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Document 32003R1202

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1202/2003 of 4 July 2003 laying down transitory measures arising from the adoption of autonomous and transitional measures concerning the export of certain processed agricultural products to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia

OJ L 168, 5.7.2003, p. 6–8 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 18/01/2011

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2003/1202/oj

32003R1202

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1202/2003 of 4 July 2003 laying down transitory measures arising from the adoption of autonomous and transitional measures concerning the export of certain processed agricultural products to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia

Official Journal L 168 , 05/07/2003 P. 0006 - 0008


Commission Regulation (EC) No 1202/2003

of 4 July 2003

laying down transitory measures arising from the adoption of autonomous and transitional measures concerning the export of certain processed agricultural products to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3448/93 of 6 December 1993 laying down the trade arrangements applicable to certain goods resulting from the processing of agricultural products(1), as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2580/2000(2), and in particular Article 8(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) The Community has recently concluded trade agreements for processed agricultural products with the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia in preparation for their accession to the Community. These agreements provide for concessions involving, on the Community side, the abolition of export refunds on certain processed agricultural products.

(2) Council Regulation (EC) No 1039/2003 of 2 June 2003 adopting autonomous and transitional measures concerning the importation of certain processed agricultural products originating in Estonia and the exportation of certain agricultural products to Estonia(3), Council Regulation (EC) No 1086/2003 of 18 June 2003 adopting autonomous and transitional measures concerning the importation of certain processed agricultural products originating in Slovenia and the exportation of certain processed agricultural products to Slovenia(4), Council Regulation (EC) No 1087/2003 of 18 June 2003 adopting autonomous and transitional measures concerning the importation of certain processed agricultural products originating in Latvia and the exportation of certain processed agricultural products to Latvia(5), Council Regulation (EC) No 1088/2003 of 18 June 2003 adopting autonomous and transitional measures concerning the importation of certain processed agricultural products originating in Lithuania and the exportation of certain processed agricultural products to Lithuania(6), Council Regulation (EC) No 1089/2003 of 18 June 2003 adopting autonomous and transitional measures concerning the importation of certain processed agricultural products originating in the Slovak Republic and the exportation of certain processed agricultural products to the Slovak Republic(7) and Council Regulation (EC) No 1090/2003 of 18 June 2003 adopting autonomous and transitional measures concerning the importation of certain processed agricultural products originating in the Czech Republic and the exportation of certain processed agricultural products to the Czech Republic(8) provide on an autonomous basis for the abolition of refunds on processed agricultural products not listed in Annex I to the Treaty when exported to the Estonia, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively, from 1 July 2003.

(3) Council Regulation (EC) No 999/2003 of 2 June 2003 adopting autonomous and transitional measures concerning the import of certain processed agricultural products originating in Hungary and the export of certain processed agricultural products to Hungary(9), provides on an autonomous basis for the abolition of refunds on the goods, set out in its Article 1, when exported to Hungary, from 1 July 2003.

(4) In return for the abolition of export refunds as set out in Regulations (EC) No 1090/2003, (EC) No 1039/2003, (EC) No 999/2003, (EC) No 1087/2003, (EC) No 1088/2003, (EC) No 1089/2003 and (EC) No 1086/2003, hereinafter referred to as "the Regulations", the Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovakian and Slovenian authorities have undertaken to grant reciprocal duty free import, or duty free import within quotas, to certain goods imported into their respective territories if the goods concerned are accompanied by a copy of the export declaration containing a special mention indicating that they are not eligible for payment of export refunds. The full rate of duty applies in the absence of such documentation.

(5) With the entry into force of the Regulations, certain goods for which operators have applied for refund certificates in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 1520/2000 of 13 July 2000 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of granting export refunds on certain agricultural products exported in the form of goods not covered by Annex I to the Treaty, and the criteria for fixing the amount of such refunds(10), as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 740/2003(11), will no longer be eligible for refund when they are exported to the mentioned countries.

(6) Reduction of refund certificates and pro-rata release of the corresponding security should be allowed where operators can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the national competent authority that their claims for refunds have been affected by the entry into force of the Regulations. When assessing requests for reduction of the amount of the refund certificate and proportional release of the relevant security, the national competent authority should, in cases of doubt, have regard in particular to the documents referred to in Article 1(2) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 4045/89 of 21 December 1989 on scrutiny by Member States of transactions forming part of the system of financing by the Guarantee Section of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund and repealing Directive 77/435/EEC(12), as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2154/2002(13), without prejudice to the application of the other provisions of that Regulation.

(7) For administrative reasons it is appropriate to provide that requests for reduction of the amount of the refund certificate and release of the security are to be made within a short period and that the amounts for which reductions have been accepted are to be notified to the Commission in time for their inclusion in the determination of the amount for which refund certificates for use from 1 August 2003 shall be issued, pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1520/2000.

(8) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee on horizontal questions concerning trade in processed agricultural products not listed in Annex I to the Treaty,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Goods in respect of which export refunds have been abolished by Regulations (EC) No 1090/2003, (EC) No 1039/2003, (EC) No 999/2003, (EC) No 1087/2003, (EC) No 1088/2003, (EC) No 1089/2003 and (EC) No 1086/2003 shall, be imported free of customs duties, or free of customs duties within quotas, into the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia if the goods concerned are accompanied by a duly completed copy of the export declaration with the following entry in Box 44:

"Export Refund: 0 EUR/Regulation (EC) No -/2003(14)."

Article 2

1. Refund certificates issued in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1520/2000 in respect of exports of the goods for which export refunds have been abolished by Regulations (EC) No 1090/2003, (EC) No 1039/2003, (EC) No 999/2003, (EC) No 1087/2003, (EC) No 1088/2003, (EC) No 1089/2003 and (EC) No 1086/2003 may, at request of the interested party, be reduced under the conditions provided for in paragraph 2.

2. To be eligible for reduction of the amount of the refund certificate, the certificates referred to in paragraph 1 must have been applied for before the date of entry into force of the Regulations mentioned in that paragraph and their validity period must expire after 30 June 2003.

3. The certificate shall be reduced by the amount for which the interested party is unable to claim export refunds following the entry into force of the Regulations mentioned in paragraph 1, as demonstrated to the satisfaction of the national competent authority.

In making their appraisal the competent authorities shall, in cases of doubt, have regard in particular to the commercial documents referred to in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EEC) No 4045/89.

4. The relevant security shall be released in proportion to the reduction concerned.

Article 3

1. To be eligible for consideration under Article 2, the national competent authority must receive the requests by 9 July 2003, at the latest.

2. Member States shall notify the Commission not later than 14 July 2003 of the amounts for which reductions have been accepted in accordance with Article 2(3). The notified amounts shall be taken into account for the determination of the amount for which refund certificates for use from 1 August 2003 shall be issued, pursuant to Article 8(3)(f) of Regulation (EC) No 1520/2000.

Article 4

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 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, 4 July 2003.

For the Commission

Erkki Liikanen

Member of the Commission

(1) OJ L 318, 20.12.1993, p. 18.

(2) OJ L 298, 25.11.2000, p. 5.

(3) OJ L 151, 19.6.2003, p. 1.

(4) OJ L 163, 1.7.2003, p. 1.

(5) OJ L 163, 1.7.2003, p. 19.

(6) OJ L 163, 1.7.2003, p. 38.

(7) OJ L 163, 1.7.2003, p. 56.

(8) OJ L 163, 1.7.2003, p. 73.

(9) OJ L 146, 13.6.2003, p. 10.

(10) OJ L 177, 15.7.2000, p. 1.

(11) OJ L 106, 29.4.2003, p. 12.

(12) OJ L 388, 30.12.1989, p. 18.

(13) OJ L 328, 5.12.2002, p. 4.

(14) Enter the number of the relevant Regulation concerning the destination country.

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