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Document 22019D1186

Decision No 1/2019 of the EPA Committee established by the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part of 11 April 2019 concerning the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union [2019/1186]

OJ L 185, 11.7.2019, p. 83–84 (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/2019/1186/oj

11.7.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 185/83


DECISION No 1/2019 OF THE EPA COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED BY THE STEPPING STONE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN CÔTE D'IVOIRE, OF THE ONE PART, AND THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND ITS MEMBER STATES, OF THE OTHER PART

of 11 April 2019

concerning the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union [2019/1186]

THE EPA COMMITTEE,

Having regard to the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part (hereinafter the ‘Agreement’), signed in Abidjan on 26 November 2008, and applied on a provisional basis since 3 September 2016, and in particular Articles 76, 77 and 81 thereof,

Having regard to the Treaty concerning the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union (hereinafter the ‘Union’) and to the Act of Accession to the Agreement deposited by the Republic of Croatia on 8 November 2017,

Whereas:

(1)

The Agreement applies, on the one hand, to the territories in which the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union is applied and under the conditions laid down in that Treaty and, on the other hand, to the territory of Côte d'Ivoire.

(2)

Pursuant to Article 77(3) of the Agreement, the EPA Committee may decide on any amending measures which might be necessary following the accession of new Member States to the Union,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Republic of Croatia, as a Party to the Agreement, shall, in the same manner as the other Member States of the Union, respectively adopt and take note of the text of the Agreement, as well as of the Annexes, Protocols and Declarations attached thereto.

Article 2

Article 81 of the Agreement shall be replaced by the following:

‘Article 81

Authentic texts

This Agreement is drawn up in duplicate in the Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish languages, each of these texts being equally authentic.’.

Article 3

The Union shall communicate the Croatian language version of the Agreement to Côte d'Ivoire.

Article 4

1.   The provisions of the Agreement shall apply to goods exported from either Côte d'Ivoire to the Republic of Croatia or from the Republic of Croatia to Côte d'Ivoire which comply with the rules of origin in force in the territory of the Parties to the Agreement and which, on 3 September 2016, were either in transit or in temporary storage, in a customs warehouse or in a free zone in Côte d'Ivoire or in the Republic of Croatia.

2.   Preferential treatment shall be granted in the cases referred to in paragraph 1, provided that a proof of origin issued retroactively by the customs authorities of the exporting country is submitted to the customs authorities of the importing country, within four months of the date of entry into force of this Decision.

Article 5

Côte d'Ivoire undertakes not to make any claim, request or referral nor to modify or withdraw any concession pursuant to Article XXIV.6 and Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 or Article XXI of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in relation to the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Union.

Article 6

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

However, Articles 3 and 4 shall apply from 3 September 2016.

Done at Brussels, 11 April 2019.

For Côte d'Ivoire

Ally COULIBALY

For the European Union

Cecilia MALMSTRÖM


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