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Document 32008R0733

Council Regulation (EC) No 733/2008 of 15 July 2008 on the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station (Codified version)

OJ L 201, 30.7.2008, p. 1–7 (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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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2008/733/oj

30.7.2008   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 201/1


COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 733/2008

of 15 July 2008

on the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station

(Codified version)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 133 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EEC) No 737/90 of 22 March 1990 on the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station (1) has been substantially amended several times (2). In the interests of clarity and rationality the said Regulation should be codified.

(2)

Following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station on 26 April 1986, considerable quantities of radioactive elements were released into the atmosphere.

(3)

Without prejudice to the possibility of resorting, where necessary, in the future to the provisions of Council Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87 of 22 December 1987 laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and of feedingstuffs following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency (3), the Community should ensure, with regard to the specific effects of the accident at Chernobyl, that agricultural products and processed agricultural products intended for human consumption and likely to be contaminated are introduced into the Community only according to common arrangements.

(4)

Those common arrangements should safeguard the health of consumers, maintain, without having unduly adverse effects on trade between the Community and third countries, the unified nature of the market and prevent deflections of trade.

(5)

Compliance with the maximum permitted levels should be the subject of appropriate checks, which may lead to prohibiting imports in cases of non-compliance.

(6)

Radioactive contamination in many agricultural products has decreased and will continue to decrease to the levels existing before the Chernobyl accident. A procedure should therefore be established enabling such products to be excluded from the scope of this Regulation.

(7)

Since this Regulation covers all agricultural products and processed agricultural products intended for human consumption, there is no need, in the present case, to apply the procedure referred to in Article 14 of Council Directive 2004/68/EC of 26 April 2004 laying down animal health rules for the importation into and transit through the Community of certain live ungulate animals (4).

(8)

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 (5),

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

With the exception of the products unfit for human consumption listed in Annex I and those products which may come to be excluded from the scope of this Regulation in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 5(2), this Regulation shall apply to the products originating in third countries covered by:

(a)

Annex I to the Treaty;

(b)

Council Regulation (EC) No 1667/2006 of 7 November 2006 on glucose and lactose (6);

(c)

Council Regulation (EEC) No 2783/75 of 29 October 1975 on the common system of trade for ovalbumin and lactalbumin (7);

(d)

Council Regulation (EC) No 3448/93 of 6 December 1993 laying down the trade arrangements applicable to certain goods resulting from the processing of agricultural products (8).

Article 2

1.   Without prejudice to other provisions in force, the release for free circulation of the products referred to in Article 1 shall be subject to compliance with the maximum permitted levels laid down in paragraph 2 of this Article:

2.   The accumulated maximum radioactive level in terms of caesium-134 and -137 shall be (9):

(a)

370 Bq/kg for milk and milk products listed in Annex II and for foodstuffs intended for the special feeding of infants during the first four to six months of life, which meet, in themselves, the nutritional requirements of this category of persons and are put up for retail sale in packages which are clearly identified and labelled ‘food preparation for infants’;

(b)

600 Bq/kg for all other products concerned.

Article 3

1.   Member States shall check compliance with the maximum permitted levels laid down in Article 2(2) in respect of the products referred to in Article 1, taking into account contamination levels in the country of origin.

Checking may also include the presentation of export certificates.

Depending on the results of the checks carried out, Member States shall take the measures required for Article 2(1) to apply, including the prohibition of release for free circulation, taking each case individually or generally for a given product.

2.   Each Member State shall provide the Commission with all information concerning the application of this Regulation, notably cases of non-compliance with the maximum permitted levels.

The Commission shall circulate such information to the other Member States.

3.   Where cases of repeated non-compliance with the maximum permitted levels have been recorded, the necessary measures may be taken in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 5(2).

Such measures may even include the prohibition of the import of products originating in the third country concerned.

Article 4

The arrangements for applying this Regulation, any amendments to be made to the products in Annex I, and the list of products excluded from this Regulation shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 5(2).

Article 5

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by a committee.

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 5 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply.

The period laid down in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at one month.

Article 6

Council Regulation (EEC) No 737/90, as amended by the Regulations listed in Annex III, is repealed.

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

Article 7

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall expire:

(a)

on 31 March 2010, unless the Council decides otherwise at an earlier date, in particular if the list of excluded products referred to in Article 4 covers all the products fit for human consumption to which this Regulation applies;

(b)

on the entry into force of the Commission Regulation referred to in Article 2(1) of Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87, if such entry into force takes place before 31 March 2010.

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

Done at Brussels, 15 July 2008.

For the Council

The President

M. BARNIER


(1)   OJ L 82, 29.3.1990, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 806/2003 (OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 1).

(2)  See Annex III.

(3)   OJ L 371, 30.12.1987, p. 11. Regulation as amended by Regulation (Euratom) No 2218/89 (OJ L 211, 22.7.1989, p. 1).

(4)   OJ L 139, 30.4.2004, p. 321, as corrected by OJ L 226, 25.6.2004, p. 128.

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

(6)   OJ L 312, 11.11.2006, p. 1.

(7)   OJ L 282, 1.11.1975, p. 104. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2916/95 (OJ L 305, 19.12.1995, p. 49).

(8)   OJ L 318, 20.12.1993, p. 18. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2580/2000 (OJ L 298, 25.11.2000, p. 5).

(9)  The level applicable to concentrated or dried products shall be calculated on the basis of the reconstituted product as ready for consumption.


ANNEX I

Products unfit for human consumption

CN code

Description

ex 0101 10 10

ex 0101 90 19

Racehorses

ex 0106

Other (live animals, excluding domestic rabbits and pigeons: not for human consumption)

0301 10

Live ornamental fish

0408 11 20

0408 19 20

0408 91 20

0408 99 20

Eggs, not in shell, and egg yolks, unfit for human consumption (1)

ex 0504 00 00

Non-edible guts, bladders and stomachs of animals (other than fish), whole and pieces thereof

0511 10 00

ex 0511 91 90

0511 99

Animal products not elsewhere specified or included, excluding edible animal blood; dead animals of Chapter 1 or Chapter 3, unfit for human consumption

ex 0713

Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split, for sowing

1001 90 10

Spelt for sowing (1)

1005 10 11

1005 10 13

1005 10 15

1005 10 19

Hybrid maize for sowing (1)

1006 10 10

Rice for sowing (1)

1007 00 10

Hybrid sorghum for sowing (1)

1201 00 10

1202 10 10

1204 00 10

1205 10 10

1206 00 10

1207 20 10

1207 40 10

1207 50 10

1207 91 10

1207 99 15

Oil seeds and oleaginous fruit, whole or broken, for sowing (1)

1209

Seeds, fruits and spores, of a kind used for sowing

1501 00 11

Lard and other pig fat for industrial uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

1502 00 10

Fats of bovine animals, sheep or goats, other than those of heading 1503 , for industrial uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

1503 00 11

Lard stearin and oleostearin for industrial uses (1)

1503 00 30

Tallow oil for industrial uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

1505 00

Wool grease and fatty substances derived therefrom (including lanolin)

1507 10 10

1507 90 10

Soya bean oil and its fractions, whether or not refined; but not chemically modified, for technical uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

1508 10 10

1508 90 10

Ground-nut oil and its fractions, whether or not refined but not chemically modified, for technical or industrial uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

1511 10 10

Crude palm oil and its fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified, for technical or industrial uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

1511 90 91

1512 11 10

1512 19 10

1512 21 10

1512 29 10

1513 11 10

1513 19 30

1513 21 10

1513 29 30

1514 11 10

1514 19 10

1514 91 10

1514 99 10

1515 19 10

1515 21 10

1515 29 10

1515 50 11

1515 50 91

1515 90 21

1515 90 31

1515 90 40

1515 90 60

1516 20 95

Other oils for technical or industrial uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

1515 30 10

Castor oil and its fractions for the production for the production of aminoundecanoic acid for use in the manufacture of synthetic textile fibres or of artificial plastic materials (1)

1515 90 11

Tung oil; jojoba and oiticica oils; myrtle wax and Japan wax; their fractions

1518 00 31

1518 00 39

Fixed vegetables oils, fluid, mixed, for technical or industrial uses other than the manufacture of foodstuffs for human consumption (1)

2207 20 00

Ethyl alcohol and other spirits; denatured, of any strength

3824 10 00

Prepared binders for foundry moulds or cores

4501

Natural cork, raw or simply prepared; waste cork; crushed granulated or ground cork

5301 10 00

5301 21 00

5301 29 00

Flax, raw or processed but not spun

5302

True hemp (Cannabis sativa L.), raw or processed but not spun; tow and waste of true hemp (including yarn waste and garnetted stock)

ex Chapter 6

Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like, cut flowers and ornamental foliage, excluding plants and roots of chicory of subheading 0601 20 10


(1)  Entry under this subheading is subject to conditions laid down in the relevant Community provisions.


ANNEX II

Milk and milk products to which a maximum permitted level of 370 Bq/kg applies

CN codes

0401

0402

0403 10 11 to 39

0403 90 11 to 69

0404


ANNEX III

Repealed Regulation with list of its successive amendments

Council Regulation (EEC) No 737/90

(OJ L 82, 29.3.1990, p. 1).

 

Council Regulation (EC) No 686/95

(OJ L 71, 31.3.1995, p. 15).

 

Council Regulation (EC) No 616/2000

(OJ L 75, 24.3.2000, p. 1).

 

Council Regulation (EC) No 806/2003

(OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 1).

point 7 of Annex III only


ANNEX IV

Correlation table

Regulation (EEC) No 737/90

This Regulation

Article 1, introductory words

Article 1, introductory words

Article 1, first indent

Article 1(a)

Article 1, second indent

Article 1(b)

Article 1, third indent

Article 1(c)

Article 1, fourth indent

Article 1(d)

Article 1, fifth indent

Article 2

Article 2(1)

Article 3, first introductory sentence

Article 3, second introductory sentence

Article 2(2) introductory sentence

Article 3, first and second indent

Article 2(2)(a) and (b)

Article 4(1) first, second and third sentence

Article 3(1) first, second and third subparagraph

Article 4(2) first and second sentence

Article 3(2) first and second subparagraph

Article 5 first and second sentence

Article 3(3) first and second subparagraph

Article 6

Article 4

Article 7(1) and (2)

Article 5(1) and (2)

Article 7(3)

Article 6

Article 8, first paragraph

Article 7, first paragraph

Article 8, second paragraph, introductory words

Article 7, second paragraph, introductory words

Article 8, second paragraph, point 1

Article 7, second paragraph, point (a)

Article 8, second paragraph, point 2

Article 7, second paragraph, point (b)

Annex I

Annex I

Annex II

Annex II

Annex III

Annex IV


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