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Document 32004R0276

Commission Regulation (EC) No 276/2004 of 17 February 2004 on periodical sales by tender of beef held by certain intervention agencies

OJ L 47, 18.2.2004, p. 16–19 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 06/02/2009

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2004/276/oj

32004R0276

Commission Regulation (EC) No 276/2004 of 17 February 2004 on periodical sales by tender of beef held by certain intervention agencies

Official Journal L 047 , 18/02/2004 P. 0016 - 0019


Commission Regulation (EC) No 276/2004

of 17 February 2004

on periodical sales by tender of beef held by certain intervention agencies

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in beef and veal(1), and in particular Article 28(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) The application of intervention measures in respect of beef has resulted in a build-up of stocks in several Member States. In order to prevent storage being prolonged excessively, part of those stocks should be put up for sale by periodical tender.

(2) The sale should be conducted in accordance with Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79 of 4 October 1979 on detailed rules of application for the disposal of beef bought in by intervention agencies and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 216/69(2), and in particular Titles II and III thereof.

(3) In the light of the frequency and nature of tenders pursuant to this Regulation it is necessary to derogate from Articles 6 and 7 of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79 with regard to the information and deadlines to be provided by the notice of invitation to tender.

(4) In order to ensure that the sales by tender are conducted properly and uniformly, measures in addition to those provided for in Article 8(1) of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79 should be adopted.

(5) Provisions should be made for derogations from Article 8(2)(b) of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79 in view of the administrative difficulties which the application of that point is creating in the Member States concerned.

(6) In order to ensure a proper functioning of the tender arrangements it is necessary to provide for a higher amount of security than the one fixed in Article 15(1) of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79.

(7) On the basis of experience gained with regard to the disposal of bone-in intervention beef, it is necessary to reinforce the quality controls of the products before their delivery to the purchasers, in particular to ensure that the products comply with the provisions in Annex III to Commission Regulation (EC) No 562/2000 of 15 March 2000 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999 as regards the buying-in of beef(3).

(8) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Beef and Veal,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

1. The following approximate quantities of intervention beef shall be put up for sale:

- 1,6 tonnes of bone-in hindquarters held by the French intervention agency,

- 4,5 tonnes of bone-in hindquarters held by the Italian intervention agency,

- 5 tonnes of bone-in forequarters held by the French intervention agency,

- 8,2 tonnes of bone-in forequarters held by the Italian intervention agency,

- 17,9 tonnes of boneless beef held by the French intervention agency.

Detailed information concerning quantities is given in Annex I.

2. Subject to the provisions of this Regulation, the sale shall be conducted in accordance with Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79, and in particular Titles II and III thereof.

Article 2

1. Tenders shall be submitted for the following closing dates:

(a) 23 February 2004;

(b) 8 March 2004;

(c) 22 March 2004;

(d) 13 April 2004,

until the quantities put up for sale are used up.

2. Notwithstanding Articles 6 and 7 of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79, this Regulation shall serve as a general notice of invitation to tender.

The intervention agencies concerned shall draw up notices of invitation to tender for each sale, setting out in particular:

- the quantities of beef put up for sale, and

- the deadline and place for the submission of tenders.

3. Particulars of the quantities and the places where the products are stored may be obtained by the parties concerned at the addresses set out in Annex II. The intervention agencies shall, in addition, display the notices referred to in paragraph 2 at their head offices and may also publish them in other ways.

4. The intervention agencies concerned shall sell first meat which has been in storage for the longest time. However, Member States may in exceptional cases and after having obtained authorisation from the Commission derogate from that obligation.

5. Only tenders reaching the intervention agencies concerned by 12 noon on the relevant closing date for each sale by tender shall be considered.

6. Notwithstanding Article 8(1) of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79, tenders must be submitted to the intervention agency concerned in sealed envelopes bearing a reference to this Regulation and the relevant date. The sealed envelopes must not be opened by the intervention agency before the deadline for submission, as referred to in paragraph 5, has expired.

7. Notwithstanding Article 8(2)(b) of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79, tenders shall not specify the store or stores where the products are held.

8. Notwithstanding Article 15(1) of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79, the security shall be EUR 12 per 100 kilograms.

Article 3

1. Not later than the day following the closing date for the submission of tenders, the Member States shall send the Commission details of tenders received.

2. Following scrutiny of the tenders, a minimum selling price shall be set or no award shall be made.

Article 4

The intervention agency shall send each tenderer the information referred to in Article 11 of Regulation (EEC) No 2173/79 by fax.

Article 5

1. The Member States shall take all necessary measures to ensure that bone-in intervention products delivered to the purchasers are presented in a state which fully complies with Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 562/2000 and in particular with the sixth indent of point 2(a) of that Annex.

2. The costs related to the measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall be borne by the Member States and shall, in particular, not be imposed on the purchaser or any other third party.

3. Member States shall notify the Commission(4) of all cases where a bone-in intervention quarter has been identified as not complying with Annex III, as referred to in paragraph 1, specifying the quality and quantity of the quarter as well as the slaughterhouse where it was produced.

Article 6

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

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

Done at Brussels, 17 February 2004.

For the Commission

Franz Fischler

Member of the Commission

(1) OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 21. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 (OJ L 270, 21.10.2003, p. 1).

(2) OJ L 251, 5.10.1979, p. 12. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2417/95 (OJ L 248, 14.10.1995, p. 39).

(3) OJ L 68, 16.3.2000, p. 22. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1564/2001 (OJ L 208, 1.8.2001, p. 14).

(4) DG Agriculture, D2: fax (32-2) 295 36 13.

ANEXO I/BILAG I/ANHANG I/ΠΑΡΑΡΤΗΜΑ I/ANNEX I/ANNEXE I/ALLEGATO I/BIJLAGE I/ANEXO I/LIITE I/BILAGA I

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ANEXO II/BILAG II/ANHANG II/ΠΑΡΑΡΤΗΜΑ II/ANNEX II/ANNEXE II/ALLEGATO II/BIJLAGE II/ANEXO II/LIITE II/BILAGA II

Direcciones de los organismos de intervención/Interventionsorganernes adresser/Anschriften der Interventionsstellen/Διευθύνσεις των οργανισμών παρέμβασης/Addresses of the intervention agencies/Adresses des organismes d'intervention/Indirizzi degli organismi d'intervento/Adressen van de interventiebureaus/Endereços dos organismos de intervenção/Interventioelinten osoitteet/Interventionsorganens adresser

FRANCE

OFIVAL 80, avenue des Terroirs de France F - 75607 Paris Cedex 12 Tel. (331) 44 68 50 00; telex 21 53 30; fax (331) 44 68 52 33

ITALIA

AGEA (Agenzia Erogazioni in Agricoltura) Via Palestro 81 I - 00185 Roma Tel. (39) 06 49 49 91; telex 61 30 03; fax (39) 06 445 39 40/444 19 58

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