Select Committee on European Scrutiny Fortieth Report


COM(02) 500

Draft Council Decision on the signature and conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and Turkey on precursors and chemical substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

Legal base:Articles 133 and 300 (2)EC; information; qualified majority voting
Document originated:12 September 2002
Deposited in Parliament: 26 September 2002
Department:Home Office
Basis of consideration: EM of 10 October 2002
Previous Committee Report: None
To be discussed in Council: Date not set
Committee's assessment:Politically important
Committee's decision:Cleared

The document

  19.1  The document aims to strengthen administrative co-operation between the European Community and Turkey through an agreement to prevent the diversion from licit trade of precursors and chemical substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

  19.2  The five year (renewable) agreement covers:

  • co-ordination of such procedures for monitoring trade as pre-export notification and import and export authorisations, while ensuring due respect for legitimate trade interests;

  • mutual administrative assistance in this area; and

  • technical co-operation, including training and exchange programmes for relevant officials.

  19.3  The outcome of the agreement should be that the contracting parties provide information on certain exports through pre-export notification of shipments, and information about any suspicious circumstances surrounding shipments, while the protection and confidentiality of data is ensured.

  19.4  A committee consisting of representatives of both parties will monitor the implementation of the agreement. The EC members will be the Commission and representatives of the Member States.

The Government's view

  19.5  The Government is firmly committed to improving precursor controls and supports the agreement. It has played an active role in several initiatives aimed at improving precursor controls.

  19.6  As the UK already has a system of export authorisations for the majority of the chemicals concerned, there should be no significant additional burden on resources, and only a minimal impact on the UK chemical industry. It should simply be a matter of reminding companies to apply for authorisations in good time, so that Turkey can be informed well in advance of the export.


  19.7  We welcome the draft Decision and clear the document.

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