Förenade kungariket

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Den 24 december 2020 ingick EU och Förenade kungariket ett handels- och samarbetsavtal efter långa och komplexa förhandlingar. Detta avtal tillämpades provisoriskt från och med den 1 januari 2021, fram till dess att rådet och Europaparlamentet slutfört ratificeringsprocessen. I likhet med andra nyligen ingångna frihandelsavtal innehåller avtalet särskilda bestämmelser om en dialog med det civila samhället. EESK, som är en central aktör i denna dialog med det civila samhället, fattade därför beslut om den institutionella strukturen för att främja förbindelserna med Förenade kungariket och dess civila samhälle (näringsliv, fackföreningar och andra organisationer) och om ett organ för att övervaka handels- och samarbetsavtalet.

Denna nya struktur, som anpassats mot bakgrund av inte bara det ingångna avtalet och de nya förbindelserna mellan EU och Förenade kungariket utan även den senaste institutionella utvecklingen inom kommissionen, omfattar följande:

  • Uppföljningskommittén EU–Förenade kungariket, den politiska efterföljaren till uppföljningsgruppen för brexit och en EESK-kommitté där vi kan fastställa vår egen agenda och våra egna prioriteringar i syfte att tillgodose de behov som den nya verkligheten ger upphov till.
  • EU:s inhemska rådgivande grupp inom ramen för handels- och samarbetsavtalet mellan EU och Förenade kungariket, det civila samhällets institutionella pelare i handelsförbindelserna mellan EU och Förenade kungariket.

Nu när de framtida förbindelserna mellan de båda parterna har fastställts genom ett så viktigt och omfattande partnerskapsavtal är kommittén fast besluten att spela sin roll för att optimera potentialen i detta avtal, särskilt i förhållande till det brittiska civila samhället. Kommittén är fast besluten att upprätthålla nära kontakter med det brittiska civila samhället efter brexit, uppmuntra dialog och utbyte samt föra in det civila samhällets organisationer i den sociala beslutsprocessen, för att på så sätt se till att de starka ekonomiska, sociala och politiska band som utvecklats under ett halvsekel av brittiskt EU-medlemskap skyddas.

  • Adopted on 27/04/2023 - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2023
    Reference
    REX/574-EESC-2023
    Workers - GR II
    Plenary session number
    578
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    In accordance with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 and Directive 2001/83/EC as well as the Commission acts based on them, apply to and in the UK in respect of Northern Ireland.

     

    EESC opinion: Specific rules relating to medicinal products for human use intended to be placed on the market of Northern Ireland
  • Adopted on 27/04/2023 - Bureau decision date: 21/03/2023
    Reference
    REX/575-EESC-2023
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Plenary session number
    578
    -

    In accordance with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, a number of EU legislative acts concerning sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures apply to and in the UK in respect of Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.

    Accordingly, the entry into Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK of certain consignments of products of animal or plant origin, including animal food, plants for planting, machinery and vehicles for agricultural or forestry purposes and seed potatoes falls within the scope of these acts and is subject to official controls, certification requirements and prohibitions. This also applies to non-commercial movements of certain pet animals.

    EESC opinion: Specific rules relating to the entry into Northern Ireland from other parts of the United Kingdom of certain consignments of goods
  • Adopted on 25/01/2023 - Bureau decision date: 22/09/2022
    Reference
    REX/563-EESC-2022-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Ireland
    Plenary session number
    575
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    The general objective of the information report will be to feed into the political dialogue between the EU and UK and promote a joint reflection on their future relationship. More specifically, the information report will be transmitted to the relevant services in the European Commission, EEAS, European Parliament, and Council, as the EESC's contribution to addressing issues arising from the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol.

    Information report: The implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Adopted on 17/10/2018 - Bureau decision date: 18/09/2018
    Reference
    TEN/682-EESC-2018-01-01
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Ireland

     

     

    EESC opinion: Ship inspection and survey organisations with regard to the United Kingdom's withdrawal proposal
  • In particular the EESC:

    • supports the adoption and early implementation of the proposed regulation, which ensures adequate sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards for a transparent, streamlined and safe supply of the market of Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK;
    • acknowledges the significant effort made to reconcile the facilitation of procedures, to safeguard the integrity of the EU internal market and the protection of public animal and plant health;
    • urges the Commission to further clarify and provide solutions for the areas of more apparent divergence between SPS standards in the UK and the EU;
  • In particular, the EESC: 

    • supports the adoption and early implementation of the proposed regulation, which would ensure continuity of supply of medicinal products for human use in Northern Ireland;
    • agrees that it is essential that the proposed regulation contains a provision enabling suspension of the specific rules by the Commission in the event of the UK's non-compliance;
    • encourages ongoing consultation with key stakeholders to help ensure timely implementation as well as monitoring for any future risks to the delivery of the objectives of the proposed regulation;

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  • At its January plenary session, the EESC adopted an information report on the Implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, including the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. The report shows that UK organised civil society is strongly in favour of a deeper and more constructive relationship with their EU counterparts and the EU as a whole. This could contribute to the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and help maximise the potential of the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement.

  • The 6th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the EU-UK TCA featured the participation of the UK DAG Chair, Mr. Sean McGuire, to discuss the recent Windsor Framework on Northern Ireland, the situation of both DAGs and future joint steps. A DG TRADE representative presented and discussed with members the technical aspects of Level Playing Field provisions.

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    In the context of the reinforced follow-up of EESC Information Report

    Following the adoption of the EESC Information Report on the Implementation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, the Committee is now promoting and giving it a reinforced follow-up using various communication channels, considering the relevance and the perfect timing of the subjects covered in the report.

     

  • The 5th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the EU-UK TCA was dedicated to the assessment of the first year of DAG work -including the recent EU-UK Civil Society Forum, to an update on the Trade Specialised Committees and to a structured discussion of selected issues and recommendations with a DG TRADE representative.