BETA


2017/0238(NLE) EU/Euratom/Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET TŐKÉS László (icon: PPE PPE) ZEMKE Janusz (icon: S&D S&D), TANNOCK Charles (icon: ECR ECR), KYUCHYUK Ilhan (icon: ALDE ALDE), SCHOLZ Helmut (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), MESZERICS Tamás (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), CASTALDO Fabio Massimo (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion INTA KATAINEN Elsi (icon: ALDE ALDE) David BORRELLI (icon: EFDD EFDD), Alessia Maria MOSCA (icon: S&D S&D)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 207, TFEU 209-p1, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p8-a2, TFEU 337

Events

2018/07/04
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/07/04
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted, by 573 votes to 50, with 45 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part.

Parliament gave its consent to the renewal of the agreement. It also adopted an own-initiative report containing a non-legislative motion for a resolution on the draft Council decision.

Documents
2018/07/03
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2018/05/17
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by László TŐKÉS (EPP, HU) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the agreement. It also adopted an own-initiative report containing a non-legislative motion for a resolution on the draft Council decision.

Documents
2018/05/16
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/03/22
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/03/13
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/12/11
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2017/10/24
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude a comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, 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: the comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part was signed, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

The Agreement constitutes an important step towards the increased political and economic involvement of the Union in the South Caucasus. By intensifying political dialogue and improving cooperation in a broad range of areas, it will provide the basis for more effective bilateral engagement with Armenia.

It is therefore appropriate to approve the agreement on behalf of the Union.

CONTENT: the draft Council decision aims to approve, on behalf of the Union, the comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the one hand, and Armenia.

The new agreement develops these areas further, thus providing a long-term basis for further developing EU-Armenia relations.

The agreement:

includes standard EU political clauses on human rights, the international criminal courts, weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and counterterrorism. It also contains provisions on cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, health, the environment, climate change, taxation, education and culture, employment and social affairs, banking and insurance, industrial policy, agriculture and rural development, tourism, research and innovation, and mining;

covers legal cooperation, the rule of law, combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and fighting organised crime and corruption; foresees that Armenia shall take steps to develop a well-functioning market economy and to gradually approximate its economic and financial regulations and policies to those of the European Union, as well as supporting Armenia in ensuring sound macroeconomic policies; contains a substantive trade title with important commitments in several trade policy areas. These will improve conditions for bilateral EU-Armenia trade, while taking full account of Armenia’s obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The agreement provides for a series of provisions on the procedures applicable to the protection of protected geographical indications .

The draft Council Decision stipulates that a name protected under the provisions of the agreement may be used by any operator marketing agricultural products, foodstuffs, wines, aromatised wines or spirits in accordance with the corresponding specification.

Member States and Union institutions shall enforce the protection provided for in the Agreement, regardless of whether they have been requested to do so by an interested party.

Documents
2017/10/11
   EP - KATAINEN Elsi (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2017/09/25
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/09/25
   ECHR - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2017/09/25
   CSL - Debate in Council
Documents
2017/09/25
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, Armenia, on the other.

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: relations between the European Union and Armenia are currently based on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part, which entered into force on 1 July 1999 for an initial ten-year period and which has been automatically renewed.

On 29 September 2015, the Council adopted Decisions authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a Framework Agreement between the EU and Armenia. The European Parliament has been kept promptly and fully informed throughout the negotiations.

The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part was signed on 24 November 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

The Council must adopt a decision concluding the Agreement after approval by the European Parliament.

CONTENT: the Joint Proposal of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is the legal instrument required for the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part.

The Agreement aims to strengthen political dialogue by creating an institutional framework and organising cooperation procedures between Armenia and the EU in a wide range of areas . It paves the way for a more effective bilateral relationship with Armenia and is an important step towards increased political and economic involvement of the European Union in the South Caucasus.

The Agreement:

includes the EU’s standard political clauses on human rights, the international criminal courts, weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and counterterrorism. It also contains provisions on cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, health, the environment, climate change, taxation, education and culture, employment and social affairs, banking and insurance, industrial policy, agriculture and rural development, tourism, research and innovation, and mining; covers legal cooperation, the rule of law, combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and fighting organised crime and corruption; foresees that Armenia shall take steps to develop a well-functioning market economy and to gradually approximate its economic and financial regulations and policies to those of the European Union, as well as supporting Armenia in ensuring sound macroeconomic policies; contains a substantive trade title with important commitments in several trade policy areas. These will improve conditions for bilateral EU-Armenia trade, while taking full account of Armenia’s obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. They will ensure a better regulatory environment for economic operators in areas such as trade in services and goods, setting up and running companies, capital movements, government procurement and intellectual property rights, sustainable development, and competition; creates a Subcommittee on Geographical Indications to be approved by the Commission on behalf of the European Union. Where interested parties cannot reach agreement following objections relating to a geographical indication, the Commission shall adopt such a position on the basis of the procedure laid down in Article 57 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

Although the Agreement is designed to bring Armenian law gradually closer to the EU acquis, it does not go as far as to establish an association between the EU and Armenia.

Documents
2017/09/25
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/02/01
   EP - TŐKÉS László (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET

Documents

Votes

A8-0177/2018 - László Tőkés - approbation 04/07/2018 11:51:09.000

2018/07/04 Outcome: +: 573, -: 50, 0: 45
DE IT PL ES RO GB BE FR BG HU CZ AT FI PT NL DK SK LT SE IE EL HR SI LV EE MT LU CY ??
Total
90
63
46
45
29
57
20
69
17
18
18
17
13
19
24
13
12
9
16
9
18
10
8
6
6
6
4
5
1
icon: PPE PPE
194

United Kingdom PPE

2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Lithuania PPE

1

Sweden PPE

2

Ireland PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

2
icon: S&D S&D
178

Netherlands S&D

3

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Croatia S&D

For (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
60
3

Romania ALDE

For (1)

1

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Portugal ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Estonia ALDE

3

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1
icon: ECR ECR
64

Italy ECR

2

Romania ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

1
2

Netherlands ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Sweden ECR

2

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
44

Italy GUE/NGL

2

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Czechia GUE/NGL

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

For (1)

4

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
46

Italy Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

1

Spain Verts/ALE

3

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Belgium Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

France Verts/ALE

For (1)

6

Hungary Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

For (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Croatia Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
35

Germany EFDD

For (1)

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
14

Germany NI

Against (1)

2

United Kingdom NI

Abstain (2)

2

France NI

Against (1)

1

Denmark NI

1

NI

For (1)

1
icon: ENF ENF
33

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

Poland ENF

2

Belgium ENF

For (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

4

History

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

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  • date: 2017-09-25T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3560*&MEET_DATE=25/09/2017 title: 3560
  • date: 2017-09-25T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=JOIN:2017:0037:FIN:EN:PDF title: JOIN(2017)0037 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, Armenia, on the other. 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: relations between the European Union and Armenia are currently based on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part, which entered into force on 1 July 1999 for an initial ten-year period and which has been automatically renewed. On 29 September 2015, the Council adopted Decisions authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a Framework Agreement between the EU and Armenia. The European Parliament has been kept promptly and fully informed throughout the negotiations. The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part was signed on 24 November 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date. The Council must adopt a decision concluding the Agreement after approval by the European Parliament. CONTENT: the Joint Proposal of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is the legal instrument required for the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part. The Agreement aims to strengthen political dialogue by creating an institutional framework and organising cooperation procedures between Armenia and the EU in a wide range of areas . It paves the way for a more effective bilateral relationship with Armenia and is an important step towards increased political and economic involvement of the European Union in the South Caucasus. The Agreement: includes the EU’s standard political clauses on human rights, the international criminal courts, weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and counterterrorism. It also contains provisions on cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, health, the environment, climate change, taxation, education and culture, employment and social affairs, banking and insurance, industrial policy, agriculture and rural development, tourism, research and innovation, and mining; covers legal cooperation, the rule of law, combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and fighting organised crime and corruption; foresees that Armenia shall take steps to develop a well-functioning market economy and to gradually approximate its economic and financial regulations and policies to those of the European Union, as well as supporting Armenia in ensuring sound macroeconomic policies; contains a substantive trade title with important commitments in several trade policy areas. These will improve conditions for bilateral EU-Armenia trade, while taking full account of Armenia’s obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. They will ensure a better regulatory environment for economic operators in areas such as trade in services and goods, setting up and running companies, capital movements, government procurement and intellectual property rights, sustainable development, and competition; creates a Subcommittee on Geographical Indications to be approved by the Commission on behalf of the European Union. Where interested parties cannot reach agreement following objections relating to a geographical indication, the Commission shall adopt such a position on the basis of the procedure laid down in Article 57 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs. Although the Agreement is designed to bring Armenian law gradually closer to the EU acquis, it does not go as far as to establish an association between the EU and Armenia.
  • date: 2017-10-24T00:00:00 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=12543%2F17&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 12543/2017 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude a comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, 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: the comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part was signed, subject to its conclusion at a later date. The Agreement constitutes an important step towards the increased political and economic involvement of the Union in the South Caucasus. By intensifying political dialogue and improving cooperation in a broad range of areas, it will provide the basis for more effective bilateral engagement with Armenia. It is therefore appropriate to approve the agreement on behalf of the Union. CONTENT: the draft Council decision aims to approve, on behalf of the Union, the comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the one hand, and Armenia. The new agreement develops these areas further, thus providing a long-term basis for further developing EU-Armenia relations. The agreement: includes standard EU political clauses on human rights, the international criminal courts, weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and counterterrorism. It also contains provisions on cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, health, the environment, climate change, taxation, education and culture, employment and social affairs, banking and insurance, industrial policy, agriculture and rural development, tourism, research and innovation, and mining; covers legal cooperation, the rule of law, combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and fighting organised crime and corruption; foresees that Armenia shall take steps to develop a well-functioning market economy and to gradually approximate its economic and financial regulations and policies to those of the European Union, as well as supporting Armenia in ensuring sound macroeconomic policies; contains a substantive trade title with important commitments in several trade policy areas. These will improve conditions for bilateral EU-Armenia trade, while taking full account of Armenia’s obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. The agreement provides for a series of provisions on the procedures applicable to the protection of protected geographical indications . The draft Council Decision stipulates that a name protected under the provisions of the agreement may be used by any operator marketing agricultural products, foodstuffs, wines, aromatised wines or spirits in accordance with the corresponding specification. Member States and Union institutions shall enforce the protection provided for in the Agreement, regardless of whether they have been requested to do so by an interested party.
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  • date: 2018-07-04T00:00:00 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-2018-0283 title: T8-0283/2018 summary: The European Parliament adopted, by 573 votes to 50, with 45 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part. Parliament gave its consent to the renewal of the agreement. It also adopted an own-initiative report containing a non-legislative motion for a resolution on the draft Council decision.
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    PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, Armenia, on the other.

    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: relations between the European Union and Armenia are currently based on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part, which entered into force on 1 July 1999 for an initial ten-year period and which has been automatically renewed.

    On 29 September 2015, the Council adopted Decisions authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a Framework Agreement between the EU and Armenia. The European Parliament has been kept promptly and fully informed throughout the negotiations.

    The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part was signed on 24 November 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

    The Council must adopt a decision concluding the Agreement after approval by the European Parliament.

    CONTENT: the Joint Proposal of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is the legal instrument required for the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part.

    The Agreement aims to strengthen political dialogue by creating an institutional framework and organising cooperation procedures between Armenia and the EU in a wide range of areas. It paves the way for a more effective bilateral relationship with Armenia and is an important step towards increased political and economic involvement of the European Union in the South Caucasus.

    The Agreement:

    • includes the EU’s standard political clauses on human rights, the international criminal courts, weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and counterterrorism. It also contains provisions on cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, health, the environment, climate change, taxation, education and culture, employment and social affairs, banking and insurance, industrial policy, agriculture and rural development, tourism, research and innovation, and mining;
    • covers legal cooperation, the rule of law, combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and fighting organised crime and corruption;
    • foresees that Armenia shall take steps to develop a well-functioning market economy and to gradually approximate its economic and financial regulations and policies to those of the European Union, as well as supporting Armenia in ensuring sound macroeconomic policies;
    • contains a substantive trade title with important commitments in several trade policy areas. These will improve conditions for bilateral EU-Armenia trade, while taking full account of Armenia’s obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. They will ensure a better regulatory environment for economic operators in areas such as trade in services and goods, setting up and running companies, capital movements, government procurement and intellectual property rights, sustainable development, and competition;
    • creates a Subcommittee on Geographical Indications to be approved by the Commission on behalf of the European Union. Where interested parties cannot reach agreement following objections relating to a geographical indication, the Commission shall adopt such a position on the basis of the procedure laid down in Article 57 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

    Although the Agreement is designed to bring Armenian law gradually closer to the EU acquis, it does not go as far as to establish an association between the EU and Armenia.

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    PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, Armenia, on the other.

    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: relations between the European Union and Armenia are currently based on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part, which entered into force on 1 July 1999 for an initial ten-year period and which has been automatically renewed.

    On 29 September 2015, the Council adopted Decisions authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a Framework Agreement between the EU and Armenia. The European Parliament has been kept promptly and fully informed throughout the negotiations.

    The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part was signed on 24 November 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

    The Council must adopt a decision concluding the Agreement after approval by the European Parliament.

    CONTENT: the Joint Proposal of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is the legal instrument required for the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part.

    The Agreement aims to strengthen political dialogue by creating an institutional framework and organising cooperation procedures between Armenia and the EU in a wide range of areas. It paves the way for a more effective bilateral relationship with Armenia and is an important step towards increased political and economic involvement of the European Union in the South Caucasus.

    The Agreement:

    • includes the EU’s standard political clauses on human rights, the international criminal courts, weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and counterterrorism. It also contains provisions on cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, health, the environment, climate change, taxation, education and culture, employment and social affairs, banking and insurance, industrial policy, agriculture and rural development, tourism, research and innovation, and mining;
    • covers legal cooperation, the rule of law, combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and fighting organised crime and corruption;
    • foresees that Armenia shall take steps to develop a well-functioning market economy and to gradually approximate its economic and financial regulations and policies to those of the European Union, as well as supporting Armenia in ensuring sound macroeconomic policies;
    • contains a substantive trade title with important commitments in several trade policy areas. These will improve conditions for bilateral EU-Armenia trade, while taking full account of Armenia’s obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. They will ensure a better regulatory environment for economic operators in areas such as trade in services and goods, setting up and running companies, capital movements, government procurement and intellectual property rights, sustainable development, and competition;
    • creates a Subcommittee on Geographical Indications to be approved by the Commission on behalf of the European Union. Where interested parties cannot reach agreement following objections relating to a geographical indication, the Commission shall adopt such a position on the basis of the procedure laid down in Article 57 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

    Although the Agreement is designed to bring Armenian law gradually closer to the EU acquis, it does not go as far as to establish an association between the EU and Armenia.

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    • PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, Armenia, on the other.

      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: relations between the European Union and Armenia are currently based on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part, which entered into force on 1 July 1999 for an initial ten-year period and which has been automatically renewed.

      On 29 September 2015, the Council adopted Decisions authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a Framework Agreement between the EU and Armenia. The European Parliament has been kept promptly and fully informed throughout the negotiations.

      The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part was signed on 24 November 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

      The Council must adopt a decision concluding the Agreement after approval by the European Parliament.

      CONTENT: the Joint Proposal of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is the legal instrument required for the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Armenia, of the other part.

      The Agreement aims to strengthen political dialogue by creating an institutional framework and organising cooperation procedures between Armenia and the EU in a wide range of areas. It paves the way for a more effective bilateral relationship with Armenia and is an important step towards increased political and economic involvement of the European Union in the South Caucasus.

      The Agreement:

      • includes the EU’s standard political clauses on human rights, the international criminal courts, weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and counterterrorism. It also contains provisions on cooperation in areas such as transport, energy, health, the environment, climate change, taxation, education and culture, employment and social affairs, banking and insurance, industrial policy, agriculture and rural development, tourism, research and innovation, and mining;
      • covers legal cooperation, the rule of law, combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and fighting organised crime and corruption;
      • foresees that Armenia shall take steps to develop a well-functioning market economy and to gradually approximate its economic and financial regulations and policies to those of the European Union, as well as supporting Armenia in ensuring sound macroeconomic policies;
      • contains a substantive trade title with important commitments in several trade policy areas. These will improve conditions for bilateral EU-Armenia trade, while taking full account of Armenia’s obligations as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. They will ensure a better regulatory environment for economic operators in areas such as trade in services and goods, setting up and running companies, capital movements, government procurement and intellectual property rights, sustainable development, and competition;
      • creates a Subcommittee on Geographical Indications to be approved by the Commission on behalf of the European Union. Where interested parties cannot reach agreement following objections relating to a geographical indication, the Commission shall adopt such a position on the basis of the procedure laid down in Article 57 of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

      Although the Agreement is designed to bring Armenian law gradually closer to the EU acquis, it does not go as far as to establish an association between the EU and Armenia.

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