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Document 32024D1693

Council Decision (EU) 2024/1693 of 30 May 2024 authorising the opening of negotiations for an agreement between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra on several aspects in the field of border management

ST/9836/2024/INIT

OJ L, 2024/1693, 14.6.2024, ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2024/1693/oj (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2024/1693/oj

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2024/1693

14.6.2024

COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2024/1693

of 30 May 2024

authorising the opening of negotiations for an agreement between the European Union and the Principality of Andorra on several aspects in the field of border management

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 77(2), points (b) and (c), and Article 79(2), point (c), in conjunction with Article 218(3) and (4) thereof,

Having regard to the recommendation from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

An agreement is necessary to provide a legal basis for the absence of border controls between France and Andorra as well as between Spain and Andorra.

(2)

It would be beneficial to conclude such an agreement in view of Andorra’s geographical proximity to, and economic interdependence with, the Union.

(3)

It is necessary to ensure the fair treatment of third-country nationals possessing residence permits issued by Andorra at the Union’s external borders.

(4)

The issuance of such residence permits by Andorra has to be conditional on a binding opinion by France or Spain based on a security assessment carried out by one of those two Member States according to a predetermined distribution key.

(5)

The agreement would allow for the conclusion of implementing administrative arrangements of an operational nature between France, Spain and Andorra on matters covered by the agreement, provided that such arrangements are compatible with the agreement and with Union law.

(6)

Negotiations should therefore be opened with a view to concluding an agreement between the Union and Andorra.

(7)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which Ireland does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2002/192/EC (1). Ireland is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(8)

In accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of Protocol No 22 on the position of Denmark, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Denmark is not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

1.   The Commission is hereby authorised to open negotiations for an agreement with the Principality of Andorra on several aspects in the field of border management.

2.   The negotiations shall be conducted on the basis of the negotiating directives of the Council set out in the addendum to this Decision.

Article 2

The Commission is hereby nominated as the Union negotiator.

Article 3

The negotiations shall be conducted in consultation with the appropriate Working Party of the Council.

Article 4

This Decision is addressed to the Commission.

Done at Brussels, 30 May 2024.

For the Council

The President

T. VAN DER STRAETEN


(1)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning the Ireland’s request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20, ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2002/192/oj).


ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2024/1693/oj

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