Procedure : 2018/0384(NLE)
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Document selected : A8-0067/2019

Texts tabled :

A8-0067/2019

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Votes :

PV 13/02/2019 - 16.6

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2019)0108

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on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the relevant Agreements under Article XXI of the General Agreement on Trade in Services with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the United States, on the necessary compensatory adjustments resulting from the accession of Czechia, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden to the European Union

(14020/2018 – C8‑0509/2018 – 2018/0384(NLE))

Committee on International Trade

Rapporteur: José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez‑Neyra

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 of the relevant Agreements under Article XXI of the General Agreement on Trade in Services with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the United States, on the necessary compensatory adjustments resulting from the accession of Czechia, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden to the European Union

(14020/2018 – C8‑0509/2018 – 2018/0384(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (14020/2018),

–  having regard to the draft relevant Agreements under Article XXI of the General Agreement on Trade in Services with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland and the United States, on the necessary compensatory adjustments resulting from the accession of Czechia, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden to the European Union (14020/2018 ADD 1-17),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 91, Article 100(2), the first subparagraph of Article 207(4) and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0509/2018),

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

–  having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on International Trade (A8-0067/2019),

1.  Gives its consent to conclusion of the agreements;

2.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and to the Commission.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The schedule of commitments of the EU and its Member States in the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services) dates back from 1994 and covers only those twelve Member States who were Member of the EU at that time. The thirteen Member States that have joined the EU since, i.e. in 1995 and in 2004, continued to maintain their own individual GATS commitments, which were adopted prior to their accession to the EU.

In accordance with the terms of Article XXI of the GATS, the European Communities and its Member States submitted a communication pursuant to Article V of the GATS, whereby it notified its intention to modify the specific commitments in order for it to cover the thirteen member states that joined the European Union in 1995 and 2004.

Following the submission of the notification, eighteen WTO members submitted a respective claim of interest. After negotiations with the WTO members and in accordance with the Council conclusion of July 2006 the European Union agreed on compensatory adjustments, which can be found in the annexes attached to the Commission’s proposal for a Council decision 2018/0384.

The agreements do not require the European Union to do any amendments of rules, regulations or standards. The Agreements are compliant with existing European Union policies and have no impact on the governments’ right to regulate in the public interest.

On 27 March 2007, the Commission submitted a proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreements, followed by an approval of the Council in July and of the Parliament in October 2007. However, due to much delay in the ratification process by the Member States, the Agreements have not yet been formally concluded.

With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and in accordance to Opinion 2/15 of 16 May 2017 of the CJEU, the agreements can now be concluded by the European Union pursuant to a decision of the Council based on Article 218(6) TFEU, following the European Parliament’s consent, as the agreements do not cover any matters that fall outside the scope of the European Union’s exclusive competence.

The schedule is needed to enter into force to ensure that all the Member States concerned are covered by the same horizontal limitations, that their commitments are not in breach of the acquis communautaire and, and to advance in further consolidation processes. The rapporteur is of the opinion that the proposal for a Council decision is of purely technical nature and should be concluded expeditiously, for the EU to be able to continue negotiations for a GATS Schedule covering all present member states of the European Union.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the relevant agreements under Article XXI GATS with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the United States, on the necessary compensatory adjustments resulting from the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia, the Slovak Republic, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the European Union

References

14020/2018 – C8-0509/2018 – COM(2018)07332018/0384(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

18.12.2018

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

INTA

14.1.2019

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra

19.11.2018

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

24.1.2019

 

 

 

Date adopted

4.2.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

27

0

1

Members present for the final vote

Maria Arena, David Campbell Bannerman, Salvatore Cicu, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Eleonora Forenza, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Christophe Hansen, Heidi Hautala, France Jamet, Patricia Lalonde, Bernd Lange, Anne-Marie Mineur, Sorin Moisă, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Tokia Saïfi, Helmut Scholz, Joachim Schuster, Iuliu Winkler, Jan Zahradil

Substitutes present for the final vote

Klaus Buchner, Ralph Packet, Paul Rübig, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Lola Sánchez Caldentey

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

Stefan Gehrold, Ingeborg Gräßle

Date tabled

6.2.2019


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

27

+

ALDE

Patricia Lalonde

ECR

David Campbell Bannerman, Ralph Packet, Jan Zahradil

GUE/NGL

Eleonora Forenza, Anne-Marie Mineur, Lola Sánchez Caldentey, Helmut Scholz

PPE

Salvatore Cicu, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Stefan Gehrold, Ingeborg Gräßle, Christophe Hansen, Sorin Moisă, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Paul Rübig, Tokia Saïfi, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Iuliu Winkler

S&D

Maria Arena, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Bernd Lange, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Joachim Schuster

VERTS/ALE

Klaus Buchner, Heidi Hautala

0

-

 

 

1

0

ENF

France Jamet

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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