The member States of the Council of Europe concluded the European Convention on the Abolition of Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers. The Convention has been signed at London, on 7th June 1968 and was approved by the Federal Parliament on 18th March 1970. It is known as London Convention. The aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity between its members, considering that relations between the member States, as well as relations between their diplomatic agents or consular officers, are increasingly based on mutual trust. The abolition of legalisation allows use of foreign documents in the same manner as documents emanating from national authorities.
The London Convention shall apply to documents which have been executed by diplomatic agents or consular officers of a Contracting Party, exercising their functions in the territory of any State. This Convention shall also apply to official certificates, such as those recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date, and authentications of signatures, appended by diplomatic agents or consular officers to documents other than those mentioned. Each Contracting Party shall take the measures necessary to avoid the carrying out by its authorities of legalisations in cases where this Convention abolishes legalisation.
The accession to the Convention shall be effected by depositing with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe an instrument of accession which shall take effect three months after the date of its deposit.
The States Parties to the Convention are: Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Kindom of the Netherlands, Suriname, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey. http://conventions.coe.int