Procedure : 2010/0323(NLE)
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Document selected : A8-0332/2016

Texts tabled :

A8-0332/2016

Debates :

PV 13/12/2016 - 15
CRE 13/12/2016 - 15

Votes :

PV 14/12/2016 - 9.2
CRE 14/12/2016 - 9.2
Explanations of votes

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2016)0489

RECOMMENDATION     ***
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15.11.2016
PE 589.181v02-00 A8-0332/2016

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, of the other part, amending the Agreement in order to extend the provisions of the Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles, taking account of the expiry of the bilateral textiles Agreement

(16384/1/2010 – C7-0097/2011 – 2010/0323(NLE))

Committee on International Trade

Rapporteur: Maria Arena

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 SHORT JUSTIFICATION
 OPINION of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, of the other part, amending the Agreement in order to extend the provisions of the Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles, taking account of the expiry of the bilateral textiles Agreement

(16384/1/2010 – C7-0097/2011 – 2010/0323(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (16384/1/2010),

–  having regard to the draft Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, of the other part, amending the Agreement in order to extend the provisions of the Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles, taking account of the expiry of the bilateral textiles Agreement (16388/2010),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 207 and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a)(v), of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C7-0097/2011),

–  having regard to its interim resolution of 15 December 2011(1) on the proposal for a decision,

–  having regard to its non-legislative resolution of …(2) on the draft decision,

–  having regard to Rule 99(1), first and third subparagraphs, Rule 99(2), and Rule 108(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on International Trade and the opinion of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (A8-0332/2016),

1.  Gives its consent to the 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 Uzbekistan.

(1)

Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0586.

(2)

Texts adopted, P8_TA(0000)0000.


SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Parliament is asked to give its consent to the Protocol amending the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, of the other part, extending the provisions of that Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles. Ratifying the textiles protocol would mean including textiles in the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) concluded between Uzbekistan and the EU in 1999. The provisions laid down in the ‘Trade in goods’ title of the PCA would thus also apply to textiles. That title foresees the according of MFN status on a reciprocal basis, trade free of quantitative restrictions, the principle of free transit, trade at market-related prices, a safeguard clause and prohibitions or restrictions on imports, exports or goods in transit justified on grounds of public morality, public policy or public security.

In December 2011, Parliament adopted an interim report postponing its decision on consent pending an improvement in the human rights situation in Uzbekistan, particularly in relation to the use of child labour and forced labour in the annual cotton harvest. That interim report set out 14 recommendations.

Since its adoption, a dialogue has been established with Uzbekistan that has involved annual hearings in which a number of stakeholders have taken part, including civil society, the Uzbek authorities and European and international institutions. There has also been close cooperation between Uzbekistan and the International Labour Organization to assess the action taken to end the use of child labour and forced labour in Uzbekistan’s annual cotton harvest. The ILO carried out its first cotton harvest monitoring mission in 2013, and repeated the exercise in 2014 and 2015. A monitoring mission is again planned for 2016, with particular emphasis on the issue of forced labour.

The report on the ILO’s last monitoring mission, from 14 September to 31 October 2015, revealed that the practice of using child labour in cotton harvesting had been virtually eradicated. The authorities have put in place various measures to eliminate child labour, including after-school care, fines for offenders and making parents, teachers and farmers take greater responsibility. Only a few isolated cases were discovered. The ILO confirmed that the use of child labour was only sporadic and that the practice had now become socially unacceptable.

The same conclusions could not, however, be drawn as regards forced labour. This assessment was a more delicate matter so the ILO identified a number of indicators of forced labour linked to abusive work conditions and the recruitment process. The Uzbek authorities have made several commitments to progressively abolish adult forced labour, including establishing a feedback mechanism to address people’s grievances, organising awareness campaigns and putting in place programmes to assess the implementation of international agreements in this area.

Parliament fully supports the work done by the ILO to abolish forced labour in Uzbekistan definitively. The efforts of the Uzbek authorities should also be encouraged. The rapporteur believes therefore that, in the context of the ongoing dialogue and cooperation, it is appropriate for Parliament to give its consent to the textile protocol with Uzbekistan.

However, if the Uzbek authorities fail to follow through on their commitment to abolish forced labour, Parliament reserves the right to ask the Commission and the Council to activate Articles 2 and 95 of the PCA, allowing general or specific measures to be taken in the event of a failure to respect human rights.


OPINION of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (25.10.2016)

for the Committee on International Trade

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, of the other part, amending the Agreement in order to extend the provisions of the Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles, taking account of the expiry of the bilateral textiles Agreement

(16384/1/2010 – C7‑0097/2011 – 2010/0323(NLE))

Rapporteur: Elmar Brok

The Committee on Foreign Affairs calls on the Committee on International Trade, as the committee responsible, to recommend that Parliament give its consent to the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, of the other part, amending the Agreement in order to extend the provisions of the Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles, taking account of the expiry of the bilateral textiles Agreement.

PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

Extension of the provisions of the EC-Uzbekistan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles

References

16384/1/2010 – C7-0097/2011 – COM(2010)0664 – 16384/2010 – 2010/0323(NLE)

Committee responsible

 

INTA

 

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

AFET

9.6.2011

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Elmar Brok

24.10.2014

Previous rapporteur

Ulrike Lunacek

Date adopted

24.10.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

45

8

3

Members present for the final vote

Lars Adaktusson, Michèle Alliot-Marie, Nikos Androulakis, Francisco Assis, Petras Auštrevičius, Amjad Bashir, Elmar Brok, Klaus Buchner, James Carver, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Javier Couso Permuy, Andi Cristea, Georgios Epitideios, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Michael Gahler, Sandra Kalniete, Tunne Kelam, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, Andrey Kovatchev, Eduard Kukan, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Arne Lietz, Barbara Lochbihler, Sabine Lösing, Ulrike Lunacek, Andrejs Mamikins, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Tamás Meszerics, Javier Nart, Demetris Papadakis, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Vincent Peillon, Alojz Peterle, Kati Piri, Cristian Dan Preda, Jozo Radoš, Jaromír Štětina, Dubravka Šuica, Charles Tannock, László Tőkés, Ivo Vajgl, Johannes Cornelis van Baalen, Boris Zala

Substitutes present for the final vote

Ryszard Czarnecki, Ana Gomes, Javi López, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Urmas Paet, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Helmut Scholz, Bodil Valero

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

Biljana Borzan, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Marijana Petir, Ivan Štefanec


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Extension of the provisions of the EC-Uzbekistan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles

References

16384/1/2010 – C7-0097/2011 – COM(2010)0664 – 16384/2010 – 2010/0323(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

14.4.2011

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

INTA

10.5.2011

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

AFET

9.6.2011

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Maria Arena

22.7.2014

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

7.5.2015

1.9.2016

12.10.2016

 

Date adopted

10.11.2016

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

31

4

2

Members present for the final vote

Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Maria Arena, Tiziana Beghin, David Borrelli, David Campbell Bannerman, Daniel Caspary, Salvatore Cicu, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Christofer Fjellner, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Ska Keller, Jude Kirton-Darling, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Anne-Marie Mineur, Sorin Moisă, Alessia Maria Mosca, Franz Obermayr, Artis Pabriks, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Marietje Schaake, Helmut Scholz, Joachim Schuster, Joachim Starbatty, Adam Szejnfeld, Hannu Takkula, Iuliu Winkler, Jan Zahradil

Substitutes present for the final vote

Klaus Buchner, Nicola Danti, Syed Kamall, Frédérique Ries, Fernando Ruas, Jarosław Wałęsa

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

Philippe Loiseau

Date tabled

15.11.2016

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