On 8 April 2021, OTIF and UNIDROIT held the 9th session of the Rail Preparatory Commission for the establishment of an International Registry under the Luxembourg Rail Protocol. Though it was conducted remotely, the session was hosted by the OTIF Secretariat in Berne.
The session was attended by 28 State delegations, as well as by the European Commission, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), UNECE – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and the African Union. It was opened by the Secretaries General of UNIDROIT and OTIF, respectively Professor Ignacio Tirado and Mr Wolfgang Küpper. The Commission, co-chaired by Mr Peter Bloch (USA) and Mr Antti Leinonen (Finland), approved a revised version of the Draft Regulations for the International Registry, which would be issued in due course by the Supervisory Authority in accordance with Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention. The Commission also received a briefing of the Report on developments since the last Preparatory Commission session and the activities of the Ratification Task Force, and was informed on the activity of the Group of Experts established by UNECE for the Permanent Identification of Railway Rolling Stock (PIRRS). A number of participating delegations made very supportive statements relating to the benefits connected with the future operation of the Protocols as well as to the status of the ratification process in their legal system.