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Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents

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Authorities Namibia(3 October 2019)

30-09-2019

Designated Competent Authorities (Art. 6): 1. Registrar of the High Court of Namibia 2. Registrar of the Supreme Court of Namibia 3. Ministry of Justice (The Executive Director) Classes of Public Documents assigned to different Competent Authorities: 1. Registrar of the High Court a. Notarial Acts b. Lower Court Process c. High Court Process d. Labour Court Process e. Supreme Court Process f. Public Documents issued by the Deputy Executive Director or Executive Director, Ministry of Justice g. Public Documents issued by the Deputy Executive Director or Executive Director, Office of the Judiciary 2. Registrar of the Supreme Court a. Notarial Acts b. Lower Court Process c. High Court Process d. Labour Court Process e. Supreme Court Process f. Public Documents issued by the Deputy Executive Director or Executive Director, Ministry of Justice g. Public Documents issued by the Deputy Executive Director or Executive Director, Office of the Judiciary 3. Ministry of Justice (The Executive Director) a. All Classes of Public Documents, without any exclusions

Authorities Latvia(26 June 2019)

06-06-2019

Designated competent authorities: (…) Sworn Notaries of Latvia will be the designated competent authorities described in Article 6 of the Convention (…) as from 1 July 2019. (…) Sworn Notaries will certify public documents issued in the Republic of Latvia electronically (i.e., with e-Apostille); documents for certification with apostille could be submitted to Sworn Notaries either in paper form [or] electronically (i.e., e-documents). During temporary leave of a Sworn Notary, an assistant to a Sworn Notary may substitute him or her performing all official duties of a Sworn Notary including issuing an apostille.

Authorities Uzbekistan(26 June 2019)

07-06-2019

Designated authorities (modification) (…) there have been changes in the designated authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan which are competent to issue the certificate referred to [in] the first paragraph of Article 3 and the following authorities have been designated to issue the certificate (apostille): - Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, departments of justice of the regions and Tashkent city - on official documents emanating from justice authorities and civil registry offices; - Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan - on official documents emanating from courts; - Prosecutor General's Office - on official documents emanating from the prosecution, investigation and inquiry authorities; - State Testing Center under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan - on official documents emanating from education and science authorities; - Ministry of Foreign Affairs - on all other official documents.

Reservations, declarations and objections(2 May 2019)

Estonia, 30-04-2019

Estonia takes note of the Declarations submitted by Ukraine on 16 October 2015 regarding the application of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961), the Convention on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (1965), the Convention on the taking of evidence abroad in civil or commercial matters (1970), the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980) and the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children (1996) to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and of the Declarations submitted by the Russian Federation on 19 July 2016 in relation to the Declarations made by Ukraine. In relation to the Declarations made by the Russian Federation, Estonia declares, in line with the conclusions of the European Council of 20/21 March 2014, that it does not recognise the illegal referendum in Crimea and the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation. As regards the territorial scope of the above-mentioned Conventions, Estonia therefore considers that the conventions in principle continue to apply to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as part of the territory of Ukraine. Estonia further notes the Declaration by Ukraine that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are temporarily not under the control of Ukraine and that the application and implementation by Ukraine of its obligations under the Conventions is limited and not guaranteed in relation to this part of Ukraine's territory, and that only the central authorities of Ukraine in Kyiv will determine the procedure for relevant communication. As a consequence of the above, Estonia declares that it will not engage in any direct communication or interaction with authorities in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and will not accept any documents or requests emanating from such authorities or through the authorities of the Russian Federation, but will only engage with the central authorities of Ukraine in Kyiv for the purposes of the application and implementation of the conventions.

Objection to accession Philippines(14 March 2019)

Greece, 12-03-2019

In accordance with Article 12, paragraph 2, of the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents of the 5th October 1961, the Government of the Hellenic Republic hereby objects to the accession of the Republic of the Philippines to the above mentioned Convention.

Objection to accession Dominican Republic(11 March 2019)

Belgium, 24-06-2009

The Embassy hereby wishes to raise an objection to the accession of the Dominican Republic to the mentioned Convention, in accordance with Article 12.

Withdrawal, 08-03-2019

In 2009 Belgium raised an objection to the accession of the Dominican Republic in accordance with article 12, paragraph 2, of the Convention. […] Belgium has decided to withdraw this objection.

Objection to accession Philippines(7 March 2019)

Austria, 05-03-2019

The Republic of Austria raises an objection to the accession of the Republic of the Philippines with reference to Article 12, paragraph 2 of the Convention.

Parties(1 March 2019)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of 20-09-1993 (VG) 17-11-1991

Parties(1 March 2019)

Party Signature Provisional application Ratification

S=Signature without reservation or requirement of ratification
R=Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Notification
A=Accession
Su=Succession
NK=Not Known

Entry into force Renunciation Termination
North Macedonia 20-09-1993 (VG) 17-11-1991

Authorities Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of(1 March 2019)

20-09-1993

Central Authority: The Ministry of Justice.

11-08-1997

Central Authority (addition): [...] that beside Ministry of Justice, competent authorities for the issuance of such documents [... certificate reffered to in the first paragraph of Article 3 of the Convention ...] are all 27 First Instance Courts in the Republic of Macedonia.

Authorities North Macedonia(1 March 2019)

20-09-1993

Central Authority: The Ministry of Justice.

11-08-1997

Central Authority (addition): [...] that beside Ministry of Justice, competent authorities for the issuance of such documents [... certificate reffered to in the first paragraph of Article 3 of the Convention ...] are all 27 First Instance Courts in the Republic of Macedonia.

Authorities Tunisia(26 February 2019)

26-02-2019

(...) the Tunisian Notaries are designated as Competent Authorities within the meaning of Article 6, paragraph 2, of the Convention (...). Notaries will be the only authority authorized in Tunisia to issue the Apostille in accordance with the provisions of the Convention (...) as of 1 March 2019. The list of notaries practicing this profession in Tunisia is fixed by order of the Tunisian Minister of Justice.

Objection to accession Philippines(8 February 2019)

Finland, 07-02-2019

Pursuant to Article 12, second paragraph, of that Convention, Finland hereby raises an objection to the accession of the Republic of the Philippines.

Objection to accession Philippines(1 February 2019)

Germany, 29-01-2019

[…] the Federal Republic of Germany herewith objects to the accession of the Philippines in accordance with Article 12, paragraph 2 of the Convention abolishing the Requirements of Legalization for Foreign Documents (The Hague, 5 October, 1961).

Authorities Bulgaria(1 November 2018)

22-10-2018

The Republic of Bulgaria declares that as of 19.10.2018 the following authorities are entitled to issue the certificate under Article 3 (1) of the Convention: 1. The Ministry of Justice - for acts of the courts and notaries; 2. The National Center for Information and Documentation - for educational and certification documents, issued by the higher schools, by the institutions in the system of pre-school, school and vocational education and training and by the Ministry of Education and Science and its units; 3. (as from 01.01.2019) the regional administrations - for documents issued by the mayors and the municipal administrations; 4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs - for all other acts.

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