29.4.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 116/39


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 663/2006

of 28 April 2006

amending Regulation (EC) No 343/2006 opening the buying-in of butter in certain Member States for the period 1 March to 31 August 2006

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

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),

Having regard to Commission Regulation (EC) No 2771/1999 of 16 December 1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/1999 as regards intervention on the market in butter and cream (2), and in particular Article 2 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Regulation (EC) No 343/2006 (3) establishes the list of Member States in which buying-in for butter is open, as provided for in Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1255/1999.

(2)

On the basis of most recent communications by Latvia, pursuant to Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 2771/1999, the Commission has observed that butter market prices have been below 92 % of the intervention price for two consecutive weeks. Intervention buying-in should therefore be opened in those Member States. Latvia should therefore be added to the list established in Regulation (EC) No 343/2006.

(3)

Regulation (EC) No 343/2006 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Article 1 of Regulation (EC) No 343/2006 is replaced by the following text:

‘Article 1

Buying-in of butter as provided for in Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1255/1999 is hereby open in the following Member States:

Czech Republic

Germany

Estonia

Spain

France

Italy

Ireland

Latvia

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Finland

Sweden

United Kingdom.’

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on 29 April 2006.

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

Done at Brussels, 28 April 2006.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 48. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1913/2005 (OJ L 307, 25.11.2005, p. 2).

(2)  OJ L 333, 24.12.1999, p. 11. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2107/2005 (OJ L 337, 22.12.2005, p. 20).

(3)  OJ L 55, 25.2.2006, p. 17. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 541/2006 (OJ L 94, 1.4.2006, p. 21).