Procedure : 2019/0142(NLE)
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A9-0038/2019

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PV 28/11/2019 - 8.4

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P9_TA(2019)0075

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<Titre>on the draft Council decision on the Conclusion of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union (2014)</Titre>

<DocRef>(10681/2019 – C9‑0107/2019 – 2019/0142(NLE))</DocRef>


<Commission>{INTA}Committee on International Trade</Commission>

Rapporteur: <Depute>Bernd Lange</Depute>

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 OPINION OF THE Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
 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 between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union (2014)

(10681/2019 – C9‑0107/2019 – 2019/0142(NLE))

(Consent)

The European Parliament,

 having regard to the draft Council decision (10681/2019),

 having regard to the draft Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union (2014) (10678/2019),

 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 (C9‑0107/2019),

 having regard to its non-legislative resolution of ...[1] on the draft decision,

 having regard to Rule 105(1) and (4) and Rule 114(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

 having regard to the opinion of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development,

 having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on International Trade (A9-0038/2019),

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 United States of America.


 

 

 

OPINION OF THE Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (6.11.2019)

<CommissionInt>for the Committee on International Trade</CommissionInt>


<Titre>on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union </Titre>

<DocRef>(10681/2019 – C9-0107/2019 – 2019/0142(NLE))</DocRef>

Rapporteur for opinion: <Depute>Herbert Dorfmann</Depute>

 

 

 

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Since 1989, the United States and the European Union have engaged in a long-standing trade dispute over the Union’s decision to ban hormone-treated meat. The first US action in 1989 imposed retaliatory tariffs of 100 % ad valorem duty on selected food products, and remained in effect until 1996. The second US action in 1999 again imposed a 100% ad valorem duty on selected foods from the Union. To date, the Union continues to ban imports of hormone-treated meat and restricts most meat exports to the Union to a limited quantity of beef imports that are certified as produced without the use of hormones.

Over the years, the US and the Union have attempted to resolve this dispute (DS 26 – “EC-Hormones”) through a series of WTO dispute consultations, settlement panels, arbitration proceedings, and formal appeals. The last in a row of decision came in October 2008, when the WTO issued a mixed ruling allowing the US to continue its trade sanctions, but also allowing the Union to maintain its ban.

In January 2009, the US announced its intent to raise tariffs on some products in connection to the dispute. The Union saw this action as an escalation of the dispute. In May 2009, following a series of negotiations, the US and the Union signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which phased in certain changes over the next several years. As part of that MOU, the Union granted new market access to US exports of beef raised without the use of growth promoters, and the US suspended its retaliatory tariffs on certain Union products.

The access was granted through the introduction of a tariff rate quota (TRQ) for High Quality Beef (Regulation (EC) No 617/2009). Initially, the market access was granted under an annual TRQ of 20000 metric tons at zero duty for beef produced without growth-promoting hormones (High Quality Beef) as agreed in the MOU which was raised to 45 000 metric tons in 2013. To comply with the WTO rules, that quota was also opened to other eligible countries.

In December 2016, upon the request of the US beef industry which raised concerns about the implementation of the TRQ, the US took steps to reinstate retaliatory tariffs on the list of Union products under the dispute. With a view to avoiding the reinstatement of increased duties on certain Union products, the US and the Union conducted consultations regarding the operation of the revised MOU whereby the US requested the allocation of a share of the tariff rate quota.

The agreed solution entails a gradual allocation of a 16 500 metric tonnes in the TRQ opened, pursuant to the Regulation (EC) No 617/2009, from other elegible suppliers (Australia, Uruguay and Argentina) to the US. The resulting distribution after a seven-year implementation period will be as follows: 35 000 metric tonnes of the 45 000 metric tonnes under this TRQ allocated to the US and the remaining 10 000 metric tonnes allocated to the other eligible suppliers. As part of negotiations and to comply with the WTO requirements the Commission sought the agreement of the substantial supplying countries and obtained their written consent for the allocation of a share in the TRQ to the US in the form of letters of acceptance received on 10, 20 and 31 May 2019

The rapporteur proposes that the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development recommend giving consent to this Agreement. There will be no increase in the overall volume of beef coming into the Union. The US will have a greater share of the existing quota, which is filled on an annual basis. The Agreement with the US will protect the interests of Union stakeholders against the threat of increased duties on certain Union products. The rapporteur stresses that the US may fully avail of this reallocation, however the existing overall quota of 45 000 metric tonnes, and the product specifications do not change, so there is no impact on beef supply to the Union. This agreement foresees a closure to the WTO dispute once the agreement is fully implemented.

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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development calls on the Committee on International Trade, as the committee responsible, to recommend approval of the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

Title

EU/USA Agreement on the Allocation of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for imports of high-quality beef

References

10681/2019 – C9-0107/2019 – 2019/0142(NLE)

Committee responsible

 

INTA

 

 

 

 

Opinion by

 Date announced in plenary

AGRI

16.9.2019

Rapporteur

 Date appointed

Herbert Dorfmann

18.9.2019

Discussed in committee

7.10.2019

 

 

 

Date adopted

5.11.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

33

7

3

Members present for the final vote

Mazaly Aguilar, Clara Aguilera, Álvaro Amaro, Attila Ara-Kovács, Carmen Avram, Adrian-dragoş Benea, Daniel Buda, Isabel Carvalhais, Asger Christensen, Dacian Cioloş, Ivan David, Paolo De Castro, Jérémy Decerle, Herbert Dorfmann, Luke Ming Flanagan, Dino Giarrusso, Francisco Guerreiro, Martin Häusling, Martin Hlaváček, Krzysztof Jurgiel, Jarosław Kalinowski, Elsi Katainen, Gilles Lebreton, Norbert Lins, Mairead McGuinness, Marlene Mortler, Maria Noichl, Juozas Olekas, Pina Picierno, Sheila Ritchie, Bronis Ropė, Anne Sander, Annie Schreijer-Pierik, Veronika Vrecionová, Sarah Wiener

Substitutes present for the final vote

Atidzhe Alieva-Veli, Franc Bogovič, Anja Hazekamp, Ivo Hristov, Peter Jahr, Petros Kokkalis, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Michal Wiezik

 


 

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION

33

+

ECR

Mazaly Aguilar, Krzysztof Jurgiel, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Veronika Vrecionová

NI

Dino Giarrusso

PPE

Álvaro Amaro, Franc Bogovič, Daniel Buda, Herbert Dorfmann, Peter Jahr, Jarosław Kalinowski, Norbert Lins, Mairead McGuinness, Marlene Mortler, Anne Sander, Annie Schreijer‑Pierik, Michal Wiezik

RENEW

Atidzhe Alieva‑Veli, Asger Christensen, Dacian Cioloş, Jérémy Decerle, Martin Hlaváček, Elsi Katainen, Sheila Ritchie

S&D

Clara Aguilera, Attila Ara‑Kovács, Carmen Avram, Adrian‑dragoş Benea, Isabel Carvalhais, Paolo De Castro, Ivo Hristov, Juozas Olekas, Pina Picierno

 

7

-

GUE/NGL

Lucke Ming Flanagan

ID

Ivan David, Gilles Lebreton

VERTS/ALE

Francisco Guerreiro, Martin Häusling, Bronis Ropė, Sarah Wiener

 

3

0

GUE/NGL

Anja Hazekamp, Petros Kokkalis

S&D

Maria Noichl

 

Key to symbols:

+ : in favour

- : against

0 : abstention

 

 

 


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

EU/USA Agreement on the Allocation of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for imports of high-quality beef

References

10681/2019 – C9-0107/2019 – 2019/0142(NLE)

Date of consultation / request for consent

28.8.2019

 

 

 

Committee responsible

 Date announced in plenary

INTA

16.9.2019

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

 Date announced in plenary

AGRI

16.9.2019

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

 Date appointed

Bernd Lange

23.9.2019

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

2.10.2019

6.11.2019

 

 

Date adopted

25.11.2019

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

26

7

4

Members present for the final vote

Nikos Androulakis, Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou, Jordi Cañas, Daniel Caspary, Anna Cavazzini, Ellie Chowns, Arnaud Danjean, Nicola Danti, Enikő Győri, Roman Haider, Christophe Hansen, Lucy Elizabeth Harris, Danuta Maria Hübner, Karin Karlsbro, Jude Kirton-Darling, Emmanuel Maurel, Samira Rafaela, Luisa Regimenti, Inma Rodríguez-Piñero, Massimiliano Salini, Helmut Scholz, Liesje Schreinemacher, Sven Simon, Mihai Tudose, Kathleen Van Brempt, Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, Jörgen Warborn, Iuliu Winkler, Jan Zahradil

Substitutes present for the final vote

Mazaly Aguilar, Saskia Bricmont, Markus Buchheit, Jérémy Decerle, Dino Giarrusso, Lucy Elizabeth Harris, Yannick Jadot, Javier Moreno Sánchez

Substitutes under Rule 209(7) present for the final vote

Tanja Fajon

Date tabled

25.11.2019

 


 

FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

26

+

ECR

Mazaly Aguilar, Jan Zahradil

NI

Dino Giarrusso

PPE

Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou, Daniel Caspary, Arnaud Danjean, Enikő Győri, Christophe Hansen, Danuta Maria Hübner, Massimiliano Salini, Sven Simon, Jörgen Warborn, Iuliu Winkler

RENEW

Jordi Cañas, Karin Karlsbro, Samira Rafaela, Liesje Schreinemacher, Marie-Pierre Vedrenne

S&D

Nikos Androulakis, Nicola Danti, Tanja Fajon, Jude Kirton-Darling, Javier Moreno Sánchez, Inma Rodríguez-Piñero, Mihai Tudose, Kathleen Van Brempt

 

7

-

GUE/NGL

Emmanuel Maurel

ID

Markus Buchheit

RENEW

Jérémy Decerle

VERTS/ALE

Saskia Bricmont, Anna Cavazzini, Ellie Chowns, Yannick Jadot

 

4

0

GUE/NGL

Helmut Scholz

ID

Roman Haider, Luisa Regimenti

NI

Lucy Elizabeth Harris

 

Key to symbols:

+ : in favour

- : against

0 : abstention

 

 

[1] Texts adopted, P9_TA(0000)0000.

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