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2016/0029(COD) Imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules: imports from Belarus

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA TAKKULA Hannu (icon: ALDE ALDE) CICU Salvatore (icon: PPE PPE), GRASWANDER-HAINZ Karoline (icon: S&D S&D), CAMPBELL BANNERMAN David (icon: ECR ECR), SCHOLZ Helmut (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), BUCHNER Klaus (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), (THE EARL OF) DARTMOUTH William (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 207-p2

Events

2017/03/03
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) 2017/354 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules.

CONTENT: the Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 repeals quota restrictions on imports of textiles and clothing from Belarus .

The Regulation follows the release of political prisoners in Belarus on 22 August 2015, together with several positive initiatives undertaken by Belarus over the last 2 years, such as resumption of the EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue, contributed to the improvement of relations between the Union and Belarus.

The Regulations recalls that EU-Belarus relations should be based on common values, in particular with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law . However, the human rights situation in Belarus remains of concern to the Union, in particular with regard to issues such as the death penalty, which should be abolished.

Accordingly, the adoption of the Regulation is without prejudice to the Union’s ability to have recourse to new quotas in the future should the human rights situation in Belarus seriously deteriorate.

In order to facilitate administrative procedures, the Regulation extends the period of validity of import authorisations to nine months, instead of six.

Article 31 of the Regulation on the adoption of delegated acts is amended: the power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission for a period of five years (which may be tacitly extended for periods of identical duration), from 20 February 2014. The European Parliament or the Council shall have the right to object to a delegated act within a period of two months (extendable for four months) from the notification of the act.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 23.3.2017.

2017/02/15
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2017/02/15
   CSL - Final act signed
2017/02/13
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2017/02/07
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2017/02/07
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/02/07
   CSL - Council Meeting
2017/01/19
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/01/19
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 549 votes to 87, with 33 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules.

Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council lays down the common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules.

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Quotas on outward processing traffic : taking account of the positive political developments between the Union and Belarus, the Regulation should repeal the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus, provided for in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) 2015/936, without prejudice to the Union’s ability to have recourse to quotas in the future should the human rights situation in Belarus seriously deteriorate.

According to the amended text, the removal of autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus implies that the quotas on outward processing traffic are no longer necessary . As a result, Article 4(2) and Chapter V of Regulation (EU) 2015/936, together with Annex V thereto should be deleted.

Delegated acts : Article 31 of the Regulation concerning the adoption of delegated acts has been amended accordingly.

The power to adopt delegated acts shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years (may be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration) from 20 February 2014. The European Parliament or the Council have the right to oppose the delegated act within a period of two months (extendable by four months) of notification of that act.

Human rights : in a new recital, Members stipulated that EU-Belarus relations shall be based on common values, in particular with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. It was also recalled that the human rights situation in Belarus remains of concern to the Union, in particular with regard to issues such as the death penalty, which should be abolished.

Documents
2016/10/20
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Hannu TAKKULA (ADLE, FI) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Quotas on outward processing traffic : the amended text stressed that the removal of the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus implies that the quotas on outward processing traffic are no longer necessary. However, Members stated that the logical consequence of the abolition of autonomous quotas on import of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus should be the deletion from Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of all provisions relating to quotas on outward processing traffic.

Human Rights : in a new recital, Members stated that EU-Belarus relations should be based on common values, especially with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law and it should be recalled that the human rights situation in the Republic of Belarus remains a concern to the Union, in particular issues such as the death penalty which should be abolished.

Documents
2016/10/13
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2016/10/13
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2016/09/19
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2016/09/19
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2016/08/29
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2016/03/14
   EP - TAKKULA Hannu (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2016/02/25
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2016/02/03
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishes common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules.

The release of the political prisoners on 22 August 2015 was an important step, which together with several positive initiatives undertaken by Belarus over the last two years contributed to the improvement of EU-Belarus relations.

The Commission considers that it is necessary to recognise the positive political developments between the European Union and Belarus and to further improve bilateral relations.

CONTENT: recognising the positive political developments in relations between the European Union and Belarus and in order to further improve bilateral relations, the Commission proposes to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus , also considering their limited use. To that effect, Annexes II and III of Regulation (EU) 2015/936 should be amended accordingly.

In addition, this opportunity will be seized to correct erroneous CN codes and to introduce the official names of the Republic of Belarus and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea according to the 2011 Interinstitutional Style Guide of the European Union, as well as to increase the period of validity of import authorisations from six to nine months in order to facilitate administrative procedures.

Documents

Votes

A8-0311/2016 - Hannu Takkula - Vote unique

2017/01/19 Outcome: +: 549, -: 87, 0: 33
DE IT PL ES GB RO BG FR CZ BE PT HU SK SE LT FI HR DK AT NL EL IE CY MT LV SI LU EE
Total
85
62
46
50
57
28
17
65
20
20
21
19
11
20
9
11
11
11
17
25
18
8
6
6
7
7
6
5
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197

Lithuania PPE

2

Finland PPE

For (1)

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
172

Lithuania S&D

1

Croatia S&D

2

Netherlands S&D

3

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Malta S&D

3

Latvia S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1
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63

Germany ALDE

2

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Romania ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2
icon: ECR ECR
62

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Slovakia ECR

2

Lithuania ECR

1
2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
35

Germany EFDD

Against (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

France EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

For (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
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43

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

4

Sweden GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Ireland GUE/NGL

Against (1)

2

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: NI NI
17

Germany NI

2

Italy NI

For (1)

1

Poland NI

1

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

France NI

3

Hungary NI

Abstain (1)

3
icon: ENF ENF
32

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

Poland ENF

For (1)

1

United Kingdom ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Romania ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Austria ENF

3

Netherlands ENF

4
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
47

Italy Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Latvia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1
AmendmentsDossier
12 2016/0029(COD)
2016/09/19 INTA 12 amendments...
source: 589.304

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  • date: 2016-02-03T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2016/0044/COM_COM(2016)0044(ANN)_EN.pdf title: COM(2016)0044 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2016&nu_doc=0044 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus. PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council. BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishes common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules. The release of the political prisoners on 22 August 2015 was an important step, which together with several positive initiatives undertaken by Belarus over the last two years contributed to the improvement of EU-Belarus relations. The Commission considers that it is necessary to recognise the positive political developments between the European Union and Belarus and to further improve bilateral relations. CONTENT: recognising the positive political developments in relations between the European Union and Belarus and in order to further improve bilateral relations, the Commission proposes to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus , also considering their limited use. To that effect, Annexes II and III of Regulation (EU) 2015/936 should be amended accordingly. In addition, this opportunity will be seized to correct erroneous CN codes and to introduce the official names of the Republic of Belarus and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea according to the 2011 Interinstitutional Style Guide of the European Union, as well as to increase the period of validity of import authorisations from six to nine months in order to facilitate administrative procedures.
  • date: 2016-02-25T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2016-10-20T00:00:00 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=A8-2016-0311&language=EN title: A8-0311/2016 summary: The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Hannu TAKKULA (ADLE, FI) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules. The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal as follows: Quotas on outward processing traffic : the amended text stressed that the removal of the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus implies that the quotas on outward processing traffic are no longer necessary. However, Members stated that the logical consequence of the abolition of autonomous quotas on import of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus should be the deletion from Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of all provisions relating to quotas on outward processing traffic. Human Rights : in a new recital, Members stated that EU-Belarus relations should be based on common values, especially with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law and it should be recalled that the human rights situation in the Republic of Belarus remains a concern to the Union, in particular issues such as the death penalty which should be abolished.
  • date: 2017-01-19T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=27744&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2017-01-19T00:00:00 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-2017-0006 title: T8-0006/2017 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 549 votes to 87, with 33 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules. Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council lays down the common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules. The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, amended the Commission proposal as follows: Quotas on outward processing traffic : taking account of the positive political developments between the Union and Belarus, the Regulation should repeal the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus, provided for in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) 2015/936, without prejudice to the Union’s ability to have recourse to quotas in the future should the human rights situation in Belarus seriously deteriorate. According to the amended text, the removal of autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus implies that the quotas on outward processing traffic are no longer necessary . As a result, Article 4(2) and Chapter V of Regulation (EU) 2015/936, together with Annex V thereto should be deleted. Delegated acts : Article 31 of the Regulation concerning the adoption of delegated acts has been amended accordingly. The power to adopt delegated acts shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years (may be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration) from 20 February 2014. The European Parliament or the Council have the right to oppose the delegated act within a period of two months (extendable by four months) of notification of that act. Human rights : in a new recital, Members stipulated that EU-Belarus relations shall be based on common values, in particular with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. It was also recalled that the human rights situation in Belarus remains of concern to the Union, in particular with regard to issues such as the death penalty, which should be abolished.
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  • date: 2017-03-03T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation (EU) 2017/354 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules. CONTENT: the Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 repeals quota restrictions on imports of textiles and clothing from Belarus . The Regulation follows the release of political prisoners in Belarus on 22 August 2015, together with several positive initiatives undertaken by Belarus over the last 2 years, such as resumption of the EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue, contributed to the improvement of relations between the Union and Belarus. The Regulations recalls that EU-Belarus relations should be based on common values, in particular with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law . However, the human rights situation in Belarus remains of concern to the Union, in particular with regard to issues such as the death penalty, which should be abolished. Accordingly, the adoption of the Regulation is without prejudice to the Union’s ability to have recourse to new quotas in the future should the human rights situation in Belarus seriously deteriorate. In order to facilitate administrative procedures, the Regulation extends the period of validity of import authorisations to nine months, instead of six. Article 31 of the Regulation on the adoption of delegated acts is amended: the power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission for a period of five years (which may be tacitly extended for periods of identical duration), from 20 February 2014. The European Parliament or the Council shall have the right to object to a delegated act within a period of two months (extendable for four months) from the notification of the act. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 23.3.2017. docs: title: Regulation 2017/354 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32017R0354 title: OJ L 057 03.03.2017, p. 0031 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2017:057:TOC
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  • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Hannu TAKKULA (ADLE, FI) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules.

    The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, following the ordinary legislative procedure, should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

    Quotas on outward processing traffic: the amended text stressed that the removal of the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus implies that the quotas on outward processing traffic are no longer necessary. However, Members stated that the logical consequence of the abolition of autonomous quotas on import of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus should be the deletion from Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of all provisions relating to quotas on outward processing traffic.

    Human Rights: in a new recital, Members stated that EU-Belarus relations should be based on common values, especially with regard to human rights, democracy and the rule of law and it should be recalled that the human rights situation in the Republic of Belarus remains a concern to the Union, in particular issues such as the death penalty which should be abolished.

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  • PURPOSE: to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus.

    PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) 2015/936 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishes common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules.

    The release of the political prisoners on 22 August 2015 was an important step, which together with several positive initiatives undertaken by Belarus over the last two years contributed to the improvement of EU-Belarus relations.

    The Commission considers that it is necessary to recognise the positive political developments between the European Union and Belarus and to further improve bilateral relations.

    CONTENT: recognising the positive political developments in relations between the European Union and Belarus and in order to further improve bilateral relations, the Commission proposes to abolish the autonomous quotas on imports of textiles and clothing originating in Belarus, also considering their limited use. To that effect, Annexes II and III of Regulation (EU) 2015/936 should be amended accordingly.

    In addition, this opportunity will be seized to correct erroneous CN codes and to introduce the official names of the Republic of Belarus and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea according to the 2011 Interinstitutional Style Guide of the European Union, as well as to increase the period of validity of import authorisations from six to nine months in order to facilitate administrative procedures.

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