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on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of an Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products

(13357/2017 – C8-0434/2017 – 2017/0259(NLE))

Committee on International Trade

Rapporteur: Tiziana Beghin

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 an Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products

(13357/2017 – C8-0434/2017 – 2017/0259(NLE))

(Consent)

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (13357/2017),

–  having regard to the draft Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products (13471/2017),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 207(4), first subparagraph and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a) (v), of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0434/2017),

–  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 (A8-0126/2018),

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 and of Kingdom of Norway.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The EU and Norway are signatories to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) which provides for the free movement of goods, with the exception of agricultural and fisheries products. As regards agriculture, Article 19 of the EEA Agreement provides that the Parties will carry out, every two years, a review of the conditions of trade.

The most recent negotiations were conducted from 3 February 2015 to 5 April 2017 and resulted in the present proposal. The agreement includes additional fully liberalised tariff lines and additional tariff quotas for more sensitive products (meat, dairy, vegetables and ornamental plants).

The previous agreement was signed on 15 April 2011 and increased the duty-free access of EU agricultural products to the Norwegian market to around 60 % of trade. The negotiations on the new agreement therefore aimed at increasing the degree of liberalisation further, enlarging the current tariff rate quotas, opening new tariff rate quotas for additional agricultural products and addressing certain pending trade irritants.

The content of the agreement

Duty free access

Under the new agreement, both parties agreed to mutually grant duty free access to 36 new tariff lines. These include live horses, certain animal products and types of offal, plants, vegetables for feed purposes, provisionally preserved vegetables, fruit, berries and nuts, algae, certain sugars, fruit juices and fermented beverages.

Tariff quotas

Norway increases zero rate tariff quota for bovine meet (1600 t), poultry (150 t), preserved meat products (200 t), cheese and curd (1200 t), flowers and plants (two tariff lines respectively 12 million NOK and 3 million NOK), lettuce and chicory (100 t), corn (5000 t), sausages (200 t) and 15 NOK/kg rate quota for pork (300 t).

The EU increases the existing zero rate quota for the following Norwegian products: poultry (700 t), preserved meat (300 t), whey products (4400 t), flowers (500 000 EUR), potato chips (150 t), animal feed (200 t) and albumins (500 t), and merges the existing quota for sheep and goat meat.

Addressing trade irritants

In September 2012, Norway decided to switch from specific to ad valorem duties for six tariff lines of agricultural products (cheese, beef and lamb meat), which resulted in a duty increase of up to 429%. Norway had also reclassified a garden type of hortensia, which resulted in an increase of the import duty from 0 to 72%. Under the current agreement, the compensation for these measures are obtained directly as a part of the additional quota that Norway grants for cheese, beef, flowers and live plants or indirectly as a part of the value of the overall deal as is the case for lamb. A part of the new cheese quota would be managed via licencing.

Background

Norway is the EU's 7th most important partner for trade in goods. While Norway's overall trade with the EU shows a surplus, in trade of basic agricultural products balance is much in favour of the EU, with the EU exports in 2016 reaching EUR 2 495 million against EUR 307 million imports from Norway. The main EU exports are wines and vinegar, animal feed, soya and colza oil, live plants and cheese. Agriculture imports from Norway are mainly soybean, animal and vegetable oils and their residues, fur skins and undenatured ethyl alcohol.

Conclusions

The present agreement will offer new trade opportunities for EU exporters and deepen trade relations between the EU and Norway. It must become a step towards engaging on liberalising agricultural trade between the EU and Norway further, in particular trade in processed agricultural products which is hindered by high customs tariffs in Norway and towards resuming negotiations on geographical indications. The rapporteur believes that the efforts to abolish the still existing ad valorem duties on cheese, beef and lamb meat should continue in accordance with the commitments made by the Parties under Article 19 of the EEA Agreement and the present agreement.

The rapporteur recommends to the Committee on International Trade to propose the European Parliament to give its consent to the agreement.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Conclusion of an agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products

References

13357/2017 – C8-0434/2017 – COM(2017)05952017/0259(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

7.12.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

INTA

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

AGRI

14.12.2017

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

AGRI

22.11.2017

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Tiziana Beghin

22.11.2017

 

 

 

Previous rapporteurs

David Borrelli

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

20.2.2018

 

 

 

Date adopted

22.3.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

30

0

1

Members present for the final vote

William (The Earl of) Dartmouth, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Maria Arena, Tiziana Beghin, David Borrelli, David Campbell Bannerman, Daniel Caspary, Salvatore Cicu, Heidi Hautala, Nadja Hirsch, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Emma McClarkin, Franz Obermayr, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Viviane Reding, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Marietje Schaake, Helmut Scholz, Joachim Schuster, Adam Szejnfeld

Substitutes present for the final vote

Bendt Bendtsen, Klaus Buchner, Nicola Danti, Seán Kelly, Gabriel Mato, Frédérique Ries, Fernando Ruas, Pedro Silva Pereira, Jarosław Wałęsa

Date tabled

28.3.2018


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

30

+

ALDE

Nadja Hirsch, Frédérique Ries, Marietje Schaake

ECR

David Campbell Bannerman, Emma McClarkin

EFDD

Tiziana Beghin, William (The Earl of) Dartmouth

ENF

Franz Obermayr

GUE/NGL

Helmut Scholz

NI

David Borrelli

PPE

Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Daniel Caspary, Salvatore Cicu, Seán Kelly, Gabriel Mato, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Viviane Reding, Fernando Ruas, Adam Szejnfeld, Jarosław Wałęsa

S&D

Maria Arena, Nicola Danti, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Joachim Schuster, Pedro Silva Pereira

VERTS/ALE

Klaus Buchner, Heidi Hautala

0

-

 

 

1

0

PPE

Bendt Bendtsen

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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