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CHAPTER XI
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
C . Transport by Rail
3 . European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines (AGC)
Geneva, 31 May 1985
Entry into force
:
27 April 1989, in accordance with article 6(1).
Registration :
27 April 1989, No. 26540
Status :
Signatories : 11. Parties : 27
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 1530, p. 65; depositary notifications C.N.34.1992.TREATIES-1 of 30 March 1992; C.N.220.1994.TREATIES-2 of 20 July 1994; C.N.123.1996.TREATIES-1 of 28 May 1996;  C.N.166.1997.TREATIES-1 of 2 May 1997; C.N.68.2000.TREATIES-1 of 10 February 2000: C.N.255.2001.TREATIES-1 of 28 March 2001 (Proposal of amendments by the Czech Republic, the Republic of Moldova and the Government of Greece to Annex I of the AGC) and C.N.826.2001.TREATIES-3 of 1 October 2001 (Acceptance); C.N.202.2003.TREATIES-1 of 4 March 2003 and doc. TRANS/SC.2/198 para.27 (proposal of amendments by the Government of Slovenia to Annex I of the Agreement); C.N.140.2005.TREATIES-1 of 28 February 2005 and doc. TRANS/SC.2/202 para.23 (proposal of amendments by the Government of Germany to Annex I of the Agreement); C.N.669.2005.TREATIES-2 of 29 August 2005 (Acceptance of the amendments proposed by Germany to Annex I of the Agreement ); C.N.650.2006.TREATIES-2 of 9 August 2006 (Proposal of amendments by Hungary to Annex I of the Agreement) and C.N.194.2007.TREATIES-1 of 12 February 2007 (Acceptance);  C.N.532.2007.TREATIES-1 of 3 May 2007 (Proposal of Amendments by Latvia to Annex I to the AGC Agreement) and C.N.1050.2007.TREATIES-3 of 5 November 2007 (Acceptance);  C.N.711.2010.TREATIES-1 of 30 December 2010 (Proposal of Amendments to Annex I to the AGC Agreement) and C.N.528.2011.TREATIES-1 of 25 August 2011 (Acceptance).1
Note :
The Agreement was drawn up under the auspices of the Inland Transport Committee of the Economic Commission for Europe and is open for signature at Geneva until 1 September 1986.
Participant
Signature
Ratification, Accession(a), Acceptance(A), Approval(AA), Succession(d)
Albania
   5 Jun 2007 a
Austria
   1 Oct 2001 a
Belarus
27 Aug 1986
 1 Apr 1987 A
Belgium
   6 Aug 1999 a
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
   1 Sep 1993 d
Bulgaria
   9 Mar 1990 a
Croatia 2
  20 May 1994 d
Czech Republic 3
   2 Jun 1993 d
France
28 Aug 1986
27 Jan 1989 AA
Germany 4, 5
29 Aug 1986
23 Oct 1987
Greece
 9 Jul 1986
31 Mar 1995
Hungary
16 Apr 1986
26 Jun 1987 AA
Italy
19 Aug 1986
29 Nov 1991
Latvia
  18 May 2006 a
Lithuania
  27 Mar 2002 a
Luxembourg
17 Jul 1986
28 Oct 1996
Montenegro 6
  23 Oct 2006 d
Poland 7
 5 Feb 1986
14 Sep 1988
Portugal
 1 Nov 1985
 
Republic of Moldova
   8 Jul 1996 a
Romania
  11 Dec 1996 a
Russian Federation
27 Aug 1986
10 Mar 1987 A
Serbia 2
  12 Mar 2001 d
Slovakia 3
  28 May 1993 d
Slovenia
   6 Jul 1992 d
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2
   5 Oct 1994 d
Turkey
   4 Jan 1993 a
Ukraine
27 Aug 1986
22 Sep 1987 A
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession, acceptance, approval or succession.)
Austria

Declaration:
       "Declaration in respect of Article 8 of the European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines (AGC):
       The Federal Government of the Republic of Austria declares herewith in accordance with Article 9 of the European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines (AGC) that the Republic of Austria does not consider herself bound by the provisions of Article 8 of the AGC.
       The topographic conditions in Austria do not permit a complete adherence to the parameter "nominal minimum speed" of 160 kph on existing lines and of 250 kph on new lines to be built. Also, when considering the optimal use of resources available for the improvement of railroad infrastructure and the prioritary goal of the lines capacity, the parameter of a "nominal minimum speed" of 250 kph cannot be upheld for all new lines."

Belarus

Reservation made upon signature and confirmed upon acceptance:
       The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic does not condider itself bound by article 8 of the European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines of 31 May 1985 and declares that the agreement of all the parties to a dispute is required, in each specific case, for the submission to arbitrators of any dispute between Contracting Parties relating to the interpretation or application of the European Agreement and that only persons designated by mutual agreement between the parties to a dispute may act as arbitrators.

Czech Republic 3

Latvia

Notification under article 13:
       “In accordance with Article 13 of the European Agreement on Main International Railway Lines (AGC) the Republic of Latvia declares that the administration to which proposed amendments to the annexes to this Agreement are to be communicated in conformity with Articles 11 and 12 is:
       Ministry of Transport
       Gogola Str.3
       Rïga, LV-1743
       Latvia
       Phone: +371 7028210
       Fax: +371 7217180
       E-mail: sat_m@sam.gov.lv”

Poland 7

Russian Federation

Reservation made upon signature and confirmed upon acceptance:
       [Same reservation , mutatis mutandis,  as that made by Belarus.]

Slovakia 3

Ukraine

Reservation made upon signature and confirmed upon acceptance:
       [Same reservation , mutatis mutandis,  as that made by Belarus.]

End Note
1.Amendments to the Convention were adopted as follows:

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Amendments to:Proposed by:Date of circulation:Date of entry into force:
Annex IGermany30 Mar 199210 Mar 1993
Annex ICzech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Russian Fed eration, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine20 Jul 199414 May 1995
Annex ICroatia28 May 199618 Mar 1997
Annex IItaly and Republic of Moldova12 Nov 199712 Feb 1998
Annex IHungary and Poland 10 Feb 200015 Nov 2000
Annex ICzech Republic, Republic of Moldova and Greece28 Mar 20011 Jan 2002
Annex IGermany28 Feb 20059 Nov 2005
Annex IHungary9 Aug 200512 May 2007

2.The former Yugoslavia had acceeded to the Agreement on 31 January 1990. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina”, “Croatia”, “former Yugoslavia”, “Slovenia”, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and “Yugoslavia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
3.Czechoslovakia had acceded to the Agreement on 10 May 1990, with the following reservation:

Czechoslovakia shall not consider itself bound by article 8 of the Agreement.

See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

4.See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
5.The German Democratic Republic had acceded to the Agreement on 22 March 1988 with the following reservation: Reservation:

The German Democratic Republic does not consider itself bound by the provisions of Article 8 of the Agreement on Main International Railway Lines (AGC) of 31 May 1985.

In order to refer a dispute which relates to the interpretation or application of the Agreement to arbitration, it is necessary in each single case to have the consent of all States in the dispute.  The arbitrators have to be selected jointly by the States in the dispute. See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

6.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
7.Upon ratification, the Government of Poland declared that it withdraws its reservation made upon signature. The text of the reservation read as follows:

The Government of Poland declares that it does not consider itself bound by article 8 of the Agreement.