UPC – Timetable Update – June 2017

As announced after the last meeting of the UPC’s Preparatory Committee on 15 March 2017, the timetable for the start of the period of provisional application and for the entry into force of the UPC Agreement is relying on the timely finalisation of national procedures concerning the ratification of the UPC Agreement and the participation in the Protocol on Provisional Application. In particular, a few Member States must still agree to be bound by the Protocol before the period of provisional application can start. Due to some delays with these procedures, the previously announced target date for the entry into operation of the UPC, envisaged for December 2017, cannot be maintained.
 
The progress of national procedures concerning the ratification of the UPC Agreement and the participation in the Protocol on Provisional Application is being continuously monitored with a view to publish a new timetable on this website as soon as possible.
 
An operational team is currently overseeing the final preparations for the recruitment of judges, testing the IT and case management systems and ensuring that resources are trained and in place before the UPC's entry into operation.
 
A new timeline for the recruitment process of the UPC judges will be communicated as soon as possible to all candidates who have submitted applications.