TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 13129
Memorandum of Understanding
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Signed at Budapest and Reston
November 22, 2000
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Memorandum of understanding
Signed at Budapest and Reston November 22, 2000;
Entered into force November 22, 2000.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THE HUNGARIAN GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY
SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION
IN THE EARTH SCIENCES
ARTICLE I. SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
1. The U.S. Geological Survey of the Department of the Interior of the United States of America
(hereinafter referred to as "USGS") and the Hungarian Geological Survey of the Government of the
Republic of Hungary (hereinafter referred to as "MGS") hereby agree to pursue scientific and
technical cooperation in the earth sciences in accordance with this Memorandum of Understanding
(hereinafter referred to as the "Memorandum").
2. The purpose of this Memorandum is to provide a framework for the exchange of scientific
and technical knowledge and the augmentation of scientific and technical capabilities of the USGS
and MGS (hereinafter referred to as the "Parties") with respect to the earth sciences.
3. This Memorandum is subject to the Agreement between the Government of the United States
of America and the Government of the Republic of Hungary for Scientific and Technological
Cooperation (hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement), signed March 15, 2000, with an option for
automatic extension for consecutive periods of (5) years. This Agreement will supersede the 1989
4. Each Party may, with the consent of the other Party and to the extent permitted by the laws
and policies of each Government, invite other government agencies of the United States and
Hungary to participate in activities undertaken pursuant to this Memorandum.
ARTICLE II. COOPERATIVE ACTIVITIES
1. Forms of cooperation under this Memorandum may consist of exchanges of technical
information, visits, training, and cooperative research consistent with ongoing programs of the
Parties. Specific areas of cooperation may include, but are not limited to, such areas of mutual
A. Earth-science investigations, including hazards, resources and environment;
B. Biology and biological investigations and technical developments;
C. Geospatial data applications;
D. Water resources and other hydrologic investigations; and
E. Information systems.
2. Activities under this Memorandum shall be undertaken in accordance with the laws,
regulations, and procedures of each country.
ARTICLE III. AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES
Cooperative activities under this Memorandum shall be subject to the availability of personnel,
resources, and funds. This Memorandum shall not be construed to obligate any particular
expenditure or commitment of resources or personnel. The Parties shall agree in accordance with
Article VIII below, upon specific project annexes in writing before the commencement of each
ARTICLE IV. FEE AND TAX EXEMPTION
The Parties shall obtain from their respective Governments the exoneration of all fees and taxes,
including taxes on services rendered, levied on the following items related to or used in furtherance
of activities under this Memorandum:
A. Personal effects being used by and belonging to the Parties' personnel.
B. Imported scientific and technical material and equipment that belong to the
Parties' Governments and that would remain the property of the Governments.
C. All contracts for construction of facilities and for goods or services in support of these
activities necessary to implement this Memorandum.
ARTICLE V. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SECURITY OBLIGATIONS
Provisions for the protection and distribution of intellectual property created or furnished in the
course of cooperative activities under the Memorandum, and provisions for the protection of
classified information and unclassified export-controlled information and equipment, shall be
governed by the provisions of the Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technological Cooperation
between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of
ARTICLE VI. DISCLAIMER
Information transmitted by one Party to the other Party under this Memorandum shall be accurate
to the best knowledge and belief of the transmitting Party, but the transmitting Party does not
warrant the suitability of the information transmitted for any particular use or application by the
receiving Party or by any third Party.
ARTICLE VII. PLANNING AND REVIEW OF ACTIVITIES
Each Party shall designate a principal representative who, at such times as are mutually agreed
upon by the Parties, shall meet with the other representatives to review the activities under this
Memorandum and develop proposals for future activities, as appropriate.
ARTICLE VIII. PROJECT ANNEXES
Any activity carried out under this Memorandum shall be agreed upon in advance by the Parties
in writing. Whenever more than the exchange of technical information or visits of individuals is
contemplated, such activity shall be described in an agreed Project Annex to this Memorandum,
which shall set forth in terms appropriate to the activity, a work plan, staffing requirements, cost
estimates, funding sources, and other undertakings, obligations, or conditions not included in this
Memorandum. In case of any inconsistency between the terms of this Memorandum and the terms
of a Project Annex, the terms of this Memorandum shall be controlling.
ARTICLE IX. ENTRY INTO FORCE AND TERMINATION
This Memorandum shall enter into force upon signature by both Parties and remains in force
for the duration of the Agreement. It may be amended by mutual written agreement and may be
terminated at any time by either Party upon ninety (90) days prior written notice to the other Party.
Unless otherwise agreed, the termination of this Memorandum shall not affect the validity or
duration of projects under this Memorandum that have been initiated prior to such termination.
Done at Reston and Budapest, in the English language.
FOR THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY FOR THE HUNGARIAN
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: GOVERNMENT OF HUNGARY:
Thomas B. Robertson Dr. Istvan G. Farkas
Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
American Embassy Budapest Director General
November 22, 2000 November 22, 2000