Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Administrative Committee for the Customs Convention on the international transport of goods under cover of TIR Carnets as regards the proposal to amend the Convention
1.Subject matter of the proposal
This proposal concerns the decision establishing the position to be taken on the Union's behalf in the Administrative Committee established by the Customs Convention on the International Transport of goods under cover of TIR 1 carnets (“the TIR Convention”) in connection with the envisaged adoption of several amendments to the TIR Convention.
2.Context of the proposal
2.1.The Customs Convention on the International Transport of goods under cover of TIR Carnets
The Customs Convention on the International Transport of goods under cover of TIR carnets of 14 November 1975 (“the TIR Convention) aims to facilitate the international carriage of goods from customs offices of departure to customs offices of destination and through as many countries as necessary. The Agreement entered into force in 1978. As of November 2020, there are 76 parties to the Convention, including 75 states and the European Union.
The European Union is a contracting party to the TIR Convention 2 since 20 June 1983, and all Member States are contracting parties to the TIR Convention.
2.2.The Administrative Committee
The Administrative Committee is acting within the framework of the Customs Convention on the International Transport of goods under cover of TIR carnets. The role of the Administrative Committee is to consider and adopt amendments to the TIR Convention. Proposals are put to the vote and each state, which is a party and is represented at a session of the Administrative Committee, has one vote. The Union has exclusive competence in the area of customs governed by the TIR Convention. However, the Union, as a customs and economic union, does not have voting rights in addition to those of its Member States, in accordance with Article 52(3) of the TIR Convention. All Member States are parties with voting rights.
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