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2013/0441(NLE) EU/Philippines Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET BROK Elmar (icon: PPE PPE) BETTINI Goffredo Maria (icon: S&D S&D), TANNOCK Timothy Charles Ayrton (icon: ECR ECR), KYUCHYUK Ilhan (icon: ALDE ALDE), BÜTIKOFER Reinhard (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Former Responsible Committee AFET
Committee Opinion DEVE
Committee Opinion INTA
Committee Opinion ENVI
Former Committee Opinion DEVE
Former Committee Opinion INTA
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 207, TFEU 209-p1, TFEU 218-p6a

Events

2017/12/22
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to approve the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2017/2414 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part.

CONTENT: by this Decision, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines , of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The Framework Agreement was signed on 11 July 2012, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

General principles : respect for democratic principles and human rights , as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, constitutes an essential element of this Agreement.

The Parties reaffirm their attachment to the principle of good governance and confirm their commitment to promoting sustainable development , cooperating to address the challenges of climate change and to contributing to the internationally agreed development goals , including those contained in the Millennium Development Goals.

Areas of cooperation : with a view to strengthening their bilateral relationship, the Parties undertake to hold a comprehensive dialogue and promote further cooperation in the following areas:

political, social, and economic matters in all relevant regional and international fora and organisations; combating terrorism and transnational crimes; human rights and dialogue on the fight against serious crimes of international concern; countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons as well as promoting peace processes and conflict prevention; trade and investment; justice and security, including legal cooperation; illicit drugs; money laundering; combating organised crime and corruption; data protection and refugees and internally displaced persons; migration and maritime labour.

The Parties also undertake to establish cooperation in all other areas of mutual interest , in particular employment, development cooperation, economic policy, good governance in the tax area, industrial policy and SMEs, information and communication technologies (ICTs), science and technology, transport, tourism, education, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, energy, environment and natural resources including climate change, agriculture, fisheries, health and disaster risk management.

The Agreement contains institutional arrangements to set up a joint committee composed of representatives of both sides to ensure the proper functioning and implementation of the agreement and resolve disputes.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 22.12.2017.

2017/09/25
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2017/09/25
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/09/25
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/06/08
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/06/08
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 574 votes to 63, with 43 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part.

In light of the recommendations expressed in motion for a non-legislative resolution on the present draft Decision, Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement .

Documents
2016/06/07
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2016/04/25
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part.

In light of the recommendations expressed in motion for a non-legislative resolution on the present draft Decision, the committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement .

Documents
2016/04/19
   EP - Vote in committee
2015/10/06
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2015/06/22
   EP - BROK Elmar (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET
2015/03/09
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2015/02/23
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to conclude the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: in accordance with Council Decision 2012/272/EU , the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part, was signed on 11 July 2012, subject to its conclusion. It supersedes the current legal framework of the 1980 Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

General principles and political dialogue : the PCA with the Philippines marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations and the EU’s role in South-East Asia, based on shared universal values such as democracy and human rights. It paves the way for enhanced political, regional and global cooperation.

Foreign policy : the PCA contains commitments which are central to the EU’s foreign policy, including provisions on:

human rights, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, the International Criminal Court.

It also includes areas of current interest such as the peace process and disaster risk management.

Sectoral cooperation : the PCA strengthens the sectoral cooperation across a wide range of policy fields, such as:

migration, taxation, environment, energy, science and technology, maritime and air transport, tourism, culture, money laundering and terrorist financing, illicit drugs, organised crime and corruption.

Economic and trade cooperation : the PCA considerably broadens the scope for mutual engagement in the economic and trade domain. It has an important trade cooperation section, which should facilitate free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations.

Additionally, the PCA has an important development component, including strict provisions on protecting the EU’s financial interests.

Institutional Framework : the draft Agreement also includes institutional provisions to put in place a joint committee composed of representatives of the two Parties with the aim of ensuring the correct application of the Agreement and resolving conflicts.

Documents
2013/12/18
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: in November 2004, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate individual Framework Agreements on Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) with Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Negotiations with the Philippines started in February 2009 and were concluded in June 2010. Both sides initialled the PCA on 25 June 2010. The PCA was signed in Phnom Penh on 11 July 2012, on the occasion of the ASEAN Regional Forum ministerial meeting.

The PCA with the Philippines is the first-ever bilateral agreement with the Philippines and supersedes the current legal framework of the 1980 Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

It is now necessary to approve the Framework-Agreement on behalf of the European Union.

LEGAL BASIS: the Commission notes that Council Decision No 2012/272/EU on the signature of the PCA with the Philippines is the subject of Court Case C-377/12: the Commission asked the Court to annul the above-mentioned Decision insofar as the Council had added the legal bases relating to transport (Articles 91 and 100 TFEU), readmission (Article 79(3) TFEU) and the environment (Article 191(4) TFEU). The Commission asked the Court to maintain the effects of the contested decision. Subject to the Court ruling in Case-377/12, this proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the PCA is based on Articles 207, 209 and 218(6).

The Framework Agreement draws the attention of the Council to the recital in the Agreement relating to the specific position of the UK, Ireland and Denmark based on Protocols 21 and 22 of the Treaties. The addition of this recital is due to the genesis of this text only.

Depending on the outcome of case C-377/12, currently pending before the Court of Justice, this recital may have to be dropped or reworded at a later stage. The Commission takes the view that, as long as this case is pending, the procedure for conclusion of this Agreement cannot be finalised .

CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

General principles and political dialogue : the PCA with the Philippines marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations and the EU’s role in South-East Asia, based on

shared universal values such as democracy and human rights. It paves the way for enhanced political, regional and global cooperation.

Foreign policy : the PCA contains commitments which are central to the EU’s foreign policy, including provisions on:

human rights, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, the International Criminal Court.

It also includes areas of current interest such as the peace process and disaster risk management.

Economic and trade cooperation : the PCA considerably broadens the scope for mutual engagement in the economic and trade domain. It has an important trade cooperation section, which should facilitate free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The conclusion of the PCA is in line with the EU's objective of creating a comprehensive and coherent economic and political framework for relations between the EU and ASEAN countries. Additionally, the PCA has an important development component, including strict provisions on protecting the EU’s financial interests.

Sectoral cooperation : the PCA strengthens the sectoral cooperation across a wide range of policy fields, such as:

migration, taxation, environment, energy, science and technology, maritime and air transport, tourism, culture, money laundering and terrorist financing, illicit drugs, organised crime and corruption.

Institutional Framework : the draft Agreement also includes institutional provisions to put in place a joint committee composed of representatives of the two Parties with the aim of ensuring the correct application of the Agreement and resolving conflicts.

2011/01/21
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
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Votes

A8-0149/2016 - Elmar Brok - approbation #

2016/06/08 Outcome: +: 574, -: 63, 0: 43
DE IT PL ES GB RO HU AT BG FR BE CZ NL PT SE SK FI HR DK LT SI LV LU IE MT EE CY EL
Total
92
66
48
49
48
28
19
18
17
69
19
21
25
21
18
12
11
11
13
10
8
7
6
10
6
5
5
18
icon: PPE PPE
198

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1
icon: S&D S&D
176

Netherlands S&D

3

Finland S&D

1

Croatia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
64

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Romania ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3
icon: ECR ECR
61

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Netherlands ECR

2

Slovakia ECR

2
2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
46

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
32

Germany EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

France EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
14

Germany NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Poland NI

1

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

1

Hungary NI

2

France NI

3
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
51

Italy GUE/NGL

3

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

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Portugal GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

4

Sweden GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1
4

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: ENF ENF
38

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1
2

United Kingdom ENF

Against (1)

1

Romania ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

4

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        • date: 2013-12-18T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2013&nu_doc=0925 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2013)0925 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: in November 2004, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate individual Framework Agreements on Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) with Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Negotiations with the Philippines started in February 2009 and were concluded in June 2010. Both sides initialled the PCA on 25 June 2010. The PCA was signed in Phnom Penh on 11 July 2012, on the occasion of the ASEAN Regional Forum ministerial meeting. The PCA with the Philippines is the first-ever bilateral agreement with the Philippines and supersedes the current legal framework of the 1980 Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is now necessary to approve the Framework-Agreement on behalf of the European Union. LEGAL BASIS: the Commission notes that Council Decision No 2012/272/EU on the signature of the PCA with the Philippines is the subject of Court Case C-377/12: the Commission asked the Court to annul the above-mentioned Decision insofar as the Council had added the legal bases relating to transport (Articles 91 and 100 TFEU), readmission (Article 79(3) TFEU) and the environment (Article 191(4) TFEU). The Commission asked the Court to maintain the effects of the contested decision. Subject to the Court ruling in Case-377/12, this proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the PCA is based on Articles 207, 209 and 218(6). The Framework Agreement draws the attention of the Council to the recital in the Agreement relating to the specific position of the UK, Ireland and Denmark based on Protocols 21 and 22 of the Treaties. The addition of this recital is due to the genesis of this text only. Depending on the outcome of case C-377/12, currently pending before the Court of Justice, this recital may have to be dropped or reworded at a later stage. The Commission takes the view that, as long as this case is pending, the procedure for conclusion of this Agreement cannot be finalised . CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part. General principles and political dialogue : the PCA with the Philippines marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations and the EU’s role in South-East Asia, based on shared universal values such as democracy and human rights. It paves the way for enhanced political, regional and global cooperation. Foreign policy : the PCA contains commitments which are central to the EU’s foreign policy, including provisions on: human rights, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, the International Criminal Court. It also includes areas of current interest such as the peace process and disaster risk management. Economic and trade cooperation : the PCA considerably broadens the scope for mutual engagement in the economic and trade domain. It has an important trade cooperation section, which should facilitate free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The conclusion of the PCA is in line with the EU's objective of creating a comprehensive and coherent economic and political framework for relations between the EU and ASEAN countries. Additionally, the PCA has an important development component, including strict provisions on protecting the EU’s financial interests. Sectoral cooperation : the PCA strengthens the sectoral cooperation across a wide range of policy fields, such as: migration, taxation, environment, energy, science and technology, maritime and air transport, tourism, culture, money laundering and terrorist financing, illicit drugs, organised crime and corruption. Institutional Framework : the draft Agreement also includes institutional provisions to put in place a joint committee composed of representatives of the two Parties with the aim of ensuring the correct application of the Agreement and resolving conflicts.
        • date: 2015-02-23T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=5431%2F15&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 05431/2015 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. BACKGROUND: in accordance with Council Decision 2012/272/EU , the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part, was signed on 11 July 2012, subject to its conclusion. It supersedes the current legal framework of the 1980 Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part. General principles and political dialogue : the PCA with the Philippines marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations and the EU’s role in South-East Asia, based on shared universal values such as democracy and human rights. It paves the way for enhanced political, regional and global cooperation. Foreign policy : the PCA contains commitments which are central to the EU’s foreign policy, including provisions on: human rights, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, the International Criminal Court. It also includes areas of current interest such as the peace process and disaster risk management. Sectoral cooperation : the PCA strengthens the sectoral cooperation across a wide range of policy fields, such as: migration, taxation, environment, energy, science and technology, maritime and air transport, tourism, culture, money laundering and terrorist financing, illicit drugs, organised crime and corruption. Economic and trade cooperation : the PCA considerably broadens the scope for mutual engagement in the economic and trade domain. It has an important trade cooperation section, which should facilitate free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. Additionally, the PCA has an important development component, including strict provisions on protecting the EU’s financial interests. Institutional Framework : the draft Agreement also includes institutional provisions to put in place a joint committee composed of representatives of the two Parties with the aim of ensuring the correct application of the Agreement and resolving conflicts.
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        • date: 2016-04-25T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2016-0149&language=EN title: A8-0149/2016 summary: The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part. In light of the recommendations expressed in motion for a non-legislative resolution on the present draft Decision, the committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement .
        • date: 2016-06-07T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20160607&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
        • date: 2016-06-08T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=27130&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
        • date: 2016-06-08T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2016-0262 title: T8-0262/2016 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 574 votes to 63, with 43 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part. In light of the recommendations expressed in motion for a non-legislative resolution on the present draft Decision, Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement .
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        • date: 2017-12-22T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to approve the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part. NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2017/2414 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part. CONTENT: by this Decision, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines , of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the Union. The Framework Agreement was signed on 11 July 2012, subject to its conclusion at a later date. General principles : respect for democratic principles and human rights , as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, constitutes an essential element of this Agreement. The Parties reaffirm their attachment to the principle of good governance and confirm their commitment to promoting sustainable development , cooperating to address the challenges of climate change and to contributing to the internationally agreed development goals , including those contained in the Millennium Development Goals. Areas of cooperation : with a view to strengthening their bilateral relationship, the Parties undertake to hold a comprehensive dialogue and promote further cooperation in the following areas: political, social, and economic matters in all relevant regional and international fora and organisations; combating terrorism and transnational crimes; human rights and dialogue on the fight against serious crimes of international concern; countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons as well as promoting peace processes and conflict prevention; trade and investment; justice and security, including legal cooperation; illicit drugs; money laundering; combating organised crime and corruption; data protection and refugees and internally displaced persons; migration and maritime labour. The Parties also undertake to establish cooperation in all other areas of mutual interest , in particular employment, development cooperation, economic policy, good governance in the tax area, industrial policy and SMEs, information and communication technologies (ICTs), science and technology, transport, tourism, education, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, energy, environment and natural resources including climate change, agriculture, fisheries, health and disaster risk management. The Agreement contains institutional arrangements to set up a joint committee composed of representatives of both sides to ensure the proper functioning and implementation of the agreement and resolve disputes. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 22.12.2017. docs: title: Decision 2017/2414 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32017D2414 title: OJ L 343 22.12.2017, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2017:343:TOC
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          PURPOSE: to approve the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

          NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2017/2414 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part.

          CONTENT: by this Decision, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

          The Framework Agreement was signed on 11 July 2012, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

          General principles: respect for democratic principles and human rights, as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, constitutes an essential element of this Agreement.

          The Parties reaffirm their attachment to the principle of good governance and confirm their commitment to promoting sustainable development, cooperating to address the challenges of climate change and to contributing to the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Development Goals.

          Areas of cooperation: with a view to strengthening their bilateral relationship, the Parties undertake to hold a comprehensive dialogue and promote further cooperation in the following areas:

          • political, social, and economic matters in all relevant regional and international fora and organisations;
          • combating terrorism and transnational crimes;
          • human rights and dialogue on the fight against serious crimes of international concern;
          • countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons as well as promoting peace processes and conflict prevention;
          • trade and investment;
          • justice and security, including legal cooperation; illicit drugs; money laundering; combating organised crime and corruption; data protection and refugees and internally displaced persons;
          • migration and maritime labour.

          The Parties also undertake to establish cooperation in all other areas of mutual interest, in particular employment, development cooperation, economic policy, good governance in the tax area, industrial policy and SMEs, information and communication technologies (ICTs), science and technology, transport, tourism, education, intercultural and interfaith dialogue, energy, environment and natural resources including climate change, agriculture, fisheries, health and disaster risk management.

          The Agreement contains institutional arrangements to set up a joint committee composed of representatives of both sides to ensure the proper functioning and implementation of the agreement and resolve disputes.

          ENTRY INTO FORCE: 22.12.2017.

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          • The European Parliament adopted by 574 votes to 63, with 43 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part.

            In light of the recommendations expressed in motion for a non-legislative resolution on the present draft Decision, Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

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          • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of the Philippines, of the other part.

            In light of the recommendations expressed in motion for a non-legislative resolution on the present draft Decision, the committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

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          • PURPOSE: to conclude the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

            PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

            ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

            BACKGROUND: in November 2004, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate individual Framework Agreements on Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) with Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Negotiations with the Philippines started in February 2009 and were concluded in June 2010. Both sides initialled the PCA on 25 June 2010. The PCA was signed in Phnom Penh on 11 July 2012, on the occasion of the ASEAN Regional Forum ministerial meeting.

            The PCA with the Philippines is the first-ever bilateral agreement with the Philippines and supersedes the current legal framework of the 1980 Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

            It is now necessary to approve the Framework-Agreement on behalf of the European Union.

            LEGAL BASIS: the Commission notes that Council Decision No 2012/272/EU on the signature of the PCA with the Philippines is the subject of Court Case C-377/12: the Commission asked the Court to annul the above-mentioned Decision insofar as the Council had added the legal bases relating to transport (Articles 91 and 100 TFEU), readmission (Article 79(3) TFEU) and the environment (Article 191(4) TFEU). The Commission asked the Court to maintain the effects of the contested decision. Subject to the Court ruling in Case-377/12, this proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the PCA is based on Articles 207, 209 and 218(6).

            The Framework Agreement draws the attention of the Council to the recital in the Agreement relating to the specific position of the UK, Ireland and Denmark based on Protocols 21 and 22 of the Treaties. The addition of this recital is due to the genesis of this text only.

            Depending on the outcome of case C-377/12, currently pending before the Court of Justice, this recital may have to be dropped or reworded at a later stage. The Commission takes the view that, as long as this case is pending, the procedure for conclusion of this Agreement cannot be finalised.

            CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

            General principles and political dialogue: the PCA with the Philippines marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations and the EU’s role in South-East Asia, based on

            shared universal values such as democracy and human rights. It paves the way for enhanced political, regional and global cooperation.

            Foreign policy: the PCA contains commitments which are central to the EU’s foreign policy, including provisions on:

            • human rights,
            • non-proliferation,
            • counter-terrorism,
            • the International Criminal Court.

            It also includes areas of current interest such as the peace process and disaster risk management.

            Economic and trade cooperation: the PCA considerably broadens the scope for mutual engagement in the economic and trade domain. It has an important trade cooperation section, which should facilitate free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The conclusion of the PCA is in line with the EU's objective of creating a comprehensive and coherent economic and political framework for relations between the EU and ASEAN countries. Additionally, the PCA has an important development component, including strict provisions on protecting the EU’s financial interests.

            Sectoral cooperation: the PCA strengthens the sectoral cooperation across a wide range of policy fields, such as:

            • migration,
            • taxation,
            • environment,
            • energy,
            • science and technology,
            • maritime and air transport,
            • tourism,
            • culture,
            • money laundering and terrorist financing, illicit drugs, organised crime and corruption.

            Institutional Framework: the draft Agreement also includes institutional provisions to put in place a joint committee composed of representatives of the two Parties with the aim of ensuring the correct application of the Agreement and resolving conflicts.

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          • PURPOSE: to conclude the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

            PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

            ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

            BACKGROUND: in November 2004, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate individual Framework Agreements on Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) with Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Negotiations with the Philippines started in February 2009 and were concluded in June 2010. Both sides initialled the PCA on 25 June 2010. The PCA was signed in Phnom Penh on 11 July 2012, on the occasion of the ASEAN Regional Forum ministerial meeting.

            The PCA with the Philippines is the first-ever bilateral agreement with the Philippines and supersedes the current legal framework of the 1980 Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

            It is now necessary to approve the Framework-Agreement on behalf of the European Union.

            LEGAL BASIS: the Commission notes that Council Decision No 2012/272/EU on the signature of the PCA with the Philippines is the subject of Court Case C-377/12: the Commission asked the Court to annul the above-mentioned Decision insofar as the Council had added the legal bases relating to transport (Articles 91 and 100 TFEU), readmission (Article 79(3) TFEU) and the environment (Article 191(4) TFEU). The Commission asked the Court to maintain the effects of the contested decision. Subject to the Court ruling in Case-377/12, this proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the PCA is based on Articles 207, 209 and 218(6).

            The Framework Agreement draws the attention of the Council to the recital in the Agreement relating to the specific position of the UK, Ireland and Denmark based on Protocols 21 and 22 of the Treaties. The addition of this recital is due to the genesis of this text only.

            Depending on the outcome of case C-377/12, currently pending before the Court of Justice, this recital may have to be dropped or reworded at a later stage. The Commission takes the view that, as long as this case is pending, the procedure for conclusion of this Agreement cannot be finalised.

            CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

            General principles and political dialogue: the PCA with the Philippines marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations and the EU’s role in South-East Asia, based on

            shared universal values such as democracy and human rights. It paves the way for enhanced political, regional and global cooperation.

            Foreign policy: the PCA contains commitments which are central to the EU’s foreign policy, including provisions on:

            • human rights,
            • non-proliferation,
            • counter-terrorism,
            • the International Criminal Court.

            It also includes areas of current interest such as the peace process and disaster risk management.

            Economic and trade cooperation: the PCA considerably broadens the scope for mutual engagement in the economic and trade domain. It has an important trade cooperation section, which should facilitate free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The conclusion of the PCA is in line with the EU's objective of creating a comprehensive and coherent economic and political framework for relations between the EU and ASEAN countries. Additionally, the PCA has an important development component, including strict provisions on protecting the EU’s financial interests.

            Sectoral cooperation: the PCA strengthens the sectoral cooperation across a wide range of policy fields, such as:

            • migration,
            • taxation,
            • environment,
            • energy,
            • science and technology,
            • maritime and air transport,
            • tourism,
            • culture,
            • money laundering and terrorist financing, illicit drugs, organised crime and corruption.

            Institutional Framework: the draft Agreement also includes institutional provisions to put in place a joint committee composed of representatives of the two Parties with the aim of ensuring the correct application of the Agreement and resolving conflicts.

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          • PURPOSE: to conclude the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

            PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

            ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

            BACKGROUND: in November 2004, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate individual Framework Agreements on Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) with Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Negotiations with the Philippines started in February 2009 and were concluded in June 2010. Both sides initialled the PCA on 25 June 2010. The PCA was signed in Phnom Penh on 11 July 2012, on the occasion of the ASEAN Regional Forum ministerial meeting.

            The PCA with the Philippines is the first-ever bilateral agreement with the Philippines and supersedes the current legal framework of the 1980 Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

            It is now necessary to approve the Framework-Agreement on behalf of the European Union.

            LEGAL BASIS: the Commission notes that Council Decision No 2012/272/EU on the signature of the PCA with the Philippines is the subject of Court Case C-377/12: the Commission asked the Court to annul the above-mentioned Decision insofar as the Council had added the legal bases relating to transport (Articles 91 and 100 TFEU), readmission (Article 79(3) TFEU) and the environment (Article 191(4) TFEU). The Commission asked the Court to maintain the effects of the contested decision. Subject to the Court ruling in Case-377/12, this proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the PCA is based on Articles 207, 209 and 218(6).

            The Framework Agreement draws the attention of the Council to the recital in the Agreement relating to the specific position of the UK, Ireland and Denmark based on Protocols 21 and 22 of the Treaties. The addition of this recital is due to the genesis of this text only.

            Depending on the outcome of case C-377/12, currently pending before the Court of Justice, this recital may have to be dropped or reworded at a later stage. The Commission takes the view that, as long as this case is pending, the procedure for conclusion of this Agreement cannot be finalised.

            CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Philippines, of the other part.

            General principles and political dialogue: the PCA with the Philippines marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations and the EU’s role in South-East Asia, based on

            shared universal values such as democracy and human rights. It paves the way for enhanced political, regional and global cooperation.

            Foreign policy: the PCA contains commitments which are central to the EU’s foreign policy, including provisions on:

            • human rights,
            • non-proliferation,
            • counter-terrorism,
            • the International Criminal Court.

            It also includes areas of current interest such as the peace process and disaster risk management.

            Economic and trade cooperation: the PCA considerably broadens the scope for mutual engagement in the economic and trade domain. It has an important trade cooperation section, which should facilitate free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The conclusion of the PCA is in line with the EU's objective of creating a comprehensive and coherent economic and political framework for relations between the EU and ASEAN countries. Additionally, the PCA has an important development component, including strict provisions on protecting the EU’s financial interests.

            Sectoral cooperation: the PCA strengthens the sectoral cooperation across a wide range of policy fields, such as:

            • migration,
            • taxation,
            • environment,
            • energy,
            • science and technology,
            • maritime and air transport,
            • tourism,
            • culture,
            • money laundering and terrorist financing, illicit drugs, organised crime and corruption.

            Institutional Framework: the draft Agreement also includes institutional provisions to put in place a joint committee composed of representatives of the two Parties with the aim of ensuring the correct application of the Agreement and resolving conflicts.

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