COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1201/2004of 29 June 2004opening and providing for the administration of a tariff quota for calves weighing not more than 80kilograms and originating in Bulgaria or Romania (1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005)
THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the EuropeanCommunity,Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999 of 17May 1999 on the common organisation of the market in beef and veal(
) and in particular Article 32(1) thereof,Whereas,
Council Decision 2003/18/EC of 19 December 2002concerning the conclusion of a Protocol adjusting thetrade aspects of the Europe Agreement establishing anassociation between the European Communities andtheir Member States, of the one part, and Romania, of the other part, to take account of the outcome of nego-tiations between the Parties on new mutual agriculturalconcessions(
) and Council Decision 2003/286/EC of 8April 2003 concerning the conclusion of a Protocoladjusting the trade aspects of the Europe Agreementestablishing an association between the EuropeanCommunities and their Member States, of the one part,and Bulgaria, of the other part, to take account of theoutcome of negotiations between the Parties on new mutual agricultural concession(
), provide for theopening of certain tariff quotas each year, namely for 178 000 live bovine animals weighing not more than80 kilograms (order number 09.4598) and originatingin certain third countries including Bulgaria andRomania, subject to certain conditions set out in theAnnexes A(b) of the respective Protocols of theseDecisions. Detailed rules of application for this tariff quota were adopted by Commission Regulation (EC)No 1128/1999 of 28 May 1999 laying down detailedrules of application for a tariff quota for calves weighingnot more than 80 kilograms originating in certain thirdcountries(
To take into account the accession of the CzechRepublic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Polandand Slovakia, beneficiaries of this tariff quota together with Bulgaria and Romania, and the accession of Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia and pending the results of the negotiations of new tariff concessions for Bulgariaand Romania, it is appropriate to lay down in thedetailed rules for the management of this tariff quotathat for the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 theavailable quantity should be staggered over the year in asuitable manner within the meaning of Article 32(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1254/1999.
To take into account the traditional trade patternsbetween the Community and Bulgaria and Romania,quantities should be fixed for three periods taking intoaccount supplies in the reference period 1 July 2000 to30 June 2003 of live animals originating in Bulgaria andRomania. Once the ongoing negotiations on additionalprotocols to the respective Europe Agreements with thesetwo countries have been finalised and ratified, new management rules will be implemented at the date of entry into force of the new concessions.
In order to provide a more equal access to the quotawhile ensuring a commercially viable number of animals per application, each application of importlicences should respect a minimum and a maximumnumber of heads.
With a view to preventing speculation, the quantitiesavailable within the quota should be made accessible tooperators able to show that they are genuinely engagedin import of a significant scale from third countries. Inconsideration of this and in order to ensure efficientmanagement, the traders concerned should be requiredto have imported a minimum of 100 animals during theyear 2003 given that a consignment of 100 animals may be considered to be a commercial viable consignment.Operators in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia,Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia,should be allowed to apply on the basis of imports fromcountries which for them were third countries during theyear 2003.
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