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Document 52012PC0235

Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken by the European Union in the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement, on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms

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52012PC0235

Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken by the European Union in the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement, on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms /* COM/2012/0235 final - 2012/0119 (NLE) */


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

1.           CONTEXT OF THE PROPOSAL

In order to ensure the requisite legal security and homogeneity of the Internal Market, the EEA Joint Committee is to integrate all the relevant Union legislation into the EEA Agreement as soon as possible after its adoption and also allow for the participation of the EEA EFTA States in EEA relevant EU actions, activities or programmes.

Article 78 of the EEA Agreement provides that the Contracting Parties shall strengthen and broaden cooperation in the framework of the Union’s activities in the fields of, inter alia, social policy.

2.           RESULTS OF CONSULTATIONS WITH THE INTERESTED PARTIES AND IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

1.           The draft Decision of the EEA Joint Committee (annexed to the proposed Council Decision) aims to amend Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms in order to extend the cooperation of the Contracting Parties to include cooperation concerning free movement of workers, coordination of social security systems and measures for migrants, including migrants from third countries.

2.           This amendment aims to allow the EFTA States to participate, as from 1st January 2012, in the actions funded from the following budget lines, entered in the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2012: Budget line 04 01 04 08 “Free movement of workers, coordination of social security systems and measures for migrants, including migrants from third countries – Expenditure on administrative management” and Budget line 04 03 05 “Free movement of workers, coordination of social security systems and measures for migrants, including migrants from third countries”.

3.           By virtue of Article 79 (3), and without prejudice to Article 80 of the EEA Agreement, Part VII (Institutional Provisions) of the Agreement shall partly apply to this cooperation.

3.           LEGAL ELEMENTS OF THE PROPOSAL

Article 1(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2894/94 concerning arrangements for implementing the EEA Agreement provides that the Council establishes the position to be adopted on the Union’s behalf on such Decisions, on a proposal from the Commission.

The Commission submits the Draft Decision of the EEA Joint Committee for adoption by the Council as the Union’s position. The Commission would hope to be able to present it in the EEA Joint Committee at the earliest possible opportunity.

2012/0119 (NLE)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL DECISION

on the position to be taken by the European Union in the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement, on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Articles 46, 48 and 218 (9) thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 2894/94 of 28 November 1994 concerning arrangements for implementing the Agreement on the European Economic Area[1], and in particular Article 1(3) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)       Protocol 31 to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, (hereinafter referred to as "the EEA Agreement") contains specific provisions and arrangements concerning cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms,

(2)       It is appropriate to extend the cooperation of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement to activities outside the four freedoms, including cooperation concerning free movement of workers, coordination of social security systems and measures for migrants, including migrants from third countries,

(3)       Protocol 31 to the Agreement should therefore be amended in order to allow for this extended cooperation,

(4)       The position of the Union within the EEA Joint Committee should be based on the attached draft Decision,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The position to be taken by the Union in the EEA Joint Committee on the proposed amendment to Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement shall be based on the draft Decision of the EEA Joint Committee attached to this Decision.

Article 2

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

Done at Brussels,

                                                                       For the Council

                                                                       The President

ANNEX

Draft (05/03/2012)

DECISION OF THE EEA JOINT COMMITTEE No

amending Protocol 31 to the EEA Agreement, on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms

THE EEA JOINT COMMITTEE,

Having regard to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, as amended by the Protocol adjusting the Agreement on the European Economic Area, hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’, and in particular Articles 86 and 98 thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Protocol 31 to the Agreement was amended by Decision of the EEA Joint Committee No …/… of …[2].

(2) It is appropriate to extend the cooperation of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement to include cooperation concerning free movement of workers, coordination of social security systems and measures for migrants, including migrants from third countries.

(3) Protocol 31 to the Agreement should therefore be amended in order to allow for this extended cooperation to take place from 1 January 2012,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Article 5 of Protocol 31 to the Agreement shall be amended as follows:

1.           The following paragraph shall be inserted after paragraph 11:

‘12.   The EFTA States shall, as from 1 January 2012, participate in the actions funded from the following budget lines, entered in the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2012:

-        Budget line 04 01 04 08: “Free movement of workers, coordination of social security systems and measures for migrants, including migrants from third countries – Expenditure on administrative management”,

-        Budget line 04 03 05: “Free movement of workers, coordination of social security systems and measures for migrants, including migrants from third countries”.’

2.           The words “and in the programme referred to in the twelfth indent as from 1 January 2009” in paragraph 5 shall be replaced by “, in the programme referred to in the twelfth indent as from 1 January 2009 and in the actions funded from the budget lines for the financial year 2012 referred to in paragraph 12 as from 1 January 2012 “.

3.           The words “paragraph 8” in paragraphs 6 and 7 shall be replaced by the words “paragraphs 8 and 12”.

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on the day following the last notification to the EEA Joint Committee under Article 103(1) of the Agreement*.

It shall apply from 1 January 2012.

Article 3

This Decision shall be published in the EEA Section of, and in the EEA Supplement to, the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels, .

            For the EEA Joint Committee

            The President                                                 The Secretaries             to the EEA Joint Committee

[1]               OJ L 305, 30.11.1994, p. 6.

[2]               OJ L …

*               [No constitutional requirements indicated.] [Constitutional requirements indicated.]

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