Hungarian National Assembly

REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL Trade and Investment Barriers Report 2014

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Scrutiny date: 27/10/2014

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The negotations about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are closely and regularly followed up by the relevant committees of the Hungarian National Assembly.

The state of play regarding the negotiations about the TTIP was for the first time on the agenda of the Committee on European Affairs (CEA) on its meeting of 27 October 2014.
The responsible Minister of State of the Government gave a detailed overview about the actual state of play of the negotiations.
During the Q & A the Chairman of the Committee touched upon the common letter written in June 2014 on Dutch initative addressed to Commissioner De Gucht where the character of mixed agreement of the TTIP was highlighted.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs has also debated the state of play of the TTIP negotiations during its meeting of 5 November 2014.

The political debate entitled “The risks and the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on sustainability and sovereignty” was held on 26 February 2015 in the plenary of the Hungarian National Assembly. (summary attached)
Following the exposé of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a speech was delivered by Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. In the debate of nearly 6 hours several MEPs of Hungary have participated. The interventions touched mainly on the following issues: the lack of transparency and of information regarding the TTIP negotiations; the need of ratification by the national Parliaments apart from the consent of the European Parliament; the maintenance of the GMO free agriculture as well as the investor-to-state dispute settlement.

Following the 9th round in New York between 20-24 April 2015, the state of play of the negotiations was on the agenda of the Committee on European Affairs on 27 April 2015 where the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade gave a general overview.
The state of play of the TTIP negotiations was on the agenda of the conference organised by the Committee on Sustainable development with NGOs on 21 May 2015.

During the annual hearing of the Minister for Trade and Foreign Affairs held on the meeting of the Committee on European Affairs of 11 December 2015, the state of play of the TTIP negotiations was also highlighted.

The state of play of the TTIP as well as of the CETA negotations was on the agenda of the CEA on 18 April and 30 May 2016.

On 13 June 2016 the Hungarian National Assembly adopted the Resolution 11/2016 (VI. 17.) on the requirements for the European Union's trade and investment agreements with third countries.
By this the National Assembly calls on the Government to firmly and consistently represent the view in decision-making and preparation for decision-making activities with the national governmental participation of the institutions of the European Union in order that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to be established between the European Union and the United States, and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) to be established within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) classify as mixed international agreements. For their creation, it is required to have in each member state a ratification process that is in accordance with their respective constitutional rules and that the conventions cannot enter into force temporarily as long as EU Member States do not ratify them.

The topic will be followed in the framework of a recent dossier. Therefore this one will be closed.


Lisbon Treaty procedures
 
  Political Dialogue

25/06/2014 | Letter to Mr De Gucht-Role of national Parliaments in free trade agreemnts

On the initative of the Dutch House of Representatives a common letter was addressed on 25 June 2014 to Commissioner De Gucht in the framework of the political dialogue.
The letter signed by 23 chairs of relevant committees in national Parliaments highlighted that free trade agreemnts should be considered as mixed agreements since they contain provisions that concern policy areas which are within the competences of the Member States.
In addition, the signatories emphasised that it is of great importance that trade agreements such as CETA (Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada) and TTIP are ratified by national Parliaments.
The above-mnetioned letter was signed by Mr Richárd Hörcsik, the Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Hungarian National Assembly.

At the informal session organised during the LV COSAC on 12-14 June 2016 in The Hague, the Representatives of the Dutch Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate presented a letter of concern (attached ) regarding CETA and provisional application. The letter was distributed and dispatched to members of EU national Parliaments. The letter was also supported by members of the Hungarian National Assembly.

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