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L 1/12 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 4. 1.

2000

II
(Acts whose publication is not obligatory)

COUNCIL

COUNCIL DECISION
of 17 December 1999
on the signing, on behalf of the European Community, of the Memorandum of Understanding
between the European Community and the Government of Vietnam on the prevention of fraud in
trade in footwear products, and authorising its provisional application

(2000/1/EC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, ment of Vietnam on the prevention of fraud in trade in foot-
wear products, shall be signed on behalf of the Community.
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
Community, and in particular Article 133 thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission, Article 2
Whereas: The President of the Council is hereby authorised to designate
(1) The Commission has negotiated, on behalf of the Euro- the persons empowered to sign the Memorandum of Under-
pean Community, a Memorandum of Understanding standing, on behalf of the Community.
between the European Community and the Government
of Vietnam on the prevention of fraud in trade in foot- The text of the Memorandum of Understanding is attached to
wear products; this Decision.
(2) The Memorandum of Understanding was initialled on 4
August 1999; Article 3
(3) The Memorandum of Understanding should be signed
on behalf of the Community; The Memorandum of Understanding shall be applied on a
provisional basis from 1 January 2000, subject to reci-
(4) It is necessary to apply the Memorandum of Under- procity (1).
standing on a provisional basis from 1 January 2000,
pending the completion of the relevant procedures for
its formal conclusion, subject to reciprocity,
Done at Brussels, 17 December 1999.
HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1 For the Council


Subject to the conclusion thereof, the Memorandum of Under- The President
standing between the European Community and the Govern- K. HEMILÄ

(1) The Commission will publish in the Official Journal of the European
Communities, C Series, the date from which the Memorandum of
Understanding will be applied pursuant to this Article.