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Part IV Final provisions

Article 36

Conditions for Approval of Proposals Concerning the Convention and the Regulations

  1. To become effective, proposals submitted to Congress relating to this Convention must be approved by a majority of the member countries present and voting which have the right to vote. At least half of the member countries represented at Congress and having the right to vote shall be present at the time of voting.
  2. To become effective, proposals relating to the Letter Post Regulations and the Parcel Post Regulations must be approved by a majority of the members of the Postal Operations Council having the right to vote.
  3. To become effective, proposals introduced between Congresses relating to this Convention and to its Final Protocol must obtain:

3.1       two thirds of the votes, at least one half of the member countries of the Union which have the right to vote having taken part in the vote, if they involve amendments;

3.2       a majority of the votes if they involve interpretation of the provisions.

  1. Notwithstanding the provisions under 3.1, any member country whose national legislation is as yet incompatible with the proposed amendment may, within ninety days from the date of notification of the latter, make a written declaration to the Director General of the International Bureau stating that it is unable to accept the amendment.


Article 37

Reservations at Congress

  1. Any reservation which is incompatible with the object and purpose of the Union shall not be permitted.
  2. As a general rule, any member country whose views are not shared by other member countries shall endeavor, as far as possible, to conform to the opinion of the majority. Reservations should be made only in cases of absolute necessity, and proper reasons given.
  3. Reservations to any article of the present Convention shall be submitted to Congress as a Congress proposal written in one of the working languages of the International Bureau and in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Rules of Procedure of Congresses.
  4. To become effective, proposals concerning reservations must be approved by whatever majority is required for amendment of the article to which the reservation relates.
  5. In principle, reservations shall be applied on a reciprocal basis between the reserving member country and the other member countries.
  6. Reservations to the present Convention shall be inserted in the Final Protocol to the present Convention, on the basis of proposals approved by Congress.


Article 38

Entry into Force and Duration of the Convention

1          . This Convention shall come into force on 1 January 2006 and shall remain in operation until the entry into force of the Acts of the next Congress. In witness whereof the plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the member countries have signed this Convention in a single original which shall be deposited with the Director General of the International Bureau. A copy thereof shall be delivered to each party by the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.


Done at Bucharest, 5 October 2004.