Official Journal of the European Union

L 134/3


of 26 May 2005

modifying Regulation (EC) No 348/2005 derogating from Regulation (EC) No 174/1999 as regards the term of validity of export licences in the milk and milk products sector


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in milk and milk products (1), and in particular Article 31(14) thereof,



Article 6 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 174/1999 of 26 January 1999 laying down special detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No 804/68 as regards export licences and export refunds in the case of milk and milk products (2) lays down the term of validity of export licences.


As a precautionary measure, with a view to protect the Community budget from unnecessary expenditures and to avoid a speculative application of the export refund regime in the dairy sector, Commission Regulation (EC) No 348/2005 (3) provided for that, by way of derogation from Regulation (EC) No 174/1999, the term of validity of export licences for milk products for which an application has been lodged from 2 March 2005 on should be limited to 30 June 2005.


A close monitoring of both the internal and the world market has shown a longer validity period of the licences may be progressively re-established without any risk of destabilisation of the proper functioning of the common market organisation. It is therefore appropriate to modify Regulation (EC) No 348/2005.


The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Milk and Milk Products,


Article 1

Article 1 of Regulation (EC) No 348/2005 is replaced by the following:

‘By way of derogation from Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 174/1999, the term of validity of export licences with advance fixing of the refund, which are applied for from 27 May until 23 June 2005 in respect of the products referred to in points (b) and (c) of that Article, shall expire on 30 June 2005.’

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day 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, 26 May 2005.

For the Commission


Member of the Commission

(1)  OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 48. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 186/2004 (OJ L 29, 3.2.2004, p. 6).

(2)  OJ L 20, 27.1.1999, p. 8. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 558/2005 (OJ L 94, 13.4.2005, p. 22).

(3)  OJ L 55, 1.3.2005, p. 11.