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Entry into force of two agreements between the Czech Republic and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The Facility Agreement between the Czech Republic and the OOPCW Regarding On-Site Inspections at a Schedule 1 Protective Purposes Facility entered into force on 13 February 2012. The Agreement between the Czech Republic and the OPCW on the Privileges and Immunities of the OPCW entered into force on 1 May 2012.

The Facility Agreement between the Czech Republic and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Regarding On-Site Inspections at a Schedule 1 Protective Purposes Facility, signed in The Hague on 15 June 2011, entered into force on 13 February 2012. This agreement provides for arrangements governing the on-site inspections conducted by OPCW inspection teams at the protective purposes facility producing established maximum quantities of Schedule 1 chemicals. The Agreement is part of the legal framework enabling the Czech facility to produce Schedule 1 chemicals in aggregate quantities not exceeding 10 kg per year, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention. This amount is sufficient to cover the needs of the training and research activities in the field of protection against chemical weapons in which the Czech Army has special expertise.

The Agreement between the Czech Republic and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the Privileges and Immunities of the OPCW, signed in The Hague on 15 June 2011, entered into force on 1 May 2012. On the basis of this agreement the Czech Republic grants the OPCW the same range of specific privileges and immunities as normally enjoyed by international organizations and persons involved in their activities. By concluding the agreement, the Czech Republic joined the group of another twenty-four States Parties that have, as at 1 May 2012, already concluded bilateral agreements on the privileges and immunities of the OPCW.