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A8-0303/2018

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OJ 23/10/2018 - 77

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RECOMMENDATION     ***
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PE 616.734v02-00 A8-0303/2018

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver

(12396/2017 – C8-0177/2018 – 2017/0167(NLE))

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Emilian Pavel

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, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver

(12396/2017 – C8-0177/2018 – 2017/0167(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (12396/2017),

–  having regard to the draft agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver (12395/2017),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 77(2), point (a), and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a)(v), of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0177/2018),

–  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 Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A8-0303/2018),

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 the Republic of Mauritius.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This amending agreement on the waiver of short-stay visas constitutes simultaneously a culmination of the deepening of relations between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius, which is politically highly significant in the context of the Cotonou Agreement. The amending agreement ensures legal coherence as well as harmonisation among Member States, by adhering to the new definition of short-stay as is provided by the Schengen Borders Code amendment, which provides a clearer interpretation of 'short-stay'.

Mauritius is a member of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, African Union, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, Indian Ocean Rim Association, Non-Aligned Movement, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Southern African Development Community, United Nations and World Trade Organization. Mauritius hosts the headquarters of the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

Mauritius has a very good record of growth. Despite the country’s isolation from major world markets, it is among the most successful of small developing countries in diversifying its economy out of dependence on one agricultural commodity (sugar) into manufacturing, tourism, horticulture and, latterly, financial services and ICT. Manufacturing, especially of clothing and textiles and tourism have developed rapidly, providing jobs and income.

Politically speaking in Mauritius the independence constitution established a multiparty democracy, and the country became a republic in 1992. The presidency is non-executive; political power lies with the Prime Minister and the cabinet. The President is appointed for a five-year term by the National Assembly on a motion made by the Prime Minister and supported by the vote of the majority of all the members of the Assembly.

The EU’s political dialogue with the various ACP countries and Mauritius in particular is gradually increasing.

Furthermore, the rapporteur would stress the by no means negligible impact, which the visa waiver will have on rapprochement between the peoples of Europe and the Republic of Mauritius. The amended visa waiver agreement will enable citizens not only to derive full benefit from the ACP-EU partnership but continuing also to participate in it by travelling at a reduced, economical and practical cost under a clearer and more coherent legal framework.

In this context, the rapporteur welcomes the role played by members of the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly, who did much to contribute to the conclusion of this agreement, which, in addition, will facilitate their attendance at meetings of the ACP-EU JPA.

Specific provisions

The specific situation of the United Kingdom and Ireland is taken into account in the preamble. Thus the United Kingdom and Ireland will not participate in the agreement which has been concluded and are not subject to its provisions.

The close involvement of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein with the implementation, application and development of the Schengen acquis is likewise reflected in a joint declaration annexed to the Agreement. The declaration encourages the authorities of those countries to conclude as quickly as possible with the Republic of Mauritius bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in terms similar to those of this Agreement.

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Finally, the rapporteur recommends that the members of Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs support this report and that the European Parliament give its consent.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver

References

12396/2017 – C8-0177/2018 – COM(2017)03882017/0167(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

30.4.2018

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

LIBE

28.5.2018

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Emilian Pavel

25.9.2017

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

21.11.2017

20.2.2018

27.9.2018

 

Date adopted

27.9.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

34

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Asim Ademov, Caterina Chinnici, Daniel Dalton, Rachida Dati, Tanja Fajon, Ana Gomes, Nathalie Griesbeck, Sylvie Guillaume, Kinga Gál, Barbara Kudrycka, Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Péter Niedermüller, Ivari Padar, Judith Sargentini, Birgit Sippel, Helga Stevens, Csaba Sógor, Traian Ungureanu, Bodil Valero, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Cecilia Wikström, Auke Zijlstra, Sophia in ‘t Veld

Substitutes present for the final vote

Carlos Coelho, Pál Csáky, Jeroen Lenaers, Innocenzo Leontini, Andrejs Mamikins, Emilian Pavel, John Procter, Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein

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

Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Georg Mayer, Sabine Verheyen

Date tabled

2.10.2018


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

34

+

ALDE

Nathalie Griesbeck, Sophia in 't Veld, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Cecilia Wikström

ECR

Daniel Dalton, John Procter, Helga Stevens

ENF

Georg Mayer

GUE/NGL

Marie-Christine Vergiat

PPE

Asim Ademov, Carlos Coelho, Pál Csáky, Rachida Dati, Kinga Gál, Barbara Kudrycka, Jeroen Lenaers, Innocenzo Leontini, Csaba Sógor, Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, Traian Ungureanu, Sabine Verheyen

S&D

Caterina Chinnici, Tanja Fajon, Ana Gomes, Sylvie Guillaume, Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Andrejs Mamikins, Péter Niedermüller, Ivari Padar, Emilian Pavel, Birgit Sippel

VERTS/ALE

Judith Sargentini, Bodil Valero

1

-

ENF

Auke Zijlstra

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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