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3.3. Amending provisions

3.3.1. Amendments in the text

1. Where a whole article is replaced, the new text starts with the designation of the article (preceded by an opening quotation mark), placed on the left against the margin:

Article 3 of Decision 2001/689/EC is replaced by the following:

Article 3

The ecological criteria for the product group dishwashers, as well as the related assessment and verification requirements, shall be valid until 28 February 2009.’.

A full stop (or semicolon) follows the closing quotation mark.

2. Where the amendment relates to a marked subdivision of an article (paragraph, point, indent, etc.), the new text starts with an opening quotation mark, followed by the paragraph number, point, indent, etc.:

Regulation (EC) No 409/2009 is amended as follows:

in Article 3, point (g) is replaced by the following:
“state of processing” means the way the fish is preserved (fresh, fresh salted and frozen).’;

in Article 4, paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:

1. The Community conversion factors set out in Annexes II, III and IV shall apply to convert fish processed weight into fish live weight.’.

Where only the first subparagraph of a numbered paragraph is replaced, the number of the paragraph is not cited in the new text:


in Article 28(1), the first subparagraph is replaced by the following:

’Any proposal or initiative submitted to the legislative authority by the Commission, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (hereinafter the “High Representative”) or by a Member State, which may have an impact on the budget, including changes in the number of posts, must be accompanied by a financial statement and by the evaluation provided for in Article 27(4).’

3. Where the text to be replaced is not marked, the following formula is used:


in Article 19, the first paragraph is replaced by the following:

‘Members of the Scientific Committees, scientific advisors from the Pool and external experts shall be entitled to an indemnity for their participation, in person or from a distance by electronic means, in the meetings of the committees, thematic workshops, working groups and other meetings and events organised by the Commission, and for serving as Rapporteur on a specific question, as provided for in Annex III.’;


in Article 15(2), the second subparagraph is replaced by the following:

‘Producers shall pay, before 1 June following the marketing year concerned, an amount equal to EUR 500 per tonne for the quantities of sugar referred to in point (c) of the first subparagraph, for which they cannot provide a proof, acceptable to a Member State, that refining took place for justified and exceptional technical reasons.’.

4. If a sentence is being replaced, no subdivision marker is repeated, even if the first sentence of a numbered paragraph is subject to an amendment:

in paragraph 4, the first sentence is replaced by the following:

‘In case a serious infringement, as defined in Section I(1) of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 302/2009, is discovered onboard a Community fishing vessel, the flag Member State shall ensure that, following the inspection, the fishing vessel flying its flag ceases all fishing activities.’

Where the amendment refers to a part of a sentence (expression, word, date, amount) the subdivision indication is not used and the replacement is written in one single line:

In Article 7 of Decision 2005/692/EC, the date ‘31 December 2010’ is replaced by ‘30 June 2012’.
In the interests of clarity and to prevent translation problems, it is recommended that amendments should be made by replacing complete units of text (an article or a subdivision of an article).

5. The introductory wording varies according to whether there are one or more amendments:

if there are several amendments, the introductory wording is as follows:
Regulation (EU) 2017/745 is amended as follows:
in Article 1(2), the second subparagraph is amended as follows:
Article 17 is amended as follows:
paragraph 5 is amended as follows:
if there is only one amendment, the wording is as follows:

Article 3 of Decision 2007/884/EC is replaced by the following:


(and not:

Decision 2007/884/EC is amended as follows:

Article 3 is replaced by the following)

6. Where an annex is amended, the wording is as follows:

Annex … is amended as follows:

or, when the amendments are mentioned in an annex:

Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 2074/2005 is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation.

Where the entire annex is replaced, the enacting terms use the following wording:

The Annex to Regulation (EU) No 7/2010 is replaced by the text set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

The new text is set out as follows:



For more information on the typographical presentation of amending articles see the Visual Guide – Official Journal typographical rulesPDF.

Last updated: 1.6.2021
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