Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Apostille Convention will meet on 5-8 October


The Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Apostille Convention will meet from 5 to 8 October 2021 to discuss numerous points: procedural aspects, critical issues, future developments and problems that emerged following the pandemic. The revised draft agenda of the meeting is available here.

The meeting will take place immediately after the 12th International Forum on the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP) scheduled for October 4, 2021. The program of the forum is available here.

The work of the commission is of interest for issues related to the circulation of public documents. In fact, the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents replaced the traditional and cumbersome legalization process with a single formality; the issuance of a certificate called an Apostille. An Apostille, issued by the State of origin, authenticates the origin of a public document so that it can be presented abroad in another Contracting Party. This simplified framework facilitates the circulation of public documents internationally for individuals, families, and commercial operators. The Regulation (EU) 2016/1191 has also removed this additional requirement (that of the apostille) on most of the main public documents to further facilitate circulation among the Member States of the European Union.