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1 Rules of Origin : The Example of the Regional Convention for the Pan-Euro-Med Area JOINT CUSTOMS AND TRADE FACILITATION FORUM: A CUSTOMS STRATEGY FOR THE CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (CFTA) T CUSTOMS AND TRADE FACILITATION FORUM: A CUSTOMS STRATEGY FOR THE CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (CFTA) Guillaume DOREY DG TAXUD B3 Rules of origin

2 General Presentation of the rules of origin for the pan-Euro-Med zone

3 Pan-Euro-Mediterranean free trade zone and its rules of origin Network of bilateral free trade agreements between the EU, EFTA members, Faroe Islands, Turkey and Mediterranean countries participating in the Barcelona process (16 partners in total) A system of pan-Euro-Mediterranean cumulation operates on the basis of identical rules of origin (PEM protocol on rules of origin) annexed to these free trade agreements Cumulation concept: "what is mine/yours is yours/mine" Tool of regional integration/enhanced sourcing possibilities 3

4 PEM cumulation EU Turkey Morocco 1.000 10.000 1.000 40% max non-originating Tunisia 4.000 Russia 2.000

5 Albania EU Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia Croatia Kosovo/UNMIK Faeroe Bosnia and Herzegovina West Bank and Gaza Strip Israel Morocco Jordan Montenegro Lebanon Serbia Algeria Tunisia Egypt Syria Turkey Switzerland/ Lichtenstein Iceland Norway How does PEM cumulation work? There are FTAs linking all /some of the Members Each bilateral FTA contains a Protocol on origin All the Protocols on origin contain identical RoO Every time a modification in the RoO is needed, all the Protocols need to be adapted.

6 01/12/12 Matrix of PEM cumulation

7 Albania EU Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia Croatia Kosovo* Faeroe Bosnia and Herzegovina West Bank and Gaza Strip Israel Morocco Jordan Montenegro Lebanon Serbia Algeria Tunisia Egypt Syria Turkey Switzerland/ Lichtenstein Iceland Norway The PEM Convention: A common Protocol on RoO, which replaces each Protocol to each FTA

8 PEM Convention – concept and benefits Will base diagonal cumulation of origin on a single legal instrument. No more separate protocols on RoO. Will allow easier revision and update of RoO. Will include entire Western Balkans region into in the pan- Euro-Mediterranean zone of diagonal cumulation. Will allow accession of neighbouring countries in the pan- Euro-Mediterranean cumulation zone.

9 EU Turkey EFTA Norway Switzerland Lichtenstein Iceland Faroe Islands MEDS Algeria Egypt Israel Jordan Lebanon Morocco Syria Tunisia West Bank and Gaza Strip WESTERN BALKANS Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia Kosovo* the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Montenegro Serbia CONTRACTING PARTIES OF THE PEM CONVENTION PEM system of cumulation SAA cumulation

10 Contact: TAXUD, unit B3 (Rules of Origin) Email: TAXUD-UNIT-B3@ec.europa.euTAXUD-UNIT-B3@ec.europa.eu


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