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2010/0308(NLE) EU/Andorra Agreement: customs security measures. Protocol

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA MOREIRA Vital (icon: S&D S&D) ZALBA BIDEGAIN Pablo (icon: PPE PPE), KAZAK Metin (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Committee Opinion IMCO MANDERS Toine (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 207-p4, TFEU 218-p6a

Events

2011/10/03
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2011/10/03
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2011/10/03
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/06/23
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2011/06/23
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Protocol extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra.

Parliament gives its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

Documents
2011/05/27
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/05/27
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/05/24
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on International Trade adopted the report drafted by Vital MOREIRA (S&D, PT) in which it recommends the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra.

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Documents
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2011/01/18
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/01/17
   EP - Responsible Committee
2011/01/12
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Documents
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   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol between the EU and Andorra extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and Andorra.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: on 16 February 2009, the Council authorised the European Commission to start negotiations with the Principality of Andorra with a view to negotiating an agreement extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990.

The European Commission and Andorra have completed the abovementioned negotiations. The Protocol was signed on behalf of the EU, subject to its subsequent approval.

It is now necessary to approve the negotiated Protocol on behalf of the EU.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 207(4), first subparagraph, in conjunction with Article 218(6)(a) and 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

CONTENT: with this proposal, the Protocol extending to customs security measures the scope of the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Andorra is hereby approved.

Provisions are laid down as regards comitology to define the European Union’s position. It is also provided that the Commission be authorised to take the necessary measures provided for in Agreement in order to ensure the equivalence of the Contracting Parties' customs security measures.

For further details on the main elements of the Protocol, please refer to the summary of the previous initial legislative document dated 10/11/2010.

Documents
2010/12/01
   EP - Committee Opinion
2010/11/10
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

BACKGROUND: the Community Customs Code and its Implementing Rules, which lay down the rules for the customs treatment of goods that are imported or exported, were amended in 2005 and 2006 respectively to make provision for customs security measures. Among these security arrangements is a provision that traders should submit certain information prior to importing or exporting goods, which will make it possible to carry out a risk analysis of such operations prior to the entry or exit of the consignments in question.

In principle, these security measures apply to trade with all non-member countries. However, the Community Customs Code allows for different rules concerning the obligation to provide pre-arrival and pre-departure information where international agreements provide for special security arrangements. It was thus held necessary and in the mutual interest of the European Union and the Principality of Andorra to establish amended rules for customs security in their bilateral trade in goods.

On 16 February 2009 the Council authorised the European Commission to start negotiations with the Principality of Andorra with a view to negotiating an agreement extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990. The European Commission and the Principality of Andorra have completed the abovementioned negotiations.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 207(4), first subparagraph, in conjunction with Article 218(6)(a) and 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

CONTENT: the attached proposal for a Council Decision constitutes the legal instrument for the conclusion of a protocol between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra with a view to extending to customs security measures the scope of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990.

Following the negotiations, the arrangement consisted in abolishing the requirement for a prior declaration for goods traded between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra. The abolition of this requirement is subject to the condition that the Contracting Parties undertake to guarantee in their respective territories an equivalent level of security through measures based on legislation in force in the European Union.

In addition to provisions for customs-security measures, the arrangement also includes a set of rules to ensure that the Agreement and the acquis communautaire remain in alignment and to provide that, if the equivalence of the respective security measures is no longer maintained, either party may take rebalancing measures, including suspending application of the relevant title of the Agreement.

Lastly, a new Article is introduced concerning the protection of professional secrecy and personal data.

It is also specified that, unlike the customs union, this arrangement also applies to agricultural products.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the EU budget.

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

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      • PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

        BACKGROUND: the Community Customs Code and its Implementing Rules, which lay down the rules for the customs treatment of goods that are imported or exported, were amended in 2005 and 2006 respectively to make provision for customs security measures. Among these security arrangements is a provision that traders should submit certain information prior to importing or exporting goods, which will make it possible to carry out a risk analysis of such operations prior to the entry or exit of the consignments in question.

        In principle, these security measures apply to trade with all non-member countries. However, the Community Customs Code allows for different rules concerning the obligation to provide pre-arrival and pre-departure information where international agreements provide for special security arrangements. It was thus held necessary and in the mutual interest of the European Union and the Principality of Andorra to establish amended rules for customs security in their bilateral trade in goods.

        On 16 February 2009 the Council authorised the European Commission to start negotiations with the Principality of Andorra with a view to negotiating an agreement extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990. The European Commission and the Principality of Andorra have completed the abovementioned negotiations.

        LEGAL BASIS:  Article 207(4), first subparagraph, in conjunction with Article 218(6)(a) and 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

        CONTENT: the attached proposal for a Council Decision constitutes the legal instrument for the conclusion of a protocol between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra with a view to extending to customs security measures the scope of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990.

        Following the negotiations, the arrangement consisted in abolishing the requirement for a prior declaration for goods traded between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra. The abolition of this requirement is subject to the condition that the Contracting Parties undertake to guarantee in their respective territories an equivalent level of security through measures based on legislation in force in the European Union.

        In addition to provisions for customs-security measures, the arrangement also includes a set of rules to ensure that the Agreement and the acquis communautaire remain in alignment and to provide that, if the equivalence of the respective security measures is no longer maintained, either party may take rebalancing measures, including suspending application of the relevant title of the Agreement.

        Lastly, a new Article is introduced concerning the protection of professional secrecy and personal data.

        It is also specified that, unlike the customs union, this arrangement also applies to agricultural products.

        BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the EU budget.

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      • PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol between the EU and Andorra extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and Andorra.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        BACKGROUND: on 16 February 2009, the Council authorised the European Commission to start negotiations with the Principality of Andorra with a view to negotiating an agreement extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990.

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        Provisions are laid down as regards comitology to define the European Union’s position. It is also provided that the Commission be authorised to take the necessary measures provided for in Agreement in order to ensure the equivalence of the Contracting Parties' customs security measures.

        For further details on the main elements of the Protocol, please refer to the summary of the previous initial legislative document dated 10/11/2010.

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      • PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

        BACKGROUND: the Community Customs Code and its Implementing Rules, which lay down the rules for the customs treatment of goods that are imported or exported, were amended in 2005 and 2006 respectively to make provision for customs security measures. Among these security arrangements is a provision that traders should submit certain information prior to importing or exporting goods, which will make it possible to carry out a risk analysis of such operations prior to the entry or exit of the consignments in question.

        In principle, these security measures apply to trade with all non-member countries. However, the Community Customs Code allows for different rules concerning the obligation to provide pre-arrival and pre-departure information where international agreements provide for special security arrangements. It was thus held necessary and in the mutual interest of the European Union and the Principality of Andorra to establish amended rules for customs security in their bilateral trade in goods.

        On 16 February 2009 the Council authorised the European Commission to start negotiations with the Principality of Andorra with a view to negotiating an agreement extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990. The European Commission and the Principality of Andorra have completed the abovementioned negotiations.

        LEGAL BASIS:  Article 207(4), first subparagraph, in conjunction with Article 218(6)(a) and 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

        CONTENT: the attached proposal for a Council Decision constitutes the legal instrument for the conclusion of a protocol between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra with a view to extending to customs security measures the scope of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990.

        Following the negotiations, the arrangement consisted in abolishing the requirement for a prior declaration for goods traded between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra. The abolition of this requirement is subject to the condition that the Contracting Parties undertake to guarantee in their respective territories an equivalent level of security through measures based on legislation in force in the European Union.

        In addition to provisions for customs-security measures, the arrangement also includes a set of rules to ensure that the Agreement and the acquis communautaire remain in alignment and to provide that, if the equivalence of the respective security measures is no longer maintained, either party may take rebalancing measures, including suspending application of the relevant title of the Agreement.

        Lastly, a new Article is introduced concerning the protection of professional secrecy and personal data.

        It is also specified that, unlike the customs union, this arrangement also applies to agricultural products.

        BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the EU budget.

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      • PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol between the EU and Andorra extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and Andorra.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        BACKGROUND: on 16 February 2009, the Council authorised the European Commission to start negotiations with the Principality of Andorra with a view to negotiating an agreement extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra concluded on 28 June 1990.

        The European Commission and Andorra have completed the abovementioned negotiations. The Protocol was signed on behalf of the EU, subject to its subsequent approval.

        It is now necessary to approve the negotiated Protocol on behalf of the EU.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

        LEGAL BASIS: Article 207(4), first subparagraph, in conjunction with Article 218(6)(a) and 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

        CONTENT: with this proposal, the Protocol extending to customs security measures the scope of the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Andorra is hereby approved.

        Provisions are laid down as regards comitology to define the European Union’s position. It is also provided that the Commission be authorised to take the necessary measures provided for in Agreement in order to ensure the equivalence of the Contracting Parties' customs security measures.

        For further details on the main elements of the Protocol, please refer to the summary of the previous initial legislative document dated 10/11/2010.

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    • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report drafted by Vital MOREIRA (S&D, PT) in which it recommends the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol extending to customs security measures the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Economic Community and the Principality of Andorra.

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