Resolution 7 of the 24th CGPM
On rescheduling agreements between the International Committee for Weights and Measures and defaulting States Parties to the Metre Convention for the payment of their financial arrears
The General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM), at its 24th meeting,
- Article 6 paragraphs 6 to 8 of the Rules annexed to the Metre Convention reads:
- "6. Si un État est demeuré trois années sans effectuer le versement de sa contribution, celle-ci est répartie entre les autres États, au prorata de leurs propres contributions. Les sommes supplémentaires, versées ainsi par les États pour parfaire le montant de la dotation du Bureau, sont considérées comme une avance faite à l'État retardataire, et leur sont remboursées si celui-ci vient à acquitter ses contributions arriérées.
7. Les avantages et prérogatives conférés par l'adhésion à la Convention du Mètre sont suspendus à l'égard des États déficitaires de trois années.
8. Après trois nouvelles années, l'État déficitaire est exclu de la Convention, et le calcul des contributions est rétabli conformément aux dispositions de l'article 20 du présent Règlement." 1
- Resolution 8 adopted by the CGPM at its 23rd meeting (2007) which provides that when a State Party to the Metre Convention has not paid its contributions for six years, the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) may enter into a rescheduling agreement with the defaulting State for the payment of its arrears,
- that the entering by the CIPM into rescheduling agreements with defaulting States Parties to the Metre Convention has institutional, financial and budgetary consequences for the BIPM and the other States Parties to the Metre Convention,
- the need to define the rights and obligations of the States Parties to the Metre Convention having financial arrears for six years and having entered into a rescheduling agreement with the CIPM,
- when a State Party to the Metre Convention has not paid its contribution for six years, but if the CIPM has entered into a rescheduling agreement with that defaulting State, the arrears shall be settled in accordance with the rescheduling agreement together with the payment of the annual contribution,
- the defaulting State shall again benefit from the advantages and prerogatives conferred by accession to the Metre Convention after the CIPM has entered into a rescheduling agreement with that defaulting State and on payment of the first settlement pursuant to the rescheduling agreement,
- the annual contribution of the defaulting State shall no longer be distributed among the other States Parties to the Metre Convention starting from the year following the entry into force of the rescheduling agreement,
- the advantages and prerogatives conferred by accession to the Metre Convention shall be suspended in the case that the defaulting State breaches the rescheduling agreement and its contribution be distributed among the other States Parties to the Metre Convention by applying the provisions of Article 6 paragraph 6 of the Regulations annexed to the Metre Convention,
- if the State breaches the rescheduling agreement for more than 12 months, it will be automatically excluded.
(1) English translation for easy reference of the authoritative French version:
6. If a State remains three years without paying its contribution, the said contribution is distributed among the other States pro-rata to their own contributions. The supplementary sums thus paid by these States to make up the dotation of the Bureau are considered as advances made to the State in arrears, and are reimbursed to them in the event that it repays its arrears of contributions.
7. The advantages and prerogatives conferred by accession to the Metre Convention are suspended for those States in arrears by three years.
8. After three more years, the State in arrears is excluded from the Convention and the calculation of contributions is re-established in accordance with the provisions of Article 20 of the present Regulations.