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Joint Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the conclusion of a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part

JOIN/2016/04 final - 2016/025 (NLE)

Brussels, 3.2.2016

JOIN(2016) 4 final

2016/0025(NLE)

Joint Proposal for a

COUNCIL DECISION

on the conclusion of a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

The attached proposal constitutes the legal instrument for the conclusion of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part ('the Agreement').

The EU – Andean Community Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement was signed on 15 December 2003 in Rome.

The Agreement focuses solely on political dialogue and cooperation and does not contain a trade component. The main objectives of the Agreement are to strengthen EU-Andean Community relations by developing political dialogue and reinforcing cooperation, and to create the conditions under which, building on the outcome of the Doha Work Programme, a feasible and mutually beneficial Association Agreement, including a free trade agreement, could be negotiated between the parties.

The Agreement institutionalises and strengthens the political dialogue based until now on an informal arrangement known as the Rome Declaration (1996) and broadens cooperation to include new areas such as human rights, conflict prevention, migration as well as the fight against drugs and terrorism. Special emphasis is placed on cooperation in support of the process of regional integration in the Andean Community. The Agreement builds upon and will replace the 1993 Framework Cooperation Agreement between the two regions as well as the Rome Declaration when it comes into force.

Due to the mixed nature of the Agreement, Member States had to ratify it. By January 2013, the 15 EU Member States that signed it and all Andean Member Countries had ratified the Agreement, except for Venezuela which withdrew from the Andean Community in 2006.

The Agreement has not been concluded until today due to the internal political and institutional crisis the organization went through since the departure of Venezuela in 2006. In 2011 the CAN initiated a process of structural reforms with the objective of increasing its cost-effectiveness and efficiency, re-focus on trade and economic integration, the interconnection of electricity grids, and the social aspects of integration (free movement of people, promotion of the Andean identity). It has also promoted greater convergence and complementarity with other regional organisations particularly Unasur. In 2013 the EU signed a multi-party Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru, which has recently been extended to Ecuador. With the conclusion of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, the EU will complement the multi-party agreement and provide a framework for regional policy dialogue in areas of mutual interest. The Agreement also contains a readmission clause in article 49 that is important in the context of the short stay visa waiver agreements that the Commission has signed with Colombia and will sign with Peru in the coming months.

To ensure the entry into force of the Agreement, the conclusion on behalf of the European Union needs to be completed.

Due to the enlargements that took place after the signing of the Agreement, a Protocol taking into account the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic to the European Union on 1 May 2004, the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union on 1 January 2007, and the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union on 1 July 2013, needs to be adopted.

The Commission notes that the Agreement contains the following Declaration of the Commission and the Council of the European Union on the clause concerning the definition of the parties (Article 53):

'The provisions of this Agreement that fall within the scope of Part III, Title IV of the Treaty establishing the European Community bind the United Kingdom and Ireland as separate Contracting Parties, and not as part of the European Community, until the United Kingdom or Ireland (as the case may be) notifies the Andean Community Party that it has become bound as part of the European Community in accordance with the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community. The same applies to Denmark, in accordance with the Protocol annexed to those Treaties on the position of Denmark.'As the Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement is not based on any legal basis of Title V of Part III of the TFEU, the Commission considers that the Unilateral Declaration above has become devoid of purpose. The Commission therefore considers that, at the occasion of the adoption of the Council Decision on the conclusion, the Council and the Commission should make the following joint declaration:

'The Council and the Commission note that the decision to conclude the Agreement is adopted on the basis of Article 207 and 209 TFEU and not "pursuant to Title V of the Part Three of the TFEU". Therefore, the Unilateral Declaration made by the Commission and the Council of the European Union on the clause concerning the definition of the parties (Article 53) at the occasion of the signature of the Agreement has become devoid of purpose.'

2016/0025 (NLE)

Joint Proposal for a

COUNCIL DECISION

on the conclusion of a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, in particular Article 37 thereof,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Articles 207 and 209, in conjunction with article 218 (6) (a) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy 1 ,

Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament,

Whereas:

(1)On 18 March 2003 the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations for a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part ('the Agreement').

(2)The Agreement was signed on 15 October 2003.

(3)According to Article 54(1) the Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the month following that in which the Parties notify each other of completion of the procedures necessary for this purpose.

(4)The Agreement should be approved on behalf of the European Union.

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the European Union.

The text of the Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy shall chair the Joint Committee provided for in Article 52 of the Agreement.

The Union or, as the case may be, the Union and the Member States, shall be represented in the Joint Committee depending on the subject matter.

Article 3

The President of the Council shall designate the person empowered to proceed, on behalf of the European Union, to the notification provided for in Article 54 of the Agreement, in order to express the consent of the European Union to be bound by the Agreement.

Article 4

This Decision shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels,

   For the Council

   The President

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Brussels, 3.2.2016

JOIN(2016) 4 final

ANNEX

POLITICAL DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT
between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part

to the Proposal for a

COUNCIL DECISION

on the conclusion of a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part


ANNEX
POLITICAL DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT

between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member Countries( Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela), of the other part

THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM,

THE KINGDOM OF DENMARK,

THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY,

THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC,

THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN,

THE FRENCH REPUBLIC,

IRELAND,

THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC,

THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG,

THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS,

THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA,

THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC,

THE REPUBLIC OF FINLAND,

THE KINGDOM OF SWEDEN,

THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND,

Contracting Parties to the Treaty establishing the European Community and the Treaty on European Union, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Member States’, and

THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY

of the one part,

and

the Andean Community and its member countries,

THE REPUBLIC OF BOLIVIA,

THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA,

THE REPUBLIC OF ECUADOR,

THE REPUBLIC OF PERU,

THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA,

of the other part,

CONSIDERING the traditional historical and cultural links between the Parties and the desire to strengthen their relations, building on the existing mechanisms that govern relations between the Parties;

CONSIDERING that this new Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement should mean a qualitative advance in the depth and range of European Union and Andean Community relations, including new areas of interest of both Parties;

REAFFIRMING their respect for democratic principles and fundamental human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and for international humanitarian law;

RECALLING their commitment to the principles of the rule of law and good governance;

CONVINCED of the importance of the fight against illicit drugs and related crimes, based on the principles of shared responsibility, comprehensiveness, balance and multilateralism;

HIGHLIGHTING their commitment to work together in pursuit of the objectives of poverty eradication, social justice and cohesion, equitable and sustainable development, including aspects of vulnerability to natural disasters, environmental conservation and protection and biodiversity, strengthening the respect for human rights, democratic institutions and good governance and the progressive integration of Andean countries into the world economy;

EMPHASISING the importance the Parties attach to the consolidation of the political dialogue on bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest as well as to the dialogue mechanisms, as already stated in the Joint Declaration on Political Dialogue between the European Union and the Andean Community signed in Rome on 30 June 1996;

HIGHLIGHTING the need to strengthen the programme of cooperation governed by the Framework Agreement on Cooperation between the European Economic Community and the Cartagena Agreement and its member countries, namely the Republic of Bolivia, the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Ecuador, the Republic of Peru and the Republic of Venezuela, as signed in 1993, (hereinafter referred to as the “1993 Framework Cooperation Agreement”);

RECOGNISING the need to deepen the process of regional integration, trade liberalisation and economic reform within the Andean Community and to step up efforts towards conflict prevention in order to establish the Andean Peace Zone, in line with the Lima Commitment, Andean Charter for Peace and Security, Limit and Control of External Defence Expenditure;

AWARE of the need to promote sustainable development in the Andean region through a development partnership involving all relevant stakeholders, including organised civil society and the private sector, in line with the principles set out in the Monterrey Consensus and the Johannesburg Declaration, and its Plan for Implementation;

CONVINCED of the need to establish cooperation on migration, asylum and refugee issues;

EMPHASISING the will to cooperate in international forums;

AWARE of the need to consolidate European Union-Andean Community relations in order to reinforce the mechanisms supporting their relationship with a view to facing up to the new dynamics of international relations in a global and interdependent world;

BEARING IN MIND the strategic partnership developed between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of the 1999 Rio Summit and reaffirmed at the 2002 Madrid Summit; and

REITERATING in this framework the need to encourage the exchanges necessary to create the conditions for strengthened relations built on solid and mutually beneficial foundations between the European Union and the Andean Community;

HAVE DECIDED TO CONCLUDE THIS AGREEMENT:

TITLE I

OBJECTIVES, NATURE AND SCOPE OF THE AGREEMENT

Article 1
Principles

1.Respect for democratic principles and fundamental human rights, as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as for the principle of the rule of law, underpins the internal and international policies of both Parties and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement.

2.The Parties confirm their commitment to the promotion of sustainable development and to helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

3.The Parties reaffirm their attachment to the principles of good governance and the fight against corruption.

Article 2
Objectives and Scope

1.The Parties confirm their joint objective of strengthening and deepening their relations in all fields covered by this Agreement by developing their political dialogue and reinforcing their cooperation.

2.The Parties confirm their joint objective of working towards creating conditions under which, building on the outcome of the Doha Work Programme, a feasible and mutually beneficial Association Agreement, including a Free Trade Agreement, could be negotiated between them.

3.Implementation of this Agreement should help to create these conditions by striving for political and social stability, deepening the regional integration process and reducing poverty within a sustainable development framework in the Andean Community.

4.This Agreement governs the political dialogue and cooperation between the Parties and contains the necessary institutional arrangements for its application.

5.The Parties undertake to periodically assess progress, taking account of progress achieved before the entry into force of the Agreement.

TITLE II

POLITICAL DIALOGUE

Article 3
Objectives

1.The Parties agree to reinforce their regular political dialogue on the basis of the principles set out in the Framework Cooperation Agreement of 1993 and the Rome Declaration of 1996 between the Parties.

2.The Parties agree that political dialogue shall cover all aspects of mutual interest and any other international issue. It shall prepare the way for new initiatives for pursuing common goals and establishing common ground in areas such as security, regional development and stability, conflict prevention and resolution, human rights, ways of strengthening democratic governance, the fight against corruption, sustainable development, illegal migration, counter-terrorism and the global problem of illicit drugs, including chemical precursors, asset laundering and the trafficking of small and light weapons in all its aspects. It shall also provide a basis for initiatives to be taken and support efforts to develop initiatives, including cooperation, and actions throughout the Latin American region.

3.The Parties agree that political dialogue shall enable a broad exchange of information and shall provide a forum for joint initiatives at international level.

Article 4
Mechanisms

The Parties agree that their political dialogue shall be conducted:

(a)where appropriate and agreed by both Parties, at Heads of State or Government level;

(b)at ministerial level;

(c)at senior-official level;

(d)at working level;

and shall make maximum use of diplomatic channels.

Article 5
Cooperation in the field of foreign and security policy

The Parties shall, as far as possible, cooperate in the field of foreign and security policy and coordinate their positions and take joint initiatives in the appropriate international forums.

TITLE III

COOPERATION

Article 6
Objectives

1.The Parties agree that the cooperation foreseen in the 1993 Framework Cooperation Agreement shall be strengthened and broadened to other areas. It shall focus on the following objectives:

(a)strengthening of peace and security;

(b)promotion of political and social stability through the strengthening of democratic governance and respect for human rights;

(c)deepening of the process of regional integration among the countries within the Andean region with a view to contributing to their social, political and economic development, including productive capacity building and the strengthening of their export capacity;

(d)poverty reduction, generation of greater social and regional cohesion, promotion of more equitable access to social services and the rewards of economic growth, ensuring an appropriate balance between economic, social and environmental components in a sustainable development context.

2.The Parties agree that cooperation shall take account of cross-cutting aspects relating to economic and social development, including issues such as gender, respect for indigenous populations, natural disaster prevention and response, environmental conservation and protection, and biodiversity, and foster research and technological development. Regional integration shall also be considered as a cross-cutting theme and in that regard cooperation actions at national level should be compatible with the process of regional integration.

3.The Parties agree that measures aimed at contributing to regional integration in the Andean region and strengthening inter-regional relations between the Parties shall be encouraged.

Article 7
Means

The Parties agree that cooperation shall be implemented by means of technical assistance, studies, training, exchanges of information and expertise, meetings, seminars, research projects, infrastructure development, use of new financial mechanisms or any other means agreed by the Parties in the context of cooperation, the objectives pursued and the means available, in conformity with the norms and regulations that apply to this cooperation.

Article 8
Cooperation in the field of human rights, democracy and good governance

The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall actively support governments and representatives of organised civil society through actions, in particular in the following areas:

(a)promotion of human rights, the democratic process and good governance, including the management of electoral processes;

(b)strengthening of the rule of law and the good and transparent management of public affairs, including the fight against corruption at local, regional and national levels;

(c)guaranteeing an independent and efficient judicial system;

(d)implementation and dissemination of the Andean Charter for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Article 9
Cooperation in the field of conflict prevention

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall promote and sustain a comprehensive peace policy, including the prevention and resolution of conflicts. This policy shall be based on the principle of commitment and participation of society and shall focus primarily on developing regional, subregional and national capacities. It shall ensure equal political, economic, social and cultural opportunity for all segments of society, reinforce democratic legitimacy, promote social cohesion and the effective management of public affairs, establish effective mechanisms for peaceful conciliation of interests of different groups, and encourage an active and organised civil society.

2.Cooperation activities may include, among others, the provision of support to mediation, negotiation and reconciliation processes, the regional management of shared natural resources, disarmament, demobilisation and social reinsertion of former members of illegal armed groups, efforts in the area of child soldiers (as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), measures to combat antipersonnel mines, training programmes on the issue of border controls, as well as support for the enforcement and dissemination of the Commitment of Lima, Andean Charter for Peace and Security, Limitation and Control of External Defence Expenditure.

3.The Parties shall also cooperate in the field of prevention and combat of illegal traffic in small arms and light weapons with the aim, among others, of coordinating actions to strengthen legal and institutional cooperation, as well as collecting and destroying illicit small arms and light weapons in civilian hands.

Article 10
Cooperation in the field of modernisation of the state and public administration

1.The Parties agree that the objective of cooperation in this field shall be to modernise public administration in the Andean countries, including supporting the processes of decentralisation and organisational changes resulting from the process of Andean integration. In general, the aim shall be to increase organisational efficiency, ensure transparent management of public resources and accountability and improve the legal and institutional framework, based on best practices of both parties and taking advantage of the experience gained through the development of policies and instruments in the European Union.

2.This cooperation may include, among other things, programmes aimed at building capacities for policy design and implementation (public service delivery, budget composition and execution, prevention of and fight against corruption, and organised civil society involvement) and reinforcing judiciary systems. 

Article 11
Cooperation in the field of regional integration

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall reinforce the process of regional integration within the Andean Community, in particular the development and implementation of its common market.

2.Cooperation shall support the development and strengthening of common institutions in the Member countries of the Andean Community and promote closer relations between the institutions concerned. It shall strengthen institutional exchanges on issues of integration, broadening and deepening reflection on the following fields: analysis and promotion of integration; publications; graduate studies in integration; scholarships; and internships.

3.Cooperation shall also promote the development of common policies and the harmonisation of the legal framework, including sectoral policies such as trade, customs, energy, transport, communications, environment and competition, as well as the coordination of macroeconomic policies in areas such as monetary policy, fiscal policy and public finance.

4.More specifically, it may include, but not be limited to, the provision of trade-related technical assistance for:

(a)the consolidation and implementation of the Andean customs union;

(b)the reduction and elimination of obstacles to the development of intra-regional trade;

(c)the simplification, modernisation, harmonisation and integration of customs and transit regimes and provision of support in terms of development of legislation, norms and professional training; and

(d)the establishment of an intra-regional common market covering free movement of goods, services, capital and people, as well as other complementary measures required to guarantee its full implementation.

5.The Parties further agree that the Andean policies regarding border integration and development are an essential element for the strengthening and consolidation of the subregional and regional integration process.

Article 12
Regional cooperation

The Parties agree to use all existing cooperation instruments to promote activities aimed at developing active and reciprocal cooperation between the European Union and the Andean Community and between Andean countries and other countries/regions in Latin America and the Caribbean in areas such as trade and investment promotion, environment, natural disaster prevention and response, research, energy, transport, communications infrastructure and regional development and land use planning.

Article 13
Trade cooperation

In view of their common objective to work towards establishing the conditions under which, building upon the outcome of the Doha Work Programme, a feasible and mutually beneficial Association Agreement, including a Free Trade Agreement, could be negotiated between them, the Parties agree that cooperation in trade shall promote capacity-building of the Andean countries for increased competitiveness enabling a better participation in the European market and the world economy.

Given this objective, trade-related technical assistance should include activities in the field of trade facilitation and customs (such as simplification of procedures, modernisation of customs administrations and training of officials), technical standards, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, intellectual property rights, investment, services, government procurement, dispute-settlement systems, etc. It shall foster the development and diversification of intra-regional trade to the highest possible level, and encourage the active participation of the Andean region in multilateral trade negotiations in the context of the World Trade Organisation.

Trade related technical assistance should also foster the identification and elimination of obstacles that prevent the development of trade.

An additional purpose may be to promote and support, among other things, the following activities:

-trade promotion activities, including adequate exchanges between enterprises from both sides;

-trade missions;

-market analysis;

-how best to adapt local production to the demand of external markets.

Article 14
Cooperation in the field of services

The Parties agree to strengthen their cooperation in the field of services, in conformity with the rules of General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS), thereby reflecting the increasing importance of services for the development and diversification of their economies. Increased cooperation shall be aimed at improving the competitiveness of the Andean Community services sector and facilitating its increased participation in world trade in services in a manner consistent with sustainable development. The Parties shall identify the services sectors on which cooperation will centre. Activities shall be geared, among other things, to the regulatory environment, as well as to access to sources of capital and technology.

Article 15
Cooperation on intellectual property

The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall be aimed at promoting investment, technology transfer, dissemination of information, cultural and creative activities and related economic activities as well as access and benefits sharing. Both Parties undertake to grant, within their respective laws, regulations and policies, adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights in accordance with the highest international standards.

Article 16
Cooperation on public procurement

The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall aim to promote reciprocal, open, non-discriminatory and transparent procedures for respective government and public sector procurement at all levels.



Article 17
Cooperation in the field of competition policy

The Parties agree that cooperation in the field of competition policy shall promote the effective establishment and application of competition rules as well as the dissemination of information in order to foster transparency and legal certainty for enterprises operating in the Andean Community market.

Article 18
Customs cooperation

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall be aimed at guaranteeing compliance with the provisions of the World Trade Organisation in connection with trade and sustainable development and achieving compatibility of the customs system of both Parties in order to facilitate trade between the Parties.

2.Cooperation may include the following:

(a)simplification and harmonisation of import and export documentation based on international standards, including use of simplified declarations;

(b)improvement of customs procedures, through methods such as risk assessment, simplified procedures for entry and release of goods, granting of authorised trader status, using electronic data interchange (EDI) and automated systems;

(c)measures to improve transparency and appeal procedures against customs decisions and rulings;

(d)mechanisms to ensure regular consultation with the trade community on import and export regulations and procedures.

3.The Parties agree to study, within the institutional framework established by this Agreement, the conclusion of a mutual assistance protocol on customs matters.

Article 19
Cooperation on technical regulations and conformity assessment

1.The Parties agree that cooperation on standards, technical regulations and conformity assessments is a key objective for the development of trade, in particular with regard to intra-regional trade.

2.Cooperation between the Parties shall promote efforts on:

(a)regulatory cooperation;

(b)aligning technical regulations on international and European standards; and

(c)creating a regional notification system and a network of conformity assessment bodies operating on a non-discriminatory basis and developing the use of accreditation.

3.In practice, cooperation shall:

(a)provide organisational and technical support to foster the establishment of regional networks and bodies, and increase coordination of policies with a view to promoting a common approach to the use of international and regional standards and adopting compatible technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures;

(b)encourage any measures aimed at bridging the gap between the Parties in the areas of conformity assessment and standardisation, notably the exchange of information on standards, conformity assessment and type-approval; and

(c)encourage any measures designed to improve the compatibility of the respective systems of the parties in the above areas, including transparency, good regulatory practices and the promotion of quality standards for products and business practices.

Article 20
Industrial cooperation

1.The Parties agree that industrial cooperation shall promote the modernisation and restructuring of Andean industry and individual sectors, as well as industrial cooperation between economic operators, with the objective of strengthening the private sector under conditions that ensure that the environment is protected.

2.Industrial cooperation initiatives shall reflect the priorities determined by both Parties. They shall take into account the regional aspects of industrial development, promoting trans-national partnerships where relevant. Initiatives shall seek in particular to establish a suitable framework for improving management know-how and promoting transparency as regards markets and conditions for business undertakings.

Article 21
Cooperation in the field of small and medium-sized and micro-enterprise development

The Parties agree to promote a favourable environment for the development of small and medium-sized and micro-enterprises, in particular by:

(a)promoting contacts between economic operators, encouraging joint investments and joint ventures and information networks through existing horizontal programmes;

(b)facilitating access to channels of finance, providing information and stimulating innovation;

(c)facilitating technological transfer;

(d)identifying and studying marketing channels.

Article 22
Cooperation on agriculture, forestry and rural development

The Parties agree to promote mutual cooperation in the agriculture, forestry and rural development sectors with a view to promoting diversification, environmentally sound practices and sustainable economic and social development and food security. To this end, the Parties shall examine:

(a)measures aimed at enhancing the quality of agricultural products, capacity building, technology transfers, measures for producer associations and supporting trade promotion activities;

(b)environmental health, animal and plant health measures and other related aspects, taking account of the legislation in force of both Parties and their respective international obligations, resulting notably from World Trade Organisation and multilateral environmental agreement rules;

(c)measures relating to sustainable economic and social development of rural territories, including environmentally sound practices, forestry, research, access to land, sustainable rural development and food security;

(d)measures relating to the preservation and promotion of traditional activities based on the specific identities of rural populations and communities, such as exchange of experiences and partnerships, development of joint ventures and cooperation networks between local agents or economic operators.

Article 23
Fisheries and aquaculture cooperation

The Parties agree to develop economic and technical cooperation in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, especially in aspects such as the sustainable exploitation, management and conservation of fisheries resources, including environmental impact assessment. Cooperation should also include areas such as the processing industry and facilitation of trade. Cooperation in the fisheries sector could lead to the conclusion of bilateral fisheries agreements between the Parties or between the European Community and one or more Member countries of the Andean Community and/or to the conclusion of multilateral fisheries agreements between the Parties.

Article 24
Cooperation on mining

The Parties agree that cooperation in the field of mining, taking into account aspects of environmental conservation, shall focus principally on the following:

(a)promoting the participation of enterprises from both Parties in the sustainable exploration and exploitation of minerals, as well as in their use, in accordance with the legislation of both Parties;

(b)promoting exchanges of information, experience and technology relating to mining exploration and exploitation;

(c)promoting exchanges of experts and performing joint research to increase opportunities for technological development;

(d)developing measures to promote investment in this field;

(e)developing measures to ensure environmental integrity and corporate environmental responsibility in this sector.



Article 25
Energy cooperation

1.The Parties agree that their joint objective will be to foster cooperation in the field of energy, including consolidating economic relations in key sectors such as hydroelectricity, oil and gas, renewable energy, energy-saving technology, rural electrification and regional integration of energy markets, taking into consideration that the Andean countries are already implementing electricity interconnection projects.

2.Cooperation may include the following, in particular:

(a)energy policy issues, including interconnected infrastructure of regional importance, improvement and diversification of supply and improvement of access to energy markets, including facilitation of transit, transmission and distribution;

(b)management and training for the energy sector and transfer of technology and know-how;

(c)promotion of energy saving, energy efficiency, renewable energy and study of the environmental impact of energy production and consumption;

(d)cooperation initiatives between undertakings in this sector.

Article 26
Transport cooperation

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall focus on restructuring and modernising transport and related infrastructure systems, improving the movement of passengers and goods and providing better access to urban, air, maritime, inland waterways, rail and road transport markets by refining the management of transport from the operational and administrative points of view and by promoting high operating standards.

2.Cooperation may include the following:

(a)exchanges of information on the Parties’ policies, especially regarding urban transport and the interconnection and interoperability of multimodal transport networks and other issues of mutual interest;

(b)the management of inland waterways, roads, railways, ports and airports, including appropriate cooperation between the relevant authorities;

(c)projects for the transfer of European technology in the Global Navigation Satellite System and urban public transport centres;

(d)improvement of safety and pollution prevention standards, including cooperation in the appropriate international forums aiming to ensure better enforcement of international standards.



Article 27
Cooperation on information society, information technology and telecommunications

1.The Parties agree that information technology and communications are key sectors in a modern society and are of vital importance to economic and social development and the smooth transition to the information society. Cooperation in this field shall help to reduce the digital divide and aim to provide equitable access to information technologies, especially in less developed areas.

2.Cooperation in this area shall aim to promote:

(a)dialogue on all aspects of information society;

(b)dialogue on regulatory and policy aspects of information technology and communications, including standards;

(c)exchanges of information on standards conformity assessment and type-approval;

(d)dissemination of new information and communications technologies and exchanges of information on new technological breakthroughs;

(e)joint research projects on information and communications technologies and pilot projects in the fields of information society applications;

(f)interconnection and interoperability of telematic networks and services;

(g)reciprocal access to databases with due regard for national and international copyright legislation;

(h)exchanges and training of specialists;

(i)computerisation of public administration.

Article 28
Audio-visual cooperation

The Parties agree to promote cooperation in the audio-visual sector and in the media sector in general, through joint initiatives in training, audio-visual development, production and distribution activities. Cooperation shall take place in accordance with the relevant national copyright provisions and international agreements.

Article 29
Cooperation on tourism

The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall aim to:

(a)establish best practices in order to ensure balanced and sustainable development of tourism in the Andean region;

(b)improve the quality of the services offered to visitors;

(c)raise public awareness of the economic and social importance of tourism for the Andean region’s development;

(d)promote and develop ecotourism;

(e)promote the adoption of common policies on tourism in the framework of the Andean Community.

Article 30
Cooperation between financial institutions

The Parties agree to foster, according to their needs and within the framework of their respective programmes and legislation, cooperation between national and regional financial institutions.

Article 31
Cooperation in the field of investment promotion

1.The Parties agree to promote, within the scope of their respective competencies, an attractive and stable reciprocal investment climate.

2.Cooperation shall include in particular:

(a)encouraging and developing mechanisms for the exchange and dissemination of information on investment legislation and opportunities;

(b)developing a legal framework favourable to investment on both sides, where appropriate, through the conclusion of bilateral agreements promoting and protecting investment and preventing double taxation, between the Member States of both Parties;

(c)developing uniform and simplified administrative procedures;

(d)developing joint venture mechanisms.

Article 32
Macroeconomic dialogue

1.The Parties agree that cooperation shall aim to promote the exchange of information on the respective macroeconomic trends and policies, as well as sharing experiences in the coordination of macroeconomic policies in the context of a common market.

2.The Parties shall also aim to deepen the dialogue between their authorities on macroeconomic matters, including in areas such as monetary policy, fiscal policy, public finance, external debt and macroeconomic stabilisation.



Article 33
Statistics cooperation

1.The Parties agree that the main objective shall be to align statistical methods and programmes, thus enabling the Parties to use each other’s statistics on trade in goods and services and, more generally, any field covered by this Agreement for which statistics can be drawn up.

2.This cooperation could include, among other things: technical exchanges between statistical institutes in the Andean Community and in European Union Member States and Eurostat; development of common methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation; and organisation of seminars, working groups or statistical training programmes.

Article 34
Cooperation on consumer protection

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall be geared to making consumer protection schemes in both Parties compatible.

2.It may involve, to the extent possible:

(a)increasing the compatibility of consumer legislation in order to avoid barriers to trade while ensuring a high level of consumer protection;

(b)establishing and developing systems of mutual information exchange, such as rapid alert systems, for food and feed, with risk for public and animal health;

(c)enhancing capacities for the implementation of sanitary and phytosanitary measures to facilitate market access as well as ensuring an appropriate level of health protection on a transparent, non-discriminatory and predictable basis;

(d)encouraging cooperation and exchange of information among consumer associations;

(e)supporting the "Andean Working Group on the Participation of Civil Society for the Defence of Consumer Rights".

Article 35
Cooperation on data protection

1.The Parties agree to promote a high level of protection in the processing of personal data and other data, in line with the highest international standards.

2.The Parties also agree to cooperate on the protection of personal data in order to improve the level of protection and to work towards the elimination of obstacles to the free movement of personal data between the Parties created by insufficient protection of such data.

Article 36
Scientific and technological cooperation

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in science and technology shall be carried out in their mutual interest and in compliance with their policies, particularly as regards the rules for use of intellectual property resulting from research, and shall aim to:

(a)contribute to the development of science and technology in the Andean region;

(b)exchange scientific and technological information and experience at regional level, especially on the implementation of policies and programmes

(c)promote human resources development and an adequate institutional framework for research and development;

(d)foster relations between the Parties' scientific communities and promote the development of joint scientific and technological research projects;

(e)encourage the participation of the business sector in both Parties in scientific and technological cooperation, in particular in the promotion of innovation;

(f)promote innovation and technology transfer between the Parties, including e-government and cleaner technologies

2.The involvement of higher-education institutions, research centres and productive sectors, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, shall be encouraged on both sides.

3.The Parties agree to promote scientific and technological cooperation between universities, research institutions and productive sectors of both regions, including granting of scholarships, student and high-level specialist exchanges.

4.The Parties also agree to promote Andean participation in technological and development programmes of the European Community in accordance with the latter’s provisions governing the participation of legal entities from third countries.

Article 37
Cooperation on education and training

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall aim at improving education and vocational training. To this end, access by young people, women and senior citizens to education, including technical courses, higher education and vocational training, shall receive special attention, as shall achieving the Millennium Development Goals in this context.

2.The Parties agree to cooperate more closely on education and vocational training and promote cooperation between universities and between businesses in order to develop the level of expertise of senior staff.

3.The Parties also agree to pay special attention to centralised operations and horizontal programmes (ALFA, ALBAN), forging permanent links between specialised bodies in both Parties, which will encourage the pooling and exchange of experience and technical resources.

4.Cooperation in this field may also support the Action Plan for the Educational sector in the Andean Countries, which includes, among other programmes, harmonisation of the Andean educational systems, implementation of an information system on educational statistics and intercultural education.

Article 38
Environmental and biodiversity cooperation

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall promote the protection and conservation of the environment in pursuit of sustainable development. In this regard, the relationship between poverty and the environment and the environmental impact of economic activities are considered important. Cooperation should also promote the ratification of and support for the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and other international agreements in areas such as climate change, biodiversity, desertification and chemicals management.

2.Cooperation shall focus in particular on:

(a)preventing degradation of the environment;

(b)promoting the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources (including biodiversity, mountain ecosystems and genetic resources) taking into account the Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the Andean Tropic Region;

(c)exchanging information and experience on environmental legislation and on common environmental problems occurring in both Parties;

(d)strengthening environmental management in all sectors at all levels of government;

(e)promoting environmental education, creation of capacity and strengthening of citizen’s participation, and encouraging joint regional research programmes;

(f)protecting and nurturing traditional knowledge and practices related to the sustainable use of biodiversity resources.

Article 39
Cooperation in the field of natural disasters

The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall aim to reduce the vulnerability of the Andean region to natural disasters through strengthening regional planning and prevention capacities, harmonising the legal framework and improving institutional coordination.

Article 40
Cultural cooperation and preservation of cultural heritage

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in this sphere, cultural ties and contacts between cultural agents in both regions shall be expanded.

2.The objective shall be to promote cultural cooperation between the Parties, taking into account and favouring synergies with bilateral schemes of the Member States of the European Union.

3.Cooperation shall take place in accordance with the relevant national copyright provisions and international agreements.

4.This cooperation may cover all cultural fields, including, among others, the following areas:

(a)translation of literary works;

(b)conservation, restoration and revitalisation of national heritage;

(c)cultural events, such as arts and handicrafts exhibitions, music, dance and theatre, as well as exchanges of artists and professionals in the cultural area;

(d)promotion of cultural diversity;

(e)youth exchanges;

(f)development of cultural industries;

(g)preservation of cultural heritage;

(h)preventing and combating the illicit trade of cultural heritage goods in conformity with international conventions signed by the Parties.

Article 41
Cooperation in the field of health

1.The Parties agree to cooperate in the health sector with the aim of supporting sectoral reforms that make health service delivery pro-poor and equitable and promoting fair financing mechanisms that improve access to health care for the poor.

2.The Parties agree that primary prevention also requires involving other sectors such as education and water and sanitation. In this regard, the Parties aim to strengthen and develop partnerships beyond the health sector to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in the fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, consistent with the relevant World Trade Organisation rules. Partnerships with organised civil society, NGOs and the private sector are also needed to address sexual and reproductive health and rights in a gender-sensitive approach and to work with young people to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

3.The Parties agree to cooperate on basic infrastructure, such as water supply and sewage systems.

Article 42
Social cooperation

1.The Parties agree to cooperate in fostering the participation of the social partners in a dialogue on living and working conditions, social protection and integration into society.

2.Cooperation should contribute to the political, economic and social concertation processes directed towards fostering across-the-board development in the context of poverty reduction and employment creation strategies.

3.The Parties underline the importance of social development, which must go hand in hand with economic development and agree to give priority to promoting the fundamental principles and rights at work identified by the International Labour Organisation’s conventions, the so-called Core Labour Standards.

4.The Parties agree that cooperation in this field may take into account the implementation of an Andean Social Agenda, centred on two main pillars, the Common Andean Market and the development of mechanisms to bolster poverty reduction and regional cohesion.

5.The Parties may cooperate in any area of mutual interest in the above fields.

6.Measures shall be coordinated with those of the Member States of the European Union and the relevant international organisations.

7.Where appropriate, and in accordance with their respective procedures, the Parties may conduct this dialogue in coordination with the European Economic and Social Committee and its Andean counterpart, respectively.

Article 43
Participation of organised civil society in cooperation

1.The Parties recognise the role and potential contribution of organised civil society in the cooperation process and agree to promote effective dialogue with organised civil society and its effective participation.

2.Subject to the legal and administrative provisions of each Party, organised civil society may:

(a)participate in the policy-making process at country level, according to democratic principles;

(b)be informed of and participate in consultations on development and cooperation strategies and sectoral policies, particularly in areas concerning them, including all stages of the development process;

(c)receive financial resources, insofar as the internal rules of each Party so allow, and capacity building support in critical areas;

(d)participate in the implementation of cooperation programmes in the areas that concern them.

Article 44
Cooperation in the field of gender

The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall help to strengthen policies and programmes aimed at ensuring, improving and expanding the equal participation of men and women in all sectors of political, economic, social and cultural life, including, where necessary, through the adoption of positive measures in support of women. It shall also help to facilitate the access of women to all the resources needed to fully exercise their fundamental rights.

Article 45
Cooperation on indigenous peoples

1.    The Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall contribute to the creation and development of partnerships with indigenous peoples in the context of promoting the goals of poverty eradication, sustainable management of natural resources, respect for human rights and democracy.

2.    The Parties also agree to cooperate in promoting adequate protection of traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, as well as fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of such knowledge.

3.    In addition to taking systematic account of the situation of indigenous peoples at all levels of development cooperation, the Parties shall integrate the particular situation of indigenous peoples into the development of their policies and strengthen the capacity of organisations representing indigenous peoples in order to increase the positive effects of development cooperation on indigenous groups.

4.    Cooperation in this field may support indigenous representative organisations, such as the Working Group on the rights of indigenous people, which is a consultative entity within the Andean Integration System.

Article 46
Cooperation on displaced, uprooted peoples and former members of illegal armed groups 

1.The Parties agree that cooperation in support of displaced, uprooted peoples and former members of illegal armed groups shall help to meet their essential requirements from the time humanitarian aid ceases to the adoption of a longer-term solution to resolve their status.

2.This cooperation may include, among others, the following activities:

(a)self-sufficiency and reintegration into the socio-economic fabric of displaced, uprooted peoples and former members of illegal armed groups; 

(b)aid to local host communities and resettlement areas to foster acceptance and integration of displaced, uprooted peoples and former members of illegal armed groups;

(c)helping those people to voluntarily return to and settle in their countries of origin or third countries, if conditions permit;

(d)operations to help people recover their belongings or property rights as well as aid for the legal settlement of human rights violations against the people in question;

(e)strengthening the institutional capacity of countries faced with these issues.

Article 47
Cooperation in combating illicit drugs and related organised crime

1.On the basis of the principle of co-responsibility and complementing the European Union-Andean Community High-Level Dialogue Specialised on drugs, as well as the Joint Follow-up Group on the Agreements on "precursors and chemical substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances", the Parties agree that cooperation in this field shall aim to coordinate and increase joint efforts to prevent and contain the links that constitute the global problem of illicit drugs. The Parties also agree to endeavour to combat organised crime relating to this traffic, among other ways, through the intermediary of international organisations and bodies. The Parties agree that the Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism on Drugs between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean shall also be used for this purpose.

2.The Parties shall cooperate in this area to implement in particular:

(a)programmes to prevent drug abuse;

(b)projects to train, educate, treat and rehabilitate drug addicts;

(c)projects favouring harmonisation of legislation and action in this field in the Andean countries;

(d)joint research programmes;

(e)effective measures and cooperation activities aimed at encouraging and consolidating alternative development with the involvement of the communities concerned;

(f)measures to prevent new illicit crops and their transfer to environmentally fragile regions or areas not previously affected;

(g)effective implementation of measures to prevent the diversion of precursors and to monitor trade in these products, equivalent to those adopted by the European Community and the competent international bodies, and in accordance with the Precursor Agreements between the European Community and each Andean country signed on 18 December 1995 on precursors and chemical substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances;

(h)strengthening of actions to control the traffic of weapons, ammunition and explosives.

Article 48
Cooperation in combating money laundering and related crime

1.The Parties agree to cooperate in preventing the use of their financial systems for laundering proceeds arising from criminal activities in general and drug trafficking in particular.

2.This cooperation shall include administrative and technical assistance aimed at the development and implementation of regulations and the efficient functioning of suitable standards and mechanisms. In particular, cooperation shall allow exchanges of relevant information and the adoption of appropriate standards to combat money laundering comparable to those adopted by the European Community and the international bodies active in this area, such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Cooperation at regional level shall be encouraged.

Article 49
Cooperation on migration

1.The Parties reaffirm the importance that they attach to a joint management of migration flows between their territories. With a view to strengthening cooperation between them, they shall establish a comprehensive dialogue on all migration-related issues, including illegal migration, smuggling and trafficking in human beings, as well as the inclusion of migration concerns in the national strategies for economic and social development of the areas from which migrants originate, also taking into consideration the historic and cultural linkages existing between both regions.

2.Cooperation shall be based on a specific needs assessment conducted in mutual consultation between the Parties and be implemented in accordance with the relevant Community and national legislation in force. It will focus in particular on:

(a)the root causes of migration;

(b)the development and implementation of national legislation and practices with regard to international protection, with a view to satisfying the provisions of the Geneva Convention of 1951 on the status of refugees and of its Protocol of 1967 and other relevant international instruments, and to ensuring the respect of the principle of "non-refoulement";

(c)the admission rules and rights and status of persons admitted, fair treatment and integration of legal residents into society, education and training of legal migrants and measures against racism and xenophobia;

(d)the establishment of an effective and preventive policy against illegal immigration, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings, including the issue of how to combat networks of smugglers and traffickers and how to protect the victims of such trafficking;

(e)the return, under humane and dignified conditions, of persons residing illegally, and the readmission of such persons, in accordance with paragraph 3;

(f)the area of visas, on issues identified as being of mutual interest, such as visas granted to persons travelling for commercial, academic or cultural purposes;

(g)the subject of border controls, on issues related to organisation, training, best practices and other operational measures on the ground and, where relevant, the provision of equipment.

3.Within the framework of the cooperation to prevent and control illegal immigration, the Parties also agree to readmit their illegal migrants. To this end:

-each Andean Country shall, upon request and without further formalities, readmit any of its nationals illegally present on the territory of a Member State of the European Union, provide their nationals with appropriate identity documents and extend to them the administrative facilities necessary for such purpose; and

-each Member State of the European Union shall, upon request and without further formalities, readmit any of its nationals illegally present on the territory of an Andean Country, provide their nationals with appropriate identity documents and extend to them the administrative facilities necessary for such purpose.

The Parties agree to conclude, upon request and as soon as possible, an agreement regulating the specific obligations for Member States of the European Union and the Andean countries on readmission. This agreement will also address the readmission of nationals of other countries and stateless persons.

For this purpose, the term "Parties" shall mean the European Community, any of its Member States and any Andean Country.

Article 50
Cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism

The Parties reaffirm the importance of the fight against terrorism and, in accordance with international conventions, the relevant UN resolutions and their respective legislation and regulations, agree to cooperate in the prevention and suppression of acts of terrorism. They shall do so in particular:

(a)in the framework of full implementation of Resolution 1373 of the UN Security Council and other relevant UN resolutions, international conventions and instruments;

(b)by exchange of information on terrorist groups and their support networks in accordance with international and national law; and

(c)by exchange of views on the means and methods used to counter terrorism, including in technical fields and training and by exchange of experience in terrorism prevention.

TITLE IV

GENERAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 51
Resources

1.To help meet the cooperation objectives set out in this Agreement, the Parties commit themselves to providing, within the limits of their capacities and through their own channels, the appropriate resources, including financial resources.

2.The Parties shall take all appropriate measures to promote and facilitate the European Investment Bank’s activities in the Andean Community in accordance with its own procedures and financing criteria and with their laws and regulations, and without prejudice to the powers of their competent authorities.

3.The Andean Community and its Member Countries shall grant facilities and guarantees to European Community experts and exoneration of taxes on imports for cooperation activities, in accordance with the Framework Conventions signed between the European Community and each Andean country.

Article 52
Institutional framework

1.The Parties agree to retain the Joint Committee established pursuant to the 1983 Andean Community Cooperation Agreement and retained by the 1993 Framework Cooperation Agreement. This Committee shall meet alternatively in the European Union and the Andean Community at senior official level. The agenda for the Joint Committee meetings shall be set by mutual agreement. The Committee shall itself establish provisions concerning the frequency of its meetings, chairmanship and other issues that may arise, including, as appropriate, the creation of subcommittees.

2.The Joint Committee shall be responsible for the general implementation of the agreement. It shall also discuss any question affecting economic relations between the Parties, including sanitary and phytosanitary issues, including with individual Member Countries of the Andean Community.

3.A Joint Consultative Committee to assist the Joint Committee to promote dialogue with economic and social organisations of organised civil society shall be established.

4.The Parties encourage the European Parliament and Parlandino to establish an Inter-parliamentarian Committee, within the framework of this Agreement, in accordance with past practice.

Article 53
Definition of the Parties

Without prejudice to Article 49, for the purposes of this Agreement, "the Parties" shall mean the Community, its Member States or the Community and its Member States, within their respective areas of competence, as derived from the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the one hand, and the Andean Community, its Member Countries or the Andean Community and its Member Countries, on the other, in accordance with their respective spheres of competence. The Agreement shall also apply to measures taken by any State, regional or local authorities within the territories of the Parties.

Article 54
Entry into force

1.This Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the month following that in which the Parties notify each other of completion of the procedures necessary for this purpose.

2.Notifications shall be sent to the Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and the Secretary General of the Andean Community, who shall be the depositories of this Agreement.

3.From the date of its entry into force in accordance with paragraph 1, this Agreement shall replace the Framework Cooperation Agreement of 1993 and the Rome Joint Declaration on Political Dialogue of 1996.

Article 55
Duration

1.This Agreement shall be valid indefinitely.

2.Either Party may give written notice to the other of its intention to terminate this Agreement.

3.Termination shall take effect six months after notification to the other Party.

Article 56
Fulfilment of obligations

1.The Parties shall adopt any general or specific measures required for them to fulfil their obligations under this Agreement and shall ensure that they comply with the objectives laid down in this Agreement.

2.Where one of the Parties considers that the other Party has failed to fulfil an obligation under this Agreement it may take appropriate measures. Before doing so, it must supply the Joint Committee within 30 days with all the relevant information required for a thorough examination of the situation with a view to seeking a solution acceptable to the Parties.

3.In this selection of measures, priority must be given to those measures which least disturb the functioning of this Agreement. These measures shall be notified immediately to the Joint Committee and shall be the subject of consultations in the Committee if the other Party so requests.

By way of derogation from paragraph 2, any Party may immediately take appropriate measures in accordance with international law in the event of:

(a)termination of this Agreement not sanctioned by the general rules of international law;

(b)violation by the other Party of the essential elements of this Agreement referred to in Article 1(1).

The other Party may ask for an urgent meeting to be called to bring the Parties together within 15 days for a thorough examination of the situation with a view to seeking a solution acceptable to the Parties.

Article 57
Future developments

1.The Parties may mutually agree to extend this Agreement with the aim of broadening and supplementing its scope in accordance with their respective legislation, by concluding agreements on specific sectors or activities in the light of the experience gained during its implementation.

2.As regards the implementation of this Agreement, either Party may make suggestions designed to expand cooperation in all areas, taking into account the experience acquired during the implementation thereof.

3.No opportunities for cooperation shall be ruled out in advance. The Parties may use the Joint Committee Committee to explore practical possibilities for cooperation in their mutual interest.

Article 58
Data protection

The Parties agree that data protection shall be guaranteed in all areas where personal data are exchanged.

The Parties agree to accord a high level of protection to the processing of personal and other data, compatible with the highest international standards.

Article 59
Territorial application

This Agreement shall apply, on the one hand, to the territories in which the Treaty establishing the European Community is applied and under the conditions laid down in that Treaty, and, on the other hand, to the territories of the Andean Community and its Member countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela).

Article 60
Authentic texts

This Agreement is drawn up in duplicate in the Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish languages, each of these texts being equally authentic.

ANNEX

EU UNILATERAL DECLARATIONS

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1.    Declaration of the Commission and the Council of the European Union on the clause concerning the return and readmission of illegal migrants (Article 49)

Article 49 shall be without prejudice to the internal division of powers between the European Community and its Member States for the conclusion of readmission agreements.

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2.    Declaration of the Commission and the Council of the European Union on the clause concerning the definition of the Parties (Article 53)

The provisions of this Agreement that fall within the scope of Part III, Title IV of the Treaty establishing the European Community bind the United Kingdom and Ireland as separate Contracting Parties, and not as part of the European Community, until the United Kingdom or Ireland (as the case may be) notifies the Andean Community Party that it has become bound as part of the European Community in accordance with the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community. The same applies to Denmark, in accordance with the Protocol annexed to those Treaties on the position of Denmark.

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