24.10.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 270/57


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/1756

of 23 October 2019

amending Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 as regards the inclusion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the list of third countries authorised for the introduction into the Union of consignments of hay and straw

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

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

Having regard to Council Directive 97/78/EC of 18 December 1997 laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries (1), and in particular Article 19(1) 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)

Directive 97/78/EC lays down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Union from third countries. Article 19(1) of that Directive provides that the Commission is to draw up a list of plant products which are to be subjected to border veterinary checks since they can present a risk of spreading infectious or contagious animal diseases to the Union, and a list of the third countries which may be authorised to export those plant products to the Union.

(3)

Accordingly, Annex IV to Commission Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 (3) lists hay and straw as plant products subject to border veterinary checks, while Annex V to that Regulation lists the countries from which Member States are authorised to import hay and straw.

(4)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has provided the necessary guarantees for that country to comply with the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 for the introduction into the Union of consignments of commodities of hay and straw from the withdrawal date by continuing to comply with Union legislation for an initial period of at least nine months.

(5)

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 should be included in the list of countries set out in Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 authorised for the introduction into the Union of consignments of hay and straw.

(6)

Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(7)

This Regulation 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.

(8)

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

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 shall be amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

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

It 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.

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

Done at Brussels, 23 October 2019.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 24, 30.1.1998, p. 9.

(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 Regulation (EC) No 136/2004 of 22 January 2004 laying down procedures for veterinary checks at Community border inspection posts on products imported from third countries (OJ L 21, 28.1.2004, p. 11).


ANNEX

The following line is inserted after the entry for Chile in Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 136/2004:

‘GB

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’