19. AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
AND TURKEY ON PRECURSORS
Draft Council Decision on the signature and conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and Turkey on precursors and chemical substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
|Legal base:||Articles 133 and 300 (2)EC; information; qualified majority voting
|Document originated:||12 September 2002
|Deposited in Parliament:
||26 September 2002|
|Basis of consideration:
||EM of 10 October 2002|
|Previous Committee Report:
|To be discussed in Council:
||Date not set|
|Committee's assessment:||Politically important
19.1 The document aims to strengthen administrative co-operation
between the European Community and Turkey through an agreement
to prevent the diversion from licit trade of precursors and chemical
substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic
drugs and psychotropic substances.
19.2 The five year (renewable) agreement covers:
- co-ordination of such procedures for monitoring trade as pre-export
notification and import and export authorisations, while ensuring
due respect for legitimate trade interests;
- mutual administrative assistance in this area; and
- technical co-operation, including training and exchange programmes
for relevant officials.
19.3 The outcome of the agreement should be that the
contracting parties provide information on certain exports through
pre-export notification of shipments, and information about any
suspicious circumstances surrounding shipments, while the protection
and confidentiality of data is ensured.
19.4 A committee consisting of representatives of both
parties will monitor the implementation of the agreement. The
EC members will be the Commission and representatives of the Member
The Government's view
19.5 The Government is firmly committed to improving
precursor controls and supports the agreement. It has played an
active role in several initiatives aimed at improving precursor
19.6 As the UK already has a system of export authorisations
for the majority of the chemicals concerned, there should be no
significant additional burden on resources, and only a minimal
impact on the UK chemical industry. It should simply be a matter
of reminding companies to apply for authorisations in good time,
so that Turkey can be informed well in advance of the export.
19.7 We welcome the draft Decision and clear the document.