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Document 32016D1363

Council Decision (EU) 2016/1363 of 24 June 2016 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the short-stay visa waiver

OJ L 216, 11.8.2016, p. 1–2 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2016/1363/oj

11.8.2016   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 216/1


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2016/1363

of 24 June 2016

on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the short-stay visa waiver

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular point (a) of Article 77(2), in conjunction with Article 218(5) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

Regulation (EU) No 509/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1) transferred the reference to the Republic of the Marshall Islands from Annex I to Annex II of Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 (2).

(2)

That reference to the Republic of the Marshall Islands is accompanied by a footnote indicating that the exemption from the visa requirement shall apply from the date of entry into force of an agreement on visa exemption to be concluded with the European Union.

(3)

On 9 October 2014, the Council adopted a decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the conclusion of an agreement between the European Union and the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the short-stay visa waiver (the ‘Agreement’).

(4)

Negotiations on the Agreement were opened on 17 December 2014 and were successfully finalised by the initialling thereof, by exchange of letters, on 11 December 2015 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands and on 13 January 2016 by the Union.

(5)

The Agreement should be signed, and the declarations attached to the Agreement should be approved, on behalf of the Union. The Agreement should be applied on a provisional basis as from the day following the date of signature thereof, pending the completion of the procedures necessary for its conclusion.

(6)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC (3); the United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(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 (4); Ireland is therefore 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

The signing on behalf of the Union of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the short-stay visa waiver is hereby authorised, subject to the conclusion of the said Agreement.

The text of the Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The declarations attached to this Decision shall be approved on behalf of the Union.

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.

Article 4

The Agreement shall be applied on a provisional basis as from the day following the date of signature thereof (5), pending the completion of the procedures necessary for its conclusion.

Article 5

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

Done at Luxembourg, 24 June 2016.

For the Council

The President

A.G. KOENDERS


(1)  Regulation (EU) No 509/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 149, 20.5.2014, p. 67).

(2)  Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 81, 21.3.2001, p. 1).

(3)  Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 131, 1.6.2000, p. 43).

(4)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning Ireland's request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20).

(5)  The date of signature of the Agreement will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the General Secretariat of the Council.


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