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GENERAL DATA
Official Title Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (CAA)
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Brussels
Date of Signature 06/05/2010
Date of Entry Into Force 19/01/2013
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement The purpose of this Protocol is to facilitate the elimination by the Parties of technical barriers to trade in respect of certain industrial products, listed in the Annexes to this Protocol, which form an integral part of this Protocol.
Remarks The Protocol follows the general principles laid down in the Commission's Communication on Community External Trade Policy in the field of standards and conformity assessment (COM(96) 564 final of 13/11/1996). It has been decided, in consultation with the 133 Committee, to adopt this agreement as a Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, signed on 20 November 1995 (OJ L147, 21/06/2000, p.3) rather than as a stand alone Agreement. The ACAA provides for an extension of certain benefits of the Internal Market in sectors already aligned. The ACAA thus facilitates market access by eliminating technical barriers to trade with respect to industrial products. Each ACAA consists of a framework agreement and one or more annexes, setting out the products covered, and the means adopted to extend the benefit of trade in that sector. To this end, the ACAA provides for two mechanisms, first, for the recognition of equivalence in technical regulation, standardization and conformity assessment for industrial products subject to equivalent regulation in Community law and the national law of the partner country, and second, for the mutual acceptance of industrial products that fulfil the requirements to be lawfully placed on the market in one of the Parties. Under the first mechanism, mutual recognition of products operates on the basis of the acquis communautaire that has been transposed by the partner country, in the same way as it would apply to products placed on the market of a Member State. It allows industrial products covered by it and attested as compliant according to the procedures of the European Union to be placed on the Israeli market without having to undergo any further approval procedures, and vice versa. At present one sector is included: good manufacturing practice (GMP) for pharmaceutical products. Israel has taken over the Community technical legislation in the sector covered by the Annex to the Protocol and participates in the European organisations in the sector covered by it. The second mechanism, i.e., the mutual acceptance of industrial products not commonly regulated, confirms that Articles 16 and 17 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement with Israel apply without other restriction in the product sectors covered by it. That is, Annexes applying this mechanism will provide that where no European technical regulations exist, industrial products listed under such Annexes lawfully traded in the market of either Party (i.e., on the territory of Israel or that of one of the Member States of the EU) may be lawfully traded in the other. No annexes making this mechanism operational are at present included.
OJ Reference L1, 04/01/2013, p. 2
Contracting Parties European Union, Israel
Authentic Texts Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew , Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian , Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Middle East
Trade
Clause(s)
Authentic Texts Article 18 Protocol
Confidentiality Article 12 Protocol
Duration (Conditions) Article 17 Protocol
Entry into force conditions Article 16 Protocol
Safeguard Article 6 Protocol
Management Committee (Article 13)
EU PARTICIPATION
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 20 November 2012 on the conclusion of a Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (CAA); OJ L1 of 04/01/2013, p.1
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty FEU: Article 207, 218


Last Update :   31/01/2013