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Parliamentary questions
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4 April 2016
E-002690-16
Question for written answer E-002690-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Transparency and provision of information regarding negotiations on aviation agreements between the EU and third countries — Article 218 TFEU and the deadlock over Gibraltar
 Answer in writing 

As the Commission is aware, pursuant to Article 218 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the Council and Commission need the consent of Parliament in order to conclude international agreements.

Moreover, the framework agreement between the Commission and Parliament states that Parliament ‘must be fully informed at all stages of the negotiation and conclusion of international agreements’(1)(2).

In the light of the above:

Can the Commission provide us with the latest fair competition clause used in the negotiations on comprehensive air service agreements with ASEAN and the Gulf states, and in particular the elements relating to financial transparency and disclosure of accounts as a condition for further market access?

Regarding the deadlock over Gibraltar:

Can the Commission inform us whether Spain has been/is blocking the negotiating mandates for these aviation agreements, or is threatening to block the signature of the agreements?

Can the Commission provide us with figures and data concerning the economic damage caused by the paralysis over Gibraltar?

(1)http://www.statewatch.org/news/2011/nov/ep-com-interinstitutional-agreement-2010.pdf
(2)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52015DC0598&from=EN

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