28.12.2007   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 344/1


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1577/2007

of 27 December 2007

laying down detailed rules for the application in 2008 of the import tariff quotas for ‘baby beef’ products originating in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo

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 the first subparagraph of Article 32(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Article 4(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2000 of 18 September 2000 introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union's Stabilisation and Association process, amending Regulation (EC) No 2820/98, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1763/1999 and (EC) No 6/2000 (2), provides for an annual preferential tariff quota of 1 500 tonnes of ‘baby beef’ products originating in Bosnia and Herzegovina and of 9 975 tonnes of ‘baby beef’ products originating in Montenegro and the customs territories of Serbia and Kosovo.

(2)

The Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Croatia, of the other part, approved by Council and Commission Decision 2005/40/EC, Euratom (3), the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part, approved by Council and Commission Decision 2004/239/EC, Euratom (4) and the Interim Agreement with Montenegro, approved by Council Decision 2007/855/EC of 15 December 2007 on the conclusion of an Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Montenegro, of the other part (5), lay down annual preferential tariff quotas of ‘baby beef’ of 9 400 tonnes, 1 650 and 800 tonnes respectively.

(3)

Article 2 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2248/2001 of 19 November 2001 on certain procedures for applying the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Croatia, of the other part and for applying the Interim Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Croatia (6) and Article 2 of Council Regulation (EC) No 153/2002 of 21 January 2002 on certain procedures for applying the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part, and for applying the Interim Agreement between the European Community and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (7) provide that detailed rules for the implementation of concessions on ‘baby beef’ should be laid down.

(4)

For control purposes, Regulation (EC) No 2007/2000 makes imports under the quotas of ‘baby beef’ for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and Kosovo, subject to the presentation of a certificate of authenticity attesting that the goods originate from the issuing country and that they correspond exactly to the definition in Annex II to that Regulation. For the sake of harmonisation, imports under the quotas of ‘baby beef’ originating in Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro should also be made subject to the presentation of a certificate of authenticity attesting that the goods originate from the issuing country and that they correspond exactly to the definition in Annex III to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Croatia or with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or Annex II to the Interim Agreement with Montenegro respectively. A model should also be established for the certificates of authenticity and detailed rules laid down for their use.

(5)

Kosovo, as defined by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999, is subject to an international civil administration by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). There should therefore also be a specific certificate of authenticity for goods originating in the customs territory Kosovo.

(6)

The quotas concerned should be managed through the use of import licences. To this end, Commission Regulation (EC) No 1445/95 of 26 June 1995 on rules of application for import and export licences in the beef and veal sector and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2377/80 (8) and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000 of 9 June 2000 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of import and export licences and advance fixing certificates for agricultural products (9) should be applicable subject to this Regulation.

(7)

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1301/2006 of 31 August 2006 laying down common rules for the administration of import tariff quotas for agricultural products managed by a system of import licences (10) lays down in particular detailed provisions on applications for import licences, the status of applicants, the issue of licences and the notifications by the Member States to the Commission. That Regulation limits the period of validity of licences to the last day of the import tariff quota period. The provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1301/2006 should apply to import licences issued pursuant to this Regulation, without prejudice to additional conditions or derogations laid down in this Regulation.

(8)

In order to ensure proper management of imports of the products concerned, import licences should be issued subject to verification, in particular of entries on certificates of authenticity.

(9)

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 tariff quotas are hereby opened for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2008:

(a)

9 400 tonnes of ‘baby beef’, expressed in carcass weight, originating in Croatia;

(b)

1 500 tonnes of ‘baby beef’, expressed in carcass weight, originating in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

(c)

1 650 tonnes of ‘baby beef’, expressed in carcass weight, originating in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia;

(d)

9 175 tonnes of ‘baby beef’, expressed in carcass weight, originating in the customs territories of Serbia and Kosovo;

(e)

800 tonnes of ‘baby beef’, expressed in carcass weight, originating in Montenegro.

The quotas referred to in the first subparagraph shall bear the order Nos 09.4503, 09.4504, 09.4505, 09.4198 and 09.4199 respectively.

For the purposes of attributing those quotas, 100 kilograms live weight shall be equivalent to 50 kilograms carcass weight.

2.   The customs duty applicable under the quotas referred to in paragraph 1 shall be 20 % of the ad valorem duty and 20 % of the specific duty as laid down in the Common Customs Tariff.

3.   Importation under the quotas referred to in paragraph 1 shall be reserved for certain live animals and certain meat falling within the following CN codes, referred to in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 2007/2000, in Annex III to the Stabilisation and Association Agreements concluded with Croatia, in Annex III to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement concluded with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in Annex II to the Interim Agreement with Montenegro:

ex 0102 90 51, ex 0102 90 59, ex 0102 90 71 and ex 0102 90 79,

ex 0201 10 00 and ex 0201 20 20,

ex 0201 20 30,

ex 0201 20 50.

Article 2

Regulation (EC) No 1445/95, Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000 and Chapter III of Regulation (EC) No 1301/2006 shall apply, save as otherwise provided for in this Regulation.

Article 3

1.   Section 8 of licence applications and licences shall show the country or customs territory of origin and the mention ‘yes’ shall be marked by a cross. Licences shall be subject to the obligation to import from the country or customs territory indicated.

Section 20 of licence applications and licences shall show one of the entries listed in Annex I.

2.   The original of the certificate of authenticity drawn up in accordance with Article 4 plus a copy thereof shall be presented to the competent authority together with the application for the first import licence relating to the certificate of authenticity.

Certificates of authenticity may be used for the issue of more than one import licence for quantities not exceeding that shown on the certificate. Where more than one licence is issued in respect of a certificate, the competent authority shall:

(a)

endorse the certificate of authenticity to show the quantity attributed;

(b)

ensure that the import licences delivered in respect of that certificate are issued on the same day.

3.   The competent authorities may issue import licences only after they are satisfied that all the information on the certificate of authenticity corresponds to that received each week from the Commission for the imports concerned. The licences shall be issued immediately thereafter.

Article 4

1.   All applications for imports licences under the quotas referred to in Article 1 shall be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the authorities of the exporting country or customs territory listed in Annex II attesting that the goods originate in that country or customs territory and that they correspond to the definition given, as the case may be, in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 2007/2000, Annex III to the Stabilisation and Association Agreements with Croatia, Annex III to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or Annex II to the Interim Agreement with Montenegro.

2.   Certificates of authenticity shall be made out in one original and two copies, to be printed and completed in one of the official languages of the Community, in accordance with the relevant model in Annexes III to VIII for the exporting countries or customs territory concerned. They may also be printed and completed in the official language or one of the official languages of the exporting country or customs territory.

The competent authorities of the Member State in which the import licence application is submitted may require a translation of the certificate to be provided.

3.   The original and copies of the certificate of authenticity may be typed or hand-written. In the latter case, they shall be completed in black ink and in block capitals.

The certificate forms shall measure 210 × 297 mm. The paper used shall weigh not less than 40 g/m2. The original shall be white, the first copy pink and the second copy yellow.

4.   Each certificate shall have its own individual serial number followed by the name of the issuing country or customs territory.

The copies shall bear the same serial number and the same name as the original.

5.   Certificates shall be valid only if they are duly endorsed by an issuing authority listed in Annex II.

6.   Certificates shall be deemed to have been duly endorsed if they state the date and place of issue and if they bear the stamp of the issuing authority and the signature of the person or persons empowered to sign them.

Article 5

1.   The issuing authorities listed in Annex II shall:

(a)

be recognised as such by the exporting country or customs territory concerned;

(b)

undertake to verify entries on the certificates;

(c)

undertake to forward to the Commission at least once a week any information enabling the entries on the certificates of authenticity to be verified, in particular with regard to the number of the certificate, the exporter, the consignee, the country of destination, the product (live animals/meat), the net weight and the date of signature.

2.   The list in Annex II shall be revised by the Commission where the requirement referred to in paragraph 1(a) is no longer met, where an issuing authority fails to fulfil one or more of the obligations incumbent on it or where a new issuing authority is designated.

Article 6

Certificates of authenticity and import licences shall be valid for three months from their respective dates of issue.

Article 7

The exporting country or custom territory concerned shall communicate to the Commission specimens of the stamp imprints used by their issuing authorities and the names and signatures of the persons empowered to sign certificates of authenticity. The Commission shall communicate that information to the competent authorities of the Member States.

Article 8

1.   By way of derogation from the second subparagraph of Article 11(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1301/2006, Member States shall notify to the Commission:

(a)

no later than 28 February 2009, the quantities of products, including nil returns, for which import licences were issued in the previous import tariff quota period;

(b)

no later than 30 April 2009, the quantities of products, including nil returns, covered by unused or partly used import licences and corresponding to the difference between the quantities entered on the back of the import licences and the quantities for which they were issued.

2.   No later than 30 April 2009, Member States shall notify to the Commission the quantities of products, which were actually released for free circulation during the preceding import tariff quota period.

3.   The notifications referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article shall be made as indicated in Annexes IX, X and XI to this Regulation and the product categories indicated in Annex II(A) of Regulation (EC) No 1445/95 shall be used.

Article 9

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

It shall apply from 1 January 2008.

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

Done at Brussels, 27 December 2007.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 21. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1913/2005 (OJ L 307, 25.11.2005, p. 2).

(2)  OJ L 240, 23.9.2000, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1946/2005 (OJ L 312, 29.11.2005, p. 1).

(3)  OJ L 26, 28.1.2005, p. 1.

(4)  OJ L 84, 20.3.2004, p. 1.

(5)  OJ L 345, 28.12.2007, p. 1.

(6)  OJ L 304, 21.11.2001, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 2/2003 (OJ L 1, 4.1.2003, p. 26).

(7)  OJ L 25, 29.1.2002, p. 16. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 3/2003 (OJ L 1, 4.1.2003, p. 30).

(8)  OJ L 143, 27.6.1995, p. 35. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 586/2007 (OJ L 139, 31.5.2007, p. 5).

(9)  OJ L 152, 24.6.2000, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1423/2007 (OJ L 317, 5.12.2007, p. 36).

(10)  OJ L 238, 1.9.2006, p. 13. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 289/2007 (OJ L 78, 17.3.2007, p. 17).


ANNEX I

Entries referred to in Article 3(1)

:

in Bulgarian

:

‘Baby beef’ (Регламент (ЕО) № 1577/2007)

:

in Spanish

:

‘Baby beef’ (Reglamento (CE) no 1577/2007)

:

in Czech

:

‘Baby beef’ (Nařízení (ES) č. 1577/2007)

:

in Danish

:

‘Baby beef’ (Forordning (EF) nr. 1577/2007)

:

in German

:

‘Baby beef’ (Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1577/2007)

:

in Estonian

:

‘Baby beef’ (Määrus (EÜ) nr 1577/2007)

:

in Greek

:

‘Baby beef’ (Κανονισμός (ΕΚ) αριθ. 1577/2007)

:

in English

:

‘Baby beef’ (Regulation (EC) No 1577/2007)

:

in French

:

‘Baby beef’ (Règlement (CE) no 1577/2007)

:

in Italian

:

‘Baby beef’ (Regolamento (CE) n. 1577/2007)

:

in Latvian

:

‘Baby beef’ (Regula (EK) Nr. 1577/2007)

:

in Lithuanian

:

‘Baby beef’ (Reglamentas (EB) Nr. 1577/2007)

:

in Hungarian

:

‘Baby beef’ (1577/2007/EK rendelet)

:

in Maltese

:

‘Baby beef’ (Regolament (KE) Nru 1577/2007)

:

in Dutch

:

‘Baby beef’ (Verordening (EG) nr 1577/2007)

:

in Polish

:

‘Baby beef’ (Rozporządzenie (WE) nr 1577/2007)

:

in Portuguese

:

‘Baby beef’ (Regulamento (CE) n.o 1577/2007)

:

in Romanian

:

‘Baby beef’ (Regulamentul (CE) nr. 1577/2007)

:

in Slovak

:

‘Baby beef’ (Nariadenie (ES) č. 1577/2007)

:

in Slovenian

:

‘Baby beef’ (Uredba (ES) št. 1577/2007)

:

in Finnish

:

‘Baby beef’ (Asetus (EY) N:o 1577/2007)

:

in Swedish

:

‘Baby beef’ (Förordning (EG) nr 1577/2007)


ANNEX II

Issuing authorities:

Republic of Croatia: Croatian Livestock Center, Zagreb, Croatia.

Bosnia-Herzegovina:

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Univerzitet Sv. Kiril I Metodij, Institut za hrana, Fakultet za veterinarna medicina, ‘Lazar Pop-Trajkov 5-7’, 1000 Skopje

Montenegro: Veterinary Directorate, Bulevar Svetog Petra Cetinjskog br.9, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro

Customs territory of Serbia (1): ‘YU Institute for Meat Hygiene and Technology, Kacanskog 13, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.’

Customs territory of Kosovo:


(1)  Not including Kosovo as defined by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999.


ANNEX III

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ANNEX IV

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ANNEX V

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ANNEX VI

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ANNEX VII

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ANNEX VIII

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ANNEX IX

Notification of import licences (issued) — Regulation (EC) No 1577/2007

Member State: …

Application of Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1577/2007

Quantities of products for which import licences were issued

From: … to: …


Order No

Product category or categories (1)

Quantity

(kilograms product weight or heads)

09.4503

 

 

09.4504

 

 

09.4505

 

 

09.4198

 

 

09.4199

 

 


(1)  Product category or categories as indicated in Annex II(A) of Regulation (EC) No 1445/95.


ANNEX X

Notification of import licences (unused quantities) — Regulation (EC) No 1577/2007

Member State: …

Application of Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1577/2007

Quantities of products for which import licences were unused

From: … to: …


Order No

Product category or categories (1)

Unused quantity

(kilograms product weight or heads)

09.4503

 

 

09.4504

 

 

09.4505

 

 

09.4198

 

 

09.4199

 

 


(1)  Product category or categories as indicated in Annex II(A) of Regulation (EC) No 1445/95.


ANNEX XI

Notification of the quantities of products put into free circulation — Regulation (EC) No 1577/2007

Member State: …

Application of Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1577/2007

Quantities of products put into free circulation:

From: … to: … (import tariff quota period).


Order No

Product category or categories (1)

Quantities of products put into free circulation

(kilograms product weight or heads)

09.4503

 

 

09.4504

 

 

09.4505

 

 

09.4198

 

 

09.4199

 

 


(1)  Product category or categories as indicated in Annex II(A) of Regulation (EC) No 1445/95.