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Document 32001D0039

2001/39/EC: Commission Decision of 22 December 2000 laying down special conditions governing imports of fishery products originating in the Czech Republic (Text with EEA relevance) (notified under document number C(2000) 4085)

OJ L 10, 13.1.2001, p. 68–74 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 30/04/2004; Repealed by 12003TN02/06/B1

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2001/39(1)/oj

32001D0039

2001/39/EC: Commission Decision of 22 December 2000 laying down special conditions governing imports of fishery products originating in the Czech Republic (Text with EEA relevance) (notified under document number C(2000) 4085)

Official Journal L 010 , 13/01/2001 P. 0068 - 0074


Commission Decision

of 22 December 2000

laying down special conditions governing imports of fishery products originating in the Czech Republic

(notified under document number C(2000) 4085)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2001/39/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 91/493/EEC of 22 July 1991 laying down the health conditions for the production and the placing on the market of fishery products(1), as last amended by Directive 97/79/EC(2), and in particular Article 11 thereof,

Whereas:

(1) A Commission expert has conducted an inspection visit to the Czech Republic to verifiy the conditions under which fishery products are produced, stored and dispatched to the Community.

(2) The provisions of legislation of the Czech Republic on health inspection and monitoring of fishery products may be considered equivalent to those laid down in Directive 91/493/EEC.

(3) In the Czech Republic the State Veterinary Administration (SVA) is capable of effectively verifying the application of the laws in force.

(4) The procedure for obtaining the health certificate referred to in Article 11(4)(a) of Directive 91/493/EEC must also cover the definition of a model certificate, the minimum requirements regarding the language(s) in which it must be drafted and the grade of the person empowered to sign it.

(5) Pursuant to Article 11(4)(b) of Directive 91/493/EEC, a mark should be affixed to packages of fishery products giving the name of the third country and the approval/registration number of the establishment, factory vessel, cold store or freezer vessel of origin.

(6) Pursuant to Article 11(4)(c) of Directive 91/493/EEC a list of approval establishments, factory vessels, or cold stores must be drawn up, and a list of freezer vessels equipped in accordance with points 1 to 7 of Annex II to Directive 92/48/EEC(3) must be also drawn up. These limits must be drawn up on the basis of a communication from the SVA to the Commission. It is therefore for the SVA to ensure compliance with the provisions laid down to that end in Article 11(4) of Directive 91/493/EEC.

(7) The SVA has provided official assurances regarding compliance with the rules set out in Chapter V of the Annex to Directive 91/493/EEC and regarding the fulfilment of requirements equivalent to those laid down by that Directive.

(8) The imports of fishery products from the Czech Republic are mainly constituted of live freshwater fish (mainly carp) from fish farms intended for direct human consumption or for direct processing, it is necessary to provide specific import conditions and certification requirement to prevent the introduction of disease affecting aquaculture animals which could be introduced in the Community when importing live animals for human consumption.

(9) The special import conditions should apply without prejudice to Decisions taken pursuant to Council Directive 91/67/EEC of 28 January 1991 concerning the animal health conditions governing the placing on the market of aquaculture animals and products(4), as last amended by Directive 98/45/EC(5).

(10) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Veterinary Committee,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The State Veterinary Administration (SVA) shall be the competent authority in the Czech Republic for verifying and certifying compliance of fishery and aquaculture products with the requirements of Directive 91/493/EEC.

Article 2

1. Notwithstanding the provisions designed to protect animal health, fishery and aquaculture products originating in the Czech Republic must meet the following conditions.

1.1. Each consignment must be accompanied by a numbered original health certificate, duly completed, signed, dated and comprising a single sheet in accordance with the model in Annex A hereto.

1.2. The products must come from approved establishements, factory vessels, cold stores or registered freezer vessels listed in Annex B hereto.

1.3. Except in the case of frozen fishery products in bulk and intended for the manufacture of preserved foods, all packages must bear the words "CZECH REPUBLIC" and the approval/registration number of the establishment, factory vessel, cold store or freezer vessel of origin in indelible letters.

1.4. Additionally, each container of live fish must bear a label containing the following statement. "Only for direct human consumption or direct processing. Shall not be reimmersed in Community waters".

2. Member States shall ensure that live fish imported from the Czech Republic are not reimmersed in Community waters.

Article 3

1. Certificates as referred to in Article 2(1) must be drawn up in at least one official language of the Member State where the checks are carried out.

2. Certificate must bear the name, capacity and signature of the representative of the SVA and the latter's official stamp in a colour different from that of other endorsements.

Article 4

This Decision shall come into effect 60 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

Article 5

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 22 December 2000.

For the Commission

David Byrne

Member of the Commission

(1) OJ L 268, 24.9.1991, p. 15.

(2) OJ L 24, 30.1.1998, p. 31.

(3) OJ L 187, 7.7.1992, p. 41.

(4) OJ L 46, 19.2.1991, p. 1.

(5) OJ L 189, 3.7.1998, p. 12.

ANNEX A

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ANNEX B

LIST OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND VESSELS

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