24.12.2009   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 347/14


COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1291/2009

of 18 December 2009

concerning the selection of returning holdings for the purpose of determining incomes of agricultural holdings

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009 of 30 November 2009 setting up a network for the collection of accountancy data on the incomes and business operation of agricultural holdings in the European Community (1), and in particular Articles 5(4), 6(5) and 7(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1859/82 of 12 July 1982 concerning the selection of returning holdings for the purpose of determining incomes of agricultural holdings (2) established the threshold for the economic size of holdings and the number of returning holdings for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009.

(2)

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1242/2008 of 8 December 2008 establishing a Community typology for agricultural holdings (3) introduced a new concept of ‘economic size’, which is now expressed in euros, and amended some other criteria of the typology.

(3)

As a consequence of the amendment made by Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006 (4), the divisions of Bulgaria and Romania need to be taken into account. Some additional changes to Regulation (EEC) No 1859/82 need to be made for more precision. Therefore, in the interests of clarity, Regulation (EEC) No 1859/82 should be repealed and replaced by this Regulation.

(4)

Returning holdings must be selected in a uniform manner in each division and to that end detailed rules should be laid down to implement the relevant provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009.

(5)

The holdings to be studied in connection with the farm accountancy data network fall within the field of survey of the structure surveys and of Community or national censuses of agricultural holdings.

(6)

The data available for the purposes of drawing up the plan for the selection of holdings (selection plan) for each accounting year and the difference in the agricultural situation as between the different Member States require that thresholds of economic size which vary by Member State, and even in some cases by division, be adopted.

(7)

Experience shows that operation of the data network is facilitated if the number of returning holdings selected per division is allowed to differ by up to 20 % in either direction provided that this does not entail a reduction in the total number of returning holdings per Member State.

(8)

As the financial management of such a measure is difficult, a limitation per Member State as to the total number of duly completed farm returns eligible for Community financing is introduced in Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1915/83 of 13 July 1983 on certain detailed implementing rules concerning the keeping of accounts for the purpose of determining the incomes of agricultural holdings (5). For reasons of clarity and coherence, this should be reflected in this Regulation. Flexibility in the number of returning holdings per division should be allowed, as long as the total number of the returning holdings of the Member State concerned is respected.

(9)

The selection plan should include a minimum number of elements enabling its validity in relation to the objectives of the farm accountancy data network to be assessed.

(10)

For the purpose of the selection plan, the field of survey should be stratified according to the divisions listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009 and according to the types of farming and economic size classes defined in Regulation (EC) No 1242/2008.

(11)

The selection plan should be drawn up prior to the beginning of the corresponding accounting year so that it can be approved before being used for the selection of returning holdings. For the accounting year 2010, however, the Member States need a longer period to draw up the selection plan, because all the necessary reference sources are not available long enough beforehand. Therefore, it is appropriate to provide for a different time-limit for the notification of the selection plan for that accounting year.

(12)

Since Regulation (EC) No 1242/2008 applies from the accounting year 2010, this Regulation should apply as from the same year.

(13)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Community Committee for the Farm Accountancy Data Network,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)

‘holding’ means a farm business as defined in the context of the Community agricultural surveys and censuses;

(b)

‘typology’ means the Community typology for agricultural holdings established by Regulation (EC) No 1242/2008.

Article 2

Threshold for the economic size

For the accounting year 2010 (a period of 12 consecutive months beginning between 1 January 2010 and 1 July 2010) and for subsequent accounting years, the threshold of economic size as referred to in Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009 shall be as follows:

:

Belgium

:

EUR 25 000

:

Bulgaria

:

EUR 2 000

:

Czech Republic

:

EUR 8 000

:

Denmark

:

EUR 15 000

:

Germany

:

EUR 25 000

:

Estonia

:

EUR 4 000

:

Ireland

:

EUR 4 000

:

Greece

:

EUR 4 000

:

Spain

:

EUR 4 000

:

France

:

EUR 25 000

:

Italy

:

EUR 4 000

:

Cyprus

:

EUR 4 000

:

Latvia

:

EUR 4 000

:

Lithuania

:

EUR 4 000

:

Luxembourg

:

EUR 25 000

:

Hungary

:

EUR 4 000

:

Malta

:

EUR 4 000

:

Netherlands

:

EUR 25 000

:

Austria

:

EUR 8 000

:

Poland

:

EUR 4 000

:

Portugal

:

EUR 4 000

:

Romania

:

EUR 2 000

:

Slovenia

:

EUR 4 000

:

Slovakia

:

EUR 15 000

:

Finland

:

EUR 8 000

:

Sweden

:

EUR 15 000

:

United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland)

:

EUR 25 000

:

United Kingdom (only Northern Ireland)

:

EUR 15 000.

Article 3

Number of returning holdings

The number of returning holdings per Member State as well as per division shall be as laid down in the Annex.

The number of returning holdings to be selected per division may differ from that laid down in the Annex by up to 20 % in either direction provided that the total number of the returning holdings of the Member State concerned is respected.

Article 4

Selection plan

The plan for the selection of returning holdings shall ensure the representativeness of the returning holdings as a whole.

It shall include:

(a)

the elements on which it is based, namely:

particulars of the statistical reference sources,

the procedures for stratifying the field of survey in accordance with the divisions listed in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009, the types of farming and economic size classes defined in the typology,

the procedures for determining the selection rate chosen for each stratum,

the procedures for the selection of returning holdings;

(b)

the breakdown of holdings in the field of survey by types of farming and economic size classes defined in the typology (corresponding at least to the principal types), and

(c)

the number of returning holdings to be selected for each of the strata adopted.

Article 5

Notification

Each year the Member States shall notify the selection plan referred to in Article 4 to the Commission not later than two months before the beginning of the accounting year to which it relates.

However, for the accounting year 2010 it shall be notified not later than one month before the beginning of the accounting year.

Notification shall be done electronically via the information systems made available to the competent authorities by the Commission or by the Member States.

The form and content of the information to be notified shall be in conformity with models made available to the Member States through the information systems. Those models and the methods to be used shall be adapted and updated after the Community Committee for the Farm Accountancy Data Network has been informed.

Data relating to notifications shall be entered and updated in the information systems under the responsibility of the competent authorities of the Member State, in accordance with the access rights granted by the authorities concerned.

Article 6

Repeal

Regulation (EEC) No 1859/82 is repealed with effect from 30 June 2010.

References to the repealed Regulation shall be construed as references to this Regulation.

Article 7

Entry into force and application

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

It shall apply from the accounting year 2010.

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

Done at Brussels, 18 December 2009.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO


(1)  OJ L 328, 15.12.2009, p. 27.

(2)  OJ L 205, 13.7.1982, p. 5.

(3)  OJ L 335, 13.12.2008, p. 3.

(4)  OJ L 363, 20.12.2006, p. 1.

(5)  OJ L 190, 14.7.1983, p. 25.


ANNEX

Reference number

Name of division

Number of returning holdings per accounting year

 

BELGIUM

 

341

Vlaanderen

720

342

Bruxelles-Brussel

343

Wallonie

480

Total Belgium

1 200

 

BULGARIA

 

831

Северозападен, (Severozapaden)

346

832

Северен централен, (Severen tsentralen)

358

833

Североизточен, (Severoiztochen)

373

834

Югозападен, (Yugozapaden)

335

835

Южен централен, (Yuzhen tsentralen)

394

836

Югоизточен, (Yugoiztochen)

396

Total Bulgaria

2 202

745

CZECH REPUBLIC

1 417

370

DENMARK

2 150

 

GERMANY

 

010

Schleswig-Holstein

565

020

Hamburg

97

030

Niedersachsen

1 307

040

Bremen

050

Nordrhein-Westfalen

1 010

060

Hessen

558

070

Rheinland-Pfalz

887

080

Baden-Württemberg

1 190

090

Bayern

1 678

100

Saarland

90

110

Berlin

112

Brandenburg

284

113

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

268

114

Sachsen

313

115

Sachsen-Anhalt

270

116

Thüringen

283

Total Germany

8 800

755

ESTONIA

658

380

IRELAND

1 300

 

GREECE

 

450

Macedonia-Thrace

2 000

460

Epirus-Peloponnese-Ionian Islands

1 350

470

Thessaly

700

480

Continental Greece, Aegean Islands, Crete

1 450

Total Greece

5 500

 

SPAIN

 

500

Galicia

450

505

Asturias

190

510

Cantabria

150

515

País Vasco

352

520

Navarra

316

525

La Rioja

244

530

Aragón

676

535

Cataluña

664

540

Illes Balears

180

545

Castilla y León

950

550

Madrid

190

555

Castilla-La Mancha

900

560

Comunidad Valenciana

638

565

Murcia

348

570

Extremadura

718

575

Andalucía

1 504

580

Canarias

230

Total Spain

8 700

 

FRANCE

 

121

Île-de-France

210

131

Champagne-Ardenne

380

132

Picardie

270

133

Haute-Normandie

170

134

Centre

410

135

Basse-Normandie

240

136

Bourgogne

360

141

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

290

151

Lorraine

240

152

Alsace

200

153

Franche-Comté

220

162

Pays de la Loire

460

163

Bretagne

480

164

Poitou-Charentes

370

182

Aquitaine

550

183

Midi-Pyrénées

490

184

Limousin

230

192

Rhône-Alpes

480

193

Auvergne

380

201

Languedoc-Roussillon

430

203

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

440

204

Corse

170

Total France

7 470

 

ITALY

 

221

Valle d'Aosta

159

222

Piemonte

598

230

Lombardia

657

241

Trentino

279

242

Alto Adige

262

243

Veneto

741

244

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

549

250

Liguria

559

260

Emilia-Romagna

857

270

Toscana

635

281

Marche

493

282

Umbria

512

291

Lazio

550

292

Abruzzo

444

301

Molise

359

302

Campania

597

303

Calabria

479

311

Puglia

748

312

Basilicata

430

320

Sicilia

672

330

Sardegna

557

Total Italy

11 137

740

CYPRUS

500

770

LATVIA

1 000

775

LITHUANIA

1 000

350

LUXEMBOURG

450

 

HUNGARY

 

760

Közép-Magyarország

166

761

Közép-Dunántúl

187

762

Nyugat-Dunántúl

228

763

Dél-Dunántúl

260

764

Észak- Magyarország

209

765

Észak-Alföld

380

766

Dél-Alföld

470

Total Hungary

1 900

780

MALTA

536

360

NETHERLANDS

1 500

660

AUSTRIA

2 000

 

POLAND

 

785

Pomorze and Mazury

1 860

790

Wielkopolska and Śląsk

4 350

795

Mazowsze and Podlasie

4 490

800

Małopolska and Pogórze

1 400

Total Poland

12 100

 

PORTUGAL

 

615

Norte e Centro

1 233

630

Ribatejo e Oeste

351

640

Alentejo e Algarve

399

650

Açores e Madeira

317

Total Portugal

2 300

 

ROMANIA

 

840

Nord-Est

852

841

Sud-Est

1 074

842

Sud-Muntenia

1 008

843

Sud-Vest-Oltenia

611

844

Vest

703

845

Nord-Vest

825

846

Centru

834

847

București-Ilfov

93

Total Romania

6 000

820

SLOVENIA

908

810

SLOVAKIA

523

 

FINLAND

 

670

Etelä-Suomi

461

680

Sisä-Suomi

251

690

Pohjanmaa

221

700

Pohjois-Suomi

167

Total Finland

1 100

 

SWEDEN

 

710

Plains of southern and central Sweden

637

720

Forest and mixed agricultural and forest areas of southern and central Sweden

258

730

Areas of northern Sweden

130

Total Sweden

1 025

 

UNITED KINGDOM

 

411

England — North Region

420

412

England — East Region

650

413

England — West Region

430

421

Wales

300

431

Scotland

380

441

Northern Ireland

320

Total United Kingdom

2 500