However, the competent Surveillance Authority, pursuant to Article 56 of the Agreement, shall authorise specialisation agreements or agreements relating to the joint purchase or sale of the products referred to in paragraph 1 where it finds that free trade agreements are not affected, unless otherwise provided for in this Protocol. To the extent that free trade agreements do not apply, the provisions of this Agreement shall apply. If the substantive provisions of free trade agreements continue to apply, the institutional provisions of those agreements shall also apply. 3. The Parties shall make every right of their power to reach agreement on matters relating to this Agreement. The extension of rights conferred by parallel or equivalent agreements or arrangements or equivalent decisions between one of the Contracting Parties and third countries shall be recognised and respected by all Parties. Subject to the procedure referred to in Article 9b(3) of this Protocol, the time limits referred to in paragraph 1 shall not apply where the international security agreements between the Contracting Party and third countries provide otherwise. Switzerland shall endeavour to ratify the bilateral agreement between the EEC and the Swiss Confederation on road and rail transport in good time before the ratification of the EEA Agreement, while reaffirming its position that the EEA Agreement and the bilateral agreement should be considered as two separate legal instruments with their own merits. the agreement is not such as to give the undertakings concerned the power to determine the prices of a substantial part of the products concerned in the area covered by the agreement, to control or restrict production or marketing or to protect them against effective competition from other undertakings in the territory covered by the agreement.
PROTOCOL No 3 on the products referred to in Article 8(3)(b) of the Agreement As regards the publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities of EFTA notices in accordance with Annex XVI to the EEA Agreement, and in particular paragraph 2(a) and (b) thereof, I have the honour to summarise the agreement reached as follows: the Contracting Parties declare that the application of the EEA competition rules in the following cases: falls within the competence of the Commission of the EC, on the basis of existing Community competences, supplemented by the provisions of the Agreement. . . .