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L 72/18 EN Official Journal of the European Union 18.3.

2005

II
(Acts whose publication is not obligatory)

COUNCIL

COUNCIL DECISION
of 21 February 2005
on the signing and the provisional application of an agreement in the form of an Exchange of
Letters between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus amending the Agreement
between the European Community and the Republic of Belarus on trade in textile products
(2005/228/EC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, the European Community and the Republic of Belarus
amending the Agreement between the European Community
and the Republic of Belarus on trade in textile products,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
subject to its conclusion.
Community, and in particular Article 133 in conjunction with
Article 300, paragraph 2, first sentence thereof, Article 2

Subject to reciprocity (1), the Agreement shall be applied on a


Having regard to the proposal from the Commission, provisional basis, pending the conclusion of the procedures for
its formal conclusion, from 1 January 2005.
Whereas: The text of the Agreement is attached to this Decision.
Article 3
(1) The Commission has negotiated on behalf of the
Community an agreement to extend for one year the 1. If Belarus fails to fulfil its obligations under paragraph 2.5
existing Agreement and protocols on trade in textile of the 1999 Agreement (2), the quota for 2005 shall be reduced
products with the Republic of Belarus, with quantitative to the levels applicable in 2004.
limits adjusted to take into account annual growth rates
and Belarussian demand for some categories. This 2. The decision to implement paragraph 1 shall be taken in
agreement should be applied on a provisional basis as accordance with the procedures referred to in Article 17 of
of 1 January 2005, pending the completion of Council Regulation (EEC) No 3030/93 of 12 October 1993
procedures required for its conclusion, subject to the on common rules for imports of certain textile products from
reciprocal provisional application by the Republic of third countries (3).
Belarus. Article 4

(2) The Agreement should be signed, This Decision shall take effect the day following its publication
in the Official Journal of the European Union.

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:


Done at Brussels, 21 February 2005.
Article 1
For the Council
The President of the Council is hereby authorised to designate
the person(s) empowered to sign on behalf of the Community The President
the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between J. ASSELBORN

(1) The date from which provisional application will become effective
will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, C
series.
(2) OJ L 336, 29.12.1999, p. 27.
(3) OJ L 275, 8.11.1993, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regu-
lation (EC) No 2200/2004 (OJ L 374, 22.12.2004, p. 1).