BETA


2015/0094(NLE) EU/Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET LUNACEK Ulrike (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) ADAKTUSSON Lars (icon: PPE PPE), MCALLISTER David (icon: PPE PPE), FAJON Tanja (icon: S&D S&D), PANZERI Pier Antonio (icon: S&D S&D), DZHAMBAZKI Angel (icon: ECR ECR), TANNOCK Charles (icon: ECR ECR), VAJGL Ivo (icon: ALDE ALDE), VAUTMANS Hilde (icon: ALDE ALDE), COUSO PERMUY Javier (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), RANSDORF Miloslav (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), ŠOLTES Igor (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), CASTALDO Fabio Massimo (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion INTA SZEJNFELD Adam (icon: PPE PPE) Sander LOONES (icon: ECR ECR), Hannu TAKKULA (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 217, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7, TFEU 218-p8-a2

Events

2016/03/16
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, of the other part.

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2016/342 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part.

CONTENT: under this Council Decision, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, and Kosovo , is approved on behalf of the Union for the parts falling under the TEU and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The Agreement was signed on behalf of the Union on 22 October 2015 subject to its conclusion at a later date.

It seeks to strengthen the strong links and establish a close and lasting relationship based on reciprocity and mutual interest , which should allow Kosovo to further strengthen and extend its relations with the Union

Objectives of the Association : the Agreement provides for the establishment of an association between the Union and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure.

The aims of this association are:

to support the efforts of Kosovo to strengthen democracy and the rule of law; respect for the democratic principles and human rights, international law principles, including full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) shall form the basis of the policies of the EU and of Kosovo and constitute essential elements of this Agreement; to contribute to political, economic and institutional stability in Kosovo, as well as to the stabilisation of the region; to provide an appropriate framework for political dialogue , allowing the development of close political relations between the Parties; to support the efforts of Kosovo to develop its economic and international cooperation , should objective circumstances so permit, including through the approximation of its legislation to that of the EU; to support the efforts of Kosovo to complete the transition into a functioning market economy ; to promote harmonious economic relations and gradually develop a free trade area between the EU and Kosovo over a period lasting a maximum of 10 years starting from the entry into force of this Agreement in accordance with this Agreement and in conformity with the GATT 1994 and the provisions contained in the relevant WTO agreements; to foster regional cooperation in all the fields covered by this Agreement.

Kosovo’s international status : it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law. In addition, none of the terms , wording or definitions used in this Decision and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement, constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not previously taken such a step.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 12.2.2016.

2016/02/12
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2016/02/12
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2016/02/12
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/01/21
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/01/21
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 468 votes to 102, with 81 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

Documents
2016/01/20
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2015/12/21
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Ulrike LUNACEK (Greens/EFA, AT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part.

Member called on the Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the agreement which seeks to establish contractual relations which provides for enhanced political dialogue, closer trade integration and new forms of cooperation. This Agreement also includes provisions aiming to establish a free trade area.

The Agreement is a very important first formal step towards the EU accession process and the European integration path on the Republic of Kosovo .

Documents
2015/12/14
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2015/12/10
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2015/11/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2015/11/05
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2015/11/05
   EP - Responsible Committee
2015/10/09
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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.

CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to approve, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, and Kosovo, on behalf of the Union for the parts falling under the TEU and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Legal basis : the ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue.

It provides for the establishment of an association between the Union and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure.

It also contains provisions falling within the scope of Chapter 2 of Title V of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) concerning the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the Union.

The decision to conclude the Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties and on the legal basis for agreements in areas covered by Chapter 2 of Title V of the TEU.

This is an EU-only agreement .

The commitments and cooperation to be entered into by the Union under this Agreement relate only to the areas covered by the EU acquis or existing Union policies.

Main objectives of the Agreement : the Agreement provides for wide-ranging cooperation in various policy areas, including in justice and home affairs ( for details of these objectives, please refer to the summary of the initial legislative proposal dated from 30/04/2015 ).

Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement.

Recognition of Kosovo’s international status : it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law.

None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.

Documents
2015/10/02
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2015/09/21
   EP - Committee Opinion
2015/04/30
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2015/04/30
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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 June 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Kosovo on an EU-only Stabilisation and Association Agreement and adopted negotiating directives. The negotiations resulted in the initialling of the draft text of the agreement on 25 July 2014 which is the subject of this proposal.

CONTENT: in this proposal, the Council is called upon to adopt the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, of the other part, on behalf of the European Union, for the parts falling under the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Characteristics of the agreement: the Agreement is based on similar agreement signed with countries in the region, while taking into account that this is an EU-only agreement, as well as Kosovo’s particular situation.

Legal basis: a ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue. The Agreement as signed provides for the establishment of an association between the EU and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure. The decision to conclude this Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties.

Main objectives of the Agreement: the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo provides for wide-ranging cooperation:

political dialogue: the agreement provides for a framework for political dialogue with Kosovo, both at a bilateral and regional level. It promotes regional cooperation and Kosovo makes a strong commitment in the agreement to the normalisation of relations with Serbia ; trade cooperation: the deepening of economic and trade relations is one of the main goals of the agreement. The agreement sets out the perspective of establishing a free trade area covering goods and services, consistent with the relevant WTO principles, after a transitional period in specific areas. The length of the transitional period was established during the negotiations in light of the state of preparation of Kosovo. internal market: the agreement also includes provisions on establishment, supply of services, current payments and movement of capital. It includes the commitment by Kosovo to progressively harmonise its legislation with that of the EU, notably in key areas of the internal market. It establishes relations covering almost all areas of EU interest, including justice and home affairs, which is limited to technical, financial and economic aspects.

Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement.

Recognition of Kosovo’s international status: it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law.

None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0372/2015 - Ulrike Lunacek - approbation

2016/01/21 Outcome: +: 468, -: 102, 0: 81
DE IT PL FR GB BE BG HU SE PT FI NL CZ RO HR AT DK LT SK SI EE LU LV MT ES IE CY EL
Total
83
59
44
65
59
20
17
19
18
19
12
24
18
29
8
16
13
7
13
7
6
5
5
5
47
7
6
20
icon: PPE PPE
186

Finland PPE

2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1
2

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

2
3

Cyprus PPE

2
icon: S&D S&D
168

Netherlands S&D

3

Czechia S&D

For (1)

Abstain (2)

3

Croatia S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Malta S&D

2

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
60
2

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Romania ALDE

Against (1)

3

Croatia ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Denmark ALDE

3

Lithuania ALDE

1

Estonia ALDE

3

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
65

Italy ECR

1

Bulgaria ECR

2
2

Netherlands ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

Against (1)

3

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
40

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
40

Poland EFDD

1

France EFDD

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1
icon: NI NI
15

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

Poland NI

Abstain (1)

1

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

1
3
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
44

Germany GUE/NGL

5

Italy GUE/NGL

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Denmark GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Ireland GUE/NGL

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: ENF ENF
33

Poland ENF

Abstain (1)

1

United Kingdom ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

4

Romania ENF

Abstain (1)

1

History

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

activities
  • date: 2015-04-30T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0181/COM_COM(2015)0181_EN.pdf title: COM(2015)0181 type: Initial legislative proposal published celexid: CELEX:52015PC0181:EN body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/ title: Enlargement Commissioner: HAHN Johannes type: Initial legislative proposal published
  • date: 2015-10-09T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=10725%2F15&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC type: Legislative proposal published title: 10725/2/2015 body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/ title: Enlargement Commissioner: HAHN Johannes type: Legislative proposal published
  • date: 2015-11-11T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP shadows: group: EPP name: ADAKTUSSON Lars group: EPP name: MCALLISTER David group: S&D name: FAJON Tanja group: S&D name: PANZERI Pier Antonio group: ECR name: DZHAMBAZKI Angel group: ECR name: TANNOCK Charles group: ALDE name: VAJGL Ivo group: ALDE name: VAUTMANS Hilde group: GUE/NGL name: COUSO PERMUY Javier group: GUE/NGL name: RANSDORF Miloslav group: Verts/ALE name: ŠOLTES Igor group: EFD name: CASTALDO Fabio Massimo responsible: True committee: AFET date: 2015-11-05T00:00:00 committee_full: Foreign Affairs rapporteur: group: Verts/ALE name: LUNACEK Ulrike body: EP responsible: False committee: INTA date: 2015-09-21T00:00:00 committee_full: International Trade rapporteur: group: EPP name: SZEJNFELD Adam
  • date: 2015-12-14T00:00:00 body: EP type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP shadows: group: EPP name: ADAKTUSSON Lars group: EPP name: MCALLISTER David group: S&D name: FAJON Tanja group: S&D name: PANZERI Pier Antonio group: ECR name: DZHAMBAZKI Angel group: ECR name: TANNOCK Charles group: ALDE name: VAJGL Ivo group: ALDE name: VAUTMANS Hilde group: GUE/NGL name: COUSO PERMUY Javier group: GUE/NGL name: RANSDORF Miloslav group: Verts/ALE name: ŠOLTES Igor group: EFD name: CASTALDO Fabio Massimo responsible: True committee: AFET date: 2015-11-05T00:00:00 committee_full: Foreign Affairs rapporteur: group: Verts/ALE name: LUNACEK Ulrike body: EP responsible: False committee: INTA date: 2015-09-21T00:00:00 committee_full: International Trade rapporteur: group: EPP name: SZEJNFELD Adam
  • body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2015-0372&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading title: A8-0372/2015 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP shadows: group: EPP name: ADAKTUSSON Lars group: EPP name: MCALLISTER David group: S&D name: FAJON Tanja group: S&D name: PANZERI Pier Antonio group: ECR name: DZHAMBAZKI Angel group: ECR name: TANNOCK Charles group: ALDE name: VAJGL Ivo group: ALDE name: VAUTMANS Hilde group: GUE/NGL name: COUSO PERMUY Javier group: GUE/NGL name: RANSDORF Miloslav group: Verts/ALE name: ŠOLTES Igor group: EFD name: CASTALDO Fabio Massimo responsible: True committee: AFET date: 2015-11-05T00:00:00 committee_full: Foreign Affairs rapporteur: group: Verts/ALE name: LUNACEK Ulrike body: EP responsible: False committee: INTA date: 2015-09-21T00:00:00 committee_full: International Trade rapporteur: group: EPP name: SZEJNFELD Adam date: 2015-12-21T00:00:00
  • date: 2016-01-20T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20160120&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2016-01-21T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2016-0017 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T8-0017/2016 body: EP type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2016-02-12T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN meeting_id: 3445
  • date: 2016-02-12T00:00:00 body: EP type: End of procedure in Parliament
  • date: 2016-02-12T00:00:00 body: EP/CSL type: Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
  • date: 2016-03-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32016D0342 title: Decision 2016/342 url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2016:071:TOC title: OJ L 071 16.03.2016, p. 0001 type: Final act published in Official Journal
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  • date: 2015-04-30T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0183/COM_COM(2015)0183_EN.pdf title: COM(2015)0183 type: Document attached to the procedure body: EC
  • date: 2015-10-02T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=10728%2F15&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 10728/1/2015 type: Document attached to the procedure body: CSL
  • date: 2015-11-05T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE571.603 title: PE571.603 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2015-12-10T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE569.826&secondRef=02 title: PE569.826 committee: INTA type: Committee opinion body: EP
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  • date: 2015-04-30T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0181/COM_COM(2015)0181_EN.pdf title: COM(2015)0181 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2015&nu_doc=0181 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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 June 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Kosovo on an EU-only Stabilisation and Association Agreement and adopted negotiating directives. The negotiations resulted in the initialling of the draft text of the agreement on 25 July 2014 which is the subject of this proposal. CONTENT: in this proposal, the Council is called upon to adopt the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, of the other part, on behalf of the European Union, for the parts falling under the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Characteristics of the agreement: the Agreement is based on similar agreement signed with countries in the region, while taking into account that this is an EU-only agreement, as well as Kosovo’s particular situation. Legal basis: a ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue. The Agreement as signed provides for the establishment of an association between the EU and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure. The decision to conclude this Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties. Main objectives of the Agreement: the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo provides for wide-ranging cooperation: political dialogue: the agreement provides for a framework for political dialogue with Kosovo, both at a bilateral and regional level. It promotes regional cooperation and Kosovo makes a strong commitment in the agreement to the normalisation of relations with Serbia ; trade cooperation: the deepening of economic and trade relations is one of the main goals of the agreement. The agreement sets out the perspective of establishing a free trade area covering goods and services, consistent with the relevant WTO principles, after a transitional period in specific areas. The length of the transitional period was established during the negotiations in light of the state of preparation of Kosovo. internal market: the agreement also includes provisions on establishment, supply of services, current payments and movement of capital. It includes the commitment by Kosovo to progressively harmonise its legislation with that of the EU, notably in key areas of the internal market. It establishes relations covering almost all areas of EU interest, including justice and home affairs, which is limited to technical, financial and economic aspects. Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement. Recognition of Kosovo’s international status: it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law. None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.
  • date: 2015-10-09T00:00:00 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=10725%2F15&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 10725/2/2015 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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. CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to approve, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, and Kosovo, on behalf of the Union for the parts falling under the TEU and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Legal basis : the ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue. It provides for the establishment of an association between the Union and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure. It also contains provisions falling within the scope of Chapter 2 of Title V of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) concerning the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the Union. The decision to conclude the Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties and on the legal basis for agreements in areas covered by Chapter 2 of Title V of the TEU. This is an EU-only agreement . The commitments and cooperation to be entered into by the Union under this Agreement relate only to the areas covered by the EU acquis or existing Union policies. Main objectives of the Agreement : the Agreement provides for wide-ranging cooperation in various policy areas, including in justice and home affairs ( for details of these objectives, please refer to the summary of the initial legislative proposal dated from 30/04/2015 ). Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement. Recognition of Kosovo’s international status : it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law. None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.
  • date: 2015-11-11T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2015-12-14T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2015-12-21T00:00:00 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=A8-2015-0372&language=EN title: A8-0372/2015 summary: The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Ulrike LUNACEK (Greens/EFA, AT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part. Member called on the Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the agreement which seeks to establish contractual relations which provides for enhanced political dialogue, closer trade integration and new forms of cooperation. This Agreement also includes provisions aiming to establish a free trade area. The Agreement is a very important first formal step towards the EU accession process and the European integration path on the Republic of Kosovo .
  • date: 2016-01-20T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20160120&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2016-01-21T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=26583&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2016-01-21T00:00:00 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-2016-0017 title: T8-0017/2016 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 468 votes to 102, with 81 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part. Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.
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  • date: 2016-03-16T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, of the other part. NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2016/342 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part. CONTENT: under this Council Decision, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, and Kosovo , is approved on behalf of the Union for the parts falling under the TEU and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The Agreement was signed on behalf of the Union on 22 October 2015 subject to its conclusion at a later date. It seeks to strengthen the strong links and establish a close and lasting relationship based on reciprocity and mutual interest , which should allow Kosovo to further strengthen and extend its relations with the Union Objectives of the Association : the Agreement provides for the establishment of an association between the Union and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure. The aims of this association are: to support the efforts of Kosovo to strengthen democracy and the rule of law; respect for the democratic principles and human rights, international law principles, including full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) shall form the basis of the policies of the EU and of Kosovo and constitute essential elements of this Agreement; to contribute to political, economic and institutional stability in Kosovo, as well as to the stabilisation of the region; to provide an appropriate framework for political dialogue , allowing the development of close political relations between the Parties; to support the efforts of Kosovo to develop its economic and international cooperation , should objective circumstances so permit, including through the approximation of its legislation to that of the EU; to support the efforts of Kosovo to complete the transition into a functioning market economy ; to promote harmonious economic relations and gradually develop a free trade area between the EU and Kosovo over a period lasting a maximum of 10 years starting from the entry into force of this Agreement in accordance with this Agreement and in conformity with the GATT 1994 and the provisions contained in the relevant WTO agreements; to foster regional cooperation in all the fields covered by this Agreement. Kosovo’s international status : it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law. In addition, none of the terms , wording or definitions used in this Decision and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement, constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not previously taken such a step. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 12.2.2016. docs: title: Decision 2016/342 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32016D0342 title: OJ L 071 16.03.2016, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2016:071:TOC
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  • The European Parliament adopted by 468 votes to 102, with 81 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part.

    Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

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  • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Ulrike LUNACEK (Greens/EFA, AT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part.

    Member called on the Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the agreement which seeks to establish contractual relations which provides for enhanced political dialogue, closer trade integration and new forms of cooperation. This Agreement also includes provisions aiming to establish a free trade area.

    The Agreement is a very important first formal step towards the EU accession process and the European integration path on the Republic of Kosovo.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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.

    CONTENT: under this proposal, the Council is invited to approve, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, and Kosovo, on behalf of the Union for the parts falling under the TEU and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

    Legal basis: the ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue.

    It provides for the establishment of an association between the Union and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure.

    It also contains provisions falling within the scope of Chapter 2 of Title V of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) concerning the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the Union.

    The decision to conclude the Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties and on the legal basis for agreements in areas covered by Chapter 2 of Title V of the TEU.

    This is an EU-only agreement.

    The commitments and cooperation to be entered into by the Union under this Agreement relate only to the areas covered by the EU acquis or existing Union policies.

    Main objectives of the Agreement: the Agreement provides for wide-ranging cooperation in various policy areas, including in justice and home affairs (for details of these objectives, please refer to the summary of the initial legislative proposal dated from 30/04/2015).

    Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement.

    Recognition of Kosovo’s international status: it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law.

    None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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 June 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Kosovo on an EU-only Stabilisation and Association Agreement and adopted negotiating directives. The negotiations resulted in the initialling of the draft text of the agreement on 25 July 2014 which is the subject of this proposal.

    CONTENT: in this proposal, the Council is called upon to adopt the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, of the other part, on behalf of the European Union, for the parts falling under the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

    Characteristics of the agreement: the Agreement is based on similar agreement signed with countries in the region, while taking into account that this is an EU-only agreement, as well as Kosovo’s particular situation.

    Legal basis: a ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue. The Agreement as signed provides for the establishment of an association between the EU and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure. The decision to conclude this Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties.

    Main objectives of the Agreement: the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo provides for wide-ranging cooperation:

    • political dialogue: the agreement provides for a framework for political dialogue with Kosovo, both at a bilateral and regional level. It promotes regional cooperation and Kosovo makes a strong commitment in the agreement to the normalisation of relations with Serbia;
    • trade cooperation: the deepening of economic and trade relations is one of the main goals of the agreement. The agreement sets out the perspective of establishing a free trade area covering goods and services, consistent with the relevant WTO principles, after a transitional period in specific areas. The length of the transitional period was established during the negotiations in light of the state of preparation of Kosovo.
    • internal market: the agreement also includes provisions on establishment, supply of services, current payments and movement of capital. It includes the commitment by Kosovo to progressively harmonise its legislation with that of the EU, notably in key areas of the internal market. It establishes relations covering almost all areas of EU interest, including justice and home affairs, which is limited to technical, financial and economic aspects.

    Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement.

    Recognition of Kosovo’s international status: it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law.

    None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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 June 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Kosovo on an EU-only Stabilisation and Association Agreement and adopted negotiating directives. The negotiations resulted in the initialling of the draft text of the agreement on 25 July 2014 which is the subject of this proposal.

    CONTENT: in this proposal, the Council is called upon to adopt the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, of the other part, on behalf of the European Union, for the parts falling under the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

    Characteristics of the agreement: the Agreement is based on similar agreement signed with countries in the region, while taking into account that this is an EU-only agreement, as well as Kosovo’s particular situation.

    Legal basis: a ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue. The Agreement as signed provides for the establishment of an association between the EU and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure. The decision to conclude this Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties.

    Main objectives of the Agreement: the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo provides for wide-ranging cooperation:

    • political dialogue: the agreement provides for a framework for political dialogue with Kosovo, both at a bilateral and regional level. It promotes regional cooperation and Kosovo makes a strong commitment in the agreement to the normalisation of relations with Serbia;
    • trade cooperation: the deepening of economic and trade relations is one of the main goals of the agreement. The agreement sets out the perspective of establishing a free trade area covering goods and services, consistent with the relevant WTO principles, after a transitional period in specific areas. The length of the transitional period was established during the negotiations in light of the state of preparation of Kosovo.
    • internal market: the agreement also includes provisions on establishment, supply of services, current payments and movement of capital. It includes the commitment by Kosovo to progressively harmonise its legislation with that of the EU, notably in key areas of the internal market. It establishes relations covering almost all areas of EU interest, including justice and home affairs, which is limited to technical, financial and economic aspects.

    Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement.

    Recognition of Kosovo’s international status: it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law.

    None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.

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  • PURPOSE: to conclude a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, 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 June 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations with Kosovo on an EU-only Stabilisation and Association Agreement and adopted negotiating directives. The negotiations resulted in the initialling of the draft text of the agreement on 25 July 2014 which is the subject of this proposal.

    CONTENT: in this proposal, the Council is called upon to adopt the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and of Kosovo, of the other part, on behalf of the European Union, for the parts falling under the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

    Characteristics of the agreement: the Agreement is based on similar agreement signed with countries in the region, while taking into account that this is an EU-only agreement, as well as Kosovo’s particular situation.

    Legal basis: a ‘First agreement on principles governing the normalisation of relations’ was reached on 19 April 2013 in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue. The Agreement as signed provides for the establishment of an association between the EU and Kosovo involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common actions and special procedure. The decision to conclude this Agreement should therefore be based on the legal basis providing for the establishment of an association allowing the Union to enter into commitments in all areas covered by the Treaties.

    Main objectives of the Agreement: the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo provides for wide-ranging cooperation:

    • political dialogue: the agreement provides for a framework for political dialogue with Kosovo, both at a bilateral and regional level. It promotes regional cooperation and Kosovo makes a strong commitment in the agreement to the normalisation of relations with Serbia;
    • trade cooperation: the deepening of economic and trade relations is one of the main goals of the agreement. The agreement sets out the perspective of establishing a free trade area covering goods and services, consistent with the relevant WTO principles, after a transitional period in specific areas. The length of the transitional period was established during the negotiations in light of the state of preparation of Kosovo.
    • internal market: the agreement also includes provisions on establishment, supply of services, current payments and movement of capital. It includes the commitment by Kosovo to progressively harmonise its legislation with that of the EU, notably in key areas of the internal market. It establishes relations covering almost all areas of EU interest, including justice and home affairs, which is limited to technical, financial and economic aspects.

    Overall, the cooperation is underpinned by EU financial and technical assistance, which provides Kosovo with the necessary support and assistance in the implementation of certain aspects of the agreement.

    Recognition of Kosovo’s international status: it is important to note that the conclusion of the future agreement is without prejudice to Member States' position on the status of Kosovo, which will be decided in accordance with their national practice and international law.

    None of the terms, wording or definitions used in this proposal and the attached text of the Agreement, nor any recourse to all the necessary legal bases for the conclusion of the Agreement constitute recognition of Kosovo by the Union as an independent State nor does it constitute recognition by individual Member States of Kosovo in that capacity where they have not taken such a step.

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http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2015&nu_doc=0181
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http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2015/0181/COM_COM(2015)0181_EN.pdf
activities
  • date: 2015-04-30T00:00:00 docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2015&nu_doc=0181 type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2015)0181 body: EC type: Legislative proposal published commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/ title: Enlargement Commissioner: HAHN Johannes
committees
  • body: EP responsible: True committee_full: Foreign Affairs committee: AFET
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: International Trade committee: INTA
links
other
  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/ title: Enlargement commissioner: HAHN Johannes
procedure
legal_basis
reference
2015/0094(NLE)
title
EU/Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement
geographical_area
Kosovo under UNSCR 1244/1999
stage_reached
Preparatory phase in Parliament
subtype
Consent by Parliament
type
NLE - Non-legislative enactments
subject