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Document 22015D0977

Decision No 1/2014 of the EU-Ukraine Association Council of 15 December 2014 adopting its Rules of Procedure and those of the Association Committee and of Subcommittees [2015/977]

OJ L 157, 23.6.2015, p. 99–109 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, 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/2015/977/oj

23.6.2015   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 157/99


DECISION No 1/2014 OF THE EU-UKRAINE ASSOCIATION COUNCIL

of 15 December 2014

adopting its Rules of Procedure and those of the Association Committee and of Subcommittees [2015/977]

THE EU-UKRAINE ASSOCIATION COUNCIL,

Having regard to the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part (1) (‘the Agreement’), and in particular Article 462 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

In accordance with Article 486 of the Agreement, parts of the Agreement have been applied provisionally as of 1 November 2014.

(2)

Pursuant to Article 462(2) of the Agreement, the Association Council is to establish its own rules of procedure.

(3)

Pursuant to Article 464(1) of the Agreement, the Association Council is to be assisted in the performance of its duties by an Association Committee whereas pursuant to Article 465(1) of the Agreement the Association Council is to determine in its rules of procedure the duties and functioning of the Association Committee,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Rules of Procedure of the Association Council and those of the Association Committee and of Subcommittees, as set out in Annexes I and II respectively, are hereby adopted.

Article 2

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

Done at Brussels, 15 December 2014.

For the Association Council

The Chair

F. MOGHERINI


(1)  OJ L 161, 29.5.2014, p. 3.


ANNEX I

RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE ASSOCIATION COUNCIL

Article 1

General provisions

1.   The Association Council established in accordance with Article 461(1) of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part (‘the Agreement’), shall perform its duties as provided for in Articles 461 and 463 of the Agreement.

2.   As provided for in Article 5(1) of the Agreement, the Parties shall hold regular political dialogue meetings at Summit level. In accordance with Article 5(2) of the Agreement, at ministerial level, political dialogue shall take place, by mutual agreement, within the Association Council referred to in Article 460 of the Agreement and within the framework of regular meetings between representatives of the Parties at Foreign Minister level.

3.   As provided for in Article 462(1) of the Agreement, the Association Council shall be composed of members of the Council of the European Union and members of the European Commission, of the one part, and of members of the Government of Ukraine, of the other part. The composition of the Association Council shall take into consideration the specific issues to be addressed at any given meeting. The Association Council shall meet at ministerial level.

4.   As provided for in Article 463(1) of the Agreement, and for the purpose of attaining the objectives thereof, the Association Council shall have the power to take decisions that are binding upon the Parties. The Association Council shall take appropriate measures for the implementation of its decisions, including, if necessary, by empowering specific bodies established under this Agreement to act on its behalf. The Association Council may also make recommendations. It shall adopt its decisions and recommendations by agreement between the Parties after the completion of the respective internal procedures for their adoption. The Association Council may delegate its powers to the Association Committee.

5.   The Parties in these Rules of Procedure are those defined in Article 482 of the Agreement.

Article 2

Chairmanship

The Parties shall hold the chairmanship of the Association Council, alternately, for a period of 12 months. The first period shall begin on the date of the first Association Council meeting and end on 31 December of the same year.

Article 3

Meetings

1.   The Association Council shall meet at least once a year, and when circumstances require, by mutual agreement of the Parties. Unless otherwise agreed by the Parties, the Association Council shall be held at the usual venue for meetings of the Council of the European Union.

2.   Each session of the Association Council shall be held at a date agreed by the Parties.

3.   The meetings of the Association Council shall be convened jointly by the Secretaries of the Association Council, in agreement with the Chair of the Association Council no later than 30 calendar days before the date of the meeting.

Article 4

Representation

1.   The members of the Association Council may be represented if unable to attend. If a member wishes to be so represented, he or she shall inform in writing the Chair of the Association Council of the name of his or her representative before the meeting at which the member is to be so represented.

2.   The representative of a member of the Association Council shall exercise all the rights of that member.

Article 5

Delegations

1.   The members of the Association Council may be accompanied by officials. Before each meeting, the Chair of the Association Council shall be informed, through the Secretariat of the Association Council, of the intended composition of the delegation of each Party.

2.   The Association Council may, by agreement between the Parties, invite representatives of other bodies of the Parties or independent experts in a subject area to attend its meetings as observers or in order to provide information on particular subjects. The Parties shall agree on the terms and conditions under which these observers may attend the meetings.

Article 6

Secretariat

An official of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and an official of Ukraine shall act jointly as Secretaries of the Association Council.

Article 7

Correspondence

1.   Correspondence addressed to the Association Council shall be directed to the Secretary of either the Union or of Ukraine, who in turn will inform the other Secretary.

2.   The Secretaries of the Association Council shall ensure that correspondence is forwarded to the Chair of the Association Council and, where appropriate, circulated to the members of the Association Council.

3.   Correspondence so circulated shall be sent, as appropriate, to the General Secretariat of the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Permanent Representations of the Member States to the European Union and the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, as well as the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

4.   Communications from the Chair shall be sent to the addressees by the Secretaries on behalf of the Chair. Such communications shall be circulated, where appropriate, to the members of the Association Council as provided for in paragraph 3.

Article 8

Confidentiality

Unless otherwise decided by the Parties, the meetings of the Association Council shall not be public. When a Party submits information designated as confidential to the Association Council, the other Party shall treat that information as such.

Article 9

Agendas for meetings

1.   The Chair of the Association Council shall draw up a provisional agenda for each meeting. It shall be dispatched by the Secretaries of the Association Council to the addressees referred to in Article 7 no later than 15 calendar days before the meeting.

2.   The provisional agenda shall include the items in respect of which the Chair has received a request for inclusion in the agenda no later than 21 calendar days before the beginning of the meeting. Such items shall not be written into the provisional agenda unless the relevant supporting documents have been sent to the Secretaries before the date of dispatch of the agenda.

3.   The agenda shall be adopted by the Association Council at the beginning of each meeting. Any item other than those appearing on the provisional agenda may be placed on the agenda if the Parties so agree.

4.   The Chair may reduce, in consultation with the Parties, the time limits specified in paragraph 1 in order to take account of the requirements of a particular case.

Article 10

Minutes

1.   Draft minutes of each meeting shall be drawn up jointly by the Secretaries of the Association Council.

2.   The minutes shall, as a general rule, indicate in respect of each item on the agenda:

(a)

the documentation submitted to the Association Council;

(b)

any statements which a member of the Association Council requested to be entered in the minutes; and

(c)

issues agreed upon by the Parties, such as decisions adopted, statements agreed upon and any conclusions.

3.   The draft minutes shall be submitted to the Association Council for approval. The Association Council shall approve those draft minutes at its next meeting. Alternatively, those draft minutes can be approved in writing.

Article 11

Decisions and recommendations

1.   The Association Council shall take decisions and make recommendations by mutual agreement between the Parties and on completion of the respective internal procedures.

2.   The Association Council may also take decisions or make recommendations by written procedure if the Parties so agree. For this purpose, the text of the proposal shall be circulated in writing by the Chair of the Association Council to its members pursuant to Article 7, with a time limit of no less than 21 calendar days within which members shall make known any reservations or amendments they wish to make. The Chair may reduce the aforementioned time limit in order to take account of the requirements of a particular case, in consultation with the Parties.

3.   The acts of the Association Council, within the meaning of Article 463(1) of the Agreement, shall be entitled ‘Decision’ or ‘Recommendation’ respectively, followed by a serial number, the date of their adoption and a description of their subject-matter. Those decisions and recommendations of the Association Council shall be signed by the Chair and authenticated by the Secretaries of the Association Council. Those decisions and recommendations shall be circulated to each of the addressees referred to in Article 7 of these Rules of Procedure. Each Party may decide on the publication of the decisions and recommendations of the Association Council in its respective official publication.

4.   Each decision of the Association Council shall enter into force on the date of its adoption unless the decision provides otherwise.

Article 12

Languages

1.   The official languages of the Association Council shall be the official languages of the Parties.

2.   Unless otherwise decided, the Association Council shall base its deliberations on documentation prepared in those languages.

Article 13

Expenses

1.   Each Party shall meet any expenses which it incurs as a result of participating in the meetings of the Association Council, both with regard to staff, travel and subsistence expenditure and with regard to postal and telecommunications expenditure.

2.   Expenditure in connection with interpretation at meetings, translation and reproduction of documents shall be borne by the Union. In the event that Ukraine requires interpretation or translation into and from languages other than those provided for in Article 12, expenses related thereto shall be borne by Ukraine.

3.   Other expenditure relating to the material organisation of meetings shall be borne by the Party which hosts the meetings.

Article 14

Association Committee

1.   In accordance with Article 464(1) of the Agreement, the Association Council shall be assisted in carrying out its duties by the Association Committee. The Association Committee shall be composed of representatives of the Parties, in principle at senior civil servant level.

2.   The Association Committee shall prepare the meetings and the deliberations of the Association Council, implement the decisions of the Association Council where appropriate and ensure continuity of the association relationship and the proper functioning of the Agreement in general. The Association Committee shall consider any matter referred to it by the Association Council as well as any other matter which may arise in the course of the implementation of the Agreement. The Association Committee shall submit proposals or any draft decisions or recommendations to the Association Council for its approval. In accordance with Article 465(2) of the Agreement, the Association Council may delegate the power to take decisions to the Association Committee.

3.   The Association Committee shall take the decisions and make the recommendations for which it has been authorised under the Agreement.

4.   In cases where the Agreement refers to an obligation to consult or a possibility of consultation or where the Parties decide by mutual agreement to consult each other, such consultation may take place within the Association Committee, except as otherwise provided for in the Agreement. The consultation may continue in the Association Council if the Parties so agree.

Article 15

Amendment of Rules of Procedure

These Rules of Procedure may be amended in accordance with Article 11.


ANNEX II

RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE AND OF SUBCOMMITTEES

Article 1

General provisions

1.   The Association Committee established in accordance with Article 464(1) of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other (‘the Agreement’), shall assist the Association Council in the performance of its duties and perform the tasks provided for in the Agreement and assigned to it by the Association Council. Pursuant to Article 465(1) of the Agreement, the Association Council shall determine in its Rules of Procedure the duties and functioning of the Association Committee.

2.   The Association Committee shall prepare the meetings and the deliberations of the Association Council, implement the decisions of the Association Council where appropriate and ensure continuity of the association relationship and the proper functioning of the Agreement in general. The Association Committee shall consider any matter referred to it by the Association Council as well as any other matter which may arise in the course of the day-to-day implementation of the Agreement. The Association Committee shall submit proposals or any draft decisions or recommendations for adoption to the Association Council.

3.   As provided for in Article 464(2) of the Agreement, the Association Committee shall be composed of representatives of the Parties, in principle at senior civil servant level, who are responsible for specific issues to be addressed at any given meeting.

4.   Pursuant to Article 465(4) of the Agreement, when the Association Committee in Trade configuration, as set out in Article 465(4) of the Agreement (‘the Association Committee in Trade configuration’), performs the tasks conferred upon it under Title IV of the Agreement, it shall be composed of senior officials of the European Commission and of Ukraine who are responsible for trade and trade-related matters. A representative of the European Commission or of Ukraine who is responsible for trade and trade-related matters shall act as Chair of the Association Committee in accordance with Article 2 of these Rules of Procedure. The meetings will also be attended by a representative of the European External Action Service.

5.   As provided for in Article 465(3) of the Agreement, the Association Committee shall have the power to adopt decisions in the cases provided for in the Agreement and in areas in which the Association Council has delegated powers to it. Those decisions shall be binding upon the Parties, which shall take appropriate measures to implement them. The Association Committee shall adopt its decisions by agreement between the Parties after the completion of the respective internal procedures for their adoption.

6.   The Parties in these Rules of Procedure shall be defined as provided for in Article 482 of the Agreement.

Article 2

Chairmanship

The Parties shall hold the chairmanship of the Association Committee, alternately, for a period of 12 months. The first period shall begin on the date of the first Association Council meeting and end on 31 December of the same year.

Article 3

Meetings

1.   Save as otherwise agreed by the Parties, the Association Committee shall meet regularly, at least once a year. Special sessions of the Association Committee may be held at the request of either Party, if the Parties so agree.

2.   Each meeting of the Association Committee shall be convened by its Chair at a place and on a date agreed by the Parties. The notice of convening the meeting shall be issued by the Secretariat of the Association Committee no later than 28 calendar days prior to the start of the meeting, unless the Parties agree otherwise.

3.   The Association Committee in Trade configuration shall meet at least once a year and when circumstances require. Each meeting shall be convened by the Chair of the Association Committee in Trade configuration at a location, on a date and by the means agreed by the Parties. The notice convening the meeting shall be issued by the Secretariat of the Association Committee in Trade configuration no later than 15 calendar days prior to the start of the meeting, unless the Parties agree otherwise.

4.   Whenever possible, the regular meeting of the Association Committee shall be convened in due time in advance of the regular meeting of the Association Council.

5.   By way of exception and if the Parties so agree, the meetings of the Association Committee may be held by any agreed technological means such as video-conference.

Article 4

Delegations

Before each meeting, the Parties shall be informed, through the Secretariat of the Association Committee, of the intended composition of the delegations attending the meeting on either side.

Article 5

Secretariat

1.   An official of the Union and an official of Ukraine shall act jointly as Secretaries of the Association Committee and shall execute secretarial tasks in a joint manner unless these Rules of Procedure provide otherwise, in a spirit of mutual trust and cooperation.

2.   An official of the European Commission and an official of Ukraine who are responsible for trade and trade-related matters shall act jointly as Secretaries of the Association Committee in Trade configuration.

Article 6

Correspondence

1.   Correspondence addressed to the Association Committee shall be directed to the Secretary of the Association Committee of either Party, who in turn will inform the other Secretary.

2.   The Secretariat of the Association Committee shall ensure that correspondence addressed to the Association Committee is forwarded to the Chair of the Association Committee and circulated, where appropriate, as documents referred to in Article 7.

3.   Correspondence from the Chair shall be sent to the Parties by the Secretariat on behalf of the Chair. Such correspondence shall be circulated, where appropriate, as provided for in Article 7.

Article 7

Documents

1.   Documents shall be circulated through the Secretaries of the Association Committee.

2.   A Party shall transmit its documents to its Secretary. The Secretary shall transmit those documents to the Secretary of the other Party.

3.   The Secretary of the Union shall circulate the documents to the relevant representatives of the Union and shall copy systematically the Secretary of Ukraine in such correspondence.

4.   The Secretary of Ukraine shall circulate the documents to the relevant representatives of Ukraine and shall copy systematically the Secretary of the Union in such correspondence.

Article 8

Confidentiality

Unless otherwise decided by the Parties, the meetings of the Association Committee shall not be public. When a Party submits information designated as confidential to the Association Committee, the other Party shall treat that information as such.

Article 9

Agendas for Meetings

1.   A provisional agenda for each meeting of the Association Committee as well as draft operational conclusions as provided for in Article 10, shall be drawn up by the Secretariat of the Association Committee on the basis of proposals made by the Parties. The provisional agenda shall include items in respect of which the Secretariat of the Association Committee has received a request for inclusion in the agenda by a Party, supported by relevant documents, no later than 21 calendar days before the date of the meeting.

2.   The provisional agenda, together with the relevant documents, shall be circulated as provided for in Article 7 no later than 15 calendar days before the date of the beginning of the meeting.

3.   The agenda shall be adopted by the Association Committee at the beginning of each meeting. Items other than those appearing on the provisional agenda may be placed on the agenda if the Parties so agree.

4.   The Chair of the meeting of the Association Committee may, upon agreement of the other Party, invite representatives of other bodies of the Parties or independent experts in a subject area on an ad hoc basis to attend its meetings in order to provide information on specific subjects. The Parties shall ensure that those observers or experts respect any confidentiality requirements.

5.   The Chair of the meeting of the Association Committee may reduce, in consultation with the Parties, the time limits provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2 in order to take account of special circumstances.

Article 10

Minutes and operational conclusions

1.   Draft minutes of each meeting of the Association Committee shall be drawn up jointly by the Secretaries of the Association Committee.

2.   The minutes shall, as a general rule, indicate in respect of each item on the agenda:

(a)

a list of participants at the meeting, a list of officials accompanying them and a list of any observers or experts who attended the meeting;

(b)

the documentation submitted to the Association Committee;

(c)

statements which the Association Committee requested to be entered in the minutes; and

(d)

operational conclusions from the meeting, as provided in paragraph 4.

3.   The draft minutes shall be submitted to the Association Committee for approval. The Association Committee shall approve those draft minutes at its next meeting. Alternatively, those draft minutes can be approved in writing. The draft minutes of the Association Committee in Trade configuration shall be approved within 28 calendar days of each meeting. A copy shall be sent to each of the addressees referred to in Article 7.

4.   Draft operational conclusions of each meeting shall be drawn up by the Secretary of the Association Committee of the Party holding the chairmanship of the Association Committee, and circulated to the Parties together with the agenda, normally no later than 15 calendar days before the date of the beginning of the meeting. That draft shall be updated as the meeting proceeds so that at the end of the meeting, unless agreed otherwise by the Parties, the Association Committee adopts the operational conclusions, reflecting the follow-up actions agreed by the Parties. Once agreed, the operational conclusions shall be attached to the minutes and their implementation shall be reviewed during any subsequent meeting of the Association Committee. To that end the Association Committee shall adopt a template, allowing for each action point to be tracked against a specific deadline.

Article 11

Decisions and recommendations

1.   In specific cases where the Agreement confers the power to take decisions or where such power has been delegated to it by the Association Council, the Association Committee shall take decisions. The Association Committee shall also make recommendations. Decisions and recommendations shall be made by mutual agreement between the Parties and on completion of the respective internal procedures. Each decision or recommendation shall be signed by the Chair of the Association Committee and authenticated by the Secretaries of the Association Committee.

2.   The Association Committee may take decisions or make recommendations by written procedure if the Parties so agree. The written procedure shall consist of an exchange of notes between the Secretaries, acting in agreement with the Parties. For that purpose, the text of the proposal shall be circulated pursuant to Article 7, with a time limit of no less than 21 calendar days within which any reservations or amendments shall be made known. The Chair may reduce the time limits specified in this paragraph in order to take account of special circumstances, in consultation with the Parties. Once the text is agreed, the decision or recommendation shall be signed by the Chair and authenticated by the Secretaries.

3.   The acts of the Association Committee shall be entitled ‘Decision’ or ‘Recommendation’ respectively. Each decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption unless the decision provides otherwise.

4.   The decisions and recommendations shall be circulated to the Parties.

5.   Each Party may decide on the publication of the decisions and recommendations of the Association Committee in its respective official publication.

Article 12

Reports

The Association Committee shall report to the Association Council on its activities and those of its subcommittees, working groups and other bodies at each regular meeting of the Association Council.

Article 13

Languages

1.   The official languages of the Association Committee shall be the official languages of the Parties.

2.   The working languages of the Association Committee shall be English and Ukrainian. Unless otherwise decided, the Association Committee shall base its deliberations on documentation prepared in those languages.

Article 14

Expenses

1.   Each Party shall meet any expenses it incurs as a result of participating in the meetings of the Association Committee, both with regard to staff, travel and subsistence expenditure and with regard to postal and telecommunications expenditure.

2.   Expenditure in connection with the organisation of meetings and reproduction of documents shall be borne by the Party hosting the meeting.

3.   Expenditure in connection with interpreting at meetings and translation of documents into or from English and Ukrainian as referred to in Article 13(1) shall be borne by the Party hosting the meeting.

Interpreting and translation into or from other languages shall be borne directly by the requesting Party.

4.   In cases where translation of documents into the official languages of the Union is necessary, the expenditure shall be borne by the Union.

Article 15

Amendment of Rules of Procedure

These Rules of Procedure may be amended by a decision of the Association Council in accordance with Article 465(1) of the Agreement.

Article 16

Subcommittees, special committees or bodies

1.   In accordance with Article 466(1) and (3) of the Agreement, the Association Committee may decide to establish any subcommittee in specific areas necessary for the implementation of the Agreement other than those provided for in the Agreement, to assist the Association Committee in the performance of its duties. The Association Committee may decide to abolish any such subcommittee and define or amend its rules of procedure. Unless otherwise decided, any such subcommittee shall work under the authority of the Association Committee, to which it shall report after each meeting.

2.   Unless otherwise provided for by the Agreement or agreed in the Association Council, these Rules of Procedure shall be applied mutatis mutandis to any subcommittee as referred to in paragraph 1.

3.   The meetings of subcommittees may be held flexibly as the need arises, in person, either in Brussels or in Ukraine or for example by videoconference. The subcommittees shall act as a platform to monitor progress on approximation in specific areas, to discuss certain issues and challenges arising from that process and to formulate recommendations and operational conclusions.

4.   The Secretariat of the Association Committee shall receive a copy of all relevant correspondence, documents and communications pertaining to any subcommittee, special committee or body.

5.   Unless otherwise provided for in the Agreement or agreed by the Parties within the Association Council, any subcommittee, special committee or body shall only have the power to make recommendations to the Association Committee.

Article 17

These Rules of Procedure shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Association Committee in Trade configuration unless otherwise provided.


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