Resolution 13 of the 21st CGPM (1999)

Dotation of the BIPM

The 21st Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures,


  • the importance of the work carried out by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) and the services it renders to Member States of the Metre Convention,
  • the considerable efforts made by the BIPM to enhance the efficiency of its operation, and its commitment to continue these efforts,
  • the conclusions of the report National and international needs relating to metrology: International collaborations and the role of the BIPM,
  • the decision of the International Committee, based on this report, to broaden the responsibilities of the BIPM,
  • the recommendation in the report that, in recognition of the difficult economic situation now existing in many Member States of the Metre Convention, the BIPM annual dotation be held constant in real terms during the quadrennium 2001-2004 at the level determined by the 20th General Conference for the year 2000,

noting that

  • on 1 January 1999, the new currency, the euro, came into operation in most States of the European Union and the rates of exchange between the euro and their currencies were definitively fixed,
  • on 1 January 2002, most of today's European currencies, including the French franc, and thus the gold franc, will disappear,

decides that

  • henceforth the currency to be used in voting the annual dotation for the BIPM will be the euro,
  • the fixed part of the annual dotation of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures will be increased in a way such that the sum of the fixed part and the complementary part (defined by Article 6, 1921) of the Rules annexed to the Metre Convention (1875) shall, for those States members of the Metre Convention at the time of the 21st General Conference, be


8 697 000 euros in 2001 (31 440 039 gold francs)
8 828 000 euros in 2002 (31 913 610 gold francs)
8 960 000 euros in 2003 (32 390 796 gold francs)
9 094 000 euros in 2004 (32 875 212 gold francs).


DOI : 10.59161/CGPM1999RES13E

The reader should note that the official version of this Resolution is the French text

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