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The impact of the European single currency (Euro) on monetary obligations related to transactions involving ICC Rules

The Introduction of the European single currency (euro), shall not have the effect of altering, discharging or excusing performance under any instrument subject to ICC Rules.

This Decision emphasizes the need to correctly interpret and apply ICC Rules. Consequently, ICC national committees and associated organizations are strongly urged to distribute this Decision as widely as possible to help ensure the future smooth running of the instruments issued under ICC Rules. This Decision does not amend any articles of ICC Rules in any way, but merely indicates the correct interpretation thereof which has been adopted unanimously by the ICC Commission on Banking Technique and Practice, on 6 April 1998.

As of 1 January 1999, the euro will be substituted for the national currency unit of those European Union member states participating in European Economic and Monetary Union (hereinafter, “EMU-Participating States”) which are to be designated in May 1998. During the transitional period running from 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2001, the euro (1 euro = 100 cents) will also be divided into the national currency unit of the EMU-Participating States according to conversion rates which are to be irrevocably fixed by the Council of the European Union as of 1 January 1999 (“conversion rates”). The term “national currency unit” as used below refers to the currency of any EMU-Participating State before 1 January 1999.

During the transitional period persons are free to use either the euro or the national currency unit, but will not (unless otherwise agreed) be obliged to receive or make payment in euro. Any amount denominated either in euro or in a national currency unit of a given EMU-Participating State and payable within that state by crediting an account of the creditor, may be paid by the debtor either in euro or in that national currency unit, with any necessary conversion being effected at the conversion rate.

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