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(January 1952)

Plans for terminating international authority for the Ruhr ,   pp. 61-62 PDF (1.4 MB)


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Plans for Terminating the International
Authority for the Ruhr
The Allied High Commission published Dec. 21, 1951,
the text of the protocol signed by the governments of
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, thei Netherlands, the United
Kingdom and the United States covering an agreement
to abolish the Ruhr Agreement signed in London on
April 28, 1949.
The instructions to the three high commissioners from
their governments concerning lifting of restrictions on
the production and production capacity of the German
steel industry were also published Dec. 21. The texts of
these documents which follow are unofficial texts.
As was announced in the communique of Oct. 19, 1951,
issued simultaneously by the governments of the six
powers concerned, the International Authority for the
Ruhr will cease to exercise certain functions upon the
entering into force of the treaty establishing a European
Coal and Steel Community (Schuman Plan) and will be
abolished after the common market provided for by the
treaty has been established. For details see agreement
accompanying the protocol.
The instructions to the high commissioners provide
that the present regulations under which no increase of
steel production and capacity may be authorized by the
Allied High Commission, remain effective until the
Schuman Plan enters into force. This situation is only a
provisional one, since according to the new instructions
the restrictions imposed by the Allied High Commission
on German steel production and production capacitywill
be lifted with the entry into force of the treaty (Schu-
man Plan). Simultaneously, the Allied High Commission
will remove the controls it has exercised so far on the
German coal, iron and steel industries except to the
extent necessary for the fulfillment of the deconcentra-
tion and reorganization of these industries under Allied
High Commission Law No. 27.
*  *  *  *  * .
Six-Power Protocol Relating to the Proposed Agreement
For the Termination of the 'Ruhr Agreement
The governments of Belgium, France,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland and the United States of America:
Having considered the relation of the
treaty constituting the European Coal and
Steel Community signed at Paris on April 18,
1951, to the maintenance of the Inter-
national Authority for the Ruhr, established
by the agreement signed at London on
April 28, 1949, have decided:
1. To approve the draft agreement at-
tached hereto terminating the functions
of the International Authority for the Ruhr
and the Ruhr Agreement.
2. To sign, through their respective and
duly authorized representatives, the draft
agreement attached hereto as soon as the
aforesaid treaty constituting the European
Coal and Steel Community shall have
entered into force in accordance with
Article 99 thereof.
The original text of the present protocol
shall be deposited in the archives of the
Government of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland which
shall supply certified true copies to each
of the governments on whose behalf it has
been signed. This protocol shall be reg-
istered with the secretary-general of the
United Nations.
Done at Paris this 19th day of October,
1951, in the English and French languages,
both texts being equally authentic.
In witness whereof, the undersigned re-
presentatives, duly authorized  by their
respective governments, have signed the
present protocol.
Agreement between the governments of
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Nether-
lands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland and the United States
JANUARY 1952
of America relating to the Termination of
the Functions of the International Authori-
ty for the Ruhr and of the Agreement for
the Establishment of an International
Authority for the Ruhr.
Whereas the governments of Belgium, the
Federal Republic of Germany, France,
Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
have established the European Coal and
Steel Community by a treaty accompanied
by a convention concerning transitional
provisions at Paris on April 18, 1951, and
Whereas the governments of Belgium,
France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, and the United States
of America are the signatory governments
of the Ruhr Agreement, and
Whereas the maintenance of the Inter-
national Authority for the Ruhr after the
establishment of the common market en-
visaged by the treaty constituting the
European Coal and Steel Community will
no longer have any purpose, and certain
of the functions of the International Autho-
rity for the Ruhr can be terminated at
earlier dates,
The governments of Belgium, France,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland, and the United States of America
have agreed to the following:
Article 1
The Ruhr Agreement shall terminate upon
the establishment of the common market
for coal within the European Coal and
Steel Community in accordance with the
provisions of Section 8 of the Convention.
Article 2
The International Authority for the Ruhr
shall cease to exercise all functions under
Article 14 of the Ruhr Agreement on the
date when the High Authority shall have
assumed, in accordance with Paragraph 2
of Section 2 of the Convention, its func-
tions under Article 59, Paragraph 3 of
the Treaty.
Article 3
The International Authority for the Ruhr
shall cease to exercise all functions under
Article 15 of the Ruhr Agreement on the
establishment of the common market for
coal in accordance with the provisions of
Paragraph 8 of the Convention, or on such
earlier date as the High Authority may
decide that the provisions of Article 15
are no longer necessary in order to elimi-
nate the discriminatory practices, measures
or arrangements covered thereby.
Article 4
The International Authority for the Ruhr
shall not exercise any functions under
Articles 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the Ruhr
Agreement after the Treaty has entered
into force.
Article 5
The International Authority for the Ruhr
shall cease to exercise all functions
(a) Under Paragraphs (i) and (ii) of
Article 20 of the Ruhr Agreement, upon
the termination of its functions under Ar-
ticle 14 of the Ruhr Agreement in accord-
ance with Article 2 of the present agree-
ment, and
(b) Under the other provisions of Article
20 of the Ruhr Agreement, upon the ter-
mination of its functions under Article 15
of the Ruhr Agreement in accordance with
Article 3 of the present agreement.
Article 6
All the functions or powers of the Inter-
national Authority for the Ruhr for the
cessation of which an earlier date is not
expressly provided by the present agree-
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