Reservations and Declarations for Treaty No.192 - Convention on Contact concerning Children

Declarations in force as of today
Status as of 29/08/2016

Albania

Declaration contained in a Note Verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania, dated 13 May 2005, deposited with the instrument of ratification, on 27 May 2005 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 18, paragraph 3, of the Convention, the Republic of Albania declares that it can refuse the use of either French or English languages, under paragraphs 1 and 2 of this article, in any application, communication or other documents sent to the central authorities.
Period covered: 01/09/2005 -
Articles concerned : 18

Declaration contained in a Note Verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania, dated 13 May 2005, deposited with the instrument of ratification, on 27 May 2005 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 11, paragraph 1, of the Convention, the Republic of Albania appoints the Ministry of Justice as central authority to carry out the functions provided for by this Convention. The address is as following:

Ministry of Justice
Bulevardi "Zogu I" Tiranë
Shquipëri
Period covered: 01/09/2005 -
Articles concerned : 11


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Declaration contained in a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, dated 18 July 2013, registered at the Secretariat General on 18 July 2013 – Or. Fr.

In accordance with Article 11, paragraph 3, of the Convention, Bosnia and Herzegovina declares that the central authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina designated for the purposes of this Convention is the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Trg BiH 1, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Tel. +387.33.202.600; Fax : +387.33.206.140).
Period covered: 18/07/2013 -
Articles concerned : 11


Croatia

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 5 February 2009 – Or. Engl. and updated by a letter from the Minister of Social Policy and Youth of Croatia, dated 18 February 2016, registered at the Secretariat General on 21 March 2016 - Or. Engl.

Ministry of Social Policy and Youth
Trg Nevenke Topalušić 1
10000 Zagreb
Republic of Croatia
Tel.: + 385 1 555 7111
fax : + 385 1 555 7222
E-mail: ministarstvo@mspm.hr


Period covered: 01/06/2009 -
Articles concerned : 11


Czech Republic

Declaration contained in a Note Verbale deposited with the instrument of ratification, on 27 September 2004 - Or. Engl., updated by a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic, dated and registered at the Secretariat General on 11 December 2009 - Or. Engl.

The Czech Republic declares that the central authority designated in the Czech Republic under Article 11, paragraph 1, of the Convention on Contact concerning Children is:

. Office for International Legal Protection of Children
(Urad pro mezinárodneprávni ochranu deti)
Šilingrovo námesti 3 / 4
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

Telephone: +420 542 215 522, +420 542 215 443
Fax: +420 542 212 836, +420 542 217 900
Email: podatelna@umpod.cz
Period covered: 01/09/2005 -
Articles concerned : 11


Portugal

Declaration made at the time of signature of the instrument, on 15 May 2003 - Or. Fr.

Portugal declares that it signs the Convention on Contact concerning Children to the extent that it falls within its national competence.
Period covered: 01/09/2005 -
Articles concerned : -


Romania

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of Romania, dated 9 March 2009, registered at the Secretariat General on 11 March 2009 – Or. Engl., updated by a letter from the Permanent Representative of Romania, dated 21 January 2010, registered at the Secretariat General on 22 January 2010 - Or. Engl.

Pursuant to Article 11 of the Convention, Romania declares that the name and address of the central authority in Romania designated to carry out the functions provided for by this Convention in cases of transfrontier contact have been updated as follows :

a) English language:
Ministry of Justice
Department of International Law and Treaties
Unit of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 Bucuresti, Cod 050741
Tel. : +40.37204.1077 ; +40.37204.1078 (Cabinet Director)
Tel. : +40.37204.1083 ; +40.37204.1217 ; +40.37204.1218
Fax : +40.37204.1079
Internet : www.just.ro ; Email : ddit@just.ro
Contact person : Viviana ONACA Ph.d, Director, RO, EN and FR

b) French language:
Ministère de la Justice
Direction du Droit International et des Traités
Bureau de Coopération internationale en matière civil et commerciale
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 Bucuresti, Cod 050741
Tél. : +40.37204.1077 ; +40.37204.1078 (Cabinet du Directeur)
Tél. : +40.37204.1083 ; +40.37204.1217 ; +40.37204.1218
Fax : +40.37204.1079
Internet : www.just.ro ; Email : ddit@just.ro
Agent de liaison : Dr. Viviana ONACA, Directeur, RO, EN et FR

c) Romanian language:
Ministerul Justitiei
Directia Drept international si Tratate
Serviciul Cooperare judiciara internationala în materie civila
Strada Apollodor 17
Sector 5 Bucuresti, Cod 050741
Tel. : +40.37204.1077 ; +40.37204.1078 (Cabinet Director)
Tel. : +40.37204.1083 ; +40.37204.1217 ; +40.37204.1218
Fax : +40.37204.1079
Internet : www.just.ro ; Email : ddit@just.ro
Persoana de contact: Dr. Viviana ONACA, Director, RO, EN si FR
Period covered: 11/03/2009 -
Articles concerned : 11


Spain

Declaration contained in a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Spain handed over to the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe at the time of the signature of the instrument, on 9 October 2015 - Or. Fr.

The Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of Spain has the honour to communicate that, in the event that the Convention on Contact concerning Children were to be were to be extended to Gibraltar by the United Kingdom, Spain would like to make the following declaration:

1. Gibraltar is a non-autonomous territory whose international relations come under the responsibility of the United Kingdom and which is subject to a decolonisation process in accordance with the relevant decisions and resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

2. The authorities of Gibraltar have a local character and exercise exclusively internal competences which have their origin and their foundation in a distribution and attribution of competences performed by the United Kingdom in compliance with its internal legislation, in its capacity as sovereign State of which the mentioned non-autonomous territory is dependent.

3. As a result, any participation of the Gibraltarian authorities in the application of this Convention will be understood as carried out exclusively as part of the internal competences of Gibraltar and cannot be considered to modify in any way what was established in the two previous paragraphs.

4. The procedure foreseen in the "Arrangements relating to Gibraltar authorities in the context of certain international treaties" which were adopted by Spain and the United Kingdom on 19 December 2007, as well as the "Agreed Arrangements relating to Gibraltar authorities in the context of EU and EC instruments and related treaties", dated 19 April 2000, apply to this Convention on Contact concerning Children.

5. The application of the Convention to Gibraltar should not be interpreted as an acknowledgment of any right or any situation regarding areas not covered by Article X of the Treaty of Utrecht of 13 July 1713, concluded between the Crowns of Spain and of the United Kingdom.
Articles concerned : -


Turkey

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 23 January 2012 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 11, paragraph 1, of the Convention, Turkey designates the following Central Authority to discharge duties in Turkey which are imposed by the Convention:

Ministry of Justice
The General Directorate of International Law and Foreign Relations
Address: Milli Müdafaa Cad. No: 22 06659 Ankara, Turkey
Telephone Number: 90 (312) 414 78 01
Telefax Number: 90 (312) 425 02 90
E-mail address: uhdigm@adalet.gov.tr
Period covered: 01/05/2012 -
Articles concerned : 11


Ukraine

Declaration contained in the instrument of ratification deposited on 21 December 2006 - Or. Engl.

In accordance with Article 11, paragraph 1, of the Convention, Ukraine declares that the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine is the central authority for fulfilment of the functions foreseen by this Convention in cases of transfrontier contacts.
Period covered: 01/04/2007 -
Articles concerned : 11

Declaration contained in a Note verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, dated 12 October 2015, transmitted by a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Ukraine, dated 13 October 2015, registered at the Secretariat General on 16 October 2015 – Or. Engl.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine presents its compliments to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, as the Depositary of the European Convention on Information on Foreign Law of 7 June 1968, the Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Information on Foreign Law of 15 March 1978, the European Convention on the Supervision of Conditionally Sentenced or Conditionally Released Offenders of 30 November 1964, the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons of 21 March 1983, the Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons of 18 December 1997, the European Convention on the Transfer of Proceedings in Criminal Matters of 15 May 1972, the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of 20 April 1959, the Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of 17 March 1978, the Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of 8 November 2001, the European Convention on Extradition of 13 December 1957, the Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition of 15 October 1975, the Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition of 17 March 1978, the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism of 27 January 1977, the Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism of 15 May 2003, the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism of 16 May 2005, the European Convention on the International Validity of Criminal Judgments of 28 May 1970, the Convention on Cybercrime of 23 November 2001, the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the Criminalisation of Acts of a Racist and Xenophobic Nature committed through Computer Systems of 28 January 2003, the Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime of 8 November 1990, the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism of 16 May 2005, the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings of 16 May 2005, the European Convention on the Exercise of Children's Rights of 25 January 1996, the Convention on Contact concerning Children of 15 May 2003, the European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children of 20 May 1980, the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse of 25 October 2007, the Convention on the Establishment of a Scheme of Registration of Wills of 16 May 1972, the Agreement on Illicit Traffic by Sea, implementing Article 17 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 31 January 1995, the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption of 27 January 1999, the Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption of 15 May 2003 (hereinafter referred to as the «Conventions, Protocols, Agreement» respectively), and has the honour to inform of the following.

In February 2014 the Russian Federation launched armed aggression against Ukraine and occupied a part of the territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and today exercises effective control over certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine. These actions are in gross violation of the Charter of the United Nations and constitute a threat to international peace and security. The Russian Federation, as the Aggressor State and Occupying Power, bears full responsibility for its actions and their consequences under international law.

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/68/262 of 27 March 2014 confirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. The United Nations also called upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

In this regard, Ukraine states that from 20 February 2014 and for the period of temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of a part of the territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol – as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation committed against Ukraine and until the complete restoration of the constitutional law and order and effective control by Ukraine over such occupied territory, as well as over certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, which are temporarily not under control of Ukraine as a result of the aggression of the Russian Federation, the application and implementation by Ukraine of the obligations under the above Conventions, Protocols, Agreement, as applied to the aforementioned occupied and uncontrolled territory of Ukraine, is limited and is not guaranteed.

Documents or requests made or issued by the occupying authorities of the Russian Federation, its officials at any level in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and by the illegal authorities in certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, which are temporarily not under control of Ukraine, are null and void and have no legal effect regardless of whether they are presented directly or indirectly through the authorities of the Russian Federation.

The provisions of the Conventions, Protocols, Agreement regarding the possibility of direct communication or interaction do not apply to the territorial organs of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as in certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine, which are temporarily not under control of Ukraine. The order of the relevant communication is determined by the central authorities of Ukraine in Kyiv.
Period covered: 16/10/2015 -
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