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A8-0186/2019

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CRE 16/04/2019 - 8.5

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P8_TA(2019)0363

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PE 612.136v02-00 A8-0186/2019

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015

(06781/2019 – C8‑0134/2019 –2017/0107(NLE))

Committee on International Trade

Rapporteur:Eleonora Forenza

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION OF THE Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
 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 International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015

(06781/2019 – C8-0134/2019 – 2017/0107(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (06781/2019),

–  having regard to the draft International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015 (11178/2016),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 207(4) and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a)(v), and Article 218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0134/2019),

–  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 International Trade and the opinion of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A8-0186/2019),

1.  Gives its consent to conclusion of the Agreement;

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


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015 is the Successor Agreement to the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2005.

In November 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations on behalf of the Union in order to conclude a new international agreement on olive oil and table olives.

During the United Nations Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2005 (Geneva, 5 to 9 October 2015), the representatives of 24 Member States of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and two intergovernmental organisations drew up the text of the new Agreement.

The International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015 was signed on behalf of the Union on 28 November 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, subject to its conclusion at a later date. The new Agreement entered into force provisionally on 1 January 2017.

The objective of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives is to:

- foster international cooperation for the integrated, sustainable development of world olive growing;

- foster the coordination of production, industrialization, storage and marketing policies for olive oils, olive-pomace oils and table olives,

- encourage research and development

and

- foster the transfer of technology and training activities in the olive products sector.

The Agreement establishes a decision-making body, called the ‘Council of Members’, which exercises all powers and performs all the functions necessary to achieve the objectives of the Agreement.

In accordance with Article 19(2) of the Agreement, the Council of Members may amend the designations and definitions of oils, olive pomace oils and table olives provided for in annexes B and C of the Agreement, and thus amend the Agreement.

The Rapporteur for this procedure, Ms Eleonora Forenza, proposes to recommend granting consent to the Agreement in order to ensure that the EU will continue to contribute actively with regard to the international cooperation on olive oil and table olives.

However, the Rapporteur regrets the tardiness of the transmission of the present agreement to Parliament, and the lack of timely information by other institutions during the negotiations. International agreements pertaining to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy are subject to Parliament’s consent; for that reason the Rapporteur calls on the Council and the Commission to inform adequately Parliament especially regarding any decisions that might be taken in connection to Article 4 of Council’s Decision.

Therefore, the Rapporteur calls on the Commission to provide timely and detailed information to Parliament, equivalent to that given to the Council, notably as regards the activities of the Council of Members created by the Agreement. In particular, where the Council of  Members is called upon to adopt amendments to the designation and definition of oils, olive pomace oils and table olives provided for in annexes B and C of the Agreement, in accordance with Article 19(2) of the Agreement, the Commission should inform Parliament on the position it plans to take on behalf of the Union.


OPINION OF THE Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (21.3.2019)

for the Committee on International Trade

on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015

(COM(2017)0264 – C8 – 2017/0107(NLE))

Rapporteur: Ivan Jakovčić

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

On 19 November 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations on behalf of the Union in order to conclude a new international agreement on olive oil and table olives.

The previous International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2005, which was due to expire on 31 December 2014, was extended until 31 December 2015 but remained applicable until the entry into force of the new Agreement.

The text of the new Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015, was negotiated in consultation with the Working Party on Commodities (PROBA) and was signed on behalf of the Union on 28 November 2016, subject to its conclusion at a later date. It came provisionally into force on 1 January 2017.

The Agreement establishes a decision-making body, called the “Council of Members”, which exercises all powers and performs all the functions necessary to achieve the objectives of the Agreement.

The above mentioned Council of Members may amend the designations and definitions of oils, olive pomace oils and table olives provided for in annexes B and C to the Agreement, and thus amend the Agreement.

The Commission should be authorised to represent the Union in the Council of Members. In order to ensure maximum consistency between the decisions of the Council of Members and the Union rules, the Commission should be assisted by representatives of the Member States.

Notwithstanding the rapporteur’s favourable position towards the negotiated text, he calls upon the Commission, as the representative of the Union in the Council of Members, to take into consideration the following proposal:

- in order to protect the interests of the Union and its olive oils producers, especially with regard to the best quality and high market standards in the olive-oil sectors, the Commission should propose to the Council of Members to amend the Agreement introducing a new “Premium extra virgin olive oil” designation of olive oils. It is essential to highlight that the European Union’s producers are by far the world’s largest producers of olive oil that falls under the aforementioned category.

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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development calls on the Committee on International Trade, as the committee responsible, to recommend that Parliament give its consent to the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Conclusion of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015

References

06781/2019 – C8-0134/2019 – COM(2017)02642017/0107(NLE)

Committee responsible

 

INTA

 

 

 

 

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Ivan Jakovčić

6.7.2017

Date adopted

18.3.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

29

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Clara Eugenia Aguilera García, Eric Andrieu, Jacques Colombier, Michel Dantin, Jørn Dohrmann, Norbert Erdős, Luke Ming Flanagan, Karine Gloanec Maurin, Martin Häusling, Anja Hazekamp, Esther Herranz García, Jan Huitema, Peter Jahr, Norbert Lins, Philippe Loiseau, Mairead McGuinness, Ulrike Müller, James Nicholson, Maria Noichl, Marijana Petir, Czesław Adam Siekierski, Tibor Szanyi

Substitutes present for the final vote

Elsi Katainen, Sofia Ribeiro, Giancarlo Scottà, Molly Scott Cato, Thomas Waitz

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

29

+

ALDE

Jan Huitema, Elsi Katainen, Ulrike Müller

ECR

Jørn Dohrmann, James Nicholson

ENF

Jacques Colombier, Philippe Loiseau

GUE/NGL

Luke Ming Flanagan, Anja Hazekamp

PPE

Birgit Collin-Langen, Michel Dantin, Albert Deß, Norbert Erdős, Esther Herranz García, Peter Jahr, Norbert Lins, Mairead McGuinness, Marijana Petir, Sofia Ribeiro, Czesław Adam Siekierski

S&D

Clara Eugenia Aguilera García, Eric Andrieu, Karine Gloanec Maurin, John Howarth, Maria Noichl, Tibor Szanyi

VERTS/ALE

Martin Häusling, Molly Scott Cato, Thomas Waitz

0

-

 

 

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Conclusion of the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, 2015

References

06781/2019 – C8-0134/2019 – COM(2017)02642017/0107(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

18.3.2019

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

INTA

25.3.2019

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

AGRI

25.3.2019

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Eleonora Forenza

19.6.2017

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

1.4.2019

 

 

 

Date adopted

2.4.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

25

0

0

Members present for the final vote

Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Maria Arena, David Borrelli, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Eleonora Forenza, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Nadja Hirsch, France Jamet, Jude Kirton-Darling, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Anne-Marie Mineur, Sorin Moisă, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Kārlis Šadurskis, Marietje Schaake, Helmut Scholz, Iuliu Winkler

Substitutes present for the final vote

Reimer Böge, Klaus Buchner, Ralph Packet, Fernando Ruas

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

Georges Bach, Bas Belder, Julia Pitera

Date tabled

3.4.2019


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

25

+

ALDE

Nadja Hirsch, Marietje Schaake

ECR

Bas Belder, Ralph Packet

ENF

France Jamet

GUE/NGL

Eleonora Forenza, Anne-Marie Mineur, Helmut Scholz

NI

David Borrelli

PPE

Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Georges Bach, Reimer Böge, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Sorin Moisă, Julia Pitera, Fernando Ruas, Kārlis Šadurskis, Iuliu Winkler

S&D

Maria Arena, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Jude Kirton-Darling, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández

VERTS/ALE

Klaus Buchner

0

-

 

 

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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