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Regulation (EU) 2015/940 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 June 2015 on certain procedures for applying the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part, and for applying the Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part

OJ L 160, 25.6.2015, p. 69–75 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2015/940/oj

25.6.2015   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 160/69


REGULATION (EU) 2015/940 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 9 June 2015

on certain procedures for applying the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part, and for applying the Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part

(codification)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 207(2) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (1),

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EC) No 594/2008 (2) has been substantially amended (3). In the interests of clarity and rationality, that Regulation should be codified.

(2)

A Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part (‘SAA’), was signed in Luxembourg on 16 June 2008.

(3)

On 16 June 2008 the Council concluded an Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part (4) (‘Interim Agreement’) which provided for the early entry into force of the trade and trade-related provisions of the SAA. The Interim Agreement entered into force on 1 July 2008.

(4)

It is necessary to lay down the procedures for applying certain provisions of the Interim Agreement. Since the trade and trade-related provisions of those instruments are to a very large extent identical, this Regulation should also apply to the implementation of the SAA after its entry into force.

(5)

The SAA and the Interim Agreement stipulate that fishery products originating in Bosnia and Herzegovina may be imported into the Union at a reduced customs duty, within the limits of tariff quotas. It is therefore necessary to lay down provisions regulating the management of those tariff quotas.

(6)

Where trade defence measures become necessary, they should be adopted in accordance with the general provisions laid down in Regulation (EU) 2015/478 of the European Parliament and of the Council (5), Regulation (EU) 2015/479 of the European Parliament and of the Council (6), Council Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 (7) or, as the case may be, Council Regulation (EC) No 597/2009 (8).

(7)

Where a Member State provides the Commission with information on a possible fraud or failure to provide administrative cooperation, the relevant Union legislation shall apply, in particular Council Regulation (EC) No 515/97 (9).

(8)

For the purposes of implementing the relevant provisions of this Regulation the Commission should be assisted by the Customs Code Committee established by Article 285 of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (10).

(9)

The implementation of the bilateral safeguard clauses of the Interim Agreement and of the SAA requires uniform conditions for the adoption of safeguard and other measures. Those measures should be adopted in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (11).

(10)

The Commission should adopt immediately applicable implementing acts where, in duly justified cases relating to exceptional and critical circumstances arising within the meaning of point (b) of Article 24(5) and Article 25(4) of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter point (b) of Article 39(5) and Article 40(4) of the SAA, imperative grounds of urgency so require,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Subject matter

This Regulation lays down certain procedures for the adoption of detailed rules for the implementation of certain provisions of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part (‘SAA’), and of the Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part (‘Interim Agreement’).

Article 2

Concessions for fish and fishery products

Detailed rules on the implementation of Article 13 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 28 of the SAA, concerning the tariff quotas for fish and fishery products, shall be adopted by the Commission in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(3) of this Regulation.

Article 3

Tariff reductions

1.   Subject to paragraph 2, rates of preferential duty shall be rounded down to the first decimal place.

2.   Where the result of calculating the rate of preferential duty pursuant to paragraph 1 is one of the following, the preferential rate shall be considered a full exemption:

(a)

1 % or less in the case of ad valorem duties; or

(b)

EUR 1 or less per individual amount in the case of specific duties.

Article 4

Technical adaptations

Amendments and technical adaptations to the provisions adopted pursuant to this Regulation which are necessary following changes to the Combined Nomenclature codes and to the TARIC subdivisions, or arising from the conclusion of new or modified agreements, protocols, exchanges of letters or other acts between the Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina, shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(3).

Article 5

General safeguard clause

Where the Union needs to take a measure as provided for in Article 24 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 39 of the SAA, that measure shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(3) of this Regulation, unless otherwise specified in Article 24 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 39 of the SAA.

Article 6

Shortage clause

Where the Union needs to take a measure as provided for in Article 25 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 40 of the SAA, that measure shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(3) of this Regulation.

Article 7

Exceptional and critical circumstances

Where exceptional and critical circumstances arise within the meaning of point (b) of Article 24(5) and Article 25(4) of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter point (b) of Article 39(5) and Article 40(4) of the SAA, the Commission may take immediate measures as provided for in Articles 24 and 25 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Articles 39 and 40 of the SAA.

If the Commission receives a request from a Member State, it shall take a decision thereon within five working days of receipt of the request.

The Commission shall take the measures referred to in the first paragraph in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(3) of this Regulation, or in cases of urgency, in accordance with Article 9(4) of this Regulation.

Article 8

Safeguard clause for agricultural and fishery products

1.   Notwithstanding the procedures provided for in Articles 5 and 6 of this Regulation, where the Union needs to take a safeguard measure as provided for in Article 24 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 39 of the SAA, concerning agricultural and fishery products, the Commission shall, at the request of a Member State or on its own initiative, decide upon the necessary measures after, where applicable, having had recourse to the referral procedure provided for in Article 24 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 39 of the SAA.

If the Commission receives a request from a Member State, it shall take a decision thereon:

(a)

within three working days of the receipt of a request, where the referral procedure provided for in Article 24 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 39 of the SAA, does not apply; or

(b)

within three days of the end of the 30-day period referred to in point (a) of Article 24(5) of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter in point (a) of Article 39(5) of the SAA, where the referral procedure provided for in Article 24 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 39 of the SAA, applies.

The Commission shall notify the Council of the measures upon which it has decided.

2.   The Commission shall take such measures in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(3), or in cases of urgency, in accordance with Article 9(4).

Article 9

Committee procedure

1.   For the purpose of Articles 2, 4 and 11 of this Regulation, the Commission shall be assisted by the Customs Code Committee established by Article 285 of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013. That Committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

2.   For the purpose of Articles 5 to 8 of this Regulation, the Commission shall be assisted by the Committee on Safeguards established by Article 3(1) of Regulation (EU) 2015/478. That Committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

3.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

4.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 8 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011, in conjunction with Article 5 thereof, shall apply.

Article 10

Dumping and subsidy

In the event of a practice which is liable to warrant application by the Union of the measures provided for in Article 23(2) of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 38(2) of the SAA, the introduction of anti-dumping and/or countervailing measures shall be decided upon in accordance with the provisions laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 and/or Regulation (EC) No 597/2009, respectively.

Article 11

Competition

1.   In the event of a practice that may justify application by the Union of the measures provided for in Article 36 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 71 of the SAA, the Commission shall, after examining the case, on its own initiative or on the request of a Member State, decide whether such practice is compatible with those Agreements.

The measures provided for in Article 36(10) of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 71(10) of the SAA, shall be adopted, in the cases of aid, in accordance with the procedures laid down in Regulation (EC) No 597/2009 and, in other cases, in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 207 of the Treaty.

2.   In the event of a practice that may cause measures to be applied to the Union by Bosnia and Herzegovina on the basis of Article 36 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 71 of the SAA, the Commission shall, after examining the case, decide whether the practice is compatible with the principles set out in the Interim Agreement, and thereafter the SAA. Where necessary, the Commission shall take appropriate decisions on the basis of criteria which result from the application of Articles 101, 102 and 107 of the Treaty.

Article 12

Fraud or failure to provide administrative cooperation

Where the Commission, on the basis of information provided by a Member State or on its own initiative, finds that the conditions laid down in Article 29 of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter in Article 44 of the SAA, are fulfilled, it shall, without undue delay:

(a)

inform the Council; and

(b)

notify the Interim Committee, and thereafter the Stabilisation and Association Committee, of its finding together with the objective information, and enter into consultations within the Interim Committee, and thereafter the Stabilisation and Association Committee.

Any publication under Article 29(5) of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter under Article 44(5) of the SAA, shall be effected by the Commission in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The Commission may decide, in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(3) of this Regulation, to suspend temporarily the relevant preferential treatment of the products as provided for in Article 29(4) of the Interim Agreement, and thereafter Article 44(4) of the SAA.

Article 13

Notification

The Commission, acting on behalf of the Union, shall be responsible for notification to the Interim Committee, and thereafter the Stabilisation and Association Council and the Stabilisation and Association Committee, respectively, as required by the Interim Agreement or the SAA.

Article 14

Repeal

Regulation (EC) No 594/2008 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 II.

Article 15

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth 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 Strasbourg, 9 June 2015.

For the European Parliament

The President

M. SCHULZ

For the Council

The President

Z. KALNIŅA-LUKAŠEVICA


(1)  Position of the European Parliament of 29 April 2015 (not yet published in the Official Journal) and decision of the Council of 28 May 2015.

(2)  Council Regulation (EC) No 594/2008 of 16 June 2008 on certain procedures for applying the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part, and for applying the Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part (OJ L 169, 30.6.2008, p. 1).

(3)  See Annex I.

(4)  OJ L 169, 30.6.2008, p. 13.

(5)  Regulation (EU) 2015/478 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2015 on common rules for imports (OJ L 83, 27.3.2015, p. 16).

(6)  Regulation (EU) 2015/479 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2015 on common rules for exports (OJ L 83, 27.3.2015, p. 34).

(7)  Council Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 of 30 November 2009 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Community (OJ L 343, 22.12.2009, p. 51).

(8)  Council Regulation (EC) No 597/2009 of 11 June 2009 on protection against subsidised imports from countries not members of the European Community (OJ L 188, 18.7.2009, p. 93).

(9)  Council Regulation (EC) No 515/97 of 13 March 1997 on mutual assistance between the administrative authorities of the Member States and cooperation between the latter and the Commission to ensure the correct application of the law on customs and agricultural matters (OJ L 82, 22.3.1997, p. 1).

(10)  Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code (OJ L 269, 10.10.2013, p. 1).

(11)  Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers (OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13).


ANNEX I

Repealed Regulation with the amendment thereto

Council Regulation (EC) No 594/2008

(OJ L 169, 30.6.2008, p. 1).

 

Regulation (EU) No 37/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council

(OJ L 18, 21.1.2014, p. 1).

Only point 17 of the Annex


ANNEX II

Correlation Table

Regulation (EC) No 594/2008

This Regulation

Articles 1 to 8

Articles 1 to 8

Article 8a

Article 9

Article 9

Article 10

Article 10

Article 11

Article 11

Article 12

Article 13

Article 13

Article 14

Article 14

Article 15

Annex I

Annex II


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