16. ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH CHILE
Draft Council Decision on the signature and provisional application of certain provisions of an Association Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Chile, of the other part.
Draft Council Decision on the conclusion of an Association Agreement between the European Community and its Member States of the one part, and the Republic of Chile, of the other part.
|Legal base:||Article 300(2) EC; assent; unanimity
|Document originated:||7 October 2002
|Deposited in Parliament:||24 October 2002
|Department:||Foreign and Commonwealth Office
|Basis of consideration:||EM of 29 October 2002
|Previous Committee Report:||None
|To be discussed in Council:||18 November 2002
|Committee's assessment:||Politically important
16.1 On 13 September 1999 the Council approved a mandate
for the Commission to negotiate an EU Chile Association
Agreement. The Commission and Chile initialled the text of an
agreement on 10 June 2002, which, if concluded, will widen the
scope of the existing EU- Chile Framework Co-operation Agreement
of 1996 (which will
be replaced by the new agreement).
The draft Council Decisions
16.2 The proposed Council Decisions will provide for
the signing of the Association Agreement, for its provisional
application in relation to trade co-operation and institutional
issues, and for conclusion of the Agreement. The Decisions provide
for signature and conclusion on behalf of the European Community,
but, as the subject-matter of the Agreement also falls within
the competences of Member States, the latter will also need to
sign, conclude and ratify the Agreement.
16.3 The Agreement provides for co-operation between
the Republic of Chile and the European Community and its Member
States on a broad range of issues. It accordingly provides for
a regular political dialogue on bilateral and international matters,
with respect for democratic principles and human rights as established
in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights being regarded as
an essential part of the Agreement. Detailed provisions concern
the progressive liberalisation of trade in goods over a transitional
period of ten years, in accordance with the rules of the World
Trade Organisation, leading to a liberalisation of 97% of bilateral
trade, including all trade in industrial goods.
16.4 The Agreement also provides for the reciprocal liberalisation
of trade in services, in accordance with the WTO General Agreement
on Trade in Service, and non-discrimination provisions on investment.
Provision is made for co-operation on a wide range of matters
including competition policy, education and training, science
and technology, environmental issues, agriculture, public administration,
transport, tourism, telecommunications and information technology.
The Agreement also provides for cooperation and the exchange of
information in relation to counter-terrorism, organised crime
and drug trafficking and addiction.
16.5 The Agreement provides for an Association Council,
to meet at least every two years, to examine issues arising within
the scope of the Agreement.
The Government's view
16.6 In his Explanatory Memorandum of 29 October 2002
the Minister for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Mr Denis MacShane) explains that the main objectives of the Agreement
are to provide an appropriate and comprehensive framework for
political dialogue, to strengthen co-operation and to expand and
diversify trade between the Community and Chile. The Minister
points out that the Agreement is one of mixed competence and will
be signed and concluded by the Member States, as well as by the
Community. The Minister adds that the Agreement does not impose
any new burdens on business, but that, on the contrary, it will
bring new opportunities to UK exporters.
16.7 Like the Minister, we welcome this latest agreement
with the Republic of Chile. We have no questions to raise on the
document and we are content to clear it.
No. L42 of 16.2.1996. This agreement replaced an earlier agreement
concluded in 1991. Back