2011/27/EU: Council Decision of 12 July 2010 on the signing and provisional application of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and th


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19.1.2011   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 14/1
COUNCIL DECISION
of 12 July 2010
on the signing and provisional application of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Moldova in Union programmes
(2011/27/EU)
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Articles 114, 168, 169, 172, 173(3), 188 and 192, in conjunction with Article 218(5) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8), thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,
Whereas:

(1)

On 18 June 2007 the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part (1), on a Framework Agreement on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Moldova in Union programmes (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Protocol’).

(2)

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

(3)

As a consequence of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December 2009, the European Union has replaced and succeeded the European Community.

(4)

The Protocol should be signed on behalf of the Union, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

(5)

Article 10 of the Protocol provides for the provisional application of the Protocol before its entry into force,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:
Article 1
The President of the Council is hereby authorised to designate the person(s) empowered to sign, on behalf of the Union, the Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Moldova in Union programmes (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Protocol’).
The text of the Protocol is attached to this Decision.
Article 2
The Protocol shall be applied provisionally as from the date of its signature, pending its conclusion at a later date.
Article 3
This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its adoption.

Done at Brussels, 12 July 2010.


For the Council


The President

S. LARUELLE



(1)  OJ L 181, 24.6.1998, p. 3.


19.1.2011   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 14/2
PROTOCOL
to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Moldova in Union programmes
THE EUROPEAN UNION, hereinafter referred to as ‘the Union’,
of the one part,
and
THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, hereinafter referred to as ‘Moldova’,
of the other part,
hereinafter jointly referred to as ‘the Parties’,
Whereas:

(1)

Moldova entered into a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‧the Agreement’), on 28 November 1994.

(2)

The Brussels European Council of 17 and 18 June 2004 welcomed the Commission’s proposals for a European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and endorsed the Council’s conclusions of 14 June 2004.

(3)

The Council has, on numerous further occasions, repeatedly concluded in favour of this policy.

(4)

The Council, on 5 March 2007, expressed support for the general and global approach outlined in the Commission’s Communication of 4 December 2006, COM(2006) 724 final, to enable ENP partners to participate in Community agencies and Community programmes on their merits and where the legal bases so allow.

(5)

Moldova has expressed its wish to participate in a number of Union programmes.

(6)

The specific terms and conditions, in particular financial contribution and reporting and evaluation procedures, regarding the participation of Moldova in each particular programme should be determined by agreement between the Commission, acting on behalf of the Union, and the competent authorities of Moldova,
HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
Article 1
Moldova shall be allowed to participate in all current and future programmes of the Union opened to the participation of Moldova in accordance with the relevant provisions adopting those programmes.
Article 2
Moldova shall contribute financially to the general budget of the European Union corresponding to the specific programmes in which Moldova participates.
Article 3
Moldova’s representatives shall be allowed to take part, as observers and for the points which concern Moldova, in the management committees responsible for monitoring the programmes to which Moldova contributes financially.
Article 4
Projects and initiatives submitted by participants from Moldova shall, as far as possible, be subject to the same conditions, rules and procedures pertaining to the programmes concerned as applied to Member States.
Article 5
The specific terms and conditions regarding the participation of Moldova in each particular programme, in particular the financial contribution payable, as well as reporting and evaluation procedures, shall be determined by agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Commission, acting on behalf of the Union, and the competent authorities of Moldova.
If Moldova applies for external assistance of the Union to participate in a given Union programme on the basis of Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 1638/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 laying down general provisions establishing a European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (2) or pursuant to any similar Regulation providing for external assistance of the Union to Moldova that may be adopted in the future, the conditions governing the use by Moldova of external assistance of the Union shall be determined in a financing agreement, in compliance with, in particular, Article 20 of Regulation (EC) No 1638/2006.
Article 6
Each Memorandum of Understanding concluded pursuant to Article 5, shall stipulate, in accordance with the Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities (3), that financial control or audits or other verifications, including administrative investigations will be carried out by, or under the authority of, the Commission, the European Anti-Fraud Office and the Court of Auditors.
Detailed provisions shall be made on financial control and auditing, administrative measures, penalties and recovery enabling the Commission, the European Anti-Fraud Office, and the Court of Auditors to be granted powers equivalent to their powers with regard to beneficiaries or contractors established in the Union.
Article 7
This Protocol shall apply for the period for which the Agreement is in force.
This Protocol shall be signed and approved by the Parties in accordance with their respective procedures.
Either Party may denounce this Protocol by written notification to the other Party. This Protocol shall terminate 6 months after the date of such notification.
Denunciation of this Protocol by any of the Parties shall have no influence on the checks and controls to be carried out, where appropriate, under the provisions laid down in Articles 5 and 6.
Article 8
No later than 3 years after the date of entry into force of this Protocol, and every 3 years thereafter, both Parties may review the implementation of this Protocol on the basis of the actual participation of Moldova in Union programmes.
Article 9
This Protocol shall apply, on the one hand, to the territories in which the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union is applied and under the conditions laid down in this Treaty and, on the other hand, to the territory of Moldova.
Article 10
This Protocol shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the date on which the Parties notify each other through diplomatic channels of the completion of their procedures necessary for its entry into force.
Pending its entry into force, the Parties agree to apply provisionally this Protocol from the date of its signature, pending its conclusion at a later date.
Article 11
This Protocol shall form an integral part of the Agreement.
Article 12
This Protocol shall be drawn up in duplicate in the official languages of the Parties, each of these texts being equally authentic.


За Европейския съюз
Por la Unión Europea
Za Evropskou unii
For Den Europæiske Union
Für die Europäische Union
Euroopa Liidu nimel
Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση
For the European Union
Pour l'Union européenne
Per l'Unione europea
Eiropas Savienības vārdā –
Europos Sąjungos vardu
Az Európai Unió részéről
Għall-Unjoni Ewropea
Voor de Europese Unie
W imieniu Unii Europejskiej
Pela União Europeia
Pentru Uniunea Europeană
Za Európsku úniu
Za Evropsko unijo
Euroopan unionin puolesta
För Europeiska unionen




За Република Молдова
Por la República de Moldova
Za Moldavskou republiku
For Republikken Moldova
Für die Republik Moldau
Moldova Vabariigi nimel
Για τη Δημοκρατία της Μολδαβίας
For the Republic of Moldova
Pour la République de Moldavie
Per la Repubblica moldova
Moldovas Republikas vārdā
Moldovos Respublikos vardu
A Moldovai Köztársaság részéről
Għar-Repubblika tal-Moldova
Voor de Republiek Moldavië
W imieniu Republiki Mołdowy
Pela República da Moldávia
Pentru Republica Moldova
Za Moldavskú republiku
Za Republiko Moldavijo
Moldovan tasavallan puolesta
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(1)  OJ L 181, 24.6.1998, p. 3.

(2)  OJ L 310, 9.11.2006, p. 1.

(3)  OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.

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