Overeenkomst ter uitvoering van artikel 5 van Protocol nr. II bij het Verdrag van Brussel zoals gewijzigd bij de op 23 oktober 1954 te Parijs ondertekende Protocollen
The Governments of the Kingdom of Belgium, the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Italian Republic, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Parties to the Treaty of Economic, Social and Cultural Collaboration and Collective Self-Defence, signed at Brussels on 17th March 1948, as modified by the Protocols signed at Paris on 23rd October 1954,
Wishing to give effect to the provisions of Article V of Protocol No. II of the Brussels Treaty as modified by the aforementioned Protocols,
The present Agreement shall apply to all armed and uniformed personnel maintained on the mainland of Europe by the member States of Western European Union (hereinafter referred to as “the member States”, with the exception of the forces referred to in Articles I and II of Protocol No. II, subject to any variation in the level of those forces made in accordance with the provisions of Article III of that Protocol.
For the purpose of the present Agreement and the tables referred to in Article 3, “armaments” shall mean those of the types enumerated in Annex IV to Protocol No. III on the Control of Armaments.
The strength and armaments of the forces to which the present Agreement applies shall not exceed the maximum levels laid down in the tables approved in accordance with the provisions of Article 6.
As regards the levels of the forces for the common defence referred to in paragraph 5 of the Resolution implementing Section IV of the Final Act of the London Conference adopted by the North Atlantic Council on 22nd October 1954, the Council of Western European Union shall accept:
for the strength of such forces, the levels which shall be communicated annually to it by the North Atlantic Council;
for the armaments, the levels which shall be communicated annually to it by member States through the Agency for the Control of Armaments.
The Council of Western European Union shall automatically include these levels in the tables referred to in Article 3.
Each member State shall report annually to the Council of Western European Union on the strength and armaments of those of its forces stationed on the mainland of Europe and intended for the defence of overseas territories. The Council of Western European Union shall accept the levels thus communicated and shall automatically include them in the tables referred to in Article 3.
Subject to the provisions of Articles 4 and 5, the tables referred to in Article 3 shall be submitted to the Council of Western European Union for unanimous approval.
The tables shall be considered by the Council of Western European Union each year and may, in addition, be reviewed at any time on the request of a member State. Any amendment resulting from these reviews shall also be submitted to the Council of Western European Union for unanimous approval, subject to the provisions of Articles 4 and 5.
When considering or reviewing the tables, the Council of Western European Union shall take into account, inter alia, any change in the command status of forces which may be decided upon by the North Atlantic Council.
The present Agreement shall enter into force when all the signatory States have notified the Belgian Government of their acceptance thereof. The Belgian Government shall inform the signatory States of the date of the receipt of each such notification and of the date of the entry into force of the present Agreement.
The present Agreement, in a single copy in the English and French languages, both texts being equally authoritative, shall remain deposited in the archives of the Belgian Government which shall transmit a certified copy to each of the other signatory States.
In witness whereof, the undersigned Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Agreement.
Done at Paris, this fourteenth day of December, one thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven.