6.4.2011   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 90/53


DECISION No 1/2011 OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE SET UP BY THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND THE SWISS CONFEDERATION ON TRADE IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

of 31 March 2011

concerning the amendment of Annex 3 to the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products

(2011/216/EU)

THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE,

Having regard to the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products (1), hereinafter referred to as ‘the Agreement’, and in particular Article 11 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

The Agreement entered into force on 1 June 2002.

(2)

Annex 3 to the Agreement provides for concessions regarding cheeses, in particular for gradual liberalisation of trade in cheeses over a period of 5 years following the entry into force of the Agreement.

(3)

The European Union and the Swiss Confederation agree to insert into the Agreement a new Annex 12 on the protection of designations of origin and geographical indications for agricultural products and foodstuffs, which calls for consistency in the specifications, in particular those of cheeses.

(4)

As a consequence, Annex 3 needs to be revised to take into account both the full liberalisation in bilateral trade in cheeses, with effect from 1 June 2007, and the protection of geographical indications, to be provided for in a new Annex 12,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Annex 3 to the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products and its appendices shall be replaced by the text in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision shall enter into force on the day after its adoption by the Joint Committee.

Done at Brussels, 31 March 2011.

For the Joint Committee on Agriculture

The President and Head of the Swiss Delegation

Jacques CHAVAZ

The Head of the EU Delegation

Nicolas VERLET

The Secretary of the Committee

Chantal MOSER


(1)  OJ L 114, 30.4.2002, p. 132.


ANNEX

‘ANNEX 3

1.

Bilateral trade in all products falling under heading 0406 of the Harmonised System is fully liberalised as from 1 June 2007 by abolishing all the tariffs and quotas.

2.

The European Union shall not apply export refunds for cheeses exported to Switzerland. Switzerland shall not apply export subsidies (1) for cheeses exported to the European Union.

3.

All products falling under CN code 0406 originating in the European Union or in Switzerland and traded between those two Parties are exempted from the presentation of an import licence.

4.

The European Union and Switzerland shall ensure that the benefits they grant each other are not undermined by other measures affecting imports and exports.

5.

Should the development of prices and/or imports give rise to a disturbance on the market of either Party, consultations shall be held as soon as possible within the Committee set up under Article 6 of the Agreement at the request of either Party with a view to finding appropriate solutions. In this connection, the Parties hereby agree to exchange information periodically on prices and any other relevant information on the market in locally produced and imported cheeses.


(1)  The basic amounts on which the elimination of export subsidies were based were calculated by common agreement by the Parties on the basis of the difference in the institutional prices for milk likely to be in force when the Agreement entered into force, plus an additional amount for milk processed into cheese, obtained on the basis of the quantity of milk needed to manufacture the cheeses concerned, minus (except in the case of cheeses subject to quotas) the reduction of customs duty applied by the Community.’