Procedure : 2016/0373(NLE)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0028/2017

Texts tabled :

A8-0028/2017

Debates :

PV 15/02/2017 - 4
CRE 15/02/2017 - 4

Votes :

PV 15/02/2017 - 7.3

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0031

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PE 595.740v02-00 A8-0028/2017

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part

(14765/2016 – C8-0508/2016 – 2016/0373(NLE))

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rapporteur: Charles Tannock

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 SHORT JUSTIFICATION
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLLCALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part

(14765/2016 – C8-0508/2016 – 2016/0373(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (14765/2016),

–  having regard to the draft Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part (5368/2016),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 31(1) and Article 37 of the Treaty on European Union and Article 212(1), Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a), and Article 218(8), second subparagraph, of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0508/2016),

–  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 Foreign Affairs (A8-0028/2017),

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 Canada.


SHORT JUSTIFICATION

As underlined in the EU-Canada joint declaration of 30 October 2016, and indicated in the European Parliament’s resolution of 10 December 2013, the EU’s relations with Canada are based on shared values as illustrated by a long history of extensive political and economic cooperation. This cooperation formally dates back to 1976 when the EU signed a Framework Agreement with Canada, the very first with an OECD country.

Canada and the EU share a strong commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, the protection of human rights, liberal and open trade and multilateralism. Canada has been a Strategic Partner of the EU since 1996 and is an important ally on the international scene. Canada and the EU have worked together closely on global challenges such as climate change, human rights, energy security, conflict resolution, counter terrorism and forced migration. Canada regularly contributes to the EU’s civilian and military CSDP missions and is an important ally in NATO.

Canada is one of the most consistent contributors since the beginning of ESDP. Since 2003, this partner committed financial and/or human resources in 10 of 34 EU CSDP missions/operations, in 8 countries and in 3 regions. Canada is currently serving in the EUAM Ukraine, EUPOL COPPS and EUTM Mali. This support to EU peace and stabilisation efforts is highly appreciated, especially in the current context of threats to multilateralism.

This Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) aims to intensify this bilateral cooperation in areas such as foreign and security policy, counter-terrorism, the fight against organised crime, sustainable development, research and culture. This agreement, together with CETA, will allow EU-Canadian relations to become even stronger, aid closer cooperation and increase people-to-people contacts for the shared benefit of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.

This Agreement also provides for political dialogue and consultation mechanisms, such as Joint Ministerial Committee and Joint Cooperation Committee which are very much welcomed. As a consolidated parliamentary democracy, Canada together with the EU, with its democratic values, should ensure that political dialogue aimed at tackling issues of common interest is not limited to cooperation at the executive level and is enriched by parliamentary cooperation between the two partners.

In view of the strategic, political and economic benefits resulting from a successful conclusion of this Strategic Partnership Agreement and its positive contribution to multilateralism, international peace and security, economic and sustainable development, justice, freedom and security, the rapporteur proposes that the Committee on Foreign Affairs recommend consent to this agreement.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Strategic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Canada, of the other part

References

14765/2016 – C8-0508/2016 – JOIN(2016)0056 – 2016/0373(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

6.12.2016

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

AFET

15.12.2016

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

LIBE

15.12.2016

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

LIBE

24.1.2017

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Charles Tannock

13.12.2016

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

24.1.2017

 

 

 

Date adopted

31.1.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

48

4

5

Members present for the final vote

Louis Aliot, Francisco Assis, Petras Auštrevičius, Amjad Bashir, Bas Belder, Goffredo Maria Bettini, Mario Borghezio, Victor Boştinaru, Elmar Brok, Klaus Buchner, Javier Couso Permuy, Andi Cristea, Arnaud Danjean, Georgios Epitideios, Knut Fleckenstein, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Eugen Freund, Michael Gahler, Sandra Kalniete, Manolis Kefalogiannis, Tunne Kelam, Afzal Khan, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, Andrey Kovatchev, Eduard Kukan, Barbara Lochbihler, Sabine Lösing, Andrejs Mamikins, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Alex Mayer, David McAllister, Tamás Meszerics, Francisco José Millán Mon, Demetris Papadakis, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Tonino Picula, Kati Piri, Cristian Dan Preda, Jozo Radoš, Alyn Smith, Jordi Solé, Jaromír Štětina, Dubravka Šuica, László Tőkés, Elena Valenciano, Hilde Vautmans

Substitutes present for the final vote

Angel Dzhambazki, Mariya Gabriel, Mike Hookem, Othmar Karas, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Norica Nicolai, Urmas Paet, Soraya Post, Igor Šoltes

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

Raymond Finch, Jasenko Selimovic

Date tabled

7.2.2017


FINAL VOTE BY ROLLCALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

48

+

ALDE

Petras Auštrevičius, Norica Nicolai, Urmas Paet, Jozo Radoš, Jasenko Selimovic, Hilde Vautmans

ECR

Amjad Bashir, Bas Belder, Angel Dzhambazki, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga

PPE

Elmar Brok, Arnaud Danjean, Mariya Gabriel, Michael Gahler, Sandra Kalniete, Othmar Karas, Manolis Kefalogiannis, Tunne Kelam, Andrey Kovatchev, Eduard Kukan, Antonio López-Istúriz White, David McAllister, Francisco José Millán Mon, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Cristian Dan Preda, László Tőkés, Jaromír Štětina, Dubravka Šuica

S&D

Francisco Assis, Goffredo Maria Bettini, Victor Boştinaru, Andi Cristea, Knut Fleckenstein, Eugen Freund, Afzal Khan, Andrejs Mamikins, Alex Mayer, Demetris Papadakis, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Tonino Picula, Kati Piri, Soraya Post, Elena Valenciano

Verts/ALE

Barbara Lochbihler, Tamás Meszerics, Alyn Smith, Jordi Solé, Igor Šoltes

4

-

ENF

Louis Aliot, Mario Borghezio

GUE/NGL

Javier Couso Permuy, Sabine Lösing

5

0

EFDD

Raymond Finch, Mike Hookem

NI

Georgios Epitideios, Janusz Korwin-Mikke

Verts/ALE

Klaus Buchner

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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