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Document 31996R1110

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1110/96 of 20 June 1996 introducing management measures for imports of certain bovine animals for the second half of 1996

OJ L 148, 21.6.1996, p. 15–21 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/12/1996

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/1996/1110/oj

31996R1110

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1110/96 of 20 June 1996 introducing management measures for imports of certain bovine animals for the second half of 1996

Official Journal L 148 , 21/06/1996 P. 0015 - 0021


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1110/96 of 20 June 1996 introducing management measures for imports of certain bovine animals for the second half of 1996

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3290/94 of 22 December 1994 on the adjustments and transitional arrangements required in the agriculture sector in order to implement the agreements concluded during the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations (1), and in particular Article 4 (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3491/93 of 13 December 1993 on certain procedures for applying the Europe Agreements establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Hungary, of the other part (2), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3492/93 of 13 December 1993 on certain procedures for applying the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Poland, of the other part (3), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3296/94 of 19 December 1994 on certain procedures for applying the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Czech Republic, of the other part (4), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3297/94 of 19 December 1994 on certain procedures for applying the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Slovak Republic, of the other part (5), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3382/94 of 19 December 1994 on certain procedures for applying the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Romania, of the other part (6), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 3383/94 of 19 December 1994 on certain procedures for applying the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Bulgarian Republic, of the other part (7), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1275/95 of 29 May 1995 on certain procedures for applying the Agreement on free trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Coal and Steel Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Estonia, of the other part (8), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1276/95 of 29 May 1995 on certain procedures for applying the Agreement on free trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Coal and Steel Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Latvia, of the other part (9), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1277/95 of 29 May 1995 on certain procedures for applying the Agreement on free trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Coal and Steel Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Lithuania, of the other part (10), and in particular Article 1 thereof,

Whereas experience gained and forecasts for 1996 show that, in the absence of Community measures, massive imports into the Community of live bovine animals of up to 300 kg are likely to occur, due, in particular, to the economically favourable stock farming conditions existing in certain third countries; whereas such imports are likely to greatly exceed the traditional annual level of imports and the absorption capacity of the Community market; whereas, therefore, the beef and veal market would be threatened with serious disturbance endangering, in particular, market prices and producers' incomes;

Whereas, however, it is necessary to take into account the application of the Agreement concluded during the WTO multilateral trade negotiations; whereas the management measures provided for should therefore be restricted to products from the third countries to which the Community grants preferential treatment and which have accepted that the Community take measures to manage the importation of the animals in question;

Whereas the total absorption capacity of the Community market in 1996 is estimated at 425 000 head other than pure bred breeding animals; whereas, in view of imports planned under certain preferential arrangements for 1996, i.e. 300 500 head under the quota established in the context of the Uruguay Round concerning young male bovine animals weighing 300 kg or less and intended for fattening and under the Europe Agreements concluded with the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Romania and the Republic of Bulgaria and the agreements on free trade and trade-related measures with the Baltic Republics, 124 500 head should be admitted for import in 1996 at the full or reduced rate of import duty, as the case may be.

Whereas, in respect of the first half of 1996, Commission Regulation (EC) No 3018/95 (11), as amended by Regulation (EC) No 425/96 (12), and (EC) No 403/96 (13) have already provided for imports of 89 000 head; whereas management measures should be taken for imports of the remaining 35 500 head in the second half of 1996 with, as countries of origin, the aforementioned countries;

Whereas the Commission will closely monitor developments on the beef and veal market so as to be able to react immediately to any changes in the relevant economic criteria;

Whereas, in order to take account to the greatest extent of the traditional structure of the Community veal market, imports should be restricted to animals weighing 80 kg or less;

Whereas experience shows that limiting imports can give rise to speculative import applications; whereas, in order to guarantee that the planned measures function correctly, most of the quantities available should be reserved for so-called traditional importers of live bovine animals; whereas, so as not to introduce rigidity into trade relations in the sector, a second allocation should be made available for operators able to show that they are carrying out a genuine activity involving trade in a significant number of animals; whereas in consideration of this and in order to ensure efficient management, a minimum of 100 animals should be required to have been exported or imported during 1995 by the operators concerned; whereas a batch of 100 animals in principle constitutes a normal load and whereas experience has shown that the sale or purchase of a single batch is a minimum requirement for a transaction to be considered real and viable; whereas verification of those criteria requires that all applications from the same operator be submitted in the same Member State;

Whereas steps must be taken to ensure that importers in the new Member States falling within the first category can participate fairly in the allocation of the quantities available; whereas for those importers, therefore, imports carried out between 1 January 1993 and 31 December 1995 from countries considered third countries depending on the year of importation should be taken into account as reference quantities giving access to the quantities reserved for traditional importers;

Whereas, so as to avoid speculation, access to the quota should be denied to operators no longer carrying out an activity in the beef and veal sector on 1 January 1996;

Whereas the quota in question should be managed using import licences; whereas to this end rules should be set on submission of applications and the information to be given on applications and licences, by way of derogation, if necessary, from certain provisions of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 3719/88 of 16 November 1988 laying down common detailed rules for application of the system of import and export licences and advance-fixing certificates for agricultural products (14), as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2137/95 (15), and of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1445/95 of 26 June 1995 on rules of application for import and export licences in the beef and veal sector and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2377/80 (16), as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2856/95 (17); whereas it should moreover be stipulated that licences are to be issued following a reflection period and where necessary with a flat-rate percentage reduction applied;

Whereas the measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Beef and Veal,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Imports into the Community during the second half of 1996 at the full duty rate provided for in the Common Customs Tariff of live bovine animals falling within CN codes 0102 90 05, 0102 90 21, 0102 90 29, 0102 90 41 and 0102 90 49, as referred to in Article 1 (1) (a) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 805/68 (18), originating in the third countries listed in Annex I, shall be subject to the management measures laid down in this Regulation.

Article 2

1. Import licences under this Regulation may be issued only for 35 500 animals falling within CN code 0102 90 05.

2. The quantity referred to in paragraph 1 shall be divided into two parts, as follows:

(a) the first part, equal to 70 %, i.e. 24 850 head, shall be allocated among:

- importers from the Community as constituted on 31 December 1994 who can furnish proof of having imported animals falling within CN code 0102 90 05 during 1993, 1994 or 1995 in the context of the Regulations referred to in Annex II,

and

- importers from the new Member States who can furnish proof of having imported, into the Member State where they are established, animals falling within CN code 0102 90 05 during 1993 and 1994 from countries which were for them third countries on 31 December 1994; and such animals during 1995 in the context of the Regulations referred to at (b) of Annex II;

(b) the second part, equal to 30 %, i.e. 10 650 head, shall be allocated among importers who can furnish proof of having imported and/or exported during 1995 at least 100 live bovine animals falling within CN code 0102 90 apart from those under (a). Importers must be registered for VAT purposes in a Member State.

3. The 24 850 head shall be allocated among the eligible importers in proportion to their imports of animals within the meaning of paragraph 2 (a) during 1993, 1994 and 1995 proven in accordance with paragraph 5.

4. The 10 650 head shall be allocated in proportion to the quantities applied for by the eligible importers.

5. Proof of import and export shall be provided exclusively by means of the customs document of release for free circulation or the export document duly stamped by the customs authorities.

Member States may accept copies of the abovementioned documents duly certified by the competent authority.

Article 3

1. Importers who on 1 January 1996 were no longer engaged in any activity in the beef and veal sector shall not qualify for the allocation pursuant to Article 2 (2) (a).

2. Any company formed by the merger of companies each having rights under Article 2 (3) shall benefit from the same rights as the companies from which it was formed.

Article 4

1. Applications for the right to import may be presented only in the Member State in which the applicant is registered within the meaning of Article 2 (2).

2. For the purposes of Article 2 (2) (a), importers shall present the applications for the right to import to the competent authorities together with the proof referred to in Article 2 (5) by 28 June 1996 at the latest.

After verification of the documents presented, Member States shall forward to the Commission, by 12 July 1996 at the latest, the list of importers who meet the acceptance conditions, showing in particular their names and addresses and the number of eligible animals imported during each of the reference years.

3. For the purposes of Article 2 (2) (b), applications for the right to import must be lodged by importers by 28 June 1996 at the latest, together with the proof referred to in Article 2 (5).

Only one application may be lodged by each applicant. Where the same applicant lodges more than one application, all applications from that person shall be inadmissible. Applications may not relate to a quantity larger than that available.

After verification of the documents presented, Member States shall forward to the Commission, by 12 July 1996 at the latest, the list of applicants and the quantities requested.

4. All notifications, including notifications of nil applications, shall be made by telex or fax, drawn up on the basis of the models in Annexes III and IV in the case where applications have been lodged.

Article 5

1. The Commission shall decide to what extent applications may be accepted.

2. As regards the applications referred to in Article 4 (3), if the quantities in respect of which applications are made exceed the quantities available, the Commission shall reduce the quantities applied for by a fixed percentage.

If the reduction referred to in the preceding subparagraph results in a quantity of less than 100 head per application, the allocation shall be by drawing lots, by batches of 100 head, by the Member States concerned. If the remaining quantity is less than 100 head, a single licence shall be issued for that quantity.

Article 6

1. Imports of the quantities allocated in accordance with Article 5 shall be subject to the presentation of an import licence.

2. Licence applications may be presented only in the Member State in which the application for the right to import was lodged.

3. Licences shall be issued, at the request of importers, as from the date on which the decision referred to in Article 5 (1) takes effect.

The number of animals for which a licence is issued shall be expressed in units. Where necessary, numbers shall be rounded up or down as the case may be.

4. Licence applications and licences shall contain the following entries:

(a) in section 8, the indication of the countries referred to in Annex I; licences shall carry with them an obligation to import from one or more of the countries indicated;

(b) in section 16, subheading CN 0102 90 05;

(c) in section 20, one of the following:

- Reglamento (CE) n° 1110/96

- Forordning (EF) nr. 1110/96

- Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1110/96

- Êáíïíéóìüò (ÅÊ) áñéè. 1110/96

- Regulation (EC) No 1110/96

- Règlement (CE) n° 1110/96

- Regolamento (CE) n. 1110/96

- Verordening (EG) nr. 1110/96

- Regulamento (CE) nº 1110/96

- Asetus (EY) N:o 1110/96

- Förordning (EG) nr 1110/96.

5. Import licences shall expire on 31 December 1996.

6. Licences issued shall be valid throughout the Community.

7. Article 8 (4) of Regulation (EEC) No 3719/88 shall not apply.

Article 7

No later than three weeks after the importation of the animals specified in this Regulation, the importer shall inform the competent authority which issued the import licence of the number and origin of the animals. That authority shall communicate the information in question to the Commission at the beginning of each month.

Article 8

The security provided for in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 1445/95 shall be lodged when the licence is issued.

Article 9

The provisions of Regulations (EEC) No 3719/88 and (EC) No 1445/95 shall apply subject to the provisions of this Regulation.

Article 10

The animals shall be put into free circulation on presentation of a movement certificate EUR.1 issued by the exporting country in accordance with Protocol 4 annexed to the Europe Agreements.

Article 11

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

It shall apply from 1 July 1996.

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

Done at Brussels, 20 June 1996.

For the Commission

Franz FISCHLER

Member of the Commission

(1) OJ No L 349, 31. 12. 1994, p. 105.

(2) OJ No L 319, 21. 12. 1993, p. 1.

(3) OJ No L 319, 21. 12. 1993, p. 4.

(4) OJ No L 341, 30. 12. 1994, p. 14.

(5) OJ No L 341, 30. 12. 1994, p. 17.

(6) OJ No L 368, 31. 12. 1994, p. 1.

(7) OJ No L 368, 31. 12. 1994, p. 5.

(8) OJ No L 124, 7. 6. 1995, p. 1.

(9) OJ No L 124, 7. 6. 1995, p. 2.

(10) OJ No L 124, 7. 6. 1995, p. 3.

(11) OJ No L 314, 28. 12. 1995, p. 58.

(12) OJ No L 60, 9. 3. 1996, p. 1.

(13) OJ No L 55, 6. 3. 1996, p. 9.

(14) OJ No L 331, 2. 12. 1988, p. 1.

(15) OJ No L 214, 8. 9. 1995, p. 21.

(16) OJ No L 143, 27. 6. 1995, p. 35.

(17) OJ No L 299, 12. 12. 1995, p. 10.

(18) OJ No L 148, 28. 6. 1968, p. 24.

ANNEX I

List of third countries

- Hungary

- Poland

- Czech Republic

- Slovakia

- Romania

- Bulgaria

- Lithuania

- Latvia

- Estonia.

ANNEX II

Regulations referred to in Article 2 (2)

Commission Regulations:

(a) (EEC) No 3619/92 (OJ No L 367, 16. 12. 1992, p. 17),

(EC) No 3409/93 (OJ No L 310, 14. 12. 1993, p. 22).

(b) (EC) No 3076/94 (OJ No L 325, 17. 12. 1994, p. 8),

(EC) No 1566/95 (OJ No L 150, 1. 7. 1995, p. 24),

(EC) No 2491/95 (OJ No L 256, 26. 10. 1995, p. 36).

ANNEX III

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ANNEX IV

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