Scrutiny of international agreements: three agreements on the Channel Fixed Link, and one agreement on the Energy Charter Treaty Contents

Summary

This is the European Union Committee’s twenty-fourth report on treaties, or international agreements, laid before Parliament in accordance with section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 (CRAG). It is the second such report prepared by the new International Agreements Sub-Committee under the EU Committee’s revised Terms of Reference, which include the provision “to consider matters relating to the negotiation and conclusion of international agreements”.1 Under these new Terms of Reference, the International Agreements Sub-Committee has taken on responsibility for scrutinising all international agreements laid before Parliament under CRAG.

This report addresses four agreements, considered at the International Agreements Sub-Committee’s meeting on 30 September 2020, on which we report for information:

  • Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning Border Controls on Rail Traffic between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom using the Channel Fixed Link (CP 254, 2020) (the Border Controls Agreement);
  • Agreement between the Government of the French Republic, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland amending and supplementing the Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning Rail Traffic between Belgium and the United Kingdom using the Channel Fixed Link with Protocol, done at Brussels on 15 December 1993 (CP 283, 2020) (the Rail Traffic Agreement);
  • Special Arrangement between the Government of the French Republic, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning Security Matters relating to Trains using the Channel Fixed Link (CP 284, 2020) (the Security Matters Agreement); and
  • Final Act of the International Conference and Decision by the Energy Charter Conference in respect of the Amendment to the Trade-Related Provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty (CP 286, 2020).

1 Procedure Committee (1st Report, Session 2019-21, HL Paper 29), approved by the House on 17 March 2020




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