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2006/2150(INI) EC/Syria agreement: negociations with a view to the conclusion of a Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET DE KEYSER Véronique (icon: PSE PSE)
Committee Opinion INTA
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 134o

Events

2006/11/23
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2006/10/26
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2006/10/26
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the own-initiative report by Véronique DE KEYSER (PSE, BE) containing Parliament's recommendation to the Council on the conclusion of an EU-Syria Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement. (Please see the summary of 05/10/2006.) The report adopted by 453 votes in favour to 11 against with 15 abstentions.

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2006/10/26
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2006/10/25
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2006/10/11
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Documents
2006/10/11
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
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2006/10/05
   EP - Vote in committee
Details

The committee adopted the own-initiative report by Véronique DE KEYSER (PSE, BE) containing Parliament's recommendation to the Council on the conclusion of an EU-Syria Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement.

The committee expressed its conviction that the association agreement could give a "decisive impetus" to the political, economic and social reforms needed to improve the situation in Syria. It reiterated, however, that respect for democratic values, human rights and civil liberties were prerequisites and that an effective control mechanism should therefore be included in the agreement’s human rights clause. The report called in particular for greater respect for ethnic minorities and reiterated the need to maintain freedom of religion.

MEPs said that anchoring Syria firmly within the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership would reinforce the country's relations with the Member States of the European Union and its partners in the Southern Mediterranean, and facilitate the Middle East peace process. The committee asked the Council to strengthen its initiatives "with a view to deepening the cooperation between the EU and Syria and ultimately signing that agreement", while taking account of a number of recommendations. These included:

- urging the Syrian Government to adopt measures in the fields of democracy and human rights so as to comply with international human rights law on freedom of expression, the protection of human rights defenders, the prevention of torture and the abolition of the death penalty;

- expressing "serious concerns" to the Syrian Government about the lack of progress in such areas as opening up to multi-party politics, and calling on it to respect its commitments within the framework of the Barcelona Process and to immediately lift the state of emergency;

- calling on the Syrian Government to report on the progress regarding respect for the rights of religious and other minorities and of the Kurds in particular;

- calling on Syria to respect Lebanon's security, refrain from interfering in its internal affairs, establish formal diplomatic relations with Lebanon and stop supporting Hezbollah;

- drawing the attention of Syria to "the importance of its potential role in the Near and Middle East" for the peaceful resolution of conflicts in the region.

Finally, the report asked the Council to consider "additional incentives and benefits for Syria, going beyond those granted through the association agreement, in order to encourage Syria to review its current foreign policy and regional alignment in ways that will help promote regional peace, stability and prosperity and, in particular, recognition of the State of Israel's right to exist and support by Syria for progress in the Middle East peace process".

2006/09/21
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2006/07/06
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2006/06/23
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2006/06/19
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
Details

Mrs Véronique DE KEYSER (PES, B) made a proposal for a recommendation to Council on the negotiations with a view to the conclusion of a Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, and Syria, pursuant to Rule 114(1) of the Rules of Procedure .

In her proposal, Mrs De KEYSER called on the Council to step up its efforts towards the signing of the agreement, and to take account of the following recommendations:

to be mindful of the fact that, while the draft accord between the European Union and Syria is modelled on the other Euro-Mediterranean association agreements in force, it also contains new provisions, relating inter alia to non-proliferation of weapons, the fight against terrorism, reduction of customs tariffs, and the right of establishment, which has made the negotiations more complex; to take account of the political signals emerging from the 10th Ba’th Party Regional Congress, the most visible of which is the introduction of a new and younger leadership; to take steps with the Syrian Government to ensure that it lifts the state of emergency, which would help the rule of law to progress, while respecting the spirit of Article 2 of the agreement.

At the same time, Parliament pointed out that Syria was currently in a period of transition which may lead it towards a social market economy, a more democratic political regime and greater respect for human rights . The future association agreement and the strengthening of relations between the European Union and Syria in permanent mutual respect may enable this development to be sustained.

The final conclusions of the International Independent Investigation Commission into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are a decisive factor in the signing and ratification of the association agreement.

Documents
2005/01/18
   EP - DE KEYSER Véronique (PSE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET

Documents

Activities

Votes

Rapport De Keyser A6-0334/2006 - résolution #

2006/10/26 Outcome: +: 453, 0: 15, -: 11
DE FR PL GB IT ES CZ HU NL EL PT AT BE SE FI SK IE LT SI LU LV CY DK MT EE
Total
73
51
38
42
37
32
21
18
21
20
17
13
18
13
11
11
9
6
5
5
4
5
3
3
3
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184

Lithuania PPE-DE

1

Slovenia PPE-DE

3

Luxembourg PPE-DE

3

Malta PPE-DE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE-DE

For (1)

1
icon: PSE PSE
138

Czechia PSE

2
3

Finland PSE

2

Slovakia PSE

2

Ireland PSE

1

Lithuania PSE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PSE

For (1)

1

Malta PSE

2

Estonia PSE

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
58
2

Austria ALDE

1

Sweden ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

2

Latvia ALDE

1

Cyprus ALDE

For (1)

1

Denmark ALDE

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
27

France Verts/ALE

3

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Italy Verts/ALE

1

Spain Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
30

Germany GUE/NGL

4

France GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Spain GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

2

Greece GUE/NGL

3

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

2

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

1
icon: UEN UEN
13

Italy UEN

2

Ireland UEN

For (1)

1

Lithuania UEN

1

Latvia UEN

2
icon: NI NI
18

Austria NI

1

Belgium NI

3

Slovakia NI

1
icon: IND/DEM IND/DEM
11

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3

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2

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1

Netherlands IND/DEM

2

Sweden IND/DEM

Abstain (1)

1

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Against (1)

1

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