Romania adopts Government Decision on domestic measures for implementation of the Ottawa Convention - November 13, 2002

On November 13, 2002, the Government of Romania adopted a Decision on some measures for implementation of the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and Their Destruction (The Ottawa Convention).

The Decision provides for measures and tasks to be undertaken by the Romanian Governmental Agencies and public institutions involved in the implementation process. A number of prohibitions applicable to both individual and legal persons are set forth, such as:

  • Prohibition to develop, obtain, detain or stockpile anti-personnel mines or to transfer anti-personnel mines, whether directly or indirectly;
  • Prohibition to assist, encourage or determine, by any means, the commitment of any other persons in activities prohibited by the Convention;
  • Prohibition to use anti-personnel mines, including during participation to military operations, exercises and other military activities carried jointly with armed forces of States Non-Parties to the Convention, both on the territory of Romania and outside.

    The Decision issues also the establishment of the Inter-Agency Working Group with the functions of oversight and coordinating of implementation process. The Working Group is responsible for providing technical assessments on possible assistance extended for or by Romania, in compliance with the provisions of the Convention.Members of the Inter-Agency Working Group are the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Interior and the Ministry of Industry and Resources.

    Heavy contravention sanctions are set forth for deeds such as denial of access to information and facilities to fact-finding international missions or their members, as well as for concealment of elements or data relevant to the matter ruled by the Decision.

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