THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN
a) The Council shall elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman from amongst
representatives of Member Governments serving on the Executive
b) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected for three years or
the remainder of their current term on the Executive Committee
(whichever is the shorter) and be eligible for reelection if that term
should be renewed.
c) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall serve in the same capacity
within both the Council and the Executive Committee.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
a) The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Chairman and Vice-
Chairman and of seven other representatives of Member Governments
elected by the Council.
b) Members of the Executive Committee shall normally hold office for
three years and be eligible for re-election.
c) If a vacancy occurs in the Executive Committee before the expiration
of the term of appointment, the Executive Committee shall ask a Member
Government to appoint a representative to fill the vacancy for the
remainder of the term.
d) The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice a year.
FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee shall:
a) submit proposal for the Organization’s policies and programme of
activity to the Council;
b) ensure that the activity of the Organization conforms with the
decisions of the Council;
c) submit the draft budget and the annual accounts and the balance-
sheet to the Council; the Executive Committee may approve a provisional
budget pending its consideration by the Council;
d) undertake such other tasks as may be assigned to it under this
Convention or entrusted to it by the Council;
e) adopt its own procedure.
The Director-General shall:
a) be the head of the secretariat of the Organization, which functions
under his responsibility;
b) carry out the programme approved by the Council and such task as may
be entrusted to him by the Executive Committee;
c ) report at each regular session of the Council on the activity of
the Organization and the financial position.
a) The expenditure of the Organization shall be met by annual
contributions from Member Governments according to the scale specified
in Schedule 1, and by such other receipts as may be approved by the
Council or the Executive Committee,
b) Each Member Government shall determine the amount of its
contribution, which shall be in accordance with the provisions of the
foregoing paragraph save in exceptional cases approved by the Council,
c) Annual contributions shall be payable at the beginning of the
Organization’s financial year.
d) The contributions of Member Governments shall be paid in currencies
to be determined by the Executive Committee with the approval of the
contributing Governments concerned.
e) 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.
f) An Accounts Verification Panel composed of representatives of three
Member Governments elected by the Council for three years shall each
year examine the accounts and the management of the Organization. The
Panel shall report to the Council. The Executive Committee may appoint
chartered accountants to audit the accounts of the Organization.
a) Texts of proposed amendments to the present Convention and to
Schedules I and II thereto shall be communicated by the Director-
General to Member Governments at least three months in advance of their
consideration by the Council.
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 shall come into force in respect of each such Government
only on acceptance by it.
c) Amendments to Schedules I and II shall be made by a majority of
members present and voting.
d) Acceptance of amendments shall be deposited with the French
Government who shall inform all Member Governments of the receipt of
acceptance and the entry into force of amendments.
SIGNATURE AND ACCEPTANCE
a) The present Convention shall remain open for signature or acceptance
and Governments to which membership of the Organization is open by
virtue of the provisions of Article III may become parties to the
2) Signature subject to ratification
b) Acceptance shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument with
the French Government.
c) The French Government shall immediately inform all Governments of
the date on which each has signed or accepted the Convention.
a) Any Government may at any time declare that its participation in the
Convention includes all or any of the territories for whose
international relations it is responsible. Such declaration shall be
deposited with the French Government.
b) Any declaration made by a Government under the preceding paragraph
shall take effect on the thirtieth day following its receipt by the
c) The French Government shall immediately inform all Governments
parties to the Convention of declarations made under this Article.
a) Any Member Government may at any time after two years of membership
withdraw from this Convention by giving written notice of withdrawal
to the French Government. The withdrawal shall take effect one year
from the date of receipt of the notification.
b) The non-payment of two consecutive annual contributions shall under
normal conditions imply the withdrawal from the Convention of the
defaulting Member Government.
c) The application of the Convention to a territory or territories
under Article XXI may be terminated by written notificaion to the
French Government by the participating Government responsible for the
international relations of such territory or territories. The
notification shall take effect a year from the date of its receipt.
d) The French Government shall immediately inform all participating
Governments of notification given under this Article.
ENTRY INTO FORCE
a) The present Convention shall enter into force on the date on which
five Governments have become parties thereto in accordance with the
provisions of Article XX.
b) The French Government shall immediately inform all Governments which
have signed or accepted the Convention of the date of entry into force
of the Convention.
In faith whereof the undersigned, duly authorised by their
Governments, have signed the present Convention and Schedules thereto.
Done in Paris this 18th day of April 1951 in a single copy, which will
remain deposited in the archives of the French Government.
PESTS AND DISEASES TO BE GIVEN SPECIAL ATTENTION BY THE
with the dates of their inclusion in the Schedule (see Article V (b))
1. Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) 1951
2. Potato root eelworm (Heterodera rostochiensis) 1951
3. San Jose scale (Aspidiotus perniciosus) 1951
4. Potato wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) 1951
5. Insect, fungus and rodent pests of stored foods, and rodent pests
of crops (hitherto the concern of the European Working Party on
Infestation Control) 1951
6. Fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea) 1952
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