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A6-0374/2008

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P6_TA(2008)0479

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8.10.2008
PE 412.273v02-00 A6-0374/2008

on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the International Civil Aviation Organization and the European Community regarding security audits/inspections and related matters

(COM(2008)0335 – C6‑0320/2008 – 2008/0111(CNS))

Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Paolo Costa

(Simplified procedure - Rule 43(1) of the Rules of Procedure)

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the International Civil Aviation Organization and the European Community regarding security audits/inspections and related matters

(COM(2008)0335 – C6‑0320/2008 – 2008/0111(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the proposal for a Council decision (COM(2008)0335),

–   having regard to Articles 80(2) and 300(2), first subparagraph, first sentence, of the EC Treaty,

–   having regard to Article 300(3), first subparagraph, of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C6‑0320/2008),

–   having regard to Rules 51, 83(7) and 43(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A6‑0374/2008),

1.  Approves conclusion of the Memorandum of Cooperation;

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


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Since 2002, ICAO conducts security audits in all its Contracting States, including the EC Member States, in order to monitor the application of Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention. Since 2004, on the basis of Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002, the Commission conducts security inspections in order to monitor the application by Member States of this Regulation. Annex 17 and Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002 contain, to a large extent, similar standards. As a consequence, Member States are to date confronted with two compliance monitoring systems with the same objective and – broadly – the same scope. Both Member States and ICAO could make better use of limited resources if the ICAO audits in the Community would be significantly reduced.

To that end, on 30 November 2007, the Council adopted the Commission recommendation "to authorise the Commission to open negotiations on an agreement regarding aviation security audits/inspections and related matters between the European Community and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)".

The negotiations with ICAO took place on 25 January 2008, and resulted in a draft Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between ICAO and the European Community regarding security audits/ inspections and related matters. In accordance with the aims of the Community civil aviation policy, the MoC will strengthen the relationship between the Community and ICAO, and allow for a better use of limited resources of Member States in the field of compliance monitoring.

The draft MoC aims to significantly reduce individual audits by ICAO in Member States. To that end, ICAO will assess the European Commission aviation security inspection system, e.g. the reports of the inspections of the national appropriate authorities together with the data received from the Member State concerned, the inspection methodology and the follow up audits.

In order to ensure the appropriate handling of EU classified information, ICAO is bound to comply with Commission Decision 2001/844/EC, ECSC, Euratom, of 29 November 2001 amending its internal Rules of Procedure. The Commission is authorised to verify in situ which protection measures have been put in place by ICAO.

The Memorandum negotiated by the Commission should be signed and provisionally applied. The proposed Council Decision empowers the President of the Council to designate the person empowered to notify ICAO that the internal procedures necessary for the entry into force of the Memorandum have been completed.

Parliament is entitled to give its opinion on this Memorandum under the consultation procedure, in accordance with Rule 83 'International agreements', paragraph 7, which reads as follows:

"Parliament shall give its opinion on, or its assent to, the conclusion, renewal or amendment of an international agreement or a financial protocol concluded by the European Community in a single vote by a majority of the votes cast without amendments to the text of the agreement or protocol being admissible."

On the basis of the above your rapporteur suggests that the TRAN committee should give a favourable opinion on the conclusion of this Memorandum.


PROCEDURE

Title

Memorandum of Cooperation between the International Civil Aviation Organization and the EC regarding security audits and inspections and related matters

References

COM(2008)0335 – C6-0320/2008 – 2008/0111(CNS)

Date of consulting Parliament

18.9.2008

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

25.9.2008

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

LIBE

25.9.2008

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

LIBE

26.6.2008

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Paolo Costa

23.6.2008

 

 

Simplified procedure - date of decision

24.6.2008

Date adopted

7.10.2008

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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