This text complements the White Paper on Food Security (January 2000) and the agreement on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosecurity concluded in Montreal in February 2000. A regional framework, created in 1995, which will bring the EU together with the countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean, both politically and technically, to promote their common interests. It builds on the various Mediterranean policies put in place by the EU since the 1960s, but it is a new beginning in that, for the first time, it creates a framework of strategic relations that goes beyond the traditional areas of trade and cooperation. It is the EU`s desire to cooperate with its partners and move away from the situations in which the EU has made proposals and where its Mediterranean partners have accepted or rejected them. This multilateral process is underpinned by a network of bilateral relations between each partner country and the EU, enshrined in association agreements. The full potential of the Barcelona process can only be achieved within this framework of comprehensive bilateral agreements, within a broader regional framework of political, economic, social and cultural cooperation. The term «amendment» refers to the formal amendment of the treaty provisions that affect all parties to the relevant agreement. These changes must be made with the same formalities as those who participated in the initial training of the contract. Many multilateral treaties provide specific requirements for amendments. In the absence of such provisions, changes must be made by the agreement of all parties. The provisional application of a treaty that has entered into force may occur when a state undertakes to temporarily comply with contractual obligations, while its national ratification/accession procedures have not yet been completed.

The state`s intention would be to ratify and accede to the treaty as soon as its national legal requirements have been met. The provisional application can be discontinued at any time. On the other hand, a state that has accepted the contract limitation by ratification/accession or final signature is subject to the withdrawal rules provided by the treaty in question (Articles 54, 56, the Vienna Convention on treaty law of 1969). In addition to these initial agreements, other countries also benefit from the Community`s development policy, such as Latin American and Asian countries. The idea of EU membership of the ECHR has been frequently raised. However, in an opinion of 28 March 1996, the European Court of Justice ruled that the European Communities could not accede to the Convention because the EC Treaty did not provide powers to establish rules or conclude international human rights agreements. b) The treaty is a specific term: there are no uniform rules when state practice uses the terms «contract» as an international instrument title. Normally, the term «contract» is reserved for issues of a certain gravity that require more formal agreements. Their signatures are usually sealed and normally need to be ratified.