Procedure : 2014/0118(NLE)
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A8-0254/2015

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PV 07/10/2015 - 10.2
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Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2015)0337

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17.9.2015
PE 557.253v02-00 A8-0254/2015

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of 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, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Tunisia in Union programmes

(16160/2014 – C8‑0080/2015 – 2014/0118(NLE))

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rapporteur: Pier Antonio Panzeri

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 SHORT JUSTIFICATION
 RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of 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, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Tunisia in Union programmes

(16160/2014 – C8‑0080/2015 – 2014/0118(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the draft Council decision (16160/2014),

–       having regard to the draft 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, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Tunisia on the general principles for the participation of the Republic of Tunisia in Union programmes (16159/2014),

–       having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 212 and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a), and Article 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8‑0080/2015),

–       having regard to Rule 99(1), first and third subparagraphs, Rule 99(2), and Rule 108(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

–       having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (A8-0254/2015),

1.      Gives its consent to conclusion of the Protocol;

2.      Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States and of the Republic of Tunisia.


SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Tunisia was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Thus far, it is the only country in the MENA region to survive this social and political experiment. The success of Tunisia's transition to democracy will depend on its future economic and social development. Tunisia has significant long-term growth potential. The implementation of the expected reforms, combined with existing assets such as its human resources and open economy, will unleash this potential, thereby boosting its economy in a more sustainable and inclusive manner. Over recent years, the Tunisian economy has deteriorated markedly, both domestically and in the international arena, especially in terms of its trade with Europe, which remains its main partner. In light of this, it is vital for the Tunisian issue to become an EU priority, with the EU making concrete economic and investment commitments aimed at supporting the country's fragile transition to democracy, while being mindful of the fact that the success of the Tunisian experiment is in the interests of the entire region and the EU. Thus, Tunisia’s participation in the EU programmes should be seen in this light. In particular, the financial contribution of Tunisia (see Article 2) should be as low as possible, in line with the rebates granted to others countries of the neighbourhood, such as Ukraine. The EU should also increase cooperation in the fields of university education, general education, training and youth, through programmes such as Erasmus+, and other programmes aimed at developing ‘people-to-people’ contacts. Tunisia should also be given the opportunity to join the missions and activities of the European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).


RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE

Date adopted

15.9.2015

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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60

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3

Members present for the final vote

Nikos Androulakis, Francisco Assis, Petras Auštrevičius, Amjad Bashir, Bas Belder, Goffredo Maria Bettini, Mario Borghezio, Elmar Brok, Klaus Buchner, James Carver, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Javier Couso Permuy, Knut Fleckenstein, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Michael Gahler, Richard Howitt, Sandra Kalniete, Manolis Kefalogiannis, Tunne Kelam, Afzal Khan, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, Andrey Kovatchev, Eduard Kukan, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Arne Lietz, Sabine Lösing, Ulrike Lunacek, Andrejs Mamikins, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, David McAllister, Francisco José Millán Mon, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Demetris Papadakis, Tonino Picula, Kati Piri, Andrej Plenković, Cristian Dan Preda, Jozo Radoš, Sofia Sakorafa, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Alyn Smith, Jaromír Štětina, Charles Tannock, Eleni Theocharous, Ivo Vajgl, Elena Valenciano, Geoffrey Van Orden, Hilde Vautmans

Substitutes present for the final vote

Ryszard Czarnecki, Ana Gomes, Andrzej Grzyb, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Marek Jurek, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Urmas Paet, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, György Schöpflin, Renate Sommer, Dubravka Šuica, Traian Ungureanu, Bodil Valero, Paavo Väyrynen

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Liisa Jaakonsaari, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu

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