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A8-0256/2017

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PV 12/09/2017 - 7.5

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P8_TA(2017)0320

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PE 592.315v02-00 A8-0256/2017

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

(12146/2016 – C8‑0129/2017 – 2016/0293(NLE))

Committee on International Trade

Rapporteur: David Borrelli

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

(12146/2016 – C8‑0129/2016 – 2016/0293(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (12146/2016),

–  having regard to the draft Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and Iceland concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products (12147/2016),

–  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 (C8‑0129/2016),

–  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 International Trade (A8-0256/2017),

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 Iceland.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The EU and Iceland are Parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) which provides for free movement of goods, with the exception of agricultural and fisheries products. Article 19 stipulates that every two years the Parties review the conditions of trade in agricultural products and decide on the further reduction of any type of barriers.

The previous EU-Iceland agreement on liberalising agricultural trade entered into force on 1 January 2007. It set the duty-free access of Icelandic agricultural products to the EU market to 51.9 % of trade and the duty-free access of EU agricultural products to the Icelandic market to 66.4 % of trade. The latest round of negotiations aimed at increasing the degree of liberalisation on both sides, extending the current tariff rate quotas and opening new tariff rate quotas for additional agricultural products.

The negotiations were conducted from 4 July 2012 to 17 September 2015 in parallel to the talks on a separate agreement on geographical indications. The Agreement was initialled on 17 September 2015. It includes additional tariff quotas or tariff reductions for more sensitive products, such as meat, dairy, fruit, vegetable and ornamental plants. As a result of the negotiations almost 90 % of EU agricultural products will have duty-free access to the Icelandic market. As a net exporter of basic agricultural products to Iceland, the EU will benefit from increased quotas, in particular for cheese, beef, pig meat and poultry whereas Iceland will gain additional access for its skyr exports. Overall, almost all trade on processed agricultural products will be duty free, with some exceptions, notably of fermented milk products.

In 2015, EU exports of agricultural products to Iceland were worth EUR 290 million while the value of imports reached EUR 44 million. The main products exported by the EU are fruit, vegetables and cereals, which now largely enjoy duty-free access to the Icelandic market. Imports from Iceland are mainly seaweed and algae, sheep meat, live horses and fur skins.

In accordance with Article 218(6) TFEU, consent of the European Parliament is needed in order for the Council to adopt a decision concluding the Agreement.

The Rapporteur is of the view that the negotiations have led to a balanced outcome, in particular, taking the simultaneously negotiated agreement on GI protection into account.

In the light of the above, the Rapporteur recommends that the Parliament give its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the EU and Iceland concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products

References

12146/2016 – C8-0129/2017 – COM(2016)05632016/0293(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

30.3.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

INTA

6.4.2017

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

AGRI

6.4.2017

 

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

AGRI

29.9.2016

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

David Borrelli

12.10.2016

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

20.6.2017

 

 

 

Date adopted

11.7.2017

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

35

0

3

Members present for the final vote

William (The Earl of) Dartmouth, Maria Arena, Tiziana Beghin, David Campbell Bannerman, Daniel Caspary, Salvatore Cicu, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Eleonora Forenza, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Heidi Hautala, Yannick Jadot, Jude Kirton-Darling, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Emma McClarkin, Anne-Marie Mineur, Sorin Moisă, Franz Obermayr, Artis Pabriks, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Tokia Saïfi, Marietje Schaake, Helmut Scholz, Joachim Schuster, Joachim Starbatty, Adam Szejnfeld, Hannu Takkula, Iuliu Winkler

Substitutes present for the final vote

Dita Charanzová, Edouard Ferrand, Agnes Jongerius, Sajjad Karim, Gabriel Mato, Georg Mayer, Fernando Ruas, Jarosław Wałęsa

Date tabled

14.7.2017


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

35

+

ALDE

Dita Charanzová, Marietje Schaake, Hannu Takkula

ECR

David Campbell Bannerman, Sajjad Karim, Emma McClarkin, Joachim Starbatty

EFDD

William (The Earl of) Dartmouth, Tiziana Beghin

ENF

Edouard Ferrand, Georg Mayer, Franz Obermayr

GUE/NGL

Anne-Marie Mineur, Helmut Scholz

PPE

Daniel Caspary, Salvatore Cicu, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Gabriel Mato, Artis Pabriks, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Fernando Ruas, Tokia Saïfi, Adam Szejnfeld, Jarosław Wałęsa, Iuliu Winkler

S&D

Maria Arena, Karoline Graswander-Hainz, Agnes Jongerius, Jude Kirton-Darling, Bernd Lange, David Martin, Sorin Moisă, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Joachim Schuster

0

-

 

 

3

0

GUE/NGL

Eleonora Forenza

Verts/ALE

Heidi Hautala, Yannick Jadot

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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