Greenland is currently included in the list in Annex I toRegulation (EC) No 2076/2005. Union controls inGreenland to evaluate the control system in placegoverning the production of bivalve molluscs intendedfor export to the European Union, the last of whichtook place in 2009, together with guarantees provided by the competent authority of Greenland, indicate thatthe conditions applicable in that third country to bivalvemolluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropodsdestined to the European Union are equivalent to thoseprovided for in the relevant Union legislation.Accordingly, Greenland should be included in the listin Annex I to Decision 2006/766/EC.
Union controls in the United States to evaluate thecontrol system in place governing the production of bivalve molluscs intended for export to the EuropeanUnion, the last of which took place in 2009, indicateddifferences between the American and Union standardsfor live bivalve molluscs but did not identify serious risksfor human health, except for the harvesting area of theGulf of Mexico. The United States and the EuropeanUnion have agreed to examine the reciprocal equivalence between US and Union standards for live bivalvemolluscs. It is therefore appropriate to authorise, on atemporary basis, the imports into the European Union of bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marinegastropods from the United States, excluding bivalvemolluscs harvested in the Gulf of Mexico. Thistemporary authorisation should be reviewed six monthsafter its entry into force, taking into account the resultsof the examination of the equivalence between US andUnion standards for live bivalve molluscs.
Angola, Azerbaijan, Benin, Congo, Eritrea, Israel,Myanmar, the Solomon Islands, Saint Helena and Togoare currently included in the list in Annex II to Regu
lation (EC) No 2076/2005. Union controls to evaluatethe control system in place governing the production of fishery products intended for export to the EuropeanUnion, the last of which took place in Angola in2007, in Azerbaijan in 2007, in Benin in 2009, inCongo in 2009, in Eritrea in 2008, in Israel in 2009,in Myanmar in 2009, in the Solomon Islands in 2007, inSaint Helena in 2003, and in Togo in 2009, togetherwith guarantees provided by the competent authorities of Angola, Azerbaijan (for caviar only), Benin, Congo (forfishery products caught, gutted (where appropriate),frozen and packed in their final packaging at sea only),Eritrea, Israel, Myanmar (for wild caught frozen fishery products only), the Solomon Islands, Saint Helena andTogo (for live lobsters only), indicate that the conditionsapplicable in those third countries to fishery productsdestined to the European Union are equivalent to thoseprovided for in the relevant Union legislation.Accordingly, those third countries should be includedin the list in Annex II to Decision 2006/766/EC.
In addition, in order to take account of the differences inguarantees provided by those third countries, it isnecessary to provide for certain restrictions in the listsin Annex I and II to Decision 2006/766/EC.
Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension constitutea single Overseas Territory. However, because theseislands are remote from one another and are inpractice governed separately, they have chosen to setup separate competent authorities responsible for thesafety of fishery products. Therefore, the inclusion of Saint Helena as a third country from which imports of fishery products are permitted should not cover theislands of Tristan da Cunha and Ascension.
For the purpose of clarification of the Union legislation,the titles of Annexes I and II to Decision 2006/766/ECshould be amended. The title of Annex I should makeclear that imports of bivalve molluscs, echinoderms,tunicates and marine gastropods for humanconsumption, whether live, frozen or processed, arepermitted only from the third countries included inthis Annex. The title of Annex II should make clearthat this Annex covers the import of fishery productsas defined in point 3.1 of Annex I to Regulation (EC)No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of theCouncil of 29 April 2004 laying down specific hygienerules for food of animal origin (
), except for thosecovered by Annex I to this Decision. This separation isnecessary because the Union requirements applicable tothese two groups of products are different.
Decision 2006/766/EC should therefore be amendedaccordingly.
The measures provided for in this Decision are inaccordance with the opinion of the StandingCommittee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,
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) OJ L 139, 30.4.2004, p. 55. Annex I: ‘3.1. “Fishery products” meansall seawater or freshwater animals (except for live bivalve molluscs,live echinoderms, live tunicates and live marine gastropods, and allmammals, reptiles and frogs) whether wild or farmed and includingall edible forms, parts and products of such animals.’