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2008/0136(NLE) EC/Côte d'Ivoire stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA MANN Erika (icon: PSE PSE)
Committee Opinion DEVE VAN HECKE Johan (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 218-p6a

Events

2018/02/15
   CSL - Debate in Council
Documents
2018/02/15
   CSL - Council Meeting
2009/12/02
   all - Additional information
Details

The Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, amended the EU's two core treaties, the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty establishing the European Community (EC Treaty). The latter was renamed the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

These changes had various consequences for many ongoing procedures. First of all, the articles of the TEU and of the old EC Treaty that constitute the legal basis of all the proposals founded on those Treaties were renumbered in accordance with the table of equivalences mentioned in Article 5 of the Lisbon Treaty.

In addition, some proposals underwent a change to their legal basis going beyond a mere change to their numbering, and this resulted in changes to the type of procedure .

The Lisbon Treaty also introduced new concepts of decision-making procedure . The old "codecision procedure" was extended to new areas and renamed the "ordinary legislative procedure". A new "consent procedure" replaced the old "assent procedure". New interinstitutional procedures were also set up for the adoption of certain non-legislative acts, for example the conclusion of some international agreements.

The ongoing proposals concerned by these changes were formally modified by the Commission in a Communication published on 2 December 2009 (COM(2009)0665).

In the case of the proposal for a Council Decision concluding the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part, the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty had the following impacts :

· the old legal basis – Treaty/EC/Art.133, Art 181, Art.300(3) 2nd para. - became Art 207(4) first para, Art.211, Art 218 (6)(a) of the TFEU. Please note that the numbering of the old legal basis corresponds to the consolidated version of the Treaty that was applicable immediately before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, and may differ from the references in the original Commission proposal ;

· the proposal, which had previously fallen under the old assent procedure (AVC), was classified as an interinstitutional non-legislative procedure (NLE).

2009/03/25
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2009/03/25
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 457 votes to 80, with 42 abstentions, a legislative resolution and gave its assent to the conclusion of the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part.

It should be noted that this legislative resolution is linked to a joint resolution on the conclusion of the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement EC-Côte d'Ivoire (see RSP/2009/2537 ) which was adopted on the same day.

Documents
2009/03/23
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2009/03/18
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2009/03/18
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2009/03/16
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on International Trade adopted the report drawn up by Erika MANN (PES, DE) recommending that the European Parliament give its assent to the conclusion of the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part.

2009/03/10
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2009/03/03
   Final act published in Official Journal
2009/02/19
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2009/02/19
   EP - Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
2009/02/18
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2009/02/10
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

This proposal for a decision forms the legal basis by which the Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part conclude a stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement.

The content of the Agreement is consistent with the Commission’s initial proposal (please refer to the summary of the initial proposal dated 10 July 2008). The Agreement was initialled on 7 December 2007 and has been provisionally applied pending its entry into force.

The Agreement requires the European Parliament’s assent.

The text of the Agreement is attached to the proposal for a decision and can be found in Council document 12129/08 .

Documents
2008/11/21
   CSL - Council Meeting
2008/11/10
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2008/09/09
   EP - Responsible Committee
2008/07/15
   EP - Committee Opinion
2008/07/10
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Details

PURPOSE: to propose the signature and the provisional application of a stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

CONTENT: the content of this provisional Agreement is identical to that of the general Agreement. For more details, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial proposal of 10/07/2008.

To recall, this stepping stone Agreement concerns trade and development cooperation issues linking the Community and its Member States and Côte d'Ivoire.

2008/07/10
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Côte d'Ivoire , of the other part.

stepping stone EPA

Council Regulation (EC) No 1528/2007

Development Cooperation provisions

Provisional application

Documents

Votes

Rapport Erika MANN A6-0144/2009 - résolution législative

2009/03/25 Outcome: +: 457, -: 80, 0: 42
DE GB IT ES PL RO HU BG SE NL PT EL SK FI AT CZ BE LT SI FR LV IE EE MT LU ?? CY DK
Total
75
52
56
45
34
25
18
13
16
23
18
17
11
13
15
18
20
6
6
55
5
11
3
3
4
1
2
11
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206

Ireland PPE-DE

4

Malta PPE-DE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE-DE

2

PPE-DE

For (1)

1

Denmark PPE-DE

1
icon: PSE PSE
179

Czechia PSE

For (1)

1

Lithuania PSE

For (1)

1

Slovenia PSE

For (1)

1

Ireland PSE

1

Estonia PSE

2

Luxembourg PSE

For (1)

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
69
2

Sweden ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

1
2

Slovenia ALDE

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

For (1)

1

Cyprus ALDE

For (1)

1
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28

Lithuania UEN

1

Denmark UEN

For (1)

1
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12

United Kingdom IND/DEM

Against (1)

1

Poland IND/DEM

3

Sweden IND/DEM

2

Netherlands IND/DEM

2

Greece IND/DEM

1

Czechia IND/DEM

1

France IND/DEM

1

Ireland IND/DEM

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1
icon: NI NI
19

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

4

Italy NI

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3

Poland NI

1

Slovakia NI

2

Austria NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Belgium NI

Against (1)

1
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27

Germany GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

France GUE/NGL

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1

Ireland GUE/NGL

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1

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1

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1
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36

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

4

Italy Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Latvia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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      • PURPOSE: to conclude the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        BACKGROUND:  the stepping stone EPA has been negotiated with Côte d'Ivoire in order to avoid disrupting trade between this country and the Community on the expiry on 31 December 2007 of the trade provisions set out in Annex V of the Cotonou Agreement and the WTO waiver that covered them, and pending the completion of a comprehensive EPA with the whole West African region.

        Following the initialling of this Agreement respectively on 7 December 2007, Côte d'Ivoire was added to the list of countries benefiting from an EPA trade regime established by Council Regulation (EC) No 1528/2007, adopted on 20 December 2007. This Regulation provided for an advance application of the EPA trade regime.

        The negotiation of a full EPA with the whole West African region continues, consistently with the negotiating directives for EPAs with the ACP States adopted by Council on 12 June 2002. The countries of this region are:

        -        Benin,
        -        Burkina Faso,
        -        Ivory Coast,
        -        Guinea Bissau,
        -        Mali,
        -        Niger,
        -        Senegal,
        -        Togo,
        -        Cape Verde,
        -        Gambia,
        -        Ghana,
        -        Guinea,
        -        Liberia,
        -        Nigeria,
        -        Sierra Leone,
        -       Mauritania.

        CONTENT: the stepping stone EPA, which the Commission request the Council to conclude on behalf of the Community, after assent by the European Parliament, contains provisions on:

        -         Trade in Goods,
        -         Customs and Trade Facilitation,
        -         Technical Barriers to Trade,
        -         Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

        There are also Development Cooperation provisions setting out priority areas of action for the implementation of the EPA. Each individual substantive chapter of the Agreement includes specific areas of cooperation and a Development Cooperation declaration establishes the link with the EU Aid for Trade strategy and recalls the Commission's and Member States' intention to contribute to a regional development fund.

        The Agreement also foresees the continuation of negotiations at regional level on investment, services and trade related issues and provides that the full regional EPA will supersede it once concluded.

        Provisional application: pending the entry into force of the stepping stone EPA, the stepping stone EPA foresees the provisional application of the Agreement (see COM(2008)0438).

        Lastly, the European Parliament will be called upon to give its assent to the conclusion of the stepping stone EPA.
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      • This proposal for a decision forms the legal basis by which the Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part conclude a stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement.  

        The content of the Agreement is consistent with the Commission’s initial proposal (please refer to the summary of the initial proposal dated 10 July 2008). The Agreement was initialled on 7 December 2007 and has been provisionally applied pending its entry into force.

        The Agreement requires the European Parliament’s assent.

        The text of the Agreement is attached to the proposal for a decision and can be found in Council document 12129/08.

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    • The Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, amended the EU's two core treaties, the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty establishing the European Community (EC Treaty). The latter was renamed the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

      These changes had various consequences for many ongoing procedures. First of all, the articles of the TEU and of the old EC Treaty that constitute the legal basis of all the proposals founded on those Treaties were renumbered in accordance with the table of equivalences mentioned in Article 5 of the Lisbon Treaty.

      In addition, some proposals underwent a change to their legal basis going beyond a mere change to their numbering, and this resulted in changes to the type of procedure.

      The Lisbon Treaty also introduced new concepts of decision-making procedure. The old "codecision procedure" was extended to new areas and renamed the "ordinary legislative procedure". A new "consent procedure" replaced the old "assent procedure". New interinstitutional procedures were also set up for the adoption of certain non-legislative acts, for example the conclusion of some international agreements.

      The ongoing proposals concerned by these changes were formally modified by the Commission in a Communication published on 2 December 2009 (COM(2009)0665).

      In the case of the proposal for a Council Decision concluding the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part, the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty had the following impacts:

      ·        the old legal basis – Treaty/EC/Art.133, Art 181, Art.300(3) 2nd para. - became Art 207(4) first para, Art.211, Art 218 (6)(a) of the TFEU. Please note that the numbering of the old legal basis corresponds to the consolidated version of the Treaty that was applicable immediately before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, and may differ from the references in the original Commission proposal;

      ·        the proposal, which had previously fallen under the old assent procedure (AVC), was classified as an interinstitutional non-legislative procedure (NLE).

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      • PURPOSE: to conclude the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        BACKGROUND:  the stepping stone EPA has been negotiated with Côte d'Ivoire in order to avoid disrupting trade between this country and the Community on the expiry on 31 December 2007 of the trade provisions set out in Annex V of the Cotonou Agreement and the WTO waiver that covered them, and pending the completion of a comprehensive EPA with the whole West African region.

        Following the initialling of this Agreement respectively on 7 December 2007, Côte d'Ivoire was added to the list of countries benefiting from an EPA trade regime established by Council Regulation (EC) No 1528/2007, adopted on 20 December 2007. This Regulation provided for an advance application of the EPA trade regime.

        The negotiation of a full EPA with the whole West African region continues, consistently with the negotiating directives for EPAs with the ACP States adopted by Council on 12 June 2002. The countries of this region are:

        -        Benin,
        -        Burkina Faso,
        -        Ivory Coast,
        -        Guinea Bissau,
        -        Mali,
        -        Niger,
        -        Senegal,
        -        Togo,
        -        Cape Verde,
        -        Gambia,
        -        Ghana,
        -        Guinea,
        -        Liberia,
        -        Nigeria,
        -        Sierra Leone,
        -       Mauritania.

        CONTENT: the stepping stone EPA, which the Commission request the Council to conclude on behalf of the Community, after assent by the European Parliament, contains provisions on:

        -         Trade in Goods,
        -         Customs and Trade Facilitation,
        -         Technical Barriers to Trade,
        -         Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

        There are also Development Cooperation provisions setting out priority areas of action for the implementation of the EPA. Each individual substantive chapter of the Agreement includes specific areas of cooperation and a Development Cooperation declaration establishes the link with the EU Aid for Trade strategy and recalls the Commission's and Member States' intention to contribute to a regional development fund.

        The Agreement also foresees the continuation of negotiations at regional level on investment, services and trade related issues and provides that the full regional EPA will supersede it once concluded.

        Provisional application: pending the entry into force of the stepping stone EPA, the stepping stone EPA foresees the provisional application of the Agreement (see COM(2008)0438).

        Lastly, the European Parliament will be called upon to give its assent to the conclusion of the stepping stone EPA.
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      • This proposal for a decision forms the legal basis by which the Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part conclude a stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement.  

        The content of the Agreement is consistent with the Commission’s initial proposal (please refer to the summary of the initial proposal dated 10 July 2008). The Agreement was initialled on 7 December 2007 and has been provisionally applied pending its entry into force.

        The Agreement requires the European Parliament’s assent.

        The text of the Agreement is attached to the proposal for a decision and can be found in Council document 12129/08.

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    • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report drawn up by Erika MANN (PES, DE) recommending that the European Parliament give its assent to the conclusion of the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part.

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    • The Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, amended the EU's two core treaties, the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty establishing the European Community (EC Treaty). The latter was renamed the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

      These changes had various consequences for many ongoing procedures. First of all, the articles of the TEU and of the old EC Treaty that constitute the legal basis of all the proposals founded on those Treaties were renumbered in accordance with the table of equivalences mentioned in Article 5 of the Lisbon Treaty.

      In addition, some proposals underwent a change to their legal basis going beyond a mere change to their numbering, and this resulted in changes to the type of procedure.

      The Lisbon Treaty also introduced new concepts of decision-making procedure. The old "codecision procedure" was extended to new areas and renamed the "ordinary legislative procedure". A new "consent procedure" replaced the old "assent procedure". New interinstitutional procedures were also set up for the adoption of certain non-legislative acts, for example the conclusion of some international agreements.

      The ongoing proposals concerned by these changes were formally modified by the Commission in a Communication published on 2 December 2009 (COM(2009)0665).

      In the case of the proposal for a Council Decision concluding the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and Côte d'Ivoire, of the other part, the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty had the following impacts:

      ·        the old legal basis – Treaty/EC/Art.133, Art 181, Art.300(3) 2nd para. - became Art 207(4) first para, Art.211, Art 218 (6)(a) of the TFEU. Please note that the numbering of the old legal basis corresponds to the consolidated version of the Treaty that was applicable immediately before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, and may differ from the references in the original Commission proposal;

      ·        the proposal, which had previously fallen under the old assent procedure (AVC), was classified as an interinstitutional non-legislative procedure (NLE).

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