Overview of the Bill
1 The purpose of the Bill is to approve four draft decisions of the Council of the European Union ("the Council"). This is to fulfil a requirement in section 8 of the European Union Act 2011 ("2011 Act") which requires Parliament to approve draft decisions made under Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ("TFEU"). Parliamentary approval will enable the United Kingdom to vote in favour of the draft decisions.
2 The first draft decision is on the participation of the Republic of Albania as an observer in the work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
3 The second draft decision is on the participation of the Republic of Serbia as an observer in the work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
4 The third and fourth draft decisions are to sign and then conclude an Agreement between the European Union and the Government of Canada that will allow enhanced cooperation between the European Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau on competition matters.