EU-AUS Framework Agreement will formally enter into force in late October

The provisional application of the Framework Agreement is coming to an end after the EU Council adopted a decision on its conclusion. Following the formal ratification of the last Member State, the EU Council adopted a decision that will clear the path for the entry into force of the agreement by the 21st of October.

After completion of the ratification process by the 27 EU Member States, the EU-AUS Framework Agreement will officially enter into force by late October 2022. The temporary application of the agreement was effective since its signature in 2017 and has, since then, contribute significantly to the improvement of the partnership between the EU and Australia: a partnership which is based on joint values and principles, including respect for democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, international peace and security.

With its formal entry into force, the already temporarily applied agreement will continue to guide future engagement between the two parties and enable them to tackle challenges in foreign and security policy, sustainable development, climate change, and economic and trade matters.

The agreement also includes cooperation in a broad range of policy areas such as health, the environment, energy, education, culture, labour, disaster management, fisheries and maritime affairs, transport, legal cooperation, money laundering and terrorist financing, organised crime, and corruption. Furthermore, it will encourage closer links between leaders across government, business, and civil society.

Background and next steps

On 15 April 2016, the High Representative and the Commission submitted to the Council a joint proposal for a Council Decision on the signature and provisional application of the framework agreement between the European Union and its member states, and Australia. The agreement was signed in Manila (Philippines) on 7 August 2017, and on 18 April 2018 the European Parliament gave its consent. The Council agreed on its temporary application until the ratification procedure would be completed by all Member States, which was finalised on 27 July 2022.

The decision on the conclusion of the framework agreement entered into force today, i.e. on the date of its adoption, and the framework agreement itself will enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which the parties have notified each other of the completion of their respective legal procedures.


EU Council Press Release