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2018/0122(NLE) EU/Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement

Progress: Procedure completed, awaiting publication in Official Journal

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET PETERLE Alojz (icon: PPE PPE) MARTIN David (icon: S&D S&D), BELDER Bas (icon: ECR ECR), VAUTMANS Hilde (icon: ALDE ALDE), SCHOLZ Helmut (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), BUCHNER Klaus (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), CASTALDO Fabio Massimo (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 212, TFEU 218-p8-a2, TFEU 337

Events

2018/12/20
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2018/12/20
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2018/12/20
   CSL - Council Meeting
2018/12/12
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/12/12
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 474 votes to 152, with 40 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part.

The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the agreement, which aims to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on a wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.

In parallel, it adopted a non-legislative resolution on the draft decision.

Documents
2018/12/11
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2018/11/23
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Alojz PETERLE (EPP, SI) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part.

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

The purpose of the agreement is to strengthen the overall partnership between the Parties by promoting political and sectoral cooperation and joint actions on issues of common interest, including regional and global challenges. The agreement will contribute to the promotion of shared values and principles, in particular democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. It will serve as a platform for closer cooperation and dialogue on a wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.

Documents
2018/11/21
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/10/23
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/10/09
   EP - PETERLE Alojz (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET
2018/10/01
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2018/10/01
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/09/18
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

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

BACKGROUND: the EU and Japan have a history of extensive political, economic and sectoral cooperation, which has evolved with time. Building on shared fundamental values, the EU established a Strategic Partnership with Japan in 2001.

On 29 November 2012, the Council adopted a Decision authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a framework agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. The negotiations began in April 2013 and were concluded in April 2018.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, on the other hand subject to its conclusion at a later date, must now be approved.

CONTENT: the draft Council decision aims to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part.

The Agreement aims to:

strengthen the overall partnership by promoting political and sectoral cooperation and joint actions on issues of common interest, including on regional and global challenges; provide a legal foundation for improving bilateral cooperation and cooperation in international and regional organisations and fora. It will help promote shared values and principles, in particular democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms; serve as a platform for closer cooperation and dialogue across a broad range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues . It strengthens political, economic and sectoral cooperation across a wide spectrum of policy fields, such as climate change, research and innovation, maritime affairs, education, culture, migration, counter-terrorism and the fight against organised crime and cybercrime.

In addition, the Agreement:

restates the Parties’ commitment to safeguard international peace and security by preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and by taking measures to deal with the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons; establishes a Joint Committee with the objective of coordinating the overall partnership which is built upon the Agreement. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy shall co-chair the Joint Committee; provides for the possibility of suspending its application if there is a violation of essential elements of the Agreement, i.e. the human rights clause and the non-proliferation clause.

Documents
2018/06/12
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2018/04/27
   ECHR - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2018/04/27
   EC - Initial legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and Japan.

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 EU and Japan have a history of extensive political, economic and sectoral cooperation, which has evolved with time. Building on shared fundamental values, the EU established a Strategic Partnership with Japan in 2001.

On 29 November 2012, the Council adopted a Decision authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a framework agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. These negotiations began in April 2013 and were concluded in April 2018.

Following the adoption of the Council Decision on the signing and provisional application of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, the Agreement was signed.

The High Representative and the Commission considered that the objectives set by the Council in its directives on the negotiation of the Agreement have been met and that the Agreement can be submitted for conclusion.

The present joint proposal concerns the legal instrument concluding the Agreement.

CONTENT: this draft Council Decision seeks to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part.

This Agreement is the first-ever bilateral framework agreement between the EU and Japan. It will provide a legal foundation for improving bilateral cooperation and cooperation in international and regional organisations and fora.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement are part of one negotiating context and have a clear legal link. Together, they are expected to provide tangible benefits and opportunities to the people of the EU and Japan.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement aims to strengthen political, economic and sectoral cooperation across a wide spectrum of policy fields, such as climate change, research and innovation, maritime affairs, education, culture, migration, counter-terrorism and the fight against organised crime and cybercrime.

A Joint Committee shall be established with the objective of coordinating the overall partnership which is built upon this Agreement.

Documents

Documents

Votes

A8-0383/2018 - Alojz Peterle - Approbation 12/12/2018 13:15:21.000

2018/12/12 Outcome: +: 535, -: 84, 0: 45
DE IT PL ES RO HU BG CZ BE AT SE FI PT NL LT GB HR DK EL SK FR SI LU EE LV MT CY IE ??
Total
90
59
44
48
28
20
17
20
19
17
14
13
18
20
10
63
10
12
20
11
65
7
6
6
6
6
6
8
1
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196

Belgium PPE

4

United Kingdom PPE

1

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Latvia PPE

2

Cyprus PPE

1

Ireland PPE

Against (1)

4
icon: S&D S&D
169

Belgium S&D

3

Netherlands S&D

3

Lithuania S&D

1

Croatia S&D

2

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Malta S&D

3

Cyprus S&D

2
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60

Germany ALDE

Against (1)

4

Romania ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Sweden ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Denmark ALDE

2

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3

Latvia ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

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1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
45

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Netherlands Verts/ALE

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

France Verts/ALE

5

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1
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68

Italy ECR

Against (1)

3

Romania ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Czechia ECR

2

Sweden ECR

2
2

Netherlands ECR

2

Lithuania ECR

1

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Greece ECR

Against (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

1
icon: NI NI
18

Germany NI

Abstain (1)

2

Hungary NI

2

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Denmark NI

1

France NI

2

NI

For (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
36

Germany EFDD

Abstain (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

Lithuania EFDD

For (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
42

Italy GUE/NGL

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2

Sweden GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

3

Netherlands GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Ireland GUE/NGL

Abstain (1)

3
icon: ENF ENF
30

Germany ENF

Against (1)

1

Poland ENF

Against (1)

1

Belgium ENF

Against (1)

1

Austria ENF

4

Netherlands ENF

3

History

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

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  • date: 2018-06-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=8463%2F18&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 08463/2018 type: Document attached to the procedure body: CSL
  • date: 2018-10-23T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE628.680 title: PE628.680 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2018-10-01T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/JOIN(2018)0010 title: JOIN(2018)0010 type: Contribution body: PT_PARLIAMENT
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  • date: 2018-04-27T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=JOIN:2018:0011:FIN:EN:PDF title: JOIN(2018)0011 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and Japan. 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 EU and Japan have a history of extensive political, economic and sectoral cooperation, which has evolved with time. Building on shared fundamental values, the EU established a Strategic Partnership with Japan in 2001. On 29 November 2012, the Council adopted a Decision authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a framework agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. These negotiations began in April 2013 and were concluded in April 2018. Following the adoption of the Council Decision on the signing and provisional application of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, the Agreement was signed. The High Representative and the Commission considered that the objectives set by the Council in its directives on the negotiation of the Agreement have been met and that the Agreement can be submitted for conclusion. The present joint proposal concerns the legal instrument concluding the Agreement. CONTENT: this draft Council Decision seeks to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. This Agreement is the first-ever bilateral framework agreement between the EU and Japan. It will provide a legal foundation for improving bilateral cooperation and cooperation in international and regional organisations and fora. The Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement are part of one negotiating context and have a clear legal link. Together, they are expected to provide tangible benefits and opportunities to the people of the EU and Japan. The Strategic Partnership Agreement aims to strengthen political, economic and sectoral cooperation across a wide spectrum of policy fields, such as climate change, research and innovation, maritime affairs, education, culture, migration, counter-terrorism and the fight against organised crime and cybercrime. A Joint Committee shall be established with the objective of coordinating the overall partnership which is built upon this Agreement.
  • date: 2018-09-18T00:00:00 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=8462%2F18&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 08462/2018 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude, on behalf of the European Union, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council can adopt the act only if the European Parliament has approved it. BACKGROUND: the EU and Japan have a history of extensive political, economic and sectoral cooperation, which has evolved with time. Building on shared fundamental values, the EU established a Strategic Partnership with Japan in 2001. On 29 November 2012, the Council adopted a Decision authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a framework agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. The negotiations began in April 2013 and were concluded in April 2018. The Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, on the other hand subject to its conclusion at a later date, must now be approved. CONTENT: the draft Council decision aims to approve, on behalf of the European Union, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. The Agreement aims to: strengthen the overall partnership by promoting political and sectoral cooperation and joint actions on issues of common interest, including on regional and global challenges; provide a legal foundation for improving bilateral cooperation and cooperation in international and regional organisations and fora. It will help promote shared values and principles, in particular democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms; serve as a platform for closer cooperation and dialogue across a broad range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues . It strengthens political, economic and sectoral cooperation across a wide spectrum of policy fields, such as climate change, research and innovation, maritime affairs, education, culture, migration, counter-terrorism and the fight against organised crime and cybercrime. In addition, the Agreement: restates the Parties’ commitment to safeguard international peace and security by preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and by taking measures to deal with the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons; establishes a Joint Committee with the objective of coordinating the overall partnership which is built upon the Agreement. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy shall co-chair the Joint Committee; provides for the possibility of suspending its application if there is a violation of essential elements of the Agreement, i.e. the human rights clause and the non-proliferation clause.
  • date: 2018-10-01T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2018-11-21T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2018-11-23T00:00:00 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=A8-2018-0383&language=EN title: A8-0383/2018 summary: The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report by Alojz PETERLE (EPP, SI) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. The committee recommended that the European Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the agreement. The purpose of the agreement is to strengthen the overall partnership between the Parties by promoting political and sectoral cooperation and joint actions on issues of common interest, including regional and global challenges. The agreement will contribute to the promotion of shared values and principles, in particular democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. It will serve as a platform for closer cooperation and dialogue on a wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.
  • date: 2018-12-11T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20181211&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2018-12-12T00:00:00 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-2018-0506 title: T8-0506/2018 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 474 votes to 152, with 40 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the agreement, which aims to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on a wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. In parallel, it adopted a non-legislative resolution on the draft decision.
  • date: 2018-12-20T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament body: EP/CSL
  • date: 2018-12-20T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
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    • PURPOSE: to conclude the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and Japan.

      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 EU and Japan have a history of extensive political, economic and sectoral cooperation, which has evolved with time. Building on shared fundamental values, the EU established a Strategic Partnership with Japan in 2001.

      On 29 November 2012, the Council adopted a Decision authorising the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to negotiate a framework agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part. These negotiations began in April 2013 and were concluded in April 2018.

      Following the adoption of the Council Decision on the signing and provisional application of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, the Agreement was signed.

      The High Representative and the Commission considered that the objectives set by the Council in its directives on the negotiation of the Agreement have been met and that the Agreement can be submitted for conclusion.

      The present joint proposal concerns the legal instrument concluding the Agreement.

      CONTENT: this draft Council Decision seeks to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Japan, of the other part.

      This Agreement is the first-ever bilateral framework agreement between the EU and Japan. It will provide a legal foundation for improving bilateral cooperation and cooperation in international and regional organisations and fora.

      The Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement are part of one negotiating context and have a clear legal link. Together, they are expected to provide tangible benefits and opportunities to the people of the EU and Japan.

      The Strategic Partnership Agreement aims to strengthen political, economic and sectoral cooperation across a wide spectrum of policy fields, such as climate change, research and innovation, maritime affairs, education, culture, migration, counter-terrorism and the fight against organised crime and cybercrime.

      A Joint Committee shall be established with the objective of coordinating the overall partnership which is built upon this Agreement.

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