Protocol of 3 June 1999 for the Modification of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) of 9 May 1980

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Vilnius, Lithuania
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/07/2006

Category

Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Rail transport

Groups

OTIF

What is it about?

This Protocol adapts the provisions of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail to new needs of the international community and to the changes in international rail transport since the adoption of the Convention in 1980. The Protocol’s principal purpose is to harmonize its provisions with those of the Council Directive of the European Union on the Development of the Community’s Railways (91/440/EEC). The Directive separates the operation of infrastructure from the provision of transport services. It also grants the right to access railway infrastructure to railway undertakings and their groupings engaged in international combined transport of goods. The Protocol modifies the 1980 Convention in the following respects: change of the calculation basis for budget contribution, frequency of the General Assembly meetings, election of the Secretary General and participation of regional organizations. Four annexes to the Protocol establish uniform rules for the use of vehicles in international carriage by rail, the use of infrastructure, validation of international technical standards and the adoption of uniform technical prescriptions and admission of material used in international rail traffic

Why is it relevant?

By harmonizing the rules applicable to international carriage of passengers and goods by rail, this instrument reduces transport costs. It also determines the rights and obligations of carriers, consigners or travelers and deals with further legal issues related to international carriage by rail.

Additional Information

All Member States to OTIF may ratify the present Protocol and become a member to the modified Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (Berne, 09 May 1980).

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania28/09/2000
Algeria04/02/2003
Armenia30/12/2010
Austria22/01/2004
Azerbaijan12/05/2015
Belgium14/08/2007
Bosnia and Herzegovina16/05/2006
Bulgaria29/11/2004
Croatia09/03/2001
Czech Republic22/12/2003
Denmark29/09/2004
Estonia20/08/2008
Finland04/08/2004
France29/05/2006
Georgia24/10/2011
Germany05/09/2003
Greece02/06/2008
Hungary15/04/2004
Iran15/06/2004
Ireland14/04/2016
Italy05/02/2015
Latvia01/07/2006
Liechtenstein13/05/2003
Lithuania10/11/2003
Luxembourg29/06/2006
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)26/02/2001
Monaco11/07/2000
Montenegro21/12/2009
Morocco28/04/2011
Netherlands11/09/2002
Norway27/01/2005
Pakistan21/02/2013
Poland03/03/2003
Portugal07/04/2005
Romania08/03/2002
Russian Federation21/08/2008
Serbia01/07/2006
Slovakia11/06/2004
Slovenia10/02/2004
Spain18/06/2002
Sweden16/02/2015
Switzerland07/05/2002
Syrian Arab Republic04/07/2005
Tunisia31/08/2000
Turkey03/04/2006
Ukraine26/10/2007
United Kingdom29/06/2006
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