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Consolidated text: Council Regulation (EC) No 247/2006 of 30 January 2006 laying down specific measures for agriculture in the outermost regions of the Union

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COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 247/2006

of 30 January 2006

laying down specific measures for agriculture in the outermost regions of the Union

(OJ L 042, 14.2.2006, p.1)

Amended by:

 

 

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COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 318/2006 of 20 February 2006

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COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 247/2006

of 30 January 2006

laying down specific measures for agriculture in the outermost regions of the Union



THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Articles 36, 37 and 299(2) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament ( 1 ),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee ( 2 ),

Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions ( 3 ),

Whereas:

(1)

The particular geographical situation of the outermost regions imposes additional transport costs in supplying products which are essential for human consumption, for processing or as agricultural inputs. In addition, objective factors arising as a result of insularity and remoteness impose further constraints on economic operators and producers in the outermost regions that severely handicap their activities. In certain cases, operators and producers suffer from double insularity. These handicaps can be alleviated by lowering the price of these essential products. It is therefore appropriate to introduce specific supply arrangements to guarantee supply to the outermost regions and compensate for the additional costs arising from their remoteness, insularity and distant location.

(2)

To that end, notwithstanding Article 23 of the Treaty, imports of certain agricultural products from third countries should be exempt from the applicable import duties. To take account of their origin and the customs treatment accorded to them under the Community provisions, products which have entered the Community's customs territory under inward processing or customs warehousing arrangements should be considered as direct imports, for the purpose of granting the benefits of the specific supply arrangements.

(3)

In order to achieve the goal of lowering prices in the outermost regions and mitigating the additional costs of their remoteness, insularity and distant location while maintaining the competitiveness of Community products, aid should be granted for the supply of products of Community origin to the outermost regions. Such aid should take account of the additional cost of transport to the outermost regions and the prices applied to exports to third countries and, in the case of agricultural inputs and products intended for processing, the additional costs of insularity and distant location.

(4)

Since the quantities covered by the specific supply arrangements are limited to the supply requirements of the outermost regions, those arrangements do not impair the proper functioning of the internal market. Nor should the economic advantages of the specific supply arrangements provoke diversions of trade in the products concerned. Dispatching or exportation of those products from the outermost regions should therefore be prohibited. However, dispatch or exportation of those products should be authorised where the advantage resulting from the specific supply arrangements is reimbursed or, in the case of processed products, to permit regional trade or trade between the two Portuguese outermost regions. Account should also be taken of traditional trade flows with third countries in all the outermost regions, and exports of processed products corresponding to traditional exports for all those regions should accordingly be authorised. Nor should the restriction apply to the traditional dispatching of processed products. For the sake of clarity, the reference period for defining those traditionally exported or dispatched quantities should be specified.

(5)

However, appropriate measures should be taken to allow for the necessary restructuring of the sugar processing sector in the Azores. These measures should take into account that in order for the sugar sector on the Azores to be viable a certain level of production and processing needs to be ensured. Moreover, Portugal will have the means under this Regulation to support local sugar beet production. Against this background, dispatches of sugar from the Azores to the rest of the Community should be allowed exceptionally to exceed traditional flows for a limited period of four years, subject to progressively reduced annual limits. Given that the quantities that may be re-dispatched will be proportional and limited to the extent strictly necessary for ensuring the viability of local sugar production and processing, the temporary dispatching of sugar from the Azores will not adversely affect the internal market of the Community.

(6)

In the case of C sugar to supply the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, the arrangements for exemption from import duties provided for in Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2177/92 of 30 July 1992 laying down detailed rules for the application of the specific supply arrangements for the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands with regard to sugar ( 4 ) should continue to apply for the period laid down in Article 10(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001 of 19 June 2001 on the common organisation of the markets in the sugar sector ( 5 ).

(7)

To date the Canary Islands have been supplied under the specific supply arrangements with milk-based preparations falling within CN codes 1901 90 99 and CN codes 2106 90 92 intended for industrial processing. Supply of those products should be allowed to continue for a transitional period, pending restructuring of local industry.

(8)

In order to achieve the objectives of the specific supply arrangements, the economic advantages of the arrangements must be in terms of production costs and must cut prices up to the end-user stage. They should therefore be granted only on condition that they are actually passed on, and appropriate checks must be carried out.

(9)

Community policy to assist local production in the outermost regions has involved a multitude of products and measures for their production, marketing or processing. These measures have proved effective and ensured that agriculture continues and develops. The Community should continue to support these lines of production, which are a key factor in the environmental, social and economic equilibrium of the outermost regions. Experience has shown that, as in the case of rural development policy, a closer partnership with the local authorities can help to address the particular issues affecting the regions concerned in a more targeted way. Support for local production should thus continue through general programmes at the most appropriate geographical level, to be submitted by the Member State concerned to the Commission.

(10)

To help achieve the goals of developing local agricultural production and the supply of agricultural products, the level of programming of supplies to the regions concerned should be harmonised and the approach of partnership between the Commission and the Member States should be systematic. The supply programme should therefore be established by the authorities designated by the Member State and submitted to the Commission for approval.

(11)

Farmers in the outermost regions should be encouraged to supply quality products and the marketing of these should be assisted. Use of the graphic symbol introduced by the Community may be useful for that purpose.

(12)

Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 of 17 May 1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) ( 6 ) defines the rural development measures eligible for Community support and the conditions for obtaining that support. The structures of certain farms or processing and marketing firms in the outermost regions are seriously defective and face specific difficulties. Provision should accordingly be made for the possibility of derogations for certain types of investment from the provisions restricting the grant of some structural aid provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999.

(13)

Article 29(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 restricts the grant of forestry support to forests and wooded areas belonging to private owners and municipalities and associations thereof. Parts of the forests and wooded areas located in the outermost regions belong to public authorities other than municipalities. Under these circumstances, the conditions laid down in the said Article should be made more flexible.

(14)

Article 24(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 and the Annex thereto determine the maximum amounts per year eligible for Community agri-environmental aid. To take into account the specific environmental situation of certain very sensitive pasture areas in the Azores and the preservation of the landscape and traditional features of agricultural land, in particular the areas of terrace cultivation in Madeira, provision should be made for the possibility, in the case of certain specific measures, of increasing those amounts up to twofold.

(15)

A derogation may be granted from the Commission's consistent policy of not authorising State operating aid for the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products covered by Annex I to the Treaty in order to mitigate the specific constraints on farming in the outermost regions as a result of their remoteness, insularity and distant location, small area, mountainous terrain and climate and their economic dependency on a small number of products.

(16)

The plant health of agricultural crops in the outermost regions is subject to particular problems associated with the climate and the inadequacy of the control measures hitherto applied there. Programmes should therefore be implemented to combat harmful organisms, including by organic methods. The Community's financial contribution towards such programmes should be specified.

(17)

The maintenance of vineyards, which are the most widespread type of cultivation in the regions of Madeira and the Canary Islands and a very important one for the Azores, is an economic and environmental imperative. To help support production, neither abandonment premiums nor market mechanisms should be applicable in these regions, but nonetheless, in the Canary Islands, it should be possible to apply crisis distillation measures in the event of exceptional market disturbance arising from quality problems. Similarly, technical and socio-economic difficulties have prevented the complete conversion within the time limits set of the areas in the regions of Madeira and the Azores under vines of hybrid varieties prohibited by the common organisation of the market in wine. The wine produced by such vineyards is intended solely for traditional local consumption. Additional time will allow such vineyards to be converted while preserving a regional economic fabric very heavily reliant upon wine-growing. Portugal should notify the Commission, each year, of the progress made in converting the areas concerned.

(18)

The restructuring of the milk sector is not yet complete in the Azores. In line with the high dependence of the Azores on milk production, combined with other handicaps connected with their distant location and the absence of profitable alternative lines of production, the derogation from certain provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 1788/2003 of 29 September 2003 establishing a levy in the milk and milk products sector ( 7 ), introduced by Article 23 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1453/2001 of 28 June 2001 introducing specific measures for certain agricultural products for the Azores and Madeira (Poseima) ( 8 ) and renewed by Council Regulation (EC) No 55/2004 ( 9 ) should be confirmed with respect to the application of the supplementary levy in the milk and milk products sector in the Azores.

(19)

Support for the production of cow's milk in Madeira has not succeeded in maintaining the balance between domestic and external supply, chiefly because of the serious structural difficulties affecting the sector and its poor capacity to adapt to new economic environments. Consequently, authorisation to produce reconstituted UHT milk from milk powder of Community origin should continue, with a view to covering local consumption more fully.

(20)

The need to maintain local production by means of incentives justifies not applying Regulation (EC) No 1788/2003 in the French overseas departments and Madeira. For Madeira this exemption should be subject to a limit of 4 000 tonnes, corresponding to the current production of 2 000 tonnes and allowing for a reasonable possibility of increased production, estimated at present at a maximum of 2 000 tonnes.

(21)

Traditional livestock farming activities should be supported. In order to meet the local consumption needs of the French overseas departments and Madeira, duty-free imports from third countries of male bovine animals intended for fattening should be authorised subject to certain conditions and up to a maximum annual limit. The possibility opened under Council Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 of 29 September 2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers ( 10 ) to enable Portugal to transfer rights to the suckler cow premium from the mainland to the Azores should be renewed and that instrument should be adjusted in line with the new support arrangements for the outermost regions.

(22)

Tobacco growing is of historical importance in the Canary Islands. Economically speaking, tobacco preparation continues to be one of the chief industrial activities in the region. In social terms, tobacco cultivation is very labour-intensive and carried out by small farms. Since the crop is not sufficiently profitable, however, it is in danger of dying out. Tobacco is currently cultivated on only a small area on the island of La Palma, for the small-scale manufacture of cigars. Spain should therefore be authorised to continue to grant aid in addition to Community aid so that this traditional crop can be maintained with a view to supporting the artisanal activity associated with it. In addition, to maintain the manufacture of tobacco products, imports into the Canary Islands of raw and semi-manufactured tobacco should continue to be exempt from customs duty, up to an annual limit of 20 000 tonnes of stripped raw tobacco equivalent.

(23)

Implementation of this Regulation must not jeopardise the level of special support from which the outermost regions have benefited up to now. For that reason, so that they can carry out the appropriate measures, the Member States should have at their disposal sums equivalent to the support already granted by the Community under Council Regulation (EC) No 1452/2001 of 28 June 2001 introducing specific measures for certain agricultural products for the French overseas departments (Poseidom) ( 11 ), Council Regulation (EC) No 1453/2001 and Council Regulation (EC) No 1454/2001 of 28 June 2001 introducing specific measures for certain agricultural products for the Canary Islands (Poseican) ( 12 ) and sums granted to farmers established in those regions under Council Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in beef and veal ( 13 ), Council Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001 of 19 December 2001 on the common organisation of the market in sheepmeat and goatmeat ( 14 ), Council Regulation (EC) No 1784/2003 of 29 September 2003 on the common organisation of the market in cereals ( 15 ) and sums granted for the supply of rice to the French overseas department of Réunion under Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1785/2003 of 29 September 2003 on the common organisation of the market in rice ( 16 ). The new system of support for agricultural production in the outermost regions established by this Regulation should be coordinated with the support for the same lines of production in force in the rest of the Community.

(24)

Regulations (EC) No 1452/2001, (EC) No 1453/2001 and (EC) No 1454/2001 should be repealed. Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 and Regulation (EC) No 1785/2003 should also be amended to ensure coordination of the respective arrangements.

(25)

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 ( 17 ).

(26)

The programmes provided for by this Regulation should start to apply upon notification of their approval by the Commission. To enable the programmes to start at this time, the Member States and the Commission should be permitted to take all the preparatory measures between the date of entry into force of this Regulation and that of the application of the programmes,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:



TITLE 1

SUBJECT

Article 1

Subject

This Regulation lays down specific measures on agriculture to remedy the difficulties caused by the remoteness, insularity, distant location, small surface area, terrain, difficult climate and dependence on a limited number of products of the regions of the Union referred to in Article 299(2) of the Treaty, hereinafter referred to as the ‘outermost regions’.



TITLE II

SPECIFIC SUPPLY ARRANGEMENTS

Article 2

Forecast supply balance

1.  Specific supply arrangements are hereby introduced for the agricultural products listed in Annex I to the Treaty, which are essential in the outermost regions for human consumption, for the manufacture of other products or as agricultural inputs.

2.  A forecast supply balance shall be drawn up stating the quantity of the agricultural products referred to in paragraph 1 needed to meet supply requirements each year. A separate forecast balance may be drawn up for the requirements of undertakings packaging and processing products intended for the local market, for traditional consignment to the rest of the Community or for export as part of regional trade or traditional trade flows.

Article 3

Operation of the arrangements

1.  Within the limit of the quantities determined in the forecast supply balance, no duties shall apply to direct imports from third countries into the outermost regions of products covered by the specific supply arrangements.

Products which have entered the Community's customs territory under inward processing or customs warehousing arrangements shall be considered as direct imports from third countries for the purposes of this Title.

2.  To ensure coverage of the requirements established in accordance with Article 2(2) in terms of price and quality, while taking care to maintain the Community's share in supplies, aid shall be granted to supply the outermost regions with Community products held in public intervention storage or available on the Community market.

Such aid shall be determined for each type of product concerned to take account of the additional cost of transport to the outermost regions and the prices applied to exports to third countries and, in the case of products intended for processing and agricultural inputs, the additional costs of insularity and distant location.

3.  In implementing the specific supply arrangements, account shall be taken, in particular, of the following:

(a) the specific requirements of the outermost regions and, in the case of products intended for processing and agricultural inputs, the quality requirements;

(b) trade flows with the rest of the Community;

(c) the economic aspect of the proposed aid.

4.  Entitlement under the specific supply arrangements shall be subject to the condition that the economic advantage derived either from exemption from import duties or from aid is actually passed on to the end user.

Article 4

Export to third countries and dispatch to the rest of the Community

1.  Products covered by the specific supply arrangements may be exported to third countries or dispatched to the rest of the Community only on conditions laid down under the procedure referred to in Article 26(2).

Those conditions shall include payment of import duties on the products referred to in Article 3(1) or reimbursement of the aid received under the specific supply arrangements for the products referred to in Article 3(2).

Those conditions shall not apply to trade flows between French overseas departments.

2.  The restriction provided for in paragraph 1 shall not apply to products processed in the outermost regions from products having benefited from the specific supply arrangements which are:

(a) exported to third countries or dispatched to the rest of the Community within the limits of traditional exports and traditional dispatches. Those quantities shall be specified by the Commission in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 26(2), on the basis of the average of exports or dispatches during the years 1989, 1990 and 1991;

(b) exported to third countries as part of regional trade flows in accordance with destinations and conditions specified under the procedure referred to in Article 26(2);

(c) dispatched from the Azores to Madeira or vice versa;

(d) dispatched from Madeira to the Canary Islands or vice versa.

No export refund shall be granted for the products thus exported.

3.  By way of derogation from paragraph 2(a), the following maximum quantities of sugar (CN code 1701) may be dispatched from the Azores to the rest of the Community for the following years:

in 2006

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3 000 tonnes,

in 2007

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2 285 tonnes,

in 2008

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1 570 tonnes,

in 2009

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855 tonnes.

Article 5

Sugar

1.  During the period referred to in Article 10(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001, C sugar referred to in Article 13 of that Regulation, exported in accordance with the relevant provisions of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2670/81 of 14 September 1981 laying down detailed implementing rules in respect of sugar production in excess of the quota ( 18 ) and brought in to be consumed in Madeira and in the Canary Islands in the form of white sugar falling within CN code 1701 and to be refined and consumed in the Azores in the form of raw sugar falling within CN code 1701 12 10, shall benefit, under the conditions set out in this Regulation, from the exemption from import duties within the limit of the forecast supply balance referred to in Article 2 of this Regulation.

2.  When determining raw sugar requirements of the Azores, account shall be taken of the development of local production of sugar beet. The quantities covered by the supply arrangements shall be determined so as to ensure that the total volume of sugar refined in the Azores each year does not exceed 10 000 tonnes.

Article 6

Milk-based preparations

By way of derogation from Article 2, for the period from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2009 the Canary Islands may continue to receive supplies of milk-based preparations falling within CN codes 1901 90 99 and 2106 90 92 intended for industrial processing of up to 800 tonnes per year and 45 tonnes per year respectively. Aid granted for supplies of those two products from the Community may not exceed EUR 210 per tonne and EUR 59 per tonne respectively and shall be included in the limit laid down in Article 23.

Article 7

Imports of rice into Réunion

No customs duties shall be charged in the French overseas department of Réunion on products falling within CN codes 1006 10, 1006 20 and 1006 40 00 imported for consumption there.

Article 8

Detailed rules for the application of the arrangements

Detailed rules for the application of this Title shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2). Such rules shall in particular define the conditions under which the Member States may amend the product quantities and the resources allocated each year to the various products eligible under the specific supply arrangements and, where necessary, establish a system of import licences or delivery certificates.



TITLE III

MEASURES TO ASSIST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

Article 9

Support programmes

1.  Community support programmes for the outermost regions shall be established containing specific measures to assist local lines of agricultural production within the scope of Title II of Part Three of the Treaty.

2.  Community support programmes shall be established at the geographical level which the Member State concerned deems most appropriate. They shall be prepared by the competent authorities designated by the Member State, which shall submit them to the Commission after the competent authorities and organisations have been consulted at the appropriate territorial level.

3.  Only one Community support programme per outermost region may be submitted.

Article 10

Measures

Community support programmes shall contain the measures needed to ensure continuity and development of local lines of agricultural production in each outermost region.

Article 11

Compatibility and consistency

1.  Measures taken under support programmes must comply with Community law and be consistent with other Community policies and with the measures taken under those policies.

2.  Consistency of the measures taken under support programmes with measures implemented under other instruments of the common agricultural policy, and in particular the common organisations of markets, rural development, product quality, animal welfare and protection of the environment, must be ensured.

In particular, no measure under this Regulation may be financed as:

(a) additional support for premium or aid schemes under a common organisation of the market save in exceptional cases justified by objective criteria;

(b) support for research projects, measures to support research projects or measures eligible for Community financing under Council Decision 90/424/EEC of 26 June 1990 on expenditure in the veterinary field ( 19 );

(c) support for measures within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 and Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 of 20 September 2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) ( 20 ).

Article 12

Content of Community support programmes

A Community support programme shall contain:

(a) a quantified description of the current agricultural production situation taking into account the results of available evaluations, showing disparities, gaps and potential for development, the financial resources deployed and the main results of operations undertaken under Council Regulations (EC) No 1452/2001, (EC) No 1453/2001 and (EC) No 1454/2001;

(b) a description of the strategy proposed, the priorities selected, its quantified objectives, and an appraisal showing the expected economic, environmental and social impact, including employment effects;

(c) a description of the measures contemplated, and in particular aid schemes for implementing the programme, and, where appropriate, information on the needs for any studies, demonstration projects, training or technical assistance operations relating to the preparation, implementation or adaptation of the measures concerned;

(d) a schedule for the implementation of the measures and a general indicative financing table showing the resources to be deployed;

(e) proof of the compatibility and consistency between the various measures under the programmes and the criteria and quantitative indicators to be used for monitoring and evaluation;

(f) the steps taken to ensure the programmes are implemented effectively and appropriately, including the arrangements for publicity, monitoring and evaluation, and a specified set of quantified indicators for use in programme evaluation and the provisions for checks and penalties;

(g) the designation of competent authorities and bodies responsible for implementing the programme and the designation at the appropriate levels of authorities or associated bodies and socio-economic partners, and the results of consultations held.

Article 13

Monitoring

The procedures and physical and financial indicators for ensuring effective monitoring of the implementation of Community programmes shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2).



TITLE IV

ACCOMPANYING MEASURES

Article 14

Graphic symbol

1.  A graphic symbol shall be introduced with a view to ensuring greater awareness and consumption of quality agricultural products, whether natural or processed, specific to the outermost regions.

2.  The conditions for using the graphic symbol provided for in paragraph 1 shall be proposed by the trade organisations concerned. The national authorities shall forward such proposals, with their opinion, to the Commission for approval.

Use of the symbol shall be monitored by an official authority or a body approved by the competent national authorities.

Article 15

Rural development

1.  Notwithstanding Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999, in the case of the outermost regions, the total value of the aid for investments intended in particular to encourage diversification, restructuring or a shift towards sustainable agriculture on agricultural holdings of small economic size, to be defined in the programme complement referred to in Articles 18(3) and 19(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 of 21 June 1999 laying down general provisions on the Structural Funds ( 21 ), expressed as a percentage of the volume of eligible investments, shall not exceed 75 %.

2.  Notwithstanding Article 28(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999, in the case of the outermost regions, the total value of the aid for investments in enterprises engaged in processing and marketing agricultural products consisting mainly of local produce in sectors to be defined in the programme complements referred to in Articles 18(3) and 19(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999, expressed as a percentage of the volume of eligible investments, shall not exceed 65 %. The total value of the aid for small and medium-sized enterprises, otherwise subject to the same conditions, shall not exceed 75 %.

3.  The restriction provided for in Article 29(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 shall not apply to tropical or subtropical forests or wooded areas situated in the territory of the French overseas departments, the Azores and Madeira.

4.  Notwithstanding Article 24(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999, the maximum amounts per year eligible for Community aid, as set out in the Annex to that Regulation, may be increased up to twofold in the case of the measure to protect lakes in the Azores and the measure to preserve the landscape and traditional features of agricultural land, in particular the conservation of stone walls supporting terraces in Madeira.

5.  A description of the measures planned under this Article shall be included, where appropriate, in the programmes for these regions referred to in Articles 18 and 19 of Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999.

Article 16

State aid

1.  For the agricultural products covered by Annex I to the Treaty, to which Articles 87, 88 and 89 thereof apply, the Commission may authorise operating aid in the sectors producing, processing and marketing those products, with a view to mitigating the specific constraints on farming in the outermost regions as a result of their remoteness, insularity and distant location.

2.  Member States may grant additional financing for the implementation of the Community support programmes referred to in Title III of this Regulation. In such cases they must notify the Commission of the State aid and the Commission must approve it in accordance with this Regulation as part of those programmes. Aid thus notified shall be regarded as being notified within the meaning of the first sentence of Article 88(3) of the Treaty.

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3.  France may grant national aid for the sugar sector in the French outermost regions, of up to EUR 60 million for the marketing year 2005/2006 and up to EUR 90 million for the marketing years 2006/2007 onwards.

Articles 87, 88 and 89 of the Treaty shall not apply to the aid referred to in this paragraph.

France shall inform the Commission within 30 days of the end of each marketing year of the amount of aid actually granted.

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Article 17

Plant health programmes

1.  France and Portugal shall submit programmes to the Commission for the control of organisms harmful to plants or plant products in the French overseas departments and the Azores and Madeira respectively. The programmes shall specify in particular the objectives to be achieved, the measures to be carried out, their duration and their cost. The programmes submitted pursuant to this Article shall not concern the protection of bananas.

2.  The Community shall contribute to the financing of the programmes provided for in paragraph 1 on the basis of a technical analysis of the regional situations.

3.  The financial contribution of the Community provided for in paragraph 2 and the amount of the aid shall be decided in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(1) and (3). The measures eligible for Community financing shall be defined in accordance with the same procedure.

Such contribution may cover up to 60 % of eligible expenditure in the French overseas departments and up to 75 % of eligible expenditure in the Azores and Madeira. Payment shall be made on the basis of documentation provided by the French and Portuguese authorities. If necessary, checks may be organised by the Commission and conducted on its behalf by experts as referred to in Article 21 of Council Directive 2000/29/EC of 8 May 2000 on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community ( 22 ).

Article 18

Wine

1.  Chapter II of Title II and Chapters I and II of Title III of Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in wine ( 23 ) and Chapter III of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1227/2000 of 31 May 2000 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 on the common organisation of the market in wine, as regards production potential ( 24 ) shall not apply to the Azores and Madeira.

2.  Notwithstanding Article 19(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999, grapes from prohibited direct-producer hybrid vine varieties (Noah, Othello, Isabelle, Jacquez, Clinton and Herbemont) harvested in the Azores and Madeira may be used for the production of wine which must remain within those regions.

By 31 December 2013 Portugal shall have gradually eliminated vineyards planted with prohibited direct-producer hybrid vine varieties, with, where appropriate, the support provided for in Chapter III of Title II of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999.

Portugal shall notify the Commission, each year, of the progress made in converting and restructuring areas planted with prohibited direct-producer hybrid vine varieties.

3.  Chapter II of Title II and Title III of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 and Chapter III of Regulation (EC) No 1227/2000 shall not apply to the Canary Islands, except for the crisis distillation referred to in Article 30 of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999, if there is exceptional market disturbance caused by problems of quality.

Article 19

Milk

1.  As from the marketing year 1999/2000, for the purposes of sharing the additional levy between the producers referred to in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1788/2003, only producers within the meaning of Article 5(c) of that Regulation, established and producing in the Azores, who market quantities exceeding their reference quantity increased by the percentage referred to in the third subparagraph of this paragraph shall be deemed to have contributed to the overrun.

The additional levy shall be due on quantities exceeding the reference quantity thus increased by the abovementioned percentage, after reallocation of the unused quantities within the margin resulting from this increase among all the producers within the meaning of Article 5(c) of Regulation (EC) No 1788/2003 established and producing in the Azores, and in proportion to the reference quantity available to each producer.

The percentage referred to in the first subparagraph shall be equal to the ratio between the quantities respectively of 73 000 tonnes for the marketing years 1999/2000 to 2004/2005 and 23 000 tonnes as from the marketing year 2005/2006 and the total of the reference quantities available on each holding on 31 March 2000. It shall apply only to the reference quantities available on 31 March 2000.

2.  The quantities of milk or milk equivalent marketed which exceed the reference quantities but which comply with the percentage referred to in paragraph 1, after the reallocation referred to in that same paragraph, shall not be taken into account in establishing any overrun by Portugal as calculated in accordance with Article 1 of Regulation (EC) No 1788/2003.

3.  The additional levy scheme applicable to producers of cow's milk provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1788/2003 shall not apply in the French overseas departments or, within the limit of local production of 4 000 tonnes of milk, in Madeira.

4.  Notwithstanding Articles 2 and 3 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2597/97 of 18 December 1997 laying down additional rules on the common organisation of the market in milk and milk products for drinking milk ( 25 ), the production in Madeira of UHT milk reconstituted from milk powder originating in the Community shall be authorised within the limits of local consumption requirements, insofar as this measure ensures that locally produced milk is collected and finds outlets. This product shall be used for local consumption only.

Detailed rules for the application of this paragraph shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2). The detailed rules shall determine, in particular, the quantity of locally produced fresh milk to be incorporated into the reconstituted UHT milk referred to in the first subparagraph.

Article 20

Livestock farming

1.  Until the local numbers of young male bovines reach a level sufficient to ensure the maintenance and development of local beef production in the French overseas departments and Madeira, the possibility shall be introduced of importing bovine animals from third countries, without applying the customs duties referred to in Article 30 of Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999, for fattening and consumption in the French overseas departments and Madeira.

Article 3(4) and Article 4(1) shall apply to animals qualifying for the exemption referred to in the first subparagraph of this paragraph.

2.  The numbers of animals qualifying for the exemption referred to in paragraph 1 shall be determined when the need to import is justified, taking account of the development of local production. These numbers, and detailed rules for the application of this Article, including in particular the minimum duration of the fattening period, shall be fixed in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2). Priority for such animals shall be given to producers keeping animals for fattening at least 50 % of which are of local origin.

3.  Where Article 67 and Article 68(2)(a)(i) of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 are applied, Portugal may reduce the national ceiling for sheep and goat payment and suckler cow premium rights. In such case, in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2), the corresponding amount shall be transferred from the ceilings set under the abovementioned provisions to the financial resources referred to in the second indent of Article 23(2).

Article 21

State aid for tobacco production

Spain is hereby authorised to grant aid for the production of tobacco in the Canary Islands in addition to the premium provided for in Title I of Regulation (EEC) No 2075/92 of 30 June 1992 on the common organisation of the market in raw tobacco ( 26 ). The grant of this aid may not result in discrimination between producers in the islands.

The amount of the aid may not exceed EUR 2 980,62 per tonne. The additional aid shall be paid for up to 10 tonnes each year.

Article 22

Exemption of tobacco from customs duties

1.  No customs duties shall be applied to direct imports into the Canary Islands of raw and semi-manufactured tobacco falling, respectively, within:

(a) CN code 2401; and

(b) the following subheadings:

 2401 10 Tobacco, not stemmed/stripped,

 2401 20 Tobacco, partly or wholly stemmed/stripped,

 ex24 01 20 Outer coverings for cigars presented on supports, in reels for the manufacture of tobacco,

 2401 30 Tobacco waste,

 ex24 02 10 Unfinished cigars without wrapping,

 ex24 03 10 Cigarette rag (finished mixtures of tobacco for the manufacture of cigarettes, cigars, cheroots and cigarillos),

 ex24 03 91 Homogenised or reconstituted tobacco, whether or not put up in sheets or strips,

 ex24 03 99 Expanded tobacco.

The exemption provided for in the first subparagraph shall apply to products intended for the local manufacture of tobacco products, up to an annual import limit of 20 000 tonnes of raw stripped tobacco equivalent.

2.  Detailed rules for the application of this Article shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2).



TITLE V

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

Article 23

Financial resources

1.  The measures provided for in this Regulation, except for Article 15, shall constitute intervention intended to stabilise the agricultural markets within the meaning of Article 2(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the financing of the common agricultural policy ( 27 ) for the period up to 31 December 2006. With effect from 1 January 2007 the same measures shall constitute intervention to regulate agricultural markets within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy ( 28 ).

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2.  The Community shall finance the measures provided for in Titles II and III of this Regulation up to an annual maximum as follows:



(million EUR)

 

Financial year 2007

Financial year 2008

Financial year 2009

Financial year 2010 and further

French overseas departments

126,6

133,5

140,3

143,9

Azores and Madeira

77,9

78,0

78,1

78,2

Canary Islands

127,3

127,3

127,3

127,3

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3.  The amounts allocated annually to the programmes provided for in Title II may not exceed:

French overseas departments

:

EUR 20,7 million,

Azores and Madeira

:

EUR 17,7 million,

Canary Islands

:

EUR 72,7 million.

4.  For 2006, the annual amounts referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3 shall be reduced by the amounts of any expenditure incurred under measures implemented in accordance with the Regulations referred to in Article 29.



TITLE VI

GENERAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 24

1.  Member States shall submit the draft of an overall programme to the Commission in the framework of the financial allocation referred to in Article 23(2) and (3) by 14 April 2006 at the latest.

The draft programme shall comprise a draft of the forecast supply balance referred to in Article 2(2) indicating the products, the quantities thereof and the amount of aid for supply from the Community together with a draft of the programme of support for local production referred to in Article 9(1).

2.  The Commission shall evaluate the overall programmes proposed and decide on their approval within four months of their submission at the latest in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2).

3.  Each overall programme shall apply from the date of the Commission's notification of its approval to the Member State concerned.

Article 25

Implementing rules

The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2). They shall include in particular:

 the conditions under which Member States may amend the quantities and levels of aid for supply and the support measures or the allocation of resources allotted to support local production,

 the provisions relating to the minimum specifications of the checks and penalties which Member States must apply,

 the fixing of measures and eligible amounts, under Article 23(1), for the studies, demonstration projects, training and technical assistance operations referred to in Article 12(c), and a maximum percentage for the financing of these measures, calculated from the total amount of each programme.

Article 26

Management Committee

1.  The Commission shall be assisted by the Management Committee for Direct Payments established by Article 144 of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003, except for the implementation of Article 15 of this Regulation, for which it shall be assisted by the Committee on Agricultural Structures and Rural Development set up by Article 50 of Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999, and for the implementation of Article 17 of this Regulation, for which it shall be assisted by the Standing Committee on Plant Health established by Decision 76/894/EEC ( 29 ).

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 set at be one month.

3.  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 three months.

Article 27

National measures

Member States shall take the measures necessary to ensure compliance with this Regulation, in particular as regards checks and administrative penalties, and shall inform the Commission thereof.

Article 28

Communications and reports

1.  Member States shall communicate to the Commission not later than 15 February each year the appropriations made available to them which they intend to spend in the following year on implementation of the programmes covered by this Regulation.

2.  Member States shall submit to the Commission, not later than 31 July each year, a report on the implementation of the measures provided for in this Regulation over the previous year.

3.  Not later than 31 December 2009, and thereafter every five years, the Commission shall submit a general report to the European Parliament and the Council showing the impact of the action taken under this Regulation, accompanied if applicable by appropriate proposals.

Article 29

Repeals

Regulations (EC) No 1452/2001, (EC) No 1453/2001 and (EC) No 1454/2001 are hereby repealed.

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

Article 30

Transitional measures

In accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 26(2), the Commission may adopt the necessary transitional measures to ensure a smooth transition between the arrangements in force for 2005 and the measures introduced by this Regulation.

Article 31

Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003

Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 is amended as follows:

1. Article 70 shall be amended as follows:

(a) paragraph 1(b) shall be replaced by the following:

‘(b) all other direct payments listed in Annex VI granted to farmers in the reference period in the French overseas departments, the Azores and Madeira, the Canary Islands and the Aegean Islands and the direct payments granted in the reference period under Article 6 of Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93.’;

(b) paragraph 2, first subparagraph, shall be replaced by the following:

‘2.  Without prejudice to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93, Member States shall grant the direct payments referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, within the limit of the ceilings fixed in accordance with Article 64(2) of this Regulation, under the conditions established in Title IV, Chapters 3, 6 and 7 to 13, of this Regulation and in Article 6 of Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93 respectively.’;

2. the first subparagraph of Article 71(2) shall be replaced by the following:

‘2.  Without prejudice to Article 70(2) of this Regulation, in the transitional period the Member State concerned shall effect each of the direct payments referred to in Annex VI under the conditions established in Title IV, Chapters 3, 6 and 7 to 13, of this Regulation and in Article 6 of Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93 respectively, within the limit of budgetary ceilings corresponding to the component of these direct payments in the national ceiling referred to in Article 41 of this Regulation, fixed in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 144(2) of this Regulation.’;

3. Annexes I and VI shall be amended as set out in Annex II to this Regulation.

Article 32

Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1785/2003

Regulation (EC) No 1785/2003 is amended as follows:

1. Article 5 shall be deleted;

2. Article 11(3) shall be deleted.

Article 33

Entry into force

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

However, it shall apply for each Member State concerned as from the date on which the Commission notifies its approval of the overall programme referred to in Article 24(1), except as regards Articles 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, which shall apply from the date of its entry into force and Article 4(3), which shall apply from 1 January 2006.

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




ANNEX I



CORRELATION TABLE

Regulation (EC) No 1452/2001

Regulation (EC) No 1453/2001

Regulation (EC) No 1454/2001

Regulation (EC) No 1785/2003

This Regulation

Article 1

Article 1

Article 1

 

Article 1

Article 2

Article 2

Article 2

 

Article 2

Article 3(1) to (4)

Article 3(1) to (4)

Article 3(1) to (4)

 

Article 3

Article 3(5)

Article 3(5)

Article 3(5)

 

Article 4

 

Third subparagraph of Article 3(6)

 
 

Article 5

 
 
 

Article 11(3)

Article 7

First and second subparagraphs of Article 3(6)

First and second subparagraphs of Article 3(6)

First and second subparagraphs of Article 3(6)

 

Article 8

Article 5

 
 
 

Article 6

 
 
 

Article 8

 
 
 

Article 9

 
 
 

Article 11

 
 
 

Article 12

 
 
 

Article 13

 
 
 

Article 14

 
 
 

Article 15

 
 
 

Article 16

 
 
 

Article 17

 
 
 

Article 18

 
 
 

 

Article 5

 
 

 

Article 6

 
 

 

Article 7

 
 

 

Article 9

 
 

Article 19

Article 11

Article 18

 

Article 14

 

Article 13

 
 

 

Article 14

 
 

 

Article 15

 
 

 

Article 16

 
 

 

Article 17

 
 

 

Article 18

 
 

 

Article 19

 
 

 

Article 20

 
 

 

Article 22, paragraphs 1 and 2, first and second subparagraphs of paragraph 3, paragraph 4 and paragraph 5

 
 

 

Article 24

 
 

 

Article 25

 
 

 

Article 26

 
 

 

Article 27

 
 

 

Article 28

 
 

 

Article 30

 
 

 
 

Article 4

 

 
 

Article 5

 

 
 

Article 7

 

 
 

Article 8

 

 
 

Article 9

 

 
 

Article 10

 

 
 

Article 11

 

 
 

Article 13

 

 
 

Article 14

 

 
 

Article 17

 

 

Article 31

 
 

Article 21(1) and (2)

Article 33(1) and (2)

Article 19(1) and (2)

 

Article 15(1) and (2)

Article 21(3)

Article 33(3)

 
 

Article 15(3)

 

Article 33(5)

 
 

Article 15(4)

Article 21(5)

Article 33(6)

Article 19(4)

 

Article 15(5)

Article 24

Article 36

Article 22

 

Article 16(1)

 
 
 
 

Article 16(2)

Article 20

Article 32

 
 

Article 17

 

Article 8

 
 

Article 18(1)

 

Article 10

 
 

Article 18(2)

 
 

Article 12

 

Article 18(3)

 

Article 23

 
 

Article 19(1) and (2)

Article 10(2)

Article 15(3)

 
 

Article 19(3)

 

Article 15(4)

 
 

Article 19(4)

Article 7

Article 12

 
 

Article 20(1) and (2)

 

Third subparagraph of Article 22(3)

 
 

Article 20(3)

 
 

Article 15

 

Article 21

 
 

Article 16

 

Article 22

Article 25

Article 37

Article 23

 

Article 23(1)

 
 
 
 

Article 23(2), (3) and (4)

Article 22

Article 34

Article 20

 

Article 25

Article 23

Article 35

Article 21

 

Article 26

Article 26

Article 38

Article 24

 

Article 27

Article 27

Article 39

Article 25

 

Article 28

 
 
 
 

Article 29

 
 
 
 

Article 31

 
 
 
 

Article 32

Article 29

Article 41

Article 27

 

Article 33




ANNEX II

Annexes I and VI to Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 are amended as follows:

1. Annex I shall be replaced by the following:




‘ANNEX I



List of support schemes fulfilling the criteria set out in Article 1

Sector

Legal base

Notes

Single payment

Title III of this Regulation

Decoupled payment (see Annex VI) (1)

Single area payment

Title IVa, Article 143b of this Regulation

Decoupled payment replacing all the direct payments listed in this Annex

Durum wheat

Title IV, Chapter 1 of this Regulation

Area payment (quality premium)

Protein crop

Title IV, Chapter 2 of this Regulation

Area payment

Rice

Title IV, Chapter 3 of this Regulation

Area payment

Nuts

Title IV, Chapter 4 of this Regulation

Area payment

Energy crops

Title IV, Chapter 5 of this Regulation

Area payment

Starch potatoes

Title IV, Chapter 6 of this Regulation

Production aid

Milk and milk products

Title IV, Chapter 7 of this Regulation

Dairy premium and additional payment

Arable crops in Finland and in certain regions of Sweden

Title IV, Chapter 8 of this Regulation (2) (5)

Special regional aid for arable crops

Seeds

Title IV, Chapter 9 of this Regulation (2) (5)

Production aid

Arable crops

Title IV, Chapter 10 of this Regulation (5) (5)

Area payment, including set-aside payments, grass silage payments, supplementary amounts (2) and durum wheat supplement and special aid

Sheepmeat and goatmeat

Title IV, Chapter 11 of this Regulation (5)

Ewe and she-goat premium, supplementa (3)ry premium and certain additional payments

Beef and veal

Title IV, Chapter 12 of this Regulation (5)

Special premium (3), deseasonalisation premium, suckler cow premium (including when paid for heifers and including the additional national suckler cow premium when part-financed) (3), slaughter premium (3), extensification payment, additional payments

Grain legumes

Title IV, Chapter 13 of this Regulation (5)

Area payment

Specific types of farming and quality production

Article 69 of this Regulation (4)

 

Dried fodder

Article 71(2) second subparagraph of this Regulation (5)

 

Small farmers' scheme

Article 2a

Regulation (EC) No 1259/1999

Transitional area aid for farmers receiving less than EUR 1 250

Olive oil

Title IV, Chapter 10b, of this Regulation

Area payment

Silkworms

Article 1

Regulation (EEC) No 845/72

Aid to encourage rearing

Bananas

Article 12

Regulation (EEC) No 404/93

Production aid

Dried grapes

Article 7(1)

Regulation (EC) No 2201/96

Area payment

Tobacco

Title IV, Chapter 10c, of this Regulation

Production aid

Hops

Title IV, Chapter 10d of this Regulation (3) (5)

Area payment

Posei

Title III of Council Regulation (EC) No 247/2006 (6)

Direct payments within the meaning of Article 2, under measures established in the programmes

Aegean Islands

Articles 6 (2) (5), 8, 11 and 12

Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93

Sectors: beef and veal; potatoes; olives; honey

Cotton

Title IV, Chapter 10a, of this Regulation

Area payment

(1)   Starting from 1 January 2005 or later in the case of application of Article 71. For 2004, or later on in the case of application of Article 71, the direct payments listed in Annex VI are included in Annex I except for dried fodder.

(2)   In the case of application of Article 70.

(3)   In the case of application of Articles 66, 67, 68 or 68a.

(4)   In the case of application of Article 69.

(5)   In the case of application of Article 71.

(6)   OJ L 42, 14.2.2006, p. 1.’

2. Annex VI shall be replaced by the following:




‘ANNEX VI



List of direct payments in relation to the single payment referred to in Article 33

Sector

Legal base

Notes

Arable crops

Articles 2, 4 and 5

Regulation (EC) No 1251/1999

Area payment, including set-aside payments, grass silage payments, supplementary amounts (1), durum wheat supplement and special aid

Potato starch

Article 8(2)

Regulation (EEC) No 1766/92

Payment for farmers producing potatoes for the manufacture of potato starch

Grain legumes

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 1577/96

Area payment

Rice

Article 6

Regulation (EC) No 3072/95

Area payment

Seeds (1)

Article 3

Regulation (EEC) No 2358/71

Production aid

Beef and veal

Articles 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13 and 14

Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999

Special premium, deseasonalisation premium, suckler cow premium (including when paid for heifers and including the additional national suckler cow premium when part-financed), slaughter premium, extensification payment, additional payments

Milk and milk products

Title IV, Chapter 7 of this Regulation

Dairy premium and additional payments (2)

Sheepmeat and goatmeat

Article 5

Regulation (EC) No 2467/98

Article 1

Regulation (EEC) No 1323/90

Articles 4, 5 and 11(1) and (2), first, second and fourth indents

Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001

Ewe and she-goat premium, supplementary premium and certain additional payments

Aegean Islands (1)

Article 6(2) and (3)

Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93

Sectors: beef and veal

Dried fodder

Article 3

Regulation (EC) No 603/95

Payment for processed products (as applied according to Annex VII point D of this Regulation)

Cotton

Paragraph 3 of Protocol No 4 on cotton annexed to the Act of Accession of Greece

Support in the form of payment for unginned cotton

Olive oil

Article 5 of Regulation No 136/66/EEC

Production aid

Tobacco

Article 3 of Regulation (EEC) No 2075/92

Production aid

Hops

Article 12 of Regulation (EEC) No 1696/71

Area payment

Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 1098/98

Aid for temporary resting

(1)   Except in the case of application of Article 70.

(2)   Starting from 2007, except in the case of application of Article 62.’



( 1 ) Not yet published in the Official Journal.

( 2 ) See footnote 1.

( 3 ) OJ C 231, 20.9.2005, p. 75.

( 4 ) OJ L 217, 31.7.1992, p. 71. Regulation repealed by Regulation (EC) No 21/2002 (OJ L 8, 11.1.2002, p. 15).

( 5 ) OJ L 178, 30.6.2001, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 39/2004 (OJ L 6, 10.1.2004, p. 16).

( 6 ) OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 80. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2223/2004 (OJ L 379, 24.12.2004, p. 1).

( 7 ) OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 123. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2217/2004 (OJ L 375, 23.12.2004, p. 1).

( 8 ) OJ L 198, 21.7.2001, p. 26. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1690/2004 (OJ L 305, 1.10.2004, p. 1).

( 9 ) OJ L 8, 14.1.2004, p. 1.

( 10 ) OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2183/2005 (OJ L 347, 30.12.2005, p. 56).

( 11 ) OJ L 198, 21.7.2001, p. 11. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1690/2004 (OJ L 305, 1.10.2004, p. 1).

( 12 ) OJ L 198, 21.7.2001, p. 45. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1690/2004.

( 13 ) OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 21. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1913/2005 (OJ L 307, 25.11.2005, p. 2).

( 14 ) OJ L 341, 22.12.2001, p. 3. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1913/2005.

( 15 ) OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 78. Regulation as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1154/2005 (OJ L 187, 19.7.2005, p. 11).

( 16 ) OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 96.

( 17 ) OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.

( 18 ) OJ L 262, 16.9.1981, p. 14. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 95/2002 (OJ L 17, 19.1.2002, p. 37).

( 19 ) OJ L 224, 18.8.1990, p. 19. Decision as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 806/2003 (OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 1).

( 20 ) OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p 1.

( 21 ) OJ L 161, 26.6.1999, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 173/2005 (OJ L 29, 2.2.2005, p. 3).

( 22 ) OJ L 169, 10.7.2000, p. 1. Directive as last amended by Directive 2005/77/EC (OJ L 296, 12.11.2005, p. 17).

( 23 ) OJ L 179, 14.7.1999, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2165/2005 (OJ L 345, 28.12.2005, p. 1).

( 24 ) OJ L 143, 16.6.2000, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1216/2005 (OJ L 199, 29.7.2005, p. 32).

( 25 ) OJ L 351, 23.12.1997, p. 13. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1602/1999 (OJ L 189, 22.7.1999, p. 43).

( 26 ) OJ L 215, 30.7.1992, p. 70. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1679/2005 (OJ L 271, 15.10.2005, p. 1).

( 27 ) OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 103. Regulation repealed by Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 (OJ L 209, 11.8.2005, p. 1).

( 28 ) OJ L 209, 11.8.2005, p. 1.

( 29 ) OJ L 340, 9.12.1976, p. 25.

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