The governments signatory hereto, being members of the Council of Europe,
Considering that a State may in exceptional circumstances find itself suddenly to be without sufficient stocks of medical, surgical and laboratory equipment to satisfy the most urgent requirements of the population;
Considering that it is desirable to facilitate the crossing of frontiers for medical, surgical and laboratory equipment which one member State may be able to make available to another;
Considering, further, that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity between its members and to facilitate their economic and social progress by various means including the conclusion of European agreements;
Recognising that a practical way of achieving that aim would be the conclusion of an agreement providing for the free passage of medical, surgical and laboratory equipment on loan,
Have agreed as follows:
Notwithstanding the provisions of Articles 1 and 2 above, the competent authorities of the importing State may take such measures as may be necessary either to ensure the re-exportation of any such equipment imported on a temporary basis, once the exceptional circumstances shall have ceased to exist or the time-limit provided for under paragraph 1 of Article 2 above has elapsed, whichever is the earlier, or to ensure payment of any import duties and import taxes which become payable in the case of any failure to re-export the equipment.
The provisions of this Agreement shall not prejudice more favourable provisions for the temporary importation of the equipment referred to in Article 1, contained in the laws or regulations of any Contracting Party or in any convention, treaty or agreement in force between two or more Contracting Parties to the present Agreement.
Article 5 (*)
The European Economic Community may become a Contracting Party to the Agreement by signing it.
In respect of the Community, the Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the month following such signature.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may invite any non-member State to accede to this Agreement. Such accession shall take effect three months after the date on which the instrument of accession was deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify members of the Council and acceding States:
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Agreement.
Done at Strasbourg, this 28th day of April 1960, in English and French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General shall send certified copies to each of the signatory and acceding governments.