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Annex II Overview of Negotiations and Transitional Arrangements with Latvia

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Pursuant to Article 49 (2) European Union (EU), the results of the accession negotiations are embodied in an agreement between the Member States and the acceding state(s). The term 'Accession Treaty' is somewhat confusing because, in fact, it entails a single series of documents comprising three complementary elements: the Treaty itself (TA), the Act of Accession (AA) and a Final Act (FA). The legal difference between binding protocols and interpretative declarations is important for the assessment of the accession negotiations with the Baltic States. In principle, the Constitutions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania entrust the task of international treaty ratification to their respective parliaments. According to Article 138, the Lithuanian Parliament is constitutionally endowed with the ratification and denunciation of treaties concerning Lithuania's participation in such universal or regional international organizations.

Keywords: accession treaty; Baltic states; Estonia; European Union (EU); Latvia; Lithuania

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