CHAPTER XXII
COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION
2European Convention on International Commercial ArbitrationGeneva, 21 April 19617 January 1964, in accordance with article X(8), with the exception of paragraphs 3 to 7 of article IV which entered into force on 18 October 1965, in accordance with paragraph 4 of the Annex to the Convention.7 January 1964, No. 7041Signatories16Parties31United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 484, p. 349.The Convention was prepared and opened for signature on 21 April 1961 by the Special Meeting of Plenipotentiaries for the purpose of negotiating and signing a European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration, which was convened in accordance with resolution 7 (XV)<superscript>1</superscript> of the Economic Commission for Europe, adopted on 5 May 1960. The Special Meeting was held at the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva from 10 to 21 April 1961. For the text of the Final Act of the Special Meeting, see United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 484, p. 349.
ParticipantSignatureRatification, Accession(a), Succession(d)Albania27 Jun 2001 aAustria21 Apr 1961 6 Mar 1964 Azerbaijan17 Jan 2005 aBelarus21 Apr 1961 14 Oct 1963 Belgium21 Apr 1961 9 Oct 1975 Bosnia and Herzegovina<superscript>2</superscript> 1 Sep 1993 dBulgaria21 Apr 1961 13 May 1964 Burkina Faso26 Jan 1965 aCroatia<superscript>2</superscript>26 Jul 1993 dCuba 1 Sep 1965 aCzech Republic<superscript>3</superscript>30 Sep 1993 dDenmark<superscript>4</superscript>21 Apr 1961 22 Dec 1972 Finland21 Dec 1961 France21 Apr 1961 16 Dec 1966 Germany<superscript>5,6</superscript>21 Apr 1961 27 Oct 1964 Hungary21 Apr 1961 9 Oct 1963 Italy21 Apr 1961 3 Aug 1970 Kazakhstan20 Nov 1995 aLatvia20 Mar 2003 aLuxembourg26 Mar 1982 aMontenegro<superscript>7</superscript>23 Oct 2006 dNorth Macedonia<superscript>2</superscript>10 Mar 1994 dPoland21 Apr 1961 15 Sep 1964 Republic of Moldova 5 Mar 1998 aRomania21 Apr 1961 16 Aug 1963 Russian Federation21 Apr 1961 27 Jun 1962 Serbia<superscript>2</superscript>12 Mar 2001 dSlovakia<superscript>3</superscript>28 May 1993 dSlovenia<superscript>2</superscript> 6 Jul 1992 dSpain14 Dec 1961 12 May 1975 Turkey21 Apr 1961 24 Jan 1992 Ukraine21 Apr 1961 18 Mar 1963
Declarations and Reservations(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were madeupon ratification, accession or succession.)Notifications made under article X (6)(Unless otherwise indicated, the notifications were madeupon ratification, accession or succesion.)BelgiumIn accordance with article II, paragraph 2, of the Convention, the Belgian Government declares that in Belgium only the State has, in the cases referred to in article I, paragraph 1, the faculty to conclude arbitration agreements.Latvia<superscript>8</superscript>LuxembourgExcept where otherwise expressly provided for in the arbitration agreement, the presiding judges of the local courts shall assume the functions entrusted to the presidents of the chambers of commerce under article IV of the Convention. The presiding judges shall hear the disputes in chambers.Notifications made under article X (6) (Unless otherwise indicated, the notifications were made upon ratification, accession or succesion.)Azerbaijan"In connection with the requirement contained in Article X (6) of the above-mentioned Convention, the [...] the Republic of Azerbaijan would like to inform that the functions referred to in Article IV of the Convention are exercised by the Economic Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in accordance with Article 6 of the law on International Arbitration of the Republic of Azerbaijan."Croatia<right>11 December 2001</right>“....the following institution in the Republic of Croatia has been designated to exercise the functions referred to in Article IV of the Convention.Permanent Arbitration Court to the Croatian Chamber of CommerceRooseveltov trg 210000 ZABREBCroatiatel: 385 1 4606-733fax: 385 1 4606-752email: sudiste@hgk.hr”Kazakhstan<right>11 September 2014</right>“In accordance with article X, paragraph 6 of the abovementioned Convention, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan would like to inform that functions conferred by Article IV are exercised by:Center of Arbitration of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of KazakhstanAddress: Kunayev Street 8, block “B”Astana, 010000, Republic of KazakhstanPhone: +7-7172-919300*1759, +7-7172-919356E-mail: arbitration@palata.kz.”Latvia"In accordance with article X, paragraph 6, of the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration, the Republic of Latvia communicates that functions conferred by article IV will exercise:Latvian Chamber of Commerce and IndustryAddress: K. Valdemara street 35Riga, LV-1010, LatviaPhone: + 371 7 225 595Fax: + 371 7 820 092e-mail: info@chamber.lv."Slovakia<right>8 July 2013</right>“… in accordance with article X (6) of the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration [the Government of the Slovak Republic] has the honour to communicate the following institution that has been designated to exercise functions conferred by Article IV of the above mentioned Convention:Slovak Chamber of Commerce and IndustryGorkého 9816 03 BratislavaPhone: +421 2 54433291Fax: + 421 2 54131159Email: sopkurad@scci.sk.”1<i> Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Fifteenth Session, Supplement No. 3 </i> (E/3349), p. 55.2The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Convention on 21 April 1961 and 25 September 1963, respectively. 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.3Czechoslovakia had signed and ratified the Convention on 21 April 1961 and 13 November 1963, respectively. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.4The instrument of ratification contained a declaration to the effect that the Convention for the time being would not extend to the Faeroe Islands and Greenland.In a communication received on 12 November 1975, the Govern- ment of Denmark declared that it had withdrawn the above-mentioned reservation, the decision to take effect on 1 January 1976.5The German Democratic Republic had acceded to the Convention on 20 February 1975. See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.6See note 1 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.7See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.8 On 23 December 2013, the Government of Latvia notified the Secretary General of the withdrawal of the following declaration under article II (2) made upon acccession: "In accordance with article II, paragraph 2, of the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration, the Republic of Latvia declares that article II, paragraph 1, does not apply for state authorities and local government authorities."