The Seventh Session of the Rail Preparatory Commission was held in Rome at the seat of UNIDROIT on 11 December 2014. The meeting, jointly convened by UNIDROIT and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and chaired by Peter Bloch (US) and Tuire Simonen (Finland), took note of the positive outcome of the Sixth Session as well as of the signature of the contract between the Preparatory Commission and Regulis SA, and discussed and approved the draft baseline Regulations for the International Registry for railway rolling stock.
In addition to UNIDROIT, OTIF and the Rail Working Group, representatives of several member States were present, as well as SITA and the designated Registrar for Regulis SA. A representative of the European Commission also attended the meeting, the European Union having recently approved the Rail Protocol.
The meeting was followed by an informal session of the Ratification Task Force that further considered issues connected with the early entry into force of the Registry and ratification strategy.