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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Syrian Arab Republic - Protocol 1 on technical and financial cooperation - Protocol 2 concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation - Final Act - Joint Declarations - Exchanges of letters
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Brussels
Date of Signature 18/01/1977
Date of Entry Into Force 01/11/1978
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement To promote overall cooperation between the Contracting Parties with a view to contributing to the economic and social development of Syria and helping to strengthen relations between the Parties. To this end provisions and measures will be adopted and implemented in the fields of economic, technical and financial cooperation and of trade.
Remarks Comprehensive cooperation agreement. The trade provisions were implemented on 1 July 1977 by an Interim Agreement (see OJ L 126/77). This Agreement should soon be replaced by a Euro-Mediterranean Agreement similar to those concluded by the European Community with its Mediterranean partners (Barcelona Process). Whereas the Euro-Mediterranean Agreements with the other partners have already entered into force or at least been signed, the negotiations with Syria were only completed in October 2004. The main point of contention was weapons of mass destruction, on which an arrangement was only agreed in September 2004. The Agreement is currently being examined with a view to its approval by the authorities of both parties. The Association Agreement, once in force, will complement current provisions for duty-free access to the EU market for manufactured goods. The agreement requires Syria to open up its market gradually over a period of 12 years, by reducing and ultimately dismantling tariffs. Regarding agriculture and services, liberalisation is planned in progressive stages.
OJ Reference L269, 27/09/1978, p. 2
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Economic Community, Syria
Authentic Texts Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian
Subject Matters Development
Middle East
Management Cooperation Council (Article 35)
Conclusion Decision Council Regulation, of 26 September 1978, on the conclusion of the cooperation agreement between the European Economic Community and the Syrian Arab Republic; OJ L269 of 27/09/1978, p.1
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EEC: Article 238

Last Update :   11/08/2009