ISSN 1725-2555

Official Journal

of the European Union

L 277

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Legislation

Volume 49
9 October 2006


Contents

 

I   Acts whose publication is obligatory

page

 

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Council Regulation (EC) No 1463/2006 of 19 June 2006 adapting Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union

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II   Acts whose publication is not obligatory

 

 

Council

 

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Council Decision of 19 June 2006 adapting the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania as regards rural development

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Council Decision of 19 June 2006 adapting Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania

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Acts whose titles are printed in light type are those relating to day-to-day management of agricultural matters, and are generally valid for a limited period.

The titles of all other Acts are printed in bold type and preceded by an asterisk.


I Acts whose publication is obligatory

9.10.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 277/1


COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1463/2006

of 19 June 2006

adapting Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania signed in Luxembourg on 25 April 2005, and in particular Article 4(3) thereof,

Having regard to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania, and in particular Article 56 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 (1) introduced general rules governing Community support for rural development policy for the programming period 2007 to 2013 and established priorities and measures for rural development.

(2)

Those general rules and measures should be adapted to allow their implementation in Bulgaria and Romania as from the date of accession of those countries to the European Union.

(3)

Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 establishes a compulsory Leader axis within the rural development programme, which must account for a minimum percentage of EAFRD contribution to the programme. Given the lack of experience of Bulgaria and Romania in implementing the Leader approach and in order to build sufficient local capacity to apply Leader, the average financial contribution of 2,5 % for the Leader axis should be applied for the period 2010 to 2013 for those countries.

(4)

With a view to allowing Bulgaria and Romania to benefit until 2013 from the transitional measures concerning the support to semi-subsistence agricultural holdings and the setting-up of producer groups, Bulgaria and Romania should be added to the list of countries benefiting from these measures.

(5)

Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 shall be amended as follows:

1.

the following subparagraph shall be added to Article 17(2):

‘For Bulgaria and Romania, an average of at least 2,5 % of the EAFRD total contribution for axis 4 shall be respected during the period 2010 to 2013. Any contribution from the EAFRD for that axis during the period 2007 to 2009 shall be taken into account for the calculation of that percentage.’

;

2.

the introductory words in Article 20(d) shall be replaced by the following:

‘transitional measures for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia concerning:’

.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on 1 January 2007 subject to the entry into force of the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania.

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

Done at Luxembourg, 19 June 2006.

For the Council

The President

J. PRÖLL


(1)  OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p. 1.


II Acts whose publication is not obligatory

Council

9.10.2006   

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L 277/2


COUNCIL DECISION

of 19 June 2006

adapting the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania as regards rural development

(2006/663/EC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania, signed at Luxembourg on 25 April 2005, and in particular Article 4(3) thereof,

Having regard to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania, and in particular Article 22 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 of 20 September 2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (2) introduces changes to the acquis on which the accession negotiations with Bulgaria and Romania were based.

(2)

There is therefore a need to adapt the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania so that it is compatible with Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.

(3)

Transitional and implementing rules concerning the rural development programming period starting on 1 January 2007 should be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 90(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005. The references in the procedural provisions provided for in the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania should be adapted accordingly.

(4)

When reaching political agreement on Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005, the Council and the Commission agreed in a joint declaration regarding Bulgaria and Romania to extend the measure on advisory services provided for in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania until 2013 as regards the provision of advisory services to farmers receiving semi-subsistence support. The Act of Accession should be adapted to take this agreement into account,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

The Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania shall be amended as follows:

1.

the second sentence of Article 29 shall be replaced by the following:

‘Should specific transitional measures be necessary in this regard, they shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 90(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 of 20 September 2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (3).

2.

Article 34 shall be amended as follows:

(a)

paragraph 1 shall be replaced by the following:

‘1.   In addition to the regulations concerning rural development in force on the date of accession, the provisions laid down in Sections I, II and III of Annex VIII shall apply to Bulgaria and Romania for the period 2007 to 2009, with the exception of Section I, point D, of that Annex which shall also apply for the period 2010 to 2013 as regards the provision of advisory services to farmers receiving semi-subsistence support. The specific financial provisions laid down in Section IV of Annex VIII shall apply to Bulgaria and Romania throughout the programming period 2007 to 2013.’

;

(b)

paragraph 3 shall be replaced by the following:

‘3.   Implementing rules, where necessary, for the application of the provisions of Annex VIII shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 90(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.’

.

Article 2

This Decision shall be drawn up in the Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Bulgarian and Romanian languages, all 23 texts being equally authentic.

Article 3

This Decision shall take effect on 1 January 2007 subject to the entry into force of the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania.

Done at Luxembourg, 19 June 2006.

For the Council

The President

J. PRÖLL


(1)  Not yet published in the Official Journal.

(2)  OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1463/2006 (See page 1 of this Official Journal).

(3)  OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1463/2006 (OJ L 277, 9.10.2006, p. 1).’;


9.10.2006   

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L 277/4


COUNCIL DECISION

of 19 June 2006

adapting Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania

(2006/664/EC)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania, signed at Luxembourg on 25 April 2005, and in particular Article 4(3) thereof,

Having regard to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania, and in particular Article 34(4) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 of 20 September 2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) (2) introduces changes to the acquis on which the accession negotiations with Bulgaria and Romania were based.

(2)

There is therefore a need to adapt the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania so that it is compatible with Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.

(3)

In making the necessary adaptations to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania the fundamental character and principles of the negotiation results should be maintained and applied to new elements. Moreover, the adaptations to the Act of Accession should be limited to what is absolutely necessary.

(4)

The ‘semi-subsistence’ and ‘producer group’ measures provided for in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania are covered by Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 as transitional measures for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia. Therefore, the provisions set out in the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania in these areas should be deleted.

(5)

The provisions on technical assistance provided for in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania are covered by Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 and should consequently be deleted.

(6)

Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 establishes a compulsory Leader axis within the rural development programme, which must account for a minimum percentage of EAFRD contribution to the programme. In addition, Article 59 of that Regulation establishes a measure aimed at supporting capacity building, which differs from the arrangements that were negotiated for Bulgaria and Romania. Therefore it is necessary to harmonise the provisions on Leader set out in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania with the new provisions provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.

(7)

Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 provides for a support for the use of advisory services. However, there are differences between the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania and that Regulation in the scope of that measure. So as to avoid, notably, double financing, for the three first years of the programme, Bulgaria and Romania should be given the choice of implementing either the measure provided for in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession or the measure provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.

(8)

Furthermore, when reaching political agreement on Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005, the Council and the Commission agreed in a joint declaration regarding Bulgaria and Romania to extend the measure on advisory services provided for in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania until 2013 as regards the provision of advisory services to farmers receiving semi-subsistence support. Annex VIII to the Act of Accession should be adapted to take this agreement into account.

(9)

Given that Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (3) has established a single Fund for Community support for rural development replacing the previous two sources of funding, it is necessary to clarify the basis on which the 20 % ceiling specified in the complement to direct payments measure provided for in point E of Section I of Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania should be calculated.

(10)

Community support provided for in point E of Section I of Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania aims at co-financing national direct payments or aids under Article 143c of Council Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 of 29 September 2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers and amending Regulations (EEC) No 2019/93, (EC) No 1452/2001, (EC) No 1453/2001, (EC) No 1454/2001, (EC) 1868/94, (EC) No 1251/1999, (EC) No 1254/1999, (EC) No 1673/2000, (EEC) No 2358/71 and (EC) No 2529/2001 (4). For this reason, that support should not be taken into account for the calculation of the balance between objectives described in Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.

(11)

Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 no longer includes economic viability as an eligibility condition of the measure concerning investment support. The related derogation provided for Bulgaria and Romania in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession should consequently be deleted.

(12)

Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 establishes new rules concerning the financing of expenditure on rural development. Since those provisions follow the same principles as Articles 31 and 32 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 of 21 June 1999 laying down general provisions on the Structural Funds (5), which are referred to in the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania, the specific financial provisions provided in Annex VIII to the Act of Accession are no longer necessary. In addition, there is a need to modify in that Annex the financial contribution of the Community for agri-environment and animal welfare measures since, in accordance with Article 70 of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005, the co-financing rates are no longer set at measure but at axis level,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Annex VIII to the Act of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania shall be amended as follows:

1.

Section I shall be amended as follows:

(a)

points A and B shall be deleted;

(b)

point C shall be replaced by the following:

‘C.

Leader+ type measures

In addition to the measures provided for in Article 63(c) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005, a support may be granted to the following measures:

(a)

building representative local development partnerships;

(b)

drawing up integrated development strategies;

(c)

financing research and preparing applications for support.’

;

(c)

point D shall be replaced by the following:

‘D.

Farm advisory and extension services

(1)

Support shall be granted for the provision of farm advisory and extension services.

For the period 2007 to 2009, that support may not be included in the rural development programme if support as provided for in Article 24 of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 is foreseen.

(2)

For the period 2010 to 2013, support shall be granted only for the provision of services to farmers receiving semi-subsistence support as referred to in Article 20(d)(i) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.

As a minimum the advisory services to farmers referred to in point 1 shall cover:

(a)

the statutory management requirements and the good agricultural and environmental conditions referred to in Articles 4 and 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 and in Annexes III and IV thereto;

(b)

occupational safety standards based on Community legislation.’

;

(d)

point E shall be amended as follows:

(i)

in point 3, the first sentence shall be replaced by the following:

‘The Community contribution to support granted under this subsection in Bulgaria or Romania in respect of each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 shall not exceed 20 % of its respective annual allocation originating from the EAGGF Guarantee Section as referred to in Article 34(2) of the this Act of Accession.’

;

(ii)

the following point shall be added:

‘(5)

The Community financial contribution to this measure shall not be taken into account for the calculation of the balance between objectives under Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005.’

;

(e)

points F and G shall be deleted.

2.

In Section II, point 1 shall be deleted.

3.

Section IV shall be replaced by the following:

‘By way of derogation from Article 70(3)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005, the financial contribution of the Community may amount to 80 % for axis 1 and 3 as well as for the technical assistance.

By way of derogation from Article 70(3)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005, the financial contribution of the Community may amount to 82 % for axis 2.’

.

Article 2

This Decision shall be drawn up in the Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Bulgarian and Romanian languages, all 23 texts being equally authentic.

Article 3

This Decision shall take effect on 1 January 2007 subject to the entry into force of the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria and Romania.

Done at Luxembourg, 19 June 2006.

For the Council

The President

J. PRÖLL


(1)  Not yet published in the Official Journal.

(2)  OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1463/2006 (see page 1 of this Official Journal).

(3)  OJ L 209, 11.8.2005, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 320/2006 (OJ L 58, 28.2.2006, p. 42).

(4)  OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 953/2006 (OJ L 175, 29.6.2006, p. 1).

(5)  OJ L 161, 26.6.1999, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 173/2005 (OJ L 29, 2.2.2005, p. 3).