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Commercial Agents (Council Directive) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 and shall come into operation on 7th June 1999.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Amendment of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993

2.  The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(2) shall be amended as provided in regulations 3 and 4.

3.  In regulation 1, for paragraph (3) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(3) A court or tribunal shall—

(a)apply the law of the other member State concerned in place of regulations 3 to 22 where the parties have agreed that the agency contract is to be governed by the law of that member State;

(b)(whether or not it would otherwise be required to do so) apply these Regulations where the law of another member State corresponding to these Regulations enables the parties to agree that the agency contract is to be governed by the law of a different member State and the parties have agreed that it is to be governed by the law of Northern Ireland..

4.  In regulation 2(2), after the definition of “commission” there shall be inserted the following definitions—

EEA Agreement” means the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17th March 1993;

“member State” includes a State which is a contracting party to the EEA Agreement;.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Economic Development on

L.S.

A. L. Brown

Assistant Secretary

27th April 1999.

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