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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Agreement between Australia and the European Union on the security of classified information
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Brussels
Date of Signature 13/01/2010
Date of Entry Into Force Pending
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement The objective of the agreement is:
- to strengthen bilateral and multilateral dialogue and cooperation in support of shared foreign security policy and security interests; and
- to provide a legal framework for the exchange of classified information.
Remarks It is one of the “security agreements” concluded by the European Union with Third Countries to provide the necessary guarantees for the protection of the Exchange of EU classified information (EUCI) released to third parties and third pary Classified Information released to the EU, relating to any area of the Union's activity. It constitutes the basis for exchanging EUCI and indicate the maximum level of EUCI which may be exchanged. Where electronic transmission of EUCI is possible, the maximum level releasable in this way is also indicated. However specific conditions usually apply which may vary from agreement to agreement.
OJ Reference L 26, 30/01/2010, p. 31
Nature of Agreement Agreement on data protection
Contracting Parties European Union, Australia
Authentic Texts English
Subject Matters Oceania
Amendment and review Article 18 Agreement
Entry into force conditions Article 18 Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 17 Agreement
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council Decision 2010/53/CFSP of 30 November 2009 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between Australia and the European Union on the security of classified information; OJ L26 of 30/01/2010, p.30
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EU: Article 24

Last Update :   09/02/2010