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3 June 2009

Serbia ratified Protocol on Combined Transport on Inland Waterways to the AGTC Agreement

The Government of Serbia has ratified the Protocol on Combined Transport on Inland Waterways to the European Agreement on Important International Combined Transport Lines and Related Installations (AGTC). Information on ratification was published on 25 May 2009 in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia. Following deposition of the instrument of ratification at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs and issuance of the relevant Depositary Notification, the Protocol, in accordance with Article 9, is expected to enter into force 90 days thereafter.

This Inland Water Protocol to the AGTC Agreement had been opened for signature at the Ministerial Conference on Transport and the Environment (Vienna, 12-14 November 1997). It has been ratified so far by: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia and Switzerland.
The following countries have signed the Protocol, but have not yet ratified it: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Slovakia.

The objective of the Protocol is to make international combined and intermodal transport on inland waterways and on certain coastal routes in Europe more efficient and attractive to customers. It establishes a legal framework that lays down a coordinated plan for the development of combined and intermodal transport services on pan European inland waterways and coastal routes and of the infrastructure necessary for their operation based on internationally agreed performance parameters and standards.

The Protocol establishes a list of waterways and transshipment terminals important for regular international combined and intermodal transport in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Serbia, Switzerland and Ukraine. The Protocol also stipulates technical and operational minimum requirements of European inland waterways and terminals in ports as a basis for competitive container and ro-ro transport services by inland water vessels.

Text of the Protocol (English, French, Russian): http://www.unece.org/trans/wp24/Protocol_text.html

Legal status: http://www.unece.org/trans/conventn/legalinst_05_TINF_PAGTC.html