To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the countries that have an association agreement with the European Union, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Darragh O'Brien.
* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017.
Ref No: 8960/17
Article 217 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union provides that the Union may conclude with one or more third countries or international organisations agreements establishing an association involving reciprocal rights and obligations, common action and special procedure.
The precise content of an association agreement, however, is not defined by the Treaty, and their nature, and terminology, may vary depending on the context in which they are used.
Association agreements are just one particular category of international agreement entered into by the EU with third countries.
In addition to association agreements, the EU has also entered into a number of economic partnership agreements, political and cooperation agreements, framework agreements, free trade agreements, as well as sectoral agreements, with third countries.
A comprehensive database of agreements entered into by the EU is maintained by the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and is available at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/documents-publications/treaties-agreements/.
The European Commission also maintains updated information as to the trade agreements entered into by the EU which is available at http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/agreements/.
A list of Association Agreements entered into by the EU is as follows:
Year of entry into force
Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) Signed in 2012 but not yet in force
Turkey 1964, the framework for the 1995 Customs Union
Ukraine Signed 2014, being provisionally applied in part from 1 January 2016
Stabilisation and Association Agreements
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015
FYR Macedonia 2004
Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements
Palestinian Authority 1997 (Interim Agreement)
Syria 1977 (suspended since 2011)
European Economic Area Agreement
African, Caribbean and Pacific Partnership Agreement (Cotonou Agreement) 2003