UPC Preparatory Committee holds final meeting at which it signals its readiness to move to Provisional Application Phase and Germany passes bills necessary to ratify the UPC Agreement
21 March 2017
The UPC Preparatory Committee held its final meeting on 15 March at which it agreed a final collection of legal, HR and financial documents and confirmed that the provisional application period could commence once the final Signatory States had acceded to the Protocol on Provisional Application. The Committee was confident this would be met in time to allow provisional application to commence at the end of May 2017 in order to allow for all the practical preparations to be made for a 1 December 2017 start for the UPC.
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