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2014/316/EU: Council Decision of 15 November 2013 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, and provisional application of the Protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union

OJ L 165, 4.6.2014, p. 3–4 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2014/316/oj

4.6.2014   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 165/3


COUNCIL DECISION

of 15 November 2013

on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, and provisional application of the Protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union

(2014/316/EU)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 217 in conjunction with Article 218(5) and the second subparagraph of Article 218(8) thereof,

Having regard to the Act of accession of Croatia, and in particular the second subparagraph of Article 6(2) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

On 24 September 2012, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations, on behalf of the Union and its Member States and the Republic of Croatia, with the Republic of Albania in order to conclude a Protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union (‘the Protocol’).

(2)

These negotiations were successfully completed and the Protocol was approved by the Albanian authorities, through an Exchange of Letters on 1 August 2013.

(3)

The Protocol should be signed on behalf of the Union and its Member States, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

(4)

The conclusion of the Protocol is subject to a separate procedure as regards matters falling under the competence of the European Atomic Energy Community.

(5)

In view of Croatia's accession to the Union on 1 July 2013, the Protocol should be applied on a provisional basis from that date,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The signing of the Protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union is hereby authorised on behalf of the Union and its Member States, subject to the conclusion of the said Protocol.

The text of the Protocol is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The President of the Council is hereby authorised to designate the person(s) empowered to sign the Protocol on behalf of the Union and its Member States.

Article 3

The Protocol shall be applied on a provisional basis, in accordance with Article 10 thereof, as from 1 July 2013, pending the completion of the procedures for its conclusion.

Done at Brussels, 15 November 2013.

For the Council

The President

R. ŠADŽIUS


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