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Further extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430, in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union
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COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2021/2098

of 25 November 2021

further extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430, in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Whereas:

  1. Council Decision (EU) 2020/430(1) introduced a 1-month derogation from the first subparagraph of Article 12(1) of the Council’s Rules of Procedure(2) as regards decisions to use the ordinary written procedure, where those decisions are taken by the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States (Coreper). That derogation was foreseen to last until 23 April 2020.
  2. Decision (EU) 2020/430 provides that, if justified by continued exceptional circumstances, the Council may renew that Decision. On 21 April 2020, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2020/556(3), extended the derogation provided for in Article 1 of Decision (EU) 2020/430 for a further period of 1 month from 23 April 2020. That extension of the derogation was foreseen to last until 23 May 2020. On 20 May 2020, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2020/702(4), extended the derogation provided for in Article 1 of Decision (EU) 2020/430 until 10 July 2020. On 3 July 2020, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2020/970(5), extended that derogation until 10 September 2020. On 4 September 2020, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2020/1253(6), extended that derogation until 10 November 2020. On 6 November 2020, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2020/1659(7), extended that derogation until 15 January 2021. On 12 January 2021, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2021/26(8), extended that derogation until 19 March 2021. On 12 March 2021, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2021/454(9), extended that derogation until 21 May 2021. On 20 May 2021, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2021/825(10), extended that derogation until 16 July 2021. On 12 July 2021, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2021/1142(11), extended that derogation until 30 September 2021. On 24 September 2021, the Council, by means of Decision (EU) 2021/1725(12), extended that derogation until 30 November 2021.
  3. Given that the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continue, with a number of extraordinary preventive and containment measures taken by Member States still in place, it is necessary to extend the derogation provided for in Article 1 of Decision (EU) 2020/430, as extended by Decisions (EU) 2020/556, (EU) 2020/702, (EU) 2020/970, (EU) 2020/1253, (EU) 2020/1659, (EU) 2021/26, (EU) 2021/454, (EU) 2021/825, (EU) 2021/1142 and (EU) 2021/1725, for a further limited period until 28 February 2022,

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