The EPO will be entrusted by EU Member States with the administration of procedures in accordance with Article 9.1 of the EU Regulation No. 1257/2012. Hereto the Committee has finished its first reading of the draft rules relating to the unitary patent protection. These draft rules deal with the procedures that will be administered by the EPO. Furthermore, the Committee has decided to admit the following EPC Contracting States as observers: Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, Albania, San Marino, Italy, Norway, Croatia, Monaco and Serbia.