The Contracting Parties,
Desiring to facilitate the international transport of goods,
Aware of the expected increase in the international transport of goods as a consequence of growing international trade,
Conscious of the adverse environmental consequences such developments might have,
Emphasizing the important role of combined transport to alleviate the burden on the European road network, particularly in trans-alpine traffic, and to mitigate environmental damages,
Convinced that, in order to make international combined transport in Europe more efficient and attractive to customers, it is essential to establish a legal framework which lays down a co-ordinated plan for the development of combined transport services and the infrastructure necessary for their operation based on internationally agreed performance parameters and standards,
Have agreed as follows:
This Agreement may be amended in accordance with the procedure specified in this article, except as provided for under articles 15 and 16.
At the request of a Contracting Party, any amendment proposed by it to this Agreement shall be considered by the Working Party on Combined Transport of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
If the amendment is adopted by a two-thirds majority of the Contracting Parties present and voting, the amendment shall be communicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to all Contracting Parties for acceptance.
Any proposed amendment communicated in accordance with paragraph 3 of this article shall come into force with respect to all Contracting Parties three months after the expiry of a period of twelve months following the date of its communication, provided that during such period of twelve months no objection to the proposed amendment shall have been notified to the Secretary-General of the United Nations by a State which is a Contracting Party.
If an objection to the proposed amendment has been notified in accordance with paragraph 4 of this article, the amendment shall be deemed not to have been accepted and shall have no effect whatsoever.
European Agreement on important international combined transport lines and related installations (AGTC)
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