24.10.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 270/100


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2019/1768

of 23 October 2019

amending Annex I to Decision 2006/168/EC as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies in the list of third countries authorised for the introduction into the European Union of bovine embryos

(notified under document C(2019) 7636)

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 89/556/EEC of 25 September 1989 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in and importation from third countries of embryos of domestic animals of the bovine species (1), and in particular Article 7(1) and Article 9(1)(b) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom submitted the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). On 11 April 2019, the European Council adopted Decision (EU) 2019/584 (2) extending the period under Article 50(3) TEU in agreement with the United Kingdom. In accordance with that Decision, the period provided for in Article 50(3) TEU has been further extended until 31 October 2019. Union law will therefore cease to apply to and in the United Kingdom from 1 November 2019 (‘the withdrawal date’).

(2)

Commission Decision 2006/168/EC (3) sets out in its Annex I a list of third countries from which Member States are to authorise imports of bovine embryos.

(3)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has provided the necessary guarantees for that country and certain of its Crown Dependencies to comply with the conditions laid down in Decision 2006/168/EC for the introduction into the Union of consignments of bovine embryos from the withdrawal date by continuing to comply with Union legislation for an initial period of at least nine months.

(4)

Therefore, taking into account these specific guarantees provided by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and in order to avoid any unnecessary disruption to trade after the withdrawal date, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and certain of its Crown Dependencies should be included in the list of third countries set out in Annex I to Decision 2006/168/EC authorised for the introduction into the Union of consignments of bovine embryos.

(5)

Annex I to Decision 2006/168/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.

(6)

This Decision should apply from 1 November 2019, unless Union law continues to apply to and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on that date.

(7)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Annex I to Decision 2006/168/EC is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision shall apply from 1 November 2019.

However, it shall not apply if Union law continues to apply to and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on that date.

Article 3

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 23 October 2019.

For the Commission

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 302, 19.10.1989, p. 1.

(2)  European Council Decision (EU) 2019/584 taken in agreement with the United Kingdom of 11 April 2019 extending the period under Article 50(3) TEU (OJ L 101, 11.4.2019, p. 1).

(3)  Commission Decision 2006/168/EC of 4 January 2006 establishing the animal health and veterinary certification requirements for imports into the Community of bovine embryos and repealing Decision 2005/217/EC (OJ L 57, 28.2.2006, p. 19).


ANNEX

The table set out in Annex I to Decision 2006/168/EC is amended as follows:

(a)

the following line is inserted after the entry for Switzerland:

‘GB

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

ANNEX II

ANNEX III

ANNEX IV’

(b)

the following line is inserted after the entry for Israel:

‘JE

Jersey

ANNEX II

ANNEX III

ANNEX IV’