Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Resolution regarding the Statement of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the One Part, and the European Union and its Member States, of th


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SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 
 
RESOLUTION
REGARDING THE STATEMENT OF THE SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
 ON THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC AND TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA)
BETWEEN CANADA, OF THE ONE PART, AND THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS MEMBER STATES, OF THE OTHER PART
 
24 April 2018 No XIII-1113
Vilnius
 
 
 
 
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania r e s o l v e s:
 
Article 1.
To approve the Statement of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part.
 
Article 2.
To set out the Statement of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, as follows:
“The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
declares that it joins the statements made by the European Commission and the Member States of the European Union on the occasion of the signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, insofar as these statements made on the occasion of signature include the issues of application of the precautionary principle, regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and trade in meat from animals treated with hormones;
notes that the provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, will be interpreted and applied in the Republic of Lithuania preserving the ability of the European Union and its Member States to apply their fundamental principles governing regulatory activities. For the European Union, those principles include those laid down in the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in particular, the precautionary principle as mentioned in Article 191 and reflected in Articles 168(1) and 169(1) and (2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;
confirms that no provision of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, prevents the application of the precautionary principle in the European Union as laid down in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;
recognises that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, will not affect the European Union legislation concerning the authorization, placing on the market, growing and labelling of GMOs and products obtained by new breeding technologies, and the Member States will retain the possibility to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory under the conditions set out in Directive (EU) 2015/412 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2015 amending Directive 2001/18/EC;
seeking to ensure a high level of protection of human life and health, confirms that none of the provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, affects the European Union legislation concerning the use of substances having a hormonal action in rearing of animals intended for meat production. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, does not contain any additional obligations on the European Union as regards the importation of hormone-treated beef. The European Union will therefore be free to continue to apply its existing legislation on the prohibition of substances having a hormonal action for growth promotion in farm animals (Directive 96/22/EC as amended by Directive 2003/74/EC) which permits it to continue to prohibit the production or import of meat and products provided from animals treated with such substances. Third countries authorised to export meat to the European Union, and that do allow the use of growth promoters for domestic use are obliged to have segregated production systems in place to ensure the absence of forbidden substances for meats exported to the European Union. These systems have to be supervised in accordance with provisions laid down in the European Union legislation (Directive 96/23/EC on measures to monitor certain substances and residues thereof in live animals and animal products). The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, does not change any of these requirements.
Meat originating from third countries, including Canada, can only be imported into the European Union if it complies with all the European Union’s import conditions, as attested by a veterinary certificate from the competent authority of the exporting country, whose reliability to certify compliance with the European Union’s import requirements has been formally recognized by the Commission.”
 
Article 3.
To obligate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania to submit this Statement of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania when depositing the instruments of ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part.
 
 
Speaker of the Seimas                                                                                        Viktoras Pranckietis