ROYAL NETHERLANDS EMBASSY
38 HYDE PARK GATE
LONDON SW7 5DP
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and with reference to the Ministerial Agreement establishing the Europol Drugs Unit, adopted by the TREVI Ministers during their meeting in Copenhagen on 1 and 2 June 1993, and to the decision of the European Council of 29 October 1993 that Europol should have its seat in The Hague, and pending the establishment of Europol by treaty, has the honour to propose the following on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Liaison officers and other members of staff who are employed at the Europol Drugs Unit in The Hague on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland under the afore mentioned Ministerial Agreement and who settle in the Netherlands for that reason, and members of their family who form part of their household and who do not possess Dutch nationality, shall enjoy the privileges and immunities in and vis-à-vis the Kingdom of the Netherlands that accrue to members of the administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions established in the Netherlands under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 18 April 1961, except that the immunities shall not extend to damage caused by a vehicle or other means of transport belonging to or driven by them, nor to traffic offences and that the immunity from criminal jurisdiction shall not extend to acts performed outside the course of their duties.
The obligations of Sending States and their personnel that apply under the Vienna Convention to members of the administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions established in the Netherlands shall apply to the persons referred to at 1.
The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands shall, upon request, supply the persons referred to at 1 with an identity card showing their status.
The Embassy proposes that this note and the affirmative note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together shall constitute an agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which shall enter into force on the fifteenth day after the date of receipt of the affirmative note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and which shall remain in force for one year while, in case at the end of this term a treaty concerning the establishment of Europol is not in force, a further exchange of notes to prolong the agreement may be concluded.
The Embassy avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland the assurance of his highest consideration.
London, 30 November 1994
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH