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2014/0047(NLE) Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area (EEA) and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the EU

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA LAMBSDORFF Alexander Graf (icon: ALDE ALDE) WAŁĘSA Jarosław (icon: PPE PPE), ANDRIEU Eric (icon: S&D S&D), BORRELLI David (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Former Responsible Committee INTA
Committee Opinion AFET
Committee Opinion PECH
Former Committee Opinion AFET
Former Committee Opinion PECH
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 217, TFEU 218-p6, TFEU 218-p8-a2

Events

2014/12/16
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2014/12/16
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 622 votes to 31, with 51 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of an Agreement on the participation of the Republic of Croatia in the European Economic Area, and of three related agreements.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement and of the three related agreements.

Documents
2014/11/12
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Alexander GRAF LAMBSDORFF (ADLE, DE) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, and of three related agreements.

Members recalled that the EEA Agreement brings together the EU Member States and the three members of the European Free Trade Association - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - in a single market. It provides for the inclusion of EU legislation covering the four freedoms (free movement of goods, services, persons and capital) throughout all the EEA States. In addition, the Agreement guarantees equal rights and obligations within the internal market for citizens and economic operators in the EEA.

Members consider that the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area is a natural consequence of its EU accession. Therefore, Members recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA as well as the three related additional protocols.

Documents
2014/11/06
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2014/09/30
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2014/07/22
   EP - LAMBSDORFF Alexander Graf (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2014/07/03
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2014/03/11
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2014/03/11
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

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

BACKGROUND: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994.

In accordance with the Act of Accession of Croatia, that country undertook to become a party to the EEA Agreement.

This proposal is the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA. The Agreement and three additional related protocols:

the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area ; the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union; the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union were signed by the Union, in accordance with a Council decision, subject to their conclusion.

The Agreement and the related Protocols should be concluded, on behalf of the European Union.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia.

CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

The text of the Agreement is attached to the proposal.

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, deposit the instruments of approval provided for in the Agreement and each of the related Protocols. The content of the agreement is identical to that of the Commission’s proposal ( please refer to the summary dated 17/02/2014 of the initial legislative proposal ).

Documents
2014/02/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2014/02/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2014/02/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2014/02/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2014/02/17
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2014/02/17
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

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: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994.

The attached proposal creates the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA and of the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

On 4 September 2012, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to amend the EEA Agreement and the Agreement between the Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014. The negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway were successfully concluded by the initialling of:

the Agreement; the Protocol; and two additional protocols, namely: (a) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union; and (b) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

These two additional protocols are part of a package with the current Agreement and Protocol but are contained in two separate proposals.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia.

CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

The text of the Protocol is attached to the proposal.

The proposed Agreement makes Croatia a contracting party to the EEA Agreement and commits the EU to providing an authentic version of the EEA Agreement in the new official language of the EU. The Protocol includes Croatia in the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

The provisional application of the Agreement and the Protocol is envisaged as of the date stipulated by an exchange of letters between the Parties, pending the completion of the relevant procedures for its formal conclusion and entry into force.

2014/02/03
   EC - Initial legislative proposal
2014/02/03
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published

Documents

  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0078/2014
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A8-0026/2014
  • Committee draft report: PE537.529
  • Document attached to the procedure: 06696/2014
  • Legislative proposal published: 06698/2014
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: COM(2014)0088
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: COM(2014)0089
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: COM(2014)0090
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: COM(2014)0092
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: COM(2014)0093
  • Initial legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Initial legislative proposal published: COM(2014)0091
  • Initial legislative proposal: EUR-Lex
  • Initial legislative proposal: COM(2014)0047
  • Initial legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Initial legislative proposal published: COM(2014)0047
  • Initial legislative proposal: EUR-Lex COM(2014)0047
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex COM(2014)0088
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex COM(2014)0089
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex COM(2014)0090
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex COM(2014)0092
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex COM(2014)0093
  • Document attached to the procedure: 06696/2014
  • Committee draft report: PE537.529

Activities

Votes

A8-0026/2014 - Alexander Graf Lambsdorff - Approbation

2014/12/16 Outcome: +: 622, 0: 51, -: 31
DE IT PL ES GB RO FR BE CZ NL AT HU PT BG SE FI SK DK HR LT IE LV SI LU EE MT CY EL
Total
93
65
50
51
69
29
71
20
19
26
18
19
20
16
17
13
13
12
11
9
8
8
7
6
5
5
6
18
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Sweden PPE

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1

Denmark PPE

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2

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Estonia PPE

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icon: S&D S&D
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Netherlands S&D

3

Croatia S&D

2

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

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Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

2

Greece S&D

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
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United Kingdom ALDE

1

Romania ALDE

3

Austria ALDE

For (1)

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Denmark ALDE

2

Croatia ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3
icon: ECR ECR
65

Czechia ECR

2

Netherlands ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

1

Finland ECR

2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
49

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

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Austria Verts/ALE

3

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

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1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

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1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

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1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

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1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

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1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
48

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

France GUE/NGL

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

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Czechia GUE/NGL

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Netherlands GUE/NGL

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Portugal GUE/NGL

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Sweden GUE/NGL

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1

Finland GUE/NGL

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Denmark GUE/NGL

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Ireland GUE/NGL

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Cyprus GUE/NGL

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icon: EFDD EFDD
43

Poland EFDD

1

France EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Abstain (1)

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Sweden EFDD

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icon: NI NI
50

Germany NI

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1

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

1

Belgium NI

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands NI

4

Hungary NI

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Latvia NI

1

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        • date: 2014-02-03T00:00:00 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=2014&nu_doc=0047 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2014)0047
        • date: 2014-02-17T00:00:00 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=2014&nu_doc=0091 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2014)0091 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union. 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: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994. The attached proposal creates the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA and of the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union. On 4 September 2012, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to amend the EEA Agreement and the Agreement between the Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014. The negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway were successfully concluded by the initialling of: the Agreement; the Protocol; and two additional protocols, namely: (a) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union; and (b) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union. These two additional protocols are part of a package with the current Agreement and Protocol but are contained in two separate proposals. LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia. CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union. The text of the Protocol is attached to the proposal. The proposed Agreement makes Croatia a contracting party to the EEA Agreement and commits the EU to providing an authentic version of the EEA Agreement in the new official language of the EU. The Protocol includes Croatia in the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The provisional application of the Agreement and the Protocol is envisaged as of the date stipulated by an exchange of letters between the Parties, pending the completion of the relevant procedures for its formal conclusion and entry into force.
        • date: 2014-03-11T00:00:00 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=6698%2F14&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 06698/2014 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent. BACKGROUND: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994. In accordance with the Act of Accession of Croatia, that country undertook to become a party to the EEA Agreement. This proposal is the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA. The Agreement and three additional related protocols: the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area ; the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union; the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union were signed by the Union, in accordance with a Council decision, subject to their conclusion. The Agreement and the related Protocols should be concluded, on behalf of the European Union. LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia. CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union. The text of the Agreement is attached to the proposal. The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, deposit the instruments of approval provided for in the Agreement and each of the related Protocols. The content of the agreement is identical to that of the Commission’s proposal ( please refer to the summary dated 17/02/2014 of the initial legislative proposal ).
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          • The European Parliament adopted by 622 votes to 31, with 51 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of an Agreement on the participation of the Republic of Croatia in the European Economic Area, and of three related agreements.

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          • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Alexander GRAF LAMBSDORFF (ADLE, DE) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, and of three related agreements.

            Members recalled that the EEA Agreement brings together the EU Member States and the three members of the European Free Trade Association - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - in a single market. It provides for the inclusion of EU legislation covering the four freedoms (free movement of goods, services, persons and capital) throughout all the EEA States. In addition, the Agreement guarantees equal rights and obligations within the internal market for citizens and economic operators in the EEA.

            Members consider that the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area is a natural consequence of its EU accession. Therefore, Members recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA as well as the three related additional protocols.

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          • PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

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

            BACKGROUND: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994.

            In accordance with the Act of Accession of Croatia, that country undertook to become a party to the EEA Agreement.

            This proposal is the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA. The Agreement and three additional related protocols:

            • the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area ;
            • the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union;
            • the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union were signed by the Union, in accordance with a Council decision, subject to their conclusion.

            The Agreement and the related Protocols should be concluded, on behalf of the European Union.

            LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia.

            CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            The text of the Agreement is attached to the proposal.

            The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, deposit the instruments of approval provided for in the Agreement and each of the related Protocols. The content of the agreement is identical to that of the Commission’s proposal (please refer to the summary dated 17/02/2014 of the initial legislative proposal).

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          • PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

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

            BACKGROUND: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994.

            The attached proposal creates the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA and of the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            On 4 September 2012, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to amend the EEA Agreement and the Agreement between the Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014. The negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway were successfully concluded by the initialling of:

            • the Agreement;
            • the Protocol; and
            • two additional protocols, namely: (a) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union; and (b) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            These two additional protocols are part of a package with the current Agreement and Protocol but are contained in two separate proposals.

            LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia.

            CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

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            The proposed Agreement makes Croatia a contracting party to the EEA Agreement and commits the EU to providing an authentic version of the EEA Agreement in the new official language of the EU. The Protocol includes Croatia in the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

            The provisional application of the Agreement and the Protocol is envisaged as of the date stipulated by an exchange of letters between the Parties, pending the completion of the relevant procedures for its formal conclusion and entry into force.

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          • PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

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

            BACKGROUND: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994.

            The attached proposal creates the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA and of the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            On 4 September 2012, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to amend the EEA Agreement and the Agreement between the Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014. The negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway were successfully concluded by the initialling of:

            • the Agreement;
            • the Protocol; and
            • two additional protocols, namely: (a) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union; and (b) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            These two additional protocols are part of a package with the current Agreement and Protocol but are contained in two separate proposals.

            LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia.

            CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            The text of the Protocol is attached to the proposal.

            The proposed Agreement makes Croatia a contracting party to the EEA Agreement and commits the EU to providing an authentic version of the EEA Agreement in the new official language of the EU. The Protocol includes Croatia in the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

            The provisional application of the Agreement and the Protocol is envisaged as of the date stipulated by an exchange of letters between the Parties, pending the completion of the relevant procedures for its formal conclusion and entry into force.

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          • PURPOSE: to conclude an Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Protocol, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            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: the Agreement on the European Economic Area was signed on 2 May 1992 and entered into force on 1 January 1994.

            The attached proposal creates the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the EEA and of the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            On 4 September 2012, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to amend the EEA Agreement and the Agreement between the Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014. The negotiations with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway were successfully concluded by the initialling of:

            • the Agreement;
            • the Protocol; and
            • two additional protocols, namely: (a) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Iceland consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union; and (b) the Additional Protocol to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Norway consequent to the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            These two additional protocols are part of a package with the current Agreement and Protocol but are contained in two separate proposals.

            LEGAL BASIS: Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(6) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the Act of Accession of Croatia.

            CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to adopt a decision aiming to approve, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, the Agreement on the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area and the related Additional Protocol to the Agreement between Norway and the European Union on a Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2009-2014 consequent to the participation of Croatia in the European Economic Area, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

            The text of the Protocol is attached to the proposal.

            The proposed Agreement makes Croatia a contracting party to the EEA Agreement and commits the EU to providing an authentic version of the EEA Agreement in the new official language of the EU. The Protocol includes Croatia in the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

            The provisional application of the Agreement and the Protocol is envisaged as of the date stipulated by an exchange of letters between the Parties, pending the completion of the relevant procedures for its formal conclusion and entry into force.

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          • date: 2014-02-17T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2014&nu_doc=0091 type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2014)0091 body: EC commission: type: Legislative proposal published
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