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Document 31999D0563

1999/563/EC: Commission Decision of 28 July 1999 on the granting of aid for the production of table olives in Spain (notified under document number C(1999) 2459) (Only the Spanish version is authentic)

OJ L 213, 13.8.1999, p. 21–24 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/10/1999

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/1999/563/oj

31999D0563

1999/563/EC: Commission Decision of 28 July 1999 on the granting of aid for the production of table olives in Spain (notified under document number C(1999) 2459) (Only the Spanish version is authentic)

Official Journal L 213 , 13/08/1999 P. 0021 - 0024


COMMISSION DECISION

of 28 July 1999

on the granting of aid for the production of table olives in Spain

(notified under document number C(1999) 2459)

(Only the Spanish version is authentic)

(1999/563/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation No 136/66/EEC of 22 September 1966 on the establishment of a common organisation of the market in oils and fats(1), as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1638/98(2), and in particular Article 5(4) thereof,

(1) Whereas Article 5(4) of Regulation No 136/66/EEC grants the Member States the possibility of allocating part of their national guaranteed quantities and of their olive-oil production aid to support for table olives under conditions to be approved by the Commission in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 38 of that Regulation;

(2) Whereas Spain has presented a request in respect of the 1999/2000 and 2000/01 marketing years, whereas detailed rules should be laid down for the granting of the aid;

(3) Whereas provision should be made for the aid to be granted to growers of processed table olives from olive groves in Spain and the conditions governing the granting of the aid should be specified;

(4) Whereas the processing period should be defined as running from 1 September to 31 August; whereas olives which have undergone initial treatment in brine lasting at least 15 days, and have been removed from the brine definitively or, failing that, have undergone treatment making them fit for human consumption should be deemed to be processed olives;

(5) Whereas the weight of processed table olives on which aid is payable, and the equivalence between processed table olives and olive oil should be determined for the purposes of calculating the unit aid on table olives and of administering the national guaranteed quantities;

(6) Whereas undertakings processing table olives must be approved in accordance with conditions to be determined;

(7) Whereas provisions should be laid down for checks on aid for table olives; whereas those provisions must in particular cover crop declarations by table-olive growers, notifications by processors of the quantities of olives delivered by growers and leaving the processing chain, and the obligations on paying agencies regarding controls; whereas provision should be made for penalties on table-olive growers where their declarations conflict with the results of checks conducted;

(8) Whereas the information needed for calculating the aid to be granted to growers of processed table olives should be determined; whereas an advance on the aid may be granted under certain conditions;

(9) Whereas Spain must notify the Commission of the national measures adopted for the purposes of applying this Decision and of the information used for calculating the advance on the aid and the definitive aid;

(10) Whereas the measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Oils and Fats,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

For the 1999/2000 and 2000/01 olive-oil marketing years, Spain is hereby authorised to grant aid for the production of table olives in accordance with this Decision.

Article 2

1. Aid for the production of table olives shall be granted to growers of olives which come from olive groves in Spain and are sent to approved processing undertakings for processing into table olives.

2. For each olive-oil marketing year, aid shall be granted for table olives processed between 1 September of the preceding marketing year and 31 August of the marketing year concerned.

3. Within the meaning of this Decision "processed table olives" means olives that have undergone for at least 15 days initial treatment in brine, and have been removed from the brine definitively or, failing that, have undergone treatment making them fit for human consumption.

Article 3

1. For the purposes of calculating the unit aid on table olives and of administering the national guaranteed quantities of olive oil, 100 kilograms of processed table olives shall be deemed to be equivalent to 11,5 kilograms of olive oil eligible for production aid as provided for in Article 5 of Regulation No 136/66/EEC.

2. The weight of processed table olives to be taken into consideration shall be the drained net weight of whole olives after processing, possibly bruised but not stoned.

Article 4

1. Approval numbers shall be allocated to undertakings which:

- submit an application for approval by 30 September preceding the olive-oil marketing year in question, accompanied by the information referred to in paragraph 2 and the commitments referred to in paragraph 3,

- market processed table olives, with or without additional preparation,

- have plant capable of processing at least 30 tonnes of olives per year in the islands and 50 tonnes of olives per year in the other zones.

2. Applications for approval shall include at least:

- a description of the processing plant and storage facilities, with details of their capacity,

- a description of the forms of table-olive preparations marketed, indicating the average weight of processed table olives required for one kilogram of each type of prepared product,

- details of stocks of table olives at various stages of preparation, by form of preparation, as at 1 September preceding the olive-oil marketing year in question.

3. For the purposes of approval, processors shall undertake to:

- keep table olives on which aid is payable separate from table olives originating in third countries and those on which aid is not payable when taking delivery of, processing and storing them,

- keep stock accounts covering table olives, linked to the financial accounts and indicating, for each day:

(a) the quantities of olives entering the establishment, showing each consignment separately and identifying the grower of each,

(b) the quantities of olives sent for processing and the quantities of table olives processed within the meaning of Article 2(3),

(c) the quantities of table olives for which the process of preparation has been completed,

(d) the quantities of table olives leaving the undertaking, broken down by form of preparation and indicating the consignees,

- provide the grower as referred to in Article 2(1) and the competent body with the documents and the information referred to in Article 6 in accordance with the conditions laid down therein,

- submit to all checks provided for under this Decision.

4. Approval shall be refused or immediately withdrawn where undertakings:

- fail to comply or no longer comply with the conditions for approval, or

- are prosecuted by the competent authorities for irregularities in respect of the arrangements provided for in Regulation No 136/66/EEC, or

- have been penalised for an infringement to that Regulation within the past 24 months.

Article 5

For the purposes of granting the aid for the production of table olives, in addition to the crop declaration laid down for olive-oil production aid, by 1 December of the current marketing year growers shall lodge a supplementary declaration or, as appropriate, a new declaration containing the same information as the crop declaration for olive oil but referring to table olives.

Where the information concerned has already been furnished by a crop declaration for olive oil and has not been subject to modification, the supplementary declaration shall simply indicate the references to the crop declaration and the parcels concerned.

The declarations concerning table olives shall be included in the alphanumeric database provided for in connection with the aid scheme for olive oil production.

Article 6

1. On delivery of the final consignment of olives and no later than 30 June, approved undertakings shall issue growers as referred to in Article 2(1) with a certificate of delivery showing the net weight of olives entering the undertaking.

The certificate must be supported by all the documentation relating to the weight of the olives delivered.

2. Approved undertakings shall notify the competent body and the control agency:

(a) by the 10th day of each month, of:

- the quantities of olives received, sent for processing and processed within the meaning of Article 2(3) in the course of the previous month,

- the quantities of olives prepared and sent out, broken down by form of preparation, in the course of the previous month,

- the aggregate quantities referred to in the first two indents and the stock situation at the end of the previous month;

(b) before 1 July, of the names of growers as referred to in Article 2(1) for the processing period referred to in Article 2(2) and of the quantities covered by certificates issued to them in accordance with paragraph 1;

(c) before 1 June of the following marketing year, of the total quantities delivered for the processing period referred to in Article 2(2) and of the total corresponding quantities processed.

Article 7

1. Before 1 July of the current marketing year, table-olive growers shall lodge aid applications, directly or indirectly, with the competent body, containing at least the following details:

- the name and address of the grower,

- the location of the holdings and the parcels where olives were harvested, with a reference to the relevant crop declaration,

- the approved undertaking to which the olives were delivered.

Such applications shall be accompanied by certificates of delivery as referred to in Article 6(1).

Where applicable, applications may be accompanied by an application for an advance on the aid.

2. Applications lodged after the deadline shall incur a penalty consisting in a reduction of 1 % of the amount to which the grower would have been entitled had the application been lodged by the due date, for each working day of delay. Applications lodged more than 25 days late shall be refused.

Article 8

1. Before the definitive payment of the aid, the competent body shall carry out the controls required to check:

- the quantities of table olives covered by certificates of delivery issued,

- the quantities of table olives processed, broken down by grower.

Controls shall involve:

- several physical inspections of goods in stock and a check of the accounts of approved undertakings,

- stricter checks of aid applications from olive growers applying for aid on both table olives and olive oil.

2. Spain shall see that all the necessary controls are in place to ensure that:

- entitlement to table-olive production aid is respected,

- olives entering an undertaking approved under this Decision are excluded from eligibility for olive-oil production aid,

- no more than one aid application is lodged for the same olives.

3. Without prejudice to the penalties laid down by Spain, no aid shall be granted to growers as referred to in Article 2(1) whose declarations as provided for in Article 5 or whose aid applications in accordance with Article 7 prove to conflict with the results of checks conducted. However, Article 15 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 2366/98(3) shall apply mutatis mutandis.

Article 9

1. Growers as referred to in Article 2(1) may receive an advance on the aid requested. The advance shall be equal to the unit amount referred to in Article 17(a)(1) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2261/84(4), multiplied by the quantity of olive oil equivalent, in accordance with Article 3(1) of this Decision, to the relevant quantity of table olives processed.

For the purposes of granting advances to growers, the quantity of table olives processed shall be determined by applying a provisional processing coefficient to the quantity appearing in the certificate of delivery, as confirmed by the further information notified to the competent body. That coefficient shall be established by the competent body depending on the data available on the approved undertaking concerned. However, the quantity of table olives taken into consideration may not exceed 90 % of the quantity of table olives delivered.

2. Advances on the aid shall be paid from 16 October of the current marketing year to growers applying therefor in accordance with Article 7(1).

Article 10

1. Without prejudice to the reductions provided for in Article 20(d) of Regulation No 136/66/EEC, the aid shall be equal to the unit amount referred to in Article 17(a)(2) of Regulation (EEC) No 2261/84, multiplied by the quantity of olive oil equivalent, in accordance with Article 3(1) of this Decision, to the relevant quantity of table olives processed.

For the purposes of granting the aid to growers as referred to in Article 2(1), the quantity of table olives processed shall be determined by applying a processing coefficient for the undertaking concerned to the quantity appearing in the certificate of delivery, as confirmed by the further information notified to the competent body. That coefficient shall be equal to the ratio between the total quantity of table olives processed on the one hand, and the total quantity of table olives covered by certificates of delivery issued on the other hand, in respect of the olive-oil marketing year concerned.

Where the quantity of processed olives corresponding to the aid as set out in the certificate of delivery cannot be established, the quantities of table olives processed for the growers concerned shall be calculated on the basis of the average coefficient for the other undertakings. However, without prejudice to any claims which the olive growers concerned might make against the undertaking, that quantity of processed olives may not exceed 75 % of the quantity shown in the certificate of delivery.

2. Once the controls referred to in Article 8 have been carried out, the aid or, where applicable, the balance of the aid shall be paid to the grower in full within 90 days of fixing by the Commission of the unit amount thereof.

Article 11

Spain shall notify the Commission:

- without delay, of the national measures taken pursuant to this Decision,

- before 1 August of each marketing year, of the quantities of olive oil equivalent to the estimated output of table olives processed and of the provisional processing coefficients for that estimate,

- before 16 June of each subsequent marketing year, of the quantities of olive oil equivalent to the actual output of table olives processed and of the processing coefficients adopted.

Article 12

This Decision shall apply from 1 September 1999.

Article 13

This Decision is addressed to the Kingdom of Spain.

Done at Brussels, 28 July 1999.

For the Commission

Franz FISCHLER

Member of the Commission

(1) OJ 172, 30.9.1966, p. 3025/66.

(2) OJ L 210, 28.7.1998, p. 32.

(3) OJ L 293, 31.10.1998, p. 50.

(4) OJ L 208, 3.8.1984, p. 3.

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