Joint Committee: Decisions and Declarations
A core feature of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland is the regulatory alignment of the UK 'in respect of Northern Ireland' with EU legislation and other EU acts concerning customs and the free movement of goods. The applicable legislation and other acts are listed in Annexes to the Protocol. Where a listed act is amended or replaced by a decision of the EU, the act as amended or replaced automatically applies in the UK in respect of Norhern Ireland. Where the EU adopts a new act deemed relevant to the Protocol, the EU and the UK decide whether to add it the relevant annex to the Protocol. This is done by Decision of the Joint Committee.
The Joint Committee also has responsibility for taking a number of Decisions relating to the operation of the Protocol. These include the definition of goods entering Northern Ireland from outside the EU that are deemed 'not at risk' of onward movement into the EU and so exempt from any applicable tariffs, levels of permissible financial support for the agricultural and fisheries sectors in Northern Ireland, and arrangements for EU monitoring of UK implementation of EU law in Northern Ireland.
The Decisions relating to the Protocol taken by the Joint Committee are listed below.
Also listed are the unilateral declarations that the UK and the EU have taken regarding the implementation of the Protocol.
|17.12.2020||Unilateral Declarations of the UK and the EU (on certification required for the import of food products into Northern Ireland)||Grace period for implementation of Export Health Certificates to 31 March 2021; subsequently unilaterally extended by UK Government untile 1 October 2021; European Commission responds by launching infringement proceedings, subsequently suspended; UK later announces indefinite extension. The European Commission ‘took note’ of the UK decision.|
|17.12.2020||Unilateral Declarations of the UK and the EU (on export procedures for goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain)|
|17.12.2020||Unilateral Declarations of the UK and the EU on the Application of Union Law related to Meat Products in Northern Ireland after the end of the Transition Period||Grace period for implementation of EU prohibitions and restrictions on the import of meat products to 31 March 2021; UK subsequently requested extension to 30 September 2021 - European Commission response (17 June 2021) - before announcing on 6 September 2021 an indefinite extension. The European Commission ‘took note’ of the UK decision.|
|17.12.2020||Unilateral Declarations of the EU and the UK on the Application of Union Law related to Medicinal Products in respect of Northern Ireland after the end of the Transition Period||Grace period for implementation of EU medicines acquis to 31 December 2021. See also Commission Notice 2021/C 27/08 (OJ C27). The grace period was subsequently extended to 31 December 2022 - see Commission Notice 2021/C 524/02 (OJ C524).|
|17.12.2020||Unilateral Declarations of the EU and the UK (on the application of the Union’s State Aid rules under Article 10 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland)|