dit gebiedsdeel wordt het Verdrag van kracht op de negentigste dag nadat de Depositaris deze verklaring heeft ontvangen.

  • 3 Een krachtens de twee voorafgaande leden nedergelegde verklaring kan, wat elk in deze verklaring genoemd gebiedsdeel betreft, door middel van een kennisgeving aan de Depositaris worden ingetrokken. Deze intrekking wordt, behoudens de toepasselijkheid van artikel 47, derde lid, van kracht een jaar na de datum waarop de Depositaris deze kennisgeving heeft ontvangen.

  • 4 De definitie van „grondgebied" in artikel 1, tiende lid, wordt in voorkomend geval uitgelegd met inachtneming van de krachtens dit artikel nedergelegde verklaringen.

Artikel 41. Toetreding

Dit Verdrag staat vanaf de datum waarop het niet meer kan worden ondertekend, op door de Conferentie van het Handvest goed te keuren voorwaarden, open voor toetreding door Staten en regionale organisaties voor economische integratie die het Handvest hebben ondertekend. De akten van toetreding worden nedergelegd bij de Depositaris.

Artikel 42. Wijzigingen

  • 1 Elke Verdragsluitende Partij kan wijzigingen op dit Verdrag voorstellen.

  • 2 De tekst van een voorstel tot wijziging van dit Verdrag wordt ten minste drie maanden vóór de datum waarop het ter aanneming aan de Conferentie van het Handvest wordt voorgelegd, door het Secretariaat aan de Verdragsluitende Partijen meegedeeld.

  • 3 Door de Conferentie van het Handvest aangenomen teksten tot wijziging van dit Verdrag worden door het Secretariaat meegedeeld aan de Depositaris, die ze ter bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring voorlegt aan alle Verdragsluitende Partijen.

  • 4 De akten van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring van wijzigingen op dit Verdrag worden nedergelegd bij de Depositaris. Wijzigingen treden tussen de Verdragsluitende Partijen die ze hebben bekrachtigd, aanvaard of goedgekeurd, in werking op de negentigste dag nadat door ten minste drie vierde van de Verdragsluitende Partijen de akten van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring bij de Depositaris zijn nedergelegd. Daarna treden de wijzigingen voor elke andere Verdragsluitende Partij in werking op de negentigste dag nadat deze Verdragsluitende Partij haar akte van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring van de wijzigingen heeft nedergelegd.

Artikel 43. Associatieovereenkomsten

  • 1 Ter verwezenlijking van de doelstellingen en beginselen van het Handvest alsmede de bepalingen van dit Verdrag of van een of meer protocollen kan de Conferentie van het Handvest machtiging verlenen voor onderhandelingen over associatieovereenkomsten met Staten, regionale organisaties voor economische integratie of internationale organisaties.

  • 2 De tot stand gebrachte betrekkingen met en de rechten en verplichtingen van een associërende Staat, regionale organisatie voor economische integratie of internationale organisatie moeten zijn toegesneden op de specifieke omstandigheden van de associatie en worden telkens in de associatieovereenkomst vermeld.

Artikel 44. Inwerkingtreding

  • 1 Dit Verdrag treedt in werking op de negentigste dag na de datum waarop de dertigste akte van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding, goedkeuring of toetreding is nedergelegd door een Staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die per 16 juni 1995 Ondertekenende Partij bij het Handvest is

  • 2 Voor elke Staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie die dit Verdrag bekrachtigt, aanvaardt of goedkeurt, dan wel ertoe toetreedt, nadat de dertigste akte van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding of goedkeuring is nedergelegd, treedt het Verdrag in werking op de negentigste dag na de datum waarop deze Staat of regionale organisatie voor economische integratie zijn respectievelijk haar akte van bekrachtiging, aanvaarding, goedkeuring of toetreding heeft nedergelegd.

  • 3 Voor de toepassing van het eerste lid wordt een akte die wordt nedergelegd door een regionale organisatie voor economische integratie niet opgeteld bij die welke door de Lid-Staten van deze organisatie zijn nedergelegd.

Artikel 45. Voorlopige toepassing

  • 1 Elke Ondertekenende Partij stemt ermee in dit Verdrag voorlopig toe te passen in afwachting van de inwerkingtreding voor deze Ondertekenende Partij krachtens artikel 44, voor zover deze voorlopige toepassing niet strijdig is met haar constitutie, wetten of voorschriften.

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    • a. Ongeacht het eerste lid kan een Ondertekenende Partij op het tijdstip van ondertekening bij de Depositaris een verklaring indienen dat zij niet kan instemmen met voorlopige toepassing. De in het eerste lid vermelde verplichting geldt niet voor een Ondertekenende Partij die een dergelijke verklaring aflegt. Die Ondertekenende Partij kan te allen tijde haar verklaring intrekken door middel van een schriftelijke kennisgeving aan de Depositaris.