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Summary of Treaty


GENERAL DATA
Official Title Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Lebanon, of the other part
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Luxembourg
Date of Signature 17/06/2002
Date of Entry Into Force 01/04/2006
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement (a) Provide an appropriate framework for political dialogue between the Parties, allowing the development of close relations in all areas they consider relevant to such dialogue; (b) establish the conditions for the gradual liberalisation of trade in goods, services and capital; (c) promote trade and the expansion of harmonious economic and social relations between the Parties, notably through dialogue and cooperation, so as to foster the development and prosperity of Lebanon and its people; (d) promote economic, social, cultural, financial and monetary cooperation; (e) promote cooperation in other areas which are of mutual interest.
Remarks Please see the Protocol between the European Community and the Republic of Lebanon establishing a dispute settlement mechanism applicable to disputes under the trade provisions of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Lebanon, of the other part (OJ L328 of 14/12/2010, p.21) attached in View Other Relevant Treaty Information. Based on respect of democratic principles and fundamental human rights, the Association Agreement provides a framework for political dialogue, co-operation in economic policy, including approximation of laws and application of Community standards to support Lebanon’s efforts to achieve sustainable economic and social development and the gradual establishment of a free trade area, as well as close co-operation in the social field particularly promoting the role of women and a better understanding amongst cultures. Co-operation to counter terrorism is covered in a separate exchange of letters between Lebanon and the EU. The Agreement commits both parties to further liberalisation of bilateral trade in various sectors. An Interim Agreement on trade and trade related matters allowed the trade and trade-related contents of the Association Agreement to enter into force on 1 March 2003 and formally triggered the start of the 12 year transition period to free trade, one of the fundamental planks to the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. With the entry into force of the Interim Agreement the concessions on trade in Lebanese agricultural and processed agricultural exports took immediate effect. A Protocol to the Interim Agreement adapts its technical provisions to take account of the enlargement of the EU from 15 to 25 countries (decision to conclude the Protocol not yet adopted).
OJ Reference L143, 30/05/2006, p. 2
Depositary Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Authentic Texts Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters External Relations
Mashreq
Clause(s)
Duration (Conditions) Article 89 Agreement
Entry into force conditions Article 92 Agreement
Fight against drugs Article 62 Agreement
Human rights Article 2 Agreement
Human rights - Suspension Article 86 Agreement
Readmission Article 69 Agreement
Readmission Article 68 Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 82 Agreement
Territorial application Article 90 Agreement
Management Association Committee (Art. 77)
Association Council (Art. 74)
EU PARTICIPATION
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 14 February 2006 concerning the conclusion of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States of the one part, and the Republic of Lebanon, of the other part; OJ L143 of 30/05/06, p.1
Competence Mixed
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 310
General Comments Framework Agreement ; Comprehensive Agreement ; Euromed ; Association Agreement


Last Update :   11/07/2012