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A8-0022/2019

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P8_TA(2019)0094

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on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community

(13111/2018 – C8‑0473/2018 – 2018/0282(NLE))

Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Karima Delli

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community

(13111/2018 – C8‑0473/2018 – 2018/0282(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (13111/2018),

–  having regard to the Treaty establishing the Transport Community(1),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Articles 91 and 100(2) in conjunction with Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a) and Article 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0473/2018),

–  having regard to Rule 99(1) and (4) and Rule 108(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A8-0022/2019),

1.  Gives its consent to conclusion of the treaty;

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 Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo(2), Montenegro, and the Republic of Serbia.

(1)

OJ L 278, 27.10.2017, p. 3

(2)

This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 (1999) and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Introduction

Transport cooperation with the Western Balkans countries had been governed by the South East European Transport Observatory (SEETO), a the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 11 June 2004 signed by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Commission. The main objective of the MoU was to extend the Trans-European Tranport Network (TEN-T) and related policies to the Western Balkans. As the MoU subsequently showed its limits, in 2008 the Commission proposed to negotiate an agreement providing that the legislation, standards and technical specifications applied by the Western Balkans partners be made compatible with those of the Union, based on the positive experience with the implementation of the Energy Community Treaty.

Content of the agreement

The Treaty on establishing Transport Community (TCT) aims to take a more comprehensive cooperation approach – involving other transport policies and transport related areas. The Treaty aims to create a Transport Community in the field of road, rail, inland waterway and maritime transport as well as the development of the transport network between the European Union and the Western Balkans, referred to as ‘the Transport Community’. The Transport Community shall be based on the progressive integration of transport markets of the South Western Balkans into the European Union transport market on the basis of the relevant acquis, including in the areas of technical standards, interoperability, safety, security, traffic management, social policy, public procurement and environment, for all modes of transport excluding air transport.

TCT is beneficial for the accession processes in Western Balkans and foster regional cooperation and the reform process in the context of the Western Balkan Six initiative as well as the implementation of the TEN-T as extended to the Western Balkans.

Procedure

The Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations in 2008 and 2009. The discussions at technical level were successfully completed in July 2010. However, due to the impossibility to agree on the appropriate designation of one of the parties, the finalisation of the TCT remained stalled for almost three years. The discussions were resumed in 2013 and an agreement on the final version of the TCT was reached in 2016.

The TCT was signed on behalf of the Union on 12 July and 9 October 2017, subject to its conclusion at a later date, in accordance with Council Decision 2017/1937, which authorised its signing and provisional application. All South East European Parties except Kosovo have already ratified the TCT. In the meantime, the TCT is applied provisionally among the Parties in accordance with Article 41(3) of the TCT.

On the basis of the above-mentioned facts, your Rapporteur suggests that the TRAN committee should give a favourable opinion on the conclusion of this Treaty.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Treaty establishing the Transport Community

References

13111/2018 – C8-0473/2018 – COM(2018)05322018/0282(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

9.11.2018

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

15.11.2018

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Karima Delli

19.2.2018

 

 

 

Date adopted

22.1.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

35

3

1

Members present for the final vote

Daniela Aiuto, Lucy Anderson, Inés Ayala Sender, Georges Bach, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Deirdre Clune, Michael Cramer, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Andor Deli, Isabella De Monte, Ismail Ertug, Jacqueline Foster, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Innocenzo Leontini, Bogusław Liberadzki, Peter Lundgren, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Georg Mayer, Gesine Meissner, Gabriele Preuß, Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy, Dominique Riquet, Massimiliano Salini, Claudia Țapardel, Keith Taylor, Pavel Telička, Marita Ulvskog, Wim van de Camp, Marie-Pierre Vieu, Janusz Zemke, Roberts Zīle, Kosma Złotowski

Substitutes present for the final vote

Jakop Dalunde, Maria Grapini, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Peter Kouroumbashev, João Pimenta Lopes

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

Christelle Lechevalier

Date tabled

23.1.2019


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

35

+

ALDE

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Gesine Meissner, Dominique Riquet, Pavel Telička

ECR

Jacqueline Foster, Innocenzo Leontini, Peter Lundgren, Roberts Zīle, Kosma Złotowski

ENF

Georg Mayer

GUE/NGL

Marie-Pierre Vieu

PPE

Georges Bach, Wim van de Camp, Deirdre Clune, Andor Deli, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Massimiliano Salini

S&D

Lucy Anderson, Inés Ayala Sender, Isabella De Monte, Ismail Ertug, Maria Grapini, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Peter Kouroumbashev, Bogusław Liberadzki, Gabriele Preuß, Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Claudia Țapardel, Marita Ulvskog, Janusz Zemke

VERTS/ALE

Michael Cramer, Jakop Dalunde, Keith Taylor

3

-

ENF

Christelle Lechevalier

GUE/NGL

João Pimenta Lopes

PPE

Dieter-Lebrecht Koch

1

0

EFDD

Daniela Aiuto

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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