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Paragraphs in "Amendments To The Convention For The Establishment Of The European And Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization" coded as HOBF

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Art.1 Article I - Aims
Art.1.1x There shall be established a European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (hereinafter referred to as the Organization), as a recognized regional plant protection organization under the International Plant Protection Convention, established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (FN: Article VIII of the International Plant Protection Convention of 1951-12-06; Article IX of the new revised text of the International Plant Protection Convention as approved by Resolution 12/ 97 of the Twenty-Ninth Session of the FAO Conference in 1997-11).
Art.1.2x The aims of the Organization are:
Art.1.a a. to support the Member Governments in their aim of assuring plant health, while preserving human and animal health and the environment;
Art.1.b b. to pursue and develop, by cooperation between the Member Governments, the protection of plants and plant products against pests and the prevention of their international spread and especially their introduction into endangered areas;
Art.1.c c. to develop internationally harmonized phytosanitary and other official plant protection measures and, as appropriate, to elaborate standards to that effect;
Art.1.d d. to present the collective views of the Member Governments, as appropriate, to FAO, WTO, other regional plant protection organizations and any other bodies with related responsibilities.
Art.5 Article V. – Functions
Art.5.0x The functions of the Organization shall be:
Art.5.a a. to develop
Art.5.a.1 1. principles of good practice in the application of phytosanitary measures and in plant protection generally;
Art.5.a.2 2. regional standards;
Art.5.b b. to promote
Art.5.b.1 1. the harmonization of phytosanitary and other official plant protection measures;
Art.5.b.2 2. the simplification and unification of phytosanitary regulations and certificates;
Art.5.c c. to advise Member Governments on
Art.5.c.1 1. technical measures necessary to prevent the introduction and spread of regulated pests, particularly measures for inspection and testing, certification, treatment, survey and eradication;
Art.5.c.2 2. the administrative and legislative measures necessary to prevent the introduction and spread of regulated pests, including in particular pest risk analysis and the establishment and updating of lists of regulated pests;
Art.5.c.3 3. the measures necessary to register or authorize plant protection products, and to control their marketing and use on their territories, in compliance with the principles of good plant protection practice as well as, whenever possible, the principles of integrated control;
Art.5.d d. where practicable, to coordinate and stimulate international campaigns between Member Governments against pests;
Art.5.e e. to facilitate cooperation in research on pests and the methods of control and in the exchange of relevant scientific information;
Art.5.f f. to disseminate information by
Art.5.f.1 1. obtaining information from Member Governments on the existence, outbreak or spread of pests, and conveying such information to Member Governments;
Art.5.f.2 2. providing for the exchange of information on national phytosanitary legislation, lists of regulated pests, or other measures affecting the free movement of plants and plant products;
Art.5.f.3 3. establishing a documentation and information service and publishing in an appropriate form material for technical or scientific advancement;
Art.5.g g. generally to take all necessary and appropriate action to achieve the aims of the Organization.
Art.7 Article VII. -Relationship with Other Organizations
Art.7.ax The Organization shall cooperate, in achieving the objectives of this Convention, with FAO and the other regional plant protection organizations, and may cooperate with WTO and other bodies with related responsibilities, in appropriate activities. These include the development of standards for phytosanitary and other official plant protection measures, and the consideration of regional standards of the Organization as candidates for international standards. It shall use its best endeavours to prevent overlapping of activities.
Art.11 Article XI. –Rules
Art.11.ax Council shall establish the Rules of Procedure of the Organization and the Financial Rules of the Organization.
Art.13 Article XIII. -Functions of Council
Art.13.0x The Council shall:
Art.13.a a. consider and decide upon:
Art.13.a.1 1. the progress report of the Director-General on the work of the Organization since the preceding regular session of the Council;
Art.13.a.2 2. the policies and programme of activity of the Organization;
Art.13.a.3 3. the budget;
Art.13.a.4 4. the annual accounts and balance sheet;
Art.13.a.5 5. the setting up and dissolution of ad hoc or permanent bodies to pursue the work of the Organization;
Art.13.a.6 6. the reports of such bodies;
Art.13.a.7 7. any proposals submitted by the Executive Committee;
Art.13.b b. hold the statutory elections;
Art.13.c c. appoint the Director-General on such terms as it may determine.
Art.14 Article XIV. -Chairman and Vice-Chairman
Art.14.a a. The Council shall elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman from amongst representatives of Member Governments.
Art.14.b b. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected for a period of three years and be re-eligible for one further term of office.
Art.14.c c. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall serve in the same capacity within both the Council and the Executive Committee.
Art.14.d d. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall cease to represent their countries on election.
Art.18 Article XVIII. –Finance
Art.18.a a. The expenditure of the Organization shall be met by annual contributions from Member Governments and by such other receipts as may be approved by the Council or the Executive Committee.
Art.18.b b. The amount of the annual contribution of each Member Government shall be based on the scale of contributions as specified in Schedule I.
Art.18.c c. Governments newly adhering to the Convention, if members of FAO, enter the appropriate category on the scale in Schedule I and, if not members, the category decided by the Council. Schedule I, and the category of Member Governments on the scale in Schedule I, shall only be changed by decision of the Council, by a majority of two thirds of Member Governments.
Art.18.d d. On the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the Council may decide to apply a coefficient to the basic contribution laid down in Schedule I, in order to adjust it to the activities of the Organization or to the economic situation of the moment. The decision is taken by a two-thirds majority of the Member Governments present and voting.
Art.18.e e. Annual contributions shall be payable at the beginning of the Organization's financial year.
Art.18.f f. The contributions of Member Governments shall be paid in currencies to be determined by the Executive Committee with the approval of the contributing Government concerned.
Art.18.g g. The first annual contribution of a Government newly adhering to the Convention shall be payable for the financial year of the Organization during which the provisions of Article XX are fulfilled.
Art.18.h h. Supplementary contributions may be paid by an individual Government or group of Governments towards special schemes or campaigns of control, which the Organization may carry out in the interest of that Government or group of Governments.
Art.18.i i. An Accounts Verification Panel composed of representatives of three Member Governments shall be elected by the Council. Members of the Panel shall be elected for three years and shall not be eligible for re-election during the next three years.
Art.18.j j. The Executive Committee shall, with the approval of the Council, appoint an auditor to audit the accounts of the Organization each year.
Art.18.k k. The Accounts Verification Panel shall each year examine, with the auditor, the accounts and management of the Organization and report to the Council.
Art.19 Article XIX. –Amendments
Art.19.a a. Texts of proposed amendments to the present Convention and to Schedule I thereto shall be communicated by the Director-General to Member Governments at least three months in advance of their consideration by the Council.
Art.19.b b. Amendments to the Convention shall come into effect when adopted by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Council present and voting, provided that amendments involving new obligations for Member Governments -with the exception of the amendments to Schedule I referred to in paragraph c. below -shall come into force in respect of each such Government only on acceptance by it.
Art.19.c c. Amendments to Schedule I shall be adopted by the Council by a majority of two-thirds of the Member Governments.
Art.19.d d. Acceptance of amendments shall be deposited with the French Government who shall inform all Member Governments of the receipt of acceptances and the entry into force of amendments.