Former Foreign Minister János Martonyi chaired the panel discussion on the 35th anniversary of the Vienna Convention on International Sale of Goods on July 6. At the meeting it was announced that Hungary on this day will withdraw its written form declaration under the Convention. The meeting was part of the 48th session of the UNCITRAL between June 29 and July 16.

On 6 July, Hungary deposited an  instrument  with  the Secretary-General of the United Nations withdrawing  its  "written  form"  declaration  under the United Nations Convention on  Contracts  for  the International Sale of Goods (CISG). With this action, Hungary  joins  the  vast  majority  of  CISG  States Parties that do not  require  the  written  form  for  contracts for the international sale of  goods.

 Under the CISG, contracts for the international sale of goods do not need  to be concluded in writing in order to be valid unless a State deposits a  specific  declaration  to  that effect. By withdrawing the declaration it made  upon  ratification  of  the  CISG  in 1983, Hungary now accepts the provisions allowing freedom of contractual form. Hungary's action is part of  a  current  trend  for  States  to  reconsider declarations made upon  signing  or  acceding  to  the  CISG.  Withdrawal  of  these declarations increases  the  level  of legal uniformity in the scope of application of the Convention.

 Hungary  also  withdrew  a  declaration indicating that it considered the General  Conditions  of  Delivery  of  Goods between Organizations of the Member  Countries  of  the  Council  for Mutual Economic Assistance to be subject to the provisions of article 90 of the CISG.

 The  withdrawal  of  the  declarations,  which was announced at a special panel  discussing  current trends of international sale of goods law held during  the  United  Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s 48th annual session in Vienna, Austria, will take effect on 1 February 2016.


The  CISG  provides  an  equitable  and  modern uniform framework for the contract  of  sale,  which  is the backbone of international trade in all countries,  irrespective  of  their  legal tradition or level of economic development.  The  CISG  is  therefore  considered  to be one of the core conventions in international trade law.

 The  CISG,  which  has  been  adopted  by a large number of major trading countries,  establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation   of  contracts  for  the  international  sale  of  goods,  the obligations  of the buyer and seller, remedies for breach of contract and other aspects of the contract. The CISG currently has 83 State Parties. (source: UNIS)