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Document 32008R1266

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1266/2008 of 16 December 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 796/2004 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of cross-compliance, modulation and the integrated administration and control system provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers

OJ L 338, 17.12.2008, p. 34–36 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/2009

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2008/1266/oj

17.12.2008   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 338/34


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1266/2008

of 16 December 2008

amending Regulation (EC) No 796/2004 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of cross-compliance, modulation and the integrated administration and control system provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to 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 and amending Regulations (EEC) No 2019/93, (EC) No 1452/2001, (EC) No 1453/2001, (EC) No 1454/2001, (EC) No 1868/94, (EC) No 1251/1999, (EC) No 1254/1999, (EC) No 1673/2000, (EEC) No 2358/71 and (EC) No 2529/2001 (1), and in particular Article 145(c), (j), (k), (l), (m), (n), (na) and (p) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 of 29 April 2008 on the common organisation of the market in wine, amending Regulations (EC) No 1493/1999, (EC) No 1782/2003, (EC) No 1290/2005, (EC) No 3/2008 and repealing Regulations (EEC) No 2392/86 and (EC) No 1493/1999 (2) introduces in particular support for restructuring and conversion, green harvesting and grubbing up in the wine sector. At the same time it establishes that farmers receiving payment under those measures have to comply with cross-compliance obligations referred to in Articles 3 to 7 of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003. Therefore, the detailed rules concerning the implementation of cross-compliance provided for in Commission Regulation (EC) No 796/2004 (3) should apply to those farmers. Consequently, the title of that Regulation should be amended.

(2)

Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 introduce cross-compliance obligations for support in the wine sector which should apply during a defined period from payment. The starting point of these obligations should be clarified.

(3)

For the application of cross-compliance obligations, the farmer should declare all area on the holding. Hence, farmers who only apply for support measures covered by cross-compliance pursuant to Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 and no other direct payments should be obliged to declare on a yearly basis all their agricultural area of the holding in a single application form, unless the competent authorities are already disposing of this information.

(4)

The existing provisions for farmers receiving direct payments concerning non-declaration of all the agricultural areas and delayed submission of applications do not apply to farmers claiming for support measures under the wine reform. There is a need to implement provisions which would lead farmers claiming for support measures under the wine reform to submit a single application form and to declare all their agricultural areas. Hence, if a beneficiary under the wine reform ignores the provision to submit a single application form or does not declare all his agricultural areas, the payments should be reduced.

(5)

The minimum control rate for the respect of cross-compliance obligations should be established for farmers subject to cross-compliance in the wine sector according to Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008. Following the current rules under cross-compliance, that control rate should be fixed at 1 % of farmers concerned.

(6)

The selection of the control sample for cross-compliance obligations provided for in Regulation (EC) No 796/2004, with regard to the application of Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 should, to ensure an appropriate control, be made from the population of farmers subject to the said Articles.

(7)

Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 clarifies the rules on liability under cross-compliance particularly in the case of transfer of land during the calendar year concerned. Those rules should also apply to the farmer who submits an application for support pursuant to Articles 11, 12 and 98 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008, on a yearly basis.

(8)

The rules for reductions in the case of non-compliance should also apply to payments as defined in Articles 11, 12 and 98 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 in the calendar year of the finding. In the case where the support measures for the wine sector are not granted on a yearly basis, a specific provision for the calculation of the amount to be reduced should be provided for. This should take into account the number of years in which the cross-compliance obligations apply.

(9)

Regulation (EC) No 796/2004 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(10)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Direct Payments,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 796/2004 is amended as follows:

1.

The title of Regulation (EC) No 796/2004 is replaced by the following:

2.

Article 1 is replaced by the following:

‘Article 1

Scope

This Regulation lays down the detailed rules for the implementation of cross-compliance, modulation and the integrated administration and control system (hereinafter “the integrated system”), established by Title II of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003, and for the implementation of cross-compliance according to Articles 20 and 103 of Council Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 (4). It shall be without prejudice to specific provisions laid down in the Regulations covering the individual aid schemes.

3.

In Article 2, the following second paragraph is inserted after the first paragraph:

‘For the purposes of the application of the cross-compliance obligations within the meaning of Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008, “from payment” shall mean as from the 1 January of the year following the calendar year in which the first payment was granted.’

4.

In Article 11, paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

‘1.   A farmer applying for aid under any of the area-related aid schemes may only submit one single application per year.

A farmer who does not apply for aid under any of the area-related aid schemes but applies for aid under another aid scheme listed in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 or for support pursuant to Articles 11, 12 and 98 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008, shall submit a single application form if he has agricultural area as defined in Article 2(a) of Regulation (EC) No 795/2004 at his disposal in which he shall list these areas in accordance with Article 14 of this Regulation.

A farmer who is only subject to cross-compliance obligations in accordance with Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 shall submit a single application form in each calendar year in which those obligations apply.

However, Member States may exempt farmers from the obligations provided for in the second and third subparagraphs where the information concerned is made available to the competent authorities in the framework of other administration and control systems that guarantee compatibility with the integrated system in accordance with Article 26 of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003.’

5.

In Article 14(1a), the following subparagraph is added:

‘The first subparagraph shall also, where the farmer is subject to cross-compliance obligations in accordance with Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008, apply to payments provided for under Articles 11, 12 and 98 of that Regulation. The percentage of the reduction shall apply to the total amount to be paid divided by the number of years referred to in Articles 20 and 103 of the same Regulation.’

6.

In the first subparagraph of Article 44(1), the following second sentence is added:

‘The competent control authority shall also, with regard to the requirements and standards for which it is responsible, carry out checks on at least 1 % of all farmers subject to cross-compliance obligations according to Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 in the calendar year in question and for which the competent control authority in question is responsible.’

7.

Article 45 is amended as follows:

(a)

In paragraph 1, the following subparagraph is added:

‘Without prejudice to Article 44(1) a Member State may decide to select farmers receiving direct payments and farmers subject to cross-compliance obligations according to Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 under the same risk analysis.’

(b)

In paragraph 2, the following second sentence is added:

‘However, the sample referred to in the second sentence of the first subparagraph of Article 44(1) shall be selected from farmers subject to the application of Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 for the calendar year in question.’

(c)

The first subparagraph of paragraph 3 is replaced by the following:

‘3.   By way of derogation from paragraph 2, the samples of farmers to be checked in accordance with Article 44 may be selected amongst the population of farmers submitting aid applications under support schemes for direct payments within the meaning of Article 2(d) of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 and amongst farmers subject to the application of Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 and who are under the obligation to respect the relevant requirements or standards.’

8.

Article 65 is amended as follows:

(a)

The following paragraph is inserted:

‘2a.   For the purpose of the application of Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 to farmers who are subject to cross-compliance according to Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008, the submission of aid application mentioned in Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 shall mean the yearly submission of the single application form.’

(b)

The following paragraph is added:

‘5.   Except in cases of force majeure and exceptional circumstances as referred to in Article 72, where a farmer subject to cross-compliance obligations in accordance with Articles 20 and 103 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 does not submit the single application form within the time limit provided for in Article 11 of this Regulation, a reduction of 1 % per working day shall apply. The maximum reduction shall be limited to 25 %. The reduction shall apply to the total amount to be paid under payments provided for under Articles 11, 12 and 98 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008, divided by the number of years referred to in Articles 20 and 103 of the same Regulation.’

9.

In Article 66(1), the following subparagraph is added:

‘For the application of reduction to payments provided for under Articles 11, 12 and 98 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 the percentage of the reduction applies to the total amount to be paid, divided by the number of years referred to in Articles 20 and 103 of that Regulation.’

10.

In Article 67(1), the following subparagraph is added:

‘For the application of reduction to payments provided for under Articles 11, 12 and 98 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2008, the percentage of the reduction applies to the total amount to be paid, divided by the number of years referred to in Articles 20 and 103 of that Regulation.’

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2009.

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

Done at Brussels, 16 December 2008.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 148, 6.6.2008, p. 1.

(3)  OJ L 141, 30.4.2004, p. 18.

(4)  OJ L 148, 6.6.2008, p. 1.’


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