2005/228/EC: Council Decision of 21 February 2005 on the signing and the provisional application of an agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus amending the Agreement between the European C

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18.3.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 72/18
COUNCIL DECISION
of 21 February 2005
on the signing and the provisional application of an agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus on trade in textile products
(2005/228/EC)
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 133 in conjunction with Article 300, paragraph 2, first sentence thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
Whereas:

(1)

The Commission has negotiated on behalf of the Community an agreement to extend for one year the existing Agreement and protocols on trade in textile products with the Republic of Belarus, with quantitative limits adjusted to take into account annual growth rates and Belarussian demand for some categories. This agreement should be applied on a provisional basis as of 1 January 2005, pending the completion of procedures required for its conclusion, subject to the reciprocal provisional application by the Republic of Belarus.

(2)

The Agreement should be signed,
HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:
Article 1
The President of the Council is hereby authorised to designate the person(s) empowered to sign on behalf of the Community the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus on trade in textile products, subject to its conclusion.
Article 2
Subject to reciprocity (1), the Agreement shall be applied on a provisional basis, pending the conclusion of the procedures for its formal conclusion, from 1 January 2005.
The text of the Agreement is attached to this Decision.
Article 3
1.   If Belarus fails to fulfil its obligations under paragraph 2.5 of the 1999 Agreement (2), the quota for 2005 shall be reduced to the levels applicable in 2004.
2.   The decision to implement paragraph 1 shall be taken in accordance with the procedures referred to in Article 17 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3030/93 of 12 October 1993 on common rules for imports of certain textile products from third countries (3).
Article 4
This Decision shall take effect the day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels, 21 February 2005.


For the Council


The President

J. ASSELBORN



(1)  The date from which provisional application will become effective will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, C series.

(2)  OJ L 336, 29.12.1999, p. 27.

(3)  OJ L 275, 8.11.1993, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2200/2004 (OJ L 374, 22.12.2004, p. 1).
AGREEMENT IN THE FORM OF AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS
between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus on trade in textile products
Sir,

1.

I have the honour to refer to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus on trade in textile products initialled on 1 April 1993, as last amended and extended by the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters initialled on 23 December 2003 (hereafter referred to as the Agreement).

2.

In view of the expiry of the Agreement on 31 December 2004 and in accordance with Article 19(1) of the Agreement, the European Community and the Republic of Belarus agree to extend the duration of the Agreement, for a further period of one year, subject to the following amendments and conditions:
2.1.

The text of Article 19(1), second and third sentences, of the Agreement shall be replaced by the following:
‘It shall be applicable until 31 December 2005.’

2.2.

Annex II which sets out the quantitative restrictions for exports from the Republic of Belarus to the European Community is replaced by Appendix 1 to this letter.

2.3.

The Annex to Protocol C which sets out the quantitative restrictions for exports from the Republic of Belarus to the European Community after OPT operations in the Republic of Belarus is replaced for the period of 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2005 by Appendix 2 to this letter.

2.4.

Imports into Belarus of textile and clothing products of European Community origin shall be subject in 2005 to custom duties not exceeding those provided for 2004 in Appendix 4 of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus initialled on 11 November 1999.
In the case of non-application of these rates the Community will have the right to reintroduce for the period of the agreement remaining unexpired on a pro rata basis the levels for quantitative restrictions applicable for 2004 as specified in the Exchange of Letters initialled on 23 December 2003.

3.

Should the Republic of Belarus become a Member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) before the date of the expiry of the Agreement, the Agreements and rules of the WTO shall be applied from the date of the Republic of Belarus’ accession to the WTO.

4.

I should be obliged if you could kindly confirm the acceptance of your Government of the foregoing. Should this be the case, this Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the day on which the Parties have notified each other that the legal procedures necessary to this end have been completed. In the meantime, it shall be applied provisionally from 1 January 2005 on the condition of reciprocity.
Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.


For the Council of the European Union



Appendix 1


‘ANNEX II

Belarus

Category

Unit

Quota as from 1 January 2005

Group IA

1

tonnes

1 585

2

tonnes

5 100

3

tonnes

233

Group IB

4

1 000 pieces

1 600

5

1 000 pieces

1 058

6

1 000 pieces

1 400

7

1 000 pieces

1 200

8

1 000 pieces

1 110

Group IIA

9

tonnes

363

20

tonnes

318

22

tonnes

498

23

tonnes

255

39

tonnes

230

Group IIB

12

1 000 pairs

5 958

13

1 000 pieces

2 651

15

1 000 pieces

1 500

16

1 000 pieces

186

21

1 000 pieces

889

24

1 000 pieces

803

26/27

1 000 pieces

1 069

29

1 000 pieces

450

73

1 000 pieces

315

83

tonnes

178

Group IIIA

33

tonnes

387

36

tonnes

1 242

37

tonnes

463

50

tonnes

196

Group IIIB

67

tonnes

339

74

1 000 pieces

361

90

tonnes

199

Group IV

115

tonnes

87

117

tonnes

1 800

118

tonnes

448’




Appendix 2


‘ANNEX TO PROTOCOL C

Category

Unit

As from 1 January 2005

4

1 000 pieces

4 733

5

1 000 pieces

6 599

6

1 000 pieces

8 800

7

1 000 pieces

6 605

8

1 000 pieces

2 249

12

1 000 pieces

4 446

13

1 000 pieces

697

15

1 000 pieces

3 858

16

1 000 pieces

786

21

1 000 pieces

2 567

24

1 000 pieces

661

26/27

1 000 pieces

3 215

29

1 000 pieces

1 304

73

1 000 pieces

4 998

83

tonnes

664

74

1 000 pieces

872’



Sir,
I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of … which reads as follows:


‘1.
I have the honour to refer to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus on trade in textile products initialled on 1 April 1993, as last amended and extended by the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters initialled on 23 December 2003 (hereafter referred to as the Agreement).
2.
In view of the expiry of the Agreement on 31 December 2004 and in accordance with Article 19(1) of the Agreement, the European Community and the Republic of Belarus agree to extend the duration of the Agreement, for a further period of one year, subject to the following amendments and conditions:
2.1.

The text of Article 19(1), second and third sentences, of the Agreement shall be replaced by the following:
‘It shall be applicable until 31 December 2005.’

2.2.

Annex II which sets out the quantitative restrictions for exports from the Republic of Belarus to the European Community is replaced by Appendix 1 to this letter.

2.3.

The Annex to Protocol C which sets out the quantitative restrictions for exports from the Republic of Belarus to the European Community after OPT operations in the Republic of Belarus is replaced for the period of 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2005 by Appendix 2 to this letter.

2.4.

Imports into Belarus of textile and clothing products of European Community origin shall be subject in 2005 to custom duties not exceeding those provided for 2004 in Appendix 4 of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus initialled on 11 November 1999.
In the case of non-application of these rates the Community will have the right to reintroduce for the period of the agreement remaining unexpired on a pro rata basis the levels for quantitative restrictions applicable for 2004 as specified in the Exchange of Letters initialled on 23 December 2003.

3.
Should the Republic of Belarus become a Member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) before the date of the expiry of the Agreement, the Agreements and rules of the WTO shall be applied from the date of the Republic of Belarus’ accession to the WTO.
4.
I should be obliged if you could kindly confirm the acceptance of your Government of the foregoing. Should this be the case, this Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the day on which the Parties have notified each other that the legal procedures necessary to this end have been completed. In the meantime, it shall be applied provisionally from 1 January 2005 on the condition of reciprocity.’
I have the honour to confirm that my Government is in agreement with the content of your letter.
Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.


For the Government of the Republic of Belarus