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Scientific and technological cooperation with Egypt

Scientific and technological cooperation with Egypt

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Research and innovation > Research and innovation: international dimension and enlargement

Scientific and technological cooperation with Egypt


Council Decision 2008/180/EC of 25 February 2008 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the Arab Republic of Egypt.


This decision marks the conclusion of the Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation by the European Community (EC). This was a provisional agreement between the Community and Egypt signed on 21 June 2005.

The aim of the Agreement is to strengthen cooperation between the two parties in the fields of common interest where they are carrying out scientific and technological research and development projects.

The Agreement enables Egyptian legal entities * to participate in the framework programme of the European Community and, vice versa, legal entities in the Member States can participate in Egypt’s research programmes and projects in themes equivalent to those of the EC Framework programme. Activities undertaken include the implementation of research programmes, technological development and demonstration activities promoting cooperation with and between businesses, centres of research, universities, non-member countries and international organisations. The activities also aim to encourage training and the movement of researchers, as well as the dissemination and optimisation of the results of research activities, whilst also respecting the provisions for intellectual property rights.

The two parties shall facilitate the free movement of researchers and materials used for the activities covered in the Agreement. Grant funding can be allocated to a legal entity of Egypt participating in a Community action.

Coordination is undertaken by a joint committee called “EC-Egypt Joint Scientific and Technological Cooperation Committee”. The Committee is responsible for the evaluation and implementation of the Agreement. The remit of the Committee also includes the identification of sectors where cooperation could be developed and research priorities. The Committee shall meet at least once a year.


The Agreement between the European Community and Egypt establishes a formal framework for cooperation in scientific and technological research

Key terms of the act
  • Legal entity: any natural person, or any legal person created under the national law of its place of establishment or under Community law or international law, having legal personality and being entitled to have rights and obligations of any kind in its own name.


Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Decision 2008/180/EC


OJ L 59 of 4.3.2008

The International Coffee Agreement 2007

The International Coffee Agreement 2007

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The International Coffee Agreement 2007


Council Decision 2008/579/EC of 16 June 2008 on the signing and conclusion on behalf of the European Community of the International Coffee Agreement 2007 [Official Journal L 186 of 15.7.2008].

International Coffee Agreement 2007 (pdf ).


The European Community is a member of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) as an international institution along with 31 importing countries and 45 exporting countries. Signed by the 77 members of the ICO, the International Coffee Agreement 2007 aims to enhance and promote the sustainable development of the worldwide coffee sector through the following measures:

  • promoting international cooperation on coffee matters;
  • providing a forum for consultation among governments and with the private sector;
  • encouraging signatories to develop a sustainable coffee sector in economic, social and environmental terms;
  • seeking a balance between supply and demand and fair pricing for both consumers and producers;
  • facilitating the expansion and transparency of international coffee trade and promoting the elimination of trade barriers;
  • collecting, disseminating and publishing economic, technical and scientific information, statistics and studies on coffee-related issues;
  • promoting the development of consumption and markets for all types of coffee, including in coffee-producing countries;
  • developing and seeking finance for projects that benefit the world coffee economy;
  • promoting coffee quality with a view to enhancing customer satisfaction and benefits to producers;
  • supporting the development of food safety procedures in the sector;
  • supporting the development of strategies to enhance the capacity of small-scale farmers to benefit from coffee production, which can contribute to poverty alleviation;
  • facilitating the availability of information on financial tools and services that can assist producers.

In this context, the agreement stipulates that Members must try to limit tariff-related and regulatory barriers to coffee consumption such as preferential tariffs, quotas, government monopolies and subsidies. They must also give due consideration to the sustainable management of coffee resources, in accordance with the principles and objectives on sustainable development contained in Agenda 21, and the improvement of the standard of living and working conditions of populations engaged in the coffee sector.

The agreement also requires that each exporting Member implement the system of Certificates of Origin established by the ICC to facilitate the collection of statistics on the international coffee trade, and furnish to the ICC any information it judges necessary relating to production, imports, exports, consumption and prices.

Matters governed by the agreement fall within the exclusive competence of the European Community under the common commercial policy.


The International Coffee Agreement 2007 is the seventh agreement of its kind to be signed since 1962 by members of the International Coffee Organization. A previous agreement was signed in 2001. The agreement remains in force for a period of 10 years unless it is extended or terminated before it expires.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

EC Decision 2008/579


OJ L 186 of 15.7.2008

Agreement on the European Economic Area

Agreement on the European Economic Area

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Agreement on the European Economic Area

Document or Iniciative

Decision 94/1/CE, ECSC of the Council and the Commission of 13 December 1993 on the conclusion of the Agreement on the European Economic Area between the European Communities, their Member States and the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden and the Swiss Confederation [Official Journal L 1 of 3.1.1994].

Agreement on the European Economic Area – Final Act – Joint Declarations – Declarations by the Governments of the Member States of the Community and the EFTA States – Arrangements – Agreed Minutes – Declarations by one or several of the Contracting Parties of the Agreement on the European Economic Area [Official Journal L 1 of 3.1.1994].


This Agreement aims to strengthen economic and trade relations between the European Community and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. In part it extends the four freedoms of movement in the single market to these States, and establishes a trading system which ensures compliance with competition rules. It shall not constitute a market without borders nor a customs union.

The Parties also agree to strengthen certain areas of cooperation, specifically research and development, the environment, education and social policy.

The Agreement does not apply to agricultural and fishery products, or to indirect taxation (VAT and excise duties). These fields are covered by different, specific agreements.

Free movement of goods

Trade liberalisation means the abolition of import and export customs duties (including customs duties of a fiscal nature), quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect with regard to products originating in the Contracting Parties.

The rules of origin are set out (Protocol 4) without prejudice to any obligations subscribed to under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

Agricultural and fishery products are part of a progressive system, covered by specific agreements.

Free movement of persons

The Agreement establishes the principle of the free movement of workers and self-employed persons. Workers from the European Community and the EFTA countries have the right to move to the territory of another Party in order to look for and undertake employment. They may remain in the country after having been employed there.

Workers benefit from the right to equal treatment in terms of employment, remuneration and working conditions. Free movement should also be facilitated through the coordination of provisions relating to access to employment, social security and the recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications.

The right of establishment concerns individuals and companies. It permits the setting up of agencies, branches or company subsidiaries in the territory of another Party.

Free movement of services

The parties shall abolish all restrictions to the free provision of services, specifically regarding industrial and commercial activities and activities of craftsmen and of the professions. Service providers may temporarily pursue their activities in the State where the service is provided, under the same conditions as are imposed by that State on its own nationals.

Free movement of capital

The Agreement establishes the principle of equal treatment with regard to the capital market and the credit system. There shall be no restrictions based on nationality, place of residence or place where the capital is invested.

However, the Parties may take protective or corrective measures, specifically with regard to differences between exchange rate regulation, in case of disturbance in the capital market by one Party or a crisis in their balance of payments.

Institutional and financial provisions

An EEA Council shall be established to implement the Agreement. It shall consist of members of the Council and the Commission, as well as a member from each EFTA State. The office of President of the EEA Council shall be held alternately, for a period of six months. The Council shall be supported in its mission by an EEA Consultative Committee, composed of equal numbers of members of the Economic and Social Committee and members of the EFTA Consultative Committee.

The financial mechanism provided for in the Agreement should contribute towards reducing the economic and social disparities between the two Parties.


The EEA Agreement was signed in 1992 between the twelve Member States and the six EFTA Member States, comprising Austria, Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. The Agreement did not enter into force until 1994 due to its rejection by Switzerland. Austria, Finland and Sweden joined the European Union in 1995.


Act Entry into force – Expiry date Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Decision 94/1/CE, ECSC


OJ L 1 of 3.1.1994

This summary is for information only. It is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document, which remains the only binding legal text.

Strengthening of maritime labour standards

Strengthening of maritime labour standards

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Strengthening of maritime labour standards

Document or Iniciative

Communication from the Commission of 15 June 2006 under Article 138(2) of the EC Treaty on the strengthening of maritime labour standards [COM(2006) 287 final ? Not published in the Official Journal].


The European Commission has actively supported the work of preparing the ILO Convention on Maritime Labour Standards. It considers implementation of that Convention to be essential not only at Community but also at national level.

Article 138(2) of the Treaty stipulates that before submitting social policy proposals the Commission should consult the social partners regarding the possible direction of Community action.

Field of application of the Convention

The Convention draws together a set of provisions aimed at guaranteeing decent living and working conditions on board vessels with a gross tonnage of 500 tonnes or more engaged in international voyages or sailing between foreign ports. The standards it contains address the following points:

  • minimum conditions required for recruitment;
  • employment conditions and workers’ rights;
  • accommodation on board;
  • social protection;
  • a definition of responsibilities regarding application of the Convention.

Benefits of the Convention

The primary objective of the ILO Convention is to consolidate the conventions and recommendations on maritime labour adopted by the ILO since 1919 into a single text of high legal and political standing. Furthermore, it makes use of innovative mechanisms to ensure that the instrument is fully effective.

The second objective of this Convention is to manage globalisation and guarantee fairer conditions of competition. This will help to stabilise the maritime transport sector in the face of global competition and normalise the status of seafarer in the context of globalisation. In fact, certain harmful effects, such as social dumping, penalise seamen and ship owners who comply with the rules in force.

The third objective is to improve maritime safety and the attractiveness of the profession. It is worth remembering that 80 % of maritime accidents are linked to human error. There should therefore be minimum social standards in a coherent framework. A review of training should also be carried out, since qualifications and working conditions are complementary.

Role of the EU

The Commission gave its full support to the preparatory work for the Convention from the outset, convinced of the importance of eliminating unfair competition and improving social standards at world level. It has played a dynamic role, providing added value during negotiations and guaranteeing compatibility between the text of the Convention and Community law. It has also coordinated the positions of the Member States and offered financial support.

The Commission is now endeavouring to encourage and to expedite ratification to ensure that the Convention enters into force as early as possible. The weight of the Union, with its 27 Member States, enables the process to be speeded up since the conditions laid down for the entry into force of the Convention call for 30 States accounting for at least 33 % of world tonnage.

In addition, the Commission is striving to develop and enhance Community standards by seeking to incorporate the most relevant provisions of the Convention into Community law.

For this first phase of consultation, the social partners are thus invited to make known their position on a number of issues connected with implementation of the Convention. Those issues, which will also be the subject of an impact assessment, are as follows:

  • the advisability of developing the existing Community acquis by adapting, consolidating or complementing it in accordance with certain guidelines;
  • the usefulness of going beyond the provisions of the Convention in Community law;
  • the relevance of making the non-compulsory part of the Convention binding;
  • the possible commitment of the social partners to negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement to be implemented by means of Council decision, in accordance with Article 139 of the Treaty.

Furthermore, the Commission is asking the social partners whether it is relevant for the Community’s tripartite structure to be reflected in the monitoring commission provided for by the Convention.


Now that the Convention has been adopted, the European Commission considers it essential to mobilise the necessary resources to implement it at both Community and national level. The Commission is seeking to assert EU values and interests and to promote high standards throughout the world.

Related Acts

Council Decision 2007/431/EC of 7 June 2007 authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Community, the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, of the International Labour Organization [Official Journal L 161 of 22.6.2007].
The Commission has exclusive competence as regards the coordination of social security schemes, but the Community cannot stand in place of the Member States when a convention is ratified. The Council Decision of 7 June 2007 allows the Member States to ratify the Convention, which comprises aspects connected with coordination of social security schemes.

Agreement on readmission with Russia

Agreement on readmission with Russia

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Agreement on readmission with Russia

Document or Iniciative

Council Decision 2007/341/EC of 19 April 2007 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on readmission.


This decision concerns the conclusion of the agreement on readmission * between the European Community and Russia. This agreement is set out in the annex. It does not apply to Denmark.

Readmission obligation

Russia will readmit, upon application by a European Union (EU) country, any person not, or no longer, fulfilling the conditions in force for entry or residence, provided that it is established that the person concerned is a Russian national.

Nationality can be established by means of at least one of the documents listed in the annex to the agreement, even if its period of validity has expired. If none of the documents listed in the annex can be presented, the competent diplomatic representation or consular post of Russia or the EU country concerned will interview the person to be readmitted without undue delay in order to establish his or her nationality.

Russia will also readmit any non-EU country national or stateless person not, or no longer, fulfilling the conditions in force for entry or residence, provided that evidence can be furnished that this person:

  • holds a valid visa issued by Russia;
  • holds a valid residence authorisation issued by Russia;
  • unlawfully entered the territory of the EU country directly from Russian territory.

The readmission obligation does not apply if:

  • the non-EU country national or stateless person has only been in airside transit via a Russian international airport;
  • an EU country has issued a visa or residence authorisation to the person concerned;
  • the person concerned enjoyed visa-free access to the territory of the requesting EU country *.

Proof of the grounds for the readmission can be furnished by means of at least one of the documents listed in the annex to the agreement.

The reciprocal obligation of EU countries applies mutatis mutandis according to the rules set out above.

For 3 years following the entry into force of the agreement, the readmission obligation will be applicable only to stateless persons and nationals from non-EU countries with which Russia has concluded bilateral arrangements on readmission.

Readmission procedure

Any transfer of a person to be readmitted requires the submission of a readmission application to the requested country *. By way of derogation, no application is needed where the person concerned is in possession of a valid national passport and, where necessary, also holds a valid visa or residence authorisation.

If a person has been apprehended in the border region of the requesting country after illegally crossing the border coming directly from the territory of the requested country, the former may submit a readmission application within two working days following this person’s apprehension (accelerated procedure).

Any readmission application must contain the following information:

  • the particulars of the person concerned;
  • indication of the evidence regarding nationality, unlawful entry and residence;
  • where appropriate, a statement indicating that the person to be transferred may need help or care, and any other protection or security measure.

The application for readmission must be submitted to the authority of the requested country within a maximum of 180 days from the date when the requesting country’s competent authority has gained knowledge that the person concerned does not fulfil, or no longer fulfils, the conditions for entry or residence.

A reply must be given in writing within a maximum of 25 days, which may be extended, on request, to 60 days. In the case of a readmission application submitted under the accelerated procedure, a reply has to be given within two days.

Upon expiry of the above-mentioned time limits, the readmission is deemed to have been agreed to.

Reasons must be given for refusal of a readmission application.

If the reply is positive, the person concerned will be transferred within 90 days. In the case of a transfer under the accelerated procedure, the time limit is two days.

After the requested country has given a positive reply to the readmission application in respect of its own nationals, the competent diplomatic mission or consular office will issue, without delay, a travel document required for the return of the person concerned with a period of validity of 30 days.

For the readmission of stateless persons and non-EU country nationals, the requesting country issues to the person concerned a travel document recognised by the requested country; if the former is an EU country, this document is drawn up in line with the standard form set out in the Council recommendation of 30 November 1994.

Before transferring a person, the Russian authorities and those of the EU country concerned agree on the transfer date, the border crossing point and any escorts required. Any means of transport is allowed. Return by air may be by scheduled or charter flights.

All transport costs incurred in connection with readmission and transit as far as the border-crossing point of the requested country are borne by the requesting country.

Final provisions

This agreement is without prejudice to the rights and obligations conferred under international law, and notably under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 28 July 1951 and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 4 November 1950.

The parties are to set up a joint readmission committee responsible in particular for monitoring the application of this agreement, deciding on arrangements necessary for its uniform execution and proposing amendments to it.

EU countries and Russia are to conclude implementing protocols that lay down rules on the competent authorities, border crossing points, languages of communication, modalities for readmission under the accelerated procedure, conditions for escorted transfers, proofs and evidence additional to those listed in the annexes to this agreement, etc.

This agreement enters into force on the first day of the second month following the date on which the parties notify each other that the ratification or approval procedures have been completed. Following the completion of this procedure, the agreement entered into force on 1 June 2007.


This agreement is the fifth Community agreement on readmission concluded with non-EU countries. The other agreements were concluded with Hong Kong, Macao, Sri Lanka and Albania.

This decision was adopted at the same time as that on the conclusion of an agreement to facilitate the issuing of visas with Russia. These two agreements are part of the introduction of the “four common spaces” between the EU and Russia, one of which is the Common Space of Freedom, Security and Justice. These agreements follow the Joint Statement of 31 May 2003 agreed on the occasion of the Saint-Petersburg summit, stating that the EU and Russia agree to timely conclude the negotiations on a readmission agreement.

Key terms used in the act
  • Readmission: the transfer by the requesting country and admission by the requested country of persons (nationals of the requested country, third-country nationals or stateless persons) who have been found illegally entering, being present in or residing in the requesting country;
  • Requesting country: the country submitting a readmission application;
  • Requested country: the country to which a readmission application is addressed.


Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Decision 2007/341/EC


OJ L 129 of 17.5.2007

The Rotterdam Convention on the international trade in hazardous chemicals

The Rotterdam Convention on the international trade in hazardous chemicals

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The Rotterdam Convention on the international trade in hazardous chemicals

Document or Iniciative

Council Decision 2006/730/EC of 25 September 2006 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade.

Regulation(EC) n° 689/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 concerning the export and import of dangerous chemicals.


The Rotterdam Convention was signed by the European Community on 11 September 1998. This Decision, approving the Rotterdam Convention on behalf of the European Community, is accompanied by a Council Regulation to implement the Convention’s provisions within the European Union (EU).


Fundamental principle

The Convention regulates the import and the export of certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides. It is based on the fundamental principle of Prior Informed Consent (PIC), meaning that under the Convention, a chemical listed in the Convention may only be exported with the importer’s prior consent. The Convention establishes a procedure to disseminate the decisions taken by the importing countries, thus implementing the PIC principle in the international trade in chemicals. It contains provisions requesting detailed information on the chemicals so that these decisions may be taken once data are available on the properties and the incidence of these products in particular on human health and the environment.

Products concerned

The Convention applies to banned or severely restricted chemicals and to extremely hazardous pesticide formulations. Over 30 chemicals are currently subject to the PIC procedure.

However, certain products are excluded from the scope of the Convention, namely:

  • narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;
  • radioactive materials;
  • waste;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • chemical weapons;
  • chemicals used as food additives;
  • food;
  • chemicals imported in quantities not likely to involve a risk provided they are imported for the purpose of research or analysis or by an individual for his or her own personal use.

Implementation of the Convention

Each Party must designate a national authority to ensure implementation at national and regional level. The Convention establishes a conference of the Parties which ensures implementation at international level and the evaluation of the Convention, including the approval of amendments. There is also a subsidiary body called the Chemical Review Committee (the Committee), which is responsible for analysing and assessing chemicals. The Secretariat is mainly responsible for coordination and administrative tasks.

Listing of hazardous chemicals and pesticides

Each Party must inform the Secretariat of any regulatory action adopted in respect of one or more chemicals or pesticides on its territory. Such notification must include information on the properties, identification and use of the chemical and its regulatory action. Where there are two notifications for the same chemical from at least two different regions, the Committee will review the information provided and, where appropriate, will recommend that the chemical in question be included in the list of chemicals subject to the Convention. Severely hazardous pesticides are subject to specific provisions. The Convention takes into consideration the fact that developing countries or countries with economies in transition have more limited means, and allows these countries to draw upon technical expertise from any source if they wish to include a pesticide in the list. The Committee will then review the information provided and may recommend the pesticide for listing.

The Conference of the Parties reviews the Committee’s recommendation and may take the final decision. It can also decide to remove a chemical from the Convention.


Each Party must specify whether or not it consents to the import into its territory of the hazardous chemicals or pesticides listed in the Convention. Parties may also decide to consent to import only subject to specified conditions. Interim decisions are also accepted. A Party that does not consent to the import of a chemical or that only consents under specified conditions must ensure that the import of the chemical from any source and the domestic production of the chemical for domestic use are made subject to the same conditions.


Each exporting Party must, of course, comply with the decisions of the other Parties relating to import authorisations. A chemical may not be exported to any Party that has failed to transmit a response or has transmitted an interim response. However, there are exceptions, for example where the importing Party has given its explicit consent to the import of the chemical in question.

In addition, the exporting Parties should assist importing Parties, upon request, to obtain further information and to strengthen their capacities to manage chemicals during their life-cycle.

Any exported chemical that is banned or severely restricted under the Convention must be accompanied by an export notification, and the importing Party must also acknowledge receipt of the chemical. The Convention contains provisions on the information that must accompany the chemicals, such as labelling requirements.

Exchange of information

The aim is to facilitate the exchange of scientific, technical, economic and legal information concerning the chemicals within the scope of the Convention, and to provide information on domestic regulatory actions in this area.

Technical assistance

Developing countries and countries with economies in transition may receive technical assistance from Parties which are more advanced in the area of chemical regulation.

Settlement of disputes

The Conference of the Parties draws up provisions on non-compliance with the Convention. With respect to dispute settlement, the Parties may resort to an arbitration procedure. A Party which is not a regional economic integration organisation may also submit the dispute to the International Court of Justice.

Withdrawal from the Convention

A Party may withdraw from the Convention three years after the date on which it came into force. This will take effect upon expiry of at least one year from the date of receipt of the notification of withdrawal.


The purpose of the Regulation is to implement the provisions of the Rotterdam Convention within the European Community. It will ensure that the measures laid down in the Convention are adopted; at the same time, some of the provisions contained in the Regulation will go beyond what is required in the Convention.

Chemicals concerned

The scope of the Regulation is wider than that of the Convention. It covers certain hazardous chemicals, which are banned or severely restricted within the Community or a Member State. It also covers the classification, packaging and labelling of all exported chemicals.

Export procedure

The Regulation establishes the deadlines and obligations which will apply to the notification procedure. The system requires that each exporter submit one export notification each year before the first export of a chemical. The notifications will be entered in a centralised register.

The Regulation contains certain measures that are more stringent than those of the Convention. Under the Regulation, any chemical or pesticide that is banned or severely restricted within the Community, and any articles containing these chemicals, must be accompanied by a notification. In addition, explicit consent for export is required for any dangerous chemical or pesticide which is banned or severely restricted within the Community, where it qualifies for PIC notification, even if that chemical or pesticide is not subject to the provisions of the Convention and is not included in the list of products already subject to the PIC procedure. The Regulation also imposes minimum standards concerning, for instance, the useful life of exported chemicals or pesticides, and storage conditions. The measures on labelling and packaging are also more stringent.

Export measures will apply to exports to all countries and not just to those that have signed the Convention.

The Regulation provides for the possibility of completely banning the export of certain specific chemicals or pesticides.


The penalties applicable to infringements of the provisions of this Regulation is determined by the Member States. These must be effective, proportional and dissuasive.

Exchange of information

The provisions are extended to all countries and the Regulation refers to European Community participation in an information network on capacity building set up by the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety.

Monitoring and evaluation

The Regulation requires regular reports to be drawn up on the quantities of exported chemicals and pesticides concerned. As regards the monitoring and evaluation of the functioning of the Regulation, Member States must regularly submit information to the Commission, which in turn will draw up regular reports on the subject.


The implementing conditions are mostly laid down by the Convention. Each Member States must designate one or several national authorities to ensure that the Regulation is implemented at national level. The European Commission will be responsible for implementation at Community level; it will also play a coordinating role between the Member States and between the European Community and the institutions of the Convention. The Commission will also be responsible for amending the annexes. It will be assisted by a committee.


Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Decision 2006/730/EC


OJ L 299 of 28.10.2006

Regulation (EC) No 689/2008


OJ L 204 of 31.7.2008

The successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 689/2008 have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated versionis of documentary value only.