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Volume 62
21 January 2019


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II   Non-legislative acts

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INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

 

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Council Decision (EU) 2019/75 of 20 December 2018 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and Antigua and Barbuda amending the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver

1

 

 

Agreement between the European Union and Antigua and Barbuda amending the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver

4

 

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Council Decision (EU) 2019/76 of 20 December 2018 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and Barbados amending the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver

8

 

 

Agreement between the European Union and Barbados amending the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver

11

 

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Council Decision (EU) 2019/77 of 20 December 2018 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver

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Agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver

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Council Decision (EU) 2019/78 of 20 December 2018 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver

22

 

 

Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver

25

 

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Council Decision (EU) 2019/79 of 20 December 2018 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver

29

 

 

Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver

32

 

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Council Decision (EU) 2019/80 of 20 December 2018 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver

36

 

 

Agreement between the European Union and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver

39

 

 

DECISIONS

 

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Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/81 of 17 January 2019 amending Annex I to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008 concerning animal health control measures relating to lumpy skin disease in certain Member States (notified under document C(2019) 102)  ( 1 )

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Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/82 of 17 January 2019 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 approving the vaccination programmes against lumpy skin disease submitted by the Member States (notified under document C(2019) 105)  ( 1 )

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ACTS ADOPTED BY BODIES CREATED BY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

 

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Decision No 1/2018 of the Stabilisation and Association Council of 4 December 2018 concerning the transition to the second stage of the Association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part, pursuant to Article 5(3) of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement [2019/83]

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(1)   Text with EEA relevance.

EN

Acts whose titles are printed in light type are those relating to day-to-day management of agricultural matters, and are generally valid for a limited period.

The titles of all other Acts are printed in bold type and preceded by an asterisk.


II Non-legislative acts

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/1


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2019/75

of 20 December 2018

on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and Antigua and Barbuda amending the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular point (a) of Article 77(2), in conjunction with point (a)(v) of the second subparagraph of Article 218(6) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

By its Decision 2009/896/EC (2), the Council concluded the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver (3) (the ‘Agreement’). The Agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the Union and for the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

(2)

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) introduced horizontal changes in the Union's visa and border acquis and defined a short stay as a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

(3)

It is necessary to incorporate this new definition into the Agreement in order to fully harmonise the Union's short-stay regime.

(4)

The Commission has negotiated, on behalf of the Union, an agreement with Antigua and Barbuda which amends the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver (the ‘amending Agreement’).

(5)

In accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2017/2083 (5), the amending Agreement has been signed.

(6)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC (6); the United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(7)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which Ireland does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2002/192/EC (7); Ireland is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(8)

The amending Agreement should be approved,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Agreement between the European Union and Antigua and Barbuda amending the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The text of the amending Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, give the notification provided for in Article 2 of the amending Agreement (8).

Article 3

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

Done at Brussels, 20 December 2018.

For the Council

The President

E. KÖSTINGER


(1)  Consent given on 23 October 2018.

(2)  Council Decision 2009/896/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 321, 8.12.2009, p. 38).

(3)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 3.

(4)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).

(5)  Council Decision (EU) 2017/2083 of 6 November 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and Antigua and Barbuda amending the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the shortstay visa waiver (OJ L 297, 15.11.2017, p. 1).

(6)  Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 131, 1.6.2000, p. 43).

(7)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning Ireland's request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20).

(8)  The date of entry into force of the amending Agreement will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the General Secretariat of the Council.


ANNEX

Declaration of the Union concerning the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full

Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EU) No 1077/2011 entered into force on 29 December 2017.

As a consequence, as from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 (1) for the purposes of this Agreement Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full will mean Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders. The maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period will be calculated taking into account the period of stay in all the Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders.


(1)  The date of application will be decided by the Commission in accordance with Article 73 of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/4


AGREEMENT

between the European Union and Antigua and Barbuda amending the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver

THE EUROPEAN UNION,

of the one part, and

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA,

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to jointly as ‘the Contracting Parties’,

HAVING REGARD to the Agreement between the European Community and Antigua and Barbuda on the short-stay visa waiver (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’) which entered into force on 1 May 2010,

REAFFIRMING the importance of facilitating people to people contacts,

TAKING NOTE that the Agreement works for the satisfaction of the citizens of the Contracting Parties,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the definition of short-stay provided for by the Agreement (three months during a six months period following the date of first entry) is not precise enough and in particular the notion of ‘the date of first entry’ can give rise to uncertainties and questions,

BEARING IN MIND that Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) has introduced horizontal changes in the visa and borders acquis of the European Union and has defined short-stay as ‘90 days in any 180-day period’,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Entry/Exit System to be established by the European Union requires the use of a uniform and clear cut definition of short-stay which is applicable to all third-country nationals,

DESIRING to ensure the smooth flow of travellers at border crossing points of the Contracting Parties,

REAFFIRMING that the Agreement covers citizens of all Member States of the European Union with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice and the Protocol on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and confirming that the provisions of this amending Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Agreement is amended as follows:

(1)

in the title and in Articles 3(5), 4(3), 6(1) and 8(7), the word ‘Community’ is replaced by the word ‘Union’;

(2)

in Article 1, the words ‘three months during a six months period’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days in any 180-day period’;

(3)

Article 4 is amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   The citizens of the European Union may stay in the territory of Antigua and Barbuda for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.’;

(b)

paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The citizens of Antigua and Barbuda may stay in the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. That period shall be calculated independently of any stay in a Member State which does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full.

The citizens of Antigua and Barbuda may stay for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period in the territory of each of the Member States that does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full, independently of the period of stay calculated for the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis.’;

(c)

in paragraph 3, the words ‘three months’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days’;

(4)

in Article 8(4), the last sentence is replaced by the following:

‘A Contracting Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Contracting Party should the reasons for that suspension cease to exist and shall lift that suspension.’.

Article 2

This amending Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the sixth month following the date on which the last Party notifies the other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

Done 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.

Съставено в Брюксел на двадесет и пети април две хиляди и осемнадесета година.

Hecho en Bruselas, el veinticinco de abril de dos mil dieciocho.

V Bruselu dne dvacátého pátého dubna dva tisíce osmnáct.

Udfærdiget i Bruxelles den femogtyvende april to tusind og atten.

Geschehen zu Brüssel am fünfundzwanzigsten April zweitausendachtzehn.

Kahe tuhande kaheksateistkümnenda aasta aprillikuu kahekümne viiendal päeval Brüsselis.

Έγινε στις Βρυξέλλες, στις είκοσι πέντε Απριλίου δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ.

Done at Brussels on the twenty-fifth day of April in the year two thousand and eighteen.

Fait à Bruxelles, le vingt-cinq avril deux mille dix-huit.

Sastavljeno u Bruxellesu dvadeset petog travnja godine dvije tisuće osamnaeste.

Fatto a Bruxelles, addì venticinque aprile duemiladiciotto.

Briselē, divi tūkstoši astoņpadsmitā gada divdesmit piektajā aprīlī.

Priimta du tūkstančiai aštuonioliktų metų balandžio dvidešimt penktą dieną Briuselyje.

Kelt Brüsszelben, a kétezer-tizennyolcadik év április havának huszonötödik napján.

Magħmul fi Brussell, fil-ħamsa u għoxrin jum ta' April fis-sena elfejn u tmintax.

Gedaan te Brussel, vijfentwintig april tweeduizend achttien.

Sporządzono w Brukseli dnia dwudziestego piątego kwietnia roku dwa tysiące osiemnastego.

Feito em Bruxelas, em vinte e cinco de abril de dois mil e dezoito.

Întocmit la Bruxelles la douăzeci și cinci aprilie două mii optsprezece.

V Bruseli dvadsiateho piateho apríla dvetisícosemnásť.

V Bruslju, dne petindvajsetega aprila leta dva tisoč osemnajst.

Tehty Brysselissä kahdentenakymmenentenäviidentenä päivänä huhtikuuta vuonna kaksituhattakahdeksantoista.

Som skedde i Bryssel den tjugofemte april år tjugohundraarton.

За Европейския съюз

Рог la Unión Europea

Za Evropskou unii

For Den Europæiske Union

Für die Europäische Union

Euroopa Liidu nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

For the European Union

Pour l'Union européenne

Za Europsku uniju

Per l'Unione europea

Eiropas Savienības vārdā –

Europos Sąjungos vardu

Az Európai Unió részéről

Għall-Unjoni Ewropea

Voor de Europese Unie

W imieniu Unii Europejskiej

Pela União Europeia

Pentru Uniunea Europeană

Za Európsku úniu

Za Evropsko unijo

Euroopan unionin puolesta

För Europeiska unionen

Image

За Антигуа и Барбуда

Por Antigua y Barbuda

Za Antiguu a Barbudu

For Antigua og Barbuda

Für Antigua und Barbuda

Antigua ja Barbuda nimel

Για την Αντίγκουα και Μπαρμπούντα

For Antigua and Barbuda

Pour Antigua-et-Barbuda

Za Antigvu i Barbudu

Per Antigua e Barbuda

Antigvas un Barbudas vārdā –

Antigvos ir Barbudos vardu

Antigua és Barbuda részéről

Għal Antigwa u Barbuda

Voor Antigua en Barbuda

W imieniu Antigui i Barbudy

Por Antígua e Barbuda

Pentru Antigua și Barbuda

Za Antiguu a Barbudu

Za Antigvo in Barbudo

Antigua ja Barbudan puolesta

För Antigua och Barbuda

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(1)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 3.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).


JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN

It is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, on the one hand, and Antigua and Barbuda, on the other hand, modify, without delay, the existing bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in accordance with the terms of this amending Agreement.


JOINT DECLARATION ON THE INTERPRETATION OF 90 DAYS IN ANY 180-DAY PERIOD

The Contracting Parties understand that the maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period as provided for by Article 4 of the Agreement means either a continuous visit or several consecutive visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period in total.

The notion of ‘any’ implies the application of a moving 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days in any 180-day period requirement continues to be fulfilled. Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/8


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2019/76

of 20 December 2018

on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and Barbados amending the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular point (a) of Article 77(2), in conjunction with point (a)(v) of the second subparagraph of Article 218(6) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

By its Decision 2009/898/EC (2), the Council concluded the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver (3) (the ‘Agreement’). The Agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the Union and for the citizens of Barbados when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

(2)

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) introduced horizontal changes in the Union's visa and border acquis and defined a short stay as a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

(3)

It is necessary to incorporate this new definition into the Agreement in order to fully harmonise the Union's short-stay regime.

(4)

The Commission has negotiated, on behalf of the Union, an agreement with Barbados which amends the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver (the ‘amending Agreement’).

(5)

In accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2017/2084 (5), the amending Agreement has been signed.

(6)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC (6); the United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(7)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which Ireland does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2002/192/EC (7); Ireland is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(8)

The amending Agreement should be approved,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Agreement between the European Union and Barbados amending the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The text of the amending Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, give the notification provided for in Article 2 of the amending Agreement (8).

Article 3

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

Done at Brussels, 20 December 2018.

For the Council

The President

E. KÖSTINGER


(1)  Consent given on 23 October 2018.

(2)  Council Decision 2009/898/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 321, 8.12.2009, p. 40).

(3)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 10.

(4)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).

(5)  Council Decision (EU) 2017/2084 of 6 November 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and Barbados amending the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 297, 15.11.2017, p. 3).

(6)  Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 131, 1.6.2000, p. 43).

(7)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning Ireland's request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20).

(8)  The date of entry into force of the amending Agreement will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the General Secretariat of the Council.


ANNEX

Declaration of the Union concerning the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full

Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EU) No 1077/2011 entered into force on 29 December 2017.

As a consequence, as from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 (1) for the purposes of this Agreement Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full will mean Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders. The maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period will be calculated taking into account the period of stay in all the Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders.


(1)  The date of application will be decided by the Commission in accordance with Article 73 of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/11


AGREEMENT

between the European Union and Barbados amending the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver

THE EUROPEAN UNION,

of the one part, and

BARBADOS,

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to jointly as ‘the Contracting Parties’,

HAVING REGARD to the Agreement between the European Community and Barbados on the short-stay visa waiver (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’) which entered into force on 1 March 2010,

REAFFIRMING the importance of facilitating people to people contacts,

TAKING NOTE that the Agreement works for the satisfaction of the citizens of the Contracting Parties,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the definition of short-stay provided for by the Agreement (three months during a six months period following the date of first entry) is not precise enough and in particular the notion of ‘the date of first entry’ can give rise to uncertainties and questions,

BEARING IN MIND that Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) has introduced horizontal changes in the visa and borders acquis of the European Union and has defined short-stay as ‘90 days in any 180-day period’,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Entry/Exit System to be established by the European Union requires the use of a uniform and clear cut definition of short-stay which is applicable to all third-country nationals,

DESIRING to ensure the smooth flow of travellers at border crossing points of the Contracting Parties,

REAFFIRMING that the Agreement covers citizens of all Member States of the European Union with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice and the Protocol on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and confirming that the provisions of this amending Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Agreement is amended as follows:

(1)

in the title and in Articles 3(5), 4(3), 6(1) and 8(7), the word ‘Community’ is replaced by the word ‘Union’;

(2)

in Article 1, the words ‘three months during a six months period’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days in any 180-day period’;

(3)

Article 4 is amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   The citizens of the European Union may stay in the territory of Barbados for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.’;

(b)

paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The citizens of Barbados may stay in the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. That period shall be calculated independently of any stay in a Member State which does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full.

The citizens of Barbados may stay for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period in the territory of each of the Member States that does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full, independently of the period of stay calculated for the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis.’;

(c)

in paragraph 3, the words ‘three months’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days’;

(4)

in Article 8(4), the last sentence is replaced by the following:

‘A Contracting Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Contracting Party should the reasons for that suspension cease to exist and shall lift that suspension.’.

Article 2

This amending Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the sixth month following the date on which the last Party notifies the other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

Done 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.

Съставено в Брюксел на двадесет и пети април две хиляди и осемнадесета година.

Hecho en Bruselas, el veinticinco de abril de dos mil dieciocho.

V Bruselu dne dvacátého pátého dubna dva tisíce osmnáct.

Udfærdiget i Bruxelles den femogtyvende april to tusind og atten.

Geschehen zu Brüssel am fünfundzwanzigsten April zweitausendachtzehn.

Kahe tuhande kaheksateistkümnenda aasta aprillikuu kahekümne viiendal päeval Brüsselis.

Έγινε στις Βρυξέλλες, στις είκοσι πέντε Απριλίου δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ.

Done at Brussels on the twenty-fifth day of April in the year two thousand and eighteen.

Fait à Bruxelles, le vingt-cinq avril deux mille dix-huit.

Sastavljeno u Bruxellesu dvadeset petog travnja godine dvije tisuće osamnaeste.

Fatto a Bruxelles, addì venticinque aprile duemiladiciotto.

Briselē, divi tūkstoši astoņpadsmitā gada divdesmit piektajā aprīlī.

Priimta du tūkstančiai aštuonioliktų metų balandžio dvidešimt penktą dieną Briuselyje.

Kelt Brüsszelben, a kétezer-tizennyolcadik év április havának huszonötödik napján.

Magħmul fi Brussell, fil-ħamsa u għoxrin jum ta' April fis-sena elfejn u tmintax.

Gedaan te Brussel, vijfentwintig april tweeduizend achttien.

Sporządzono w Brukseli dnia dwudziestego piątego kwietnia roku dwa tysiące osiemnastego.

Feito em Bruxelas, em vinte e cinco de abril de dois mil e dezoito.

Întocmit la Bruxelles la douăzeci și cinci aprilie două mii optsprezece.

V Bruseli dvadsiateho piateho apríla dvetisícosemnásť.

V Bruslju, dne petindvajsetega aprila leta dva tisoč osemnajst.

Tehty Brysselissä kahdentenakymmenentenäviidentenä päivänä huhtikuuta vuonna kaksituhattakahdeksantoista.

Som skedde i Bryssel den tjugofemte april år tjugohundraarton.

За Европейския съюз

Рог la Unión Europea

Za Evropskou unii

For Den Europæiske Union

Für die Europäische Union

Euroopa Liidu nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

For the European Union

Pour l'Union européenne

Za Europsku uniju

Per l'Unione europea

Eiropas Savienības vārdā –

Europos Sąjungos vardu

Az Európai Unió részéről

Għall-Unjoni Ewropea

Voor de Europese Unie

W imieniu Unii Europejskiej

Pela União Europeia

Pentru Uniunea Europeană

Za Európsku úniu

Za Evropsko unijo

Euroopan unionin puolesta

För Europeiska unionen

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За Барбадос

Por Barbados

Za Barbados

For Barbados

Für Barbados

Barbadose nimel

Για τα Μπαρμπάντος

For Barbados

Pour la Barbade

Za Barbados

Per le Barbados

Barbadosas vārdā –

Barbadoso vardu

Barbados részéről

Għal Barbados

Voor Barbados

W imieniu Barbadosu

Por Barbados

Pentru Barbados

Za Barbados

Za Barbados

Barbadosin puolesta

För Barbados

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(1)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 10.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).


JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN

It is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, on the one hand, and Barbados, on the other hand, modify, without delay, the existing bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in accordance with the terms of this amending Agreement.


JOINT DECLARATION ON THE INTERPRETATION OF 90 DAYS IN ANY 180-DAY PERIOD

The Contracting Parties understand that the maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period as provided for by Article 4 of the Agreement means either a continuous visit or several consecutive visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period in total.

The notion of ‘any’ implies the application of a moving 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days in any 180-day period requirement continues to be fulfilled. Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/15


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2019/77

of 20 December 2018

on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular point (a) of Article 77(2), in conjunction with point (a)(v) of the second subparagraph of Article 218(6) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

By its Decision 2009/897/EC (2), the Council concluded the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver (3) (the ‘Agreement’). The Agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the Union and for the citizens of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

(2)

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) introduced horizontal changes in the Union's visa and border acquis and defined a short stay as a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

(3)

It is necessary to incorporate this new definition into the Agreement in order to fully harmonise the Union's short-stay regime.

(4)

The Commission has negotiated, on behalf of the Union, an agreement with the Commonwealth of the Bahamas which amends the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver (the ‘amending Agreement’).

(5)

In accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2017/2085 (5), the amending Agreement has been signed.

(6)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC (6); the United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(7)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which Ireland does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2002/192/EC (7); Ireland is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(8)

The amending Agreement should be approved,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas amending the Agreement between the European community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The text of the amending Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, give the notification provided for in Article 2 of the amending Agreement (8).

Article 3

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

Done at Brussels, 20 December 2018.

For the Council

The President

E. KÖSTINGER


(1)  Consent given on 23 October 2018.

(2)  Council Decision 2009/897/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 321, 8.12.2009, p. 39).

(3)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 24.

(4)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).

(5)  Council Decision (EU) 2017/2085 of 6 November 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 297, 15.11.2017, p. 5).

(6)  Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 131, 1.6.2000, p. 43).

(7)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning Ireland's request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20).

(8)  The date of entry into force of the amending Agreement will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the General Secretariat of the Council.


ANNEX

Declaration of the union concerning the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full

Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EU) No 1077/2011 entered into force on 29 December 2017.

As a consequence, as from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 (1) for the purposes of this Agreement Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full will mean Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders. The maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period will be calculated taking into account the period of stay in all the Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders.


(1)  The date of application will be decided by the Commission in accordance with Article 73 of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/18


AGREEMENT

between the European Union and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver

THE EUROPEAN UNION,

of the one part, and

THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Bahamas’),

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to jointly as ‘the Contracting Parties’,

HAVING REGARD to the Agreement between the European Community and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the short-stay visa waiver (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’) which entered into force on 1 April 2010,

REAFFIRMING the importance of facilitating people to people contacts,

TAKING NOTE that the Agreement works for the satisfaction of the citizens of the Contracting Parties,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the definition of short-stay provided for by the Agreement (three months during a six months period following the date of first entry) is not precise enough and in particular the notion of ‘the date of first entry’ can give rise to uncertainties and questions,

BEARING IN MIND that Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) has introduced horizontal changes in the visa and borders acquis of the European Union and has defined short-stay as ‘90 days in any 180-day period’,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Entry/Exit System to be established by the European Union requires the use of a uniform and clear cut definition of short-stay which is applicable to all third-country nationals,

DESIRING to ensure the smooth flow of travellers at border crossing points of the Contracting Parties,

REAFFIRMING that the Agreement covers citizens of all Member States of the European Union with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice and the Protocol on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and confirming that the provisions of this amending Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Agreement is amended as follows:

(1)

in the title and in Articles 3(5), 4(3), 6(1) and 8(7), the word ‘Community’ is replaced by the word ‘Union’;

(2)

in Article 1, the words ‘three months during a six months period’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days in any 180-day period’;

(3)

Article 4 is amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   The citizens of the European Union may stay in the territory of the Bahamas for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.’;

(b)

paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The citizens of the Bahamas may stay in the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. That period shall be calculated independently of any stay in a Member State which does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full.

The citizens of the Bahamas may stay for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period in the territory of each of the Member States that does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full, independently of the period of stay calculated for the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis.’;

(c)

in paragraph 3, the words ‘three months’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days’;

(4)

in Article 8(4), the last sentence is replaced by the following:

‘A Contracting Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Contracting Party should the reasons for that suspension cease to exist and shall lift that suspension.’

Article 2

This amending Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the sixth month following the date on which the last Party notifies the other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

Done 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.

Съставено в Брюксел на двадесет и пети април две хиляди и осемнадесета година.

Hecho en Bruselas, el veinticinco de abril de dos mil dieciocho.

V Bruselu dne dvacátého pátého dubna dva tisíce osmnáct.

Udfærdiget i Bruxelles den femogtyvende april to tusind og atten.

Geschehen zu Brüssel am fünfundzwanzigsten April zweitausendachtzehn.

Kahe tuhande kaheksateistkümnenda aasta aprillikuu kahekümne viiendal päeval Brüsselis.

Έγινε στις Βρυξέλλες, στις είκοσι πέντε Απριλίου δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ.

Done at Brussels on the twenty fifth day of April in the year two thousand and eighteen.

Fait à Bruxelles, le vingt-cinq avril deux mille dix-huit.

Sastavljeno u Bruxellesu dvadeset petog travnja godine dvije tisuće osamnaeste.

Fatto a Bruxelles, addì venticinque aprile duemiladiciotto.

Briselē, divi tūkstoši astoņpadsmitā gada divdesmit piektajā aprīlī.

Priimta du tūkstančiai aštuonioliktų metų balandžio dvidešimt penktą dieną Briuselyje.

Kelt Brüsszelben, a kétezer-tizennyolcadik év április havának huszonötödik napján.

Magħmul fi Brussell, fil-ħamsa u għoxrin jum ta’ April fis-sena elfejn u tmintax.

Gedaan te Brussel, vijfentwintig april tweeduizend achttien.

Sporządzono w Brukseli dnia dwudziestego piątego kwietnia roku dwa tysiące osiemnastego.

Feito em Bruxelas, em vinte e cinco de abril de dois mil e dezoito.

Întocmit la Bruxelles la douăzeci și cinci aprilie două mii optsprezece.

V Bruseli dvadsiateho piateho apríla dvetisícosemnásť.

V Bruslju, dne petindvajsetega aprila leta dva tisoč osemnajst.

Tehty Brysselissä kahdentenakymmenentenäviidentenä päivänä huhtikuuta vuonna kaksituhattakahdeksantoista.

Som skedde i Bryssel den tjugofemte april år tjugohundraarton.

За Европейския съюз

Рог la Unión Europea

Za Evropskou unii

For Den Europæiske Union

Für die Europäische Union

Euroopa Liidu nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

For the European Union

Pour l'Union européenne

Za Europsku uniju

Per l'Unione europea

Eiropas Savienības vārdā –

Europos Sąjungos vardu

Az Európai Unió részéről

Għall-Unjoni Ewropea

Voor de Europese Unie

W imieniu Unii Europejskiej

Pela União Europeia

Pentru Uniunea Europeană

Za Európsku úniu

Za Evropsko unijo

Euroopan unionin puolesta

För Europeiska unionen

Image

За Бахамската общност

Por la Commonwealth de las Bahamas

Za Bahamské společenství

For Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Für das Commonwealth der Bahamas

Bahama Ühenduse nimel

Για την Κοινοπολιτεία των Μπαχαμών

For the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Pour le Commonwealth des Bahamas

Za Zajednicu Bahama

Per il Commonwealth delle Bahamas

Bahamu Salu Sadraudzības vārdā —

Bahamų Sandraugos vardu

A Bahamai Közösség részéről

Għall-Commonwealth tal-Bahamas

Voor het Gemenebest van de Bahama’s

W imieniu Wspólnoty Bahamów

Pela Comunidade das Baamas

Pentru Uniunea Bahamas

Za Bahamské spoločenstvo

Za Zvezo Bahami

Bahaman liittovaltion puolesta

För Samväldet Bahamas

Image


(1)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 24.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).


JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN

It is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, on the one hand, and the Bahamas, on the other hand, modify, without delay, the existing bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in accordance with the terms of this amending Agreement.


JOINT DECLARATION ON THE INTERPRETATION OF 90 DAYS IN ANY 180-DAY PERIOD

The Contracting Parties understand that the maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period as provided for by Article 4 of the Agreement means either a continuous visit or several consecutive visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period in total.

The notion of ‘any’ implies the application of a moving 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days in any 180-day period requirement continues to be fulfilled. Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/22


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2019/78

of 20 December 2018

on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular point (a) of Article 77(2), in conjunction with point (a)(v) of the second subparagraph of Article 218(6) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

By its Decision 2009/899/EC (2), the Council concluded the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver (3) (the ‘Agreement’). The Agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the Union and for the citizens of the Republic of Mauritius when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

(2)

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) introduced horizontal changes in the Union's visa and border acquis and defined a short stay as a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

(3)

It is necessary to incorporate this new definition into the Agreement in order to fully harmonise the Union's short-stay regime.

(4)

The Commission has negotiated, on behalf of the Union an agreement with the Republic of Mauritius which amends the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver (the ‘amending Agreement’).

(5)

In accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2017/2087 (5), the amending Agreement has been signed.

(6)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC (6); the United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(7)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which Ireland does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2002/192/EC (7); Ireland is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(8)

The amending Agreement should be approved,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The text of the amending Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, give the notification provided for in Article 2 of the amending Agreement (8).

Article 3

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

Done at Brussels, 20 December 2018.

For the Council

The President

E. KÖSTINGER


(1)  Consent given on 23 October 2018.

(2)  Council Decision 2009/899/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 321, 8.12.2009, p. 41).

(3)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 17.

(4)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).

(5)  Council Decision (EU) 2017/2087 of 6 November 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 297, 15.11.2017, p. 9).

(6)  Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 131, 1.6.2000, p. 43).

(7)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning Ireland's request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20).

(8)  The date of entry into force of the amending Agreement will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the General Secretariat of the Council.


ANNEX

Declaration of the Union concerning the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full

Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EU) No 1077/2011 entered into force on 29 December 2017.

As a consequence, as from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 (1) for the purposes of this Agreement Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full will mean Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders. The maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period will be calculated taking into account the period of stay in all the Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders.


(1)  The date of application will be decided by the Commission in accordance with Article 73 of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/25


AGREEMENT

between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver

THE EUROPEAN UNION,

of the one part, and

THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS (hereinafter referred to as ‘Mauritius’),

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to jointly as ‘the Contracting Parties’,

HAVING REGARD to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Mauritius on the short-stay visa waiver (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’) which entered into force on 1 March 2010,

REAFFIRMING the importance of facilitating people to people contacts,

TAKING NOTE that the Agreement works for the satisfaction of the citizens of the Contracting Parties,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the definition of short-stay provided for by the Agreement (three months during a six months period following the date of first entry) is not precise enough and in particular the notion of ‘the date of first entry’ can give rise to uncertainties and questions,

BEARING IN MIND that Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) has introduced horizontal changes in the visa and borders acquis of the European Union and has defined short-stay as ‘90 days in any 180-day period’,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Entry/Exit System to be established by the European Union requires the use of a uniform and clear cut definition of short-stay which is applicable to all third-country nationals,

DESIRING to ensure the smooth flow of travellers at border crossing points of the Contracting Parties,

REAFFIRMING that the Agreement covers citizens of all Member States of the European Union with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice and the Protocol on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and confirming that the provisions of this amending Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Agreement is amended as follows:

(1)

in the title and in Articles 3(5), 4(3), 6(1) and 8(7), the word ‘Community’ is replaced by the word ‘Union’;

(2)

in Article 1, the words ‘three months during a six months period’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days in any 180-day period’;

(3)

Article 4 is amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   The citizens of the European Union may stay in the territory of Mauritius for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.’;

(b)

paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The citizens of Mauritius may stay in the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. That period shall be calculated independently of any stay in a Member State which does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full.

The citizens of Mauritius may stay for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period in the territory of each of the Member States that does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full, independently of the period of stay calculated for the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis.’;

(c)

in paragraph 3, the words ‘three months’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days’;

(4)

in Article 8(4), the last sentence is replaced by the following:

‘A Contracting Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Contracting Party should the reasons for that suspension cease to exist and shall lift that suspension.’.

Article 2

This amending Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the sixth month following the date on which the last Party notifies the other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

Done 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.

Съставено в Брюксел на двадесет и пети април две хиляди и осемнадесета година.

Hecho en Bruselas, el veinticinco de abril de dos mil dieciocho.

V Bruselu dne dvacátého pátého dubna dva tisíce osmnáct.

Udfærdiget i Bruxelles den femogtyvende april to tusind og atten.

Geschehen zu Brüssel am fünfundzwanzigsten April zweitausendachtzehn.

Kahe tuhande kaheksateistkümnenda aasta aprillikuu kahekümne viiendal päeval Brüsselis.

Έγινε στις Βρυξέλλες, στις είκοσι πέντε Απριλίου δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ.

Done at Brussels on the twenty-fifth day of April in the year two thousand and eighteen.

Fait à Bruxelles, le vingt-cinq avril deux mille dix-huit.

Sastavljeno u Bruxellesu dvadeset petog travnja godine dvije tisuće osamnaeste.

Fatto a Bruxelles, addì venticinque aprile duemiladiciotto.

Briselē, divi tūkstoši astoņpadsmitā gada divdesmit piektajā aprīlī.

Priimta du tūkstančiai aštuonioliktų metų balandžio dvidešimt penktą dieną Briuselyje.

Kelt Brüsszelben, a kétezer-tizennyolcadik év április havának huszonötödik napján.

Magħmul fi Brussell, fil-ħamsa u għoxrin jum ta’ April fis-sena elfejn u tmintax.

Gedaan te Brussel, vijfentwintig april tweeduizend achttien.

Sporządzono w Brukseli dnia dwudziestego piątego kwietnia roku dwa tysiące osiemnastego.

Feito em Bruxelas, em vinte e cinco de abril de dois mil e dezoito.

Întocmit la Bruxelles la douăzeci și cinci aprilie două mii optsprezece.

V Bruseli dvadsiateho piateho apríla dvetisícosemnásť.

V Bruslju, dne petindvajsetega aprila leta dva tisoč osemnajst.

Tehty Brysselissä kahdentenakymmenentenäviidentenä päivänä huhtikuuta vuonna kaksituhattakahdeksantoista.

Som skedde i Bryssel den tjugofemte april år tjugohundraarton.

За Европейския съюз

Рог la Unión Europea

Za Evropskou unii

For Den Europæiske Union

Für die Europäische Union

Euroopa Liidu nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

For the European Union

Pour l'Union européenne

Za Europsku uniju

Per l'Unione europea

Eiropas Savienības vārdā –

Europos Sąjungos vardu

Az Európai Unió részéről

Għall-Unjoni Ewropea

Voor de Europese Unie

W imieniu Unii Europejskiej

Pela União Europeia

Pentru Uniunea Europeană

Za Európsku úniu

Za Evropsko unijo

Euroopan unionin puolesta

För Europeiska unionen

Image

За Република Мавриций

Por la República de Mauricio

Za Mauricijskou republiku

For Republikken Mauritius

Für die Republik Mauritius

Mauritiuse Vabariigi nimel

Για τη Δημοκρατία του Μαυρίκιου

For the Republic of Mauritius

Pour la République de Maurice

Za Republiku Mauricijus

Per la Repubblica di Maurizio

Maurīcijas Republikas vārdā —

Mauricijaus Respublikos vardu

A Mauritiusi Köztársaság részéről

Għar-Repubblika ta' Mauritius

Voor de Republiek Mauritius

W imieniu Republiki Mauritiusu

Pela República da Maurícia

Pentru Republica Mauritius

Za Maurícijskú republiku

Za Republiko Mauritius

Mauritiuksen tasavallan puolesta

För Republiken Mauritius

Image


(1)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 17.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).


JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN

It is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, on the one hand, and Mauritius, on the other hand, modify, without delay, the existing bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in accordance with the terms of this amending Agreement.


JOINT DECLARATION ON THE INTERPRETATION OF 90 DAYS IN ANY 180-DAY PERIOD

The Contracting Parties understand that the maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period as provided for by Article 4 of the Agreement means either a continuous visit or several consecutive visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period in total.

The notion of ‘any’ implies the application of a moving 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days in any 180-day period requirement continues to be fulfilled. Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/29


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2019/79

of 20 December 2018

on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular point (a) of Article 77(2), in conjunction with point (a)(v) of the second subparagraph of Article 218(6) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

By its Decision 2009/900/EC (2), the Council concluded the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver (3) (the ‘Agreement’). The Agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the Union and for the citizens of the Republic of Seychelles when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

(2)

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) introduced horizontal changes in the Union's visa and border acquis and defined a short stay as a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

(3)

It is necessary to incorporate this new definition into the Agreement in order to fully harmonise the Union's short-stay regime.

(4)

The Commission has negotiated, on behalf of the Union, an agreement with the Republic of Seychelles which amends the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver (the amending ‘Agreement’).

(5)

In accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2017/2088 (5), the amending Agreement has been signed.

(6)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC (6); the United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(7)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which Ireland does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2002/192/EC (7); Ireland is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(8)

The amending Agreement should be approved,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The text of the amending Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, give the notification provided for in Article 2 of the amending Agreement (8).

Article 3

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

Done at Brussels, 20 December 2018.

For the Council

The President

E. KÖSTINGER


(1)  Consent given on 23 October 2018.

(2)  Council Decision 2009/900/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 321, 8.12.2009, p. 42).

(3)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 31.

(4)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).

(5)  Council Decision (EU) 2017/2088 of 6 November 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 297, 15.11.2017, p. 11).

(6)  Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 131, 1.6.2000, p. 43).

(7)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning Ireland's request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20).

(8)  The date of entry into force of the amending Agreement will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the General Secretariat of the Council.


ANNEX

Declaration of the Union concerning the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full

Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EU) No 1077/2011 entered into force on 29 December 2017.

As a consequence, as from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 (1) for the purposes of this Agreement Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full will mean Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders. The maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period will be calculated taking into account the period of stay in all the Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders.


(1)  The date of application will be decided by the Commission in accordance with Article 73 of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/32


AGREEMENT

between the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver

THE EUROPEAN UNION,

of the one part, and

THE REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES (hereinafter referred to as ‘Seychelles’),

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to jointly as ‘the Contracting Parties’,

HAVING REGARD to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Seychelles on the short-stay visa waiver (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’) which entered into force on 1 January 2010,

REAFFIRMING the importance of facilitating people to people contacts,

TAKING NOTE that the Agreement works for the satisfaction of the citizens of the Contracting Parties,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the definition of short-stay provided for by the Agreement (three months during a six months period following the date of first entry) is not precise enough and in particular the notion of ‘the date of first entry’ can give rise to uncertainties and questions,

BEARING IN MIND that Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) has introduced horizontal changes in the visa and borders acquis of the European Union and has defined short-stay as ‘90 days in any 180-day period’,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Entry/Exit System to be established by the European Union requires the use of a uniform and clear cut definition of short-stay which is applicable to all third-country nationals,

DESIRING to ensure the smooth flow of travellers at border crossing points of the Contracting Parties,

REAFFIRMING that the Agreement covers citizens of all Member States of the European Union with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice and the Protocol on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and confirming that the provisions of this amending Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Agreement is amended as follows:

(1)

in the title and in Articles 3(5), 4(3), 6(1) and 8(7), the word ‘Community’ is replaced by the word ‘Union’;

(2)

in Article 1, the words ‘three months during a six months period’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days in any 180-day period’;

(3)

Article 4 is amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   The citizens of the European Union may stay in the territory of Seychelles for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.’;

(b)

paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The citizens of Seychelles may stay in the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. That period shall be calculated independently of any stay in a Member State which does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full.

The citizens of Seychelles may stay for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period in the territory of each of the Member States that does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full, independently of the period of stay calculated for the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis.’;

(c)

in paragraph 3, the words ‘three months’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days’;

(4)

in Article 8(4), the last sentence is replaced by the following:

‘A Contracting Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Contracting Party should the reasons for that suspension cease to exist and shall lift that suspension.’.

Article 2

This amending Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the sixth month following the date on which the last Party notifies the other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

Done 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.

Съставено в Брюксел на двадесет и пети април две хиляди и осемнадесета година.

Hecho en Bruselas, el veinticinco de abril de dos mil dieciocho.

V Bruselu dne dvacátého pátého dubna dva tisíce osmnáct.

Udfærdiget i Bruxelles den femogtyvende april to tusind og atten.

Geschehen zu Brüssel am fünfundzwanzigsten April zweitausendachtzehn.

Kahe tuhande kaheksateistkümnenda aasta aprillikuu kahekümne viiendal päeval Brüsselis.

Έγινε στις Βρυξέλλες, στις είκοσι πέντε Απριλίου δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ.

Done at Brussels on the twenty-fifth day of April in the year two thousand and eighteen.

Fait à Bruxelles, le vingt-cinq avril deux mille dix-huit.

Sastavljeno u Bruxellesu dvadeset petog travnja godine dvije tisuće osamnaeste.

Fatto a Bruxelles, addì venticinque aprile duemiladiciotto.

Briselē, divi tūkstoši astoņpadsmitā gada divdesmit piektajā aprīlī.

Priimta du tūkstančiai aštuonioliktų metų balandžio dvidešimt penktą dieną Briuselyje.

Kelt Brüsszelben, a kétezer-tizennyolcadik év április havának huszonötödik napján.

Magħmul fi Brussell, fil-ħamsa u għoxrin jum ta' April fis-sena elfejn u tmintax.

Gedaan te Brussel, vijfentwintig april tweeduizend achttien.

Sporządzono w Brukseli dnia dwudziestego piątego kwietnia roku dwa tysiące osiemnastego.

Feito em Bruxelas, em vinte e cinco de abril de dois mil e dezoito.

Întocmit la Bruxelles la douăzeci și cinci aprilie două mii optsprezece.

V Bruseli dvadsiateho piateho apríla dvetisícosemnásť.

V Bruslju, dne petindvajsetega aprila leta dva tisoč osemnajst.

Tehty Brysselissä kahdentenakymmenentenäviidentenä päivänä huhtikuuta vuonna kaksituhattakahdeksantoista.

Som skedde i Bryssel den tjugofemte april år tjugohundraarton.

За Европейския съюз

Рог la Unión Europea

Za Evropskou unii

For Den Europæiske Union

Für die Europäische Union

Euroopa Liidu nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

For the European Union

Pour l'Union européenne

Za Europsku uniju

Per l'Unione europea

Eiropas Savienības vārdā –

Europos Sąjungos vardu

Az Európai Unió részéről

Għall-Unjoni Ewropea

Voor de Europese Unie

W imieniu Unii Europejskiej

Pela União Europeia

Pentru Uniunea Europeană

Za Európsku úniu

Za Evropsko unijo

Euroopan unionin puolesta

För Europeiska unionen

Image

За Република Сейшели

Por la República de Seychelles

Za Seychelskou republiku

For Republikken Seychellerne

Für die Republik Seychellen

Seišelli Vabariigi nimel

Για τη Δημοκρατία των Σεϋχελλών

For the Republic of Seychelles

Pour la République des Seychelles

Za Republiku Sejšele

Per la Repubblica delle Seychelles

Seišelu Republikas vārdā –

Seišelių Respublikos vardu

A Seychelle Köztársaság részéről

Għar-Repubblika tas-Seychelles

Voor de Republiek der Seychellen

W imieniu Republiki Seszeli

Pela República das Seicheles

Pentru Republica Seychelles

Za Seychelskú republiku

Za Republiko Sejšeli

Seychellien tasavallan puolesta

För Republiken Seychellerna

Image


(1)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 31.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).


JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN

It is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, on the one hand, and Seychelles, on the other hand, modify, without delay, the existing bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in accordance with the terms of this amending Agreement.


JOINT DECLARATION ON THE INTERPRETATION OF 90 DAYS IN ANY 180-DAY PERIOD

The Contracting Parties understand that the maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period as provided for by Article 4 of the Agreement means either a continuous visit or several consecutive visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period in total.

The notion of ‘any’ implies the application of a moving 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days in any 180-day period requirement continues to be fulfilled. Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/36


COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2019/80

of 20 December 2018

on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular point (a) of Article 77(2), in conjunction with point (a)(v) of the second subparagraph of Article 218(6) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Having regard to the consent of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

By its Decision 2009/901/EC (2), the Council concluded the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver (3) (the ‘Agreement’). The Agreement provides for visa-free travel for the citizens of the Union and for the citizens of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis when travelling to the territory of the other Contracting Party for a maximum period of three months during a six months period.

(2)

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) introduced horizontal changes in the Union's visa and border acquis and defined a short stay as a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

(3)

It is necessary to incorporate this new definition into the Agreement in order to fully harmonise the Union's short-stay regime.

(4)

The Commission has negotiated, on behalf of the Union, an agreement with the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis which amends the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver (the ‘amending Agreement’).

(5)

In accordance with Council Decision (EU) 2017/2086 (5), the amending Agreement has been signed.

(6)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2000/365/EC (6); the United Kingdom is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(7)

This Decision constitutes a development of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in which Ireland does not take part, in accordance with Council Decision 2002/192/EC (7); Ireland is therefore not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

(8)

The amending Agreement should be approved,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Agreement between the European Union and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis the short-stay visa waiver is hereby approved on behalf of the Union.

The text of the amending Agreement is attached to this Decision.

Article 2

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union, give the notification provided for in Article 2 of the amending Agreement (8).

Article 3

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

Done at Brussels, 20 December 2018.

For the Council

The President

E. KÖSTINGER


(1)  Consent given on 23 October 2018.

(2)  Council Decision 2009/901/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 321, 8.12.2009, p. 43).

(3)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 38.

(4)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).

(5)  Council Decision (EU) 2017/2086 of 6 November 2017 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver (OJ L 297, 15.11.2017, p. 7).

(6)  Council Decision 2000/365/EC of 29 May 2000 concerning the request of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 131, 1.6.2000, p. 43).

(7)  Council Decision 2002/192/EC of 28 February 2002 concerning Ireland's request to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 64, 7.3.2002, p. 20).

(8)  The date of entry into force of the amending Agreement will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union by the General Secretariat of the Council.


ANNEX

Declaration of the Union concerning the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 establishing the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full

Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EU) No 1077/2011 entered into force on 29 December 2017.

As a consequence, as from the date of application of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 (1) for the purposes of this Agreement Member States applying the Schengen acquis in full will mean Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders. The maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period will be calculated taking into account the period of stay in all the Member States operating the Entry/Exit System at the external borders.


(1)  The date of application will be decided by the Commission in accordance with Article 73 of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/39


AGREEMENT

between the European Union and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis amending the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver

THE EUROPEAN UNION,

of the one part, and

THE FEDERATION OF SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS (hereinafter referred to as ‘Saint Kitts and Nevis’),

of the other part,

hereinafter referred to jointly as ‘the Contracting Parties’,

HAVING REGARD to the Agreement between the European Community and the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the short-stay visa waiver (1) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’) which entered into force on 1 August 2015,

REAFFIRMING the importance of facilitating people to people contacts,

TAKING NOTE that the Agreement works for the satisfaction of the citizens of the Contracting Parties,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the definition of short-stay provided for by the Agreement (three months during a six months period following the date of first entry) is not precise enough and in particular the notion of ‘the date of first entry’ can give rise to uncertainties and questions,

BEARING IN MIND that Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) has introduced horizontal changes in the visa and borders acquis of the European Union and has defined short-stay as ‘90 days in any 180-day period’,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Entry/Exit System to be established by the European Union requires the use of a uniform and clear cut definition of short-stay which is applicable to all third-country nationals,

DESIRING to ensure the smooth flow of travellers at border crossing points of the Contracting Parties,

REAFFIRMING that the Agreement covers citizens of all Member States of the European Union with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice and the Protocol on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and confirming that the provisions of this amending Agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Agreement is amended as follows:

(1)

in the title and in Articles 3(5), 4(3), 6(1) and 8(7), the word ‘Community’ is replaced by the word ‘Union’;

(2)

in Article 1, the words ‘three months during a six months period’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days in any 180-day period’;

(3)

Article 4 is amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   The citizens of the European Union may stay in the territory of Saint Kitts and Nevis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.’;

(b)

paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis may stay in the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. That period shall be calculated independently of any stay in a Member State which does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full.

The citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis may stay for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period in the territory of each of the Member States that does not yet apply the Schengen acquis in full, independently of the period of stay calculated for the territory of the Member States fully applying the Schengen acquis.’;

(c)

in paragraph 3, the words ‘three months’ are replaced by the words ‘90 days’;

(4)

in Article 8(4), the last sentence is replaced by the following:

‘A Contracting Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Contracting Party should the reasons for that suspension cease to exist and shall lift that suspension.’.

Article 2

This amending Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Contracting Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the sixth month following the date on which the last Party notifies the other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

Done 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.

Съставено в Брюксел на двадесет и пети април две хиляди и осемнадесета година.

Hecho en Bruselas, el veinticinco de abril de dos mil dieciocho.

V Bruselu dne dvacátého pátého dubna dva tisíce osmnáct.

Udfærdiget i Bruxelles den femogtyvende april to tusind og atten.

Geschehen zu Brüssel am fünfundzwanzigsten April zweitausendachtzehn.

Kahe tuhande kaheksateistkümnenda aasta aprillikuu kahekümne viiendal päeval Brüsselis.

Έγινε στις Βρυξέλλες, στις είκοσι πέντε Απριλίου δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ.

Done at Brussels on the twenty fifth day of April in the year two thousand and eighteen.

Fait à Bruxelles, le vingt-cinq avril deux mille dix-huit.

Sastavljeno u Bruxellesu dvadeset petog travnja godine dvije tisuće osamnaeste.

Fatto a Bruxelles, addì venticinque aprile duemiladiciotto.

Briselē, divi tūkstoši astoņpadsmitā gada divdesmit piektajā aprīlī.

Priimta du tūkstančiai aštuonioliktų metų balandžio dvidešimt penktą dieną Briuselyje.

Kelt Brüsszelben, a kétezer-tizennyolcadik év április havának huszonötödik napján.

Magħmul fi Brussell, fil-ħamsa u għoxrin jum ta’ April fis-sena elfejn u tmintax.

Gedaan te Brussel, vijfentwintig april tweeduizend achttien.

Sporządzono w Brukseli dnia dwudziestego piątego kwietnia roku dwa tysiące osiemnastego.

Feito em Bruxelas, em vinte e cinco de abril de dois mil e dezoito.

Întocmit la Bruxelles la douăzeci și cinci aprilie două mii optsprezece.

V Bruseli dvadsiateho piateho apríla dvetisícosemnásť.

V Bruslju, dne petindvajsetega aprila leta dva tisoč osemnajst.

Tehty Brysselissä kahdentenakymmenentenäviidentenä päivänä huhtikuuta vuonna kaksituhattakahdeksantoista.

Som skedde i Bryssel den tjugofemte april år tjugohundraarton.

За Европейския съюз

Рог la Unión Europea

Za Evropskou unii

For Den Europæiske Union

Für die Europäische Union

Euroopa Liidu nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση

For the European Union

Pour l'Union européenne

Za Europsku uniju

Per l'Unione europea

Eiropas Savienības vārdā –

Europos Sąjungos vardu

Az Európai Unió részéről

Għall-Unjoni Ewropea

Voor de Europese Unie

W imieniu Unii Europejskiej

Pela União Europeia

Pentru Uniunea Europeană

Za Európsku úniu

Za Evropsko unijo

Euroopan unionin puolesta

För Europeiska unionen

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За Федерация Сейнт Китс и Невис

Por la Federación de San Cristóbal y Nieves

Za Federaci Svatý Kryštof a Nevis

For Føderationen Saint Kitts og Nevis

Für die Föderation St. Kitts und Nevis

Saint Kittsi ja Nevise Föderatsiooni nimel

Για την Ομοσπονδία Αγίου Χριστόφορου και Νέβις

For the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Pour la Fédération de Saint-Christophe-et-Nevis

Za Federaciju Svetog Kristofora i Nevisa

Per la Federazione di Saint Christopher (Saint Kitts) e Nevis

Sentkitsas un Nevisas Federācijas vārdā —

Sent Kitso ir Nevio Federacijos vardu

Saint Kitts és Nevis Államszövetség részéről

Għall-Federazzjoni ta’ Saint Kitts u Nevis

Voor de Federatie van Saint Kitts en Nevis

W imieniu Federacji Saint Kitts i Nevis

Pela Federação de São Cristóvão e Neves

Pentru Federația Saint Kitts și Nevis

Za Federáciu Svätého Krištofa a Nevisu

Za Federacijo Saint Kitts in Nevis

Saint Kitts ja Nevisin federaation puolesta

För Federationen Saint Kitts och Nevis

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(1)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2009, p. 38.

(2)  Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code), the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, Council Regulations (EC) No 1683/95 and (EC) No 539/2001 and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 182, 29.6.2013, p. 1).


JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND, NORWAY, SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN

It is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, on the one hand, and Saint Kitts and Nevis, on the other hand, modify, without delay, the existing bilateral agreements on the short-stay visa waiver in accordance with the terms of this amending Agreement.


JOINT DECLARATION ON THE INTERPRETATION OF 90 DAYS IN ANY 180-DAY PERIOD

The Contracting Parties understand that the maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period as provided for by Article 4 of the Agreement means either a continuous visit or several consecutive visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period in total.

The notion of ‘any’ implies the application of a moving 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days in any 180-day period requirement continues to be fulfilled. Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.


DECISIONS

21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/43


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2019/81

of 17 January 2019

amending Annex I to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008 concerning animal health control measures relating to lumpy skin disease in certain Member States

(notified under document C(2019) 102)

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 89/662/EEC of 11 December 1989 concerning veterinary checks in intra-Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market (1), and in particular Article 9(4) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 90/425/EEC of 26 June 1990 concerning veterinary checks applicable in intra-Union trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market (2), and in particular Article 10(4) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 92/119/EEC of 17 December 1992 introducing general Community measures for the control of certain animal diseases and specific measures relating to swine vesicular disease (3), and in particular Article 14(2), Article 19(1)(a) and(3)(a) and Article 19(4) and (6) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 2002/99/EC of 16 December 2002 laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption (4), and in particular Article 4(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Directive 92/119/EEC lays down general control measures to be applied in the event of an outbreak of certain animal diseases, including lumpy skin disease (LSD). These control measures include the establishment of protection and surveillance zones around the infected holding, and they also provide for emergency vaccination in the case of an outbreak of LSD in addition to other control measures.

(2)

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008 (5) lays down animal health control measures to be taken in relation to outbreaks of LSD in the Member States or parts thereof as listed in Annex I thereto, including the minimum requirements for vaccination programmes against LSD submitted by the Member States to the Commission for approval. Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008 defines ‘infected zones’ as the part of the territory of a Member State listed in Part II of Annex I thereto, which includes the area where LSD was confirmed and any protection and surveillance zones established in accordance with Directive 92/119/EEC, and where vaccination against LSD may be implemented following the approval of vaccination programmes. It also defines ‘free zones with vaccination’ as the part of the territory of a Member State listed in Part I of that Annex which includes the areas outside the infected zones, where vaccination against LSD is implemented following the approval of vaccination programmes.

(3)

In August 2015, LSD was confirmed in Greece for the first time. In 2016, there were cases of LSD in Bulgaria and additional cases in Greece, as well as in a number of neighbouring third countries. In 2017, LSD was present to a lesser extent in South-East Europe, with a large scale recurrence of the disease in Albania, and a few additional sporadic outbreaks in Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

(4)

In 2018, there has been an improvement of the LSD epidemiological situation and no case of LSD has been reported in any Member State or in any neighbouring third country in South-East Europe, excluding Turkey.

(5)

In response to the outbreaks of LSD, the affected Member States, namely Greece and Bulgaria, as well as the affected neighbouring third countries, implemented mass vaccination programmes of their live bovine animals and captive wild ruminants. Croatia, where LSD has not occurred to date, also implemented a mass vaccination programme against LSD, in 2016 and 2017, as a preventive measure in view of the epidemiological situation in neighbouring Member States and third countries. The LSD vaccination programmes in Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia were approved by the Commission under Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 (6).

(6)

Since the first occurrence of LSD in continental Europe, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has produced an ‘Urgent advice on LSD, adopted on 29 July 2016 (7) and three reports, namely ‘Lumpy skin disease: I. Data collection and analysis’ approved on 27 March 2017 (8), ‘Lumpy skin disease II. Data collection and analysis’ approved on 29 January 2018 (9) and ‘Lumpy skin disease: scientific and technical assistance on control and surveillance activities’ approved on 28 September 2018 (10). All these scientific assessments suggest that mass vaccination campaigns against LSD, when they are properly implemented, bring the disease under control by preventing the occurrence of new outbreaks.

(7)

Mass vaccination against LSD has continued in 2018 in all the Member States and neighbouring third countries in South-East Europe that have been affected by LSD.

(8)

Since the beginning of 2018, Croatia has stopped vaccination against LSD in view of the favourable epidemiological situation in that Member State and in neighbouring third countries. Instead, Croatia started implementing a LSD surveillance programme approved by the Commission. That programme involves clinical, virological and serological surveillance with an emphasis on high risk areas, situated close to Member States and neighbouring third countries where outbreaks of LSD have been reported in recent years.

(9)

In accordance with Article 11.9.4 of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the World Health Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in the case of preventive vaccination, conducted in a country or zone free from LSD, in response to a threat but without the occurrence of a case of LSD, disease-free status may be regained eight months after the last vaccination when clinical, virological and serological surveillance has been conducted in accordance with Article 11.9.15 of that Code.

(10)

According to a report, submitted by Croatia to the Commission on 13 October 2018, the results of clinical, virological and serological surveillance indicate that there is no evidence of the presence of LSD in its territory. Hence, Croatia fulfils all OIE requirements for disease-free status for LSD in the absence of the occurrence of LSD cases and since more than eight months have elapsed since the last LSD vaccination. It is therefore appropriate to lift the restrictions in relation to LSD vaccination in that Member State.

(11)

As a result, the entry for Croatia should be deleted from the list of Member States with ‘free zones with vaccination’ in Annex I to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008.

(12)

Annex I to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(13)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Annex I to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008 is replaced by the text set out in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 17 January 2019.

For the Commission

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 395, 30.12.1989, p. 13.

(2)  OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 29.

(3)  OJ L 62, 15.3.1993, p. 69.

(4)  OJ L 18, 23.1.2003, p. 11.

(5)  Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2008 of 15 November 2016 concerning animal health control measures relating to lumpy skin disease in certain Member States (OJ L 310, 17.11.2016, p. 51).

(6)  Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 of 15 November 2016 approving the vaccination programmes against lumpy skin disease submitted by the Member States (OJ L 310, 17.11.2016, p. 66).

(7)  EFSA Journal 2016;14(8):4573.

(8)  EFSA Journal 2017;15(4):4773. .

(9)  EFSA Journal 2018;16(2):5176.

(10)  EFSA Journal 2018;16(10):5452.


ANNEX

‘ANNEX I

PART I

Free zones with vaccination

1.   Bulgaria

A.

The following provinces in Bulgaria:

Province of Burgas

Province of Varna

Province of Dobrich

Province of Razgrad

Province of Silistra

Province of Ruse

Province of Pleven

B.

The following municipalities in Bulgaria:

The municipalities of Opaka, Popovo and Antonovo in the province of Targovishte.

The municipalities of Shumen, Kaspichan, Novi Pazar, Nikola Kozlevo, Kaolinovo, Venets and Hitrino in the province of Shumen.

The municipalities of Svishtov, Polski Trambesh and Strazhitsa, in the province of Veliko Tarnovo.

2.   Greece

The following regions in Greece:

Region of Ionian Islands, excluding the regional unit of Kerkyra

Region of North Aegean, excluding the regional unit of Limnos

Region of South Aegean

Region of Crete

PART II

Infected zones

1.   Greece

A.

The following regions in Greece:

Region of Attica

Region of Central Greece

Region of Central Macedonia

Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace

Region of Epirus

Region of Peloponnese

Region of Thessaly

Region of Western Greece

Region of Western Macedonia

B.

The following regional units in Greece:

Regional unit of Limnos

Regional unit of Kerkyra

2.   Bulgaria

The entire territory of Bulgaria excluding the areas listed in Part I.


21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/48


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2019/82

of 17 January 2019

amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 approving the vaccination programmes against lumpy skin disease submitted by the Member States

(notified under document C(2019) 105)

(Only the Bulgarian, Croatian and Greek texts are authentic)

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 89/662/EEC of 11 December 1989 concerning veterinary checks in intra-Community trade with a view to the completion of the internal market (1), and in particular Article 9(4) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 90/425/EEC of 26 June 1990 concerning veterinary checks applicable in intra-Union trade in certain live animals and products with a view to the completion of the internal market (2), and in particular Article 10(4) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 92/119/EEC of 17 December 1992 introducing general Community measures for the control of certain animal diseases and specific measures relating to swine vesicular disease (3), and in particular Article 19(1)(a) and (3)(a) and Article 19(6) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Directive 92/119/EEC lays down general control measures to be applied in the event of an outbreak of certain animal diseases, including lumpy skin disease (LSD). These control measures include the establishment of protection and surveillance zones around the infected holding, and they also provide for emergency vaccination in the case of an outbreak of LSD in addition to other control measures.

(2)

In August 2015, LSD was confirmed in Greece for the first time. In 2016, there were cases of LSD in Bulgaria and additional cases in Greece, as well as in a number of neighbouring third countries. In 2017, LSD was present to a lesser extent in South-East Europe, with a large scale recurrence of the disease in Albania, and a few additional sporadic outbreaks in Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

(3)

In response to the outbreaks of LSD, the affected Member States, namely Greece and Bulgaria, as well as the affected neighbouring third countries, implemented mass vaccination programmes of their live bovine animals and captive wild ruminants. In 2016 and 2017, Croatia, where LSD has not occurred to date, also implemented a mass vaccination programme against LSD, as a preventive measure in view of the epidemiological situation in neighbouring Member States and third countries. The vaccination programmes against LSD in Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia were approved by the Commission under Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 (4), and those three Member States are duly listed in the Annex to that act as having approved vaccination programmes against LSD.

(4)

In 2018, there has been a further improvement of the LSD epidemiological situation and no case of LSD has been reported in any Member State or in any neighbouring third country in South-East Europe, excluding Turkey. During the same year, mass vaccination against LSD has continued in all the Member States and in neighbouring third countries in South-East Europe that have been affected by LSD.

(5)

Since the beginning of 2018, Croatia stopped vaccination against LSD in view of the favourable epidemiological situation in that Member State and in neighbouring countries. Instead, Croatia started implementing a LSD surveillance programme that was approved by the Commission. That surveillance programme involves clinical, virological and serological surveillance with an emphasis on high risk areas, situated close to Member States and neighbouring third countries where outbreaks of LSD have been reported in recent years. According to a report, submitted by Croatia to the Commission on 13 October 2018, the results of the clinical, virological and serological surveillance indicate that there is no evidence of the presence of LSD in its territory.

(6)

As a result, Croatia should no longer be included in the list of Member States with an approved vaccination programme against LSD, since LSD vaccination is no longer carried out in that Member State.

(7)

The Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(8)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 is replaced by the text set out in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision is addressed to the Republic of Bulgaria, the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Croatia.

Done at Brussels, 17 January 2019.

For the Commission

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 395, 30.12.1989, p. 13.

(2)  OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 29.

(3)  OJ L 62, 15.3.1993, p. 69.

(4)  Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2009 of 15 November 2016 approving the vaccination programmes against lumpy skin disease submitted by the Member States (OJ L 310, 17.11.2016, p. 66).


ANNEX

‘ANNEX

The vaccination programme submitted by Greece.

The vaccination programme submitted by Bulgaria.


ACTS ADOPTED BY BODIES CREATED BY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

21.1.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 18/51


DECISION No 1/2018 OF THE STABILISATION AND ASSOCIATION COUNCIL

of 4 December 2018

concerning the transition to the second stage of the Association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part, pursuant to Article 5(3) of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement [2019/83]

THE STABILISATION AND ASSOCIATION COUNCIL,

Having regard to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part (1) (the ‘Agreement’), and in particular Article 5(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Article 5(1) of the Agreement provides for a transitional period of a maximum of 10 years divided into two successive stages.

(2)

The first stage began on 1 April 2004, which was the date of entry into force of the Agreement.

(3)

Article 5(3) of the Agreement further provides that the Stabilisation and Association Council is to evaluate the progress made and to decide about the passage into the second phase and its duration, as well as on any possible changes to be brought about as regards the content of the provisions governing the second stage.

(4)

The Parties are determined to comply with the obligations related to the transition to the second stage of the Association.

(5)

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has taken the measures necessary to ensure compliance with all of the obligations resulting from the transition to the second stage,

Has ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The transition to the second stage of the Association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part, pursuant to Article 5(3) of the Agreement, hereby takes effect.

Article 2

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

Done at Brussels, 4 December 2018.

For the Stabilisation and Association Council

The President


(1)  OJ L 84, 20.3.2004, p. 13.


 

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