2017/2227(INI)

EU/Australia Framework Agreement

Procedure completed

Activites

  • 2018/04/18 Results of vote in Parliament
    • Results of vote in Parliament
    • T8-0109/2018 summary
  • 2018/04/17 Debate in Parliament
  • 2018/03/27 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
    • A8-0119/2018 summary
  • 2018/03/20 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading

Documents

AmendmentsDossier
57 2017/2227(INI) EU/Australia Framework Agreement
2018/03/08 AFET 57 amendments...
source: PE-618.203

History

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      MILLÁN MON Francisco José
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    • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the own-initiative report by Francisco José MILLÁN MON (EPP, ES) containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the Union of the Framework Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Australia, of the other part;

      In 2016, the EU was Australia’s second largest trading partner – its second source of imports (19.3 %) and third destination for exports (10.3 %). The EU and Australia celebrated 55 years of cooperation and diplomatic relations in 2017 and on 7 August 2017, they concluded a Framework Agreement.

      The report stressed that the EU, as a global actor, should further strengthen its presence in the large and dynamic Asia-Pacific area, where Australia is a natural partner of the EU as well as an important actor itself.

      Members noted that the Agreement will provide a legally binding instrument to upgrade and strengthen EU-Australia bilateral relations and to increase cooperation in areas such as foreign policy and security issues.

      Trade: they supported the upcoming launch of negotiations for an EU-Australia free trade agreement, which must be conducted in a spirit of reciprocity, transparency, accountability and mutual benefit while taking into account the sensitivity of certain products, such as agricultural ones, due to the fact that Australia is a major agricultural exporter.

      The committee encouraged both partners to have a high degree of ambition in the area of services.

      Education: Australia also has an active role in the EU’s higher education cooperation programmes through the EU-Australia Bilateral Education programme. Since 2015, Australian universities have been able to enter into Erasmus+ mobility agreements. This cooperation should be further strengthened.

      External relations: Members commended Australia for its support and for aligning its sanctions regime with the EU following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and military interventions in eastern Ukraine. They also commended Australia´s operational agreement with Europol and highlights the potential for further expansion of intelligence sharing and operational cooperation with the Australian Government. Its key contribution in the Security Council to seeking to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria has been recognised.

      Members underlined the importance of ever-closer bilateral cooperation on exchanging information on foreign fighters and their return. In this regard, they called for steps to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation through joint-training exercises between Member State emergency response teams and EU agencies such as Europol and its European Counter-Terrorism Centre (ECTC) on the one hand and key elements of the Australian national security architecture on the other.

      While welcoming the engagement by the EU and Australia envisaged in the FA on intensifying their dialogue and cooperation on migration and asylum, Members urged Australia to continue to contribute to finding a positive solution to the situation of asylum-seekers and migrants retained in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

      Climate change: Members welcomed Australia’s ratification of the Paris Agreement and the commitment laid down in the FA to enhance cooperation and foreign policy endeavours in order to fight climate change and took note of Australia’s target of reducing emissions by 26 to 28 % below 2005 levels by 2030.

      Lastly, Members recalled their concern about tensions in the South China Sea and encouraged both partners to continue to promote stability and freedom of navigation in this crucial international waterway.

      A proposal for a draft Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the Union of this Framework Agreement was presented in parallel (please refer to 2016/367(NLE)).

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Procedure completed
2018-02-07

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