20.3.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 78/41


REGULATION (EU) No 229/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 13 March 2013

laying down specific measures for agriculture in favour of the smaller Aegean islands and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular the first paragraph of Article 42 and Article 43(2) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (1),

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (2),

Whereas:

(1)

Specific measures in the agricultural sector to remedy the difficulties caused by the particular geographical situation of the smaller Aegean islands have been established by Council Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006 (3). Those measures have been implemented by means of a support programme, which constitutes an essential tool for supplying those islands with agricultural products and for supporting local agricultural production. In view of the need to update the current measures, including as a result of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, it is necessary to repeal Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006 and replace it with a new regulation.

(2)

The fundamental objectives which the scheme promoting the smaller Aegean islands will help to achieve need to be specified.

(3)

It is also necessary to specify the content of the support programme for the smaller Aegean islands (‘support programme’), which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, should be established by Greece at the most appropriate geographical level and submitted by Greece to the Commission for approval.

(4)

In order to more effectively achieve the objectives of the scheme promoting the smaller Aegean islands, the support programme should include measures which ensure the supply of agricultural products and the preservation and development of local agricultural production. The level of programming needs to be harmonised and the policy of partnership between the Commission and Greece needs to become systematic. The Commission should adopt procedures and indicators to ensure the smooth implementation and adequate monitoring of the programme.

(5)

In keeping with the principle of subsidiarity and in order to ensure flexibility, the two principles which form the basis of the programming approach adopted for the scheme promoting the smaller Aegean islands, the authorities appointed by Greece may propose amendments to the programme to bring it into line with the reality of the situation on those islands. To that end, more significant involvement on the part of the competent local and regional authorities and other stakeholders should be encouraged. Also in keeping with this approach, the procedure for amending the programme should be adapted to reflect the level of relevance of each type of amendment.

(6)

The particular geographical situation of some of the smaller Aegean islands imposes additional transport costs in supplying products which are essential for human consumption, for processing or as agricultural inputs. In addition, other objective factors arising as a result of insularity and distance from markets impose further constraints on economic operators and producers in those Aegean islands that severely handicap their activities. In certain cases, operators and producers suffer from ‘double insularity’, consisting of the fact that supplies are brought by way of other islands. Those handicaps can be alleviated by lowering the price of those essential products. It is therefore appropriate to introduce specific supply arrangements to guarantee supply to the smaller Aegean islands and compensate for the additional costs arising from their insularity, small size and distance from markets.

(7)

The problems experienced by the smaller Aegean islands are accentuated by the islands' small size. In order to guarantee the effectiveness of the measures envisaged, such measures should apply to all Aegean islands except Crete and Evia.

(8)

In order to achieve the goal of lowering prices in the smaller Aegean islands, mitigating the additional costs of their insularity, small size and distance from markets while maintaining the competitiveness of Union products, aid should be granted for the supply of Union products to the smaller Aegean islands. Such aid should take account of the additional cost of transport to the smaller Aegean islands and, in the case of agricultural inputs and products intended for processing, the additional costs of insularity, small size and distance from markets.

(9)

In order to avoid speculation which would be harmful to end-users in the smaller Aegean islands, it is important to specify that the specific supply arrangements may only apply to products of sound, fair and marketable quality.

(10)

Since the quantities covered by the specific supply arrangements are limited to the supply requirements of the smaller Aegean islands, those arrangements should not impair the proper functioning of the internal market. Nor should the economic advantages of the specific supply arrangements lead to diversions of trade in the products concerned. The dispatch or export of those products from the smaller Aegean islands should therefore be prohibited. However, dispatch or exportation of those products should be authorised where the advantage resulting from the specific supply arrangements is reimbursed.

(11)

With regard to processed products, trade between the smaller Aegean islands should be authorised and transport costs in respect of those products should be reduced, in order to allow commerce between those islands. Account should also be taken of trade flows within the context of regional commerce and traditional exports and dispatching with the rest of the Union or third countries and exports of processed products corresponding to traditional trade for all those regions should be authorised.

(12)

In order to achieve the objectives of the specific supply arrangements, the economic advantages of those arrangements should be reflected in production costs and should reduce prices up to the end-user stage. They should therefore be granted only on condition that they are actually passed on, and appropriate checks should be carried out.

(13)

Rules should be established concerning the operation of the scheme, particularly those relating to the creation of a register of operators and a system of certificates, based on the certificates referred to in Article 161 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 of 22 October 2007 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) (4).

(14)

Union policy to assist local production in the smaller Aegean islands, as established by Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006, has involved a multitude of products and measures for their production, marketing or processing. Those measures have proved effective and have ensured that agricultural activities have been maintained and developed. The Union should continue to support that production, which is a key factor in the environmental, social and economic equilibrium of the smaller Aegean islands. Experience has shown that, as in the case of rural development policy, closer partnership with the local authorities can help to address in a more targeted way the particular issues affecting the islands concerned. Support for local production should thus continue to be granted through the support programme, established for the first time by Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006. In that regard, emphasis should be placed on preserving the traditional agricultural heritage and the traditional characteristics of production methods and of local and organic products.

(15)

The minimum elements which should be provided under the support programme in order to establish the measures supporting local agricultural production, specifically the description of the location, of the strategy proposed, of the objectives and of the measures, should be established. The principles underlying the consistency of those measures with other Union policies should also be stated, in order to avoid any incompatibility and overlapping of aid.

(16)

For the purposes of applying this Regulation, it should also be possible for the support programme to contain measures for financing studies, demonstration projects, training and technical assistance.

(17)

Farmers on the smaller Aegean islands should be encouraged to supply quality products, and the marketing of such products should be assisted.

(18)

A derogation may be granted from the Commission's consistent policy of not authorising State operating aid for the production, processing, marketing and transportation of agricultural products listed in Annex I to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘the Treaty’) in order to mitigate the specific constraints on farming in the smaller Aegean islands as a result of their insularity, small size, mountainous terrain and climate, their economic dependency on a small number of products and their distance from markets.

(19)

Implementation of this Regulation should not jeopardise the level of special support from which the smaller Aegean islands have benefited up to now. In order to be able to carry out the appropriate measures, Greece should continue to have at its disposal sums equivalent to the Union support already granted under Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006.

(20)

Since 2007, requirements in essential products have increased in the smaller Aegean islands as a result of an increasing livestock population and demographic pressure. The proportion of the budget which Greece should be able to use for the specific supply arrangements for the smaller Aegean islands should therefore be increased.

(21)

In order to allow Greece to evaluate all the elements concerning the implementation of the support programme for the previous year and make it possible to submit to the Commission a complete annual evaluation report, the submission date of that report should be postponed from 30 June to 30 September of the year following the reference year.

(22)

The Commission should be required to submit to the European Parliament and to the Council, by 31 December 2016 at the latest and thereafter every five years, a general report on the impact of measures taken to implement this Regulation accompanied, where appropriate, by suitable recommendations.

(23)

In order to ensure the proper functioning of the regime introduced by this Regulation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission, in respect of supplementing or modifying certain non-essential elements of this Regulation. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.

(24)

In order to ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of the programme in the smaller Aegean islands in relation to other similar schemes and to avoid unfair competition or discrimination between operators, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission. Those powers should be exercised in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by the Member States of the Commission's exercise of implementing powers (5).

(25)

In order to allow for the prompt application of the measures envisaged, this Regulation should enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

CHAPTER I

SUBJECT MATTER AND OBJECTIVES

Article 1

Subject matter

1.   This Regulation lays down specific measures for agriculture to mitigate the difficulties caused by the insularity, small size and distance from markets of the smaller Aegean islands (‘the smaller islands’).

2.   For the purposes of this Regulation ‘the smaller islands’ means any islands in the Aegean Sea except the islands of Crete and Evia.

Article 2

Objectives

1.   The specific measures provided for in Article 1 shall help to meet the following objectives:

(a)

guaranteed supply to the smaller islands of products essential for human consumption or for processing and as agricultural inputs by mitigating the additional costs incurred due to their insularity, small size and distance from markets;

(b)

the preservation and development of agricultural activities in the smaller islands, including the production, processing, marketing and transport of local raw and processed products.

2.   The objectives set out in paragraph 1 shall be implemented by means of the measures referred to in Chapters III, IV and V.

CHAPTER II

SUPPORT PROGRAMME

Article 3

Establishing the support programme

1.   The measures provided for in Article 1 shall be defined by a support programme comprising:

(a)

specific supply arrangements as provided for in Chapter III; and

(b)

specific measures to assist local agricultural production as provided for in Chapter IV.

2.   The support programme shall be established at the geographical level which Greece deems to be the most appropriate. It shall be prepared by the competent local and regional authorities designated by Greece, which shall submit it to the Commission for approval in accordance with Article 6 after the competent authorities and organisations at the appropriate regional level have been consulted.

Article 4

Compatibility and consistency

1.   Measures taken under the support programme shall comply with Union law. Such measures shall be consistent with other Union policies and with the measures taken under such policies.

2.   Consistency of the measures taken under the support programme with measures implemented under other instruments of the common agricultural policy, and in particular the common organisations of markets, rural development, product quality, animal welfare and the protection of the environment, shall be ensured.

In particular, no measure under this Regulation shall be financed as:

(a)

additional support for premium or aid schemes under a common organisation of the market, save in exceptional cases, justified by objective criteria;

(b)

support for research projects, measures to support research projects or measures eligible for Union financing under Council Decision 2009/470/EC of 25 May 2009 on expenditure in the veterinary field (6);

(c)

support for measures within the scope 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) (7).

Article 5

Content of the support programme

The support programme shall comprise:

(a)

a schedule for the implementation of the measures and a general annual indicative financing table showing the resources to be deployed;

(b)

proof of the compatibility and consistency between the various measures under the programme and with the criteria and quantitative indicators to be used for monitoring and evaluation;

(c)

the steps taken to ensure that the programme is implemented effectively and appropriately, including the arrangements for publicity, monitoring and evaluation, and a specified set of quantified indicators for use in programme evaluation;

(d)

the designation of the competent authorities and bodies responsible for implementing the programme and the designation at the appropriate levels of authorities or associated bodies and socio-economic partners, and the results of consultations held.

Article 6

Approval and amendments of the programme

1.   The support programme is established under Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006 and is financed under the financial allocation referred to in Article 18(2) and (3).

The programme comprises a forecast supply balance indicating the products, the quantities thereof and the amount of aid for supply from the Union together with a draft programme of support for local production.

2.   Depending on the annual evaluation of the implementation of measures included in the support programme, Greece may submit to the Commission duly substantiated proposals for amendments to those measures within the context of the financial allocation referred to in Article 18(2) and (3), to bring them more into line with the requirements of the smaller islands and the strategy proposed. The Commission shall adopt implementing acts laying down the procedures for assessing whether the amendments proposed comply with Union law and for deciding whether to approve them. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

3.   The procedures laid down by the implementing acts referred to in paragraph 2 may take account of the following elements: the importance of the modifications proposed by Greece with reference to the introduction of new measures, whether the changes to the budget allocated to the measures are substantial, changes in the quantities and in the level of aid for products in the forecast supply balances and any amendments to codes and descriptions laid down in Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 of 23 July 1987 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (8).

4.   The implementing acts referred to in paragraph 2 shall also determine, for each procedure, the frequency with which requests for amendments are to be made, as well as the time frames within which the approved amendments are to be implemented.

Article 7

Monitoring and follow-up

Greece shall conduct verifications by means of administrative and on-the-spot checks. The Commission shall adopt implementing acts regarding the minimum characteristics of the checks to be carried out by Greece.

The Commission shall also adopt implementing acts regarding the procedures and physical and financial indicators in order to ensure that the implementation of the programmes is monitored in an effective manner.

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

CHAPTER III

SPECIFIC SUPPLY ARRANGEMENTS

Article 8

Forecast supply balance

1.   Specific supply arrangements are hereby established for the Union's agricultural products listed in Annex I to the Treaty (‘the agricultural products’) which are essential in the smaller islands for human consumption, for the manufacture of other products or as agricultural inputs.

2.   Greece shall establish, at the geographical level which it deems most appropriate, a forecast supply balance so as to quantify the annual supply requirements for the smaller islands with regard to the agricultural products.

A separate forecast balance may be drawn up for the requirements of undertakings packaging and processing products intended for the local market, for consignment to the rest of the Union or for export to third countries as part of regional trade, in accordance with Article 13(2) and (3), or within the context of traditional trade flows.

Article 9

Operation of the specific supply arrangements

1.   Aid shall be granted to supply the smaller islands with agricultural products.

The amount of the aid shall be determined for each product concerned, taking account of the additional costs of marketing products in the smaller islands, calculated from the usual ports of shipment in mainland Greece, and from the ports of islands of transit or of loading for the islands of final destination. In the case of agricultural inputs and products intended for processing, such aid should take account of the additional costs associated with insularity, small size and distance from markets.

2.   The specific supply arrangements shall only apply to products of sound, fair and marketable quality.

Article 10

Implementation

In implementing the specific supply arrangements, account shall be taken, in particular, of the following:

(a)

the specific needs of the smaller islands and the precise quality requirements;

(b)

traditional trade flows with ports in mainland Greece and between the islands in the Aegean Sea;

(c)

the economic aspect of the proposed aid;

(d)

where applicable, the need not to obstruct the development of local products.

Article 11

Certificates

1.   The aid provided for in Article 9(1) shall be granted on presentation of a certificate.

Certificates shall be issued only to operators entered in a register held by the competent authorities.

Those certificates shall not be transferable.

2.   No security shall be required when applying for a certificate. However, to the extent necessary to ensure the proper application of this Regulation, the competent authority may require a security to be lodged equal to the amount of the advantage as referred to in Article 12. In such cases, Article 34(1), (4), (5), (6), (7) and (8) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 376/2008 of 23 April 2008 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of import and export licences and advance fixing certificates for agricultural products (9) shall apply.

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 21, determining the conditions for recording operators in the register and providing for the full exercise by operators of their rights to participate in the specific supply arrangements.

3.   The Commission shall adopt implementing acts concerning the measures necessary to ensure the uniform application by Greece of this Article, specifically relating to the introduction of the system of certificates, and the commitment undertaken by operators at the time of registration. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

Article 12

Impact of advantage

1.   Benefiting from the specific supply arrangements resulting from the awarding of aid shall be subject to the condition that the impact of the economic advantage is passed on up to the end-user who, as appropriate, may be the consumer in the case of products meant for direct consumption, the end processor or packager in the case of products meant for the processing or packaging industries, or farmers in the case of products used for animal feed or as agricultural inputs.

The advantage referred to in the first subparagraph shall be equal to the amount of the aid.

2.   In order to ensure that paragraph 1 is applied in a uniform manner, the Commission shall adopt implementing acts regarding the application of the rules set out in paragraph 1 and more specifically regarding the conditions for the monitoring, by the Member State, that the advantage has in fact been passed on up to the end-user. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

Article 13

Export to third countries and dispatch to the rest of the Union

1.   The Commission shall adopt implementing acts establishing the requirements in accordance with which products covered by the specific supply arrangements may be exported to third countries or dispatched to the rest of the Union. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

Those requirements shall include in particular reimbursement of the aid received under the specific supply arrangements.

Exports to third countries of products covered by the specific supply arrangements shall not be subject to the presentation of a certificate.

2.   The first subparagraph of paragraph 1 shall not apply to products processed in the smaller islands from products that have benefited from the specific supply arrangements which are:

(a)

exported to third countries or dispatched to the rest of the Union within the limits of traditional exports and traditional dispatches;

(b)

exported to third countries as part of regional trade in accordance with the destinations and detailed provisions to be determined by the Commission;

(c)

dispatched between the smaller islands.

Exports to third countries of products referred to in points (a) and (b) of the first subparagraph shall not be subject to the presentation of a certificate.

No export refund shall be granted on the export of products referred to in points (a) and (b) of the first subparagraph.

The Commission shall adopt implementing acts establishing the limits of the quantities of products referred to in point (a) and the detailed provisions referred to in point (b). Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

3.   Processing operations which may give rise to traditional trade exports or traditional dispatches shall fulfil, mutatis mutandis, the processing conditions applicable under customs control provided for in the relevant Union legislation, with the exception of all usual forms of handling.

Article 14

Controls and penalties

1.   The agricultural products which are the subject of the specific supply arrangements shall be subject to administrative checks at the time that they enter the smaller islands as well as when they are exported or dispatched.

The Commission shall adopt implementing acts concerning the minimum characteristics of the checks to be carried out by Greece. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

2.   Except in cases of force majeure or exceptional climatic conditions, if an operator, as referred to in Article 11, fails to comply with the commitments made in accordance with that Article, the competent authority, without prejudice to any penalties applicable under national law, shall:

(a)

recover the advantage granted to the operator;

(b)

temporarily suspend or revoke the operator's registration, depending on the seriousness of the non-compliance.

3.   Except in cases of force majeure or exceptional climatic conditions, where operators, as referred to in Article 11, do not carry out the planned entry, their entitlement to apply for certificates shall be suspended by the competent authority for a period of 60 days following expiry of that certificate. After the suspension period, the issue of subsequent certificates shall be subject to the lodging of a security equal to the amount of the advantage to be granted during a period to be determined by the competent authority.

The competent authority shall adopt the measures required to reutilise any quantities of products made available as a result of non-execution, partial execution or cancellation of the certificates issued or recovery of the advantage.

CHAPTER IV

MEASURES TO ASSIST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

Article 15

Measures

1.   The support programme contains the measures necessary in order to ensure continuity and development of local lines of agricultural production in the smaller islands under the scope of Part Three, Title III of the Treaty.

2.   The part of the programme which includes measures to assist local agricultural production shall comprise at least the following elements:

(a)

a quantified description of the current agricultural production situation, taking into account the results of available evaluations, showing disparities, gaps and potential for development and the financial resources deployed;

(b)

a description of the strategy proposed, the priorities selected, its quantified general and operational objectives, and an appraisal showing the expected economic, environmental and social impact, including employment effects;

(c)

a description of the measures envisaged, and in particular aid schemes for implementing them, and, where appropriate, information on the need for any studies, demonstration projects, training or technical assistance operations relating to the preparation, implementation or adaptation of the measures concerned;

(d)

a list of the aid constituting direct payments in accordance with Article 2(d) of Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 of 19 January 2009 establishing common rules for direct support schemes for farmers under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers (10);

(e)

the aid amount established for each measure and the provisional amount for each action in order to achieve one or more objectives for the programme.

3.   The Commission shall adopt implementing acts concerning requirements for the provision of the aid described in paragraph 2. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

4.   The programme may include measures to support production, processing, marketing and transport of raw and processed agricultural products in the smaller islands.

Each measure may include a variety of actions. For each action, the programme shall define at least the following elements:

(a)

the beneficiaries;

(b)

the eligibility conditions;

(c)

the unit amount of aid.

The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 21 concerning the conditions for establishing the amount of aid awarded in respect of the support for the marketing and transport of raw and processed products outside the region in which they are produced, and, where appropriate, concerning the conditions for establishing the quantities of products subject to that aid.

Article 16

Controls and wrongful payments

1.   Verification of measures provided for in this Chapter shall be conducted by administrative and on-the-spot checks.

2.   In the event of wrongful payments, the beneficiary concerned shall be required to reimburse the amounts in question. Article 80 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1122/2009 of 30 November 2009 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 as regards cross-compliance, modulation and the integrated administration and control system, under the direct support schemes for farmers provided for that Regulation, as well as for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards cross-compliance under the support scheme provided for the wine sector (11) shall apply mutatis mutandis.

CHAPTER V

ACCOMPANYING MEASURES

Article 17

State aid

1.   For the agricultural products covered by Annex I to the Treaty, to which Articles 107, 108 and 109 thereof apply, the Commission may authorise, in accordance with Article 108 of the Treaty, operating aid in the sectors producing, processing, marketing and transporting those products, with a view to alleviating the specific constraints on farming in the smaller islands as a result of their insularity, small size, mountainous terrain and climate, their economic dependency on a small number of products and their distance from markets.

2.   Greece may grant additional financing for the implementation of the support programme. In such cases, Greece shall notify the Commission of the State aid and the Commission may approve it in accordance with this Regulation as part of the support programme. Aid thus notified shall be deemed to have been notified within the meaning of the first sentence of Article 108(3) of the Treaty.

3.   Without prejudice to paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article and by way of derogation from Article 180 of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 and Article 3 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1184/2006 of 24 July 2006 applying certain rules of competition to the production of and trade in agricultural products (12), Articles 107, 108 and 109 of the Treaty shall not apply to payments made under Chapters III and IV of this Regulation by Greece in conformity with this Regulation.

CHAPTER VI

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

Article 18

Financial resources

1.   The measures provided for in this Regulation shall constitute intervention intended to stabilise the agricultural markets within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 of 21 June 2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (13).

2.   The Union shall finance the measures provided for in Chapters III and IV up to a maximum annual amount of EUR 23,93 million.

3.   The amount allocated annually to finance the specific supply arrangements referred to in Chapter III shall not exceed EUR 7,11 million.

The Commission shall adopt implementing acts establishing the requirements in accordance with which Greece may amend the allocation of resources allocated each year to the various products benefiting from the specific supply arrangements. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 22(2).

4.   The Commission shall adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 21, concerning the conditions for determining the annual maximum amount which may be allocated to measures for financing studies, demonstration projects, training and technical assistance, provided that such allocation is reasonable and proportionate.

CHAPTER VII

GENERAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 19

National measures

Greece shall take the measures necessary to ensure compliance with this Regulation, in particular as regards checks and administrative penalties, and shall inform the Commission thereof.

Article 20

Communications and reports

1.   Greece shall communicate to the Commission not later than 15 February each year the appropriations made available to it which it intends to spend in the following year on implementation of the forecast supply balance and for each measure promoting local agricultural production included in the support programme.

2.   Greece shall submit to the Commission no later than 30 September each year a report on the implementation of the measures provided for in this Regulation over the previous year.

3.   By 31 December 2016, and thereafter every five years, the Commission shall submit a general report to the European Parliament and to the Council showing the impact of the action taken under this Regulation, accompanied, if applicable, by appropriate proposals.

Article 21

Exercise of the delegation

1.   The power to adopt delegated acts shall be conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

2.   The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 11(2), Article 15(4) and Article 18(4) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from 21 March 2013. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

3.   The delegation of power referred to in Article 11(2), Article 15(4) and Article 18(4) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision to revoke in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

4.   As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

5.   The delegated acts adopted pursuant to Article 11(2), Article 15(4) and Article 18(4) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed by either the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they do not intend to raise any objections. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

Article 22

Committee procedure

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by the Management Committee for Direct Payments established under Article 141 of Regulation (EC) No 73/2009. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.

Article 23

Repeal

Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006 is hereby repealed.

References made to the repealed Regulation shall be construed as being made to this Regulation and shall be read in accordance with the correlation table set out in the Annex.

Article 24

Entry into force

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 Strasbourg, 13 March 2013.

For the European Parliament

The President

M. SCHULZ

For the Council

The President

L. CREIGHTON


(1)  OJ C 132, 3.5.2011, p. 82.

(2)  Position of the European Parliament of 5 February 2013 (not yet published in the Official Journal) and decision of the Council of 25 February 2013.

(3)  OJ L 265, 26.9.2006, p. 1.

(4)  OJ L 299, 16.11.2007, p. 1.

(5)  OJ L 55, 28.2.2011, p. 13.

(6)  OJ L 155, 18.6.2009, p. 30.

(7)  OJ L 277, 21.10.2005, p. 1.

(8)  OJ L 256, 7.9.1987, p. 1.

(9)  OJ L 114, 26.4.2008, p. 3.

(10)  OJ L 30, 31.1.2009, p. 16.

(11)  OJ L 316, 2.12.2009, p. 65.

(12)  OJ L 214, 4.8.2006, p. 7.

(13)  OJ L 209, 11.8.2005, p. 1.


ANNEX

Correlation table

Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006

This Regulation

Article 1

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3(1)

Article 3

Article 8

Article 4(1)

Article 9(1)

Article 4(2)

Article 10

Article 4(3)

Article 12(1)

Article 5

Article 13

Article 7(1)

Article 15(1)

Article 7(2)

Article 3(2)

Article 8

Article 4

Article 9(a) and (b)

Article 15(2)

Article 9(c), (d), (e) and (f)

Article 5

Article 10

Article 7 second paragraph

Article 11

Article 17

Article 12

Article 18

Article 13

Article 6(1)

Article 14(a)

Article 6(2) to (4)

Article 14(b)

Article 7 first paragraph, and Article 14(1) second subparagraph, (2) and (3)

Article 16

Article 19

Article 17

Article 20

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