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Document 31996D0742

96/742/EC: Commission Decision of 2 December 1996 drawing up a list of border inspection posts agreed for veterinary checks on products and animals from third countries, laying down detailed rules concerning the checks to be carried out by the veterinary experts of the Commission and repealing Decision 95/357/EC (Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 338, 28.12.1996, p. 91–104 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 22/07/2007; razveljavil 31997D0778

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/1996/742/oj

31996D0742

96/742/EC: Commission Decision of 2 December 1996 drawing up a list of border inspection posts agreed for veterinary checks on products and animals from third countries, laying down detailed rules concerning the checks to be carried out by the veterinary experts of the Commission and repealing Decision 95/357/EC (Text with EEA relevance)

Official Journal L 338 , 28/12/1996 P. 0091 - 0104


COMMISSION DECISION of 2 December 1996 drawing up a list of border inspection posts agreed for veterinary checks on products and animals from third countries, laying down detailed rules concerning the checks to be carried out by the veterinary experts of the Commission and repealing Decision 95/357/EC (Text with EEA relevance) (96/742/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 90/675/EEC of 10 December 1990 laying down the principles governing the organization of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries (1), as last amended by Directive 96/43/EC (2), and in particular Articles 9 and 20 thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 91/496/EEC of 15 July 1991, laying down the principles governing the organization of veterinary checks on animals entering the Community from third countries and amending Directives 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC and 90/675/EEC (3), as last amended by Directive 96/43/EC and in particular Articles 6 and 19 thereof,

Whereas Commission Decision 95/357/EC (4), as last amended by Decision 96/499/EC (5), gives a list of border inspection posts agreed for veterinary checks on products and animals from third countries;

Whereas Commission Decision 94/958/EC of 28 December 1994, laying down the transitional measures to be applied by Finland with regard to veterinary checks on products entering Finland from third countries (6), as amended by Decision 95/82/EC (7), expires on 31 December 1996, it is necessary to include the border inspection posts of Finland fulfilling the EC requirements for the veterinary checks on products from third countries in the list of approved border inspection posts, from 1 January 1997;

Whereas Commission Decision 95/157/EC of 21 April 1995, laying down the transitional measures to be applied by Sweden with regards to veterinary checks on live animals and animal products entering Sweden from third countries (8) has expired, it is necessary to include the border inspection posts of Sweden fulfilling the EC requirements for the veterinary checks on live animals and animal products from third countries in the list of approved border inspection posts;

Whereas the numerous amendments made to the list of approved border inspection posts since 1 July 1995 have made it necessary to adopt a new decision drawing up a consolidated list of agreed border inspection posts and Decision 95/357/EC should therefore be repealed;

Whereas Commission Decision 96/295/EC of 18 April 1996, identifying and listing the units in the Animo computer network (9) and repealing Decision 92/175/EEC provides, inter alia, the Animo codes of the border inspection posts, it is necessary to include these codes into column 1 of the list of approved border inspection posts;

Whereas it is necessary to set up the periodicity of the inspections to be carried out by veterinary experts of the Commission, taking into account, in particular, the number of consignments checked annually by each border inspection post;

Whereas, for improving the collaboration between the Member States and the Commission, it is necessary to enable Commission experts to be accompanied by experts appointed by the Commission who are subject to certain obligations and have reimbursement of their travel and subsistence costs guaranteed;

Whereas it is necessary to ensure that Member States are regularly informed of the results of the controls;

Whereas the measures provided for by this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Veterinary Committee,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Veterinary checks on products and animals brought into the Community from third countries shall be carried out by the competent national authorities at the agreed border inspection posts listed in the Annex.

Member States may, observing the requirements of Article 9 of Directive 90/675/EEC and of Article 6 of Directive 91/496/EEC, propose that other border inspection posts be removed or added to the list annexed.

Article 2

1. Each year, every agreed border inspection post listed in the Annex shall be inspected by the Commission veterinary experts in cooperation with the competent national authorities. This inspection shall include in particular a check on infrastructures, equipment and working of the border inspection post. The inspection report shall be sent to the Member State concerned within two months of the visit.

2. By way of derogation to paragraph 1, the Commission, after consultation of the Member States concerned, and after an exchange of views in the Standing Veterinary Committee, may reduce the frequency of visits for certain agreed border inspection posts. However, such border inspection posts shall be visited at least every three years.

3. Each year the Commission shall send to the Member States a copy of the inspection report for all the border inspection posts visited in the previous 12 months together with a report concerning the evolution of the general situation of the agreed border inspection posts.

Article 3

1. In addition to experts from the Member State inspected, the Commission's experts may be accompanied during the checks by one or more experts, listed in accordance with paragraph 2, from one or more other Member States.

When checks are organized, the participation of an expert from another Member State may be refused by the Member State where these checks shall be carried out. This opportunity may only be used once.

2. Each Member State shall propose to the Commission not less than two experts whose competence is beyond doubt, and shall communicate to it their names, their special fields, their exact official addresses, fax and telephone numbers.

The Commission shall draw up a list of experts, other than the experts of the Commission.

Where a Member State considers that one of the experts proposed by it should no longer be included in the list, it shall so inform the Commission. If the number of experts would thereby fall below the minimum required, the Member State shall propose one or more replacements to the Commission.

Article 4

1. During the checks, the Member State expert or experts appointed by the Commission shall comply with the Commission's administrative rules.

2. Information acquired or conclusions reached by the Member State expert or experts during the course of checks may on no account be used for personal purposes or divulged to persons who are not part of the competent services of the Commission or the Member States.

3. The travel and subsistence costs incurred by the Member State expert or experts appointed by the Commission shall be reimbursed in accordance with its rules governing travel and subsistence costs incurred by persons who are not officials of the Commission and who are called on to perform the tasks of an expert.

Article 5

The part of the Annex relating to Finland shall apply from 1 January 1997.

Article 6

Decision 95/357/EC is hereby repealed.

Article 7

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 2 December 1996.

For the Commission

Franz FISCHLER

Member of the Commission

(1) OJ No L 373, 31. 12. 1990, p. 1.

(2) OJ No L 162, 1. 7. 1996, p. 1.

(3) OJ No L 268, 24. 9. 1991, p. 56.

(4) OJ No L 211, 6. 9. 1995, p. 43.

(5) OJ No L 203, 13. 8. 1996, p. 11.

(6) OJ No L 371, 31. 12. 1994, p. 21.

(7) OJ No L 66, 24. 3. 1995, p. 26.

(8) OJ No L 103, 6. 5. 1995, p. 40.

(9) OJ No L 113, 7. 5. 1996, p. 1.

ANNEX

LIST OF AGREED BORDER INSPECTION POSTS

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