Pan European Agreement

The aim is to change the rules of origin in the following EU bilateral agreements with the following contact parties: pan-European identity is a sense of personal identification with Europe in the cultural or political sense. The concept is being discussed in the context of European integration, historically linked to hypothetical proposals, but since the creation of the European Union (EU) in the 1990s, increasingly in view of the EU`s increasingly advanced federalisation project. The model of a “pan-European” Union is the Carolingian empire that united “Europe” in the sense of Latin Christianity. The initial proposal for a pan-European union was made in 1922 by Richard de Coudenhove-Kalergi. The term “pan-European” does not refer to the modern geographical definition of the European continent, but to the historical meaning of the western parts of continental Europe that share the common history of Latin Christianity, the Carolingian Empire and the Habsburg Empire. Coudenhove-Kalergi regarded the pan-European state as a future “fifth great power”, in explicit opposition to the Soviet Union, Asia, Great Britain and the United States (as such, the British Isles and Eastern Europe explicitly exclude from its “pan-European” conception). [1] The next step will be for the European Council to adopt the proposals. The new rules are expected to be implemented by some countries as early as the first half of 2021, after the agreement of the European Council (the EU will have to agree separately with all parties on the new rules). It is important to note that companies will have the opportunity to use the new rules as a transitional measure until the revised EMP agreement is adopted. However, the contracting parties are free to continue to apply the provisions currently in force under the EEP agreement. On 24 August 2020, the European Commission, with 20 parties to the pan-Euro-Mediterranean trade agreement, adopted a series of proposals including more flexible and business-friendly rules of origin. Before coming into force, the proposed rules must be approved by the COUNCIL of the EU and then formally approved by each of the parties to the trade agreement they amend. According to the European Commission, the new rules could come into force in the first half of 2021.

Most of the parties present at the meeting expressed support for the formal adoption of the revised rules of origin, while some parties expressed reservations/objections and requested a postponement of the vote until a satisfactory agreement was reached on certain outstanding bilateral issues. The transitional provisions proposed by the European Commission aim to modernise the current rules of origin of emPs, which date back to the 1990s, and to introduce additional flexibilities, in line with the approach of recent EU trade agreements (e.g.B.