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2016/0349(NLE) EU accession to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead INTA RUAS Fernando (icon: PPE PPE) JONGERIUS Agnes (icon: S&D S&D), TREMOSA I BALCELLS Ramon (icon: ALDE ALDE), HAUTALA Heidi (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion DEVE
Committee Opinion AGRI
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 207-p3, TFEU 207-p4, TFEU 218-p6

Events

2017/05/23
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to enable the European Union to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2017/876 concerning the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

BACKGROUND: The European Union is not a member of the ICAC, although it is already a member of several international commodity bodies.

In its conclusions of 27 April 2004, 27 May 2008 and 10 May 2010 on the EU Action Plan on agricultural commodity chains, dependence and poverty, on the EU-Africa Partnership in support of cotton sector development and on strengthening EU action in the area of commodities, the Council invited the Commission to consider EU accession to the ICAC.

On 16 September 2013 the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate on behalf of the Union its accession to the ICAC in accordance with Sections 1 and 2 of Article II of the ICCS Staff Regulations stating that it is in the interest of the Union to join the ICAC in view of the importance of cotton for the EU’s agricultural and industrial economy and trade businesses .

The Union should therefore accede to the ICAC.

CONTENT: With this Decision, the European Union accedes to the International Cotton Advisory Committee on behalf of the Union.

The statutory regulations of the ICAC are attached to the decision.

As a reminder, the EU produces cotton and has moved from being a net importer to being a net exporter from 2009.

In addition, the Union’s textile and clothing industry uses large quantities of cotton fabric. Cotton is also an important sector within the framework of European development cooperation, as the Union remains one of the main donors to the African cotton sector.

EU financial contribution: the Union will have to pay a quota in accordance with Article 2 (2) (a) (2) (c) of the Rules of Procedure of the ICAC.

The Union cannot be held liable for any current or future arrears in payment of members of the ICAC, whatever they may be.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: the decision enters into force on 24 May 2017.

2017/05/18
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2017/05/18
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/05/18
   CSL - Council Meeting
2017/05/16
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/05/16
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 617 votes to 57, with 5 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

As a reminder, the ICAC assists governments in promoting a sound and better informed world cotton economy by improving transparency in world cotton market, raising awareness for new challenges or problems, fostering international cooperation, gathering statistical data, providing technical information and forecasts.

Convinced that it is in the best interests of the EU as a whole to accede to the ICAC, Parliament gave its support EU accession to this International Body in order to give the Union an active role within the ICAC.

Parliament highlighted the issue of sustainability in the global cotton value chain in its resolution of 14 March 2013 and called on the Commission for enhanced market transparency measures to react to any possible cotton export restrictions or other actions leading to excessive price volatility and to ensure that the voices of European cotton growers, ginners, traders and researchers are heard.

Documents
2017/05/08
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Fernando RUAS (EPP, PT) on the draft Council decision on the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

As a reminder, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) assists governments in promoting a sound and better informed world cotton economy by improving transparency in world cotton market, raising awareness for new challenges or problems, fostering international cooperation, gathering statistical data, providing technical information and forecasts.

Convinced that it is in the best interests of the EU as a whole to accede to the ICAC, the committee urged the European Parliament to support EU accession to this international body in order to give the EU an active role in within the ICAC.

Members recalled that in Parliament’s resolution of 14 March 2013 on sustainability in the global cotton value chain, Parliament underlined the need work together through the ICAC in order drastically to minimise environmental degradation, including water footprints and the use of pesticides and insecticides.

Members also called on the Commission to improve transparency measures, in particular with a view to reacting to excessive price volatility and ensuring that the voices of European cotton growers, ginners, traders and researchers are heard.

They, therefore, called on Parliament to accede to the ICAC.

Documents
2017/05/04
   EP - Vote in committee
2017/03/02
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/02/13
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2017/01/23
   EP - RUAS Fernando (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2016/12/16
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

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 European Union is a member of a number of international commodity bodies, but it is not a member of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

On 27 April 2004, 27 May 2008 and 10 May 2010 the Council, in its Conclusions on the EU Action Plan on agricultural commodity chains, dependency and poverty, on the EU-Africa Partnership in support of cotton-sector development and on enhancing Union action in the area of commodities, respectively, invited the Commission to consider Union membership of the ICAC .

On 16 September 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, the accession of the Union to the ICAC, stating that membership of the ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union’s agricultural and industrial economy and trade businesses. Cotton is also an important area for European development cooperation, the Union remaining one of the main donors to the African cotton sector.

Therefore, the EU should therefore accede to the ICAC and this is the aim of this proposal.

CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called on to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee on behalf of the Union.

The Union will pay a contribution in accordance with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

For further details, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal from 15.11.2016 .

Documents
2016/11/15
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may only adopt the act if Parliament has approved it.

BACKGROUND: the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is the International Commodity Body (ICB) for cotton. Its mission is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy. ICAC acts as a statistical observer and brings together producing, consuming, and trading countries and all segments of the cotton industry. It has an overall facilitating role. To date, the ICAC is one of the few ICBs1 where the European Union is not a member, whereas nine Member States have been members of the ICAC in their own right (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain).

Membership of ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union's economy.

On various occasions (namely in its conclusions of 2004, 2008 and 2010), the Council of the European Union has requested the European Commission to consider EU membership of ICAC. It authorised the Commission in 2013 to negotiate, on behalf of the European Union and on the basis of negotiating directives, the accession of the Union to ICAC.

CONTENT: with this draft decision, the Council is called upon to permit the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Union. The Union will pay a contribution in line with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: ICAC membership is based on the payment of an annual contribution. It is calculated on an annual basis as a function of the number of ICAC's members (fixed part) and the volume of raw cotton traded by each member (variable part). A first contribution of maximum EUR 400 000 would be required, which will give the EU an appropriate influence in ICAC affairs and allow broad EU involvement in ICAC's activities.

Documents

Votes

A8-0187/2017 - Fernando Ruas - approbation #

2017/05/16 Outcome: +: 617, -: 57, 0: 5
DE IT ES PL RO FR GB BE HU NL CZ PT SE BG SK FI AT LT IE HR DK LV SI EL LU EE CY MT
Total
90
67
50
49
29
64
56
20
18
23
19
20
20
15
13
12
18
9
9
9
10
8
8
20
6
6
5
5
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Finland PPE

2
3

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

1

Malta PPE

2
icon: S&D S&D
172

Netherlands S&D

3

Lithuania S&D

1

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

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)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Malta S&D

3
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62

Romania ALDE

3

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Portugal ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

For (1)

1

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1

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For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

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3
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63

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2

Romania ECR

For (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

2

Czechia ECR

1

Bulgaria ECR

2
2

Lithuania ECR

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Denmark ECR

2

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

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Italy Verts/ALE

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1

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2

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

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1

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1
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46

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

2

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

4

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
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35

Germany EFDD

Against (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
15

Germany NI

For (1)

1

Poland NI

Against (1)

1

France NI

3

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

Against (2)

3

Hungary NI

2
icon: ENF ENF
35

Poland ENF

2

United Kingdom ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

3

Austria ENF

For (1)

4

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  • date: 2016-11-15T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2016/0712/COM_COM(2016)0712_EN.pdf title: COM(2016)0712 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2016&nu_doc=0712 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may only adopt the act if Parliament has approved it. BACKGROUND: the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is the International Commodity Body (ICB) for cotton. Its mission is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy. ICAC acts as a statistical observer and brings together producing, consuming, and trading countries and all segments of the cotton industry. It has an overall facilitating role. To date, the ICAC is one of the few ICBs1 where the European Union is not a member, whereas nine Member States have been members of the ICAC in their own right (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain). Membership of ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union's economy. On various occasions (namely in its conclusions of 2004, 2008 and 2010), the Council of the European Union has requested the European Commission to consider EU membership of ICAC. It authorised the Commission in 2013 to negotiate, on behalf of the European Union and on the basis of negotiating directives, the accession of the Union to ICAC. CONTENT: with this draft decision, the Council is called upon to permit the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Union. The Union will pay a contribution in line with the ICAC Rules and Regulations. BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: ICAC membership is based on the payment of an annual contribution. It is calculated on an annual basis as a function of the number of ICAC's members (fixed part) and the volume of raw cotton traded by each member (variable part). A first contribution of maximum EUR 400 000 would be required, which will give the EU an appropriate influence in ICAC affairs and allow broad EU involvement in ICAC's activities.
  • date: 2016-12-16T00:00:00 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=15540%2F16&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 15540/2016 summary: PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). 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 European Union is a member of a number of international commodity bodies, but it is not a member of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). On 27 April 2004, 27 May 2008 and 10 May 2010 the Council, in its Conclusions on the EU Action Plan on agricultural commodity chains, dependency and poverty, on the EU-Africa Partnership in support of cotton-sector development and on enhancing Union action in the area of commodities, respectively, invited the Commission to consider Union membership of the ICAC . On 16 September 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, the accession of the Union to the ICAC, stating that membership of the ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union’s agricultural and industrial economy and trade businesses. Cotton is also an important area for European development cooperation, the Union remaining one of the main donors to the African cotton sector. Therefore, the EU should therefore accede to the ICAC and this is the aim of this proposal. CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called on to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee on behalf of the Union. The Union will pay a contribution in accordance with the ICAC Rules and Regulations. For further details, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal from 15.11.2016 .
  • date: 2017-02-13T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2017-05-04T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2017-05-08T00:00:00 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=A8-2017-0187&language=EN title: A8-0187/2017 summary: The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Fernando RUAS (EPP, PT) on the draft Council decision on the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement. As a reminder, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) assists governments in promoting a sound and better informed world cotton economy by improving transparency in world cotton market, raising awareness for new challenges or problems, fostering international cooperation, gathering statistical data, providing technical information and forecasts. Convinced that it is in the best interests of the EU as a whole to accede to the ICAC, the committee urged the European Parliament to support EU accession to this international body in order to give the EU an active role in within the ICAC. Members recalled that in Parliament’s resolution of 14 March 2013 on sustainability in the global cotton value chain, Parliament underlined the need work together through the ICAC in order drastically to minimise environmental degradation, including water footprints and the use of pesticides and insecticides. Members also called on the Commission to improve transparency measures, in particular with a view to reacting to excessive price volatility and ensuring that the voices of European cotton growers, ginners, traders and researchers are heard. They, therefore, called on Parliament to accede to the ICAC.
  • date: 2017-05-16T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=29557&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2017-05-16T00:00:00 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-2017-0204 title: T8-0204/2017 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 617 votes to 57, with 5 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement. As a reminder, the ICAC assists governments in promoting a sound and better informed world cotton economy by improving transparency in world cotton market, raising awareness for new challenges or problems, fostering international cooperation, gathering statistical data, providing technical information and forecasts. Convinced that it is in the best interests of the EU as a whole to accede to the ICAC, Parliament gave its support EU accession to this International Body in order to give the Union an active role within the ICAC. Parliament highlighted the issue of sustainability in the global cotton value chain in its resolution of 14 March 2013 and called on the Commission for enhanced market transparency measures to react to any possible cotton export restrictions or other actions leading to excessive price volatility and to ensure that the voices of European cotton growers, ginners, traders and researchers are heard.
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  • date: 2017-05-23T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to enable the European Union to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2017/876 concerning the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). BACKGROUND: The European Union is not a member of the ICAC, although it is already a member of several international commodity bodies. In its conclusions of 27 April 2004, 27 May 2008 and 10 May 2010 on the EU Action Plan on agricultural commodity chains, dependence and poverty, on the EU-Africa Partnership in support of cotton sector development and on strengthening EU action in the area of commodities, the Council invited the Commission to consider EU accession to the ICAC. On 16 September 2013 the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate on behalf of the Union its accession to the ICAC in accordance with Sections 1 and 2 of Article II of the ICCS Staff Regulations stating that it is in the interest of the Union to join the ICAC in view of the importance of cotton for the EU’s agricultural and industrial economy and trade businesses . The Union should therefore accede to the ICAC. CONTENT: With this Decision, the European Union accedes to the International Cotton Advisory Committee on behalf of the Union. The statutory regulations of the ICAC are attached to the decision. As a reminder, the EU produces cotton and has moved from being a net importer to being a net exporter from 2009. In addition, the Union’s textile and clothing industry uses large quantities of cotton fabric. Cotton is also an important sector within the framework of European development cooperation, as the Union remains one of the main donors to the African cotton sector. EU financial contribution: the Union will have to pay a quota in accordance with Article 2 (2) (a) (2) (c) of the Rules of Procedure of the ICAC. The Union cannot be held liable for any current or future arrears in payment of members of the ICAC, whatever they may be. ENTRY INTO FORCE: the decision enters into force on 24 May 2017. docs: title: Decision 2017/876 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32017D0876 title: OJ L 134 23.05.2017, p. 0023 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2017:134:TOC
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    • The European Parliament adopted by 617 votes to 57, with 5 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

      The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

      As a reminder, the ICAC assists governments in promoting a sound and better informed world cotton economy by improving transparency in world cotton market, raising awareness for new challenges or problems, fostering international cooperation, gathering statistical data, providing technical information and forecasts.

      Convinced that it is in the best interests of the EU as a whole to accede to the ICAC, Parliament gave its support EU accession to this International Body in order to give the Union an active role within the ICAC.

      Parliament highlighted the issue of sustainability in the global cotton value chain in its resolution of 14 March 2013 and called on the Commission for enhanced market transparency measures to react to any possible cotton export restrictions or other actions leading to excessive price volatility and to ensure that the voices of European cotton growers, ginners, traders and researchers are heard.

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    • The Committee on International Trade adopted the report by Fernando RUAS (EPP, PT) on the draft Council decision on the accession of the European Union to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

      The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

      As a reminder, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) assists governments in promoting a sound and better informed world cotton economy by improving transparency in world cotton market, raising awareness for new challenges or problems, fostering international cooperation, gathering statistical data, providing technical information and forecasts.

      Convinced that it is in the best interests of the EU as a whole to accede to the ICAC, the committee urged the European Parliament to support EU accession to this international body in order to give the EU an active role in within the ICAC.

      Members recalled that in Parliament’s resolution of 14 March 2013 on sustainability in the global cotton value chain, Parliament underlined the need work together through the ICAC in order drastically to minimise environmental degradation, including water footprints and the use of pesticides and insecticides.

      Members also called on the Commission to improve transparency measures, in particular with a view to reacting to excessive price volatility and ensuring that the voices of European cotton growers, ginners, traders and researchers are heard.

      They, therefore, called on Parliament to accede to the ICAC.

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    • PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

      PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

      ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may only adopt the act if Parliament has approved it.

      BACKGROUND: the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is the International Commodity Body (ICB) for cotton. Its mission is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy. ICAC acts as a statistical observer and brings together producing, consuming, and trading countries and all segments of the cotton industry. It has an overall facilitating role. To date, the ICAC is one of the few ICBs1 where the European Union is not a member, whereas nine Member States have been members of the ICAC in their own right (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain).

      Membership of ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union's economy.

      On various occasions (namely in its conclusions of 2004, 2008 and 2010), the Council of the European Union has requested the European Commission to consider EU membership of ICAC. It authorised the Commission in 2013 to negotiate, on behalf of the European Union and on the basis of negotiating directives, the accession of the Union to ICAC.

      CONTENT: with this draft decision, the Council is called upon to permit the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Union. The Union will pay a contribution in line with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

      BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: ICAC membership is based on the payment of an annual contribution. It is calculated on an annual basis as a function of the number of ICAC's members (fixed part) and the volume of raw cotton traded by each member (variable part). A first contribution of maximum EUR 400 000 would be required, which will give the EU an appropriate influence in ICAC affairs and allow broad EU involvement in ICAC's activities.

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    PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

    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 European Union is a member of a number of international commodity bodies, but it is not a member of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

    On 27 April 2004, 27 May 2008 and 10 May 2010 the Council, in its Conclusions on the EU Action Plan on agricultural commodity chains, dependency and poverty, on the EU-Africa Partnership in support of cotton-sector development and on enhancing Union action in the area of commodities, respectively, invited the Commission to consider Union membership of the ICAC.

    On 16 September 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, the accession of the Union to the ICAC, stating that membership of the ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union’s agricultural and industrial economy and trade businesses. Cotton is also an important area for European development cooperation, the Union remaining one of the main donors to the African cotton sector.

    Therefore, the EU should therefore accede to the ICAC and this is the aim of this proposal.

    CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called on to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee on behalf of the Union.

    The Union will pay a contribution in accordance with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

    For further details, please refer to the summary of the initial legislative Commission proposal from 15.11.2016.

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    PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

    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 European Union is a member of a number of international commodity bodies, but it is not a member of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

    On 27 April 2004, 27 May 2008 and 10 May 2010 the Council, in its Conclusions on the EU Action Plan on agricultural commodity chains, dependency and poverty, on the EU-Africa Partnership in support of cotton-sector development and on enhancing Union action in the area of commodities, respectively, invited the Commission to consider Union membership of the ICAC.

    On 16 September 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, the accession of the Union to the ICAC, stating that membership of the ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union’s agricultural and industrial economy and trade businesses. Cotton is also an important area for European development cooperation, the Union remaining one of the main donors to the African cotton sector.

    Therefore, the EU should therefore accede to the ICAC and this is the aim of this proposal.

    CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called on to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee on behalf of the Union.

    The Union will pay a contribution in accordance with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

    For further details, please refer to the summary of the Commission’s initial legislative proposal from 15.11.2016.

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    • PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

      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 European Union is a member of a number of international commodity bodies, but it is not a member of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

      On 27 April 2004, 27 May 2008 and 10 May 2010 the Council, in its Conclusions on the EU Action Plan on agricultural commodity chains, dependency and poverty, on the EU-Africa Partnership in support of cotton-sector development and on enhancing Union action in the area of commodities, respectively, invited the Commission to consider Union membership of the ICAC.

      On 16 September 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, the accession of the Union to the ICAC, stating that membership of the ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union’s agricultural and industrial economy and trade businesses. Cotton is also an important area for European development cooperation, the Union remaining one of the main donors to the African cotton sector.

      Therefore, the EU should therefore accede to the ICAC and this is the aim of this proposal.

      CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called on to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee on behalf of the Union.

      The Union will pay a contribution in accordance with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

      For further details, please refer to the summary of the initial legislative Commission proposal from 15.11.2016.

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    • PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

      PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

      ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may only adopt the act if Parliament has approved it.

      BACKGROUND: the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is the International Commodity Body (ICB) for cotton. Its mission is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy. ICAC acts as a statistical observer and brings together producing, consuming, and trading countries and all segments of the cotton industry. It has an overall facilitating role. To date, the ICAC is one of the few ICBs1 where the European Union is not a member, whereas nine Member States have been members of the ICAC in their own right (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain).

      Membership of ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union's economy.

      On various occasions (namely in its conclusions of 2004, 2008 and 2010), the Council of the European Union has requested the European Commission to consider EU membership of ICAC. It authorised the Commission in 2013 to negotiate, on behalf of the European Union and on the basis of negotiating directives, the accession of the Union to ICAC.

      CONTENT: with this draft decision, the Council is called upon to permit the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Union. The Union will pay a contribution in line with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

      BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: ICAC membership is based on the payment of an annual contribution. It is calculated on an annual basis as a function of the number of ICAC's members (fixed part) and the volume of raw cotton traded by each member (variable part). A first contribution of maximum EUR 400 000 would be required, which will give the EU an appropriate influence in ICAC affairs and allow broad EU involvement in ICAC's activities.

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    • PURPOSE: to allow the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).

      PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

      ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council may only adopt the act if Parliament has approved it.

      BACKGROUND: the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is the International Commodity Body (ICB) for cotton. Its mission is to assist governments in fostering a healthy world cotton economy. ICAC acts as a statistical observer and brings together producing, consuming, and trading countries and all segments of the cotton industry. It has an overall facilitating role. To date, the ICAC is one of the few ICBs1 where the European Union is not a member, whereas nine Member States have been members of the ICAC in their own right (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain).

      Membership of ICAC is in the interest of the Union, owing to the significance of cotton to the Union's economy.

      On various occasions (namely in its conclusions of 2004, 2008 and 2010), the Council of the European Union has requested the European Commission to consider EU membership of ICAC. It authorised the Commission in 2013 to negotiate, on behalf of the European Union and on the basis of negotiating directives, the accession of the Union to ICAC.

      CONTENT: with this draft decision, the Council is called upon to permit the EU to accede to the International Cotton Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Union. The Union will pay a contribution in line with the ICAC Rules and Regulations.

      BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: ICAC membership is based on the payment of an annual contribution. It is calculated on an annual basis as a function of the number of ICAC's members (fixed part) and the volume of raw cotton traded by each member (variable part). A first contribution of maximum EUR 400 000 would be required, which will give the EU an appropriate influence in ICAC affairs and allow broad EU involvement in ICAC's activities.

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      EU accession to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
      legal_basis
      stage_reached
      Preparatory phase in Parliament
      subtype
      Consent by Parliament
      type
      NLE - Non-legislative enactments
      subject