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Brussels,14.6.2018

COM(2018) 461 final

2018/0244(CNS)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL DECISION

on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union including relations between the European Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other
('Overseas Association Decision')

{SWD(2018) 337 final}
{SEC(2018) 310 final}


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

1.CONTEXT OF THE PROPOSAL

Reasons for and objectives of the proposal

This proposal comes in the context of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework outlined in the Communications from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on a Modern Budget for a Union that Protects, Empowers and Defends 1 . The Communications set the main priorities and overall budgetary framework for EU external action programmes under the heading ‘Neighbourhood and the World’. One such priority is a Council Decision on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union, including relations between the European Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other.

Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) have been associated with the European Union (EU) since the entry into force of the Treaty of Rome. These 25 islands located in the Atlantic, Antarctic, Arctic, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions 2 are not sovereign countries, but depend on four EU Member States: Denmark, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

This proposal provides for a date of application as of 1 January 2021 and is presented for a Union of 27 Member States, in line with the notification by the United Kingdom of its intention to withdraw from the European Union and Euratom based on Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union received by the European Council on 29 March 2017. It therefore does not apply to the 12 OCTs linked to the United Kingdom. The association of the 13 remaining OCTs with the Union flows from the constitutional relations that these countries and territories have with the three Member States: Denmark, France, and the Netherlands.

In general, OCTs have wide-ranging autonomy, covering areas such as economic affairs, employment market, public health, home affairs and customs. Defence and foreign affairs usually remain within the remit of the Member States. The OCTs are not part of the Union’s customs territory and are outside the internal market. Union legislation therefore does not apply. As nationals of European Union Member States to which their countries and territories are constitutionally linked, OCTs inhabitants hold EU citizenship.

Council Decision EU/2013/755 3 - the Overseas Association Decision - covers relations between the OCTs (including Greenland), the Member States to which they are linked and the European Union. It outlines the special relationship that OCTs have with the EU as part of the ‘EU family’ and the specific legal framework which applies to them. The main financial source of the current Overseas Association Decision is the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), covering the programming and funding of territorial and regional programmes for OCTs other than Greenland, for which there is a specific decision funded from the EU budget.

Prior to 1982 Greenland was considered part of the EU through Denmark, meaning that EU vessels could fish in Greenlandic waters. Subsequently, Greenland withdrew from the EU and became associated as an OCT through the Greenland Treaty 4 . The Treaty emphasised the need to maintain the close relationship between the EU and Greenland, notably in terms of Greenland’s development needs and EU fishing rights.

A fisheries agreement 5 was signed on 13 March 1984. Following the mid-term review of the fourth fisheries protocol, in 2003 the European Council concluded that an arrangement should take into account the importance of fisheries and the structural development problems in Greenland. The 2006 Joint Declaration 6 between the Union, Greenland and Denmark set out the common objectives of a new partnership. It formed the political basis for Council Decision 2006/526/EC 7 , which defined the framework for cooperation for 2007-2013. The Council Decision 2014/137/EU 8 now covers the period 2014 to 2020 and is in line with the subsequent 2015 Joint Declaration between the EU, Greenland and Denmark, which reaffirms the close relations between the parties.

The current Greenland Decision complements the Overseas Association Decision but outlines some features specific to relations with Greenland.

The mid-term review report (December 2017) 9 on 10 external financing instruments, including the Greenland Decision 10 and the 11th EDF, which includes the programming for the other OCTs, concluded that the external financing instruments were ‘fit for purpose’. However, both the report and the consultations conducted highlighted the need for increased flexibility, simplification, coherence and performance. This has led to a proposal for a future Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument, which will draw on lessons learned to help streamline the Union’s external action architecture.

The Overseas Association Decision and the Greenland Decision cannot be included in the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument or in any other legal act subject to the ordinary legislative procedure. This is because they both have a specific adoption procedure: a Council Decision by unanimity, following consultation of the European Parliament 11 . However, to streamline the number of programmes it is proposed that both Decisions be merged into a single Decision regrouping all OCTs, including Greenland.

Moreover, Article 203 in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) is the legal basis for the Overseas Association Decision and for the Greenland Decision. Following the proposal to budgetise the EDF, the financing both for Greenland and for the other Overseas Countries and Territories should come from the new budget heading 6 'Neighbourhood and the World'.

A new legislative act for all OCTs that covers the political and legal framework and with how cooperation is implemented will deliver:

·unity of management — having all the OCTs under the same source of financing (the EU budget) will create synergies in programming and implementation;

·consolidation of shared objectives;

·simplification and coherence in the legal framework;

·higher profile for the OCTs as a group.

As both decisions have been deemed ‘fit for purpose’, the guiding principle is to preserve what works well, while improving what hinders the partners’ ability to deliver effectively on their policies and priorities. On the other hand, the Member States concerned have firmly insisted on retaining the structure and acquis of the current Overseas Association Decision.

Consistency with existing policy provisions in the policy area

The current rules and procedures of the EU-OCT association are laid down in Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 12 on the association of the OCTs with the European Union. Those concerning the relations with Greenland are laid down in Decision 2014/137/EU of 14 March 2014 13 on relations between the European Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other.

Consistency with other Union policies

‘Europe 2030’ 14 provides a benchmark for consistency across all policy areas as regards energy efficiency and its contribution to energy security and to the 2030 Framework for climate and energy policy. Coherence with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will also be ensured.

The integrated European Union policy for the Arctic 15 reflects the Union’s strategic interest in playing a key role in the Arctic region. Building on previous initiatives, it sets out the case for a Union policy that focuses on advancing international cooperation in responding to the impacts of the climate change on the Arctic’s fragile environment, and on promoting and contributing to sustainable development, particularly in the European part of the Arctic. Greenland plays an important part in the vision of this policy as part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Actions funded under this proposal should be coherent with those carried out under the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the newly proposed European Peace Facility. Humanitarian actions should not be funded under this proposal as they will continue to be funded through the Humanitarian Aid instrument 16 .

The Commission proposal for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework set a more ambitious goal for climate mainstreaming across all EU programmes, with an overall target of 25% of EU expenditure contributing to climate objectives. Actions under this Programme are expected to contribute 20 % of the overall financial envelope of the Programme to climate objectives. The contribution of this Programme to the achievement of this overall target will be tracked through an EU climate marker system at an appropriate level of disaggregation, including the use of more precise methodologies where these are available. The Commission will continue to present the information annually in terms of commitment appropriations in the context of the annual draft budget.

To support the full utilisation of the potential of the programme to contribute to climate objectives, the Commission will seek to identify relevant actions throughout the programme preparation, implementation, review and evaluation processes.

2.LEGAL BASIS, SUBSIDIARITY AND PROPORTIONALITY

Legal basis

The Overseas Association Decision is based on Part Four of the TFEU. The detailed rules and procedures of the association are laid down in Council decisions based on Article 203 of the TFEU, under which such acts are adopted through a special legislative procedure.

Articles 198-204 of the TFEU apply to Greenland, subject to the specific provisions set out in the Protocol No 34 on special arrangements for Greenland annexed to the TFEU.

Subsidiarity (for non-exclusive competence)

The detailed arrangements of the provisions in Part Four of the TFEU have to be made at Union level, as the purpose of the association — social and economic development and close economic ties between the OCTs and the Union as a whole — cannot be achieved via action at Member State level. Moreover, Member States would not be able to take action with regard to the OCT trade regime, as the EU alone is responsible for common commercial policy (Part Five, Title II of the TFEU).

The approach towards cooperation with the OCTs contained in the Commission’s legislative proposal respects the principles of partnership, complementarity and subsidiarity. It proposes that the EU financial assistance to OCTs be based on programming documents, for which the competent OCT authorities and the Commission would be jointly responsible and which would define the cooperation strategies between the Union and the OCTs. These cooperation strategies would be based on the development objectives, strategies and priorities adopted by the competent OCT authorities. The Commission, the OCTs and their Member States would work closely together to decide on activities, with full respect for each partner’s institutional, legal and financial powers.

Without prejudice to the Commission’s prerogatives, the OCT authorities would have primary responsibility for implementing the operations agreed on under the cooperation strategy. The Commission would be responsible for establishing the general rules and conditions for these programmes and projects.

The partnership between the European Union, Greenland and Denmark will facilitate consultations and policy dialogue on the objectives and areas of cooperation established through this Decision. In particular, it will define the framework providing the basis for broad cooperation and dialogue in areas of mutual interest.

Proportionality

Under Articles 198 and 199 of the TFEU, the association will continue to provide a comprehensive partnership comprising an institutional framework and trade arrangements and covering many areas of cooperation, as well as the basic principles governing Union financial assistance to OCTs.

Considering the specificities of the OCTs and their special relationship with the EU, a new legislative act for all OCTs that covers the political and legal framework and how cooperation should be implemented will ensure effectiveness, consolidation of shared objectives and coherence, as well as more visibility for the OCTs as a group. This proposal puts forward an approach that is flexible and tailored to the situation of each OCT.

For the sake of consistency and effectiveness, and unless otherwise specified, the proposed Decision will apply the implementation, evaluation and monitoring provisions of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). 17

3.RESULTS OF EX-POST EVALUATIONS, STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS AND IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

Retrospective evaluations/fitness checks of existing legislation

Article 7 of the Greenland Decision on implementation requires a mid-term evaluation report at the latest by June 2018 to inform future work on the Decision and its actions. The 11th EDF, which includes the programming of the other OCTs, refers to the need for a performance review by the end of 2018. Therefore, the Greenland Decision (2014/137/EU) and the 11th EDF were included in an evaluation with eight other external financing instruments, all of which, based on Article 17 of the Common Implementing Regulation 18 , required a mid-term review report by the end of 2017.

The report, adopted by the Commission in December 2017 19 , assessed whether these 10 instruments remained fit for purpose, with a view to ensuring the effective implementation of EU assistance. It consisted of an overall analysis and 10 individual Staff Working Documents, which assessed each financing instrument based on evaluations conducted by external consultants during 2016-2017.

The Staff Working Document on the Greenland Decision 20 concluded that its main objective — preserving the close and lasting links between the parties, while supporting sustainable development in Greenland — has been and is being achieved. The strong partnership and cooperation with the European Union has enabled Greenland to increase capacity-building, to develop stronger governance and financial systems, and to strengthen its education system — and, as a result, its workforce.

The Greenland Decision was designed in such a way as to cover and better deliver on the wider political aims of the partnership with the European Union. As such, it can continue to deliver on its objectives towards 2020.

The Staff Working Document on the 11th EDF 21 concluded that it was relevant. It was an efficient mechanism overall, with proven added value and satisfactory internal coherence. Some inefficiencies in implementation procedures for the OCTs were found to have consequences on the effectiveness of cooperation.

Overall, the mid-term review report concluded that the external financing instruments were fit for purpose, relevant, largely in line with EU objectives and partner countries’ needs and flexible enough to support and enable implementation of an evolving policy framework. However, the multiplicity of instruments and processes was found to be undermining the overall coherence and visibility of EU external action, with synergies and complementarities not fully exploited.

To respond to the policy and operational challenges set out in the evaluations, the EU budget’s external action heading will need to increase its focus on four key cross-cutting issues: flexibility, simplification, coherence and performance.

The Greenland Decision is integrated into the Overseas Association Decision, which also covers Greenland, and the financial resources for both Greenland and the other OCTs will now come from the same EU budget heading. Merging the two decisions will therefore make for simplification, flexibility and coherence, as the political relations with all OCTs and the financial resources will be brought together under a single instrument. This will underline and strengthen the OCTs’ special status and further sharpen the focus on the specificities of the OCTs as opposed to other development partners and highlight that the focus in the cooperation with OCTs is their sustainable development.

Stakeholder consultations

Relations with the OCTs, including Greenland, were discussed at a thematic session on post-2020 during the 16th EU-OCT Forum in Brussels on 23 February 2018 and in a background paper on the post-2020 debate and its implications for OCTs 22 , commissioned by the OCTs Association (OCTA).

Furthermore, during the external evaluation of the external financing instruments, including the Greenland Decision and the 11th EDF, an open public consultation took place over 12 weeks, closing on 3 May 2017 23 . The consultation also gathered preliminary inputs for future external financing instruments. The consultation took the shape of (i) an online survey, which included some guiding questions to facilitate feedback, and (ii) face-to-face meetings with key stakeholders.

The following issues were highlighted during this consultation:

The background paper commissioned by OCTA outlined how, in general, the OCTs consider the current Overseas Association Decision to have brought them much progress and to be a good legal tool in no need of significant modification. Future OCT-EU cooperation would gain from focusing on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Future relations could operate through a stand-alone, in-budget OCT instrument, with appropriate rules, allowing for simple, flexible and fluid programming. Incorporating the EDF into the EU budget would be welcomed, if certain EDF flexibility features could be maintained. Some OCTs called for increased financial support in recognition of their specific geographical features and of their belonging to the EU family.

This view was supported by the Member States, which consider that the Overseas Association Decision provided the right basis for OCT-EU cooperation, even though significant changes in implementation were expected. The background paper also found that the Member States were open to a specific in-budget instrument as long as the attached provisions remained appropriate, and more specifically that the budget support modality and the multiannual principle are preserved.

During the public consultation on the evaluation of the Greenland Decision there was overall agreement that the Decision had proven relevant and effective in pursuing and fulfilling its general and specific objectives and in reflecting its general principles as regards facilitating policy dialogue on global and Arctic issues. When considering financial assistance post-2020, the procedures for programming and implementing financial assistance for Greenland could usefully be compared with the EDF procedures available to other OCTs. The Greenland Decision was seen as a valuable instrument for maintaining and strengthening the strong ties between Greenland and the Union. The political aspects of the relationship had very much evolved over the years.

External expertise

The external evaluation of the Greenland Decision and of the 11th EDF was used as the basis for the mid-term review report and its accompanying Staff Working Documents. In addition, a background paper on the post-2020 debate and its implications for OCTs was commissioned by the OCTs and conducted externally.

Impact assessment

In 2018 the Commission carried out an impact assessment covering all instruments under the ‘Global Europe’ heading of the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The impact assessment focused on the major changes proposed for external action in the 2021-2027 MFF. These changes included the streamlining of several instruments into one broad instrument and the integration of the EDF into the EU budget.

The analysis concluded that the advantages of integrating the EDF in the budget would outweigh the disadvantages as long as certain pre-conditions could be met. For instance, the amount allocated to external action should not be less than the sum of the EDF and the other external instruments combined; the flexibilities of the EDF should be transferred to the extent possible; and the military operations financed under the EDF’s African Peace Facility should continue through another off-budget mechanism.

The impact assessment also concluded that most instruments, aside from those with a very specific legal basis or objectives, could be merged. The instruments that could be merged included the Development Cooperation Instrument, the European Development Fund, the European Neighbourhood Instrument, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace and the Partnership Instrument. Those that should remain separate include: Humanitarian Aid; the common foreign and security policy budget; part of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation; Overseas Countries and Territories, including Greenland; Union Civil Protection Mechanism; Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance; the EU aid volunteers scheme; support to the Turkish Cypriot community; the Emergency Aid Reserve and the European Peace Facility.

As noted by the Commission 24 and supported by feedback from partners during the public consultation, the current architecture of the external financing instruments is too complex. Streamlining a number of instruments into a broad instrument would provide an opportunity to rationalise their management and oversight systems, thereby reducing the administrative burden on EU institutions and Member States. Having a simplified oversight system would allow the relevant institutions to have a better, more comprehensive view of EU external expenditure.

On 25 April 2018 the impact assessment was examined by the Regulatory Scrutiny Board and received a positive opinion with comments.

Simplification

In terms of simplification, the streamlining of the legal architecture aims to reduce the administrative burden compared to the current instruments. Currently, the relations with OCTs and their financial resources (including programming and implementing rules) are covered by four instruments: (i) the Overseas Association Decision, (ii) the 11th EDF regulation, (iii) the Greenland Decision and (iv) the Common Implementing Regulation.

The proposed Decision offers a single instrument which covers both the political aspects and the specific relations between the Union and the OCTs. It includes specific provisions where required guiding the relationship with Greenland, the financial resources consolidated under one heading of the EU budget and implementing rules, which will largely follow the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument ensuring coherence and simplification. Where necessary, the proposed Decision will provide for the specific, simplified rules for OCTs, as in matter of programming.

Furthermore, the transfer (to the extent possible) of EDF features such as the multiannual principle will provide for even simpler and more flexible procedures that were previously unavailable to Greenland. Thus, the proposed Decision will simplify the management and oversight architecture of the current set of instruments.

4.BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS

The financial resources for Greenland will come from budget heading 6 of the EU budget: ‘Neighbourhood and the World’. Given the intention to transfer some features of the EDF such as the multiannual principle to the EU budget, this will simplify the current procedures for allocating funds to Greenland.

Concerning the other OCTs, their financial allocations will be moved from the EDF to the ‘Neighbourhood and the World’ budget heading.

With the Commission Communications on a modern budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends 25 , under the ‘Neighbourhood and the World’ heading EUR 500 million is earmarked for cooperation with the OCTs.

This Decision provides for a total amount of EUR 500 000 000 (in current prices) to be allocated to the association with the OCTs. Of this amount, EUR 225 000 000 is to be allocated to Greenland, EUR 225 000 000 for other OCTs, which comprise EUR 159 000 000 for territorial programmes and for EUR 66 000 000 to regional programmes. In addition an intra-regional financial envelope of EUR 15 000 000 is open to all the OCTs, including Greenland. Moreover an amount of EUR 22 000 000 for technical assistance is foreseen in accordance with the new Decision as well as a non-allocated amount of EUR 13 000 000.

5.OTHER ELEMENTS

Implementation plans and monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements

The implementation, the monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements will follow the rules set out in the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument, unless otherwise specified in the Decision.

Detailed explanation of the specific provisions in the draft Decision

As the Overseas Association Decision and the Greenland Decision will be merged, all areas which are similar or have synergies are merged. The structure of the current Overseas Association Decision and most provisions in it will be maintained, where needed, the specificities of the Union’s relations and cooperation with Greenland will be highlighted, such as the aim of preserving the close and lasting links between the Union, Greenland and Denmark; the acknowledgement of the geostrategic position of Greenland; policy dialogue and potential cooperation on Arctic issues; and food security. As a result, the positive achievements of the Greenland Decision will be maintained.

The new Overseas Association Decision should consist of the same structure with the same political, trade and cooperation pillars as the current Decision. The main changes include:

·The proposed Decision will take into account the consequences of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the fact that the special regime set out in Part Four of the TFEU would no longer apply to the 12 British OCTs.

·From a formal point of view, a general updating of the text and its annexes is undertaken, notably to take into account the latest changes in taxation and trade legislation. 

·With the EDF being integrated into the EU budget, Annexes IV and V of the current Decision will be repealed. Moreover, Annex I on isolated OCT has been integrated in the Decision. Annex III on EIB own resources management will be repealed.

·Addition and updating of provisions reflecting the state of play of relations with Greenland under Article 3 (objectives, principles and values), Article 5 (mutual interests, complementarity and priorities), Article 13 (guiding principles for dialogue), Article 23 (new article on raw materials), Article 31 (cooperation in research and innovation), and Article 35 (public health and food security).

·Part IV on Financing Cooperation includes a dedicated financial envelope under the budget heading 6 ''Neighbourhood and the World" for the OCTs. It provides also:

·A general referral clause to the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument for implementing the financial cooperation of the proposed Decision. Nevertheless, the proposed Decision will continue to provide for a specific and simplified programming exercise for the OCTs; 

·The OCTs will also remain eligible under the next Multiannual Financial Framework to participate in Union programmes as a matter of principle. They will be eligible for the thematic programmes and rapid response actions of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument.

·A specific provision/facility allows the Commission to promote in an active way intra-regional projects between OCTs, ACP and non ACP States or territories, and the Union’s outermost regions.

2018/0244 (CNS)

Proposal for a

COUNCIL DECISION

on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union including relations between the European Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other
('Overseas Association Decision')

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 203 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national Parliaments,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament 26 ,

Acting in accordance with a special legislative procedure,

Whereas:

(1)This Decision establishes the rules and the procedure for the association of the EU with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), including Greenland, and replaces Council Decision 2013/755/EU 27 ('Overseas Association Decision') and Council Decision 2014/137/EU 28 ('Greenland Decision').

(2)Pursuant to Article 204 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the provisions of Articles 198 to 203 TFEU apply to Greenland, subject to the specific provisions set out in Protocol No 34 to the TFEU on special arrangements for Greenland. In accordance with the Greenland Treaty 29 , the relations between the Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other are governed by Council Decision 2014/137/EU 30 that highlights the close historical, political, economic and cultural connections between the Union and Greenland and defines a specific partnership and cooperation. Decision 2014/137/EU expires on 31 December 2020.

(3)From 1 January 2021, the Union assistance to OCTs previously financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) should be financed from the general budget of the Union.

(4)In order to streamline the number of External Financing Instruments and their performance, the relations with all OCTs, including Greenland, should be regrouped by replacing the Overseas Association Decision and the Greenland Decision by a single Decision.

(5)The partnership pursuant to this Decision should allow for the continuation of strong relations between the Union on the one hand, and all the OCTs on the other.

(6)This new Decision should highlight the specificities concerning the cooperation with Greenland, such as the objective to preserve the close and lasting links between the Union, Greenland and Denmark, the acknowledgement of the geostrategic position of Greenland, the importance of policy dialogue between Greenland and the Union, the existence of a Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the Union and Greenland and the potential cooperation on Arctic issues. It should respond to the global challenges allowing for the development of a proactive agenda and the pursuit of mutual interests, in particular, the increasing impact of climate change on human activity and the environment, maritime transport, natural resources, including raw materials and fish stocks, as well as research and innovation.

(7)The TFEU and its secondary legislation do not automatically apply to the OCTs, with the exception of a number of provisions which explicitly provide for the contrary. Although not third countries, the OCTs do not form part of the single market and must comply with the obligations imposed on third countries in respect of trade, particularly rules of origin, health and plant health standards and safeguard measures.

(8)The special relationship between the Union and the OCTs is moving from a development cooperation approach to a reciprocal partnership to support the OCTs’ sustainable development. Moreover, the solidarity between the Union and the OCTs should be based on their unique relationship and their belonging to the same European family.

(9)The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ('2030 Agenda'), adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, is the international community's response to global challenges and trends in relation to sustainable development. With the Sustainable Development Goals ('SDGs'), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – at its core, the 2030 Agenda is a transformative framework to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development globally. It is universal in scope, providing a comprehensive shared framework for action that applies both to the Union and to its partners. It balances the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, recognising the essential interlinkages between its goals and targets. The 2030 Agenda aims to leave no one behind. Its implementation will be closely coordinated with other international commitments. Actions implemented under this Decision will pay particular attention to interlinkages between SDGs and to integrated actions that can create co-benefits and meet multiple objectives in a coherent way.

(10)The association between the Union and the OCTs should continue to be based on the three key pillars of enhancing competitiveness, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability, and promoting cooperation and integration between the OCTs and other partners and neighbouring regions.

(11)Union financial assistance allocated through the partnership should bring a European perspective to the development of OCTs and should contribute to the strengthening of the close and long lasting ties with it, while strengthening the position of OCTs as advanced outposts of the Union, based on the common values and history which link the partners.

(12)Given the OCTs’ geographical position, and despite the different status vis-à-vis Union law of each actor in a given geographical area, cooperation between them and their neighbours should be pursued in the interests of all sides with a particular focus on areas of common interest and the promotion of the Union’s values and standards.

(13)Many OCTs are neighbours to outermost regions, referred to in Article 349 TFEU and to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and other third territories and countries and share common needs with their neighbours from climate change adaptation and mitigation and the preservation of biodiversity to oceans-related issues, economic diversification and disaster risk reduction.

(14)The Commission Communication of 24 October 2017 ‘A stronger and renewed strategic partnership with the Union's outermost regions’ 31 , the Conclusions of the 15th and 16th OCT-EU Forums and the Commission recommendations for the negotiations on a Partnership Agreement between the European Union and ACP countries 32 call for a reinforcement of regional cooperation programmes involving OCTs and their neighbours.

(15)The OCTs are host to wide terrestrial and marine biodiversity. Climate change is impacting on OCTs’ natural environment and constitutes a threat undermining their sustainable development. Actions in the fields of conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, disaster risk reduction, sustainable management of natural resources and promotion of sustainable energy contributes to adaptation and mitigation of climate change in the OCTs. The association should aim at ensuring the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biological diversity and ecosystem services as a key element for the achievement of sustainable development.

(16)Reflecting the importance of tackling climate change in line with the Union's commitments to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this Programme will contribute to mainstream climate action in the Union's policies and to the achievement of an overall target of 25 % of the Union´s budget expenditures supporting climate objectives. Actions under this Programme are expected to contribute 20 % of the overall financial envelope of the Programme to climate objectives. Relevant actions will be identified during the Programme's implementation and reassessed in the context of its mid-term evaluation and review processes.

(17)The significant role which OCTs could play in contributing to the EU’s commitments under Multilateral Environmental Agreements should be recognised in the relations between the Union and the OCTs.

(18)The Union and the OCTs recognise the special importance of education and vocational training as a lever for the OCTs’ sustainable development.

(19)The association between the Union and the OCTs should take into account and contribute to the preservation of the cultural diversity and identity of OCTs.

(20)Trade and trade-related cooperation between the Union and the OCTs should contribute to the objective of sustainable economic development, social development and environmental protection.

(21)This Decision should provide for more flexible rules of origin, including new possibilities of cumulation of origin. Cumulation should be possible not only with OCTs and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) countries, but under certain conditions also for products originating in countries with which the Union is applying a free trade agreement as well as for products entering the Union duty-free and quota-free under the Union’s General System of Preferences, also subject to conditions. These conditions are necessary to prevent trade circumvention and ensure the proper functioning of the cumulation arrangements.

(22)The procedures for certification of OCT origin should be updated, in the interests of the operators and administrations concerned in the OCTs. Provisions on administrative cooperation between the Union and the OCTs should also be updated accordingly.

(23)In addition, sufficiently detailed safeguard and surveillance provisions should be laid down. This would allow OCTs' and Union competent authorities as well as economic operators to rely on clear and transparent rules and procedures. Finally, it is a matter of common interest to ensure the proper application of the procedures and arrangements that allow the OCTs to export goods to the Union duty-free and quota-free.

(24)Taking into account the aims of integration and the developments of global trade in the area of services and establishment, it is necessary to support the development of services markets and investment possibilities by improving the market access of OCTs' services and investment to the Union market. In this regard the Union should offer to OCTs the best possible treatment offered to any other trading partner through comprehensive most favoured nation clauses, while ensuring more flexible possibilities for trade relations for OCTs by limiting the treatment offered by OCTs to the Union to what has been offered to other major trading economies.

(25)Cooperation in the area of financial services between the Union and OCTs should contribute to building a safer, sounder, more transparent financial system that is essential to enhance global financial stability and to underpin sustainable growth. Efforts in that area should focus on convergence with internationally agreed standards and approximation of OCTs' legislation with Union acquis on financial services. Adequate attention should be paid to strengthening administrative capacity of OCTs' authorities, including in the area of supervision.

(26)Union financial assistance should focus on areas where it has most impact, having regard to its capacity to act on a global scale and to respond to global challenges such as poverty eradication, sustainable and inclusive development or the worldwide promotion of democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law, its long-term and predictable engagement in development assistance and its role in coordinating with its Member States.

(27)In the interest of efficiency, simplification and recognition of the management capacities of the OCTs' authorities, the financial resources granted to the OCTs should be managed on the basis of a reciprocal partnership. Moreover, the authorities of the OCTs should assume the responsibility for the formulation and implementation of those policies agreed upon between the parties as cooperation strategies. The limited administrative and human resources of the OCTs should be taken into account in the programming and implementation process.

(28)This Decision lays down a financial envelope for the association of the OCTs with the Union, the ‘Overseas Association Decision’, which is to constitute the prime reference amount, within the meaning of  point 16 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of [ ---] between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management for the European Parliament and the Council during the annual budgetary procedure.

(29)Horizontal financial rules adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on the basis of Article 322 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union apply to this Decision. These rules are laid down in the Financial Regulation and determine in particular the procedure for establishing and implementing the budget through grants, procurement, prizes, indirect implementation, and provide for checks on the responsibility of financial actors. Rules adopted on the basis of Article 322 TFEU also concern the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States, as the respect for the rule of law is an essential precondition for sound financial management and effective Union funding.

(30)The types of financing and the methods of implementation under this Decision should be chosen on the basis of their ability to achieve the specific objectives of the actions and to deliver results, taking into account, in particular, the costs of controls, the administrative burden, and the expected risk of non-compliance. This should include consideration of the use of lump sums, flat rates and unit costs, as well as financing not linked to costs as referred to in Article 125(1) of the Financial Regulation.

(31)The Union should seek the most efficient use of available resources in order to optimise the impact of its external action. That should be achieved through coherence and complementarity between the Union's external financing instruments, as well as the creation of synergies with other Union policies and Programmes. In order to maximise the impact of combined interventions to achieve a common objective, this Decision should allow for the combination of funding with other Union Programmes, as long as the contributions do not cover the same costs.

(32)This Decision should make reference, where required, to [NDICI Regulation] (Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument) for the purpose of the implementation of the cooperation and thus ensuring coherence in the management across instruments. 

(33)In order to take into account developments and changes in customs and trade legislation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the content of Annex II, III and IV to enable the Commission to translate into the Decision these changes. Pursuant to paragraph 22 and 23 of the Inter-institutional agreement for Better Law-Making of 13 April 2016 33 , there is a need to evaluate this Programme on the basis of information collected through specific monitoring requirements, while avoiding overregulation and administrative burdens, in particular on Member States. These requirements, where appropriate, can include measurable indicators, as a basis for evaluating the effects of the Programme on the ground. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations be conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making of 13 April 2016 34 . In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and the Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States' experts, and their experts systematically have access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts.

(34)The references to the external assistance instruments in Article 9 of Council Decision 2010/427/EU 35 should be read as reference also to this Decision. The Commission should ensure that this Decision is implemented in accordance with the role of the EEAS as provided in that Decision.

(35)In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of Article 10(6) and 16(8) of Annex II, Article 2 of Annex III, Article 5 and 6 of Annex IV of this Decision, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

(36)In accordance with the Financial Regulation, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council 36 , Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2988/95 37 , Council Regulation (Euratom, EC) No 2185/96 38 and Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 39 ,the financial interests of the Union are to be protected through effective and proportionate measures, including the prevention, detection, correction and investigation of irregularities, including fraud, the recovery of funds lost, wrongly paid or incorrectly used and, where appropriate, the imposition of administrative sanctions. In particular, in accordance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 and Regulation (Euratom, EC) No 2185/96, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) may carry out administrative investigations, including on-the-spot checks and inspections, with a view to establishing whether there has been fraud, corruption or any other illegal activity affecting the financial interests of the Union. In accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1939, the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) may investigate and prosecute fraud and other criminal offences affecting the financial interests of the Union as provided for in Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council 40 . In accordance with the Financial Regulation, any person or entity receiving Union funds is to fully cooperate in the protection of the Union’s financial interests and grant the necessary rights and access to the Commission, OLAF, the EPPO and the European Court of Auditors (ECA) and to ensure that any third parties involved in the implementation of Union funds grant equivalent rights. For this reason, agreements with third countries and territories and with international organisations, and any contract or agreement resulting from the implementation of this Decision should contain provisions expressly empowering the Commission, the Court of Auditors and OLAF to conduct audits, on-the-spot checks and inspections, according to their respective competences and ensuring that any third parties involved in the implementation of Union funding grant equivalent rights.

(37)By virtue of this Decision, the Council should be able to give an innovative response to all the factors mentioned above, which is both consistent and tailored to the variety of situations,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION

PART I

GENERAL PROVISIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THE OVERSEAS COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES WITH THE UNION

CHAPTER 1

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1
Subject matter

1.This Decision establishes an association of the overseas countries and territories (OCTs) with the Union (the ‘association’), which constitutes a partnership, based on Article 198 TFEU, to support the OCTs’ sustainable development as well as to promote the values and standards of the Union in the wider world.

2.The partners to the association are the Union, the OCTs and the Member States to which they are linked.

3.This Decision establishes, in its Article 73, the funding programme for the association with all the OCTs for the period 2021 to 2027 (the ‘Programme’). It lays down the objectives of the Programme, the forms of Union funding and the rules for providing such funding, as set out in Annex I of this Decision.

Article 2
Territorial application

The association shall apply to the OCTs listed in Annex II to the TFEU.

Article 3
Objectives, principles and values

1.The association between the Union and the OCTs shall be based on objectives, principles and values shared by the OCTs, the Member States to which they are linked and the Union.

2.The partners recognise each other’s rights to determine their sustainable development policies and priorities, to establish their own levels of domestic environmental and labour protection, and to adopt or modify accordingly the relevant laws and policies, consistently with commitment to the internationally recognised standards and agreements. In doing so, they shall strive to ensure high levels of environmental and labour protection

3.In implementing this Decision, the partners shall be guided by the principles of transparency, subsidiarity and the need for efficiency and shall equally address the three pillars of OCTs’ sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.

4.The general objective of this Decision is to promote the economic and social development of the OCTs and to establish close economic relations between them and the Union as a whole. The association shall pursue this general objective by the enhancing the OCTs’ competitiveness, strengthening the OCTs’ resilience, reducing their economic and environmental vulnerability and the promoting of cooperation between them and other partners.

5.In accordance with Articles 3(5) and 21 of the TEU, the specific objectives of this Decision are the following:

(a)to foster and support cooperation with OCTs,

(b)to support and to cooperate with Greenland in addressing its major challenges as the raising of education level and to contribute to the capacity of the administration of Greenland to formulate and implement national policies.

6.In pursuing those objectives, the association shall respect the fundamental principles of liberty, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, good governance and sustainable development, all of which are common to the OCTs and the Member States to which they are linked.

Article 4
Management of the association

Management of the association shall be conducted by the Commission and the OCTs' authorities and, where necessary, by the Member State to which the OCT is linked, in accordance with their respective institutional, legal and financial competences

Article 5
Mutual interests, complementarity and priorities

1.The association is the framework for policy dialogue and cooperation on issues of mutual interest.

2.Priority shall be given to cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as:

(a)the economic diversification of OCTs' economies, including their further integration in world and regional economies; in the specific case of Greenland, the need to increase the skills of its labour force.

(b)the promotion of green and blue economy;

(c)the sustainable management of natural resources, including the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services;

(d)climate change mitigation and adaptation to the impacts of climate change;

(e)the promotion of disaster risk reduction;

(f)the promotion of research, innovation and scientific cooperation activities;

(g)the promotion of social, cultural and economic exchanges between the OCTs, their neighbours and other partners;

(h)Arctic issues.

3.Cooperation in the areas of mutual interest shall aim at the promotion of OCTs' self-reliance and of the development of OCTs’ capacities to formulate, implement and monitor strategies and policies set out in paragraph 2.

Article 6
Promotion of the association

1.With an aim to strengthen their mutual relations, the Union and the OCTs shall endeavour to make the association known among their citizens, in particular by promoting the development of the links and cooperation between the authorities, academic community, civil society and businesses of OCTs on the one hand and their interlocutors within the Union on the other.

2.OCTs shall make efforts to strengthen and promote their relations with the Union as a whole. The Member States shall support these efforts.

Article 7
Regional cooperation, regional integration and cooperation with other partners

1.Subject to Article 3 of this Decision, the association shall support the OCTs in their efforts to take part in relevant international, regional and/or sub-regional cooperation initiatives as well as regional or sub-regional integration processes, in line with their own aspirations and in accordance with objectives and priorities defined by the competent OCTs' authorities.

2.To this end, the Union and the OCTs may exchange information and best practices or establish any other form of close cooperation and coordination with other partners in the context of the OCTs’ participation in regional and international organisations, where appropriate by means of international agreements.

3.The association aims at supporting cooperation between the OCTs and other partners in the areas of cooperation set out in Parts II and III of this Decision. In that respect, the objective of the association is to promote the cooperation between the OCTs and the outermost regions, referred to in Article 349 TFEU, their neighbouring ACP and non ACP states and territories. In order to achieve that objective, the Union shall improve coordination and synergies between the relevant Union programmes. The Union shall also endeavour to associate OCTs in its instances of dialogue with their neighbouring countries, whether they are ACP or non-ACP States or territories, and with the outermost regions, where appropriate.

4.The support to OCTs’ participation in relevant regional integration organisations shall focus in particular on:

(a)capacity building of relevant regional organisations and institutions of which OCTs are members;

(b)regional or sub-regional initiatives such as the implementation of sectoral reform policies relating to the areas of cooperation identified in Parts II and III of this Decision;

(c)the awareness and knowledge of the OCTs on the impacts of regional integration processes in different areas;

(d)OCTs' participation in the development of regional markets within the context of regional integration organisations;

(e)cross-border investment between OCTs and their neighbours.

Article 8
Participation in European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation

In the application of Article 7(1), (2) and (3) of this Decision, the cooperation initiatives or other forms of cooperation shall also mean that governmental authorities, regional and sub-regional organisations, local authorities and, where appropriate, other public and private bodies or institutions (including public service providers) from an OCT may participate in a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) subject to the rules and objectives of the cooperation activities of this Decision and those of Regulation (EU) No 1302/2013 41 and in accordance with the arrangements applicable to the Member State to which the OCT is linked.

Article 9
Specific treatment

1.The association shall take into account the diversity of the OCTs in terms of economic development and capacity to fully benefit from regional cooperation and regional integration referred to in Article 7.

2.A specific treatment shall be established for isolated OCTs.

3.In order to enable isolated OCTs to overcome structural and other obstacles to their development, this specific treatment shall take account of their specific difficulties, inter alia, when determining the volume of financial assistance and the conditions attached thereto.

4.The OCT which shall be considered to be isolated is St Pierre et Miquelon.

CHAPTER 2

COOPERATION

Article 10
General Approach

1.The association shall be based on a broad dialogue and consultations on issues of mutual interest between the OCTs, the Member States to which they are linked and the Commission, and, if appropriate, the European Investment Bank (EIB).

2.The OCTs shall organise, where appropriate, a dialogue and consultations with authorities and bodies such as:

(a)the competent local and other public authorities;

(b)the economic and social partners;

(c)any other appropriate body representing civil society, such as, environmental partners, non-governmental organisations, and bodies responsible for promoting equality between men and women.

Article 11 Actors of cooperation

1.Actors of cooperation in the OCTs shall include:

(a)the OCTs' governmental authorities;

(b)the local authorities within the OCTs;

(c)public service providers and civil society organisations, such as social, business, employers’ and trade union associations, and local, national or international non-governmental organisations;

(d)regional and sub-regional organisations.

2.The Member States to which the OCTs are linked shall inform the Commission of the governmental and local authorities referred to in points (a) and (b) of paragraph 1.

Article 12
Responsibilities of the non-governmental actors

1.Non-governmental actors may play a role in the exchange of information and consultations concerning the cooperation, and in particular for the preparation and implementation of cooperation assistance, projects or programmes. They may receive a delegation of financial management powers for implementing such projects or programmes for the purpose of supporting local development initiatives.

2.Non-governmental actors eligible for decentralised management of projects or programmes shall be identified by agreement between the OCT authorities, the Commission and the Member State to which the OCT is linked, taking into account the subject concerned, their expertise and field of activity. The process of identification shall be conducted in each OCT as part of the broad dialogue and consultations referred to in Article 10.

3.The association aims at contributing to the efforts of the OCTs to strengthen civil society organisations, concerning in particular their creation and development, and the development of the arrangements necessary for opening their involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation of development strategies and programmes.

CHAPTER 3

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 13
Guiding principles for dialogue

1.The Union, the OCTs and the Member States to which they are linked shall regularly engage in a comprehensive and political dialogue.

2.The dialogue shall be conducted in full compliance with the respective institutional, legal and financial powers of the Union, of the OCTs and of the Member States to which they are linked. The dialogue shall be conducted in a flexible manner. It may be formal or informal, at an appropriate level or format, and shall be conducted within the framework referred to in Article 14.

3.The dialogue shall enable the OCTs to take a full part in the implementation of the association.

4.The dialogue shall focus, inter alia, on specific political issues of mutual concern or of general significance for the attainment of the objectives of the association.

5.The dialogue with Greenland shall, in particular, provide the basis for broad cooperation and dialogue in areas concerning, inter alia, energy, climate change and environment, natural resources, including raw materials and fish stocks, maritime transport, research and innovation, as well as the Arctic dimension of those issues.

Article 14
Instances of the association

1.The association shall establish the following instances of dialogue:

(a)an OCTs-EU forum for dialogue (the ‘OCT-EU Forum’), shall meet annually to bring together OCTs' authorities, representatives of the Member States and the Commission. Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the EIB, and representatives of the outermost regions shall, where appropriate, be associated with the OCTs-EU Forum;

(b)on a regular basis, the Commission, the OCTs and the Member States to which they are linked shall hold trilateral consultations. These consultations shall be organised at least three times a year on the initiative of the Commission or at the request of the OCTs and of the Member States to which they are linked;

(c)in agreement between the OCTs, the Member States to which they are linked and the Commission, working parties, acting in an advisory capacity, shall be set up to follow the implementation of the association, in a form appropriate to the issues to be addressed. These working parties may be convened at the request of the Commission, of a Member State or of an OCT. They shall provide for technical discussions on matters which are of specific concern to the OCTs and the Member States to which they are linked, complementing the work that is being done in the OCTs-EU Forum and/or in the trilateral consultations.

2.The Commission shall chair the OCTs-EU Forum, the trilateral consultations and the working parties and shall provide their secretariat.

PART II

AREAS OF COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ASSOCIATION

CHAPTER 1

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, CLIMATE CHANGE, OCEANS AND DISASTER REDUCTION

Article 15
General principles

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction may concern:

(a)support to the OCTs' efforts to define and implement policies, strategies, action plans and measures;

(b)support to the OCTs’ efforts to integrate in regional networks and initiatives;

(c)the promotion of sustainable resource use and resource efficiency, and encouragement to the decoupling of economic growth from environmental degradation; and;

(d)support to the OCTs’ efforts to act as regional hubs and centres of excellence.

Article 16
Sustainable management and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of sustainable management and conservation of biodiversity, and ecosystem services may concern:

(a)the promotion of the establishment and effective management of marine and terrestrial protected areas and improved management of existing protected areas;

(b)the encouragement of sustainable management of marine and terrestrial resources, which contribute to protecting species, habitats and ecosystem functions outside protected areas, in particular, endangered, vulnerable and rare species;

(c)the strengthening of conservation and sustainable use of marine and terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems by:

(i)addressing the wider ecosystem challenge of climate change by maintaining healthy, resilient ecosystems and fostering green and blue infrastructure and ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation which often bring multiple benefits;

(ii)strengthening capacities at a local, regional and/or international scale, by promoting exchange of information, knowledge and best practice amongst all stakeholders including public authorities, landowners, private sector, researchers and civil society;

(iii)strengthening existing nature conservation programmes and related efforts within and outside conservation areas;

(iv)broadening the knowledge base and filling the knowledge gaps, including quantifying the value of ecosystem functions and services;

(d)the encouragement and facilitation of regional cooperation in order to address issues such as invasive alien species or the impacts of climate change;

(e)the development of mechanisms to lever resources including payments for ecosystem services.

Article 17
Sustainable forest management

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of sustainable forest management may concern the promotion of the conservation and sustainable management of forests, including their role in the conservation of the environment from erosion and desertification control, afforestation and management of timber exports.

Article 18
Integrated coastal zone management

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of integrated coastal zone management may concern:

(a)the support to the efforts of the OCTs towards an effective sustainable management of marine and coastal zones in defining strategic and integrated approaches to marine and coastal zone planning and management;

(b)conciliation of economic and social activities such as fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, maritime transports and agriculture with the potential of marine and coastal zones in terms of renewable energy, raw materials, whilst taking into account impacts of climate change and human activities.

Article 19
Oceans

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of international ocean governance may concern:

(a)the strengthening of the dialogue on issues of common interest in that field;

(b)the promotion of marine knowledge and biotechnology, ocean energy, maritime surveillance, coastal zone management and an ecosystem-based management;

(c)the promotion of integrated approaches at international level;

(d)the active promotion of good governance, best practices and responsible fisheries management in the conservation and sustainable management of fish stocks, including fish stocks of common interest and those managed by regional fisheries management organisations;

(e)dialogue and cooperation regarding the conservation of fish stocks including measures to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and effectively cooperating with and within regional fisheries management organisations. Dialogue and cooperation shall include control and inspection schemes, incentives and obligations for a more effective management of fisheries and coastal environments in the long term.

2.In the context of the association, and while ensuring consistency and complementarity with existing Fisheries Partnership Agreements, cooperation referred to in paragraph 1 (d) and (e) shall be based on the following principles:

(a)commitment to responsible fisheries management and fishing practices;

(b)refraining from measures or activities that are inconsistent with the principles of sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources;

(c)taking into account existing or possible future bilateral Fisheries Partnership Agreements between the Union and the OCTs, the Union and the OCTs shall aim to regularly consult each other on the conservation and management of the living marine resources and to exchange information on the ongoing state of resources within the context of the relevant instances of the association provided for in Article 14.

Article 20
Sustainable water management

1.In the context of the association, the Union and the OCTs may cooperate in the area of sustainable water management through water policy and institution building, protecting water resources, water supplies in rural and urban areas for domestic, industrial or agricultural purposes, storage, distribution and management of water resources and waste water management.

2.In the field of water supply and sanitation sector, particular attention shall be given to access in under-served areas to drinking water supply and sanitation services and those particularly exposed to natural disasters, which contribute directly to human resources development by improving the state of health and increasing productivity.

3.Cooperation in these areas shall be guided by the principle that the continuing need to extend the provision of basic services in water and sanitation to both urban and rural populations must be addressed in environmentally sustainable ways.

Article 21
Waste management

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of waste management may concern the promotion of the use of the best environmental practice in all operations related to waste management, including the reduction of waste, recycling or other processes of recovery, e.g. energy recovery and waste disposal.

Article 22
Energy

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of sustainable energy may concern:

(a)sustainable energy production, distribution and access, in particular the development, promotion, use and storage of sustainable low-carbon energy from renewable energy sources;

(b)energy policies and regulations, in particular the formulation of policies and adoption of regulations guaranteeing affordable and sustainable energy tariffs;

(c)energy efficiency, in particular the development and introduction of energy efficiency standards and implementation of energy efficiency measures in different sectors (industrial, commercial, public and households), as well as accompanying educational and awareness activities;

(d)transport, in particular the development, promotion and use of more environmentally friendly public and private transport means such as hybrid, electric or hydrogen vehicles, carpooling and cycling schemes;

(e)town planning and construction, in particular the promotion and introduction of high environment quality standards and high energy performance in urban planning and construction; and

(f)tourism, in particular the promotion of energy self-sufficient (renewable energy based) and/or green tourism infrastructures.

Article 23
Raw materials

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of raw materials, including rare earths may concern the promotion of a raw material sector which is sustainable in respect of all operations related to mining, and which aims at:

(a)a resources efficiency;

(b)the promotion of recycling;

(c)the development and strengthening of environmental protection;

(d)environmentally friendly handling and exploitation;

(e)the strengthening of capacities, training, innovation, research and business measures for raw material exploitation and extraction on a local, regional and national level.

Article 24
Climate change

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of climate change shall aim to support the initiatives of the OCTs concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change, and may cover:

(a)the development of evidence; identification of key risks and territorial, regional and/or international actions, plans, or measures in view of adapting to climate change or mitigating its adverse effects;

(b)contributing to partners countries' efforts to pursue their commitments on climate change in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

(c) the integration of adaptation to climate change and its mitigation in public policies and strategies;

(d)the elaboration and identification of statistical data and indicators, essential tools for policy making and implementation; and

(e)the promotion of the participation of the OCTs in regional and international dialogue in order to foster cooperation, including exchange of knowledge and experience.

Article 25
Disaster risk reduction

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction may concern:

(a)the development or perfection of systems, including infrastructures, for disaster prevention and preparedness, including prediction and early-warning systems, with a view to reducing the consequences of disasters;

(b)the development of detailed knowledge of the exposure to the disasters and the current response capacities in the OCTs and in the regions where they are located;

(c)the strengthening of existing measures of disaster prevention and preparation at local, national and regional levels;

(d)the improvement of response capacities of the actors concerned, to render them more coordinated, effective and efficient;

(e)the improvement of awareness-raising and information to the population regarding the exposure to risks, prevention, preparation and the response in the event of disaster, with due attention to the specific needs of persons with disabilities;

(f)the strengthening of collaboration between key actors involved in civil protection; and

(g)the promotion of the participation of the OCTs in regional, European and/or international instances in order to allow a more regular exchange of information and a closer cooperation among the different partners in the event of disaster.

CHAPTER 2

ACCESSIBILITY

Article 26
General objectives

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of accessibility shall aim to:

(a)ensure greater access of OCTs to global transport networks; and

(b)ensure greater access of OCTs to information and communication technologies and services.

2.Cooperation in the context referred to in paragraph 1 may encompass:

(a)policy and institution building;

(b)transport by road, rail, air, sea or inland waterway; and

(c)storage facilities in sea- and airports.

Article 27
Maritime transport

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of maritime transport shall aim to the development and promotion of cost-effective and efficient maritime transport services in the OCTs and may concern:

(a)the promotion of efficient shipments of cargo at economically and commercially viable rates;

(b)the facilitation of greater participation of the OCTs in international shipping services;

(c)the encouragement of regional programmes;

(d)the support to local private sector involvement in shipping activities; and

(e)the development of infrastructure.

2.The Union and the OCTs shall promote shipping safety, security of crews and the prevention of pollution.

3.The Union and the OCTs shall promote maritime safety and security, protection of the marine environment, living-working conditions on board in line with the relevant international conventions and EU legislative framework.

Article 28
Air transport

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of air transport may concern:

(a)the reform and modernisation of the OCTs' air transport industries;

(b)the promotion of the commercial viability and competitiveness of the OCTs’ air transport industries;

(c)the facilitation of private sector investment and participation; and

(d)the promotion of exchange of knowledge and good business practice.

Article 29
Air transport safety and security

In the context of the association, cooperation in the fields of air transport safety and security shall aim to support the OCTs in their efforts to comply with the relevant EU and international standards and may cover inter alia:

(a)the implementation of the EU aviation safety system, and of international standards where relevant;

(b)the implementation of airport security and strengthening of the capacity of civil aviation authorities to manage all aspects of operational security placed under their control; and

(c)the development of infrastructures and human resources.

Article 30
Information and communication technologies services

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) services shall aim to spur, in the OCTs, innovation, economic growth and improvements in daily life for both citizens and businesses, including the promotion of accessibility for persons with disabilities. Cooperation shall, in particular, be directed at enhancing OCTs’ regulatory capacity and may support the expansion of ICT networks and services through the following measures:

(a)creation of a predictable regulatory environment that keeps pace with technological developments, stimulates growth and innovation and fosters competition and consumer protection;

(b)dialogue on the various policy aspects regarding the promotion and monitoring of the information society;

(c)exchange of information on standards and interoperability issues;

(d)promotion of cooperation in the field of ICT research and in the field of ICT-based research infrastructures;

(e)development of services and applications in domains of high societal impact.

CHAPTER 3

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Article 31
Cooperation in research and innovation

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of research and innovation may cover science, energy, climate change, disaster resilience, natural resources including raw materials, and sustainable use of living resources.

It may also cover technology, including information and communication technologies, with the aim of contributing to the OCTs’ sustainable development and to promoting the OCTs’ role as regional hubs and centres of excellence as well as their industrial competitiveness. In particular, cooperation may concern:

(a)dialogue, coordination and creation of synergies between OCTs and Union policies and initiatives with regard to science, technology and innovation;

(b)policy and institutional building within OCTs and concerted actions at local, national or regional level, with a view to developing science, technology and innovation activities and their application;

(c)cooperation between legal entities from the OCTs, the Union, the Member States and the third countries;

(d)participation of individual OCTs researchers, research bodies and legal entities from OCTs in the European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation and the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium size enterprises (COSME), also linking them to already supported activities of these programmes with the aim to ensure complementarity of activities; and

(e)training and international mobility of OCTs researchers and exchange.

CHAPTER 4

YOUTH, EDUCATION, TRAINING, HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, FOOD SAFETY AND FOOD SECURITY

Article 32
Youth

1.The Union shall ensure that natural persons from OCTs, as defined in Article 50, can participate in initiatives of the Union concerning youth on the same basis as nationals of Member States.

2.The association aims at strengthening the ties between young people living in the OCTs and the Union, among others by promoting learning mobility of OCTs youth and by fostering mutual understanding between young people.

Article 33
Education and training

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of education and training may cover:

(a)the provision of high quality, inclusive education at primary, secondary and higher education level and in the area of vocational education and training; and

(b)the support to the OCTs in defining and implementing education and vocational training policies.

2.The Union shall ensure that natural persons from the OCTs, as defined in Article 50, can participate in education and vocational training initiatives of the Union on the same basis as nationals of Member States.

3.The Union shall that ensure that educational bodies and institutes from OCTs can take part in education related cooperation initiatives of the Union on the same basis as the educational and vocational training bodies and institutes of the Member States.

Article 34
Employment and social policy

1.The Union and the OCTs shall maintain dialogue in the area of employment and social policy in order to contribute to the economic and social development of the OCTs and the promotion of decent work in the OCTs and regions where they are located. Such a dialogue shall also aim at supporting the efforts of the OCTs’ authorities to develop policies and legislation in this area.

2.The dialogue shall mainly consist of exchange of information and best practices relating to policies and legislation in the area of employment and social policy that are of mutual interest to the Union and the OCTs. In this regard, areas such as skills development, social protection, social dialogue, equal opportunities, non-discrimination and accessibility for persons with disabilities, health and safety at work and other labour standards shall be taken into consideration.

Article 35
Public health, food safety and food security

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of public health and food safety shall aim, inter alia, to reduce the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases and, in particular, to develop, strengthen, and maintain the OCTs’ capacity for epidemiological surveillance, monitoring, early warning, risk assessment and response to serious cross-border health threats through measures including:

(a)actions to strengthen preparedness and response planning against health emergencies  such as outbreaks of communicable diseases including through the implementation of the International Health Regulations,  ensure interoperability between the health sector and other sectors,  and continuous delivery of critical services and products;

(b)capacity building through strengthening public health networks at regional level, facilitating exchange of information among experts and promoting adequate training, including in the field of food safety;

(c)development of tools and communication platforms, including rapid alert systems, as well as e-learning programs adapted to OCTs’ particular needs;

(d)actions to prevent and reduce food related outbreaks and address food safety and food security issues;

(e)actions to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in the framework of achieving the sustainable development goals.

CHAPTER 5

CULTURE AND TOURISM

Article 36
Cultural exchanges and dialogue

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of cultural exchanges and dialogue may concern:

(a)the self-reliant development of the OCTs, this being a process centred on people themselves and rooted in each people’s culture;

(b)the support to the policies and measures adopted by the competent authorities of OCTs to enhance their human resources, increase their own creative capacities and promote their cultural identities;

(c)the participation by the population in the process of development;

(d)the development of a common understanding and enhanced exchange of information on cultural and audio-visual matters through dialogue.

2.Through their cooperation the Union and the OCTs shall seek to stimulate cultural exchanges between each other through:

(a)cooperation between the cultural and creative sectors of all partners;

(b)promotion of the circulation of cultural and creative works and operators between them;

(c)policy cooperation in order to foster policy development, innovation, audience building and new business models.

Article 37
Audio-visual cooperation

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the audio-visual field aims at promoting each other’s audio-visual productions and may cover the following actions:

(a)cooperation and exchange between the respective broadcasting industries;

(b)encouraging exchange of audio-visual works;

(c)exchange of information and views on audio-visual and broadcasting policy and regulatory framework between competent authorities;

(d)encouraging visits to and participation in international events held in each other’s territory as well as in third countries.

2.Co-produced audio-visual works shall be entitled to benefit from any scheme for the promotion of local or regional cultural content set up in the Union, the OCTs and the Member States to which they are linked

Article 38
Performing arts

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of performing arts may concern:

(a)the facilitation of increased contacts between practitioners of performing arts in areas such as professional exchanges and training including participation in auditions, development of networks and promotion of networking;

(b)the encouragement of joint productions between producers of one or several Member States of the Union and one or several OCTs; and

(c)the encouragement of the development of international theatre technology standards and the use of theatre stage signs, including through appropriate standardisation bodies.

Article 39
Protection of cultural heritage and historic monuments

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and historic monuments aims at allowing the promotion of exchanges of expertise and best practices through:

(a)the facilitation of exchanges of experts;

(b)the collaboration on professional training;

(c)the awareness of the local public; and

(d)the counselling on the protection of the historic monuments and protected spaces and on the legislation and implementation of measures related to heritage, in particular its integration into local life.

Article 40
Tourism

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of tourism may include:

(a)measures aiming at defining, adapting and developing sustainable tourism policies;

(b)measures and operations to develop and support sustainable tourism;

(c)measures aiming at integrating sustainable tourism into the social, cultural and economic life of OCTs citizens.

CHAPTER 6

FIGHT AGAINST ORGANISED CRIME

Article 41
Fight against organised crime, trafficking in human beings, child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, terrorism and corruption

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of organised crime may include:

(a)the development of innovative and effective means of police and judicial cooperation, including cooperation with other stakeholders such as civil society, in the prevention of and fight against organised crime, trafficking in human beings, child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, terrorism and corruption; and

(b)support in order to increase the efficiency of OCTs’ policies to prevent and fight against organised crime, trafficking in human beings, child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, terrorism and corruption, as well as the production, distribution and trafficking of all kinds of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, preventing and reducing drug use and drug-related harms, taking into account work carried out in these areas by international bodies, through inter alia:

(i)training and capacity building in preventing and fighting organised crime, including trafficking in human beings, child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, terrorism and corruption;

(ii)prevention including training, education and health promotion, treatment and rehabilitation of dependent drug users, including projects for the reintegration of dependent drug users into work and social environments;

(iii)    development of effective enforcement measures;

(iv)    technical, financial and administrative assistance on the development of effective policies and legislation on trafficking in human beings, in particular awareness raising campaigns, referral mechanisms and victim protection systems, involving all relevant stakeholders and civil society;

(v)    technical, financial and administrative assistance relating to the prevention, treatment and reduction of harms related to drug use;

(vi)technical assistance to support the development of legislation and of policy against child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation; and

(vii)technical assistance and training to support capacity building and encourage compliance with international anti-corruption standards notably those set out in the UN Convention against Corruption.

2.In the context of the association, the OCTs shall cooperate with the Union as regards combatting money laundering and the financing of terrorism in accordance with Article 70.

PART III

TRADE AND TRADE RELATED COOPERATION

TITLE I
GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 42
Specific objectives

The general objectives of the trade and trade-related cooperation between the Union and the OCTs are to:

(a)promote the economic and social development of the OCTs by establishing close economic relations between them and the Union as a whole;

(b)stimulate the OCTs’ effective integration in the regional and world economies and the development of trade in goods and services;

(c)support OCTs in creating a favourable investment climate to support social and economic development of OCTs;

(d)promote the stability, integrity and transparency of the global financial system, and good governance in the tax area;

(e)support the process of diversification of OCTs economies;

(f)support OCTs capacities to formulate and implement policies necessary for the development of their trade in goods and services;

(g)support the OCTs’ export and trading capacities;

(h)support OCTs’ efforts to align or converge their local legislation with Union legislation, where relevant;

(i)provide possibilities for targeted cooperation and dialogue with the Union on trade and trade-related areas.

TITLE II
ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES AND ESTABLISHMENT

CHAPTER 1

ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRADE IN GOODS

Article 43
Free access for originating goods

1.Products originating in the OCTs shall be imported into the Union free of import duty.

2.The definition of originating products and the methods of administrative cooperation relating thereto are laid down in Annex II.

Article 44
Quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect

1.The Union shall not apply to imports of products originating in the OCTs any quantitative restrictions or measures having equivalent effect

2.Paragraph 1 shall not preclude prohibitions or restrictions on imports, exports or goods in transit justified on grounds of public morality or public policy, the protection of health and life of humans, animals and plants, the protection of national treasures possessing artistic, historic or archaeological value, the conservation of exhaustible natural resources or the protection of industrial and commercial property.

3.Prohibitions or restrictions referred to in the first subparagraph shall in no case constitute a means of arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination or a disguised restriction of trade generally.

Article 45
Measures adopted by the OCTs

1.The authorities of the OCTs may retain or introduce, in respect of imports of products originating in the Union, such customs duties or quantitative restrictions as they consider necessary in view of their respective development needs.

2.For the fields covered by this Chapter, the OCTs shall grant to the Union a treatment no less favourable than the most favourable treatment applicable to any major trading economy as defined in paragraph 4.

3.Paragraph 2 shall not preclude an OCT from granting certain other OCTs or other developing countries more favourable treatment than that accorded to the Union.

4.For the purposes of this Title, a ‘major trading economy’ means any developed country, or any country accounting for a share of world merchandise exports above one per cent, or, without prejudice to paragraph 3, any group of countries acting individually, collectively or through an economic integration agreement accounting collectively for a share of world merchandise exports above 1,5 %. For this calculation, the latest available official data by the WTO on leading exporters in world merchandise trade (excluding intra-Union trade) shall be used.

5.The authorities of the OCTs shall communicate to the Commission the customs tariffs and lists of quantitative restrictions which they apply in compliance with this Decision. The authorities of the OCTs shall also communicate to the Commission any subsequent amendments to such measures as and when they are adopted.

Article 46
Non-discrimination

1.The Union shall not discriminate between OCTs and the OCTs shall not discriminate between Member States.

2.In compliance with Article 64, the implementation of the specific provisions in this Decision and in particular its Article 44(2), Articles 45 and 48, 49 and 51 and Article 58 (3) shall not be deemed to constitute a discrimination.

Article 47
Conditions for movements of waste

1.Movements of waste between the Member States and the OCTs shall be controlled in accordance with international law, in particular the Basel Convention 42 , and Union law. The Union shall support the establishment and development of effective international cooperation in this area with a view to protecting the environment and public health.

2.As regards those OCTs, which, due to their constitutional status, are not Party to the Basel Convention, their relevant authorities shall expedite adoption of the necessary internal legislation and administrative regulations to implement the provisions of the Basel Convention in those OCTs.

3.The Member States to which OCTs are linked shall promote the adoption by the OCTs of the necessary internal legislation and administrative regulations to implement relevant Union law concerning waste and waste shipments.

4.An OCT and the Member State to which it is linked may apply their own procedures to export of waste from the OCT to that Member State.   In such cases, the Member State to which the OCT is linked shall notify to the Commission of the applicable legislation as well as any subsequent amendments to such legislation.

Article 48
Temporary withdrawal of preferences

Where the Commission considers that there are sufficient grounds to question whether this Decision is being correctly implemented, the Commission shall enter into consultations with the OCT and the Member State with which the OCT has special relations, in order to ensure the proper implementation of this Decision. In case the consultations do not lead to a mutually acceptable way of implementing this Decision, the Union may temporarily withdraw preferences from the OCT concerned in accordance with Annex III.

Article 49
Safeguard and surveillance measures

In order to ensure the proper implementation of this Decision, the Union may take the safeguard and surveillance measures set out in Annex IV.

CHAPTER 2

ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRADE IN SERVICES AND FOR ESTABLISHMENT

Article 50
Definitions

For the purposes of this Chapter:

(a)‘natural person from an OCT’ means a natural person ordinarily resident in an OCT who is a national of a Member State or who enjoys a legal status specific to an OCT. This definition is without prejudice to the rights conferred by citizenship of the Union within the meaning of the TFEU;

(b)‘legal person of an OCT’ means a legal person of the OCT set up in accordance with the laws applicable in a given OCT, and having its registered office, its central administration, or its principal place of business in the territory in this OCT. Should the legal person have only its registered office or central administration in the OCT, it shall not be considered as a legal person of the OCT, unless it engages in an activity which has a real and continuous link with the economy of that country or territory;

(c)the respective definitions laid down in the economic integration agreements referred to in Article 51 (1) shall apply to the treatment accorded between the Union and the OCTs.

Article 51
Most favourable treatment

1.With respect to any measures affecting trade in services and establishment in economic activities:

(a)the Union shall accord to natural and legal persons of the OCTs a treatment no less favourable than the most favourable treatment applicable to like natural and legal persons of any third country with whom the Union concludes or has concluded an economic integration agreement;

(b)an OCT shall accord to the natural and legal persons of the Union a treatment no less favourable than the most favourable treatment applicable to like natural and legal persons of any major trading economy with whom it has concluded an economic integration agreement after 1 January 2014.

2.The obligations provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article shall not apply to treatment granted:

(a)in the framework of an internal market or economic integration agreement requiring the parties thereto to significantly approximate their legislation with a view to removing non-discriminatory obstacles to establishment and to trade in services;

(b)under measures providing for recognition of qualifications or licences. This is without prejudice to OCTs specific measures under this Article;

(c)under any international agreement or arrangement relating wholly or mainly to taxation;

(d)under measures benefiting from the coverage of a most-favoured nation exemption listed in accordance with Article II.2 of the GATS.

3.Nothing in this Decision shall prevent either the Union or the OCTs from adopting or maintaining measures for prudential reasons, including for:

(a)the protection of investors, depositors, policy-holders or persons to whom a fiduciary duty is owed by a financial service supplier; or

(b)to ensure the integrity and stability of a Party's financial system.

4.The authorities of an OCT may with a view to promoting or supporting local employment, adopt regulations to aid their natural persons and local activities. In this event, the OCT authorities shall notify the Commission of the regulations they adopt so that it may inform the Member States thereof.

TITLE III
TRADE RELATED AREAS

CHAPTER 1

TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Article 52
General approach

Trade and trade-related cooperation under the association aims at contributing to sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. In this context, the domestic environmental or labour laws and regulations of OCTs shall not be lowered in order to encourage trade or investment.

Article 53
Environmental and climate change standards in trade

1.Trade and trade-related cooperation under the association aims at enhancing the mutual supportiveness between trade and environmental policies and obligations. For those purposes, trade-related cooperation under the association shall take into account the principles of international environmental governance and multilateral environmental agreements.

2.Trade-related cooperation shall aim to support the ultimate objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It may also extend to cooperation on other trade related multilateral environmental agreements, such as the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species.

Article 54
Labour standards in trade

1.The association aims at promoting trade in such a way that it is conducive to full and productive employment and decent work for all.

2.The internationally recognised core labour standards, as defined by the relevant International Labour Organisation Conventions, shall be respected and implemented in law and practice. Such labour standards include in particular respect for freedom of association, right to collective bargaining, abolition of all forms of forced or compulsory labour, elimination of the worst forms of child labour, the minimum age for admission to employment and non-discrimination in respect to employment. The OCTs shall ensure effective labour inspection, effective measures for occupational safety and health, consistent with relevant ILO Conventions and decent working conditions for all, with regard to, inter alia, wages and earnings, working hours and other conditions of work.

Article 55
Sustainable trade in fisheries products

The association may include cooperation to promote the sustainable management of fish stocks, as well as to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and related trade. Cooperation in this field should aim at:

(a)facilitating cooperation between OCTs and regional fisheries management organisations, in particular with respect to the development and effective implementation of control and inspection schemes, incentives and measures for effective long term management of fisheries and marine ecosystems;

(b)promoting the implementation of measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and related trade in OCTs.

Article 56
Sustainable timber trade

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of timber trade aims at promoting trade in legally harvested timber. Such cooperation may include dialogue on regulatory measures as well as exchange of information on market-based or voluntary measures such as forest certification or green procurement policies

Article 57
Trade and sustainable development

1.In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of trade and sustainable development may be pursued by:

(a)facilitating and promoting trade and investment in environmental goods and services including through the elaboration and implementation of local legislation, as well as in those goods that contribute to the improvement of social conditions in OCTs;

(b)facilitating the removal of obstacles to trade or investment regarding goods and services of particular relevance for climate change mitigation, such as sustainable renewable energy and energy efficient products and services, including through the adoption of policy frameworks conducive to the deployment of best available technologies and through the promotion of standards that respond to environmental and economic needs and minimise technical obstacles to trade;

(c)promoting trade in goods that contribute to enhanced social conditions and environmentally sound practices, including goods that are the subject of voluntary sustainability assurance schemes such as fair and ethical trade schemes, eco-labels, and certification schemes for natural resource-based products;

(d)promoting internationally recognised principles and guidelines in the area of responsible business conduct and corporate social responsibility, encouraging companies operating in the territory of OCTs to implement them and exchanging information and best practices.

2.In the design and implementation of measures aimed at protecting the environment or labour conditions that may affect trade or investment, the Union and the OCTs shall take account of available scientific and technical information, and relevant international standards, guidelines or recommendations, including the precautionary principle.

3.The Union and the OCTs shall develop, introduce and implement in a transparent manner measures aimed at protecting the environment and labour conditions to promote trade or investment.

CHAPTER 2

OTHER TRADE RELATED ISSUES

Article 58
Current payments and capital movements

1.No restrictions shall be imposed on any payments in freely convertible currency on the current account of balance of payments between residents of the Union and of the OCTs.

2.With regard to transactions on the capital account of balance of payments, the Member States and the OCTs authorities shall ensure free movement of capital relating to direct investments in companies formed in accordance with the laws of the host Member State, country or territory and shall ensure that the assets formed by such investment and any profit stemming therefrom can be realised and repatriated.

3.The Union and the OCTs shall be entitled to take the measures referred to in Articles 64, 65, 66, 75, 143, 144 and 215 TFEU in accordance with the conditions laid down therein mutatis mutandis.

4.The OCT authorities, the Member State concerned or the Union shall inform one another immediately of any such measures and submit a timetable for their elimination as soon as possible.

Article 59
Competition policies

The OCTs shall adopt or maintain a competition law which applies to all undertakings in all sectors of the economy and which addresses, in an effective manner, all of the following practices:

1.horizontal and vertical agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition;

2.abuses by one or more undertakings of a dominant position;

3.concentrations between undertakings which would significantly impede effective competition, in particular as a result of the creation or strengthening of a dominant position; and

4.aid granted through state resources by an OCT which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings in so far as it has a significant negative effect on trade or investment.

Article 60
Protection of intellectual property rights

1.An adequate and effective level of protection of intellectual property rights, including means for enforcing such rights, shall be ensured in line with the highest international standards, where appropriate, with a view to reducing distortions and impediments to bilateral trade.

2.In the context of the association, cooperation in this field may concern the preparation of laws and regulations for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, the prevention of the abuse of such rights by right holders and of the infringement of such rights by competitors and support for regional intellectual property organisations involved in enforcement and protection, including the training of personnel.

Article 61
Technical barriers to trade

The association may include cooperation in the fields of technical regulation for goods, standardisation, conformity assessment, accreditation, market surveillance and quality assurance with a view to removing unnecessary technical barriers to trade between the Union and the OCTs and to reduce differences in those areas.

Article 62
Consumer policy, consumer health protection and trade

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of consumer policy, consumer health protection and trade may include the preparation of laws and regulations in the area of consumer policy and consumer health protection, with a view to avoiding unnecessary barriers to trade.

Article 63
Sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures

In the context of the association, cooperation in the field of sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures aims at:

(a)facilitating trade between the Union and the OCTs as a whole and between OCTs and third countries, whilst safeguarding human, animal and plant health or life in accordance with the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the ‘WTO SPS Agreement’);

(b)addressing trade-related issues arising from sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures;

(c)ensuring transparency as regards sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures applicable to trade between the Union and the OCTs;

(d)promoting the harmonisation of measures with international standards, in accordance with the WTO SPS Agreement;

(e)supporting the effective participation of OCTs in organisations that set international sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards;

(f)promoting consultation and exchanges between OCTs and European institutes and laboratories

(g)establishing and enhancing OCTs technical capacity to implement and monitor sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures;

(h)promoting technology transfer and rapid exchange of information in the area of sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures.

Article 64
Prohibition of protectionist measures

The provisions of Chapters 1 and of this Chapter shall not be used as a means of arbitrary discrimination or a disguised restriction on trade.

CHAPTER 3

MONETARY AND TAX MATTERS

Article 65
Tax carve out

1.Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 66, the most favoured nation treatment granted in accordance with this Decision shall not apply to tax advantages which the Member States or OCTs authorities are providing or may provide in the future on the basis of agreements to avoid double taxation or other tax arrangements, or domestic tax legislation in force.

2.Nothing in this Decision may be construed so as to prevent the adoption or enforcement of any measure aimed at preventing tax fraud or avoidance or evasion of taxes pursuant to the tax provisions of agreements to avoid double taxation or other tax arrangements, or domestic tax legislation in force.

3.Nothing in this Decision shall be construed so as to prevent the respective competent authorities from distinguishing, in the application of the relevant provisions of their tax legislation, between taxpayers who are not in the same situation, in particular with regard to their place of residence, or with regard to the place where their capital is invested.

Article 66
Tax and customs arrangements for Union funded contracts

1.The OCTs shall apply to contracts funded by the Union tax and customs arrangements no less favourable than those applied by them to the Member State to which the OCT is linked or to the states to which the most-favoured nation treatment is granted, or to international development organisations with which they have relations, whichever treatment is the most favourable.

2.Without prejudice to paragraph 1, the following arrangements shall apply to contracts financed by the Union:

(a)the contract shall not be subject in the beneficiary OCT to stamp or registration duties or to fiscal charges having equivalent effect, whether such charges already exist or are to be instituted in the future; however, such contracts shall be registered in accordance with the laws in force in the OCTs and a fee corresponding to the service rendered may be charged for it;

(b)profits and/or income arising from the performance of contracts shall be taxable according to the internal fiscal arrangements of the beneficiary OCT, provided that the natural persons or legal persons who realise such profit and/or income have a permanent place of business in that OCT, or that the performance of the contract takes longer than six months;

(c)enterprises which must import equipment in order to carry out works contracts shall, if they so request, benefit from the system of temporary admission as laid down by the legislation of the beneficiary OCT in respect of that equipment;

(d)professional equipment necessary for carrying out tasks defined in a service contract shall be temporarily admitted into the beneficiary OCT free of fiscal, import and customs duties and of other charges having equivalent effect where these duties and charges do not constitute remuneration for services rendered;

(e)imports under supply contracts shall be admitted into the beneficiary OCT without customs duties, import duties, taxes or fiscal charges having equivalent effect. The contract for supplies originating in the OCT concerned shall be concluded on the basis of the ex-works price of the supplies, to which may be added such internal fiscal charges as may be applicable to those supplies in the OCT;

(f)fuels, lubricants and hydrocarbon binders and all materials used in the performance of works contracts shall be deemed to have been purchased on the local market and shall be subject to fiscal rules applicable under the legislation in force in the beneficiary OCT;

(g)personal and household effects imported for use by natural persons, other than those recruited locally, engaged in carrying out tasks defined in a service contract and members of their families, shall be exempt from customs or import duties, taxes and other fiscal charges having equivalent effect, within the limits of the legislation in force in the beneficiary OCT.

3.Any contractual matter not covered by paragraphs 1 and 2 shall remain subject to the legislation of the OCT concerned.

CHAPTER 4

TRADE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

Article 67
General approach

With a view to ensuring that OCTs derive the maximum benefit from the provisions of this Decision and that they may participate under the best possible conditions in the Union’s internal market as well as regional, sub-regional and international markets, the association aims at contributing to the development of the OCTs’ trade capacities by:

(a)increasing the OCTs’ competitiveness, self-reliance and economic resilience, through diversifying the range and increasing the value and volume of OCTs trade in goods and services and by strengthening the OCTs’ ability to attract private investments in various sectors of economic activity;

(b)improving cooperation in trade in goods, services and establishment between the OCTs and neighbouring countries.

Article 68
Trade dialogue, cooperation and capacity development

In the context of the association, trade dialogue, cooperation and capacity development initiatives may include:

(a)strengthening the OCTs’ capacities to define and implement policies necessary for the development of trade in goods and services;

(b)encouraging the efforts of OCTs to put into place appropriate legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks as well as the necessary administrative procedures;

(c)promoting private sector development, in particular SMEs;

(d)facilitating market and product development, including product quality improvement;

(e)contributing to the development of human resources and professional skills relevant to trade in goods and services;

(f)enhancing the capacity of business intermediaries to provide OCTs enterprises services pertinent to their exporting activities, such as market intelligence;

(g)contributing to the creation of a business climate conducive to investment.

CHAPTER 5

COOPERATION IN THE AREA OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AND TAXATION MATTERS

Article 69
Cooperation on international financial services

With a view to promoting the stability, integrity and transparency of the global financial system, the association may include cooperation on international financial services. Such cooperation may concern:

(a)the provision of effective and adequate protection of investors and other consumers of financial services;

(b)the prevention and combat of money laundering and financing of terrorism;

(c)the promotion of cooperation between different actors of the financial system, including regulators and supervisors;

(d)the setup of independent and effective mechanisms for supervision of financial services.

Article 70
International standards in financial services

The Union and the OCTs shall make their best endeavours to ensure that internationally agreed standards for regulation and supervision in the financial services sector and for the fight against tax evasion and avoidance are implemented and applied in their territory. Such internationally agreed standards are, inter alia, the Basel Committee’s ‘Core Principle for Effective Banking Supervision’, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ ‘Insurance Core Principles’, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions’ ‘Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation’, the OECD’s ‘Agreement on exchange of information on tax matters’, the G20 ‘Statement on Transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes’, the Financial Stability Board’s ‘Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions.

The OCTs shall adopt or maintain a legal framework for the prevention of the use of their financial systems for the purpose of money laundering and financing of terrorism, taking particular account of the instruments of international bodies active in this field, such as the Financial Action Task Force’s ‘International Standards on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation - the FATF Recommendations’.

Where the European Commission issues Decisions authorising a Member State to conclude an agreement with an OCT for transfer of funds between this OCT and the Member State to which it is linked, this transfer shall be treated as a transfer of funds within the Union under the Funds Transfer Regulation (EU) 2015/847 and this OCT shall comply with the terms of that Regulation.

This Article shall be without prejudice to Article 155 of the Financial Regulation.

Article 71
Cooperation in taxation matters

The Union and the OCTs shall recognise and commit themselves to effectively implement the principles of good governance in the tax area, including the global standards on transparency and exchange of information, fair taxation and the minimum standards against Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. They will promote good governance in tax matters, improve international cooperation in the tax area and facilitate the collection of tax revenues.

PART IV

FINANCIAL COOPERATION

CHAPTER 1

PRINCIPLES

Article 72
Financial resources

The Union shall contribute to the achievement of the association’s overall objectives through the provision of:

(a)adequate financial resources and appropriate technical assistance aimed at strengthening the OCTs’ capacities to formulate and implement strategic and regulatory frameworks;

(b)long term financing to promote private sector growth;

(c)where appropriate, other Union Programmes may contribute to actions established under this Decision, provided that the contributions do not cover the same costs. This Decision may also contribute to measures established under other Union Programmes, provided that the contributions do not cover the same costs. In such cases, the work programme covering those actions shall establish which set of rules shall be applicable.

Article 73
Budget

1.The financial envelope for the Programme for the period 2021-2027 shall be set at EUR 500 000 000 in current prices.

2.The indicative distribution of the amount referred to in paragraph 1 shall be detailed in Annex I.

3.The amount referred to in paragraph 1 is without prejudice to the application of provisions providing for flexibility in Regulation [the new Multiannual Financial Framework Regulation], [Regulation (EU) No. […] and the Financial Regulation.

Article 74
Definitions

For the purposes of this Part, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)‘programmable aid’ means the non-repayable aid allocated to the OCTs in order to finance territorial, regional and intra-regional strategies and priorities set out in programming documents;

(b)'programming’ means the process of organisation, decision-making and allocation of indicative financial resources intended to implement, on a multi-annual basis, in an area referred to in Part II of this Decision, the action to achieve the association’s objectives for the sustainable development of the OCTs;

(c)‘programming document’ means the document which sets out the OCT’s strategy, priorities and arrangements and translates the objectives and targets of the OCT for its sustainable development in an effective and efficient way to pursue the objectives of the association;

(d)'development plans’ means a coherent set of operations defined and financed exclusively by the OCTs in the framework of their own policies and strategies of development, and those agreed upon between an OCT and the Member State to which it is linked;

(e)‘territorial allocation’ means the amount allocated to individual OCTs for the programmable aid in order to finance territorial strategies and priorities set out in programming documents;

(f)‘regional allocation’ means the amount allocated for the programmable aid in order to finance regional cooperation strategies or priorities common to several OCTs and set out in programming documents;

(g)‘intra-regional allocation’ means an amount - within the regional allocation - allocated for the programmable aid in order to finance intra-regional cooperation strategies and priorities involving at least one OCT and one or more outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU and/or one or more ACP States and/or one or more non-ACP States or territories.

Article 75
Principles of financial cooperation

1.Union financial assistance shall be based on the principles of partnership, ownership, alignment on territorial systems, complementarity and subsidiarity.

2.Operations funded within the framework of this Decision can take the form of programmable or non-programmable aid.

3.Union financial assistance shall:

(a)be implemented with due regard to the OCTs respective geographical, social and cultural characteristics, as well as their specific potential;

(b)ensure that resource flows are accorded on a predictable and regular basis;

(c)be flexible and tailored to the situation in each OCT; and

(d)be conducted in full compliance with the respective institutional, legal and financial powers of each of the partners.

4.The authorities of the OCT concerned shall be responsible for implementing operations without prejudice to the powers of the Commission to ensure sound financial management in the use of Union funds.

 

CHAPTER 2

SPECIFIC PROVISIONS FOR THE FINANCIAL COOPERATION

Article 76
Subject-matter and scope

Within the framework of the strategy and priorities established by the OCT concerned at local or regional level, financial support may be given to the following:

(a)sector policies and reforms as well as projects that are in coherence with them;

(b)institutional development, capacity building and integration of environmental aspects;

(c)technical assistance.

Article 77
Capacity development

1.Financial assistance may contribute to, among other things, supporting the OCTs with developing the necessary capacities to define, implement and monitor territorial and/or regional strategies and actions in view of achieving the general objectives for the areas of cooperation mentioned in Parts II and III.

2.The Union shall support the efforts of the OCTs in developing reliable statistical data regarding those areas.

3.The Union may support OCTs in their efforts to improve comparability of their macroeconomic indicators.

Article 78
Technical assistance

1.On the initiative of the Commission, Union financing may cover support expenditure for the implementation of the Decision and for the achievement of its objectives, including administrative support associated with the preparation, follow-up, monitoring, control, audit and evaluation activities necessary for such implementation, as well as expenditure at headquarters and Union delegations for  the administrative support needed for the  programme, and to manage operations financed under this Decision, including information and communication actions, and corporate information and technology systems.

2.On the initiative of the OCTs, studies or technical assistance measures may be financed in relation to the implementation of the activities scheduled in the programming documents. The Commission may decide to finance such action either from the programmable aid or from the envelope earmarked for technical cooperation measures.

CHAPTER 3

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FINANCIAL COOPERATION

Article 79
General principle

Unless otherwise specified in this Decision, Union financial assistance shall be implemented in accordance with the objectives and principles of this Decision, the Financial Regulation, and [NDICI Regulation] in particular, Title II, Chapter I with the exception of Articles 13, 14(1), 14(4), and 15, Chapter III with the exception of Articles 21(1), 21(2) (a) and (b) and 21(3), and Chapter V with the exception of Articles 31(1), 31(4), 31(6), 31(9) and 32(3). The procedure laid down in Article 80 of this Decision shall not apply to the cases referred to in Article 21 (2) (c) of [NDICI Regulation].

Article 80
Adoption of multiannual indicative programmes, action plans and measures

The Commission shall adopt, under this Decision, in the form of ‘single programming documents’, multiannual indicative programmes as referred to in Article 12 of [NDICI Regulation] together with the corresponding action plans and measures referred to in Article 19 of [NDICI Regulation] in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 88(5) of this Decision. That procedure shall also apply to reviews referred to in Article 14 (3) of [NDICI Regulation] which have the effect of significantly modifying the content of the multiannual indicative programme.

In the case of Greenland, action plans and measures as referred to in article 19 of [NDICI Regulation] may be adopted separately from the multiannual indicative programmes.

Article 81
Eligibility for territorial financing

1.The OCTs public authorities shall be eligible for financial support provided for in this Decision.

2.Subject to the agreement of the authorities of the OCTs concerned, the following entities or bodies shall also be eligible for financial support provided for in this Decision:

(a)local, national and/or regional public or semi-public agencies, departments or local authorities of the OCTs and in particular their financial institutions and development banks;

(b)companies and firms of the OCTs and of regional groups;

(c)companies and firms of a Member State, so as to enable them, in addition to their own contribution, to undertake productive projects in the territory of an OCT;

(d)OCTs or Union financial intermediaries promoting and financing private investments in the OCTs; and

(e)actors of decentralised cooperation and other non-governmental actors from OCTs and from the Union, to enable them to undertake economic, cultural, social and educational projects and programmes in the OCTs in the framework of decentralised cooperation, as referred to in Article 12 of this Decision.

Article 82
Eligibility for regional financing

1.A regional allocation may be used for operations benefiting and involving:

(a)two or more OCTs regardless of their location;

(b)the OCTs and the Union as a whole;

(c)two or more OCTs regardless of their location and at least one of the following:

(i)one or more outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU;

(ii)one or more ACP States and/or one or more non-ACP States or territories;

(iii)one or more regional bodies of which OCTs are members;

(v)one or more entities, authorities or other bodies from at least one OCT, being members of an EGTC in accordance with Article 8 of this Decision, one or more outermost regions and one or more neighbouring ACP and/or non-ACP States or territories.

2.Within the regional allocation mentioned in Article 74, an intra-regional allocation may be used for operations benefitting and involving:

(a)one or more OCTs and one or more outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU;

(b)one or more OCTs and one or more neighbouring ACP and/or non-ACP States or territories;

(c)one or more OCTs, one or more outermost regions and one or more ACP and/or non-ACP States or territories;

(d)two or more regional bodies of which OCTs are members;

(e)one or more entities, authorities or other bodies from at least one OCT, being members of an EGTC in accordance with Article 8 of this Decision, one or more outermost regions and one or more neighbouring ACP and/or non-ACP States or territories.

3.The funding to enable participation of the ACP States, outermost regions and other countries and territories to OCT regional cooperation programmes shall be additional to funds allocated to the OCTs under this Decision.

4.The participation of ACP States, outermost regions and other countries to programmes established pursuant to this Decision shall be envisaged only to the extent that:

(a)equivalent provisions exist in the framework of relevant Union’s programmes or in the relevant funding programmes of the third countries and territories not covered by Union programmes; and

(b)the principle of proportionality is respected.

Article 83
Eligibility for other Union programmes

1.Natural persons from an OCT, as defined in Article 50, and, where applicable, the relevant public and/or private bodies and institutions in an OCT, shall be eligible for participation in and funding from Union programmes, subject to the rules and objectives of the programmes and possible arrangements applicable to the Member State to which the OCT is linked.

2.OCTs shall also be eligible for support under programmes and instruments of the Union for cooperation with other countries, such as [NDICI Regulation], subject to the rules, objectives and arrangements of those programmes.

3.The OCTs shall report to the Commission on this participation in the Union programmes, every year starting in 2022.

Article 84
Reporting

The Commission shall examine the progress made in implementing the financial assistance provided to the OCTs under this Decision and shall submit a report to the Council every year starting in 2022 on the implementation and results of that financial cooperation. The report shall be sent to the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.  

Article 85
Financial controls

1.    OCTs shall bear primary responsibility for the financial supervision of the Union funds. This shall be carried out, where appropriate, in coordination with the Member State to which the OCT is linked in accordance with the applicable national legislation.

2.    The Commission shall be responsible for:

(a)    ensuring that management and control systems exist and function properly in the OCTs concerned so as to ensure that the Union funds are used correctly and effectively; and

(b)    in the event of irregularities, sending recommendations or requests for corrective measures to remedy those irregularities and rectify any management shortcomings found.

3.    The Commission, the OCTs and, where appropriate, the Member State to which they are linked, shall cooperate on the basis of administrative arrangements at annual or biannual meetings to coordinate programmes, methodologies and the implementation of controls.

4.    With regard to financial corrections:

(a)    the OCTs concerned shall be responsible in the first instance for detecting and correcting financial irregularities;

(b)    however, in the event of shortcomings by the OCT concerned, if the OCT fails to remedy the situation and attempts at conciliation are unsuccessful, the Commission shall take action to reduce or withdraw the balance of the overall allocation corresponding to the financing decision of the Programming Document.

PART V

FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 86
Delegation of powers to the Commission

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 87 in order to amend Annexes II, III and IV for the purpose of taking into account technological development and changes in customs and trade legislation.

To ensure effective assessment of progress of this Decision towards the achievement of its objectives, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 87 in order to amend Article 3 of Annex I to review or complement the indicators where considered necessary and to supplement this Decision with provisions on the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation framework.

Article 87
Exercise of the delegation

1.The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

2.The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 86 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from 1 January 2021. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

3.The delegation of power referred to in Article 86 may be revoked at any time by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of power specified in that Decision. It shall take effect on the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

4.As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it to the Council.

5.A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 86 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed by the Council within a period of two months of notification of the act to the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the Council has informed the Commission that it will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the Council.

Article 88
Committee procedure

1.The Commission shall be assisted by a committee (the ‘OCT Committee’). That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 43 .

2.For the purpose of Articles 10(6) and 16(8) of Annex II, the Commission shall be assisted by the Customs Code Committee established by Article 285(1) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council 44 . That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

3.For the purpose of Article 2 of Annex III and Article 5 and 6 of Annex IV, the Commission shall be assisted by the Committee established by Article 4(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 260/2009 45 .  That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

4.Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

5.Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

6.Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 8 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011, in conjunction with Article 4 thereof, shall apply.

7.Where the opinion of the committee is to be obtained by a written procedure, the procedure shall be terminated without result when, within the time limit for delivery of the opinion, the chair of the committee so decides or a simple majority of committee members so requests.

Article 89
Information, communication and publicity

1.The recipients of Union funding under this Decision shall acknowledge the origin and ensure the visibility of the Union funding, in particular when promoting the actions and their results by providing coherent, effective and proportionate targeted information to multiple audiences, including the media and the public.

2.The Commission shall implement information and communication actions relating to the Programme, and its actions and results. Financial resources allocated to the Programme shall also contribute to the corporate communication of the political priorities of the Union, as far as they are related to the objectives referred to in Article 3.

Article 90
European External Action Service clause

This Decision shall apply in accordance with Council Decision 2010/427/EU 46 .

Article 91
Repeal and transitional provisions

1.Council Decision 2013/755/EU is hereby repealed with effect from 1 January 2021.

2.This Decision shall not affect the continuation or modification of the actions concerned, until their closure, under Council Decision 2013/755/EU which shall continue to apply to the actions concerned until their closure.

3.The financial envelope for the Programme may also cover technical and administrative assistance expenses necessary to ensure the transition between the Programme and the measures adopted under its predecessor, the Council Decision 2013/755/EU.

4.If necessary, appropriations may be entered in the budget beyond 2027 to cover the expenses provided for in Article 78 to enable the management of actions not completed by 31 December 2027.

Article 92
Entry into force

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

It shall apply from 1 January 2021.

Done at Brussels,

   For the Council

   The President

LEGISLATIVE FINANCIAL STATEMENT

1.FRAMEWORK OF THE PROPOSAL/INITIATIVE

1.1.Title of the proposal/initiative

1.2.Policy area(s) concerned (programme cluster)

1.3.Nature of the proposal/initiative

1.4.Grounds for the proposal/initiative

1.5.Duration and financial impact

1.6.Management mode(s) planned

2.MANAGEMENT MEASURES

2.1.Monitoring and reporting rules

2.2.Management and control system

2.3.Measures to prevent fraud and irregularities

3.ESTIMATED FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THE PROPOSAL/INITIATIVE

3.1.Heading(s) of the multiannual financial framework and expenditure budget line(s) affected

3.2.Estimated impact on expenditure

3.2.1.Summary of estimated impact on expenditure

3.2.2.Estimated impact on appropriations of an administrative nature

3.2.3.Third-party contributions

3.3.Estimated impact on revenue

LEGISLATIVE FINANCIAL STATEMENT

1.FRAMEWORK OF THE PROPOSAL/INITIATIVE

1.1.Title of the proposal/initiative

Decision on the association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union including the relations between the European Union on one hand and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other ('Overseas Association Decision')

1.2.Policy area(s) concerned (Programme cluster)

The Decision is a merger of the current Overseas Association Decision (2013/755/EU) and of the current Greenland Decision (2014/137/EU).

The policy area is the following:

15. External Action

15.05. Overseas Countries and Territories (including Greenland).

1.3.The proposal/initiative relates to:

 a new action 

 a new action following a pilot project/preparatory action 47  

 the extension of an existing action 

 a merger or redirection of one or more actions towards another/a new action

1.4.Grounds for the proposal/initiative

1.4.1.Requirement(s) to be met in the short or long term including a detailed timeline for roll-out of the implementation of the initiative

The long-term objective of the Instrument is to promote the economic and social development of the OCTs and to establish close economic relations between them and the Union as a whole. The association shall pursue this in the short term by the enhancement of the OCTs’ competitiveness, the strengthening of the OCTs’ resilience, the reduction of their economic and environmental vulnerability and the promotion of cooperation between them and other partners.

1.4.2.Added value of Union involvement (it may result from different factors, e.g. coordination gains, legal certainty, greater effectiveness or complementarities). For the purposes of this point 'added value of Union involvement' is the value resulting from Union intervention which is additional to the value that would have been otherwise created by Member States alone.

Reasons for action at European level (ex-ante)

Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) have been associated with the European Union since the entry into force in 1958 of the Treaty of Rome. The association of the OCTs with the Union flows from the constitutional relations that these countries and territories have with three Member States. The OCTs are not part of the Union's customs territory and are outside the Internal Market. In addition, most of the OCTs face particular challenges due to their size, location, remoteness and narrow economic base. On this background, the EU has funded EDF territorial and regional programmes in OCTs in the past decades, the most recent financial support being channeled through the 11th EDF and should further continue providing such.

With regard to Greenland, following a referendum, it exited from the EU in 1985 to become an OCT. As part of the exit agreement with Denmark and Greenland (Greenland Treaty), the latter received a compensation for the loss of EU funding via a Fisheries Agreement. In 2006 the Council decided to establish a dedicated instrument to support the development of Greenland, besides the Fisheries Agreement, after the financial compensation for the latter was reduced.

The EU approach for the future steps on a reciprocal relation focused on mutually beneficial cooperation with the OCTs and Greenland and places special emphasis on priorities which are relevant to them, such as the enhancement of their competitiveness, the strengthening of their resilience and reduction of their vulnerability, and promotion of the cooperation between OCTs and their regional, European and international partners.

The EU can provide added value based on the amount of resources channelled through its instruments, the relatively flexible modes of management and the predictability of resources over the MFF period.

The EU has significant expertise in key areas of need and interest for the OCTs (for instance, regional cohesion, economic integration, climate change), including from its successful policies (such as the expertise in food security gained through the Common Agricultural Policy). In some areas where Member States have decided not to act or are impeded, the EU remains the main or sometimes the only actor to intervene.

The EU has a global presence through its delegations, which ensures a vast network of information on the developments experienced by countries and regions worldwide. This allows the EU to be constantly aware of new needs and problems and, therefore, to re-allocate resources accordingly. Complementarities between the EU action and the actions carried out by the Member States exist and are increasing. This enhances the political dialogue and the cooperation, which is increasingly channelled through joint programming with Member States.

The EU is also able to complement Member States activities in dealing with potentially dangerous situations or in case of particularly costly interventions, such as crisis due to climate change to which the OCTs are frequently exposed.

Expected generated Union added value (ex-post):

The expected value added generated by the new Overseas Association Decision should follow from the findings of the mid-term review of the external financing instruments. In the case of OCTs and Greenland concluded that both instruments were fit for purpose and that the association with OCTs and the partnership with Greenland delivered on the different parameters evaluated (efficiency, etc.). It is expected that the proposed Instrument will continue favouring this positive trend.

More specifically and considering the specificities of the OCTs and their special relationship with the EU, a new financial instrument covering all OCTs will ensure:

unity of management - having all the OCTs under the same source of financing (the Budget) will create synergies in programming and implementation;

consolidation of shared objectives;

simplification and coherence in the legal framework;

increased visibility for the OCTs as a group.

The proposed instrument takes account of the exit of the United Kingdom of Great Britain from the European Union on 29 March 2019 effective with the expiration of the transition period on 1 January 2021 and thus does not apply to British OCTs.

1.4.3.Lessons learned from similar experiences in the past

Mid-term review of the 11th EDF and the Greenland Decision:

11th EDF-OCT: during 2014-2020 and as per the Overseas Association Decision, OCTs have access to three funding sources: the 11th EDF, the EU budget (principle of eligibility to all EU programmes and instruments including e.g. the thematic ‘leg’ of the DCI) and the EIB. Under the 11th EDF, OCTs benefit from EUR 364,5 million;

The financial support to OCTs is not limited to the EDF broad objective of poverty eradication as the objective of the association between the OCTs and the EU is to “promote the economic and social development of the countries and territories and to establish close economic relations between them and the Union as a whole.” The sectors supported in OCTs under the 11th EDF cover a large spectrum of policies with a particular focus on environment/biodiversity/climate adaptation and mitigation, renewable energies, education, telecommunications/digital connectivity and tourism. The 11th EDF was found to be a relevant and effective instrument to support the objectives of the association EU-OCTs. Nevertheless, some of the OCTs regularly advocate for simpler programming and implementation procedures arguing that their administrative capacities are limited. In addition, existing provisions favouring regional cooperation among the different categories of regional actors (OCTs, ACP countries and their neighbouring Outermost Regions/OR and non-ACP developing countries) have not sufficiently been used until now.

The Greenland Decision: The Decision 2014-2020 allocates EUR 217.8 million to the underlying Budget Support Programme, the equivalent of EUR 31 million per year, is the EU's main financing instrument and regulative framework within the EU budget forming the basis for the relations between the EU and Greenland. It is complementary to the Overseas Association Decision. The Greenland Decision is further complementary to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement and the 2014 Joint Declaration on relations between the EU and Greenland. The aim of the Greenland Decision is to preserve the close and lasting links between the partners, while supporting the sustainable development of Greenland. The two main objectives are to support Greenland in addressing its major challenges (especially the diversification of its economy) and to contribute to the capacity of its administration to formulate and implement national policies. The underlying Programming Document for the Sustainable Development of Greenland 2014-2020 supports the Greenland Decision objectives by creating smart growth through investments in education and research, and inclusive growth through provision of qualifying education to a larger part of the population in order to secure jobs, reduce poverty and create a sustainable basis for economic growth.

The Budget Support Programme for Education shows positive progress as the majority of targets (74.12 %) were either met or exceeded in 2016. However, measuring the impact of the economic objectives of the Greenland Decision has proven being more complicated as they are long-term and therefore not immediately visible. Nevertheless, there are positive trends emerging in terms of the development of new sectors (e.g. opening of mines), rising completion rates in education and the increased capacity of the Government in formulating long term policies. Furthermore, the continuous formal and informal policy dialogue has promoted a mutual understanding between the partners and a strong cooperation in important areas such as the Arctic, where Greenland is a part of the 2016 EU Arctic Policy and supports the EU's application for an observer seat in the Arctic Council. Such trends are expected to continue post-2020 and even develop further.

The Greenland Decision provides a “fit for purpose” instrument for the EU and Greenland to continue deepening the relations and cooperation post-2020.

The objectives of the association with OCTs, including Greenland, as mentioned in Articles 198 and 199 TFEU, call for a comprehensive partnership, which comprises an institutional framework and trade arrangements and covers many areas of cooperation as well as the basic principles governing Union financial assistance to OCTs. This calls for a wide ranging and far reaching legal instrument.

Considering the specificities of the OCTs and their special relationship with the EU, a new financial instrument covering all OCTs both concerning the political and legal framework as well as the implementation of the cooperation will ensure effectiveness, consolidation of the shared objectives and coherence as well as more visibility for the OCTs as a group. The proposal puts forward an approach that is flexible and tailored to the situation of each OCT.

1.4.4.Compatibility and possible synergy with other appropriate instruments

The updated Overseas Association Decision (OAD) aims at ensuring full complementarity with the most relevant post-2020 legislative acts particularly:

The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI): In order to ensure coherence and effectiveness, the Decision will, unless otherwise specified, apply the implementation, evaluation and monitoring provisions of the NDICI. The draft regulation foresees that OCTs will be eligible to thematic programmes under this regulation and to pillar 3 of the rapid response actions. The NDICI regulation and updated OAD also include a provision giving the possibility of establishing intra-regional initiatives between OCTs, partner countries and EU outermost regions.

Regional policy regulations: the updated OAD and the proposed regional policy regulations have been drafted with the aim of reinforcing provisions favouring the establishment of intra-regional initiatives involving OCTs, partner countries and EU outermost regions.

Other EU policies and programmes: OCTs will remain eligible to all EU policies and programmes except if stated otherwise in relevant regulations. They shall therefore be eligible to ERASMUS +, Horizon 2020, COSME, etc.

1.5.Duration and financial impact

 limited duration

   in effect from [DD/MM]YYYY to [DD/MM]YYYY

   Financial impact from YYYY to YYYY for commitment appropriations and from YYYY to YYYY for payment appropriations.

unlimited duration

Implementation with a start-up period from 2021 onwards

1.6.Management mode(s) planned 48  

 Direct management by the Commission

by its departments, including by its staff in the Union delegations;

   by the executive agencies

 Shared management with the Member States

  Indirect management by entrusting budget implementation tasks to:

third countries or the bodies they have designated;

international organisations and their agencies (to be specified);

the EIB and the European Investment Fund;

bodies referred to in Articles 70 and 71 of the Financial Regulation;

public law bodies;

bodies governed by private law with a public service mission to the extent that they provide adequate financial guarantees;

☒ bodies governed by the private law of a Member State that are entrusted with the implementation of a public-private partnership and that provide adequate financial guarantees;

◻ persons entrusted with the implementation of specific actions in the CFSP pursuant to Title V of the Treaty on European Union, and identified in the relevant basic act.

If more than one management mode is indicated, please provide details in the ‘Comments’ section.

Comments

External expenditure requires the ability to use all foreseen management modes, as relevant and decided during the implementation

2.MANAGEMENT MEASURES

2.1.Monitoring and reporting rules

Specify frequency and conditions.

The Commission's monitoring and evaluation systems are increasingly focussed on results. They involve internal staff as well as implementing partners and external expertise.

Task Managers in Delegations and Headquarters continuously monitor the implementation of projects and programmes, using the information provided by implementing partners as part of their regular reporting and including wherever possible through field visits. Internal monitoring provides valuable information on progress; it helps managers to identify actual and potential bottlenecks, and to take corrective action.

In addition, external independent experts are contracted to assess the performance of EU external actions through three different systems. These assessments contribute to accountability, and to the improvement of ongoing interventions; they also draw lessons from past experience to inform future policies and actions.

The monitoring and reporting rules proposed in the NDICI regulation will be used in the context of the OCT instrument (New OAD, article 84).

The Commission shall examine the progress made in implementing the measures of the Union external funding and, from 2021 onwards, shall submit to the European Parliament and to the Council an annual report on the implementation of the actions financed and that report shall also be submitted to the European Economic and Social Committee and to the Committee of the Regions.

In addition, all internal monitoring (e.g. ROM), evaluation and reporting tools of the Commission will be applicable to the updated OAD post-2020.

2.2.Management and control system(s)

2.2.1.Justification of the management mode(s), the funding implementation mechanism(s), the payment modalities and the control strategy proposed

Methods of implementation:

Regarding the management modes, there are no fundamental changes are foreseen and the experience acquired by the Commission services and implementing actors under the predecessor programmes will contribute to better results in the future.

The actions to be financed under this Decision will be implemented under direct management by the Commission from headquarters and/or through the Union delegations and under indirect management by any of the entities listed in article 62(1) c) of the new Financial Regulation in order to better achieve the objectives of the Decision.

Concerning indirect management, as stated in Article 154 of the new Financial Regulation, such entities must ensure a level of protection of the EU’s financial interests' equivalent to the one under direct management. An ex ante pillar assessment of the entities’ systems and procedures will be carried out, in accordance with the principle of proportionality and with due consideration for the nature of the action and the financial risks involved. Where the implementation requires so or there have been reservations expressed in Activities Reports, action plans with specific mitigation measures will be defined and implemented. Besides, appropriate supervisory measures imposed by the Commission may accompany the implementation.

Internal Control architecture

The internal control / management process is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives in the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations, the reliability of its financial reporting and compliance with the relevant legislative and procedural framework.

Effectiveness and efficiency

To ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations (and to mitigate the high level of risk in its external assistance environment), in addition to all the elements of the Commission wide Strategic Policy and Planning process, internal audit environment and other requirements of the Commission's Internal Control Framework, the implementing services will continue to have a tailored aid management framework in operation under all its instruments which will include:

·A devolved management of the majority of external assistance by Union delegations in the field.

·Clear and formalised lines of financial accountability (from the Delegated Authorising officer (Director General)) by means of a subdelegation from the Subdelegated Authorising Officer (Director) at headquarters to the Head of Delegation;

·Regular reporting from Union delegations to headquarters (External Assistance Management Reports) including an annual Statement of Assurance by the Head of Delegation;

·Provision of a substantial programme of training for staff both at headquarters and in delegations,

·Significant headquarters/delegation support and guidance (including via internet);

·Regular supervision visits to delegations every 3 to 6 years;

·A project and programme cycle management methodology including: quality support tools for the design of the intervention, its delivery method, financing mechanism, management system, assessment and selection of any implementing partners, etc; programme and project management, monitoring and reporting tools for effective implementation including regular external on-the-spot monitoring of projects; and significant evaluation and audit components.

·Simplifications will be sought by extending the use of simplified cost options (SCOs) and cross-reliance on audit work of partner organisations. There will be a continuation of a risk-differentiated controls approach in accordance with the underlying risks.

Financial Reporting and Accounting

The implementing services will continue to pursue the highest standards of accounting and financial reporting using the Commission's accruals based accounting system (ABAC) as well as external aid specific tools such as the Common Relex Information System (CRIS) and its successor (OPSYS).

In relation to compliance with the relevant legislative and procedural framework, compliance control methods are set out in section 2.3 (measures to prevent fraud and irregularities).

2.2.2.Information concerning the risks identified and the internal control system(s) set up to mitigate them

Risk environment

The operational environment of aid under this instrument is characterised by the following risks of not achieving the instrument's objectives, suboptimal financial management and/or of not complying with the applicable rules (legality and regularity errors):

·economic/political instability and/or natural disaster may lead to difficulties and delays in the design and implementation of interventions, particularly in fragile states;

·lack of institutional and administrative capacity in partner countries may lead to difficulties and delays in the design and implementation of interventions;

·geographically dispersed projects and programmes (covering approximately many states/territories/regions) may pose logistical/resource challenges to monitoring - particularly any 'on-the-spot' follow-up of activities;

·diversity of potential partners / beneficiaries with their diverse internal control structures and capacities can fragment and therefore reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of the Commission's available resources to support and monitor implementation;

·poor quality and quantity of available data on the outcomes and impact of external aid / national development plan implementation in partner countries may hinder the Commission's ability to report on and be accountable for results;

2.2.3.Estimation and justification of the cost-effectiveness of the controls (ratio of "control costs ÷ value of the related funds managed"), and assessment of the expected levels of risk of error (at payment & at closure)

The internal control / management cost represent approximately 4 % of the estimated annual average of EUR 12.78 billion planned for the overall (operational + administrative) commitments on the expenditure portfolio financed by the General Budget of the EU for the period 2021-2027. This cost of control calculation refers only to the costs of the Commission, excluding Member States or entrusted entities. Entrusted entities can withhold up to 7 % for the administration of funds, which could partially be used for control purposes.

These management costs take into account all staff at headquarters and in delegations, infrastructure, travel, training, monitoring, evaluation and audit contracts (including those launched by beneficiaries).

The management / operational activities ratio could be reduced over time under the improved and simplified arrangements of the new instrument, building on changes to be introduced by the new Financial Regulation. The key benefits of these management costs are realised in terms of meeting policy objectives, efficient and effective use of resources, and the exercise of robust cost-effective preventative measures and other checks to ensure the legal and regular use of funds.

While improvements in the nature and targeting of management activities and compliance checks in relation to the portfolio will continue to be pursued, these costs are globally necessary to effectively and efficiently achieve the objectives of the instruments at a minimal risk of non-compliance (below 2 % residual error). They are significantly less than risks involved in removing or scaling back internal controls in this high risk area.

Expected level of risk of non-compliance with applicable rules.

The compliance objective for the Instrument is to maintain the historic level of risk of non-compliance (error rate) which is an overall residual 'net' level of error (on a multi-annual basis after all planned controls and corrections have been executed on closed contracts) of less than 2 %. This has traditionally implied an estimated error range of 2-5 % in terms of an annual randomised sample of transactions undertaken by the European Court of Auditors for the purposes of the annual Statement of Assurance (DAS). The Commission considers this to be the lowest risk of non-compliance achievable in relation to its high-risk environment and taking into account the administrative burden and necessary cost effectiveness of compliance controls. Where weaknesses are identified, targeted corrective measures will be implemented in the light of ensuring minimum error rates.

2.3.Measures to prevent fraud and irregularities

Specify existing or envisaged prevention and protection measures, e.g. from the Anti-Fraud Strategy.

Given the high risk environment, the systems need to anticipate a significant occurrence of potential compliance errors (irregularities) in transactions and build in a high level of prevention, detection and correction controls as early as possible in the payment process. This means in practice that compliance controls will place most reliance on significant ex-ante checks on a multi-annual basis by both external auditors and Commission staff in the field before final project payments (while still executing some ex-post audits), going well beyond the financial safeguards required by the Financial Regulation. Compliance framework is made up inter alia of the following significant components:

Preventative measures:

·Compulsory core training covering fraud issues for aid management staff and auditors;

·Provision of guidance (including via internet) including the Practical Guide to Contracts, DEVCO Companion and the Financial Management Toolkit (for implementing partners);

·Ex-ante assessment to ensure that appropriate anti-fraud measures to prevent and detect fraud in the management of EU funds are in place in the authorities managing the relevant funds under joint and decentralised management);

·Ex-ante screening of the anti-fraud mechanisms available in the partner country as part of the assessment of the eligibility criterion of public finance management for receiving budget support (i.e. active commitment to fight fraud and corruption, adequate inspection authorities, sufficient judicial capacity and efficient response and sanction mechanisms);

·Detective and corrective measures;

·External audits and verifications (both mandatory and risk based) including the European Court of Auditors;

·Retrospective checks (on a risk basis) and recoveries;

·Suspension of EU funding where there is a serious fraud case, including large scale corruption, until the authorities have taken appropriate action with a view to correcting and preventing such fraud in the future;

·EDES (Early Detection Exclusion System);

·Suspension/termination of contract;

·Exclusion procedure

Anti-fraud strategies of the services concerned, which are regularly revised, will be adapted as necessary once the Commission's new version of its anti-fraud strategy (CAFS) will have been published in order to ensure inter alia that:

Internal anti-fraud related controls are fully aligned with the CAFS;

The fraud risk management approach is geared to identify fraud risk areas and adequate responses;

The systems used for spending EU funds in third countries enable relevant data to be retrieved with a view to feeding this data into fraud risk management (e.g. double funding);

Where necessary, networking groups and adequate IT tools dedicated to analysing fraud cases related to the external aid sector could be set up.

3.ESTIMATED FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THE PROPOSAL/INITIATIVE 

3.1.Heading of the multiannual financial framework and new expenditure budget line(s) proposed

Heading of multiannual financial framework

Budget line

Type of
expenditure

Contribution

Number 15 External Action

[VI][Heading VI]

Diff./Non-diff. 49

from EFTA countries 50

from candidate countries 51

from third countries

within the meaning of Article [21(2)(b)] of the Financial Regulation

VI

15 01 05 Support expenditure for the Overseas Countries and Territories (including Greenland)

Non-diff.

NO

NO

NO

NO

VI

15 05 01 Overseas Countries and Territories

Diff.

NO

NO

NO

NO

VI

15 05 02 Greenland

Diff.

NO

NO

NO

NO

3.2.Estimated impact on expenditure

3.2.1.Summary of estimated impact on expenditure

Heading of multiannual financial
framework

<6>

[Heading VI Neighbourhood & the world]

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

Post 2027

TOTAL

Operational appropriations (split according to the budget lines listed under 3.1)

Commitments

(1)

65,927

67,252

68,604

69,984

71,391

72,827

74,292

490,275

Payments

(2)

14,811

28,930

38,801

48,039

55,861

60,659

63,888

179,286

490,275

Appropriations of an administrative nature financed from the envelope of the programme 52  

Commitments = Payments

(3)

1,329

1,349

1,369

1,389

1,409

1,429

1,449

9,725

TOTAL appropriations for the envelope of the programme

Commitments

=1+3

67,256

68,601

69,973

71,373

72,800

74,256

75,741

500,000

Payments

=2+3

16,140

30,279

40,170

49,429

57,270

62,089

65,338

179,286

500,000

EUR million (to three decimal places)



Heading of multiannual financial
framework

7

‘Administrative expenditure’

This section should be filled in using the 'budget data of an administrative nature' to be firstly introduced in the Annex to the Legislative Financial Statement , which is uploaded to DECIDE for interservice consultation purposes.



EUR million (to three decimal places)

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

Post 2027

TOTAL

Human resources

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

11,986

Other administrative expenditure

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,811

TOTAL appropriations under HEADING 7 of the multiannual financial framework

(Total commitments = Total payments)

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

12,797

EUR million (to three decimal places)

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

Post 2027

TOTAL

TOTAL appropriations
across HEADINGS
of the multiannual financial framework
 

Commitments

69,084

70,429

71,801

73,201

74,628

76,084

77,569

512,797

Payments

17,968

32,107

41,998

51,257

59,098

63,917

67,166

179,286

512,797

3.2.2.Summary of estimated impact on appropriations of an administrative nature

   The proposal/initiative does not require the use of appropriations of an administrative nature

   The proposal/initiative requires the use of appropriations of an administrative nature, as explained below:

EUR million (to three decimal places)

Years

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

TOTAL

HEADING 7
of the multiannual financial framework

Human resources

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

1,712

11,986

Other administrative expenditure

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,116

0,811

Subtotal HEADING 7
of the multiannual financial framework

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

1,828

12,797

Outside HEADING 7 53
of the multiannual financial framework

Human resources

0,829

0,829

0,829

0,829

0,829

0,829

0,829

5,805

Other expenditure
of an administrative nature

0,500

0,520

0,540

0,560

0,580

0,600

0,620

3,920

Subtotal
outside HEADING 7
of the multiannual financial framework

1,329

1,349

1,369

1,389

1,409

1,429

1,449

9,725

TOTAL

3,158

3,178

3,198

3,218

3,238

3,258

3,278

22,523

3.2.2.1.Estimated requirements of human resources

   The proposal/initiative does not require the use of human resources.

   The proposal/initiative requires the use of human resources, as explained below:

Estimate to be expressed in full time equivalent units

Years

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

• Establishment plan posts (officials and temporary staff)

Headquarters and Commission’s Representation Offices

11

11

11

11

11

11

11

Delegations

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Research

External staff (in Full Time Equivalent unit: FTE) - AC, AL, END, INT and JED  54

Heading 7

Financed from HEADING 7 of the multiannual financial framework 

- at Headquarters

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

- in Delegations

6

6

6

6

6

6

Financed from the envelope of the programme  55

- at Headquarters

- in Delegations

Research

Other (specify)

TOTAL

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

Description of tasks to be carried out:

Officials and temporary staff

The tasks will be the same as currently (policy, programming, finance and contracts, other horizontal tasks)

External staff

The tasks will be the same as currently (policy, programming, finance and contracts, other horizontal tasks)

3.2.3.Third-party contributions

The proposal/initiative:

   does not provide for co-financing by third parties

   provides for the co-financing by third parties estimated below:

Appropriations in EUR million (to three decimal places)

Years

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

TOTAL

Specify the co-financing body 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

TOTAL appropriations co-financed

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

3.3.Estimated impact on revenue

   The proposal/initiative has no financial impact on revenue.

   The proposal/initiative has the following financial impact:

-    on own resources

-     on other revenue

please indicate, if the revenue is assigned to expenditure lines    

EUR million (to three decimal places)

Budget revenue line:

Impact of the proposal/initiative 56

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

Article ………….

(1)    COM (2018) 98 final, 14.2.2018; COM (2018) 321 final, 2.5.2018.
(2)    Annex II Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
(3)    Decision (EU) No 2013/755 of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision'), OJ L 344, p. 1, 19.12.2013.
(4)    Treaty amending, with regard to Greenland, the Treaties establishing the European Communities, OJ L 29, 1.2.1985, p. 1.
(5)    Agreement on fisheries between the European Economic Community, on one hand, and the Government of Denmark and the local Government of Greenland, on the other, OJ L 29, 1.1.1985, p. 9.
(6)    Joint declaration by the European Community, on the one hand, and the Home Rule Government of Greenland and the Government of Denmark, on the other, on partnership between the European Community and Greenland, OJ L 208, 29.7.2006, p. 32.
(7)    Decision (EC) 2006/526 of 17 July 2006 on relations between the European Community on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other, OJ L 208, 29.7.2006, p.28.
(8)    Decision (EU) 2014/137 of 14 March 2014 on relations between the European Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other ('Greenland Decision'), OJ L 76, p. 1, 15.3.2014.
(9)    The mid-term review report was based on 10 staff working documents, one per instrument (list in link below), which in turn were based on 10 independent evaluations. All the documents can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/public-consultation-external-financing-instruments-european-union_en .
(10)    OJ L 76, 15.3.2014, p. 1.
(11)    Article 203 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (OJ C 326, 26.10.2012, p. 1).
(12)    OJ L 344, 19.12.2013, p. 1.
(13)    OJ L 76, 15.3.2014, p. 1.
(14)    Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on energy efficiency and its contribution to energy security and the 2030 Framework for climate and energy policy, COM (2014) 520 final.
(15)    JOIN (2016) 21.
(16)    To be updated.
(17)    [NDICI Regulation]
(18)    Regulation (EU) No 236/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014, OJ L 77, 14.3.2014, p. 95.
(19)    The mid-term review report was based on 10 staff working documents, one per instrument (list in link below), which in turn were based on 10 independent evaluations. All the documents can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/public-consultation-external-financing-instruments-european-union_en .
(20)     https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/mid-term-review-report-external-financing-instruments_en  
(21)     https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/mid-term-review-report-external-financing-instruments_en  
(22)    The report is not yet public but is approved by the Commission.
(23)     https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/public-consultation-external-financing-instruments-european-union_en
(24)    In particular the reflection paper on the future of EU finances (June 2017) and the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council; COM (2018) 98 final 14.2.2018.
(25)    COM (2018) 98 final, 14.2.2018; COM (2018) 321 final, 2.5.2018.
(26)    Opinion of xx/xx/xxxx (not yet published in the Official Journal).
(27)    Decision No 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision'), OJ L 344, 19.12.2013, p. 1.
(28)    Decision No 2014/137/EU of 14 March 2014 on relations between the European Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other ('Greenland Decision'), OJ L 76, 15.3.2014, p. 1.
(29)    Treaty amending, with regard to Greenland, the Treaties establishing the European Communities, OJ L 29, 1.2.1985, p. 1.
(30)    OJ L 76, 15.3.2014, p. 1.
(31)    COM (2017) 623 final, 24.10.2017
(32)    COM (2017) 763 final, 12.12.2017
(33)    Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on Better Law-Making of 13 April 2016; OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1.
(34)    idem
(35)    Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010 establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service (OJ L 201, 3.8.2010, p. 30).
(36)    Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 September 2013 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (Euratom) No 1074/1999, OJ L248, 18.9.2013, p. 1.
(37)    Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2988/95 of 18 December 1995 on the protection of the European Communities financial interests, OJ L 312, 23.12.95, p.1.
(38)    Regulation (Euratom, EC) No 2185/96 of 11 November 1996 concerning on-the-spot checks and inspections carried out by the Commission in order to protect the European Communities' financial interests against fraud and other irregularities, OJ L292, 15.11.96, p.2.
(39)    Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 of 12 October 2017 implementing enhanced cooperation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (‘the EPPO’), OJ L283, 31.10.2017, p.1.
(40)    Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2017 on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law, OJ L 198, 28.7.2017, p. 29. 
(41)    Regulation (EU) No 1302/2013 of the European Parliament and of The Council of 17 December 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006 on a European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) as regards the clarification, simplification and improvement of the establishment and functioning of such groupings, OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 303.
(42)    Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, signed on 22 March 1989.
(43)    Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers, OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13.
(44)    Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code, OJ L 269, 10.10.2013, p. 1.
(45)    Council Regulation (EC) No 260/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the common rules for imports, OJ L 84, 31.3.2009, p. 1 .
(46)    Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010 establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service, OJ L 201, 3.8.2010, p. 30.
(47)    As referred to in Article 58(2)(a) or (b) of the Financial Regulation.
(48)    Details of management modes and references to the Financial Regulation may be found on the BudgWeb site: https://myintracomm.ec.europa.eu/budgweb/EN/man/budgmanag/Pages/budgmanag.aspx  
(49)    Diff. = Differentiated appropriations / Non-diff. = Non-differentiated appropriations.
(50)    EFTA: European Free Trade Association.
(51)    Candidate countries and, where applicable, potential candidates from the Western Balkans.
(52)    Technical and/or administrative assistance and expenditure in support of the implementation of EU programmes and/or actions (former ‘BA’ lines), indirect research, direct research.
(53)    Technical and/or administrative assistance and expenditure in support of the implementation of EU programmes and/or actions (former ‘BA’ lines), indirect research, direct research.
(54)    AC= Contract Staff; AL = Local Staff; END = Seconded National Expert; INT = agency staff; JPD= Junior Professionals in Delegations.
(55)    Sub-ceiling for external staff covered by operational appropriations (former ‘BA’ lines).
(56)    As regards traditional own resources (customs duties, sugar levies), the amounts indicated must be net amounts, i.e. gross amounts after deduction of 20 % for collection costs.
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Brussels,14.6.2018

COM(2018) 461 final

ANNEXES

to the

Proposal for a
COUNCIL DECISION

on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union including relations between the European Union on the one hand, Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other
('Overseas Association Decision')

{SWD(2018) 337 final}
{SEC(2018) 310 final}


INDEX

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ANNEX I: UNION FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE    2

ANNEX II: Concerning the definition fo the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative cooperation    4

Title I : General provisions    4

Title II: Definition of the concept of originating products    5

Title III: Territorial requirements    15

Title IV: Proofs of origin    16

Title V: Arrangements for Administrative cooperation    25

Title VI: Ceuta and Melilla    30

Appendices I to VI    32

ANNEX III: TEMPORARY WITHDRAWAL OF PREFERENCES    75

ANNEX IV: SAFEGUARD AND SURVEILLANCE PROCEDURES    77

ANNEX I

UNION FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Article 1
Allocation between the OCTs

1.For the purposes of this Decision, for the seven-year period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2027, the overall amount of the Union financial assistance of EUR 500 000 000 in current prices shall be allocated as follows:

(a)EUR 159 000 000  in the form of grants for bilateral programmable support for long-term development of OCTs other than Greenland, in particular to finance the initiatives referred to in the programming document. This amount shall be allocated on the basis of the needs and performance of the OCTs in accordance with the following criteria: where appropriate, the programming document shall pay particular attention to actions aimed at strengthening governance and the institutional capacities of the beneficiary OCTs and, where relevant, the likely timetable of the envisaged actions. The allocation of this amount shall take into account the size of the population, the level of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the level of previous allocations and constraints due to the geographical isolation of OCTs as mentioned in Article 9 of this Decision.

(b)EUR 225 000 000  in the form of grant for the bilateral programmable support for long term development of Greenland in particular to finance the initiative referred to in the programming document.

(c)EUR 81 000 000 shall be allocated to support OCT regional programmes of which EUR 15 000 000 could support intra-regional operations, Greenland being eligible only for the intra-regional operations. This cooperation will be implemented in coordination with Article 7 of this Decision, in particular regarding the areas of mutual interests referred to in Article 5 of this Decision and through consultation via the instances of the EU-OCTs partnership referred to in Article 14 of this Decision. It shall seek coordination with other relevant Union financial programmes and instruments and in particular the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 TFEU.

(d)EUR 22 000 000 for studies or technical assistance measures for all the OCTs including Greenland, in accordance with Article 78 of this Decision. 1

(e)EUR 13 000 000 to a non-allocated fund for all the OCTs including Greenland to inter alia:

(i) ensure an appropriate response of the Union in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

(ii)address new needs or emerging challenges, such as migratory pressure at the EU’s or its neighbours’ borders;

(iii)promote new international initiatives or priorities.

2.The Commission, following a review, may decide on the allocation of any non-allocated funds mentioned in this Article.

3.The funds shall not be committed after 31 December 2027, unless the Council unanimously decides otherwise, on a proposal from the Commission.

Article 2
Administration of resources

All financial resources under this Decision shall be administered by the Commission.

Article 3
Indicators

The achievement of the objectives set out in Article 3.5 of the Decision shall be measured by:

1.For OCTs, except Greenland, exports of goods and services as % of GDP and total Government revenue as % of GDP.

2.For Greenland, exports of goods and services as % of GDP and percentage of the fisheries sector in total exports.

ANNEX II

Concerning the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative cooperation

Title I

General provisions

Article 1

Definitions

For the purpose of this Annex the following definitions shall apply:

(a)'EPA countries' means regions or states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and which have concluded agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), when such an EPA is either provisionally applied, or enters into force, whichever is the earlier.

(b)'manufacture' means any kind of working or processing including assembly;

(c)'material' means any ingredient, raw material, component or part, etc., used in the manufacture of the product;

(d)'product' means the product being manufactured, even if it is intended for later use in another manufacturing operation;

(e)'goods' means both materials and products;

(f)'fungible materials' means materials that are of the same kind and commercial quality, with the same technical and physical characteristics, and which cannot be distinguished from one another once they are incorporated into the finished product;

(g)'customs value' means the value as determined in accordance with the 1994 Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation);

(h)'value of materials' in the list in Appendix I means the customs value at the time of importation of the non-originating materials used, or, if this is not known and cannot be ascertained, the first ascertainable price paid for the materials in the OCT. Where the value of the originating materials used needs to be established, this point shall be applied mutatis mutandis;

(i)'ex-works price' means the price paid for the product ex-works to the manufacturer in whose undertaking the last working or processing is carried out, provided that the price includes the value of all the materials used and all other costs related to its production, minus any internal taxes which are, or may be, repaid when the product obtained is exported.

Where the actual price paid does not reflect all costs related to the manufacturing of the product which are actually incurred in the OCT, the ex-works price means the sum of all those costs, minus any internal taxes which are, or may be, repaid when the product obtained is exported.

For the purpose of this definition, where the last working or processing has been subcontracted to a manufacturer, the term ‘manufacturer’ referred to in the first sub-paragraph of this paragraph may refer to the enterprise that has employed the subcontractor.

(j)'maximum content of non-originating materials' means the maximum content of non-originating materials which is permitted in order to consider a manufacture as working or processing sufficient to confer originating status on the product. It may be expressed as a percentage of the ex-works price of the product or as a percentage of the net weight of these materials used falling under a specified group of chapters, chapter, heading or sub-heading;

(k)'net weight' means the weight of the goods themselves without packing materials and packing containers of any kind;

(l)'chapters', 'headings' and ‘sub-headings’ mean the chapters, the headings and sub-headings (four- or six-digit codes) used in the nomenclature which makes up the Harmonised System with the changes pursuant to the Recommendation of 26 June 2004 of the Customs Cooperation Council;

(m)'classified' refers to the classification of a product or material under a particular heading or sub-heading of the Harmonised System;

(n)'consignment' means products which are either:

sent simultaneously from one exporter to one consignee; or

covered by a single transport document covering their shipment from the exporter to the consignee or, in the absence of such document, by a single invoice.

(o)'exporter' means a person exporting the goods to the Union or to an OCT who is able to prove the origin of the goods, whether or not the person is the manufacturer and whether or not they themselves carry out the export formalities;

(p)'registered exporter' means an exporter who is registered with the competent authorities of the OCT concerned for the purpose of making out statements on origin for the purpose of exporting under this Decision;

(q)'statement on origin' means a statement made out by the exporter indicating that the products covered by it comply with the rules of origin of this Annex, for the purpose of allowing either the person declaring the goods for release for free circulation in the Union to claim the benefit of preferential tariff treatment or the economic operator in a OCT importing materials for further processing in the context of cumulation rules to prove the originating status of such goods;

(r)‘GSP country’ means a country or territory as defined in Article 2(d) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 2 ;

(s)'REX system' means the system for registering exporters authorised to certify the origin of goods, referred to in Article 80(1) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 3 .

Title II

Definition of the concept of originating products

Article 2

General Requirements

1.The following products shall be considered as originating in an OCT:

(a)products wholly obtained in an OCT within the meaning of Article 3;

(b)products obtained in an OCT incorporating materials which have not been wholly obtained there, provided that such materials have undergone sufficient working or processing within the meaning of Article 4.

2.Originating products made up of materials wholly obtained or sufficiently worked or processed in two or more OCTs shall be considered as products originating in the OCT where the last working or processing took place.

Article 3

Wholly obtained products

1.The following shall be considered as wholly obtained in an OCT:

(a)mineral products extracted from its soil or from its seabed;

(b)plants and vegetable products grown or harvested there;

(c)live animals born and raised there;

(d)products from live animals raised there;

(e)products from slaughtered animals born and raised there;

(f)products obtained by hunting or fishing conducted there;

(g)products of aquaculture where the fish, crustaceans and molluscs are born and raised there;

(h)products of sea fishing and other products taken from the sea outside any territorial sea by its vessels;

(i)products made on board its factory ships exclusively from the products referred to in point (h);

(j)used articles collected there fit only for the recovery of raw materials;

(k)waste and scrap resulting from manufacturing operations conducted there;

(l)products extracted from the seabed or below the seabed which is situated outside any territorial sea but where it has exclusive exploitation rights;

(m)goods produced there exclusively from products specified in points (a) to (l).

2.The terms 'its vessels' and 'its factory ships' in paragraph 1(h) and (i) shall apply only to vessels and factory ships which meet each of the following requirements:

(a)they are registered in an OCT or in a Member State,

(b)they sail under the flag of an OCT or of a Member State,

(c)    they meet one of the following conditions:

they are at least 50% owned by nationals of the OCTs or of Member States; or

they are owned by companies;

(i) which have their head office and their main place of business in the OCTs or in Member States; and

(ii) which are at least 50% owned by OCTs, public entities of that country, nationals of that country or of Member States.

3.The conditions of paragraph 2 may each be fulfilled in Member States or in different OCTs. In this case, the products shall be deemed to have the origin of the OCT where the vessel or factory ship is registered in accordance with point (a) of paragraph 2.

Article 4

Sufficiently worked or processed products

1.Without prejudice to Articles 5 and 6, products which are not wholly obtained in an OCT within the meaning of Article 3 shall be considered to originate there, provided that the conditions laid down in the list in Appendix I for the goods concerned are fulfilled.

2.If a product which has acquired originating status in an OCT in accordance with paragraph 1 is further processed in that OCT and used as a material in the manufacture of another product, no account shall be taken of the non-originating materials which may have been used in its manufacture.

3.The determination of whether the requirements of paragraph 1 are met, shall be carried out for each product.

However, where the relevant rule is based on compliance with a maximum content of non-originating materials, in order to take into account fluctuations in costs and currency rates, the value of the non-originating materials may be calculated on an average basis as set out in paragraph 4.

4.In the case referred to in the second sub-paragraph of paragraph 3, an average ex-works price of the product and average value of non-originating materials used shall be calculated respectively on the basis of the sum of the ex-works prices charged for all sales of the products carried out during the preceding fiscal year and the sum of the value of all the non-originating materials used in the manufacture of the products over the preceding fiscal year as defined in the country of export, or, where figures for a complete fiscal year are not available, a shorter period which should not be less than three months.

5.Exporters having opted for calculations on an average basis shall consistently apply such a method during the year following the fiscal year of reference, or, where appropriate, during the year following the shorter period used as a reference. They may cease to apply such a method where during a given fiscal year, or a shorter representative period of no less than three months, they record that the fluctuations in costs or currency rates which justified the use of such a method have ceased.

6.The averages referred to in paragraph 4 shall be used as the ex-works price and the value of non-originating materials respectively, for the purpose of establishing compliance with the maximum content of non-originating materials.

Article 5

Insufficient working or processing operations

1.Without prejudice to paragraph 3, the following operations shall be considered as insufficient working or processing to confer the status of originating products, whether or not the requirements of Article 4 are satisfied:

(a)preserving operations to ensure that the products remain in good condition during transport and storage;

(b)breaking-up and assembly of packages;

(c)washing, cleaning; removal of dust, oxide, oil, paint or other coverings;

(d)ironing or pressing of textiles and textile articles;

(e)simple painting and polishing operations;

(f)husking and partial or total milling of rice; polishing and glazing of cereals and rice;

(g)operations to colour or flavour sugar or form sugar lumps; partial or total milling of crystal sugar;

(h)peeling, stoning and shelling, of fruits, nuts and vegetables;

(i)sharpening, simple grinding or simple cutting;

(j)sifting, screening, sorting, classifying, grading, matching (including the making-up of sets of articles);

(k)simple placing in bottles, cans, flasks, bags, cases, boxes, fixing on cards or boards and all other simple packaging operations;

(l)affixing or printing marks, labels, logos and other like distinguishing signs on products or their packaging;

(m)simple mixing of products, whether or not of different kinds; mixing of sugar with any material;

(n)simple addition of water or dilution or dehydration or denaturation of products;

(o)simple assembly of parts of articles to constitute a complete article or disassembly of products into parts;

(p)a combination of two or more of the operations specified in points (a) to (o);

(q)slaughter of animals.

2.For the purposes of paragraph 1, operations shall be considered simple when neither special skills nor machines, apparatus or tools especially produced or installed for those operations are required for their performance.

3.All the operations carried out in an OCT on a given product shall be taken into account when determining whether the working or processing undergone by that product is to be regarded as insufficient within the meaning of paragraph 1.

Article 6

Tolerances

1.By way of derogation from Article 4 and subject to paragraphs 2 and 3 of this Article, non-originating materials which, according to the conditions set out in the list in Appendix I are not to be used in the manufacture of a given product may nevertheless be used, provided that their total value or net weight assessed for the product does not exceed:

(a)15% of the weight of the product for products falling within Chapters 2 and 4 to 24, other than processed fishery products of chapter 16;

(b)15% of the ex-works price of the product for other products, except for products falling within Chapters 50 to 63 of the Harmonised System, for which the tolerances mentioned in Notes 6 and 7 of Appendix I shall apply.

2.Paragraph 1 shall not allow that any of the percentages for the maximum content of non-originating materials as specified in the rules laid down in the list in Appendix I are exceeded.

3.Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply to products wholly obtained in an OCT within the meaning of Article 3. However, without prejudice to Article 5 and 11(2), the tolerance provided for in those paragraphs shall nevertheless apply to the sum of all the materials which are used in the manufacture of a product and for which the rule laid down in the list in Appendix I for that product requires that such materials be wholly obtained.

Article 7

Bilateral cumulation

1.Without prejudice to Article 2, materials originating in the Union shall be considered as materials originating in an OCT when incorporated into a product obtained there, provided that they have undergone working or processing which goes beyond the operations referred to in Article 5(1).

2.Without prejudice to Article 2, working or processing carried out in the Union shall be considered as having been carried out in an OCT, when the materials undergo subsequent working or processing there.

3.For the purpose of cumulation provided for in this Article, the origin of the materials shall be established in accordance with this Annex.

Article 8

Cumulation with EPA countries

1.Without prejudice to Article 2, materials originating in the EPA countries shall be considered as materials originating in an OCT when incorporated into a product obtained there, provided that they have undergone working or processing which goes beyond the operations referred to in Article 5 (1).

2.Without prejudice to Article 2, working or processing carried out in the EPA countries shall be considered as having been carried out in an OCT, when the materials undergo subsequent working or processing there.

3.For the purpose of paragraph 1 of this Article, the origin of the materials originating in an EPA country shall be determined in accordance with the rules of origin applicable to the EPA concerned and relevant provisions on proofs of origin and administrative cooperation.

The cumulation provided for in this Article shall not apply to materials originating in the Republic of South Africa which cannot be imported directly in the Union duty-free-quota-free in the framework of theEPA between the Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

4.The cumulation provided for in this Article may only be applied provided that:

(a)The EPA country supplying the materials and the OCT manufacturing the final product have undertaken to:

comply or ensure compliance with this Annex and,

provide the administrative cooperation necessary to ensure the correct implementation of this Annex both with regard to the Union and between themselves;

(b)The undertakings referred to in point (a) have been notified to the Commission by the OCT involved.

5.Where countries have already complied with paragraph 4 before the entry into force of this Decision, a new undertaking shall not be required.

Article 9

Cumulation with other countries benefiting from duty-free quota-free access to the market of the Union under GSP

1.Without prejudice to Article 2, materials originating in countries and territories set out in paragraph 2 of this Article shall be considered as materials originating in an OCT when incorporated into a product obtained there, provided they have undergone working or processing which goes beyond the operations referred to in Article 5(1).

2.For the purposes of paragraph 1, materials shall originate from a country or territory:

(a)benefiting from the special arrangement for the least-developed countries of the Generalised System of Preferences, referred to in Article 1(2)(c) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012; or

(b)benefiting from duty-free quota-free access to the market of the Union at HS 6-digit level under the general arrangement of the Generalised System of Preferences, referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012;

3.The origin of the materials of the countries or territories concerned shall be determined according to the rules of origin laid down, pursuant to Article 33 of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, in Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 4 .

4.The cumulation provided for in this paragraph shall not apply to the following:

(a)materials which at importation to the Union are subject to antidumping or countervailing duties when originating from the country which is subject to these antidumping or countervailing duties;

(b)tuna products classified under Harmonised System Chapters 3 and 16, which are covered by Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, and subsequent amending and corresponding legal acts;

(c)materials which are covered by Articles 8 and 22 to 30 of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, and subsequent amending and corresponding legal acts.

The competent authorities of the OCTs shall notify yearly to the Commission the materials, if any, to which cumulation under paragraph 1 has been applied.

5.The cumulation provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article may only be applied provided that:

(a)the countries or territories involved in the cumulation have undertaken to comply or ensure compliance with this Annex and to provide the administrative co-operation necessary to ensure the correct implementation of this Annex, both with regard to the Union and between themselves;

(b)the undertaking referred to in point (a) has been notified to the Commission by the OCT concerned.

6.The Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union (C series) the date on which the cumulation provided for in this Article may be applied with those countries or territories listed in this Article which have fulfilled the necessary requirements.

Article 10

Extended cumulation

1.The Commission may grant, at the request of an OCT, cumulation of origin between an OCT and a country with which the Union has a free trade agreement in accordance with Article XXIV of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in force, provided that the following conditions are met:

(a)the countries or territories involved in the cumulation have undertaken to comply or ensure compliance with this Annex and to provide the administrative co-operation necessary to ensure the correct implementation of this Annex, both with regard to the Union and between themselves; by that undertaking, those countries or territories shall agree to provide the OCTs with their support in matters of administrative cooperation in the same way as they would provide such support to the customs authorities of the Member States in accordance with the relevant provisions of the free-trade agreement concerned;

(b)the undertaking referred to in point (a) has been notified to the Commission by the OCT concerned.

(c)The Commission, taking into account the risk of trade circumvention and specific sensitivities of materials to be used in cumulation, may establish additional conditions for granting the cumulation requested.

2.The request referred to in the first subparagraph shall be addressed to the Commission in writing. It shall indicate the third country or countries concerned, shall contain a list of the materials subject to cumulation and shall be supported by evidence that the conditions laid down in paragraphs 1(a) and (b) of this Article are met.

3.The origin of the materials used and the documentary proof of origin shall be determined in accordance with the rules laid down in the relevant free trade agreement. The origin of the products to be exported to the Union shall be determined in accordance with the rules of origin laid down in this Annex.

4.In order for the obtained product to acquire originating status, it shall not be necessary that the materials originating in the third country and used in the OCT in the manufacture of the product to be exported to the Union have undergone sufficient working or processing, provided that the working or processing carried out in the OCT concerned goes beyond the operations described in Article 5(1).

5.The Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union (C series) the date on which the extended cumulation takes effect, the Union's Free Trade Agreement partner involved in that cumulation, the applicable conditions and the list of materials in relation to which the cumulation applies.

6.The Commission shall adopt a measure granting the cumulation referred to in paragraph 1 by means of implementing acts. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 88 (5) of this Decision.

Article 11

Unit of qualification

1.The unit of qualification for the application of the provisions of this Annex shall be the particular product which is considered as the basic unit when determining classification using the Harmonized System.

2.When a consignment consists of a number of identical products classified under the same heading of the Harmonised System, each individual item shall be taken into account when applying the provisions of this Annex.

3.Where, under general rule 5 of the Harmonised System, packaging is included with the product for classification purposes, it shall be included for the purposes of determining origin.

Article 12

Accessories, Spare parts and tools

Accessories, spare parts and tools dispatched with a piece of equipment, machine, apparatus or vehicle which are part of the normal equipment and included in the ex-works price thereof, shall be regarded as one with the piece of equipment, machine, apparatus or vehicle in question.

Article 13

Sets

Sets, as defined in General Interpretative Rule 3 of the Harmonised System, shall be regarded as originating when all the component products are originating products.

When a set is composed of originating and non-originating products, the set as a whole shall however be regarded as originating, provided that the value of the non-originating products does not exceed 15% of the ex-works price of the set.

Article 14

Neutral elements

In order to determine whether a product is an originating product, no account shall be taken of the origin of the following which might be used in its manufacture:

(a)energy and fuel;

(a)plant and equipment;

(b)machines and tools;

(c)any other goods which do not enter, and which are not intended to enter, into the final composition of the product.

Article 15

Accounting segregation

1.If originating and non-originating fungible materials are used in the working or processing of a product, the customs authorities of the Member States may, at the written request of economic operators, authorise the management of materials in the Union using the accounting segregation method for the purpose of subsequent export to an OCT within the framework of bilateral cumulation, without keeping the materials on separate stocks.

2.The customs authorities of the Member States may make the granting of authorisation referred to in paragraph 1 subject to any conditions they deem appropriate.

The authorisation shall be granted only if by use of the method referred to in paragraph 3 it can be ensured that, at any time, the number of products obtained which could be considered as ‘originating in the Union’ is the same as the number that would have been obtained by using a method of physical segregation of the stocks.

If authorised, the method shall be applied and the application thereof shall be recorded on the basis of the general accounting principles applicable in the Union.

3.The beneficiary of the method referred to in paragraph 2 shall make out or, until the application of the registered exporter system, apply for proofs of origin for the quantity of products which may be considered as originating in the Union. At the request of the customs authorities of the Member States, the beneficiary shall provide a statement of how the quantities have been managed.

4.The customs authorities of the Member States shall monitor the use made of the authorisation referred to in paragraph 1.

They may withdraw the authorisation in the following cases:

(a)the beneficiary makes improper use of the authorisation in any manner whatsoever, or

(b)the beneficiary fails to fulfil any of the other conditions laid down in this Annex.

Article 16

Derogations

1.Upon the Commission's initiative or in response to a request from a Member State or an OCT, an OCT may be granted a temporary derogation from the provisions of this Annex in any of the following cases:

(a)internal or external factors temporarily deprive it of the ability to comply with the rules for the acquisition of origin provided for in Article 2 where it could do so previously;

(b)it requires time to prepare itself to comply with the rules for the acquisition of origin provided for in Article 2;

(c)the development of existing industries or the creation of new industries justifies it.

2.The request referred to in paragraph 1 shall be addressed to the Commission in writing, by means of the form set out in Appendix II. It shall state the reasons for the request and shall contain appropriate supporting documents.

3.The examination of requests shall in particular take into account:

(a)the level of development or the geographical situation of the OCT concerned, having particular regard to the economic and social impact of the decision to be taken especially in respect of employment;

(b)cases where the application of the existing rules of origin would significantly affect the ability of an existing industry in the OCT concerned to continue its exports to the Union, with particular reference to cases where this could lead to cessation of its activities;

(c)specific cases where it can be clearly demonstrated that significant investment in an industry could be deterred by the rules of origin and where a derogation favouring the realisation of the investment programme would enable these rules to be satisfied by stages.

4.The Commission shall respond positively to all the requests which are duly justified in conformity with this Article and which cannot cause serious injury to an established Union industry. 

5.The Commission shall take steps necessary to ensure that a decision is reached as quickly as possible and shall endeavour to adopt its position within 75 working days after the request is received by the Commission.

6.The temporary derogation shall be limited to the duration of the effects of the internal or external factors giving rise to it or to the length of time needed for the OCT to achieve compliance with the rules or to fulfil the targets which have been set by the derogation, taking into account the particular situation of the OCT concerned and its difficulties.

7.When a derogation is granted, it is subject to compliance with any requirements laid down as to information to be provided to the Commission concerning the use of the derogation and the management of the quantities for which the derogation was granted.

8.The Commission shall adopt a measure granting a temporary derogation referred to in paragraph 1 by means of implementing acts. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 88 (5) of this Decision.

Title III

Territorial requirements

Article 17

Principle of territoriality

1.Except as provided for in Articles 7 to 10, the conditions set out in this Annex for acquiring originating status shall be fulfilled without interruption in the OCT.

2.If originating products exported from the OCT to another country are returned, they shall be considered as non-originating unless it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the competent authorities that:

(a)the products returned are the same as those which were exported; and

(b)they have not undergone any operations beyond that necessary to preserve them in good condition while in that country or while being exported.

Article 18

Non-manipulation clause

1.The products declared for release for free circulation in the Union shall be the same products as exported from the OCT in which they are considered to originate. They shall not have been altered, transformed in any way or subjected to operations other than operations to preserve them in good condition, prior to being declared for release for free circulation. Storage of products or consignments and splitting of consignments may take place where carried out under the responsibility of the exporter or of a subsequent holder of the goods and the products remain under customs supervision in the country or countries of transit.

2.Compliance with paragraph 1 shall be considered as satisfied unless the customs authorities have reason to believe the contrary; in such cases, the customs authorities may request the declarant to provide evidence of compliance, which may be given by any means, including contractual transport documents such as bills of lading or factual or concrete evidence based on marking or numbering of packages or any evidence related to the goods themselves.

3.Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall apply mutatis mutandis when cumulation under Articles 7 to 10 applies.

Article 19

Exhibitions

1.Originating products, sent from an OCT for exhibition in a country other than an OCT, an EPA country or a Member State and sold after the exhibition for importation in the Union shall benefit on importation from the provisions of the Decision, provided it is shown to the satisfaction of the customs authorities that:

(a)an exporter has consigned these products from an OCT to the country in which the exhibition is held and has exhibited them there;

(b)the products have been sold or otherwise disposed of by that exporter to a person in the Union;

(c)the products have been consigned during the exhibition or immediately thereafter in the state in which they were sent for exhibition;

(d)the products have not, since they were consigned for exhibition, been used for any purpose other than demonstration at the exhibition.

2.A proof of origin must be issued or made out in accordance with the provisions of Title IV and submitted to the customs authorities of the importing country in the normal manner. The name and address of the exhibition must be indicated thereon. Where necessary, additional documentary evidence of the conditions under which they have been exhibited may be required.

3.Paragraph 1 shall apply to any trade, industrial, agricultural or crafts exhibition, fair or similar public show or display which is not organised for private purposes in shops or business premises with a view to the sale of foreign products, and during which the products remain under customs control.

Title IV

Proofs of origin


Section 1
General Requirements

Article 20

Amounts expressed in euro

1.For the application of the provisions of Articles 29 and 30 in cases where products are invoiced in a currency other than euro, amounts in the national currencies of the Member States of the Union equivalent to the amounts expressed in euro shall be fixed annually by each of the countries concerned.

2.A consignment shall benefit from the provisions of Articles 29 and 30 by reference to the currency in which the invoice is drawn up.

3.The amounts to be used in any given national currency shall be the equivalent in that currency of the amounts expressed in euro as at the first working day of October. The amounts shall be communicated to the Commission by 15 October and shall apply from 1 January the following year. The Commission shall notify all countries concerned of the relevant amounts.

4.A Member State of the Union may round up or down the amount resulting from the conversion into its national currency of an amount expressed in euro. The rounded-off amount may not differ from the amount resulting from the conversion by more than 5 per cent. A Member State of the Union may retain unchanged its national currency equivalent of an amount expressed in euro if, at the time of the annual adjustment provided for in paragraph 3, the conversion of that amount, prior to any rounding-off, results in an increase of less than 15 per cent in the national currency equivalent. The national currency equivalent may be retained unchanged if the conversion would result in a decrease in that equivalent value.

5.The amounts expressed in euro and their equivalents in national currencies of some Member States shall be reviewed by the Commission on its own initiative or at the request of a Member State or an OCT. When carrying out this review, the Commission shall consider the desirability of preserving the effects of the limits concerned in real terms. For this purpose, it may decide to modify the amounts expressed in euro.

Section 2

Procedures at export in the OCT

Article 21

General requirements

Benefits from this Decision shall apply in the following cases:

(a)in cases of goods satisfying the requirements of this Annex exported by a registered exporter within the meaning of Article 22;

(b)in cases of any consignment of one or more packages containing originating products exported by any exporter, where the total value of the originating products consigned does not exceed EUR 10, 000.

Article 22

Request for registration

1.To be registered, exporters shall lodge an application with the competent authorities of the OCTs referred to in Article 39(1), using the form a model of which is set out in Appendix V.

2.The application shall be accepted by the competent authorities only if it is complete.

3.The registration shall be valid as of the date on which the competent authorities of the OCTs receive a complete application for registration, in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2.

Article 23

Registration

1.The competent authorities of the OCTs shall upon receipt of the complete application form referred to in Appendix III assign without delay the number of registered exporter to the exporter and enter into the REX system the number of registered exporter, the registration data and the date from which the registration is valid in accordance with Article 22(3).

The competent authorities of the OCTs shall inform the exporter of the number of registered exporter assigned to that exporter and of the date from which the registration is valid.

The competent authorities of the OCTs shall keep the data registered by them up-to-date. They shall modify those data immediately after having been informed by the registered exporter in accordance with Article 24(1).

2.The registration shall contain the following information:

(a)name of the registered exporter, as specified in box 1 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(b)address of the place where the registered exporter is established, as specified in box 1 the form set out in Appendix III, including the identifier of the country or territory (ISO alpha 2 country code);

(c)contact details as specified in box 2 and box 2 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(d)indicative description of the goods which qualify for preferential treatment, including indicative list of Harmonised System headings or chapters, as specified in box 4 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(e)trader identification number (TIN) of the registered exporter as specified in box 1 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(f)whether the exporter is a trader or a producer as specified in box 3 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(g)the date of registration of the registered exporter;

(h)the date from which the registration is valid;

(i)the date of the revocation of the registration where applicable.

Article 24

Revocation of the registration

1.Registered exporters who no longer meet the conditions for exporting any goods benefiting from this Decision, or no longer intend to export such goods, shall inform the competent authorities in the OCTs who shall immediately remove them from the record of registered exporters kept in that OCT.

2.Without prejudice to the system of penalties and sanctions applicable in the OCTs, where registered exporters intentionally or negligently draw up, or cause to be drawn up, a statement on origin or any supporting document which contains incorrect information which leads to irregularly or fraudulently obtaining the benefit of preferential tariff treatment, the OCT competent authorities shall revoke the exporter from the record of registered exporters kept by the OCT concerned.

3.Without prejudice to the possible impact of irregularities found on pending verifications, revocation from the record of registered exporters shall take effect for the future, i.e. in respect of statements made out after the date of revocation.

4.Exporters who have been revoked from the record of registered exporters by the competent authorities in accordance with paragraph 2 may only be re-introduced into the record of registered exporters once they have proved to the competent authorities in the OCT that they have remedied the situation which led to their revocation.

Article 25

Supporting documents

1.Exporters, registered or not, shall comply with the following obligations:

(a)they shall maintain appropriate commercial accounting records for production and supply of goods qualifying for preferential treatment;

(b)they shall keep available all evidence relating to the material used in the manufacture;

(c)they shall keep all customs documentation relating to the material used in the manufacture;

(d)they shall keep for at least three years from the end of the year in which the statement on origin was made out, or more if required by national law, records of:

the statements on origin they made out; and

their originating and non-originating materials, production and stock accounts.

2.The records referred to in point (d) of paragraph 1 may be electronic but shall allow the materials used in the manufacture of the exported products to be traced and their originating status to be confirmed.

3.The obligations provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall also apply to suppliers who provide exporters with the supplier's declaration referred to in Article 27.

Article 26

Statement on origin and information for cumulation purpose

1.A statement on origin shall be made out by the exporter when the products to which it relates are exported, if the goods concerned can be considered as originating in the OCT.

2.By derogation from paragraph 1, a statement on origin may exceptionally be made out after exportation (retrospective statement) on condition that it is presented in the Member State of declaration for release for free circulation no longer than two years after the export.

3.The statement on origin shall be provided by the exporter to his customer in the Union and shall contain the particulars specified in Appendix IV. A statement on origin shall be made out in either English or French.

It may be made out on any commercial document allowing to identify the exporter concerned and the goods involved.

4.For the purpose of Article 2(2) or of bilateral cumulation under Article 7:

(a)the evidence of originating status of the materials coming from another OCT or from the Union shall be given by means of a statement on origin made out in accordance with this Annex and provided to the exporter by the supplier in the OCT or in the Union, from which the materials came;

(b)the evidence of working or processing carried out in another OCT or in the Union shall be given by means of a supplier's declaration, made out in accordance with Article 27 and provided to the exporter by the supplier in the OCT or in the Union, from which the materials came.

In these cases, the statement on origin made out by the exporter shall, as the case may be, contain the indication ‘EU cumulation’, ‘OCT cumulation’ or ‘Cumul UE’, ‘cumul PTOM’.

5.For the purpose of cumulation with an EPA country under Article 8:

(a)the evidence of originating status of the materials coming from an EPA country shall be given by means of a proof of origin issued or made out in accordance with the provisions of the EPA beween the Union and the EPA country concerned, and provided to the exporter by the supplier in the EPA country from which the materials came;

(b)the evidence of working or processing carried out in the EPA country shall be given by means of a supplier's declaration, made out in accordance with Article 27 and provided to the exporter by the supplier in the EPA country from which the materials came.

In this case, the statement on origin made out by the exporter shall contain the indication 'cumulation with EPA country [name of the country]' or 'cumul avec le pays APE [nom du pays]'.

6.For the purpose of cumulation with other countries benefiting from duty-free quota-free access to the market of the Union under GSP under Article 9, the evidence of originating status shall be given by the proofs of origin provided for in Regulation (EU) 2015/2447, provided to the exporter by the supplier in the GSP country from which the materials came.

In this case, the statement on origin made out by the exporter shall contain the indication 'cumulation with GSP country [name of the country]' or ‘cumul avec le pays SPG [nom du pays]’.

7.For the purpose of extended cumulation under Article 10, the evidence of originating status of the materials coming from a country with which the Union has a free trade agreement shall be given by means of a proof of origin issued or made out in accordance with the provisions of that free trade agreement, provided to the exporter by the supplier in the country from which the materials came.

In this case, the statement on origin made out by the exporter shall contain the indication ‘extended cumulation with country [name of the country]’ or ‘cumul étendu avec le pays [nom du pays]’.

Article 27

Supplier's declaration

1.For the purpose of paragraphs 4(b) and 5(b) of Article 26, a supplier's declaration shall be made out by the supplier for each consignment of materials on the commercial invoice related to that shipment or in an annex to that invoice, or on a delivery note or other commercial document related to that shipment which describes the materials concerned in sufficient detail to enable them to be identified. A specimen of the supplier's declaration appears in Appendix V.

2.When a supplier regularly supplies a particular customer with goods whose status in respect of the rules of preferential origin is expected to remain constant for considerable periods of time, he may provide a single declaration, hereinafter referred to as ‘a long-term supplier's declaration’, provided that facts or circumstances on which it is granted remain unchanged, to cover subsequent shipments of those goods.

A long-term supplier's declaration may be issued for a period of up to one year from the date of issue of the declaration. A long-term supplier's declaration may be issued with retroactive effect. In such cases, its validity may not exceed a period of one year from the date on which it came into effect. The period of validity shall be indicated in the long-term supplier's declaration.

The customs authority may revoke a long term supplier's declaration, should the circumstances change, or when inaccurate or false information has been provided.

The supplier shall inform the client immediately when the long-term supplier's declaration is no longer valid in relation to the goods supplied.

3.A supplier's declaration may be made out on a pre-printed form.

4.The suppliers' declarations shall be signed in manuscript. However, where the invoice and the supplier's declaration are established using electronic data-processing methods, the supplier's declaration need not be signed in manuscript, provided that the responsible officer in the supplying company is identified to the satisfaction of the customs authorities in the country or territory where the suppliers' declarations were established. The said customs authorities may lay down conditions for the implementation of this paragraph.

Article 28

Submission of a proof of origin

1.A statement on origin shall be made out for each consignment.

2.A statement on origin shall be valid for twelve months from the date of its making out by the exporter.

3.A single statement on origin may cover several consignments if the goods meet the following conditions:

(a)they are dismantled or non-assembled products within the meaning of general rule 2(a) of the Harmonized system;

(b)they are falling within Section XVI or XVII or heading 7308 or 9406 of the Harmonized System; and

(c)they are intended to be imported by instalments.

Section 3

Procedures at release for free circulation in the Union

Article 29

Submission of proof of origin

1.The customs declaration for release for free circulation shall make reference to the statement on origin. The statement on origin shall be kept at the disposal of the customs authorities, which may request its submission for the verification of the declaration. Those authorities may also require a translation of the statement into the official language, or one of the official languages, of the Member State concerned.

2.Where the application of the benefits from this Decision is requested by the declarant, without a statement on origin being in his possession at the time of the acceptance of the customs declaration for release for free circulation, that declaration shall be considered as being simplified within the meaning of Article 166 of Regulation (EU) 952/2013 and treated accordingly.

3.Before declaring goods for release for free circulation, the declarant shall take due care that the goods comply with the rules in this Annex by, in particular, checking:

(a)on the public website referred to in Article 40(3) and Article 40(4) that the exporter is registered to make statements on origin, except where the total value of the originating products consigned does not exceed EUR 10,000; and

(b)that the statement on origin is made out in accordance with Appendix IV.

Article 30

Exemption from proof of origin

1.The following products shall be exempted from the obligation to make out and produce a statement on origin:

(a)products sent as small packages from private persons to private persons, the total value of which does not exceed EUR 500;

(b)products forming part of travellers' personal luggage, the total value of which does not exceed EUR 1200.

2.The products referred to in paragraph 1 shall meet the following conditions:

(a)they are not imported by way of trade;

(b)they have been declared as meeting the conditions for benefiting from this Decision;

(c)there is no doubt as to the veracity of the declaration referred to in point (b).

3.For the purposes of point (a) of paragraph 2, imports shall not be considered as imports by way of trade if all the following conditions are met:

(a)the imports are occasional;

(b)the imports consist solely of products for the personal use of the recipients or travellers or their families;

(c)it is evident from the nature and quantity of the products that no commercial purpose is in view.

Article 31

Discrepancies and formal errors

1.The discovery of slight discrepancies between the particulars included in a statement on origin and those mentioned in the documents submitted to the customs authorities for the purpose of carrying out the formalities for importing the products shall not ipso facto render the statement on origin null and void if it is duly established that that document does correspond to the products concerned.

2.Obvious formal errors such as typing errors on a statement on origin shall not cause this document to be rejected if these errors are not such as to create doubts concerning the correctness of the statements made in that document.

Article 32
Validity of statements on origin

Statements on origin which are submitted to the customs authorities of the importing country after the period of validity mentioned in Article 28(2) may be accepted for the purpose of applying the tariff preferences, where failure to submit these documents by the final date set is due to exceptional circumstances. In other cases of belated presentation, the customs authorities of the importing country may accept the statements on origin where the products have been presented to customs before the said final date.

Article 33

Procedure for importation by instalments

1.The procedure referred to in Article 28(3) shall apply for a period determined by the customs authorities of the Member States.

2.The customs authorities of the Member States of importation supervising the successive releases for free circulation shall verify that the successive consignments are part of the dismantled or non-assembled products for which the statement on origin has been made out.

Article 34

Verification of statements on origin

1.The customs authorities may, where they have doubts with regard to the originating status of the products request the declarant to produce, within a reasonable time period which they shall specify, any available evidence for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of the indication of origin on the statement or the compliance with the conditions under Article 18.

2.The customs authorities may suspend the application of the preferential tariff measure for the duration of the verification procedure laid down in Article 43 where:

(a)the information provided by the declarant is not sufficient to confirm the originating status of the products or the compliance with the conditions laid down in Article 17 (2) or Article 18;

(b)the declarant does not reply within the time period allowed for provision of the information referred to in paragraph 1.

3.While awaiting either the information requested from the declarant, referred to in paragraph 1, or the results of the verification procedure, referred to in paragraph 2, release of the products shall be offered to the importer subject to any precautionary measures judged necessary.

Article 35

Denial of preferences

1.The customs authorities of the Member State of importation shall refuse entitlement to the benefits of this Decision, without being obliged to request any additional evidence or send a request for verification to the OCT where:

(a)the goods are not the same as those mentioned in the statement on origin;

(b)the declarant fails to submit a statement on origin for the products concerned, where such a statement is required;

(c)without prejudice to point (b) of Article 21 and to Article 30(1), the statement on origin in possession of the declarant has not been made out by an exporter registered in the OCT;

(d)the statement on origin is not made out in accordance with Appendix IV;

(e)the conditions of Article 18 are not met;

2.The customs authorities of the Member State of importation shall refuse entitlement to the benefits of this Decision, following a request for verification within the meaning of Article 43 addressed to the competent authorities of the OCTs, where the customs authorities of the Member State of importation:

(a)have received a reply according to which the exporter was not entitled to make out the statement on origin;

(b)have received a reply according to which the products concerned are not originating in the OCT concerned or the conditions of Article 17 (2) were not met;

(c)had reasonable doubt as to the validity of the statement on origin or the accuracy of the information provided by the declarant regarding the true origin of the products in question when they made the request for verification; and

have received no reply within the time period permitted in accordance with Article 43;

or

have received a reply not providing adequate answers to the questions raised in the request.

Title V

Arrangements for Administrative cooperation

SECTION 1

GENERAL

Article 36

General Principles

1.In order to ensure the proper application of the preferences, OCTs shall:

(a)put in place and to maintain the necessary administrative structures and systems required for the implementation and management in that country of the rules and procedures laid down in this Annex, including where appropriate the arrangements necessary for the application of cumulation;

(b)cooperate, through their competent authorities with the Commission and the customs authorities of the Member States.

2.The cooperation referred to in point (b) of paragraph 1 shall consist of:

(a)providing all necessary support in the event of a request by the Commission for the monitoring by it of the proper implementation of this Annex in the country concerned, including verification visits on the spot by the Commission or the customs authorities of the Member States;

(b)without prejudice to Articles 34 and 35, verifying the originating status of products and the compliance with the other conditions laid down in this Annex, including verification visits on the spot, where requested by the Commission or the customs authorities of the Member States in the context of origin investigations;

(c)where the verification procedure or any other available information appears to indicate that the provisions of this Annex are being contravened, the OCT on its own initiative or at the request of the Commission or the customs authorities of the Member States shall carry out appropriate enquiries or arrange for such enquiries to be carried out with due urgency to identify and prevent such contraventions. The Commission and the customs authorities of the Member States may participate in the enquiries.

3.OCTs shall submit to the Commission, before 1 January 2015, a formal undertaking to comply with the requirements of paragraph 1.

Article 37

Publication requirements and compliance

1.The Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union (C Series) the list of OCTs and the date on which they are considered to meet the conditions referred to in Article 39. The Commission shall update this list when a new OCT fulfils the same conditions.

2.Products originating within the meaning of this Annex in an OCT shall benefit, on release for free circulation in the Union, from the tariff preferences only on condition that they were exported on or after the date specified in the list referred to in paragraph 1.

3.An OCT shall be considered to comply with Articles 36 and 39 on the date on which it has:

(a)made the notification referred to in Article 39(1), and

(b)submitted the undertaking referred to in Article 36(3).

Article 38

Penalties

Penalties shall be imposed on any person who draws up, or causes to be drawn up, a document which contains incorrect information for the purpose of obtaining a preferential treatment for products.

SECTION 2

METHODS OF ADMINISTRATIVE COOPERATION APPLICABLE FOR THE REGISTERED EXPORTER SYSTEM

Article 39

Communication of names and addresses of competent authorities

1.The OCTs shall notify to the Commission the names and addresses of the authorities situated in their territory which are:

(a)part of the governmental authorities of the country concerned and empowered to support the Commission and the customs authorities of the Member States through the administrative co-operation as provided for in this Title;

(b)part of the governmental authorities of the country concerned, or act under the authority of the government, and empowered to register exporters and to withdraw them from the record of registered exporters;

2.The OCTs shall inform the Commission immediately of any changes to the information notified under paragraphs 1 and 2.

3.The Commission shall send this information to the customs authorities of the Member States.

Article 40

Database of registered exporters: access rights and publication of data

1.The Commission shall have access to consult all the data.

2.The competent authorities of the OCTs shall have access to consult the data concerning exporters registered by them.

The Commission shall provide secure access to the REX system to the competent authorities of the OCTs.

3.The Commission shall make the following data available to the public with the consent given by the exporter by signing box 6 of the form set out in Appendix III:

(a)name of the registered exporter, as specified in box 1 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(b)address of the place where the registered exporter is established, as specified in box 1 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(c)contact details as specified in box 1 and box 2 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(d)indicative description of the goods which qualify for preferential treatment, including indicative list of Harmonised System headings or chapters, as specified in box 4 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(e)trader identification number (TIN) of the registered exporter, as specified in box 1 of the form set out in Appendix III;

(f)whether the registered exporter is a trader or a producer, as specified in box 3 of the form set out in Appendix III.

The refusal to sign box 6 shall not constitute a ground for refusing to register the exporter.

4.The Commission shall always make the following data available to the public

(a)the number of registered exporter;

(b)the date of registration of the registered exporter;

(c)the date from which the registration is valid;

(d)the date of the revocation of the registration where applicable.

Article 41

Database of registered exporters: data protection

1. The data registered by the competent authorities of the OCTs in the REX system shall be processed solely for the purpose of the application of this Decision.

2. Registered exporters shall be provided with the information laid down in Article 11(1) (a) to (e) of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 5 or Articles 12 to 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 6 . In addition, they shall also be provided with the following information:

(a) information concerning the legal basis of the processing operations for which the data is intended;

(b) the data retention period.

Registered exporters shall be provided with that information via a notice attached to the application to become a registered exporter as set out in Appendix III.

3.    Each competent authority in an OCT that has introduced data into the REX system shall be considered the controller with respect to the processing of those data.

The Commission shall be considered as a joint controller with respect to the processing of all data to guarantee that the registered exporter will obtain his rights.

4.    The rights of registered exporters with regard to the processing of data listed in Appendix III, which are stored in the REX system and processed in national systems, shall be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

5.    Member States who replicate in their national systems the data of the REX system they have access to shall keep the replicated data up-to-date.

6.    The rights of registered exporters with regard to the processing of their registration data by the Commission shall be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.

7.    Any request by a registered exporter to exercise the right of access, rectification, erasure or blocking of data in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 shall be submitted to and processed by the controller of data.

Where a registered exporter has submitted such a request to the Commission without having tried to obtain his rights from the controller of data, the Commission shall forward that request to the controller of data of the registered exporter.

If the registered exporter fails to obtain his rights from the controller of data, the registered exporter shall submit such request to the Commission acting as controller. The Commission shall have the right to rectify, erase or block the data.

8.    The national supervisory data protection authorities and the European Data Protection Supervisor, each acting within the scope of their respective competence, shall cooperate and ensure coordinated supervision of the registration data.

They shall, each acting within the scope of their respective competences, exchange relevant information, assist each other in carrying out audits and inspections, examine difficulties of interpretation or application of this Regulation, study problems with the exercise of independent supervision or in the exercise of the rights of data subjects, draw up harmonised proposals for joint solutions to any problems and promote awareness of data protection rights, as necessary.

Article 42

Con
trol of origin

1.For the purpose of ensuring compliance with the rules concerning the originating status of products, the competent authorities of the OCT shall carry out:

(a)verifications of the originating status of products at the request of the customs authorities of the Member States;

(b)regular controls on exporters on their own initiative.

2.The controls referred to in point (b) of paragraph 1 shall ensure the continued compliance of exporters with their obligations. They shall be carried out at intervals determined on the basis of appropriate risk analysis criteria. For that purpose, the competent authorities of the OCTs shall require exporters to provide copies or a list of the statements on origin they have made out.

3.The competent authorities of the OCTs shall have the right to call for any evidence and to carry out any inspection of the exporter's accounts and, where appropriate, those of producers supplying the exporter, including at the premises, or any other check considered appropriate.

Article 43

Request for verification of statements on origin

1.Subsequent verifications of statements on origin shall be carried out at random or whenever the customs authorities of the Member States have reasonable doubts as to their authenticity, the originating status of the products concerned or the fulfilment of other requirements of this Annex.

Where the customs authorities of a Member State request the cooperation of the competent authorities of an OCT to carry out a verification of the validity of statements on origin, the originating status of products, or of both, it shall, where appropriate, indicate on its request the reasons why it has reasonable doubts on the validity of the statement on origin or the originating status of the products.

A copy of the statement on origin and any additional information or documents suggesting that the information given on that statement is incorrect may be forwarded in support of the request for verification.

The requesting Member State shall set a 6-month initial deadline to communicate the results of the verification, starting from the date of the verification request.

2.If in cases of reasonable doubt there is no reply within the period specified in paragraph 1 or if the reply does not contain sufficient information to determine the real origin of the products, a second communication shall be sent to the competent authorities. This communication shall set a further deadline of not more than 6 months.

Article 44

Verification of suppliers' declarations

1.Verification of suppliers' declaration referred to in Article 27 may be carried out at random or whenever the customs authorities of the importing country have reasonable doubts as to the authenticity of the document or the accuracy or completeness of the information concerning the true origin of the materials in question.

2.The customs authorities to which a supplier's declaration is submitted may request the customs authorities of the country where the declaration was made to issue an information certificate, a specimen of which appears in Appendix VI. Alternatively, the customs authorities to which a supplier's declaration is submitted may request the exporter to produce an information certificate issued by the customs authorities of the country where the supplier's declaration was made out.

A copy of the information certificate shall be preserved by the office which has issued it for at least three years.

3.The requesting customs authorities shall be informed of the results of the verification as soon as possible. The results must be such as to indicate positively whether the declaration concerning the status of the materials is correct.

4.For the purpose of verification, suppliers shall keep for not less than three years a copy of the document containing the declaration together with all necessary evidence showing the true status of the materials.

5.The customs authorities in the country where the supplier's declaration is made out shall have the right to call for any evidence or to carry out any check which they consider appropriate in order to verify the correctness of any supplier's declaration.

6.Any statement on origin made out on the basis of an incorrect supplier's declaration shall be considered null and void.

Article 45

Other provisions

1.Section 2 of Title IV and Section 2 of Title V shall apply mutatis mutandis to:

(a)exports from the Union to an OCT for the purpose of bilateral cumulation as provided for in Article 7. In this case, exporters shall be registered in the Union in accordance with Article 68 of Regulation (EU) 2015/2447;

(b)exports from one OCT to another for the purpose of OCT cumulation as provided for in Article 2(2).

Title VI

Ceuta and Melilla

Article 46

1.The provisions of this Annex concerning the issue, use and subsequent verification of proofs of origin shall apply mutatis mutandis to products exported from an OCT to Ceuta and Melilla and to products exported from Ceuta and Melilla to an OCT for the purposes of bilateral cumulation.

2.Ceuta and Melilla shall be considered as a single territory.

3.The Spanish customs authorities shall be responsible for the application of this Annex in Ceuta and Melilla.

Appendix I

Introductory notes and list of working or processing operations which confer originating status

INTRODUCTORY NOTES

Note 1 – General introduction

This Appendix lays down the conditions pursuant to Article 4 under which products shall be considered to originate in the OCT concerned. There are four different types of rules, which vary according to the product:

(a)through working or processing a maximum content of non-originating materials is not exceeded;

(b)through working or processing the 4-digit Harmonized System heading or 6-digit Harmonized System sub-heading of the manufactured products becomes different from the 4-digit Harmonized System heading or 6-digit sub-heading respectively of the materials used;

(c)a specific working and processing operation is carried out;

(d)working or processing is carried out on certain wholly obtained materials.

Note 2 – The structure of the list

2.1.Columns 1 and 2 describe the product obtained. Column 1 gives the chapter number, 4-digit heading or 6-digit sub-heading number used in the Harmonised System, as appropriate. Column 2 gives the description of goods used in that system for that heading or chapter. For each entry in columns 1 and 2, subject to Note 2.4, one or more rules ("qualifying operations") are set out in column 3. These qualifying operations concern only non-originating materials. Where, in some cases, the entry in column 1 is preceded by “ex”, this signifies that the rule in column 3 applies only to the part of that heading as described in column 2.

2.2.Where several Harmonised System headings or sub-headings are grouped together in column 1 or a chapter number is given and the description of products in column 2 is therefore given in general terms, the adjacent rule in column 3 applies to all products which, under the Harmonised System, are classified in headings of the chapter or in any of the headings or sub-headings grouped together in column 1.

2.3.Where there are different rules in the list applying to different products within a heading, each indent contains the description of that part of the heading covered by the adjacent rule in column 3.

2.4Where two alternative rules are set out in column 3, separated by "or", it is at the choice of the exporter which one to use.

Note 3 – Examples of how to apply the rules

3.1.Article 4(2), concerning products having acquired originating status which are used in the manufacture of other products, shall apply, regardless of whether this status has been acquired inside the factory where these products are used or in another factory in the OCT or in the Union.

3.2.Pursuant to Article 5, the working or processing carried out must go beyond the list of operations mentioned in that Article. If it does not, the goods shall not qualify for the granting of the benefit of preferential tariff treatment, even if the conditions set out in the list below are met.

Subject to the provision referred to in the first sub-paragraph, the rules in the list represent the minimum amount of working or processing required, and the carrying-out of more working or processing also confers originating status; conversely, the carrying-out of less working or processing cannot confer originating status. Thus, if a rule provides that non-originating material, at a certain level of manufacture, may be used, the use of such material at an earlier stage of manufacture is allowed, and the use of such material at a later stage is not.

3.3.Without prejudice to Note 3.2, where a rule uses the expression “Manufacture from materials of any heading”, then materials of any heading(s) (even materials of the same description and heading as the product) may be used, subject, however, to any specific limitations which may also be contained in the rule.

However, the expression “Manufacture from materials of any heading, including other materials of heading ...” or “Manufacture from materials of any heading, including other materials of the same heading as the product” means that materials of any heading(s) may be used, except those of the same description as the product as given in column 2 of the list.

3.4.When a rule in the list specifies that a product may be manufactured from more than one material, this means that one or more materials may be used. It does not require that all be used.

3.5.Where a rule in the list specifies that a product must be manufactured from a particular material, the rule does not prevent the use also of other materials which, because of their inherent nature, cannot satisfy this condition.

Note 4 – General provisions concerning certain agricultural goods

4.1.Agricultural goods falling within Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and heading 2401 which are grown or harvested in the territory of an OCT shall be treated as originating in the territory of that country, even if grown from seeds, bulbs, rootstock, cuttings, grafts, shoots, buds, or other live parts of plants imported from another country.

4.2.In cases where the content of non-originating sugar in a given product is subject to limitations, the weight of sugars of headings 1701 (sucrose) and 1702 (e.g., fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, isoglucose or invert sugar) used in the manufacture of the final product and used in the manufacture of the non-originating products incorporated in the final product is taken into account for the calculation of such limitations.


Note 5 - Terminology used in respect of certain textile products

5.1.The term “natural fibres” is used in the list to refer to fibres other than artificial or synthetic fibres. It is restricted to the stages before spinning takes place, including waste, and, unless otherwise specified, includes fibres which have been carded, combed or otherwise processed, but not spun.

5.2.The term “natural fibres” includes horsehair of heading 0503, silk of headings 5002 and 5003, as well as wool-fibres and fine or coarse animal hair of headings 5101 to 5105, cotton fibres of headings 5201 to 5203, and other vegetable fibres of headings 5301 to 5305.

5.3.The terms “textile pulp”, “chemical materials” and “paper-making materials” are used in the list to describe the materials, not classified in Chapters 50 to 63, which can be used to manufacture artificial, synthetic or paper fibres or yarns.

5.4.The term “man-made staple fibres” is used in the list to refer to synthetic or artificial filament tow, staple fibres or waste, of headings 5501 to 5507.

Note 6 - Tolerances applicable to products made of a mixture of textile materials

6.1.Where, for a given product in the list, reference is made to this Note, the conditions set out in column 3 shall not be applied to any basic textile materials used in the manufacture of this product and which, taken together, represent 10% or less of the total weight of all the basic textile materials used. (See also Notes 6.3 and 6.4)

6.2.However, the tolerance mentioned in Note 6.1 may be applied only to mixed products which have been made from two or more basic textile materials.

The following are the basic textile materials:

silk;

wool;

coarse animal hair;

fine animal hair;

horsehair;

cotton;

paper-making materials and paper;

flax;

true hemp;

jute and other textile bast fibres;

sisal and other textile fibres of the genus Agave;

coconut, abaca, ramie and other vegetable textile fibres;

synthetic man-made filaments;

artificial man-made filaments;

current-conducting filaments;

synthetic man-made staple fibres of polypropylene;

synthetic man-made staple fibres of polyester;

synthetic man-made staple fibres of polyamide;

synthetic man-made staple fibres of polyacrylonitrile;

synthetic man-made staple fibres of polyimide;

synthetic man-made staple fibres of polytetrafluoroethylene;

synthetic man-made staple fibres of poly(phenylene sulphide);

synthetic man-made staple fibres of poly(vinyl chloride);

other synthetic man-made staple fibres;

artificial man-made staple fibres of viscose;

other artificial man-made staple fibres;

yarn made of polyurethane segmented with flexible segments of polyether, whether or not gimped;

yarn made of polyurethane segmented with flexible segments of polyester, whether or not gimped;

products of heading 5605 (metallised yarn) incorporating strip consisting of a core of aluminium foil or of a core of plastic film whether or not coated with aluminium powder, of a width not exceeding 5 mm, sandwiched by means of a transparent or coloured adhesive between two layers of plastic film;

other products of heading 5605;

glass fibres;

metal fibres.

Example:

A yarn, of heading 5205, made from cotton fibres of heading 5203 and synthetic staple fibres of heading 5506, is a mixed yarn. Therefore, non-originating synthetic staple fibres which do not satisfy the origin rules may be used, provided that their total weight does not exceed 10% of the weight of the yarn.

Example:

A woollen fabric, of heading 5112, made from woollen yarn of heading 5107 and synthetic yarn of staple fibres of heading 5509, is a mixed fabric. Therefore, synthetic yarn which does not satisfy the origin rules, or woollen yarn which does not satisfy the origin rules, or a combination of the two, may be used, provided that their total weight does not exceed 10% of the weight of the fabric.

Example:

Tufted textile fabric, of heading 5802, made from cotton yarn of heading 5205 and cotton fabric of heading 5210, is only a mixed product if the cotton fabric is itself a mixed fabric made from yarns classified in two separate headings, or if the cotton yarns used are themselves mixtures.

Example:

If the tufted textile fabric concerned had been made from cotton yarn of heading 5205 and synthetic fabric of heading 5407, then, obviously, the yarns used are two separate basic textile materials and the tufted textile fabric is, accordingly, a mixed product.

6.3.In the case of products incorporating “yarn made of polyurethane segmented with flexible segments of polyether, whether or not gimped”, the tolerance is 20% in respect of this yarn.

6.4.In the case of products incorporating “strip consisting of a core of aluminium foil or of a core of plastic film whether or not coated with aluminium powder, of a width not exceeding 5 mm, sandwiched by means of a transparent or coloured adhesive between two layers of plastic film”, the tolerance is 30% in respect of this strip.

Note 7 - Other tolerances applicable to certain textile products

7.1.Where, in the list, reference is made to this Note, textile materials which do not satisfy the rule set out in the list in column 3 for the made-up product concerned, may be used, provided that they are classified in a heading other than that of the product and that their value does not exceed 8 % of the ex-works price of the product.

7.2.Without prejudice to Note 7.3, materials, which are not classified within Chapters 50 to 63, may be used freely in the manufacture of textile products, whether or not they contain textiles.

Example:

If a rule in the list provides that, for a particular textile item (such as trousers), yarn must be used, this does not prevent the use of metal items, such as buttons, because buttons are not classified within Chapters 50 to 63. For the same reason, it does not prevent the use of slide-fasteners, even though slide-fasteners normally contain textiles.

7.3.Where a percentage rule applies, the value of materials which are not classified within Chapters 50 to 63 must be taken into account when calculating the value of the non-originating materials incorporated.

Note 8 - Definition of specific processes and simple operations carried out in respect of certain products of Chapter 27

8.1.For the purposes of headings ex 2707 and 2713, the “specific processes” are the following:

(a)vacuum-distillation;

(b)redistillation by a very thorough fractionation-process 7 ;

(c)cracking;

(d)reforming;

(e)extraction by means of selective solvents;

(f)the process comprising all of the following operations: processing with concentrated sulphuric acid, oleum or sulphuric anhydride; neutralisation with alkaline agents; decolourisation and purification with naturally-active earth, activated earth, activated charcoal or bauxite;

(g)polymerisation;

(h)alkylation;

(i)isomerisation.

8.2.For the purposes of headings 2710, 2711 and 2712, the “specific processes” are the following:

(a)vacuum-distillation;

(b)redistillation by a very thorough fractionation-process 8 ;

(c)cracking;

(d)reforming;

(e)extraction by means of selective solvents;

(f)the process comprising all of the following operations: processing with concentrated sulphuric acid, oleum or sulphuric anhydride; neutralisation with alkaline agents; decolourisation and purification with naturally-active earth, activated earth, activated charcoal or bauxite;

(g)polymerisation;

(h)alkylation;

(i)    isomerisation;

(j)in respect of heavy oils of heading ex 2710 only, desulphurisation with hydrogen, resulting in a reduction of at least 85% of the sulphur-content of the products processed (ASTM D 1266-59 T method);

(k)in respect of products of heading 2710 only, deparaffining by a process other than filtering;

(l)in respect of heavy oils of heading ex 2710 only, treatment with hydrogen, at a pressure of more than 20 bar and a temperature of more than 250°C, with the use of a catalyst, other than to effect desulphurisation, when the hydrogen constitutes an active element in a chemical reaction. The further treatment, with hydrogen, of lubricating oils of heading ex 2710 (e.g. hydrofinishing or decolourisation), in order, more especially, to improve colour or stability shall not, however, be deemed to be a specific process;

(m)in respect of fuel oils of heading ex 2710 only, atmospheric distillation, on condition that less than 30% of these products distils, by volume, including losses, at 300 °C, by the ASTM D 86 method;

(n)in respect of heavy oils other than gas oils and fuel oils of heading ex 2710 only, treatment by means of a high-frequency electrical brush-discharge.

(o)in respect of crude products (other than petroleum jelly, ozokerite, lignite wax or peat wax, paraffin wax containing by weight less than 0.75% of oil) of heading ex 2712 only, de-oiling by fractional crystallisation.

8.3.For the purposes of headings ex 2707 and 2713, simple operations, such as cleaning, decanting, desalting, water-separation, filtering, colouring, marking, obtaining a sulphur-content as a result of mixing products with different sulphur-contents, or any combination of these operations or like operations, do not confer origin.

LIST OF PRODUCTS AND WORKING OR PROCESSING OPERATIONS WHICH CONFER ORIGINATING STATUS

Harmonised System heading

Description of product

Qualifying operation (Working or processing, carried out on non-originating materials, which confers originating status)

(1)

(2)

(3)

Chapter 1

Live animals

All the animals of Chapter 1 are wholly obtained

Chapter 2

Meat and edible meat offal

Manufacture in which all the meat and edible meat offal in the products of this chapter is wholly obtained

ex Chapter 3

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates, except for:

All fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates are wholly obtained

0304

Fish fillets and other fish meat (whether or not minced), fresh, chilled of frozen

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapter 3 used are wholly obtained

0305

Fish, dried, salted or in brine; smoked fish, whether or not cooked before or during the smoking process; flours, meals and pellets of fish, fit for human consumption

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapter 3 used are wholly obtained

ex 0306

Crustaceans, whether in shell or not, dried, salted or in brine; crustaceans, in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, whether or not chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; flours, meals and pellets of crustaceans, fit for human consumption

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapter 3 used are wholly obtained

ex 0307

Molluscs, whether in shell or not, dried, salted or in brine; aquatic invertebrates other than crustaceans and molluscs, dried, salted or in brine; flours, meals and pellets of crustaceans, fit for human consumption

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapter 3 used are wholly obtained

Chapter 4

Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included;

Manufacture in which:

all the materials of Chapter 4 used are wholly obtained; and

the weight of sugar 9 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product 

ex Chapter 5

Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included , except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading

ex 0511 91

Inedible fish eggs and roes

All the eggs and roes are wholly obtained

Chapter 6

Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapter 6 used are wholly obtained

Chapter 7

Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapter 7 used are wholly obtained

Chapter 8

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruits or melons

Manufacture in which:

all the fruit, nuts and peels of citrus fruits or melons of Chapter 8 used are wholly obtained, and

the weight of sugar 10 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product

Chapter 9

Coffee, tea, maté and spices;

Manufacture from materials of any heading

Chapter 10

Cereals

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapter 10 used are wholly obtained

ex Chapter 11

Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten; except for:

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapters 10 and 11, headings 0701 and 2303, and sub-heading 0710 10 used are wholly obtained

ex 1106

Flour, meal and powder of the dried, shelled leguminous vegetables of heading 0713

Drying and milling of leguminous vegetables of heading 0708

Chapter 12

Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

Chapter 13

Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts

Manufacture from materials of any heading, in which the weight of sugar 11 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product

Chapter 14

Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included

Manufacture from materials of any heading

ex Chapter 15

Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any sub-heading, except that of the product

1501 to 1504

Fats from pig, poultry, bovine, sheep or goat, fish, etc

Manufacture from materials of any heading except that of the product

1505, 1506 and 1520

Wool grease and fatty substances derived therefrom (including lanolin). Other animal fats and oils and their fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified.. Glycerol, crude; glycerol waters and glycerol lyes.

Manufacture from materials of any heading

1509 and 1510

Olive oil and its fractions

Manufacture in which all the vegetable materials used are wholly obtained

1516 and 1517

Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their fractions, partly or wholly hydrogenated, inter-esterified, re-esterified or elaidinised, whether or not refined, but not further prepared

Margarine; edible mixtures or preparations of animal or vegetable fats or oils or of fractions of different fats or oils of this Chapter, other than edible fats or oils or their fractions of heading 1516

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

Chapter 16

Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates

Manufacture:

from materials of any heading, except meat and edible meat offal of Chapter 2 and materials of Chapter 16 obtained from meat and edible meat offal of Chapter 2, and

in which all the materials of Chapter 3 and materials of Chapter 16 obtained from fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates of Chapter 3 used are wholly obtained

ex Chapter 17

Sugars and sugar confectionery; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

1702

Other sugars, including chemically pure lactose and glucose, in solid form; sugar syrups; artificial honey, whether or not mixed with natural honey; caramel

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which the weight of the materials of headings 1101 to 1108, 1701 and 1703 used does not exceed 30% of the weight of the final product

1704

Sugar confectionery (including white chocolate), not containing cocoa

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which:

the individual weight of sugar 12 and of the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product, and

the total combined weight of sugar 13 and the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 60% of the weight of final product

Chapter 18

Cocoa and cocoa preparations

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which

the individual weight of sugar 14 and of the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product, and

the total combined weight of sugar 15 and the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 60% of the weight of final product

Chapter 19

Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which:

the weight of the materials of Chapters 2, 3 and 16 used does not exceed 20% of the weight of the final product, and

the weight of the materials of headings 1006 and 1101 to 1108 used does not exceed 20% of the weight of the final product, and

the individual weight of sugar 16 and of the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product, and

the total combined weight of sugar 17 and the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 60% of the weight of final product

ex Chapter 20

Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which the weight of sugar 18 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product

2002 and 2003

Tomatoes, mushrooms and truffles prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar of acetic acid

Manufacture in which all the materials of Chapters 7 used are wholly obtained

Chapter 21

Miscellaneous edible preparations; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which:

- the individual weight of sugar 19 and of the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product, and

- the total combined weight of sugar 20 and the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 60% of the weight of final product

Chapter 22

Beverages, spirits and vinegar

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and headings 2207 and 2208, in which:

all the materials of sub-headings 0806 10, 2009 61, 2009 69 used are wholly obtained, and

the individual weight of sugar 21 and of the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product, and

the total combined weight of sugar 22 and the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 60% of the weight of final product

ex Chapter 23

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

ex 2302

ex 2303

Residues of starch manufacture

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which the weight of the materials of Chapter 10 used does not exceed 20% of the weight of the final product

2309

Preparations of a kind used in animal feeding

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which:

all the materials of Chapters 2 and 3 used are wholly obtained, and

the weight of materials of Chapter 10 and 11 and headings 2302 and 2303 used does not exceed 20% of the weight of the final product, and

the individual weight of sugar 23 ) and of the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 40% of the weight of the final product, and

the total combined weight of sugar and the materials of Chapter 4 used does not exceed 60% of the weight of final product

ex Chapter 24

Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading in which the weight of materials of Chapter 24 used does not exceed 30% of the total weight of materials of Chapter 24 used

2401

2402

Unmanufactured tobacco; tobacco refuse

Cigars, cheroots, cigarillos and cigarettes, of tobacco or of tobacco substitutes

All unmanufactured tobacco and tobacco refuse of Chapter 24 is wholly obtained

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 2403, and in which the weight of materials of heading 2401 used does not exceed 50% of the total weight of materials of heading 2401 used

ex Chapter 25

Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 2519

Crushed natural magnesium carbonate (magnesite), in hermetically-sealed containers, and magnesium oxide, whether or not pure, other than fused magnesia or dead-burned (sintered) magnesia

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, natural magnesium carbonate (magnesite) may be used

Chapter 26

Ores, slag and ash

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

ex Chapter 27

Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 2707

Oils in which the weight of the aromatic constituents exceeds that of the non-aromatic constituents, being oils similar to mineral oils obtained by distillation of high temperature coal tar, of which more than 65% by volume distils at a temperature of up to 250°C (including mixtures of petroleum spirit and benzole), for use as power or heating fuels

Operations of refining and/or one or more specific process(es) 24

or

Other operations in which all the materials used are classified within a heading other than that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

2710

Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous materials, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70% or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous materials, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils

Operations of refining and/or one or more specific process(es)  25

or

Other operations in which all the materials used are classified within a heading other than that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product 

2711

Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons

Operations of refining and/or one or more specific process(es) 26

or

Other operations in which all the materials used are classified within a heading other than that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

2712

Petroleum jelly; paraffin wax, microcrystalline petroleum wax, slack wax, ozokerite, lignite wax, peat wax, other mineral waxes, and similar products obtained by synthesis or by other processes, whether or not coloured

Operations of refining and/or one or more specific process(es) 27

or

Other operations in which all the materials used are classified within a heading other than that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

2713

Petroleum coke, petroleum bitumen and other residues of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous materials

Operations of refining and/or one or more specific process(es) 28

or

Other operations in which all the materials used are classified within a heading other than that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 28

Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 29

Organic chemicals; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 2905

Metal alcoholates of alcohols of this heading and of ethanol; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, including other materials of heading 2905. However, metal alcoholates of this heading may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

2905 43;    
2905 44;
   
2905 45

Mannitol; D-glucitol (sorbitol); Glycerol

Manufacture from materials of any sub-heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same sub-heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 30

Pharmaceutical products

Manufacture from materials of any heading

Chapter 31

Fertilisers

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 32

Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 33

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

3302?

ex Chapter 34

Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 3404

Artificial waxes and prepared waxes:

– With a basis of paraffin, petroleum waxes, waxes obtained from bituminous minerals, slack wax or scale wax

Manufacture from materials of any heading

Chapter 35

Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 36

Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 37

Photographic or cinematographic goods

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 38

Miscellaneous chemical products; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

3824 60

Sorbitol other than that of sub-heading 2905 44

Manufacture from materials of any sub-heading, except that of the product and except materials of sub-heading 2905 44. However, materials of the same sub-heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 39

Plastics and articles thereof; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product.

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 3907

- Copolymer, made from polycarbonate and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS)

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of the same heading as the product may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product 29

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

– Polyester

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture from polycarbonate of tetrabromo-(bisphenol A)

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 40

Rubber and articles thereof; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

4012

Retreaded or used pneumatic tyres of rubber; solid or cushion tyres, tyre treads and tyre flaps, of rubber:

– Retreaded pneumatic, solid or cushion tyres, of rubber

Retreading of used tyres

– Other

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except those of headings 4011 and 4012

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 41

Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

4101 to 4103

Raw hides and skins of bovine (including buffalo) or equine animals (fresh, or salted, dried, limed, pickled or otherwise preserved, but not tanned, parchment dressed or further prepared), whether or not dehaired or split; raw skins of sheep or lambs (fresh, or salted, dried, limed, pickled or otherwise preserved, but not tanned, parchment dressed or further prepared), whether or not with wool on or split, other than those excluded by note 1(c) to Chapter 41; other raw hides and skins (fresh, or salted, dried, limed, pickled or otherwise preserved, but not tanned, parchment dressed or further prepared), whether or not dehaired or split, other than those excluded by note 1(b) or 1(c) to Chapter 41

Manufacture from materials of any heading

4104 to 4106

Tanned or crust hides and skins, without wool or hair on, whether or not split, but not further prepared

Re-tanning of tanned or pre-tanned hides and skins of sub-headings 4104 11, 4104 19, 4105 10, 4106 21, 4106 31 or 4106 91,

or

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

4107, 4112, 4113

Leather further prepared after tanning or crusting

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, materials of sub-headings 4104 41, 4104 49, 4105 30, 4106 22, 4106 32 and 4106 92 may be used only if a re-tanning operation of the tanned or crust hides and skins in the dry state takes place

Chapter 42

Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk worm gut)

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 43

Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

4301

Raw furskins (including heads, tails, paws and other pieces or cuttings, suitable for furrier’s use), other than raw hides and skins of heading 4101, 4102 or 4103

Manufacture from materials of any heading

ex 4302

Tanned or dressed furskins, assembled:

– Plates, crosses and similar forms

Bleaching or dyeing, in addition to cutting and assembly of non-assembled tanned or dressed furskins

– Other

Manufacture from non-assembled, tanned or dressed furskins

4303

Articles of apparel, clothing accessories and other articles of furskin

Manufacture from non-assembled tanned or dressed furskins of heading 4302

ex Chapter 44

Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 4407

Wood sawn or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, of a thickness exceeding 6 mm, planed, sanded or end-jointed

Planing, sanding or end-jointing

ex 4408

Sheets for veneering (including those obtained by slicing laminated wood) and for plywood, of a thickness not exceeding 6 mm, spliced, and other wood sawn lengthwise, sliced or peeled of a thickness not exceeding 6 mm, planed, sanded or end-jointed

Splicing, planing, sanding or endjointing

ex 4410 to ex 4413

Beadings and mouldings, including moulded skirting and other moulded boards

Beading or moulding

ex 4415

Packing cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings, of wood

Manufacture from boards not cut to size

ex 4418

– Builders' joinery and carpentry of wood

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, cellular wood panels, shingles and shakes may be used

– Beadings and mouldings

Beading or moulding

ex 4421

Match splints; wooden pegs or pins for footwear

Manufacture from wood of any heading, except drawn wood of heading 4409

Chapter 45

Cork and articles of cork

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 46

Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 47

Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 48

Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 49

Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 50

Silk; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

ex 5003

Silk waste (including cocoons unsuitable for reeling, yarn waste and garnetted stock), carded or combed

Carding or combing of silk waste

5004 to ex 5006

Silk yarn and yarn spun from silk waste

Spinning of natural fibres or extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning or twisting( 30 )

5007

Woven fabrics of silk or of silk waste:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn or twisting, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing

or

Yarn dyeing accompanied by weaving

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product( 31 )

ex Chapter 51

Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

5106 to 5110

Yarn of wool, of fine or coarse animal hair or of horsehair

Spinning of natural fibres or extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning( 32 )

5111 to 5113

Woven fabrics of wool, of fine or coarse animal hair or of horsehair:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing

or

Yarn dyeing accompanied by weaving

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product( 33 )

ex Chapter 52

Cotton; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

5204 to 5207

Yarn and thread of cotton

Spinning of natural fibres or extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning( 34 )

5208 to 5212

Woven fabrics of cotton:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn , in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Yarn dyeing accompanied by weaving

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product( 35 )

ex Chapter 53

Other vegetable textile fibres; paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

5306 to 5308

Yarn of other vegetable textile fibres; paper yarn

Spinning of natural fibres or extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning( 36 )

5309 to 5311

Woven fabrics of other vegetable textile fibres; woven fabrics of paper yarn:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn , in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Yarn dyeing accompanied by weaving

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product( 37 )

5401 to 5406

Yarn, monofilament and thread of man-made filaments

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning OR spinning of natural fibres( 38 )

5407 and 5408

Woven fabrics of man-made filament yarn:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Twisting or texturing accompanied by weaving provided that the value of the non-twisted/non-textured yarns used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product( 39 )

5501 to 5507

Man-made staple fibres

Extrusion of man-made fibres

5508 to 5511

Yarn and sewing thread of man-made staple fibres

Spinning of natural fibres or extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning( 40 )

5512 to 5516

Woven fabrics of man-made staple fibres:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Yarn dyeing accompanied by weaving

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product( 41 )

Ex Chapter 56

Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof; except for:

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning or spinning of natural fibres

or

Flocking accompanied by dyeing or printing ( 42 )

5602

Felt, whether or not impregnated, coated, covered or laminated:

-    Needleloom felt

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by fabric formation,

However:

polypropylene filament of heading 5402,

polypropylene fibres of heading 5503 or 5506, or

polypropylene filament tow of heading 5501,

of which the denomination in all cases of a single filament or fibre is less than 9 decitex,

may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Fabric formation alone in the case of felt made from natural fibres ( 43 )

-    Other

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by fabric formation,

or

Fabric formation alone in the case of other felt made from natural fibres( 44 )

5603

Nonwovens, whether or not impregnated, coated, covered or laminated

Extrusion of man-made fibres, or use of natural fibres, accompanied by nonwoven techniques including needle punching

5604

Rubber thread and cord, textile covered; textile yarn, and strip and the like of heading 5404 or 5405, impregnated, coated, covered or sheathed with rubber or plastics:

-    Rubber thread and cord, textile covered

Manufacture from rubber thread or cord, not textile covered

-    Other

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning or spinning of natural fibres ( 45 )

5605

Metallised yarn, whether or not gimped, being textile yarn, or strip or the like of heading 5404 or 5405, combined with metal in the form of thread, strip or powder or covered with metal

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning or spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres ( 46 )

5606

Gimped yarn, and strip and the like of heading 5404 or 5405, gimped (other than those of heading 5605 and gimped horsehair yarn); chenille yarn (including flock chenille yarn); loop wale-yarn

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by spinning or spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres

or

Spinning accompanied with flocking

or

Flocking accompanied by dyeing( 47 )

Chapter 57

Carpets and other textile floor coverings:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Manufacture from coir yarn or sisal yarn or jute yarn

or

Flocking accompanied by dyeing or by printing

Or

Tufting accompanied by dyeing or by printing

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by non-woven techniques including needle punching 48

However:

polypropylene filament of heading 5402,

polypropylene fibres of heading 5503 or 5506, or

polypropylene filament tow of heading 5501,

of which the denomination in all cases of a single filament or fibre is less than 9 decitex, may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product

Jute fabric may be used as a backing

Ex Chapter 58

Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery; except for:

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or flocking or coating

or

Flocking accompanied by dyeing or by printing

or

Yarn dyeing accompanied by weaving

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product( 49 )

5805

Hand-woven tapestries of the types Gobelins, Flanders, Aubusson, Beauvais and the like, and needle-worked tapestries (for example, petit point, cross stitch), whether or not made up

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

5810

Embroidery in the piece, in strips or in motifs

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

5901

Textile fabrics coated with gum or amylaceous substances, of a kind used for the outer covers of books or the like; tracing cloth; prepared painting canvas; buckram and similar stiffened textile fabrics of a kind used for hat foundations

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by flocking or by coating

or

Flocking accompanied by dyeing or printing

5902

Tyre cord fabric of high tenacity yarn of nylon or other polyamides, polyesters or viscose rayon:

-    Containing not more than 90% by weight of textile materials

Weaving

-    Other

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by weaving

5903

Textile fabrics impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics, other than those of heading 5902

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product

5904

Linoleum, whether or not cut to shape; floor coverings consisting of a coating or covering applied on a textile backing, whether or not cut to shape

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating ( 50 )

5905

Textile wall coverings:

-    Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with rubber, plastics or other materials

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

-    Other

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product ( 51 ):

5906

Rubberised textile fabrics, other than those of heading 5902:

-    Knitted or crocheted fabrics

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by knitting

or

Knitting accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Dyeing of yarn of natural fibres accompanied by knitting ( 52 )-

-    Other fabrics made of synthetic filament yarn, containing more than 90% by weight of textile materials

Extrusion of man-made fibres accompanied by weaving

-    Other

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by coating

or

Dyeing of yarn of natural fibres accompanied by weaving

5907

Textile fabrics otherwise impregnated, coated or covered; painted canvas being theatrical scenery, studio back-cloths or the like

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or by flocking or by coating

or

Flocking accompanied by dyeing or by printing

or

Printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product

5908

Textile wicks, woven, plaited or knitted, for lamps, stoves, lighters, candles or the like; incandescent gas mantles and tubular knitted gas mantle fabric therefor, whether or not impregnated:

-    Incandescent gas mantles, impregnated

Manufacture from tubular knitted gas-mantle fabric

-    Other

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

5909 to 5911

Textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use:

-    Polishing discs or rings other than of felt of heading 5911

Weaving

-    Woven fabrics, of a kind commonly used in papermaking or other technical uses, felted or not, whether or not impregnated or coated, tubular or endless with single or multiple warp and/or weft, or flat woven with multiple warp and/or weft of heading 5911

Extrusion of man-made fibres or Spinning of natural and/or of man-made staple fibres, in each case accompanied by weaving

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or coating

Only the following fibres may be used:

– –- coir yarn

– – yarn of polytetrafluoroethylene 53 ,

– – yarn, multiple, of polyamide, coated impregnated or covered with a phenolic resin,

– – yarn of synthetic textile fibres of aromatic polyamides, obtained by polycondensation of m-phenylenediamine and isophthalic acid,

– – monofil of polytetrafluoroethylene 54 ,

– – yarn of synthetic textile fibres of poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide),

– – glass fibre yarn, coated with phenol resin and gimped with acrylic

yarn 55 ,

– – copolyester monofilaments of a polyester and a resin of terephthalic acid and 1,4-cyclohexanediethanol and isophthalic acid

-    Other

Extrusion of man-made filament yarn OR spinning of natural or man-made staple fibres, accompanied by weaving ( 56 )

or

Weaving accompanied by dyeing or coating

Chapter 60

Knitted or crocheted fabrics

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by knitting

or

Knitting accompanied by dyeing or by flocking or by coating

or

Flocking accompanied by dyeing or by printing

or

Dyeing of yarn of natural fibres accompanied by knitting

or

Twisting or texturing accompanied by knitting provided that the value of the non-twisted/non-textured yarns used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 61

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted:

-    Obtained by sewing together or otherwise assembling, two or more pieces of knitted or crocheted fabric which have been either cut to form or obtained directly to form

Knitting and making-up (including cutting) ( 57 )( 58 )

-    Other

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by knitting (knitted to shape products)

or

Dyeing of yarn of natural fibres accompanied by knitting (knitted to shape products) ( 59 )

Ex Chapter 62

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted; except for:

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

or

Making-up preceded by printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product ( 60 )( 61 )

ex 6202, ex 6204, ex 6206, ex 6209 and ex 6211

Women's, girls' and babies' clothing and clothing accessories for babies, embroidered

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

or

Manufacture from unembroidered fabric, provided that the value of the unembroidered fabric used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product ( 62 )

ex 6210 and ex 6216

Fire-resistant equipment of fabric covered with foil of aluminised polyester

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

or

Coating provided that the value of the uncoated fabric used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product accompanied by making-up (including cutting) ( 63 )

ex 6212

Brassieres, girdles, corsets, braces, suspenders, garters and similar articles and parts thereof, knitted or crocheted

- Obtained by sewing together or otherwise assembling, two or more pieces of knitted or crocheted fabric which have been either cut to form or obtained directly to form

Knitting and making-up (including cutting) ( 64 )( 65 )

- Other

Spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres or extrusion of man-made filament yarn, in each case accompanied by knitting (knitted to shape products)

or

Dyeing of yarn of natural fibres accompanied by knitting (knitted to shape products) ( 66 )

6213 and 6214

Handkerchiefs, shawls, scarves, mufflers, mantillas, veils and the like:

-    Embroidered

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

or

Manufacture from unembroidered fabric, provided that the value of the unembroidered fabric used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product( 67 )

or

Making-up preceded by printing accompanied by at least two preparatory or finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product ( 68 )( 69 )

-    Other

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

or

Making-up followed by printing accompanied by at least two preparatory finishing operations (such as scouring, bleaching, mercerising, heat setting, raising, calendering, shrink resistance processing, permanent finishing, decatising, impregnating, mending and burling), provided that the value of the unprinted fabric used does not exceed 47.5% of the ex-works price of the product ( 70 )( 71 )

6217

Other made up clothing accessories; parts of garments or of clothing accessories, other than those of heading 6212:

-    Embroidered

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

or

Manufacture from unembroidered fabric, provided that the value of the unembroidered fabric used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product ( 72 )

-    Fire-resistant equipment of fabric covered with foil of aluminised polyester

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

or

Coating provided that the value of the uncoated fabric used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product accompanied by making-up (including cutting) ( 73 )

-    Interlinings for collars and cuffs, cut out

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product, and in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product

-    Other

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting) ( 74 )

Ex Chapter 63

Other made-up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

6301 to 6304

Blankets, travelling rugs, bed linen etc.; curtains etc.; other furnishing articles:

-    Of felt, of nonwovens

Extrusion of man-made fibres or use of natural fibres in each case accompanied by non-woven process including needle punching and making-up (including cutting) ( 75 )

-    Other:

--    Embroidered

Weaving or knitting accompanied by making-up (including cutting) (reference to tolerance to be added) 76

or

Manufacture from unembroidered fabric, provided that the value of the unembroidered fabric used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product ( 77 )

--    Other

Weaving or knitting accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

6305

Sacks and bags, of a kind used for the packing of goods

Extrusion of man-made fibres or spinning of natural and/or man-made staple fibres accompanied by weaving or knitting and making-up (including cutting) ( 78 )

6306

Tarpaulins, awnings and sunblinds; tents; sails for boats, sailboards or landcraft; camping goods:

-    Of nonwovens

Extrusion of man-made fibres or natural fibres in each case accompanied by any non-woven techniques including needle punching

-    Other

Weaving accompanied by making-up (including cutting) ( 79 )( 80 )

or

Coating provided that the value of the uncoated fabric used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product accompanied by making-up (including cutting)

6307

Other made-up articles, including dress patterns

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 40% of the ex-works price of the product

6308

Sets consisting of woven fabric and yarn, whether or not with accessories, for making up into rugs, tapestries, embroidered table cloths or serviettes, or similar textile articles, put up in packings for retail sale

Each item in the set must satisfy the rule which would apply to it if it were not included in the set. However, non-originating articles may be incorporated, provided that their total value does not exceed 15% of the ex-works price of the set

Ex Chapter 64

Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except from assemblies of uppers affixed to inner soles or to other sole components of heading 6406

6406

Parts of footwear (including uppers whether or not attached to soles other than outer soles); removable in-soles, heel cushions and similar articles; gaiters, leggings and similar articles, and parts thereof

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

Chapter 65

Headgear and parts thereof

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

Chapter 66

Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops, and parts thereof:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 67

Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

ex Chapter 68

Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 6803

Articles of slate or of agglomerated slate

Manufacture from worked slate

ex 6812

Articles of asbestos; articles of mixtures with a basis of asbestos or of mixtures with a basis of asbestos and magnesium carbonate

Manufacture from materials of any heading

ex 6814

Articles of mica, including agglomerated or reconstituted mica, on a support of paper, paperboard or other materials

Manufacture from worked mica (including agglomerated or reconstituted mica)

Chapter 69

Ceramic products

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 70

Glass and glassware, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

7006

Glass of heading 7003, 7004 or 7005,bent, edge-worked, engraved, drilled,

– Glass-plate substrates, coated with a dielectric thin film, and of a semiconductor grade in accordance with SEMII-standards 81

Manufacture from non-coated glass-plate substrate of heading 7006

– Other

Manufacture from materials of heading 7001

7010

Carboys, bottles, flasks, jars, pots, phials, ampoules and other containers, of glass, of a kind used for the conveyance or packing of goods; preserving jars of glass; stoppers, lids and other closures, of glass

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Cutting of glassware, provided that the total value of the uncut glassware used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

7013

Glassware of a kind used for table, kitchen, toilet, office, indoor decoration or similar purposes (other than that of heading 7010 or 7018)

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Cutting of glassware, provided that the total value of the uncut glassware used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

or

Hand-decoration (except silk-screen printing) of hand-blown glassware, provided that the total value of the hand-blown glassware used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 71

Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal, and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

7106, 7108 and 7110

Precious metals:

- Unwrought

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except those of headings 7106, 7108 and 7110

or

Electrolytic, thermal or chemical separation of precious metals of heading 7106, 7108 or 7110

or

Fusion and/or alloying of precious metals of heading 7106, 7108 or 7110 with each other or with base metals

- Semi-manufactured or in powder form

Manufacture from unwrought precious metals

ex 7107, ex 7109 and ex 7111

Metals clad with precious metals, semi-manufactured

Manufacture from metals clad with precious metals, unwrought

7115

Other articles of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

7117

Imitation jewellery

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture from base metal parts, not plated or covered with precious metals, provided that the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 72

Iron and steel; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

7207

Semi-finished products of iron or non-alloy steel

Manufacture from materials of heading 7201, 7202, 7203, 7204, 7205 or 7206

7208 to 7216

Flat-rolled products, bars and rods, angles, shapes and sections of iron or non-alloy steel

Manufacture from ingots or other primary forms or semi-finished materials of heading 7206 or 7207

7217

Wire of iron or non-alloy steel

Manufacture from semi-finished materials of heading 7207

7218 91 and 7218 99

Semi-finished products

Manufacture from materials of heading 7201, 7202, 7203, 7204, 7205 or sub-heading 7218 10

7219 to 7222

Flat-rolled products, bars and rods, angles, shapes and sections of stainless steel

Manufacture from ingots or other primary forms or semi-finished materials of heading 7218

7223

Wire of stainless steel

Manufacture from semi-finished materials of heading 7218

7224 90

Semi-finished products

Manufacture from materials of heading 7201, 7202, 7203, 7204, 7205 or sub-heading 7224 10

7225 to 7228

Flat-rolled products, hot-rolled bars and rods, in irregularly wound coils; angles, shapes and sections, of other alloy steel; hollow drill bars and rods, of alloy or non-alloy steel

Manufacture from ingots or other primary forms or semi-finished materials of heading 7206, 7207, 7218 or 7224

7229

Wire of other alloy steel

Manufacture from semi-finished materials of heading 7224

ex Chapter 73

Articles of iron or steel; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

ex 7301

Sheet piling

Manufacture from materials of heading 7207

7302

Railway or tramway track construction material of iron or steel, the following: rails, check-rails and rack rails, switch blades, crossing frogs, point rods and other crossing pieces, sleepers (cross-ties), fish-plates, chairs, chair wedges, sole pates (base plates), rail clips, bedplates, ties and other material specialised for jointing or fixing rails

Manufacture from materials of heading 7206

7304, 7305 and 7306

Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel

Manufacture from materials of heading 7206, 7207, 7208, 7209, 7210, 7211, 7212, 7218, 7219, 7220 or 7224

ex 7307

Tube or pipe fittings of stainless steel

Turning, drilling, reaming, threading, deburring and sandblasting of forged blanks, provided t hat the total value of the forged blanks used does not exceed 35 % of the ex-works price of the product

7308

Structures (excluding prefabricated buildings of heading 9406) and parts of structures (for example, bridges and bridge-sections, lock-gates, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frameworks, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors, shutters, balustrades, pillars and columns), of iron or steel; plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, tubes and the like, prepared for use in structures, of iron or steel

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, welded angles, shapes and sections of heading 7301 may not be used

ex 7315

Skid chain

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials of heading 7315 used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 74

Copper and articles thereof; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

7403

Refined copper and copper alloys, unwrought

Manufacture from materials of any heading

Chapter 75

Nickel and articles thereof

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

ex Chapter 76

Aluminium and articles thereof; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

7601

Unwrought aluminium

Manufacture from materials of any heading

7607

Aluminium foil (whether or not printed or backed with paper, paperboard, plastics or similar backing materials) of a thickness (excluding any backing) not exceeding 0,2 mm

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and heading 7606

Chapter 77

Reserved for possible future use in the Harmonised System

ex Chapter 78

Lead and articles thereof, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

7801

Unwrought lead:

- Refined lead

Manufacture from materials of any heading

- Other

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, waste and scrap of heading 7802 may not be used

Chapter 79

Zinc and articles thereof:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

Chapter 80

Tin and articles thereof

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

Chapter 81

Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof

Manufacture from materials of any heading

ex Chapter 82

Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

8206

Tools of two or more of the headings 8202 to 8205, put up in sets for retail sale

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except those of headings 8202 to 8205. However, tools of headings 8202 to 8205 may be incorporated into the set, provided that their total value does not exceed 15% of the ex-works price of the set

8211

Knives with cutting blades, serrated or not (including pruning knives), other than knives of heading 8208 , and blades therefor

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, knife blades and handles of base metal may be used

8214

Other articles of cutlery (for example; hair clippers, butchers' or kitchen cleavers, choppers and mincing knives, paper knives); manicure or pedicure sets and instruments (including nail files)

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, handles of base metal may be used

8215

Spoons, forks, ladles, skimmers, cake-servers, fish-knives, butter-knives, sugar tongs and similar kitchen or tableware

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, handles of base metal may be used

ex Chapter 83

Miscellaneous articles of base metal; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 8302

Other mountings, fittings and similar articles suitable for buildings, and automatic door closers

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, other materials of heading 8302 may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 20% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 8306

Statuettes and other ornaments, of base metal

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, other materials of heading 8306 may be used, provided that their total value does not exceed 30% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 84

Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

8401

Nuclear reactors; fuel elements (cartridges), non-irradiated, for nuclear reactors; machinery and apparatus for isotopic separation

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

8407

Spark-ignition reciprocating or rotary internal combustion piston engines

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8408

Compression-ignition internal combustion piston engines (diesel or semi-diesel engines

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8427

Fork-lift trucks; other works trucks fitted with lifting or handling equipment

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

8482

Ball or roller bearings

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 85

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles; except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

8501, 8502

Electric motors and generators; Electric generating sets and rotary converters

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8503

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8513

Portable electric lamps designed to function by their own source of energy (for example, dry batteries, accumulators, magnetos), other than lighting equipment of heading 8512

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product.

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8519

Sound recording and sound reproducing apparatus

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8522

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8521

Video recording or reproducing apparatus, whether or not incorporating a video tuner

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8522

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8523

Prepared unrecorded media for sound recording or similar recording of other phenomena, other than products of Chapter 37

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8525

Transmission apparatus for radio-broadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras, digital cameras and other video camera recorders

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8529

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8526

Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8529

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8527

Reception apparatus for radio-broadcasting, whether or not combined, in the same housing, with sound recording or reproducing apparatus or a clock

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8529

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8528

Monitors and projectors, not incorporating television reception apparatus; reception apparatus for television, whether or not incorporating radio-broadcast receivers or sound or video recording or reproducing apparatus

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8529

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8535 to 8537

Electrical apparatus for switching or protecting electrical circuits, or for making connections to or in electrical circuits; connectors for optical fibres, optical fibre bundles or cables; boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets and other bases, for electric control or the distribution of electricity

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product and of heading 8538

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8540 11 and 8540 12

Cathode ray television picture tubes, including video monitor cathode ray tubes

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8542 31 to 8542 33 and 8542 39

Monolithic integrated circuits

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

or

The operation of diffusion, in which integrated circuits are formed on a semi-conductor substrate by the selective introduction of an appropriate dopant, whether or not assembled and/or tested in a non-party

8544

Insulated (including enamelled or anodised) wire, cable (including coaxial cable) and other insulated electric conductors, whether or not fitted with connectors; optical fibre cables, made up of individually sheathed fibres, whether or not assembled with electric conductors or fitted with connectors

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8545

Carbon electrodes, carbon brushes, lamp carbons, battery carbons and other articles of graphite or other carbon, with or without metal, of a kind used for electrical purposes

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

8546

Electrical insulators of any material

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8547

Insulating fittings for electrical machines, appliances or equipment, being fittings wholly of insulating materials apart from any minor components of metal (for example, threaded sockets) incorporated during moulding solely for purposes of assembly, other than insulators of heading 8546; electrical conduit tubing and joints therefore, of base metal lined with insulating material

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8548

Waste and scrap of primary cells, primary batteries and electric accumulators; spent primary cells, spent primary batteries and spent electric accumulators; electrical parts of machinery or apparatus, not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 86

Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds:

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 87

Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof; except for:

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

8711

Motorcycles (including mopeds) and cycles fitted with an auxiliary motor, with or without side-cars; side-cars

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 88

Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 8804

Rotochutes

Manufacture from materials of any heading, including other materials of heading 8804

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 89

Ships, boats and floating structures

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 90

Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

9002

Lenses, prisms, mirrors and other optical elements, of any material, mounted, being parts of or fittings for instruments or apparatus, other than such elements of glass not optically worked

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

9033

Parts and accessories (not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter) for machines, appliances, instruments or apparatus of Chapter 90

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 91

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 92

Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 93

Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 50% of the ex-works price of the product

Chapter 94

Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex Chapter 95

Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

ex 9506

Golf clubs and parts thereof

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, roughly-shaped blocks for making golf-club heads may be used

ex Chapter 96

Miscellaneous manufactured articles, except for:

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

or

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

9601 and 9602

Worked ivory, bone, tortoiseshell, horn, antlers, coral, mother-of-pearl and other animal carving material, and articles of these materials (including articles obtained by moulding.

Worked vegetable or mineral carving material and articles of these materials; moulded or carved articles of wax, of stearin, of natural gums or natural resins or of modelling pastes, and other moulded or carved articles, not elsewhere specified or included; worked, unhardened gelatine (except gelatine of heading 3503) and articles of unhardened gelatine

Manufacture from materials of any heading

9603

Brooms, brushes (including brushes constituting parts of machines, appliances or vehicles), hand-operated mechanical floor sweepers, not motorized, mops and feather dusters; prepared knots and tufts for broom or brush making; paint pads and rollers, squeegees (other than roller squeegees)

Manufacture in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

9605

Travel sets for personal toilet, sewing or shoe or clothes cleaning

Each item in the set must satisfy the rule which would apply to it if it were not included in the set. However, non-originating articles may be incorporated, provided that their total value does not exceed 15% of the ex-works price of the set

9606

Buttons, press-fasteners, snap-fasteners and press-studs, button moulds and other parts of these articles; button blanks

Manufacture:

- from materials of any heading, except that of the product, and

- in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

9608

Ball-point pens; felt-tipped and other porous-tipped pens and markers; fountain pens, stylograph pens and other pens; duplicating stylos; propelling or sliding pencils; pen-holders, pencilholders and similar holders; parts (including caps and clips) of the foregoing articles, other than those of heading 9609

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product. However, nibs or nib-points of the same heading as the product may be used

9612

Typewriter or similar ribbons, inked or otherwise prepared for giving impressions, whether or not on spools or in cartridges; ink-pads, whether or not inked, with or without boxes

Manufacture:

- from materials of any heading, except that of the product, and

- in which the value of all the materials used does not exceed 70% of the ex-works price of the product

9613 20

Pocket lighters, gas fuelled, refillable

Manufacture in which the total value of the materials of heading 9613 used does not exceed 30% of the ex-works price of the product

9614

Smoking pipes (including pipe bowls) and cigar or cigarette holders, and parts thereof

Manufacture from materials of any heading

Chapter 97

Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

Manufacture from materials of any heading, except that of the product

APPENDIX II

Application for a derogation

1.Commercial description of the finished product

1.1 Customs classification (H.S. code)

2.Commercial description of non-originating materials

2.1 Customs classification (H. S. code)

3.Anticipated annual quantity of exports to the Union (expressed in weight, n° of articles, meters or other unit)

4.Value of finished products

5.Value of the non-originating materials

6.Origin of non-originating materials

7.Reasons why the rule of origin for the finished product cannot be fulfilled

8.Duration requested for derogation

From dd/mm/yyyy to dd/mm/yyyy

9.Possible developments to overcome the need for a derogation

10.Information about the company

Capital structure of the firm concerned/Amount of investments made or foreseen/Staff employed or expected to be employed

APPENDIX III

APPLICATION TO BECOME A REGISTERED EXPORTER
for the purpose of the
registration of exporters in the OCTs in the context of the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union

1. Exporter's name, full address and country, contact details, TIN

2. Additional contact details including telephone and fax number as well as e-mail address where available (optional)

3. Specify whether your main activity is producing or trading.

4. Indicative description of goods which qualify for preferential treatment, including indicative list of Harmonised System headings (or chapters where goods traded fall within more than twenty Harmonised System headings).

5. Undertaking by exporter

The undersigned hereby:

declares that the above details are correct;

certifies that no previous registration has been revoked; conversely, certifies that the situation which led to any such revocation has been remedied;

undertakes to make out statements on origin only for goods which qualify for preferential treatment and comply with the origin rules specified for those goods in this Annex;

undertakes to maintain appropriate commercial accounting records for production / supply of goods qualifying for preferential treatment and to keep them for at least three years from the end of the calendar year in which the statement on origin was made out;

undertakes to immediately notify the competent authority of changes as they arise to his registration data since acquiring the number of registered exporter;

- undertakes to cooperate with the competent authority;

undertakes to accept any checks on the accuracy of his statements on origin, including verification of accounting records and visits to his premises by the European Commission or Member States' authorities;

undertakes to request the revocation of his registration in the system should he no longer meet the conditions for exporting any goods under this Decision;

undertakes to request the revocation of his registration in the system, should he no longer intend to export such goods under this Decision.

____________________________________________________

Place, date, signature of authorised signatory, name and job title (1)

6. Prior specific and informed consent of exporter to the publication of his data on the public website

The undersigned is hereby informed that the information supplied in this declaration may be disclosed to the public via the public website. The undersigned accepts the publication of this information via the public website. The undersigned may withdraw his consent to the publication of this information via the public website by sending a request to the competent authorities responsible for the registration.

____________________________________________________

Place, date, signature of authorised signatory, name and job title (1)

7. Box for official use by competent authority

The applicant is registered under the following number:

Registration Number: ______________________________

Date of registration _______________________________

Date from which the registration is valid _____________________________

Signature and stamp (1)_______________________________

Information notice

concerning the protection and processing of personal data incorporated in the system

1.Where the European Commission processes personal data contained in this application to become a registered exporter, Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data applies. Where the competent authorities of an OCT implement Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), the provisions of that regulation shall apply with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data process personal data contained in this application to become a registered exporter.

2.Personal data in respect of the application to become a registered exporter are processed for the purpose of the Overseas Association Decision. The said legislation constitutes the legal basis for processing personal data in respect of the application to become a registered exporter.

3.The competent authority in an OCT where the application has been submitted is the controller with respect to processing of the data in the REX system.

The list of competent authorities is published on the website of the Commission.

4.Access to all data of this application is granted through a user ID/password to users in the Commission, the competent authorities of OCTs and the customs authorities in the Member States.

5.The data of a revoked registration shall be kept by the competent authorities of an OCT in the REX system for ten calendar years. This period shall run from the end of the year in which the revocation of a registration has taken place.

6.The data subject has a right of access to the data relating to him that will be processed through the REX system and, where appropriate, the right to rectify, erase or block data in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 or Regulation (EU) 2016/679. Any requests for right of access, rectification, erasure or blocking shall be submitted to and processed by the competent authorities of the OCT responsible for the registration, as appropriate. Where the registered exporter has submitted a request for the exercise of that right to the Commission, the Commission shall forward such requests to the competent authorities of the OCT concerned. If the registered exporter failed to obtain his rights from the controller of data, the registered exporter shall submit such request to the Commission acting as controller. The Commission shall have the right to rectify, erase or block the data.

7.Complaints can be addressed to the relevant national data protection authority.
Where the complaint concerns processing of data by the European Commission, it should be addressed to the European Data Protection Su
pervisor (EDPS) ( http://www.edps.europa.eu/EDPSWEB/ ).

(1)When applications to become a registered exporter or other exchanges of information between registered exporters and competent authorities in beneficiary countries or customs authorities in Member States are made using electronic data-processing techniques, the signature and stamp referred to in boxes 5, 6 and 7 shall be replaced by an electronic authentication.’

APPENDIX IV

STATEMENT ON ORIGIN

To be made out on any commercial documents showing the name and full address of the exporter and consignee as well as a description of the goods and the date of issue (1)

French version

L'exportateur (Numéro d’exportateur enregistré – excepté lorsque la valeur des produits originaires contenus dans l’envoi est inférieure à EUR 10.000 (2)) des produits couverts par le présent document déclare que, sauf indication claire du contraire, ces produits ont l'origine préférentielle . . . (3) au sens des règles d'origine de la Décision d'association des pays et territoires d'outre-mer et que le critère d’origine satisfait est … …(4)

English version

The exporter (Number of Registered Exporter – unless the value of the consigned originating products does not exceed EUR 10,000 (2)) of the products covered by this document declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of . . . preferential origin (3) according to rules of origin of the Decision on the association of the overseas countries and territories and that the origin criterion met is … …(4)

__________________________________

(1)Where the statement on origin replaces another statement in accordance with Article 51, this shall be indicated and the date of issue of the original statement shall also always be mentioned.

(2)Where the statement on origin replaces another statement, the subsequent holder of the goods establishing such a statement shall indicate his name and full address followed by the mention ‘acting on the basis of the statement on origin made out by [name and full address of the exporter in the OCT], registered under the following number [Number of Registered Exporter of the exporter in the OCT]’.

(3)Country of origin of products to be indicated. When the statement on origin relates, in whole or in part, to products originating in Ceuta and Melilla within the meaning of Article 46, the exporter must clearly indicate them in the document on which the statement is made out by means of the symbol "CM".

(4)Products wholly obtained: enter the letter “P”; Products sufficiently worked or processed: enter the letter “W” followed by the Harmonized Commodity Description and coding System (Harmonised System) heading at the four-digit level of the exported product (example “W” 9618); where appropriate, the above mention shall be replaced with one of the following indications:

(a)in case of cumulation under Article 2(2) or bilateral cumulation under Article 7: ‘EU cumulation’ or ‘cumul UE’; ‘OCT cumulation’ or ‘cumul PTOM’;

(b)in case of cumulation with an EPA country under Article 8: 'cumulation with EPA country [name of the country]' or 'cumul avec le pays APE [nom du pays]';

(c)in case of cumulation with a GSP country under Article 9: 'cumulation with GSP country [name of the country]' or 'cumul avec le pays SPG [nom du pays]';

(d)in case of cumulation with a country with which the Union has a free trade agreement under Article 10: ‘extended cumulation with country [name of the country]’ or ‘cumul étendu avec le pays [nom du pays]’.

APPENDIX V

SUPPLIER'S DECLARATION FOR PRODUCTS NOT HAVING PREFERENTIAL ORIGINAL STATUS

I, the undersigned, declare that the goods listed on this invoice ……………………………….………… (1)

were produced in …………………………………………………………………………………..……… (2)

and incorporate the following components or materials which do not have EPA, OCT or European Union originating status for preferential trade:

…………………………….. (3) ……………………..….….. (4) ……………………..……….. (5)

……………………………………….…… ……………………………………………

………………………………….………… ……………………………………………

………………………………………………..…………………………………………………… (6)

I undertake to make available to the customs authorities, if required, evidence in support of this declaration.

……………………………………….… (7) …………………………………..……… (8)

…………………………………….……. (9)

Note

The above mentioned text, suitably completed in conformity with the footnotes below, constitutes a supplier's declaration. The footnotes do not have to be reproduced.

(1)    - If only some of the goods listed on the invoice are concerned they should be clearly indicated or marked and this marking entered on the declaration as follows:"............................ listed on this invoice and marked ….................... were produced ..............................."

   - If a document other than an invoice or an annex to the invoice is used (see Article 27(1)), the name of the document concerned shall be mentioned instead of the word "invoice"

(2)    The European Union, Member State, EPA country or OCT.

(3)    Description is to be given in all cases. The description must be adequate and should be sufficiently detailed to allow the tariff classification of the goods concerned to be determined.

(4)    Customs values to be given only if required

(5)    Country of origin to be given only if required. The origin to be given must be a preferential origin, all other origins to be given as "third country".

(6)    "and have undergone the following processing in [the European Union] [Member State] [APE country] [OCT] [] ................................., to be added with a description of the processing carried out if this information is required.

(7)    Place and date. In case of a long-term supplier's declaration as referred to in Article 27(2), the following sentence shall be added there: "This declaration is valid for all shipments of these goods dispatched from ……… to ………."

(8)    Name and function in company

(9)    Signature



APPENDIX VI

Information Certificate

1.    The form of information certificate given in this Annex shall be used and be printed in one or more of the official languages in which this Decision is drawn up and in accordance with the provisions of the domestic law of the exporting country or territory. Information certificates shall be completed in one of those languages; if they are handwritten, they shall be completed in ink in capital letters. They shall bear a serial number, whether or not printed, by which they can be identified.

2.    The information certificate shall measure 210 x 297mm, a tolerance of up to plus 8mm or minus 5mm in the length may be allowed. The paper must be white, sized for writing, not containing mechanical pulp and weighing not less than 25g/m2.

3.    The national administrators may reserve the right to print the forms themselves or may have them printed by printers approved by them. In the latter case, each form must include a reference to such approval. The forms shall bear the name and address of the printer or a mark by which the printer can be identified.



1.

Supplier (1)

INFORMATION CERTIFICATE
to be used for preferential trade between the

2.

Consignee (1)

EUROPEAN UNION

and

the OCTs

3.

Processor (1)

4. State in which the working or processing has been carried out

6.

Customs office of importation (1)

5. For official use

7.

Import document (2)

Form ...............................

No ..........................

Series …….………………………………………………

Date

GOODS

8.

Marks, numbers, quantity and kind of package

9. Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System heading/subheading number (HS code)

10. Quantity (1)

11. Value (4)

IMPORTED MATERIALS USED

12.

Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System heading/subheading number (HS code)

13. Country of origin

14. Quantity (3)

15. Value (2)(5)

16.

Nature of the working or processing carried out

17.

Remarks

18. CUSTOMS ENDORSEMENT

19. DECLARATION BY THE SUPPLIER

Declaration certified:

I, the undersigned, declare that the information

on this certificate is accurate.

Document …………………….......................................

Form ...................................

No ……..........................

Customs office …………………………………………

Date

…………………………..

(Place)

(Date)

Official stamp

……………………………

(Signature)

………………………………………………………….

(Signature)

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5) See footnotes overleaf.




REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION

RESULT OF VERIFICATION

The undersigned customs official requests verification of the authenticity and accuracy of this information certificate.

Verification carried out shows that this information certificate:

a) was issued by the customs office indicated and that the information contained therein is accurate (*)

b) does not meet the requirements as to authenticity and accuracy (see notes appended) (*)

…………………………………………………………..

……………………………………………………………

(Place and date)

(Place and date)

Official Stamp

Official Stamp

…………………………………………………………..

…………………………………………………………..

(Official's signature)

(Official's signature)

(*) Delete where not applicable

CROSS REFERENCES

(1)    Name of individual or business and full address.

(2)    Optional information.

(3)    Kg, hl, m³ or other measure.

(4)    Packaging shall be considered as forming a whole with the goods contained therein. However, this provision shall not apply to packaging which is not of the normal type for the Article packed, and which has a lasting utility value of its own, apart from its function as packaging.

(5)    The value must be indicated in accordance with the provisions on rules of origin.

ANNEX III

TEMPORARY WITHDRAWAL OF PREFERENCES

Article 1

Principles concerning the withdrawal of preferences

1.The preferential arrangements provided for under Article 43 of this Decision may be withdrawn temporarily, in respect of all or of certain products originating in an OCT, in cases of:

(a)fraud;

(b)irregularities or systematic failure to comply with or to ensure compliance with the rules concerning the origin of the products and with the procedures related thereto; or

(c)failure to provide the administrative cooperation referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article and Title V of Annex II as required for the implementation and policing of the arrangements referred to in Articles 43 to 49 of this Decision.

2.The administrative cooperation referred to in paragraph 1 requires, inter alia, that an OCT:

(a)communicates to the Commission and updates the information necessary for the implementation of the rules of origin and the policing thereof;

(b)assists the Union by carrying out, at the request of the customs authorities of the Member States, subsequent verification of the origin of the goods, and communicates its results in time;

(c)carries out or arranges for appropriate inquiries to identify and prevent contravention of the rules of origin;

(d)assists the Union by allowing the Commission, in coordination and close cooperation with the competent authorities of the Member States, to conduct Union inquiries on its territory, in order to verify the authenticity of documents or the accuracy of information relevant for granting the benefit of the arrangements referred to in Article 43 of this Decision;

(e)complies with or ensure compliance with the rules of origin in respect of cumulation, within the meaning of Articles 7 to 10 of Annex II;

(f)assists the Union in the verification of conduct where there is the presumption of origin-related fraud. The existence of fraud may be presumed where imports of products under the preferential arrangements provided for in this Decision massively exceed the usual levels of the beneficiary OCT exports.

Article 2

Withdrawal of preferential arrangements

1.The Commission may temporarily withdraw the preferential arrangements provided for in this Decision, in respect of all or of certain products originating in a beneficiary country, where it considers that there is sufficient evidence that a temporary withdrawal would be justified for the reasons referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 1 of this Annex, provided that it has first:

(a)consulted the Committee referred to in Article 88 of the Decision in accordance with the procedure referred to in its paragraph 4.

(b)called on the Member States to take such precautionary measures as are necessary, in order to safeguard the Union’s financial interests and/or secure compliance by the beneficiary country with its obligations; and

(c)published a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union stating that there are grounds for reasonable doubt about the application of the preferential arrangements and/or compliance by the beneficiary country with its obligations, which may call into question its right to continue to enjoy the benefits granted by this Decision.

The Commission shall inform the OCT concerned of any decision taken in accordance with this paragraph, before it becomes effective. The Commission shall also notify the Committee referred to in Article 88 of the Decision.

2.The period of temporary withdrawal shall not exceed six months. On conclusion of that period, the Commission shall decide either to terminate the temporary withdrawal after informing the Committee referred to in Article 88 of the Decision or to extend the period of temporary withdrawal in accordance with the procedure referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article.

3.Member States shall communicate to the Commission all relevant information that may justify the withdrawal of preferences, its extension or its termination.

ANNEX IV

SAFEGUARD AND SURVEILLANCE PROCEDURES

Article 1

Definitions relative to surveillance and safeguard measures

For the purpose of the Articles 2 to 10 of this Annex relating to surveillance and safeguard measures:

(a)‘like product’ means a product which is identical, namely alike in all respects, to the product under consideration, or, in the absence of such a product, another product which, although not alike in all respects, has characteristics closely resembling those of the product under consideration;

(b)‘interested parties’ means those parties involved in the production, distribution and/or sale of the imports mentioned in Article 2(1) of this Annex and of like or directly competing products;

(c)‘serious difficulties’ shall exist where Union producers suffer deterioration in their economic and/or financial situation.

Article 2

Principles of safeguard measures

1.Where a product originating in an OCT referred to in Article 43 of this Decision is imported in volumes and/or at prices which cause, or threaten to cause, serious difficulties to Union producers of like or directly competing products, the necessary safeguard measures may be taken in accordance with the provisions below.

2.For the purpose of implementing paragraph 1, priority shall be given to such measures as would least disturb the functioning of the Association. These measures shall not exceed the limits of what is strictly necessary to remedy the difficulties that have arisen. They cannot exceed the withdrawal of the preferential treatment granted by this Decision.

3.When safeguard measures are taken or modified, particular attention shall be paid to the interests of the OCT involved.

Article 3

Initiation of proceedings

1.The Commission shall investigate whether safeguard measures should be taken if there is sufficient prima facie evidence that the conditions of Article 2 of this Annex are met.

2.An investigation shall be initiated upon request by a Member State, by any legal person or any association not having legal personality, acting on behalf of Union producers, or on the Commission’s own initiative if it is apparent to the Commission that there is sufficient prima facie evidence, as determined on the basis of factors referred to in Article 2 of this Annex, to justify such initiation. The request to initiate an investigation shall contain evidence that the conditions for imposing the safeguard measure set out in Article 2 of this Annex are met. The request shall be submitted to the Commission. The Commission shall, as far as possible, examine the accuracy and adequacy of the evidence provided in the request to determine whether there is sufficient prima facie evidence to justify the initiation of an investigation.

3.Where it is apparent that there is sufficient prima facie evidence to justify the initiation of a proceeding, the Commission shall publish a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union. Initiation shall take place within one month of the request received pursuant to paragraph 2. Should an investigation be initiated, the notice shall provide all necessary details about the procedure and deadlines, including the possibility of recourse to the Hearing Officer of the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission.

4.The rules and procedures concerning the conduct of the investigation are laid down in Article 4 of this Annex.

5.If the OCT’s authorities so require and without prejudice to the deadlines referred to in this Article, a trilateral consultation referred to in Article 14 of this Decision shall be organised. The outcome of the trilateral consultation shall be transmitted to the consultative committee.

Article 4

Investigations

1.Following the initiation of the proceeding, the Commission shall commence an investigation. The period as set out in paragraph 3 shall start on the day the decision to initiate the investigation is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

2.The Commission may request Member States to supply information and Member States shall take whatever steps are necessary in order to give effect to any such request. If that information is of general interest and is not confidential within the meaning of Article 9 of this Annex, it shall be added to the non-confidential files as provided for in paragraph 8.

3.The investigation shall be concluded within 12 months of its initiation.

4.The Commission shall seek all information it considers necessary to make a determination with regard to the conditions set out in Article 2 of this Annex, and, where it considers it appropriate, endeavour to verify that information.

5.In the investigation the Commission shall evaluate all relevant factors of an objective and quantifiable nature having a bearing on the situation of the Union industry, in particular, the market share, changes in the level of sales, production, productivity, capacity utilisation, profits and losses, and employment. This list is not exhaustive and other relevant factors may also be taken into consideration by the Commission.

6.Interested parties who have come forward within the period laid down in the notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union and representatives of the OCT concerned may, upon written request, inspect all information made available to the Commission in connection with the investigation other than internal documents prepared by the Union authorities or those of the Member States, provided that that information is relevant to the presentation of their case and not confidential within the meaning of Article 9 of this Annex and that it is used by the Commission in the investigation. Interested parties who have come forward may communicate their views on the information to the Commission. Those views shall be taken into consideration where they are backed by sufficient prima facie evidence.

7.The Commission shall ensure that all data and statistics which are used for the investigation are available, comprehensible, transparent and verifiable.

8.The Commission shall hear the interested parties, in particular where they have made a written application within the period laid down in the notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union, showing that they are actually likely to be affected by the outcome of the investigation and that there are special reasons for them to be heard orally. The Commission shall hear such parties on further occasions if there are special reasons for them to be heard again.

9.When information is not supplied within the time limits set by the Commission, or the investigation is significantly impeded, findings may be made on the basis of the facts available. Where the Commission finds that any interested party or third party has supplied it with false or misleading information, it shall disregard that information and may make use of the facts available.

10.The Commission shall notify the OCT concerned in writing of the initiation of an investigation.

Article 5

Prior surveillance measures

1.The products originating in the OCT referred to in Article 43 of this Decision may be subject to special surveillance.

2.Prior surveillance measures shall be adopted by the Commission in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 88 (4) of the Decision.

3.Prior surveillance measures shall have a limited period of validity. Unless otherwise provided, they shall cease to be valid at the end of the second six-month period following the first six months after the measures were introduced.

4.The Commission and the competent OCT’s authorities shall ensure the effectiveness of the surveillance measures by introducing the methods of administrative cooperation set out in Annexes II and III.

Article 6

Imposition
of provisional safeguard measures

1.On duly justified grounds of urgency relating to deterioration of the economic and/or financial situation of Union producers which would be difficult to remedy, provisional measures may be imposed. Provisional measures shall not apply for more than 200 days. Provisional measures shall be adopted by the Commission in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 88 (4) of the Decision. In cases of imperative grounds of urgency, the Commission shall adopt immediately applicable provisional safeguard measures in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 88 (6) of the Decision. .

2.Should the provisional safeguard measures be repealed because the investigation shows that the conditions set out in Article 2 are not met, any customs duty collected as a result of those provisional measures shall be refunded automatically.

Article 7

Imposition of definitive measures

1.Where the facts as finally established show that the conditions set out in Article 2 are not met, the Commission shall adopt a decision terminating the investigation and proceeding in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 4. The Commission shall make public, with due regard to the protection of confidential information within the meaning of Article 9, a report setting forth its findings and reasoned conclusions reached on all pertinent issues of fact and law.

2.Where the facts as finally established show that the conditions set out in Article 2 are met, the Commission shall adopt a decision imposing definitive safeguard measures in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 4 of this Annex. The Commission shall make public, with due regard to the protection of confidential information within the meaning of Article 9, a report containing a summary of the material facts and considerations relevant to the determination, and notify the OCT’s authorities immediately of the decision to take the necessary safeguard measures.

Article 8

Duration and review of sa
feguard measures

1.A safeguard measure shall remain in force only for such period of time as may be necessary to prevent or remedy the serious injury and to facilitate adjustment. That period shall not exceed three years, unless it is extended under paragraph 2.

2.The initial period of duration of a safeguard measure may exceptionally be extended by up to two years provided it is determined that the safeguard measure continues to be necessary to prevent or remedy serious difficulties.

3.Any extension pursuant to paragraph 2 shall be preceded by an investigation upon a request by a Member State, by any legal person or any association not having legal personality, acting on behalf of the Union industry, or on the Commission’s own initiative if there is sufficient prima facie evidence that the safeguard measure continues to be necessary.

4.The initiation of an investigation shall be published in accordance with Article 4 and the safeguard measure shall remain in force, pending the outcome of the investigation. The investigation and any decision regarding an extension pursuant to paragraph 2 of this Article shall be done in accordance with Articles 6 and 7.

Article 9

Confidentiality

1.Information received pursuant to this Decision shall be used only for the purpose for which it was requested. Neither information of a confidential nature nor any information provided on a confidential basis received pursuant to this Decision shall be disclosed without specific permission from the supplier of such information.

2.Each request for confidentiality shall state the reasons why the information is confidential. However, if the supplier of the information wishes neither to make it public nor to authorise its disclosure in general terms or in the form of a summary, and if it appears that the request for confidentiality is unjustified, the information concerned may be disregarded.

3.Information shall, in any case, be considered to be confidential if its disclosure is likely to have a significantly adverse effect upon the supplier or the source of such information.

4.Paragraphs 1 to 4 shall not preclude reference by the Union authorities to general information and in particular to reasons on which decisions taken pursuant to this Decision are based. Those authorities shall, however, take into account the legitimate interest of natural and legal persons concerned that their business secrets should not be divulged.

(1)    Out of this amount, 9 725 000 EUR are reserved for the Commission to cover technical and/or administrative assistance and expenditure in support of the implementation of the EU programmes and/or actions, indirect research, direct research.
(2)    Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 732/2008 (OJ L 303, 31.10.2012, p. 1).
(3)    Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 of 24 November 2015 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Union Customs Code (OJ L 343, 29.12.2015, p. 558).
(4)    Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed rules concerning certain provisions of the Union Customs Code (OJ L 343, 29.12.2015, p. 1)
(5)    Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1).
(6)    Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 1).
(7)    See additional explanatory Note 4(b) to Chapter 27 of the Combined Nomenclature.
(8)    See additional explanatory Note 4(b) to Chapter 27 of the Combined Nomenclature.
(9)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(10)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(11)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(12)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(13)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(14)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(15)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(16)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(17)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(18)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(19)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(20)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(21)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(22)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(23)    See Introductory Note 4.2.
(24)    For the special conditions relating to “specific processes”, see Introductory Notes 8.1 and 8.3.
(25)    For the special conditions relating to “specific processes”, see Introductory Note 8.2.
(26)    For the special conditions relating to “specific processes”, see Introductory Note 8.2.
(27)    For the special conditions relating to “specific processes”, see Introductory Note 8.2.
(28)    For the special conditions relating to “specific processes”, see Introductory Notes 8.1 and 8.3.
(29)    In the case of the products composed of materials classified within both headings 3901 to 3906, on the one hand, and within headings 3907 to 3911, on the other hand, this restriction only applies to that group of materials which predominates by weight in the product.
(30)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(31)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(32)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(33)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(34)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(35)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(36)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(37)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(38)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(39)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(40)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(41)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(42)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(43)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(44)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(45)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(46)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(47)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(48)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(49)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(50)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(51)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(52)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(53)    The use of this material is restricted to the manufacture of woven fabrics of a kind used in paper-making machinery.
(54)    The use of this material is restricted to the manufacture of woven fabrics of a kind used in paper-making machinery.
(55)    The use of this material is restricted to the manufacture of woven fabrics of a kind used in paper-making machinery.
(56)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(57)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(58)    See Introductory Note 7.
(59)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(60)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(61)    See Introductory Note 7.
(62)    See Introductory Note 7.
(63)    See Introductory Note 7.
(64)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(65)    See Introductory Note 7.
(66)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(67)    See Introductory Note 7.
(68)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(69)    See Introductory Note 7.
(70)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(71)    See Introductory Note 7.
(72)    See Introductory Note 7.
(73)    See Introductory Note 7.
(74)    See Introductory Note 7.
(75)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(76)    See Introductory Note 7.
(77)    See Introductory Note 7.
(78)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(79)    For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see Introductory Note 6.
(80)    See Introductory Note 7.
(81)    SEMII – Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute Incorporated
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