Temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine

Provisional agreement between Parliament and Council on final act

2016/0308(COD) Temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine
Opinion AGRI SIEKIERSKI Czesław Adam (EPP)
Opinion BUDG
Lead INTA WAŁĘSA Jarosław (EPP) ULVSKOG Marita (S&D), PIECHA Bolesław G. (ECR), VAN BAALEN Johannes Cornelis (ALDE), SCHOLZ Helmut (GUE/NGL), HAUTALA Heidi (Verts/ALE), BEGHIN Tiziana (EFD)
Lead committee dossier: INTA/8/08026
Legal Basis RoP 059-p4, TFEU TFEU 207-p2


  • 2017/07/04 Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
    • T8-0285/2017 summary
  • 2017/06/20 Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
  • 2017/06/01 Matter referred back to the committee responsible
  • 2017/06/01 Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2017/05/31 Debate in Parliament
  • #3534
  • 2017/05/11 Council Meeting
  • 2017/05/10 Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
    • A8-0193/2017 summary
    • AGRI SIEKIERSKI Czesław Adam EPP
    • BUDG
    • INTA INTA/8/08026 WAŁĘSA Jarosław EPP
  • 2017/05/04 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2016/10/06 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2016/09/29 Legislative proposal published
    • COM(2016)0631 summary
    • DG {u'url': u'http://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/trade_en', u'title': u'Trade'}, MALMSTRÖM Cecilia



A8-0193/2017 - Jarosław Wałęsa - Vote unique

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 475 60 49 18 0 1 2 177 161 7 0
Against 102 0 1 15 29 42 10 3 2 0 0
Abstain 61 2 14 0 2 3 0 2 3 35 0

A8-0193/2017 - Jarosław Wałęsa - Am 24

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 79 0 1 32 31 6 9 0 0 0 0
Against 585 62 67 3 2 25 5 199 173 49 0
Abstain 23 0 0 0 0 15 0 2 6 0 0

A8-0193/2017 - Jarosław Wałęsa - Am 22

Position Total ALDE ECR EFDD ENF GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 566 62 66 3 21 2 5 197 163 47 0
Against 96 0 2 32 15 26 10 2 9 0 0
Abstain 28 0 0 1 0 20 1 0 5 1 0
126 2016/0308(COD) Temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine
2016/12/21 INTA, INTA 15 amendments...
source: PE-592.280
2016/12/22 AGRI 3 amendments...
source: PE-595.439
2017/01/31 AGRI 61 amendments...
source: PE-597.710
2017/02/07 INTA 35 amendments...
source: PE-599.651
2017/02/13 INTA 12 amendments...
source: PE-599.550


(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 566 votes to 96, with 28 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the introduction of temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine supplementing the trade concessions available under the Association Agreement.

    The position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

    Conditions for entitlement to the preferential arrangements: the amended text clarifies that the right to benefit from the autonomous trade measures introduced by the regulation should be subject to compliance by Ukraine with all the conditions necessary to benefit from the advantages provided for in the Association Agreement.

    Thus, the granting of the duty-free quota and preferential customs duties on imports would be subject to:

    • Ukraine's compliance with product rules of origin and related procedures; The trade measures would apply to goods originating in territories beyond the control of, or exported from, the Ukrainian Government (i) if they have been made available to the Ukrainian authorities for examination, and (ii) if their compliance with the conditions for granting preferential treatment has been verified in accordance with the Association Agreement;
    • as regards products manufactured in, or shipped from, territory not under the effective control of the Government of Ukraine, the submission of a movement certificate which shall be issued by the customs authorities of the Government of Ukraine, after having carried out an inspection of the exporter’s accounts at the exporter’s premises and any other checks considered appropriate, including assessing whether there are reasonable grounds to suspect that economic operators benefiting from the temporary autonomous trade measures are undermining the fight against corruption or are engaged in illegal economic activities;
    • the undertaking by Ukraine to not introduce discriminatory behind-the-border regulations, from the day of the entry into force of this regulation;
    • the implementation of continued and sustained efforts with regard to the fight against corruption and illegal activities;
    • continued respect for obligations to cooperate on matters related to employment, social policy and equal opportunities.

    Temporary suspension of the preferential arrangements: where a Member State requests that the Commission suspend any of the preferential arrangements, the Commission shall provide a reasoned opinion within four months of such request on whether the claim of failure to comply is substantiated. Member States’ position vis-à-vis the Commission should be strengthened. If the Commission considers the claim to be justified, it should set in motion the suspension procedure.

    Safeguard clause: the proposed regulation provides for the reintroduction of Common Customs Tariff duties under the Association Agreement for imports of any product which causes or threatens to cause serious difficulties for EU producers of like or directly competitive products.

    In addition, it is envisaged that:

    ·        the Commission shall closely monitor the impact of this regulation on EU producers with regard to the products listed in Annexes I and II, including with regard to prices on the EU market and taking into account relevant information on EU exports, imports and production of products that are subject to autonomous trade measures envisaged in the regulation;

    ·        the EU industry shall be able to request the Commission to initiate a safeguard procedure;

    ·        following a decision taken by the Commission, the Common Customs Tariff duties shall be reintroduced for as long as necessary to counteract the deterioration in the economic and/or financial situation of Union producers. The period of reintroduction shall not exceed one year, unless it is extended in duly justified circumstances.

    Assessment: the Commission’s annual report on the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement shall include a detailed assessment of the implementation of the temporary autonomous trade measures provided for in this regulation.

    Annexes: the annual quota volume would be 2 500 tonnes net weight of natural honey and 3 000 tonnes net weight of tomatoes prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid.

    For specific agricultural products, the annual quota volume would be 65 000 tonnes of common wheat, spelt and meslin, flour, groats, meal and pellets, 625 000 tonnes of maize and 325 000 tonnes of barley.


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