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Written question – Consequences of ruling by German Constitutional Court – E-007781/2016

by November 8, 2016 General

Yesterday the German Constitutional Court issued a ruling on whether Germany may go ahead with the procedure for signing the CETA trade agreement. Although the Court ruled that Germany may sign the agreement, it set clear conditions for this. For example, Germany may terminate the agreement unilaterally if it proves to conflict with the German Basic Law and the court insisted that Germany have a veto in the Joint Committee on regulatory cooperation. Furthermore, the EU alone may decide on areas of the agreement which undoubtedly fall within its exclusive area of competence.

1. What measures will the Council take to comply with the conditions of the German court, and will these measures then also apply to all other Member States?

2. How will the Council ensure that Member States can halt the provisional entry into force of the agreement?

3. Is the Council prepared to await the finding of the European Court of Justice on Singapore before deciding which areas of the agreement fall within the EU’s exclusive area of competence?