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Joint Consultative Working Group

Feeding into the work of the Protocol Analysis is the Protocol’s own Joint Consultative Working Group. Its responsibilities are set out in Article 15 of the Protocol and serves as ‘a forum for the exchange of information and mutual consultation’. Consequently, the UK and the EU will use the JCWG to exchange ‘in a timely manner’ information about ‘planned, ongoing and final relevant implementation measures’ in relation to the EU acts covered by the Protocol. The EU will use the JCWG to inform the UK about planned acts within the scope of this Protocol, and provide the United Kingdom with ‘all information the Union considers relevant to allow the United Kingdom to fully comply with its obligations under the Protocol’. The UK has to provide the EU with ‘all information that Member States are required to provide to one another or to the institutions, bodies, offices or agencies of the Union pursuant to the Union acts listed in the Annexes to this Protocol’. The JCWG is co-chaired by the EU and the UK. The EU is obliged to ensure that all views expressed by the UK and all information the UK provides in the JCWG are communicated to the relevant EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies ‘without undue delay’.

The JCWG has its own rules of procedure, formally agreed in January 2021. For a discussion of its roles see here.

The JCWG is expected to meet monthly. Details of the meetings are provided below: 

DateMeeting
14.09.2021 Fifth Meeting: no statement(s)
15.07.2021 Fourth Meeting: no statement(s)
12.05.2021 Third Meeting: no statement(s) 
15.04.2021 Second Meeting: no statement(s) 
29.01.2021 First Meeting: rules of procedure adopted; no statement(s)