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Document 22000D0624(01)

Decision No 1/2000 of the EU-Israel Association Council of 13 June 2000 adopting its rules of procedure

OJ L 151, 24.6.2000, p. 12–15 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

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22000D0624(01)

Decision No 1/2000 of the EU-Israel Association Council of 13 June 2000 adopting its rules of procedure

Official Journal L 151 , 24/06/2000 P. 0012 - 0015


Decision No 1/2000 of the EU-Israel Association Council

of 13 June 2000

adopting its rules of procedure

(2000/398/EC)

THE ASSOCIATION COUNCIL,

Having regard to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, and in particular Articles 67 to 75 thereof,

Whereas that Agreement entered into force on 1 June 2000,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Chairmanship

The Association Council shall be presided over alternately for periods of 12 months by a representative of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on behalf of the Community and its Member States, and a representative of the Government of Israel. The first period shall begin on the date of the first Association Council meeting and end on 31 December 2000.

Article 2

Meetings

The Association Council shall meet regularly at ministerial level once a year. Special sessions of the Association Council may be held if the Parties so agree, at the request of either Party.

Unless otherwise agreed by the Parties, each session of the Association Council shall be held at the usual venue for meetings of the Council of the European Union at a date agreed by both Parties.

The meetings of the Association Council shall be jointly convened by the secretaries of the Association Council in agreement with the President.

Article 3

Representation

The members of the Association Council may be represented if unable to attend. If a member wishes to be so represented, he must notify the President of the name of his representative before the meeting at which he is to be so represented.

The representative of a member of the Association Council shall exercise all the rights of that member.

Article 4

Delegations

The members of the Association Council may be accompanied by officials.

Before each meeting, the President shall be informed of the intended composition of the delegation of each Party.

A representative of the European Investment Bank shall attend the meetings of the Association Council, as an observer, when matters which concern the Bank appear on the agenda.

The Association Council may decide to invite, by agreement between the Parties, non-members to attend its meetings in order to provide information on particular subjects.

Article 5

Secretariat

An official of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and an official of the Mission of Israel in Brussels shall act jointly as secretaries of the Association Council.

Article 6

Correspondence

Correspondence addressed to the Association Council shall be sent to the President of the Association Council at the address of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.

The two secretaries shall ensure that correspondence is forwarded to the President of the Association Council and, where appropriate, circulated to other members of the Association Council. Correspondence circulated shall be sent to the General Secretariat of the Commission, the Permanent Representations of the Member States and the Mission of Israel in Brussels.

Communications from the President of the Association Council shall be sent to the addresses by the two secretaries and circulated, where appropriate, to the other members of the Association Council at the addresses indicated in the second paragraph.

Article 7

Publicity

Unless otherwise decided, the meetings of the Association Council shall not be public.

Article 8

Agenda for meetings

1. The President shall draw up a provisional agenda for each meeting. It shall be forwarded by the secretaries of the Association Council to the addresses referred to in Article 6 not later than 15 days before the beginning of the meeting.

The provisional agenda shall include the items in respect of which the President has received a request for inclusion in the agenda not later than 21 days before the beginning of the meeting, save that items shall not be written into the provisional agenda unless the supporting documentation has been forwarded to the secretaries not later than the date of dispatch of the agenda.

The agenda shall be adopted by the Association Council at the beginning of each meeting. An item other than those appearing on the provisional agenda may be placed on the agenda if the two Parties so agree.

2. The President may, in agreement with the two Parties, shorten the time limits specified in paragraph 1 in order to take account of the requirements of a particular case.

Article 9

Minutes

Draft minutes of each meeting shall be drawn up by the two secretaries.

The minutes shall, as a general rule, indicate in respect of each item on the agenda:

- the documentation submitted to the Association Council,

- statements the entry of which has been requested by a member of the Association Council,

- the decisions taken, the statements agreed upon and the conclusions adopted.

The draft minutes shall be submitted to the Association Council for approval. They shall be approved within three months after each Association Council meeting. When approved, the minutes shall be signed by the President and the two secretaries. The minutes shall be filed in the archives of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union who is acting as depository of the documents of the Association; a certified copy shall be forwarded to each of the addressees referred to in Article 6.

Article 10

Decisions and recommendations

1. The Association Council shall take its decisions and recommendations by common agreement of the Parties.

During the inter-sessional period, the Association Council may take decisions or recommendations by written procedure if both Parties so agree.

2. The decisions and recommendations of the Association Council within the meaning of Article 69 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement shall be entitled respectively "Decision" and "Recommendation" followed by a serial number, by the date of their adoption and by a description of their subject. Each decision shall specify the date of its entry into force.

The decisions and recommendations of the Association Council shall be signed by the President and authenticated by the two secretaries.

Decisions and recommendations shall be forwarded to each of the addressees referred to in Article 6.

The Association Council may decide to order publication of its decisions and recommendations in the Official Journal of the European Communities and the Reshumot of Israel (Israeli Official Journal).

Article 11

Languages

The official languages of the Association Council shall be the official languages of the two Parties.

Unless otherwise decided, the Association Council shall base its deliberations on documentation prepared in these languages.

Article 12

Expenses

The Community and Israel shall each defray the expenses they incur by reason of their participation in the meetings of the Association Council, both with regard to staff, travel and subsistence expenditure and to postal and telecommunications expenditure.

Expenditure in connection with interpreting at meetings, translation and reproduction of documents shall be borne by the Community, with the exception of expenditure in connection with interpreting and/or translation into or from Hebrew, which shall be borne by Israel.

Other expenditure relating to the material organisation of meetings shall be borne by the Party which hosts the meetings.

Article 13

Association Committee

1. The Association Committee shall assist the Association Council in carrying out its duties. It shall be composed of representatives of the members of the Council of the European Union and of members of the Commission of the European Communities, on the one hand, and of representatives of the Israeli Government on the other.

2. The Association Committee shall prepare the meetings and the deliberations of the Association Council, implement the decisions of the Association Council where appropriate and, in general, ensure continuity of the association relationship and the proper functioning of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement. It shall consider any matter referred to it by the Association Council as well as any other matter which may arise in the course of the day-to-day implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement. It shall submit proposals or any draft decisions and/or recommendations for adoption to the Association Council.

3. In cases where the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement refers to an obligation to consult or a possibility of consultation, such consultation may take place within the Association Committee. The consultation may continue in the Association Council if the two Parties so agree.

4. The rules of procedure of the Association Committee are annexed to this Decision.

Done at Brussels, 13 June 2000.

For the Association Council

The President

J. Gama

ANNEX

RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE EU-ISRAEL ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE

Article 1

Chairmanship

The Association Committee shall be presided over alternatively for periods of 12 months by a representative of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on behalf of the Community and its Member States, and a representative of the Government of Israel. The first period shall begin on the date of the first Association Council meeting and end on 31 December 2000.

Article 2

Meetings

The Association Committee shall meet when circumstances require with the agreement of both Parties.

Each meeting of the Association Committee shall be held at a time and place agreed by both Parties.

The meetings of the Association Committee shall be convened by the Chairman normally at least once a year.

Article 3

Delegations

Before each meeting, the Chairman shall be informed of the intended composition of the delegation of each Party.

Article 4

Secretariat

An official of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and an official of the Israeli Government shall act jointly as secretaries of the Association Committee.

All communications intended for the Chairman of the Association Committee or sent by him or her under this Decision shall be addressed to the secretaries of the Association Committee and to the Secretaries and President of the Association Council.

Article 5

Publicity

Unless otherwise decided, the meetings of the Association Committee shall not be public.

Article 6

Agenda for meetings

1. The Chairman shall draw up a provisional agenda for each meeting. It shall be forwarded by the secretaries of the Association Committee to the addresses referred to in Article 4 not later than 15 days before the beginning of the meeting.

The provisional agenda shall include the items in respect of which the Chairman has received a request for inclusion in the agenda not later than 21 days before the beginning of the meeting, save that items shall not be written into the provisional agenda unless the supporting documentation has been forwarded to the secretaries not later than the date of dispatch of the agenda.

The Association Commitee may ask experts to attend its meeting in order to provide information on particular subjects.

The agenda shall be adopted by the Association Committee at the beginning of each meeting. An item other than those appearing on the provisional agenda may be placed on the agenda if the two Parties so agree.

2. The Chairman may, in agreement with the two Parties, shorten the time limits specified in paragraph 1 in order to take account of the requirements of a particular case.

Article 7

Minutes

Minutes shall be taken for each meeting and shall be based on a summing up by the Chairman of the conclusions arrived at by the Association Committee.

When approved by the Association Committee, the minutes shall be signed by the Chairman and by the secretaries and filed by each of the Parties. A copy of the minutes shall be forwarded to each of the addressees referred to in Article 4.

Article 8

Deliberations

In the specific cases where the Association Committee is empowered by the Association Council under the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement to take decisions/recommendations, these acts shall be entitled respectively "Decision" and "Recommendation", followed by a serial number, by the date of their adoption and by a description of their subject.

Whenever the Association Committee takes a decision, Articles 10 and 11 of Decision No 1/2000 of the Association Council adopting its rules of procedure shall be applied mutatis mutandis.

Decisions and recommendations of the Association Committee shall be forwarded to the addressees referred to in Article 4 of this Annex.

Article 9

Expenses

Each Party shall each defray the expenses related to its participation in the meetings of the Association Committee and any working parties set up under Article 73 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, both with regard to staff, travel and subsistence expenditure and to postal and telecommunications expenditure.

Expenditure in connection with interpreting at meetings, translation and reproduction of documents shall be borne by the Community, with the exception of expenditure in connection with interpreting and/or translation into or from Hebrew, which shall be borne by Israel.

Other expenditure relating to the material organisation of meetings shall be borne by the Party which hosts the meetings.

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