The present charter was drawn up in a single copy in the Russian language. The charter shall be kept by the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which shall send certified copies of the charter to the governments of all other member countries and shall inform these governments and the secretariat of the Council that the ratification certificates shall be kept by the government of the USSR.
In confirmation of this, the representatives of the governments of the member countries of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance have signed the present charter.
Drawn up in Sofia on December 14, 1959.
Source: “Statut des Rates für Gegenseitige Wirtschaftshilfe (Mit den Änderungen entsprechend dem Protokoll vom 21. Juni 1974)” [“Charter of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (With the amendments corresponding to the protocol of June 21, 1974)”], in Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hg., DDR im Warschauer Pakt und im Rat für Gegenseitige Wirtschaftshilfe [The GDR in the Warsaw Pact and in the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance]. Bonn, 1987, pp. 69-72.
Portions of the English translation were taken from Treaties and Alliances of the World, edited and compiled by Henry W. Degenhardt. Essex, UK: Longman, 1986, pp. 240-41. The translation was edited by the GHI staff.