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Council Regulation (EC) No 3/2008 of 17 December 2007 on information provision and promotion measures for agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries

OJ L 3, 5.1.2008, p. 1–9 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
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5.1.2008   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 3/1


COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 3/2008

of 17 December 2007

on information provision and promotion measures for agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Articles 36 and 37 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament,

Whereas:

(1)

In accordance with Council Regulations (EC) No 2826/2000 (1) and (EC) No 2702/1999 (2), the Community may implement information and promotional measures on the internal market and on third country markets for certain agricultural products. The results so far have been very encouraging.

(2)

Taking account of experience gained, the prospects for market development both within and outside the Community and the new international trade situation, it is appropriate to develop an overall, coherent information and promotion policy for agricultural products and their method of production as well as for food products based on agricultural products, on the internal market and on third country markets, without encouraging the consumption of any product on grounds of its specific origins.

(3)

In the interests of clarity, Regulations (EC) No 2702/1999 and (EC) No 2826/2000 should therefore be repealed and replaced by a single regulation, whilst maintaining the specific features of measures according to the market in which they are implemented.

(4)

Such a policy usefully supplements and reinforces the schemes run by Member States by boosting product image in the eyes of consumers in the Community and in third countries, in particular as regards the quality, nutritional value and safety of foodstuffs and the methods of production. Such action, by helping to open up new markets in third countries, is also likely to have a multiplier effect on national and private initiatives.

(5)

Criteria should be set for selecting the products and sectors concerned, and the themes and markets to be covered by the Community programmes.

(6)

It should be possible for the information and promotion measures for agricultural products in third countries to cover both products qualifying for export refunds and products not qualifying for them.

(7)

The measures should be implemented within the framework of information and promotion programmes. To ensure the consistency and effectiveness of programmes to be carried out on the internal market, guidelines for each product or sector concerned, setting out the essential elements of the Community programmes concerned, should be defined.

(8)

Given the technical nature of the tasks to be performed, the Commission should be able to be assisted by a committee of communication experts or to have recourse to technical assistants.

(9)

Financing rules should be set. As a general rule, so that proposing organisations and interested Member States assume their responsibilities, the Community should meet only part of the cost of measures. However, in exceptional cases it may be more suitable not to require any financial contribution from the Member State concerned. In the case of information on some Community schemes regarding product origin, organic production and labelling as well as on the graphic symbols laid down by agricultural legislation, in particular for extremely remote regions, financing shared between the Community and Member States may be justified by the need to provide appropriate information to the public on these relatively recent schemes.

(10)

To ensure the greatest cost-effectiveness of the measures selected, the implementation of measures should be entrusted, through appropriate procedures, to bodies with the necessary structure and expertise.

(11)

In view of the experience gained and the results achieved by the International Olive Oil Council in its promotional activities, provision should, however, be made for the Community to continue delegating to it measures falling within its sphere of responsibility. It should also be possible for the Community to seek the assistance of similar international organisations for other products.

(12)

In order to verify the proper implementation of the programmes and the impact of measures, programme implementation should be carefully monitored by Member States and the results assessed by an independent body.

(13)

Expenditure on the financing of measures under this Regulation should be classed in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (3).

(14)

The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (4),

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Subject matter and scope

1.   Information and promotion measures for agricultural products and their method of production as well as for food products based on agricultural products carried out on the internal market or in third countries as listed in Article 2 may be financed, fully or in part, by the Community budget subject to the conditions laid down in this Regulation.

These measures shall be implemented as part of an information and promotion programme.

2.   The measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be brand-oriented or encourage the consumption of any product on grounds of its specific origins. However, the origin of a product covered by these measures may be indicated in the case of designations conferred under Community rules.

Article 2

Information and promotion measures

1.   The measures referred to in Article 1(1) shall be the following:

(a)

public relations work, promotion and advertising, in particular to draw attention to intrinsic features and advantages of Community products, notably the quality and safety of food, specific production methods, nutritional and health aspects, labelling, animal welfare and respect for the environment;

(b)

information campaigns, in particular on Community systems of protected designations of origin (PDOs), protected geographical indications (PGIs) and traditional speciality guaranteed (TSGs) and of organic farming, and other Community schemes for quality standards and labelling of agricultural products and foodstuffs, as well as on the graphic symbols laid down by applicable Community legislation;

(c)

information measures on the Community system for quality wines produced in specified regions (quality wines psr), wines with geographical indication and spirit drinks with geographical indication or reserved traditional indication;

(d)

impact assessment of the information and promotion measures.

2.   On the internal market, the measures referred to in Article 1(1) may also take the form of participation in events, fairs and exhibitions of national or European importance, by means of stands aimed at enhancing the image of Community products.

3.   In third countries, the measures referred to in Article 1(1) may also take the following form:

(a)

information measures on the Community system for table wines;

(b)

participation in events, fairs and exhibitions of international importance, in particular by means of stands aimed at enhancing the image of Community products;

(c)

studies of new markets, necessary for the expansion of market outlets;

(d)

high-level trade visits.

Article 3

Sectors and products concerned

1.   The sectors and products which may be covered by the measures referred to in Article 1(1) to be implemented on the internal market shall be determined bearing in mind the following criteria:

(a)

the desirability of drawing attention to the quality, typical features, specific production method, nutritional and health aspects, safety, animal welfare or environment-friendliness of the products in question, by means of thematic or target-specific campaigns;

(b)

the implementation of a consumer information labelling system and of product traceability and control systems;

(c)

the need to tackle specific or short-term difficulties in individual sectors;

(d)

the desirability of providing information on the Community PDO, PDI, TSG and organic production schemes;

(e)

the desirability of providing information on the Community system covering quality wines psr, wines with geographical indication and spirit drinks with geographical indication or reserved traditional indication.

2.   The following products in particular shall be eligible for the measures referred to in Article 1(1) to be carried out in third countries:

(a)

products intended for direct consumption or processing for which export opportunities or potential new market outlets in third countries exist, especially where export refunds will not be required;

(b)

typical or quality products displaying high added value.

Article 4

Lists of themes, products and countries eligible for these measures

The Commission shall draw up, according to the procedure referred to in Article 16(2), lists of the themes and products under Article 3 and the third countries concerned. These lists shall be revised every two years. However, if necessary, the lists may be amended in the interval through the same procedure.

In selecting the third countries, account shall be taken of the markets of third countries where there is actual or potential demand.

Article 5

Guidelines

1.   For promotion on the internal market, the Commission shall, in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2), adopt guidelines to be followed defining the strategy for information and promotion programmes.

These guidelines shall provide general indications, in particular concerning:

(a)

objectives and targets to be reached;

(b)

one or more themes to be the subject of the measures selected;

(c)

the types of measures to be implemented;

(d)

the duration of programmes;

(e)

the indicative distribution, by market and type of measure envisaged, of the amount available for the Community’s financial contribution to programmes.

With regard to the promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables, particular attention shall be paid to promotion measures intended for children in schools.

2.   For promotion in third countries, the Commission may, in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2), adopt guidelines defining the strategy to be followed in proposals for information and promotion programmes for some or all of the products referred to in Article 3(2).

Article 6

Organisations responsible for implementing information and promotion measures

1.   To implement the measures referred to in Article 2(1)(a), (b) and (c), Article 2(2) and Article 2(3)(a), (b) and (c), in accordance with the guidelines referred to in Article 5(1) and subject to paragraph 2 of this Article, the trade and/or inter-trade organisation(s) representing the sector(s) concerned in one or more Member States or at Community level shall draw up proposals for information and promotion programmes of a maximum duration of three years.

2.   Where promotion measures in third countries are decided on for the olive oil and table olive sector, the Community may implement them through the International Olive Oil Council.

In the case of other sectors, the Community may seek the help of international organisations offering similar guarantees.

Article 7

Drafting and forwarding information and promotion programmes

1.   Member States shall define the specifications setting the conditions and evaluation criteria for information and promotion programmes.

The Member State(s) concerned shall examine the suitability of proposals for programmes and shall verify conformity with this Regulation, the guidelines drawn up under Article 5 and the relevant specifications. They shall also check that the programme offers value for money.

After examining the programme(s), the Member State(s) shall draw up a list of programmes selected within the limit of available funds and shall undertake to contribute to financing these programmes, where appropriate.

2.   Member State(s) shall forward to the Commission the list of programmes referred to in the third subparagraph of paragraph 1, and a copy of these programmes.

If the Commission finds that a programme which has been submitted or some of the measures therein are not in line with Community rules or, for the measures to be carried out on the internal market, with the guidelines referred to in Article 5, or they do not offer value for money, it shall notify the Member State(s) concerned of the ineligibility of all or part of that programme, within a time limit to be determined, in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2). Once this time limit has been exceeded and no such notification is sent, the programme shall be deemed eligible.

Member State(s) shall take account of any observations made by the Commission and shall forward to it the revised programmes in accordance with the proposing organisation(s) referred to in Article 6(1) within a time limit to be set under the procedure referred to in Article 16(2).

Article 8

Selection of information and promotion programmes

1.   The Commission shall decide, in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2) which programmes are to be selected and the corresponding budgets. Priority shall be given to the programmes proposed by several Member States or providing for measures in several Member States or third countries.

2.   In accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2), the Commission may set lower or higher limits to the actual costs of the selected programmes, in line with paragraph 1 of this Article. These limits may be adjusted according to the type of programmes concerned. The criteria applied may be defined in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2).

Article 9

Procedure to be followed in case of an absence of information programmes for the internal market

1.   In the absence of programmes to be carried out on the internal market for one or more of the information measures referred to in Article 2(1)(b) submitted in accordance with Article 6(1), each interested Member State shall draw up, on the basis of the guidelines referred to in Article 5(1), a programme and its specification and shall select through a public call for tenders the implementing body for the programme it undertakes to co-finance.

2.   The Member State(s) shall submit to the Commission the programme selected in accordance with paragraph 1, accompanied by a reasoned opinion including:

(a)

the desirability of the programme;

(b)

the conformity of the programme and the proposed body with this Regulation and, where necessary, with the applicable guidelines;

(c)

an assessment of the programme’s value for money.

3.   For the purposes of the Commission’s examination of the programmes, Article 7(2) and Article 8(1) shall apply.

4.   In accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2), the Commission may set lower or higher limits to the actual costs of the programmes submitted in line with paragraph 2 of this Article. These limits may be adjusted according to the type of programmes concerned. The criteria applied may be defined in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2).

Article 10

Information and promotion measures to be implemented at the Commission’s initiative

After informing the committee referred to in Article 16(1) or, where necessary, the committee set up by Article 14(1) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs (5), the Standing Committee on Protected Geographical Indications and Protected Designations of Origin set up by Article 15(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 of 20 March 2006 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs (6) or the Standing Committee on Traditional Specialities Guaranteed set up by Article 18(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 509/2006 of 20 March 2006 on agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed (7), the Commission may decide to carry out one or more of the following measures:

(a)

for measures to be carried out on the internal market and in third countries:

(i)

the measures referred to in Article 2(1)(d) of this Regulation;

(ii)

the measures referred to in Article 2(1)(b) and (c), and Article 2(2) of this Regulation, where these measures are of Community interest or where no appropriate proposal has been submitted in accordance with Articles 6 and 9 of this Regulation;

(b)

for measures to be implemented in third countries:

(i)

the measures referred to in Article 2(3)(d) of this Regulation;

(ii)

the measures referred to in Article 2(1)(a) and Article 2(3)(a), (b) and (c) of this Regulation, where these measures are of Community interest or where no appropriate proposal has been submitted in accordance with Articles 6 and 9 of this Regulation.

Article 11

Bodies responsible for implementing the programmes and measures

1.   The Commission shall use an open or restricted call for tenders to select:

(a)

any technical assistants needed to evaluate proposals for the programmes provided for in Article 7(2), including the proposed implementing bodies;

(b)

the body or bodies responsible for implementing the measures referred to in Article 10.

2.   After inviting competitive offers by all appropriate means, the proposing organisation shall select the bodies to implement the programmes selected in accordance with Article 7(1).

However, under certain conditions to be defined in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2), the proposing organisation may be authorised to implement certain parts of the programme itself.

3.   The bodies responsible for implementing information and promotion measures shall have specialist knowledge of the products and markets concerned and have the resources necessary to ensure that the measures are implemented as effectively as possible, taking account of the European dimension of the programmes concerned.

Article 12

Monitoring of programmes

1.   A Monitoring Group, comprising representatives of the Commission, the Member States concerned and the proposing organisations, shall monitor the programmes selected in accordance with Articles 8 and 9.

2.   The Member States concerned shall be responsible for the proper implementation of the programmes selected in accordance with Articles 8 and 9 and for the relevant payments. The Member States shall ensure that the information and promotion material produced in the context of these programmes is in line with Community rules.

Article 13

Financing

1.   Without prejudice to paragraph 4, the Community shall fully fund the measures referred to in Article 10. The Community shall also fully fund the costs to cover the technical assistants selected in accordance with Article 11(1)(a).

2.   The Community’s financial participation in the programmes selected under Articles 8 and 9 shall not exceed 50 % of the actual cost of these programmes. Where information and promotion programmes have a duration of two or three years, the participation for each year of implementation shall not exceed this ceiling.

The percentage referred to in the first subparagraph shall be 60 % for measures for the promotion of fruit and vegetables intended specifically for children in schools of the Community.

3.   Proposing organisations shall participate in the funding of the programmes they propose to a level of at least 20 % of the actual costs of the programmes, with the remaining funding being borne by the Member States concerned, where appropriate, taking account of the Community’s financial participation referred to in paragraph 2.

The share paid by the Member States and the proposing organisations respectively shall be fixed when the programme is submitted to the Commission in accordance with Article 7(2).

The payments made by Member States or proposing organisations may come from parafiscal charges or mandatory contributions.

4.   Where Article 6(2) applies, the Community shall, after approving the programme, grant an appropriate contribution to the international organisation concerned.

5.   For the programmes referred to in Article 9, the Member States concerned shall be responsible for the share of the financing not covered by the Community.

Member States’ financing may come from parafiscal charges.

6.   Articles 87, 88 and 89 of the Treaty shall not apply to the financial participations of Member States nor to the financial participations from parafiscal charges or mandatory contributions of Member States or proposing organisations for programmes eligible for Community support under Article 36 of the Treaty, that the Commission has selected in accordance with Article 8(1) of this Regulation.

Article 14

Community expenditure

Community financing of the measures referred to in Article 1(1) shall be held to fall, according to the case, under Article 3(1)(d) or Article 3(2)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005.

Article 15

Implementing rules

The detailed rules for implementing this Regulation shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 16(2).

Article 16

Committee procedure

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by the Management Committee for the common organisation of agricultural markets set up by Article 195 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 of 22 October 2007 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) (8).

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 4 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply.

The period laid down in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at one month.

Article 17

Consultation

Before drawing up the lists provided for in Article 4, defining the guidelines under Article 5, approving the programmes referred to in Articles 6 and 9, taking a decision on the measures in accordance with Article 10 or adopting the detailed implementing rules under Article 15, the Commission may consult:

(a)

the Advisory Group on Promotion of Agricultural Products set up by Commission Decision 2004/391/EC (9);

(b)

ad hoc technical working groups comprised of members of the committee or experts in promotion and advertising.

Article 18

Report

By 31 December 2010, the Commission shall submit to the European Parliament and the Council a report on the application of this Regulation, together with any appropriate proposals.

Article 19

Repeal

Regulations (EC) No 2702/1999 and (EC) No 2826/2000 are hereby repealed.

References made to the repealed Regulations shall be construed as references to this Regulation and shall be read in accordance with the correlation table in the Annex.

Article 20

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the seventh day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 17 December 2007.

For the Council

The President

J. SILVA


(1)  Council Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000 of 19 December 2000 on information and promotion actions for agricultural products on the internal market (OJ L 328, 23.12.2000, p. 2). Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1182/2007 (OJ L 273, 17.10.2007, p. 1).

(2)  Council Regulation (EC) No 2702/1999 of 14 December 1999 on measures to provide information on, and to promote, agricultural products in third countries (OJ L 327, 21.12.1999, p. 7). Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 2060/2004 (OJ L 357, 2.12.2004, p. 3).

(3)  OJ L 209, 11.8.2005, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1437/2007 (OJ L 322, 7.12.2007, p. 1).

(4)  OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23. Decision as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC (OJ L 200, 22.7.2006, p. 11).

(5)  OJ L 198, 22.7.1991, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1319/2007 (OJ L 293, 10.11.2007, p. 3).

(6)  OJ L 93, 31.3.2006, p. 12. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006 (OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 1).

(7)  OJ L 93, 31.3.2006, p. 1.

(8)  OJ L 299, 16.11.2007, p. 1.

(9)  OJ L 120, 24.4.2004, p. 50.


ANNEX

CORRELATION TABLE REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 19

1.   Regulation (EC) No 2702/1999

Regulation (EC) No 2702/1999

This Regulation

Article 1

Article 1

Article 2

Article 2

Article 3

Article 3(2)

Article 4

Article 3(2), last subparagraph

Article 5(1)

Article 4

Article 5(2)

Article 5(2)

Article 6

Article 5(3)

Article 7(1) first subparagraph

Article 6

Article 7(1) second subparagraph and (2)

Article 7(1)

Article 7(3)

Article 7(2)

Article 7(4), (5) and (6)

Article 8

Article 9

Article 7a

Article 10

Article 8(1) and (2)

Article 11

Article 8(3) and (4)

Article 12

Article 9(1) to (4)

Article 13(1) to (4)

Article 13(5)

Article 9(5)

Article 13(6)

Article 10

Article 14

Article 11

Article 15

Article 12

Article 16

Article 12a

Article 17

Article 13

Article 18

Article 14

Article 19

Article 15

Article 20

2.   Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000

Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000

This Regulation

Article 1

Article 1

Article 2

Article 2

Article 3

Article 3(1)

Article 4

Article 4

Article 5

Article 5(1)

Article 6(1), first subparagraph

Article 6

Article 6(1), second subparagraph and (2)

Article 7(1)

Article 6(3)

Article 7(2)

Article 6(4) to (6)

Article 8

Article 7

Article 9

Article 7a

Article 10

Article 8

Article 11(1)

Article 9

Article 13

Article 10(1)

Article 11(2)

Article 10(2) and (3)

Article 12

Article 11

Article 14

Article 12

Article 15

Article 13

Article 16

Article 13a

Article 17

Article 14

Article 18

Article 15

Article 19

Article 16

Article 17

Article 20


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