accession agreements

accession agreements

in the law of the European Union agreements concluded between the Union and states that are not member states, usually, in their terms, ‘with a view to membership’. They are not legally different from other agreements; it is the definition of their scope that gives them their significance. Some accession agreements have been moribund for a time but have later been resurrected, such as the case of the agreement with Greece when democracy was considered as suspended in that state. Sometimes described as ‘an antechamber to membership’, they are a useful way of dealing with the Union's legal mechanism for accession. Currently there are four countries that have applied to accede to the European Union: Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey. Formal admission is dependent on the applicant states meeting the COPENHAGEN CRITERIA, agreed in June 1993. See also ACQUIS COMMUNAUTAIRE.
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Contract notice: Microsoft trade partner framework agreement and accession agreements server & cloud enrollment ( "sce") and enterprise agreement ( "ea").
Today, on behalf of the official opposition, I have signed new clauses 7, 8, 9 and 10, tabled by the honourable member for Sleaford and North Hykeham [Conservative Stephen Phillips] and several Conservative backbenchers, which will look at strengthening future accession agreements in to the EU when they come about," he said, during Home Secretary Theresa May's Commons question session on Monday.
World Trade Organization accession agreements with both China and more recently Russia were negotiated without fast track.
Under the Lisbon Treaty (Article 218 TFEU), the EP must issue its approval in many cases, in particular for association agreements, EU accession agreements and agreements subject to the ordinary legislative procedure or in certain special cases.
Two Accession Agreements were signed for OFIDs participation in the GTLP
The bilateral agreement with the United States is only one of 28 bilateral accession agreements that Vietnam has signed.
Projects related to the Olympics, however, will likely get special treatment and may establish a model for more consistent and open bidding practices, which China has already committed to in its World Trade Organization (WTO) accession agreements.
The agreement provides the framework for common and country-specific agreements by the local entities of each party, and will become effective upon the signing of the different accession agreements.
Qatar and Bangladesh have entered into accession agreements to become new members of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
To admit new countries (such as Croatia, which is expected to finish accession talks in 2009), separate agreements - so-called accession agreements - would be needed on the number of parliamentary seats and weighted votes in the EU Council.
Under its accession agreements, China has committed to make its licensing process transparent once it enters the trade club.
But they concede that the Commission would probably present plans for what to do with remaining candidates "pretty soon after" the signature of the first wave's accession agreements.