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Document 32022D1660

Council Decision (EU) 2022/1660 of 20 September 2022 on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems, as regards the amendment of Annexes III and IV to the Agreement (Text with EEA relevance)

ST/11571/2022/INIT

OJ L 250, 28.9.2022, p. 6–13 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2022/1660/oj

28.9.2022   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 250/6


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2022/1660

of 20 September 2022

on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems, as regards the amendment of Annexes III and IV to the Agreement

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 192(1), in conjunction with Article 218(9) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

The Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems (1) (‘the Agreement’) was signed on 23 November 2017 in accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2017/2240 (2).

(2)

The Agreement was concluded by Council Decision (EU) 2018/219 (3) and entered into force on 1 January 2020.

(3)

Pursuant to Article 12(3) of the Agreement, the Joint Committee may adopt decisions that are to, upon their entry into force, be binding on the Parties.

(4)

Article 13(2) of the Agreement provides that the Joint Committee may amend the Annexes to the Agreement.

(5)

It is appropriate to restore compatibility and consistency between legal rules and their practical application with a view to protecting sensitive information, in particular against unauthorised disclosure or integrity loss. To ensure consistent application of sensitivity markings as set out in Annex III and IV to the Agreement, those Annexes should be amended in accordance with Article 13(2) of the Agreement.

(6)

The Joint Committee, during its fifth meeting, or earlier by means of the written procedure pursuant to Article 8(4) of the Rules of Procedure of the Joint Committee (4), is to adopt a Decision as regards the amendment of Annexes III and IV to the Agreement.

(7)

It is appropriate to establish the position to be taken, on behalf of the Union, within the Joint Committee as regards the amendment of Annexes III and IV to the Agreement, as the amended Annexes will be binding on the Union.

(8)

The position of the Union within the Joint Committee should therefore be based on the attached draft Decision,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The position to be taken, on behalf of the Union, during the fifth meeting of the Joint Committee, or earlier by means of the written procedure pursuant to Article 8(4) of the Rules of Procedure of the Joint Committee, shall be based on the draft Decision of the Joint Committee attached to this Decision.

Article 2

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

Done at Brussels, 20 September 2022.

For the Council

The President

M. BEK


(1)  OJ L 322, 7.12.2017, p. 3.

(2)  Council Decision (EU) 2017/2240 of 10 November 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems (OJ L 322, 7.12.2017, p. 1).

(3)  Council Decision (EU) 2018/219 of 23 January 2018 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems (OJ L 43, 16.2.2018, p. 1).

(4)  Decision No 1/2019 of the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the Linking of their Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Systems of 25 January 2019 regarding the adoption of its Rules of Procedure and Council Decision (EU) 2018/1279 of 18 September 2018 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems regarding the adoption of its Rules of Procedure (OJ L 239, 24.9.2018, p. 8).


DRAFT

DECISION No 1/2022 OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED BY THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE SWISS CONFEDERATION ON THE LINKING OF THEIR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEMS

of …

amending Annexes III and IV to the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems

THE JOINT COMMITTEE,

Having regard to the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems (1) (hereinafter ‘the Agreement’), and in particular Article 9 and Article 13(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Pursuant to Article 9(2) of the Agreement, sensitive information is to be marked in accordance with its level of sensitivity.

(2)

Annex III to the Agreement sets out how sensitive information that is handled and exchanged within the Agreement is marked. It requires the Parties to make use of the sensitivity levels to identify such sensitive information.

(3)

Annex IV to the Agreement defines the emissions trading systems (‘ETS’) sensitivity levels and establishes the global sensitivity level of the information.

(4)

Marking and corresponding handling of information is important to ensure the necessary level of confidentiality of information to avoid damage accruing from unauthorised disclosure or integrity loss.

(5)

By means of Security Notice Marking and handling of sensitive non-classified information (2), the European Commission changed the security markings of sensitive non-classified information for internal European Commission use. The European Commission recommended drawing up an agreement with external partners setting out the handling instructions for all information exchanged between them.

(6)

To ensure consistent application of sensitivity markings as set out in Annex III and IV to the Agreement, the Joint Committee may amend those Annexes in accordance with Article 13(2) of the Agreement.

(7)

In its third meeting held on 26 November 2020, the Joint Committee approved the handling instructions in accordance with Annex III to the Agreement and as referred to in Article 8(2) of the Agreement.

(8)

The working group established by Decisions No 1/2020 (3) and No 2/2020 (4) of the Joint Committee recommended, in accordance with the mandate provided by those Decisions, to amend the handling instructions to ensure consistent application of sensitivity markings,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Annex III and IV to the Agreement are replaced by the text appearing in Annexes III and IV in the Appendix to this Decision of the Joint Committee.

Article 2

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

Done at ..., ....

For the Joint Committee

Secretary for the European Union

The Chair

Secretary for Switzerland


(1)  OJ L 322, 7.12.2017, p. 3.

(2)  C(2019) 1904 final.

(3)  Decision No 1/2020 of the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems of 5 November 2020 on the adoption of Common Operational Procedures (COP) [2021/1033] (OJ L 226, 25.6.2021, p. 2).

(4)  Decision No 2/2020 of the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems of 5 November 2020 on amending Annexes I and II to the Agreement and the adoption of Linking Technical Standards (LTS) (2021/1034) (OJ L 226, 25.6.2021, p. 16).


APPENDIX

ANNEX III

SENSITIVITY LEVELS AND HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS

The Parties shall make use of the following sensitivity levels to identify sensitive information that is handled and exchanged within this Agreement.

To this end, the markings laid down in Article 9(2) of this Agreement shall be applied as follows:

‘ETS Limited’ shall be applied in the Union as – ‘SENSITIVE: ETS Joint Procurement’; in Switzerland as – ‘LIMITED: ETS’

‘ETS Sensitive’ shall be applied in the Union and in Switzerland as – ‘SENSITIVE: ETS’

‘ETS Critical’ shall be applied in the Union and in Switzerland as – ‘SPECIAL HANDLING: ETS Critical’

Information that is marked as ‘SPECIAL HANDLING: ETS Critical’ is more sensitive than information that is marked as ‘SENSITIVE: ETS’, which in turn is more sensitive than information that is marked as ‘SENSITIVE: ETS Joint Procurement’ in the Union or ‘LIMITED: ETS’ in Switzerland.

The Parties agree to develop handling instructions on the basis of the existing ETS information classification policy of the Union and on the basis of the Information Protection Ordinance and the Federal Act on Data Protection of Switzerland. The handling instructions shall be submitted to the Joint Committee for approval. Following approval, all information shall have to be handled according to its sensitivity level in compliance with the handling instructions.

In case of different level assessments by the Parties, the higher level shall be applied.

The legislation of each Party shall include equivalent essential security requirements for the following handling steps, taking into account the ETS sensitivity levels:

Generation of document

Resources

Sensitivity Level

Storage

Electronic document on network

Electronic document in a local environment

Physical document

Electronic transmission

Phone and mobile

Fax

E-mail

Data transmission

Physical Transmission

Oral

Personal handover

Postal system

Use

Processing with IT applications

Printing

Copying

Removal from permanent location

Information management

Regular evaluation of classification and recipients

Archiving

Deletion and destruction

ANNEX IV

DEFINITION OF ETS SENSITIVITY LEVELS

A.1 –   Confidentiality and Integrity rating

‘Confidentiality’ means the reserved nature of information or of all or part of an information system (such as algorithms, programmes and documentation) to which access is limited to authorised persons, bodies and procedures.

‘Integrity’ means the guarantee that the information system and the processed information can be altered only by deliberate and legitimate action and that the system will produce the expected result accurately and in full.

For each piece of ETS information that is considered to be sensitive, the confidentiality aspect has to be considered from the potential impact at business level where this information is disclosed and the integrity aspect has to be considered from the potential impact at business level where this information is unwillingly modified, partially or totally destroyed.

The level of confidentiality of information and the level of integrity of an information system shall be rated following an assessment based on the criteria contained in section A.2. Those ratings allow the global sensitivity level of the information to be evaluated by means of the mapping table provided in section A.3.

A.2 –   Confidentiality and Integrity rating

A.2.1 –   ‘Low rating’

A low rating shall be given to any information relating to the ETS the disclosure to unauthorised persons, and/or loss of integrity of which would cause moderate damage to the Parties or other institutions which, in turn, would be likely to:

moderately affect political or diplomatic relations;

cause local negative publicity to the image or reputation of the Parties or other institutions;

cause embarrassment to individuals;

affect staff morale/productivity;

cause limited financial loss or, moderately facilitate improper gain or advantage for individuals or companies;

moderately affect the effective development or operation of the Parties’ policies;

moderately affect the proper management of the Parties and their operations.

A.2.2 –   ‘Medium rating’

A medium rating shall be given to any information relating to the ETS the disclosure to unauthorised persons, and/or loss of integrity of which would cause damage to the Parties or other institutions which, in turn, would be likely to:

cause embarrassment to political or diplomatic relations;

cause damage to the image or reputation of the Parties or other institutions;

cause distress to individuals;

cause consequential reduction in staff morale/productivity;

embarrass the Parties or other institutions in commercial or policy negotiations with others;

cause financial loss or facilitate improper gain or advantage for individuals or companies;

affect the investigation of crime;

breach legal or contractual obligations on confidentiality of information;

affect the development or operation of the Parties’ policies;

affect the proper management of the Parties and their operations.

A.2.3 –   ‘High rating’

A high rating shall be given to any information relating to the ETS the disclosure to unauthorised persons, and/or loss of integrity of which would cause catastrophic and/or unacceptable damage to the Parties or other institutions which, in turn, would be likely to:

adversely affect diplomatic relations;

cause substantial distress to individuals;

make it more difficult to maintain the operational effectiveness or security of Parties or other contributors’ forces;

cause financial loss or facilitate improper gain or advantage for individuals or companies;

breach proper undertakings to maintain the confidentiality of information provided by third parties;

breach statutory restrictions on disclosure of information;

prejudice the investigation or facilitate the commission of crime;

disadvantage the Parties in commercial or policy negotiations with others;

impede the effective development or operation of the Parties’ policies;

undermine the proper management of the Parties and their operations.

A.3 –   ETS Sensitive information level assessment

Based on the ratings for Confidentiality and for Integrity pursuant to section A.2 and in accordance with the sensitivity levels pursuant to Annex III to this Agreement, the global information sensitivity level is established using the following mapping table:

Confidentiality rating

Integrity rating

Low

Medium

High

Low

Marking EU:

SENSITIVE: ETS Joint Procurement

Marking CH :

LIMITED : ETS

Marking EU/CH:

SENSITIVE: ETS

(or (*1)

Marking EU:

SENSITIVE: ETS Joint Procurement

Marking CH:

LIMITED: ETS)

Marking EU/CH:

SPECIAL HANDLING: ETS Critical

Medium

Marking EU/CH:

SENSITIVE: ETS

(or (*1)

Marking EU:

SENSITIVE: ETS Joint Procurement

Marking CH:

LIMITED: ETS)

Marking EU/CH:

SENSITIVE: ETS

(or (*1)

Marking EU/CH:

SPECIAL HANDLING: ETS Critical)

Marking EU/CH:

SPECIAL HANDLING: ETS Critical

High

Marking EU/CH:

SPECIAL HANDLING:

ETS Critical

Marking EU/CH:

SPECIAL HANDLING: ETS Critical

Marking EU/CH:

SPECIAL HANDLING: ETS Critical


(*1)  Possible variation to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


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