2005/721/EC: Council Decision of 25 April 2005 on the signing and provisional application of a Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Repu


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21.10.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 278/2

COUNCIL DECISION

of 25 April 2005
on the signing and provisional application of a Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic to the European Union
(2005/721/EC)
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 310 in conjunction with the second phrase of first subparagraph of Article 300(2) thereof,
Having regard to the 2003 Act of Accession, and in particular Article 6(2) thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
Whereas:

(1)

On 10 February 2004, the Council authorised the Commission, on behalf of the Community and its Member States, to open negotiations with the Republic of Tunisia with a view to adjusting the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part (1), to take account of the accession of the new Member States to the European Union.

(2)

These negotiations have been concluded to the satisfaction of the Commission.

(3)

The Protocol negotiated with the Republic of Tunisia provides, in Article 12(2), for the provisional application of the Protocol before its entry into force.

(4)

Subject to its conclusion, the Protocol should be signed on behalf of the Community and applied provisionally,
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 and its Member States, the Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia, and the Slovak Republic to the European Union.
The text of the Protocol is attached to this Decision.
Article 2
The Protocol referred to in Article 1 shall be applied provisionally from 1 May 2004, subject to its conclusion.

Done at Luxembourg, 25 April 2005.


For the Council


The President

J. ASSELBORN




(1)  OJ L 97, 30.3.1998, p. 2.


PROTOCOL

to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia,the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia, and the Slovak Republic to the European Union
THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM,
THE CZECH REPUBLIC,
THE KINGDOM OF DENMARK,
THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY,
THE REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA,
THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC,
THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN,
THE FRENCH REPUBLIC,
IRELAND,
THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC,
THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS,
THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA,
THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA,
THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG,
THE REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY,
THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA,
THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS,
THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA,
THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND,
THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC,
THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA,
THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVAKIA,
THE REPUBLIC OF FINLAND,
THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN,
THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND,
hereinafter referred to as ‘EC Member States’, represented by the Council of the European Union, and
THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY,
hereinafter referred to as ‘the Community’, represented by the Council of the European Union and the Commission of the European Communities, of the one part, and
THE REPUBLIC OF TUNISIA, hereinafter referred to as ‘Tunisia’, of the other part,
CONSIDERING THAT the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, hereinafter referred to as ‘the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement’, was signed in Brussels on 17 July 1995 and entered into force on 1 March 1998.
CONSIDERING THAT the Treaty concerning the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic to the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the Treaty of Accession) was signed in Athens on 16 April 2003 and entered into force on 1 May 2004.
CONSIDERING THAT, pursuant to Article 6(2) of the 2003 Act of Accession, the accession of the new Contracting Parties to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement shall be agreed by the conclusion of a Protocol to that Agreement.
CONSIDERING THAT consultations pursuant to Article 23(2) of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement have taken place in order to ensure that account has been taken of the mutual interests of the Community and Tunisia,
HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
Article 1
The Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic hereby become Contracting Parties to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, and shall respectively adopt and take note, in the same way as the other Member States of the Community, of the texts of the Agreement, and of the Joint Declarations, Unilateral Declarations and Exchanges of Letters.
Article 2
To take account of recent institutional developments within the European Union, the Parties agree that, following expiry of the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, existing provisions in the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement referring to the European Coal and Steel Community shall be deemed to refer to the European Community, which has taken over all rights and obligations contracted by the European Coal and Steel Community.
CHAPTER I
AMENDMENTS TO THE TEXT OF THE EURO-MEDITERRANEAN AGREEMENT, INCLUDING ITS PROTOCOLS
Article 3
Agricultural products
1.   In Article 3 of Protocol No 1, paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be replaced by the following:

‘1.   Imports of untreated olive oil falling within CN codes 1509 10 10 and 1509 10 90, wholly obtained in Tunisia and transported direct from Tunisia to the Community, shall be allowed to enter the Community at a zero rate of duty from 1 January 2001, up to a maximum of 50 000 tonnes. An annual quantity of 700 tonnes shall be added as of 1 May 2004.
2.   Starting on 1 January 2002, this quantity shall be increased annually by 1 500 tonnes over four years, with a view to achieving an annual quantity of 56 700 tonnes from 1 January 2005.’

2.   In the table annexed to Protocol No 1 concerning the arrangements applicable to imports into the Community of agricultural products originating in Tunisia, the line concerning the concession for products falling under CN code 1509 10 shall be replaced by the following:


‘CN code
Description
Rate of reduction of MFN customs duty (%)
Annual tariff quotas or for the indicated period (tons net weight)
Rate of reduction of MFN customs duty in addition to existing tariff quotas ( %)
Specific provisions
1509 10
Olive oil and its fractions, virgin
100
50 000 + 700

Article 3(2)’
Article 4
Rules of origin
Protocol No 4 shall be amended as follows:

1.
Article 19(4) shall be replaced by the following:
‘4.   Movement certificates EUR.1 issued retrospectively must be endorsed with one of the following phrases:
ES

“EXPEDIDO A POSTERIORI”

CS

“VYSTAVENO DODATEČNĚ”

DA

“UDSTEDT EFTERFØLGENDE”

DE

“NACHTRÄGLICH AUSGESTELLT”

ET

“VÄLJA ANTUD TAGASIULATUVALT”

EL

“ΕΚΔΟΘΕΝ ΕΚ ΤΩΝ ΥΣΤΕΡΩΝ”

EN

“ISSUED RETROSPECTIVELY”

FR

“DÉLIVRÉ À POSTERIORI”

IT

“RILASCIATO A POSTERIORI”

LV

“IZSNIEGTS RETROSPEKTĪVI”

LT

“RETROSPEKTYVUSIS IŠDAVIMAS”

HU

“KIADVA VISSZAMENŐLEGES HATÁLLYAL”

MT

“MAĦRUĠ RETROSPETTIVAMENT”

NL

“AFGEGEVEN A POSTERIORI”

PL

“WYSTAWIONE RETROSPEKTYWNIE”

PT

“EMITIDO A POSTERIORI”

SL

“IZDANO NAKNADNO”

SK

“VYDANÉ DODATOČNE”

FI

“ANNETTU JÄLKIKÄTEEN”

SV

“UTFÄRDAT I EFTERHAND”

AR


2.
Article 20(2) shall be replaced by the following:
‘2.   The duplicate issued in this way must be endorsed with one of the following words:
ES

“DUPLICADO”

CS

“DUPLIKÁT”

DA

“DUPLIKÁT”

DE

“DUPLIKAT”

ET

“DUPLIKAAT”

EL

“ΑΝΤΙΓΡΑΦΟ”

EN

“DUPLICATE”

FR

“DUPLICATA”

IT

“DUPLICATO”

LV

“DUBLIKĀTS”

LT

“DUBLIKATAS”

HU

“MÁSODLAT”

MT

“DUPLIKAT”

NL

“DUPLICAAT”

PL

“DUPLIKAT”

PT

“SEGUNDA VIA”

SL

“DVOJNIK”

SK

“DUPLIKÁT”

FI

“KAKSOISKAPPALE”

SV

“DUPLIKAT”

AR


3.
Article 22(4) shall be replaced by the following:
‘4.   In the cases referred to in paragraph 3(a), one of the following phrases shall be entered in the “Remarks” box of the EUR.1 movement certificate:
 

“PROCEDIMIENTO SIMPLIFICADO”, “FORENKLET PROCEDURE”, “VEREINFACHTES VERFAHREN”, “ΑΠΛΟΥΣΤΕΥΜΕΝΗ ΔΙΑΔΙΚΑΣΙΑ”, “SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE”, “PROCÉDURE SIMPLIFIÉE”, “PROCEDURA SEMPLIFICATA”, “VEREENVOUDIGDE PROCEDURE”, “PROCEDIMENTO SIMPLIFICADO”, “YKSINKERTAISTETTU MENETTELY”, “FÖRENKLAT FÖRFARANDE”, “ZJEDNODUŠENÝ POSTUP-ČLÁNEK”, “LIHTSUSTATUD TOLLIPROTSEDUUR”, “VIENKĀRŠOTA PROCEDŪRA”, “SUPAPRASTINTA PROCEDURA”, “EGYSZERŰSÍTETT ELJÁRÁS”, “PROCEDURA SIMPLIFIKATA”, “PROCEDURA UPROSZCZONA”, “POENOSTAVLJEN POSTOPEK”, “ZJEDNODUŠENÝ POSTUP”, ’
Article 5
Presidency of the Association Committee
Article 82(3) shall be replaced by the following:

‘3.   The Association Committee shall be chaired in turn by a representative of the Commission of the European Communities and by a representative of the Government of the Republic of Tunisia.’

CHAPTER II
TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
Article 6
Proofs of origin and administrative cooperation
1.   By this Protocol, proofs of origin properly issued by either Tunisia or a new Member State under preferential agreements or autonomous arrangements applied between them shall be accepted in the respective countries, provided that:

(a)
the acquisition of such origin confers preferential tariff treatment on the basis of either the preferential tariff measures contained in the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement or in the Community scheme of generalised tariff preferences;
(b)
the proof of origin and the transport documents were issued no later than the day before the date of accession;
(c)
the proof of origin is submitted to the customs authorities within a period of four months from the date of accession.
Where goods were declared for importation in either Tunisia or a new Member State, prior to the date of accession, under preferential agreements or autonomous arrangements applied between Tunisia and that new Member State at that time, proof of origin issued retrospectively under those agreements or arrangements may also be accepted provided that it is submitted to the customs authorities within a period of four months from the date of accession.
2.   Tunisia and the new Member States are entitled to retain the authorisations granting the status of ‘approved exporters’ under preferential agreements or autonomous arrangements applied between them, provided that:

(a)
such a provision is also included in the Agreement concluded between Tunisia and the Community concluded prior to the date of accession;
(b)
the approved exporter applies the rules of origin in force under that Agreement.
These authorisations shall be replaced, no later than one year after the date of accession, by new authorisations issued under the conditions of the Agreement.
3.   Requests for subsequent verification of proof of origin issued under the preferential agreements or autonomous arrangements referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be accepted by the competent customs authorities of either Tunisia or the new Member States for a period of three years after the issue of the proof of origin concerned and may be made by those authorities for a period of three years after acceptance of the proof of origin submitted to those authorities in support of an import declaration.
Article 7
Goods in transit
1.   The provisions of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement may be applied to goods exported from either Tunisia to one of the new Member States or from one of the new Member States to Tunisia, which comply with the provisions of Protocol No 4 and which on the date of accession are either en route or in temporary storage, in a customs warehouse or in a free zone in Tunisia or in that new Member State.
2.   Preferential treatment may be granted in such cases, subject to the submission to the customs authorities of the importing country, within four months from the date of accession, of a proof of origin issued retrospectively by the customs authorities of the exporting country.
CHAPTER III
GENERAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS
Article 8
By this Protocol, Tunisia undertakes not to submit any claim, request or referral and not to modify or withdraw any concession pursuant to GATT Articles XXIV(6) and XXVIII in relation to the enlargement of the Community.
Article 9
For 2004, the increase in the volume of the existing tariff quota for imports of untreated olive oil shall be calculated as a pro rata of the basic volumes, taking into account the part of the period elapsed before the date referred to in Article 12(2).
Article 10
This Protocol shall form an integral part of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement. The Annexes to this Protocol shall form an integral part thereof.
Article 11
1.   This Protocol shall be approved by the Community, by the Council of the European Union, on behalf of the Member States, and by Tunisia in accordance with their own procedures.
2.   The Parties shall notify each other of the accomplishment of the corresponding procedures referred to in paragraph 1. The instruments of approval shall be deposited with the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.
Article 12
1.   This Protocol shall enter into force on the first day of the first month following the date of deposit of the last instrument of approval.
2.   This Protocol shall apply provisionally as from 1 May 2004.
Article 13
This Protocol shall be drawn up in duplicate in the following languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Arabic; the texts in each language being equally authentic.
Article 14
The text of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, including the Annexes and Protocols forming an integral part thereof, and the Final Act together with the declarations annexed thereto, shall be drawn up in the Czech, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Maltese, Polish, Slovak and Slovenian languages and these texts shall be authentic in the same way as the original texts (1).
The Association Council shall approve these texts.

Hecho en Luxemburgo, el treinta y uno de mayo del dos mil cinco.
V Lucemburku dne třicátého prvního května dva tisíce pět.
Udfærdiget i Luxembourg den enogtredivte maj to tusind og fem.
Geschehen zu Luxemburg am einunddreißigsten Mai zweitausendfünf.
Kahe tuhande viienda aasta maikuu kolmekümne esimesel päeval Luxembourgis.
'Εγινε στo Λουξεμβούργο, στις τριανταμία Μαΐου δύο χιλιάδες πέντε.
Done at Luxembourg on the thirty–first day of May in the year two thousand and five.
Fait à Luxembourg, le trente–et–un mai deux mille cinq.
Fatto a Lussembourgo, addi' trentuno maggio duemilacinque.
Luksemburgā, divtūkstoš piektā gada trīsdesmit pirmajā maijā.
Priimta du tūkstančiai penktų metų gegužės trisdešimt pirmą dieną Liuksemburge.
Kelt Luxembourgban, a kettőezer ötödik év május harmincegyedik napján.
Magħmul fil-Lussemburgu, fil-wieħed u tletin jum ta' Mejju tas-sena elfejn u ħamsa.
Gedaan te Luxemburg, de eenendertigste mei tweeduizend vijf.
Sporządzono w Luksemburgu dnia trzydziestego pierwszego maja roku dwutysięcznego piątego.
Feito em Luxemburgo, em trinta e um de Maio de dois mil e cinco.
V Luxembourgu, enaintridesetega maja leta dva tisoč pet.
V Luxemburgu dňa tridsiateho prvého mája dvetisícpäť.
Tehty Luxemburgissa kolmantenakymmenentenäensimmäisenä päivänä toukokuuta vuonna kaksituhattaviisi.
Som skedde i Luxemburg den trettioförsta maj tjugohundrafem.



Por los Estados miembros
Za členské státy
For medlemsstaterne
Für die Mitgliedstaaten
Liikmesriikide nimel
Για τα κράτη μέλη
For the Member States
Pour les États membres
Per gli Stati membri
Dalîbvalstu vārdā
Valstybių narių vardu
A tagállarnok réseéröl
Għall-Istati Membri
Voor de lidstaten
W imieniu Państw Członkowskich
Pelos Estados-Membros
Za členské štáty
Za države članice
Jäsenvaltioiden puolesta
Pä medlemsstaternas vägnar



Por la Comunidad Europea
Za Evropské společenství
For Det Europæiske Fællesskab
Für die Europäische Gemeinschaft
Euroopa Ühenduse nimel
Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Κοινότητα
For the European Community
Pour la Communauté européenne
Per la Comunità europea
Eiropas Kopienas värdā
Europos bendrijos värdā
az Európai Közösség részéről
Għall-Komunità Ewropea
Voor de Europese Gemeenschap
W imieniu Wspólnoty Europejskiej
Pela Comunidade Europeia
Za Európske spoločenstvo
Za Ecropsko skupnost
Euroopan yhteisön puolesta
På Europeiska gemenskapens vägnar



Por la República de Túnez
Za Tuniskou republiku
For Den Tunesiske Republik
Für die Tunesische Republik
Tuneesia Vabariigi nimel
Για τη Δημοκρατία της Τυνησίας
For the Republic of Tunisia
Pour la République Tunisienne
Per la Repubblica Tunisina
Tunisijas Republikas värdā
Tuniso Respublikos vardu
A Tunéz Köztársaság részéről
Għar-Repubblika tat-Tuniżija
Voor de Republiek Tunesië
W imieniu Republiki Tunezyjskiej
Pela República da Tunísia
Za Tuniskú republiku
Za Republiko Tunizijo
Tunisian tasavallan puolesta
For Republiken Tunisien




(1)  OJ L 97 of 30.3.1998, p. 2.



THE EURO-MEDITERRANEAN AGREEMENT

establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part
The Agreement is drawn up in 11 official languages of the European Union (Spanish, Danish, Greek, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish and Swedish) was published in OJ L 97, 30.3.1998, p. 2. The Czech, Estonian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Maltese, Polish, Slovak and Slovene language versions are published in this Official Journal.