The agreement in question is essential to these results and is no more restrictive than this one; and the provisions of the agreements listed in Schedule 3 prevail over the provisions of this protocol, insofar as they grant the relevant EFTA states more favourable trade regimes than this protocol. Without prejudice to the specific provisions in force under the agreements between the European Economic Community and the EFTA States, this protocol applies to inspections and formalities relating to the transport of goods which must cross a border between an EFTA State and the Community and between the EFTA States. On the community`s initiative, mutual recognition agreements from third countries on the assessment of compliance of products for which the use of a trademark is provided for by EU legislation are negotiated. The Community will negotiate on the basis of parallel mutual recognition agreements between the third countries concerned and the EFTA countries, which correspond to those to be concluded with the Community. The parties cooperate in accordance with the general information and consultation procedures of the EEA agreement. In the event of differences in relations with third countries, they are dealt with in accordance with the relevant provisions of the EEA agreement. Without prejudice to Article 11, these agreements do not affect EU legislation on the transmission of information of interest to the competent services of the European Commission and the customs authorities of the Member States between the competent services of the European Commission and the customs authorities of the Member States. For EFTA States, the procedures are defined in the agreement on a standing committee of EFTA states and cover the following: if one or more of the other parties oppose the proposed measure, a satisfactory solution is sought in the EEA Joint Committee. If the parties fail to reach an agreement, appropriate action can be taken. In the absence of other means, these measures may include the revocation of the principle of free provision of shipping services between the parties, as set out in section 1 of the Regulation; At the request of one of the parties, consultations are taking place between the parties on maritime transport issues dealt with in international organizations, as well as on the various aspects of development that have taken place in maritime relations between the parties and third countries, as well as on the functioning of bilateral or multilateral agreements in this area. Prior to reaching an agreement with a third country in the territory covered by this chapter, the parties consult with each other to ensure compatibility with the provisions of this chapter, particularly where the agreement contains provisions that depart from the customs security measures covered in this chapter.
Each party ensures that agreements with third countries do not create rights and obligations for another party, unless the EEA Joint Committee decides otherwise.