PARLIAMENT APPROVES EU ACCESSION TO INTERNATIONAL RAIL TRANSPORT ORGANISATION.
Adopting the report by Paolo Costa (ELDR, Italy) in plenary session on March 10 in Strasbourg, the European Parliament approved without amendment the proposal on the accession of the European Community to the international rail transport organisation OTIF (Organisation des Transports Internationaux Ferroviaires), a body based in Berne, Switzerland, and responsible for facilitating international rail transport by developing harmonised legal procedures across the continent of Europe. To this end, the Community must sign up to COTIF, the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail which established OTIF. The Community's accession will only be possible following ratification of a Protocol to the Convention - the Vilnius Protocol of June 3, 1999 - allowing the accession of regional economic integration organisations such as the EU. The entry into force of the Vilnius Protocol and therefore the Community's accession to all OTIF bodies are expected in 2005.
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|Date:||Mar 17, 2004|
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