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Document 32004R1201

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1201/2004 of 29 June 2004 opening and providing for the administration of a tariff quota for calves weighing not more than 80 kilograms and originating in Bulgaria or Romania (1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005)

OJ L 230, 30.6.2004, p. 12–18 (ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 06/02/2009

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2004/1201/oj

30.6.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 230/12


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1201/2004

of 29 June 2004

opening and providing for the administration of a tariff quota for calves weighing not more than 80 kilograms and originating in Bulgaria or Romania (1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in beef and veal (1) and in particular Article 32(1) thereof,

Whereas,

(1)

Council Decision 2003/18/EC of 19 December 2002 concerning the conclusion of a Protocol adjusting the trade aspects of the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Romania, of the other part, to take account of the outcome of negotiations between the Parties on new mutual agricultural concessions (2) and Council Decision 2003/286/EC of 8 April 2003 concerning the conclusion of a Protocol adjusting the trade aspects of the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bulgaria, of the other part, to take account of the outcome of negotiations between the Parties on new mutual agricultural concession (3), provide for the opening of certain tariff quotas each year, namely for 178 000 live bovine animals weighing not more than 80 kilograms (order number 09.4598) and originating in certain third countries including Bulgaria and Romania, subject to certain conditions set out in the Annexes A(b) of the respective Protocols of these Decisions. Detailed rules of application for this tariff quota were adopted by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1128/1999 of 28 May 1999 laying down detailed rules of application for a tariff quota for calves weighing not more than 80 kilograms originating in certain third countries (4).

(2)

To take into account the accession of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, beneficiaries of this tariff quota together with Bulgaria and Romania, and the accession of Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia and pending the results of the negotiations of new tariff concessions for Bulgaria and Romania, it is appropriate to lay down in the detailed rules for the management of this tariff quota that for the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 the available quantity should be staggered over the year in a suitable manner within the meaning of Article 32(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999.

(3)

To take into account the traditional trade patterns between the Community and Bulgaria and Romania, quantities should be fixed for three periods taking into account supplies in the reference period 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2003 of live animals originating in Bulgaria and Romania. Once the ongoing negotiations on additional protocols to the respective Europe Agreements with these two countries have been finalised and ratified, new management rules will be implemented at the date of entry into force of the new concessions.

(4)

In order to provide a more equal access to the quota while ensuring a commercially viable number of animals per application, each application of import licences should respect a minimum and a maximum number of heads.

(5)

With a view to preventing speculation, the quantities available within the quota should be made accessible to operators able to show that they are genuinely engaged in import of a significant scale from third countries. In consideration of this and in order to ensure efficient management, the traders concerned should be required to have imported a minimum of 100 animals during the year 2003 given that a consignment of 100 animals may be considered to be a commercial viable consignment. Operators in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia, should be allowed to apply on the basis of imports from countries which for them were third countries during the year 2003.

(6)

If such criteria are to be checked, applications must be presented in the Member State where the importer is entered in a VAT register.

(7)

In order to prevent speculation, importers no longer involved in trade in live bovine animals at 1 January 2004 should be denied access to the quota and licences should not be transferable.

(8)

Provision should be made for quantities for which licence applications may be requested to be allocated after a period of consideration and, where appropriate, once a uniform percentage reduction has been applied.

(9)

The arrangements should be managed using import licences. To this end, rules should be laid down on the submission of applications and the information to be given on applications and licences, where necessary by addition of certain provisions of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1445/95 of 26 June 1995 on rules of application for import and export licences in the beef and veal sector and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2377/80 (5) and of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000 of 9 June 2000 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of import and export licences and advance fixing certificates for agricultural products (6).

(10)

Experience shows that a proper management of the quota also requires that the titular holder of the licence is a genuine importer. Therefore, such importer should actively participate in the purchase, transport and import of the animals concerned. Presentation of proof of those activities should thus also be a primary requirement with regard to the licence security.

(11)

With a view to ensuring a strict statistical control of the animals imported under the quota, the tolerance referred to in Article 8(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000 shall not apply.

(12)

Regulation (EC) No 1128/99 should be subsequently repealed and replaced by this Regulation.

(13)

Whereas the measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Beef and Veal,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

1.   178 000 live bovine animals of a weight not exceeding 80 kg falling within CN code 0102 90 05 and originating in Bulgaria or Romania may be imported for the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 under this Regulation subject to any reductions negotiated subsequently between the Community and these countries.

The tariff quota shall have the order number 09.4598.

2.   The rate of customs duty shall be reduced by 90 %.

3.   The quantities referred to under paragraph 1 shall be staggered over the period referred to in that paragraph as follows:

a)

5 000 live bovine animals for the period 1 July 2004 to 31 December 2004;

b)

86 500 live animals for the period 1 January 2005 to 31 Mars 2005;

c)

86 500 live animals for the period 1 April 2005 to 30 June 2005.

4.   If, during one of the periods mentioned under paragraph 3(a) and (b), the quantity covered by licence applications submitted for each of these periods is less than the quantity available for the period in question, the remaining quantity of that period will be added to the quantity available for the following period.

Article 2

1.   To be eligible under the quota provided for in Article 1, applicants must be natural or legal persons and must prove to the satisfaction of the competent authorities of the Member State concerned, at the time they submit their applications for import licences, that they have imported at least 100 animals covered by HS subheading 0102 90 during the year 2003.

Applicants must be listed in a national VAT register.

2.   Operators in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia may apply for import licences on the basis of the imports referred to in paragraph 1 from countries which for them were third countries in the year 2003.

3.   Proof of import shall be furnished exclusively by means of the customs document of release for free circulation, duly endorsed by the customs authorities and containing a reference to the applicant concerned as being the consignee.

Member States may accept copies of the documents referred to in the first subparagraph, duly certified by the competent authority. Where such copies are accepted, notification hereof shall be made in the communication from Member States referred to in Article 3(5) in respect of each applicant concerned.

4.   Operators who at 1 January 2004 have ceased their activities in trade with third countries in the beef and veal sector shall not qualify for any application.

5.   A company formed by the merger of companies each having reference imports complying with the minimum quantity referred to in paragraph 1 may use those reference imports as a basis for its application.

Article 3

1.   Applications for import licences may be submitted only in the Member State in which the applicant is registered for VAT purposes.

2.   Applications for import licences per each period referred to in Article 1(3):

a)

must cover at least 100 animals;

b)

may not cover more than 5 % of the quantity available.

Where applications exceed the quantity referred to in the previous subparagraph, point (b), the excess shall be disregarded.

3.   Applications for import licences shall be submitted during the first 10 working days of each period referred in Article 1(3). However, application for the first period shall be submitted no later than the second Thursday following the publication of this Regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union.

4.   Applicants may lodge no more than one application each per period referred to in Article 1(3). Where the same applicant lodges more than one application, all applications from that applicant shall be inadmissible.

5.   After verification of the documents presented, Member States shall forward to the Commission, by the fifth working day following the end of the period for the submission of applications at the latest, the list of applicants and their addresses as well as the quantities applied for.

All notifications, including nil returns, shall be forwarded by fax or e-mail using the model form in Annex I in cases where applications have actually been submitted.

Article 4

1.   Following the notification referred to in Article 3(5), the Commission shall decide as soon as possible to which extent the applications can be met.

2.   If the quantities covered by applications as referred to in Article 3 exceed those available for the period in question, the Commission shall fix a single percentage reduction to be applied to the quantities applied for.

Where application of the reduction coefficient provided for in the first subparagraph gives a figure of less than 100 head per application, the quantity available shall be awarded by the Member States concerned by drawing lots for import rights covering 100 head each. Where the remainder lot is less than 100 head it shall be considered a single lot.

3.   Licences shall be issued as soon as possible subject to the Commission's decision regarding acceptance of the applications.

Article 5

1.   Import licences shall be issued on the name of the operator who submitted the application.

2.   Licence applications and licences shall show the following:

a)

in box 8, the country of origin;

b)

in box 16, the following Combined Nomenclature code: 0102 90 05;

c)

in box 20, the order number of the quota (09.4598) and at least one of the mentions provided for in Annex II.

Licences shall carry with them an obligation to import from the country referred to in point (a).

Article 6

1.   Notwithstanding Article 9(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000, import licences issued pursuant to this Regulation shall not be transferable and shall confer rights under the tariff quotas only if made out in the same name and address as the one entered as consignee in the customs declaration of release for free circulation accompanying them.

2.   By way of derogation from Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 1445/95 the validity for import licences issued under Article 1(3)(a) shall be 150 days. No import licences shall be valid after 30 June 2005.

3.   The security relating to the import licence shall be EUR 20 per head and shall be lodged by the applicant together with the licence application.

4.   Licences issued shall be valid throughout the Community.

5.   Pursuant to Article 50(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000, the full Common Customs Tariff duty applicable on the date of acceptance of the customs declaration for free circulation shall be collected in respect of all quantities imported in excess of those shown on the import licence.

6.   Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4 of Title III of Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000, the security shall not be released until proof has been produced that the titular holder of the licence has been commercially and logistically responsible for the purchase, transport and clearance for free circulation of the animals concerned. Such proof shall at least consist of:

a)

the original commercial invoice or authenticated copy made out in the name of the titular holder by the seller or his representative, both established in the third country of export, and proof of payment by the titular holder or the opening by the titular holder of an irrevocable documentary credit in favour of the seller;

b)

the bill of lading or, where applicable, the road or air transport document, drawn up in the name of the titular holder, for the animals concerned;

c)

copy No 8 of form IM 4 with the name and address of the titular holder being the only indication in box 8.

Article 7

Imported animals shall qualify for the duties referred to in Article 1 on presentation of either an EUR.1 movement certificate issued by the exporting country in accordance with Protocol 4 annexed to the Europe Agreements with Bulgaria and Romania or an invoice declaration drawn up by the exporter in accordance with those Protocols.

Article 8

Regulations (EC) No 1291/2000 and (EC) No 1445/95 shall apply, subject to this Regulation.

Article 9

Regulation (EC) No 1128/1999 is repealed. Applications for import rights which could have been submitted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1128/1999 are automatically rejected.

Article 10

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of 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, 29 June 2004.

For the Commission

Franz FISCHLER

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 21. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 (OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 1).

(2)  OJ L 8, 14.1.2003, p. 18.

(3)  OJ L 102, 24.4.2003, p. 60.

(4)  OJ L 135, 29.5.1999, p. 50. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1144/2003 (OJ L 160, 28.6.2003, p. 44).

(5)  OJ L 143, 27.6.1995, p. 35. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 360/2004 (OJ L 63, 28.2.2004, p. 13).

(6)  OJ L 152, 24.6.2000, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 636/2004 (OJ L 47, 6.4.2004, p. 25).


ANNEX I

EC Fax (32 2) 299 85 70

E-mail: AGRI-Bovins-Import@cec.eu.int

Application of Regulation (EC) No 1201/2004

Order No: 09.4598

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ANNEX II

Mentions provided for in Article 5(2)(c)

—   in Spanish: Reglamento (CE) no 1201/2004

—   in Czech: Nařízení (ES) č. 1201/2004

—   in Danish: Forordning (EF) nr 1201/2004

—   in German: Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1201/2004

—   in Estonian: Määrus (EÜ) nr 1201/2004

—   in Greek: Κανονισμός (ΕΚ) αριθ. 1201/2004

—   in English: Regulation (EC) No 1201/2004

—   in French: Règlement (CE) no 1201/2004

—   in Italian: Regolamento (CE) n. 1201/2004

—   in Latvian: Regula (EK) Nr. 1201/2004

—   in Lithuanian: Reglamentas (EB) Nr. 1201/2004

—   in Hungarian: Az 1201/2004/EK rendelet

—   in Dutch: Verordening (EG) nr. 1201/2004

—   in Polish: Rozporządzenie (WE) nr 1201/2004

—   in Portuguese: Regulamento (CE) n.o 1201/2004

—   in Slovakian: Nariadenie (ES) č. 1201/2004

—   in Slovenian: Uredba (ES) št. 1201/2004

—   in Finnish: Asetus (EY) N:o 1201/2004

—   in Swedish: Förordning (EG) nr 1201/2004


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