Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the State of Israel concerning reciprocal liberalisation measures and the replacement of Protocols 1 and 2 to the EC-Israel Association Agreement - Protocol 1 concerning th


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22003A1231(06)
 
Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European
Community and the State of Israel concerning reciprocal
liberalisation measures and the replacement of Protocols 1 and 2 to
the EC-Israel Association Agreement - Protocol 1 concerning the
arrangements applicable to imports into the Community of
agricultural products originating in Israel - Protocol 2 concerning
the arrangements applicable to imports into Israel of agricultural
products originating in the Community
 
Official Journal L 346 , 31/12/2003 P. 0067 - 0087 
 
Dates:
of document:   22/12/2003
of effect:   01/01/2004; Implementation See Text
of effect:   23/12/2003; Entry into force See 22004X0203(01)
of signature:   22122003; Brussels
end of validity:   99/99/9999
 
Author:
European Community
 
Subject matter: Association ; External relations
Directory code: 11402000
EUROVOC descriptor: EC association agreement ; Israel ;
liberalisation of trade ; import ; agricultural product ;
originating product ; EU country
 
Legal basis:
102E133................... Adoption
102E300-P2FR1............. Adoption
Amendment to:
200A0621(01)...... Amendment..... Replacement PROT 1 from 01/01/2004
200A0621(01)...... Amendment..... Replacement PROT 2 from 01/01/2004
Subsequent related instruments:
Adopted by.... 303D0917..........
Relation...... 204X0203(01)......
 
 
 
 
Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters
between the European Community and the State of Israel concerning
reciprocal liberalisation measures and the replacement of Protocols
1 and 2 to the EC-Israel Association Agreement
 
A. Letter from the European Community
Sir,
I have the honour of referring to the negotiations which took place
under Article 11 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an
association between the European Communities and their Member
States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part
(Association Agreement), in force since 1 June 2000, which states
that the Community and the State of Israel shall progressively
establish greater liberalisation of their trade in agricultural
products of interest to both parties.
These negotiations were held in accordance with the provisions of
Article 11, which stipulates that, from 1 January 2000, the
Community and Israel shall examine the situation in order to
determine the measures to be applied by the Community and Israel
from 1 January 2001 in accordance with the objective of progressive
greater liberalisation in agriculture.
On the conclusion of the negotiations the two Parties agreed to the
following:
1. Protocols 1 and 2 to the Association Agreement and their annexes
shall be replaced by Protocols 1 and 2 and their annexes appearing
in Annex I and II to this Exchange of Letters.
2. The Exchange of Letters between the European Community (the
Community) and Israel relating to Protocol 1 and concerning imports
into the Community of fresh cut flowers and flower buds falling
within subheading 0603 10 of the Common Customs Tariff is hereby
repealed.
3. The Joint Declaration on live plants and floriculture and
horticulture products, appearing in Annex III to this Exchange of
Letters, shall be inserted in the Association Agreement.
4. With regard to edible oils falling within HS heading 1507, 1512
and 1514, Israel will start the necessary internal legislative
procedures in order to extend the Community's preferences to the
percentage which will be decided by the Knesset as a result of its
ongoing discussions.
5. From 1 January 2007 the Community and the State of Israel will
assess the situation with a view to determining the liberalisation
measures to be applied by the Community and the State of Israel from
1 January 2008, in accordance with the objective laid down in
Article 11 of the Association Agreement.
The provisions of this Agreement shall be applicable from 1 January
2004.
I would be grateful if you could confirm the agreement of your
Government to the above.
Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.
 
On behalf of the Council of the European Union
B. Letter from the State of Israel
Sir,
I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of today's
date, worded as follows:
"I have the honour of referring to the negotiations which took place
under Article 11 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an
association between the European Communities and their Member
States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part
(Association Agreement), in force since 1 June 2000, which states
that the Community and the State of Israel shall progressively
establish greater liberalisation of their trade in agricultural
products of interest to both parties.
These negotiations were held in accordance with the provisions of
Article 11, which stipulates that, from 1 January 2000, the
Community and Israel shall examine the situation in order to
determine the measures to be applied by the Community and Israel
from 1 January 2001 in accordance with the objective of progressive
greater liberalisation in agriculture.
On the conclusion of the negotiations the two Parties agreed to the
following:
1. Protocols 1 and 2 to the Association Agreement and their annexes
shall be replaced by the Protocols 1 and 2 and their annexes,
appearing in Annex I and II to this Exchange of Letters.
2. The Exchange of Letters between the European Community (the
Community) and Israel relating to Protocol 1 and concerning imports
into the Community of fresh cut flowers and flower buds falling
within subheading 0603 10 of the Common Customs Tariff is hereby
repealed.
3. The Joint Declaration on live plants and floriculture and
horticulture products, appearing in Annex III to this Exchange of
Letters, shall be inserted in the Association Agreement.
4. With regard to edible oils falling within HS heading 1507, 1512
and 1514, Israel will start the necessary internal legislative
procedures in order to extend the Community's preferences to the
percentage which will be decided by the Knesset as a result of its
ongoing discussions.
5. From 1 January 2007 the Community and the State of Israel will
assess the situation with a view to determining the liberalisation
measures to be applied by the Community and the State of Israel from
1 January 2008, in accordance with the objective laid down in
Article 11 of the Association Agreement.
The provisions of this Agreement shall be applicable from 1 January
2004.
I would be grateful if you could confirm the agreement of your
Government to the above."
The State of Israel has the honour of confirming its agreement with
the contents of this letter.
Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.
 
For the Government of the State of Israel
 
 
ANNEX I
 
 
 
 
PROTOCOL 1
concerning the arrangements applicable to imports into the Community
of agricultural products originating in Israel
 
1. The products listed in the Annex, originating in Israel shall be
admitted for importation into the Community, according to the
conditions contained hereafter and in the Annex.
2. (a) Customs duties are eliminated or reduced as indicated in
column "a".
(b) For certain products, for which the Common Customs Tariff
foresees the application of an ad valorem duty and a specific duty,
the rates of reduction, indicated in columns "a" and "c", only apply
to the ad valorem duty. However, for the products corresponding to
the CN codes 0207, 0404 10, 0709 90 60, 2204 21 and 2209, the duty
reductions also apply to the specific duty.
(c) For certain products, customs duties are eliminated within the
limit of the tariff quotas listed in column "b" for each of them.
(d) For the quantities imported in excess of the quotas, the common
customs duties are, according to the product concerned, applied in
full or reduced, as indicated in column "c".
3. For certain products, the exemption of customs duties is granted
in the framework of reference quantities as indicated in column "d".
Should the volume of imports of one of these products exceed the
reference quantity, the Community, having regard to an annual review
of trade flows which it shall carry out, may make the product in
question subject to a Community tariff quota, the volume of which
shall be equal to the reference quantity. In that case, for
quantities imported in excess of the quota, the common customs duty
is, according to the product concerned, applied in full or reduced
as indicated in column "c".
4. As indicated in column "e", for some products, for which neither
a quota nor a reference quantity is fixed, the Community may fix a
reference quantity as provided for in point 3 if, in the light of
the annual review of trade flows which it shall carry out, it
establishes that the volume of imports of a product or products
threatens to cause difficulties on the Community market. If
subsequently, the product is subject to a tariff quota under the
conditions set out in point 3, for quantities imported in excess of
the quota, the customs duty is, according to the product concerned,
applied in full or reduced, as indicated in column "c".
5. For the first year of application, the volumes of the tariff
quotas and the reference quantities shall be calculated as a pro
rata of the basic volumes, taking into account the part of the
period elapsed before the date of entry into force of this
agreement.
6. For all the products listed in the Annex, the tariff quota and
references quantity volumes are increased from 1 January 2004 to 1
January 2007, on the basis of four equal instalments, each
corresponding to 3 % of these volumes.
 
 
ANNEX TO PROTOCOL 1
 
 
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ANNEX II
 
 
 
 
PROTOCOL 2
concerning the arrangements applicable to imports into Israel of
agricultural products originating in the Community
 
1. The products listed in the Annex originating in the Community
shall be admitted for importation into Israel according to the
conditions contained herein and in the Annex.
2. Import duties on imports are either eliminated or reduced to the
level indicated in column "a", within the limit of the tariff quota
listed in column "b", and subject to the specific provisions
indicated in column "e".
3. For the quantities imported in excess of the tariff quotas, the
customs duties are, according to the product concerned, applied in
full or reduced, as indicated in column "c".
4. For certain products for which no tariff quota is fixed,
reference quantities are fixed as indicated in column "d".
Should the volume of imports of one of the products exceed the
reference quantity, Israel, having regard to an annual review of
trade flows which it shall carry out, may make the product in
question subject to a tariff quota, the volume of which shall be
equal to the reference quantity. In that case, for quantities
imported in excess of the quota, the duty referred to in point 3
shall apply.
5. For products for which neither a tariff quota nor a reference
quantity is fixed, Israel may fix a reference quantity as provided
for in point 4 if, in the light of the annual review of trade flows
which it shall carry out, it establishes that the volume of imports
of a product or products threatens to cause difficulties on the
Israeli market. If subsequently, the product is subjected to a
tariff quota under the conditions set out in point 4, the provisions
of point 3 shall apply.
6. For the first year of application, the volumes of the tariff
quotas and the reference quantities shall be calculated as a pro
rata of the basic volumes, taking into account the part of the
period elapsed before the date of entry into force of this
agreement.
7. For all the products listed in the Annex, the tariff quota and
reference quantity volumes are increased from 1 January 2004 to 1
January 2007, on the basis of four equal instalments, each
corresponding to 3 % of these volumes.
 
 
ANNEX TO PROTOCOL 2
 
 
>TABLE POSITION>
 
 
ANNEX III
 
 
 
 
JOINT DECLARATION
 
In order to promote and facilitate trade particularly in live
plants, floriculture and horticulture products, the contracting
parties hereby agree to take all measures necessary to ensure that
documentary, identity and plant health checks are carried out within
a timeframe that is compatible with and proportionate to the
sensitive nature of the products concerned.
Should any difficulties arise, the Commission and the Israeli
authorities shall hold immediate consultations in order to seek
appropriate solutions.