European Treaty Series - No. 40
Agreement between the Member States of the Council of Europe on the issue to Military and Civilian War-Disabled of an International Book of Vouchers for the repair of Prosthetic and Orthopaedic Appliances
The signatory governments of the member States of the Council of Europe,
Considering that the improvement of prosthetic and orthopaedic facilities is an important aspect of social progress in the member States, which according to the Preamble and Article 1 of the Statute of the Council of Europe is one of the major aims of the Council;
Having regard to the principle of equality as between nationals of different member States in the social and medical field, which has already led to the preparation of the Interim Agreements on Social Security, the European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance as well as the Agreement on the Exchange of War Cripples for purposes of Medical Treatment;
Being desirous of making available to any war-disabled person who is within the purview of the competent organisations of the member States means of securing free of charge the repair of prosthetic or orthopaedic appliances,
Have agreed as follows:
1There shall be instituted an international book of vouchers for the repair of prosthetic and orthopaedic appliances, which will be issued solely to military and civilian war-disabled.
2The book will be issued and used according to the conditions laid down in the Regulations appended to this Agreement.
Each Contracting Party undertakes to make the book valid throughout its territory, in respect of both official bodies and private concerns with which it has agreements.
The Regulations appended to this Agreement constitute an administrative arrangement and may at any time be amended or supplemented by the governments of the Parties to this Agreement.
1This Agreement shall be open to signature by the member States of the Council of Europe, who may become Parties to it either by:
asignature without reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance, or
bsignature with reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance, followed by ratification or acceptance.
2Instruments of ratification or acceptance shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
1This Agreement shall enter into force one month after the date on which three member States of the Council shall, in accordance with the provisions of Article 4, have signed the Agreement without reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance or shall have deposited their instrument of ratification or acceptance.
2As regards any member States who shall subsequently sign the Agreement without reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance or who shall ratify or accept it, the Agreement shall enter into force one month after the date of such signature or the date of deposit of the instrument of ratification or acceptance.
1After the entry into force of this Agreement, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may invite any non-member State to accede to the present Agreement.
2Such accession shall be effected by depositing with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe an instrument of accession which shall take effect one month after the date of its deposit.
1Any Contracting Party may at the time of signature or when depositing its instrument of ratification, acceptance or accession, specify the territory or territories to which this Agreement shall apply.
2Any Contracting Party may when depositing its instrument of ratification, acceptance or accession or at any later date, by declaration addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, extend this Agreement to any other territory or territories specified in the declaration and for whose international relations it is responsible or on whose behalf it is authorised to give undertakings.
3Any declaration made in pursuance of the preceding paragraph may, in respect of any territory mentioned in such declaration, be withdrawn according to the procedure laid down in Article 8 of this Agreement.
1This Agreement shall remain in force indefinitely.
2Any Contracting Party may, insofar as it is concerned, denounce this Agreement by means of a notification addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
3Such denunciation shall take effect six months after the date of receipt by the Secretary General of such notification.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of the Council and the government of any State which has acceded to this Agreement of:
aany signature without reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance;
bany signature with reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance;
cthe deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance or accession;
dany date of entry into force;
eany amendment to the Regulations made in accordance with Article 3;
fany declaration received in pursuance of the provisions of paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 7;
gany notification received in pursuance of the provisions of Article 8 and the date on which denunciation takes effect.
In witness whereof, the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Convention.
Done at Paris, this 17th day of December 1962, in English and in French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General shall transmit certified copies to each of the signatory and acceding governments.