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Draft PAP Bill on the Appointment of High Representatives, Ambassadors, Counsels General and other Diplomats, as well as on the conclusion of international treaties, for the purpose of implementing a common foreign, defense, security and trade policy for the African Union

Section I

Where a Head of an AU external delegation is to be appointed, the nominee may be invited to appear before interested committees of the Pan African Parliament to make statements and answer questions. The committees may adopt resolutions or make recommendations, as appropriate, relating directly to the statements made and answers provided.

Upon the appointment by any constitutive State of the African Union, of the new High Representative or High Commissioner or Ambassador, for assignment in a country outside Africa, and before s/he officially takes up his/her duties, the President of the PAP shall invite the High Representative to make a statement to, and answer questions from, the PAP committee responsible.

Following the statements and answers referred to above and at the initiative of the committee responsible, Parliament may make a recommendation.

The High Representative shall keep Parliament fully and regularly informed as to the practical implementation of his/her mandate, and shall be invited on occasion, or at his/her initiative, to attend meetings of the committee responsible in order to make a statement and answer questions.

The committees concerned shall seek to ensure that the High Representative provide them with regular and timely information on the development and implementation of the African Union's common foreign and security policy, on outcomes envisaged under that policy, on any other considerations relating to the implementation of actions under that policy, and on the condition of African assets abroad, including the co-location of consular facilities and diplomatic staffs, the use of the AU flag, as well as the use of AU passports.

The High Representative shall be invited to each plenary debate that involves foreign, trade, security or defense policy.

The PAP shall hold an annual debate on the main aspects, basic choices and implications of the common foreign, trade and security policy.

The committees responsible for the AU foreign, trade and security policy may draw up recommendations to the Assembly, the AU Commission, the AU States authorities and other institutions, in their areas of responsibility after obtaining authorization from the PAP.

Section II

When a municipal authority, a state authority, an intergovernmental authority, an organ or agency of the AU, or a Parliamentary committee intends to open negotiations on the conclusion, renewal or amendment of an international agreement, the PAP committee responsible shall ensure that Parliament is fully informed about its recommendations for a negotiating mandate.

Parliament may request the Assembly or any State government not to authorise the opening of negotiations until Parliament has stated its position on the proposed negotiating mandate on the basis of a report from the committee responsible.

Throughout the negotiations the AU Commission, the Assembly, and the State government, and negotiating authorities, shall inform the PAP committee responsible regularly and thoroughly of the progress in the negotiations, if necessary on a confidential basis.

At any stage of the negotiations Parliament may, on the basis of a report from the committee responsible, and after considering any relevant proposal, adopt recommendations and require that these be taken into account before the conclusion of the international agreement under consideration.

When the negotiations are completed, but before any agreement is signed, the draft agreement shall be submitted to Parliament for opinion or for assent.

Parliament shall give its opinion on, or its assent to, the conclusion, renewal or amendment of an international agreement or a protocol concluded by the African Union in a single vote by a majority of the votes cast without amendments to the text of the agreement or protocol being admissible.

If the opinion adopted by Parliament is negative, the President shall request the Assembly or State government not to conclude the agreement in question.

If Parliament withholds its assent to an international agreement, the President shall notify the Assembly and the concerned State authorities that the agreement in question cannot be concluded.