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In keeping with what we have announced, this thread will serve as the place of input for any incoming Appeals and/or Proposals from Observers and Members respectively.

Note that:

  1. Your submissions will be subject to scrutiny, formatting, and recommended edits. Should there be a failure to form a consensus with the Panel regarding the Appeal or Proposal in question, the motion shall be rejected or suspended until any issues are resolved.
  2. The two-week period shall be for deliberation and editing for approval of the motion to take the floor, debates and final voting shall take place during the Assembly period.
  3. The deadline for submissions will be MAY 14 (2359 HR--ZULU/GMT), late submissions shall not be entertained.

 

SUBMITTING APPEALS/PROPOSALS

Appeals- Motions by Observers to speak on the Assembly floor. An appeal must be a formal written statement stating the specific issue, intention, and goals of the Observer. It may be written in the format of a formal or business letter or in block type, so long as it underlines the above items.

Proposals- Motions to mobilise the Association into forming Resolutions. This must be presented using the NS World Assembly format (tentative).

PROCESSING

The above are to be submitted to this thread only

The Chair and Panel shall deliberate on the submissions from a period between the 7th and 14th of May, advising on necessary edits. Following date of the deadline, the Panel and Chair shall begin to announce (from said date until just before the opening of the assembly) which Appeals and Proposals shall take the floor during the Assembly.

 

 

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//Appeal Number 001 - In Regards to the Representative of Derthalen Taking the Floor//
The representative from Derthalen wishes to take the floor of the assembly in order to put forth a proposal by which the procedure may be amended so as to allow for greater transparency in actions and deliberations within the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association. The reasoning behind this is that while the procedure and charter do not state that representatives can not hold closed door meetings and votes, that it does not say that representatives can and that such actions go against the spirit of the charter.


//Appeal Number 002 - In Regards to the Representative of Derthalen Taking the Floor//
The representative from Derthalen wishes to take the floor of the assembly in order to put forth a proposal by which a new status might be added that would economically promote integration into the organisation and further cooperation. Its effects would benefit all those that are within the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, and promote prosperity for all involved. This action would be the establishment of a new category of nation hereby referred to as 'fully compliant'.
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Submitted by @Andalla on #atara Discord.

ATARA TARIFF REDUCTION AGREEMENT

AN AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING COMMON TARIFF LIMITS ON MEMBER STATES

The Governments of the Commonwealth of Andalla, the United Houses of Astriedan, the Federal Republic of Girkmand, the Republic of Iverica, the Republican Union of Lusotropia, the Most Serene Republic of Mauridiviah, the United States of Prymont, the Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands and the Unified Variotan State, member states of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA):

NOTING that, in numerous instances, the Declaration of the Establishment of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, done in Porto Altaria on the 12th of December 2017, states the Association's goals to secure peace and prosperity through economic cooperation;

RECOGNIZING that the aforementioned Declaration also states that in an increasingly interdependent world, nations must strive to cooperate and work together to achieve common economic goals;

UNDERSTANDING that several member states continue to impose tariffs on certain goods and products, thereby lessening the amount on foreign products entering the said member state;

KNOWING that such tariffs, decreasing the need for economic cooperation with other member states, may not only cause certain trade deficiencies to the country targeted by the tariff, but also to the country imposing the said tariff;

RECALLING that in the aforementioned statements, such tariffs must be reduced in order to foster mutual economic development and cooperation between member states;

DO HEREBY DECLARE THE FOLLOWING:

[TBA]

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GENERAL COMMON TARIFF SCHEME AGREEMENT


The Governments of the Commonwealth of Andalla, the United Houses of Astriedan, the Federal Republic of Girkmand, the Republic of Iverica, the Republican Union of Lusotropia, the Most Serene Republic of Mauridiviah, the United States of Prymont, the Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands and the Het Huisselant Variota, member states of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA):

NOTING that Clause III of the Preamble of the Charter of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, done in Porto Altaria, Iverica, on the 12th of December 2017, states that in an increasingly interdependent world, nations must strive to cooperate and work together to achieve common economic goals;

RECOGNIZING that, in numerous instances, the Charter also states the Association's desire to secure peace and prosperity through economic cooperation;

UNDERSTANDING that higher or lower tariffs imposed on certain nations may cause inequality and a lack of economic diversity, thereby creating an unwanted monopoly in the exportation or importation of certain products;

Furthermore, UNDERSTANDING that such a monopoly would reduce competition, an important factor needed for effective economic development;

KNOWING that a common tariff scheme between member states would reduce the chances of such a monopoly endangering the market, thereby fostering competition and economic development;

CONCLUDING that the adoption of a common tariff scheme between member states of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association would encourage economic development;

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

 

ARTICLE I

General Definitions


 
For the purposes of this Agreement, unless the context requires otherwise:
 
SECTION 1. ATARA shall mean the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association.
 
SECTION 2. Member state/s shall mean the respective nations comprising the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, whether collectively or individually, as the context requires.
 
SECTION 3. Agreement shall mean the General Common Tariff Scheme Agreement.
 
SECTION 4. Agricultural products shall mean:
 
(a) those which fall under the definitions stated within Chapters 1 to 24 of the Harmonized Nomenclature System (HN), and other similar raw materials or unprocessed products listed under other HN sections; and
 
(b) raw materials or unprocessed products that have undergone little change in form from the original product.

ARTICLE II

General Provisions


 
SECTION 1. All member states shall be obligated to participate in the tariff reduction scheme.
 
SECTION 2. Any party may voluntarily choose to exclude specific products, i.e. on the HN 8/9-digit level, from being subject under the Agreement's terms, if said product is deemed too sensitive to be included under the Agreement's terms.
 
(a) Under this section, no party shall be penalized for withdrawing any product from under the terms of the Agreement.
 
SECTION 3. Any product shall be considered as originating from ATARA member states, if at least 45% of the product's total content originates from a certain ATARA member state.

ARTICLE III

Product Coverage


 
SECTION 1. The terms of this Agreement shall apply to all manufactured goods, including capital goods, processed agricultural goods, and those products falling outside the definition of agricultural products as stipulated herein. Agricultural products shall be exempt from the provisions of this Agreement.

ARTICLE IV

General Tariff Reduction Measures


 
SECTION 1. The reduction of existing tariff rates between member states to 25 per centum shall be completed within a span of 5 years, beginning 1 August 2018 and terminating 31 July 2023, subject to a program of reduction to be determined by each party to the Agreement.
 
SECTION 2. Existing tariff rates already below 25 per centum shall not be included in the reduction of tariff rates. Likewise, any products that reach a tariff rate of 25 per centum shall no longer be included in the following stage of reduction.
 
SECTION 3. The aforementioned terms shall not impede any party from completing the reduction of existing tariff rates to 25 per centum before 31 June 2023.
 
SECTION 4. Any additional fees or charges other than those connected to the taxation of imports and exports shall reflect only the approximate cost of the services rendered (e.g. Customs inspections).
 
SECTION 5. The provisions of each member state's tariff reduction scheme shall be made known to the general public quickly, honestly and efficiently, by means of publishing in conspicuous places in at least four (4) newspapers of general circulation within said member state, on or before the 11th of July 2018.
 
(a) All parties are encouraged to reduce tariffs orderly, preferably by means of assuming an annual rate of reduction, to prevent any undesirable consequences that may have been caused due to the rapid reduction of tariffs.
 
SECTION 6. All parties shall undergo the process of eliminating all other non-tariff barriers on an annual basis, within a period of five years following the completion of the tariff reduction schedule.

ARTICLE V

Most-Favored Nation Status


 
SECTION 1. Any advantage, exemption, favor or privilege granted by any party upon a certain product originating from or destined for other parties shall likewise be conferred, immediately and without constraint, to a like product originating in or destined for all other parties to the Agreement.
 
SECTION 2. The provisions stated within Section 1 of this Article shall not obligate any party to eliminate any preferences in regards to charges levied on or connected with the importation and exportation of products, provided that said preference falls within the description hereon:
 
(a) Preferences in force exclusively between two or more contracting parties, which shall be subject to the provisions stipulated therein;
 
(b) Preferences in force exclusively between any number of member states and non-member states, which shall be subject to the provisions stipulated therein.

ARTICLE VI

Emergency Suspensions


 
SECTION 1. If any product, which is eligible under the terms and policies of this Agreement, is imported in such a manner or in such quantities as to cause or threaten serious injury to sectors engaged in the production of like or directly competitive products in the importing member states, the importing member states may, for the appropriate duration of time as needed to resolve such issue, tentatively suspend the provisions stipulated herein.
 
SECTION 2. Pursuant to Section 1 of this Article, all parties shall agree to implement the aforementioned suspensions in an honest and orderly manner, taking into consideration the framework and goals of this Agreement as stated in the Preamble.
 
SECTION 3. Any actions undertaken by a Member State in relation to Article 6 of this Agreement shall be reported immediately to the ATARA Economic Council as established in Article 7 § 1 of this Agreement.
 
(a) The aforementioned resolutions implemented may be subject to revision and consultation by the Economic Council.

ARTICLE VII

Administrative Machinery


 
SECTION 1. Pursuant to Article 3 § 4 of the ATARA Charter, Member States shall establish a council to oversee the implementation of this Agreement, to be known as the ATARA Economic Council (hereinafter referred to as the Council).
 
(a) The Council shall be composed of one (1) Economic Minister from every Member State, working in conjunction with the country's National Secretariat as referred to in Article 3 § 5 of the ATARA Charter.
 
(b) In the event that any Member State does not have an acting ministerial-level economic official, the National Secretariat of the Member State thereof shall be obligated to nominate the most relevant senior position as representative to the Council.
 
(c) The Council shall be chaired by, and report directly to, the ATARA Chairperson.
 
(d) The Council shall submit a report to the ATARA Panel biannually detailing advances in the implementation of the terms stipulated by this Agreement.
 
SECTION 2. The National Secretariats of every Member State shall be obligated to notify the Council immediately of any additional tariff arrangements between two or more Member States, in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

ARTICLE VIII

Final Provisions


 
SECTION 1. Member States agree to duly execute the appropriate measures as required in order to accomplish the obligations as stated in Article 4 of this Agreement.
 
SECTION 2. This Agreement shall be effective upon signing.
 
SECTION 3. Any amendments to the terms of this Agreement shall take effect five (5) working days after all Member States have achieved a consensus on the amendments in question.
 
SECTION 4. This Agreement shall be entrusted to the Office of the ATARA Chairperson, which shall promptly grant a valid copy of this Agreement to the National Secretariats of every Member State.
 
SECTION 5. No exceptions shall be made to the terms and provisions set forth herein.
 
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, having been duly appointed by their respective governments, hereby affix their signatures to the General Common Tariff Scheme Agreement.
 
Done in Porto Altaria, this 14th day of June, 2018 in a single copy in the Anglish language.  

 


OOC: Please excuse my terrible lawmaking skills. 😅

OOC (2): Many thanks to the ASEAN Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT) Agreement, the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), and the GATT. I wouldn't be here without copying you.

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ATARA Sanctions on Derthalen

AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO DERTHALER HOSTILITY


The Governments of the Commonwealth of Andalla, the United Houses of Astriedan, the Federal Republic of Girkmand, the Republic of Iverica, the Republican Union of Lusotropia, the Most Serene Republic of Mauridiviah, the United States of Prymont, the Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands and the Unified Variotan State, member states of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA)

OBSERVING the illegal occupations of Derthalen’s northern neighbors by Derthalen

DEEPLY DISTURBED by the following threats issued by Derthalen against the people of Union Pan-Republicaine and the people of the Most Serene Republic of Mauridiviah:

a.       The threats made against Lysians, ”all persons from the state known as Fleur de Lys who are caught within the borders of [Derthalen] (be it at land, air, or sea), are to be imprisoned and made slaves as punishment for their trespassing; any vessels or aerocrafts that bear [Lysian] registration shall be destroyed; and when my vessels meet [Lysian vessels] in unclaimed or neutral waters, they are to go on alert and prepare to attack at the first sign of deceit or hostility on your part.”

b.       The threats made against Mauridivians, “By decree of our most Holy Emperor, all subjects of the State of Mauridiviah are to be subject to death upon trespassing within our territory. If found at sea, they are to be bound and weighed down before being throw into the ocean to drown; on land they shall be hunted for game before finally being burnt at the stake; and any aerocraft of theirs shall be shot down with their remains being used as animal fodder. Any vessels or persons harbouring these subjects shall be fined no less than five-hundred and seventy-five Thalers if they do not immediately turn them over to Imperial authorities.”

RECOGNIZING the horrific conditions that the state of Derthalen inflicts upon its subjects willingly;

DO HEREBY:

PROHIBIT all trade with Derthalen for members of the organization, thereby imposing an embargo;

DECLARE ACCORDINGLY that member states shall cease accepting Derthaler goods into their ports and airports;

CONDEMN Derthalen’s actions domestically and abroad;

 

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