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Document 32013R0685

Council Regulation (EU) No 685/2013 of 15 July 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 on a regime under Article 2 of Protocol 10 to the Act of Accession as regards goods which are taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and taken back into those areas after passing through the areas not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus

OJ L 196, 19.7.2013, p. 1–3 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2013/685/oj

19.7.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 196/1


COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 685/2013

of 15 July 2013

amending Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 on a regime under Article 2 of Protocol 10 to the Act of Accession as regards goods which are taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and taken back into those areas after passing through the areas not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to Protocol No 10 on Cyprus (1) to the 2003 Act of Accession, and in particular Article 2 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 (2) lays down special rules concerning goods, services and persons crossing the line between the areas of the Republic of Cyprus in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control and those areas of the Republic of Cyprus in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus exercises effective control.

(2)

Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 provides a list of approved crossing points between the areas in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control and those areas in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus exercises effective control. Over the years, the number of approved crossing points has increased, resulting in a rising number of crossings.

(3)

In order to ease the life of citizens living in remote areas of Cyprus, it is necessary to regulate the movement of goods taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and taken back into those areas through the crossing points referred to in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 866/2004, after passing through the areas in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control.

(4)

In order to ensure that the goods transported are Union goods, within the meaning of point (18) of Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 450/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 laying down the Community Customs Code (Modernised Customs Code) (3), that the goods taken back into the areas in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus exercises effective control were taken out of those areas and that a high level of protection of human and animal health is maintained, in so far as the responsibility for checks at the crossing points is with the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus, it is necessary to regulate the way in which those checks are to be carried out, which documents are to be presented and the time span allowed between the moment the goods are taken out of the areas in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus exercises effective control, and the moment they are taken back into those areas.

(5)

Strict criteria should be foreseen for the movement of goods provided for in this Regulation in order to ensure a high level of protection of human and animal health. In particular, to that end, the movement of live animals should be prohibited and the movement of animal products should be submitted to clear rules, including the requirement that the movement through the areas, subject to a certain margin of flexibility, should be limited to the time necessary for the transportation distance concerned.

(6)

Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 is amended as follows:

(1)

the following Article is inserted:

‘Article 5a

Treatment of goods which are taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and taken back into those areas after passing through the areas not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus

1.   Without prejudice to Articles 4, 4a and 6, Union goods, within the meaning of point (18) of Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 450/2008, may be taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and taken back into those areas after passing through the areas of the Republic of Cyprus not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, subject to the following requirements:

(a)

whoever transports those goods shall at the crossing point where the goods are taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus present to the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus appropriate documentation to establish that they are Union goods. That documentation shall include an invoice, a transport document or an equivalent document. In cases where it is not possible to present such documentation, because the goods are produced by the person transporting them, a declaration that the goods are Union goods shall be presented to the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus;

(b)

except when the goods are destined for personal use, the documentation accompanying them shall contain at least the full name and address of the consignor, or the declarant where the consignor and declarant are not the same, the quantity and kind as well as the marks and numbers of the packages, a description of the goods, the gross mass in kilograms and, where necessary, the container numbers;

(c)

whoever transports those goods shall designate the crossing point which is intended to be used for taking them back into the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and shall inform the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus of that designation at the crossing point where the goods are taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus;

(d)

when considered necessary by the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus, consignments or means of transport shall be sealed at the crossing point where the goods are taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus;

(e)

when the goods are taken back into the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus after passing through the areas not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, whoever transports those goods shall present to the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus at the crossing point where the goods are taken back into the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus the same documentation as used at the crossing point where the goods were taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus;

(f)

the goods shall be taken out and taken back into the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus at the crossing points listed in Annex I and within a reasonable time span determined by the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus taking into account the acceptable total time of transportation, considering the total transportation distance;

(g)

the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus shall check the documentation and if appropriate the goods and their seals, whether the goods taken back into the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus correspond to the documentation used at the crossing point where the goods were taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, and whether the requirements in point (f) have been respected;

(h)

in the event of failure to comply with the requirements laid down in points (a) to (g), the goods shall not be allowed to be taken back into the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus unless an assessment of the risk involved has been carried out and effective, proportionate and targeted measures based upon that assessment have been adopted. Those goods shall be subject to confiscation by the customs authorities of the Republic of Cyprus.

2.   In accordance with Article 4(9), it shall be prohibited to take back live animals which are subject to Union veterinary requirements.

3.   Consignments of animal products which are subject to Union veterinary requirements may be taken out of the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and be taken back into those areas after passing through the areas not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

The competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus shall ensure that consignments of animal products are not allowed to be taken back to the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus where the total time of transportation considerably exceeds the acceptable total time of transportation, considering the total transportation distance, unless the competent veterinary authority has carried out an assessment of the risks to animal and public health and has adopted effective, proportional and targeted measures based on that assessment.

The Republic of Cyprus shall regularly and as necessary inform the Commission of any non-compliance with this paragraph and of any measures taken to address it.

4.   The goods referred to in the paragraphs 1 to 3 shall not be subject to further customs formalities.

The competent customs authorities of the Republic of Cyprus may however perform effective risk analysis and customs security checks in accordance with the applicable legal provisions, on the basis of the documentation concerning the goods being transported.

The crossing points listed in Annex I shall be fully equipped, staffed and in every other way prepared to implement the provisions laid down in paragraphs 1 to 3.’;

(2)

in Article 11, paragraph 2 is replaced by the following:

‘2.   The Commission shall monitor the application of Articles 4 and 5a of this Regulation and the patterns of trade between the areas under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the areas not under its effective control, including the volume and value of trade and products traded. For that purpose the Republic of Cyprus shall collect data and communicate it to the Commission on a monthly basis.’.

Article 2

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 Brussels, 15 July 2013.

For the Council

The President

V. JUKNA


(1)  OJ L 236, 23.9.2003, p. 955.

(2)  OJ L 161, 30.4.2004, p. 128.

(3)  OJ L 145, 4.6.2008, p. 1.


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