25.5.2007   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 133/51


COUNCIL JOINT ACTION 2007/359/CFSP

of 23 May 2007

amending and extending Joint Action 2005/889/CFSP on establishing a European Union Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point (EU BAM Rafah)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Article 14 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

On 25 November 2005 the Council adopted Joint Action 2005/889/CFSP establishing a European Union Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point (EU BAM Rafah) (1) for a period of 12 months.

(2)

On 13 November 2006 the Council adopted Joint Action 2006/773/CFSP, amending and extending the mandate of the mission until 24 May 2007.

(3)

On 15 and 16 May 2007, both Palestinian and Israeli parties requested the extension of the Mission for 12 months.

(4)

On 21 May 2007, the Political and Security Committee welcomed the request for the extension of EU BAM Rafah, and recommended the extension of the Mission's mandate for 12 months.

(5)

Joint Action 2005/889/CFSP should be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS JOINT ACTION:

Article 1

Joint Action 2005/889/CFSP is hereby amended as follows:

1.

The following subparagraph shall be added to Article 13(1):

‘The financial reference amount intended to cover the expenditure related to the mission for the period from 25 May 2007 until 24 May 2008 shall be EUR 7 000 000.’

2.

The second subparagraph of Article 16 shall be replaced by the following:

‘It shall expire on 24 May 2008.’

3.

Article 17 shall be replaced by the following:

‘Article 17

This Joint Action shall be reviewed by 31 March 2008 at the latest.’

Article 2

This Joint Action shall enter into force on the date of its adoption.

Article 3

This Joint Action shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels, 23 May 2007.

For the Council

The President

F.-W. STEINMEIER


(1)  OJ L 327, 14.12.2005, p. 28. Joint Action as amended by Joint Action 2006/773/CFSP (OJ L 313, 14.11.2006, p. 15).