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Document 32022D1643

Council Decision (EU) 2022/1643 of 20 September 2022 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the European Union and its Member States

ST/8896/2022/INIT

OJ L 248, 26.9.2022, p. 1–2 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2022/1643/oj

26.9.2022   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 248/1


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2022/1643

of 20 September 2022

on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the European Union and its Member States

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 100(2), in conjunction with Article 218(5), thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

On 7 June 2016, the Council authorised the opening of negotiations with the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a comprehensive air transport agreement.

(2)

On 26 May 2020, the Council extended by one year the authorisation of 7 June 2016.

(3)

The negotiations for the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the European Union and its Member States (‘the Agreement’) were successfully completed on 2 June 2021.

(4)

The ASEAN Member States are among the fastest-growing economies in the world, and their markets for air services have strong potential for further growth. The Agreement aims in particular to ensure fair competition, the facilitation of gradual market opening and an increase in access to routes and capacity between the Union and the ASEAN Member States, thereby benefitting consumers and the economy.

(5)

The Agreement should therefore be signed on behalf of the Union.

(6)

The signing of the Agreement on behalf of the Union does not affect the allocation of competences between the Union and its Member States. This Decision should not be interpreted as making use of the possibility for the Union to exercise its external competence with regard to areas covered by the Agreement falling within shared competence to the extent that such competence has not yet been exercised internally by the Union.

(7)

In order for the Agreement to deliver its full benefits as early as possible, it should be concluded swiftly. To that effect, it is envisaged that, on the occasion of the signing of the Agreement, the Union and its Member States and the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations make a statement (‘the statement by the Parties’) that, in accordance with their applicable laws and regulations, they will take all steps necessary to bring the Agreement into force as expediently as possible.

(8)

The uncoordinated response of countries across the world to the COVID-19 pandemic was particularly disruptive for the aviation industry. In order to avoid such disruptions in the event of future crises, there is a need for better coordination between the Union and key international partners. It is therefore envisaged that, on the occasion of the signing of the Agreement, the Parties also express in the statement by the Parties their intention to maintain close discussions and coordination, within the framework of the Joint Committee provided for under the Agreement, on responses to unexpected crisis events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, with the objective of mitigating, to the extent possible, any disruptive effects on air services.

(9)

The statement by the Parties should be approved on behalf of the Union.

(10)

The statement by the Parties, as well as a statement by the Member States of the Union and of the Member States of ASEAN with the exception of Malaysia and a statement by Malaysia, will be compiled in a Record of Statements made on the occasion of the signature of the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (‘the Record of Statements’). The signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Record of Statements should be authorised,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the European Union and its Member States is hereby authorised, subject to the conclusion of the said Agreement (1).

Article 2

The Statement by the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union and its Member States (2) is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Record of Statements made on the occasion of the signature of the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement, is hereby authorised (3).

Article 3

The President of the Council is hereby authorised to designate the person(s) empowered to sign the Agreement on behalf of the Union.

The President of the Council is hereby authorised to designate the person(s) empowered to sign the Record of Statements on behalf of the Union.

Article 4

This Decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption.

Done at Brussels, 20 September 2022.

For the Council

The President

M. BEK


(1)  The text of the Agreement will be published together with the Decision on its conclusion.

(2)  The text of the Statement will be published together with the Agreement.

(3)  The text of the Record of Statements will be published together with the Agreement.


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