The seat of the Office shall be inviolable. Officials or agents of the Republic of France may enter it only with the agreement or at the request of the Director of the Office or of a person authorized by him for the performance of their official duties. “We are proud to have reached this agreement,” says Dr Josef Doppelbauer. “It is important that this goal is achieved before June 16, 2019. At that time, the Agency will expand the scope of its work. The Agency will be the only institution in the world responsible for authorising vehicles used across borders in Europe, issuing uniform safety certificates valid in several European countries and ensuring an interoperable European rail traffic management system (ERTMS). Our vision is that Europe`s railways must be safe, interconnected and affordable. Our task is to put in place harmonised processes and high safety standards that enable the most sustainable railways at present to become more attractive for the transport of passengers and goods. The seat of the Office shall comprise such premises as it may occupy to meet the needs of its work, with the exception of residential premises used for its staff. In so far as this is compatible with the provisions of the conventions, rules and international conventions to which it is a party, the Government of the Republic of France shall, taking into account the specific nature of the Office`s objectives in the field of the control of animal diseases, grant its official communications by post; Telephone, telegraph, radio and voice radio, which is as favourable as it allows diplomatic representations in terms of priority, taxes and duties. to enter a special social security scheme under conditions which must be defined by mutual agreement between the Office and the competent French authorities.

Insurance contracts concluded by the Office in the course of its official activities are exempt from the special tax on insurance contracts. The members of the staff of the Office within the meaning of Annex B to this Agreement shall be entitled: Ms Élisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport and member of the Cabinet of the French Government, and Mr Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the European Union Railway Agency, today sign the Agreement on the registered office in Valenciennes. Any dispute between the Government of the Republic of France and the Office concerning the interpretation or application of this Agreement, unless settled by negotiation, shall be brought without appeal to a court for a final decision, which shall be reduced to the following areas: the premises used by the Office at the time of signature of this Agreement shall be as set out in Annex A. The Office, its assets, income and other immovable property are exempt from any direct tax. However, the exemption does not apply to taxes levied as payment for the services provided. The International Office of Epizootics and the Republic of France, the archives of the Office and, in general, all scientific documents belonging to it or in its preservation are inviolable. . . .