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5.12.

2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 343/67

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1. COM in the sugar sector *

A5-0081/2001

Proposal for a Council regulation on the common organisation of the markets in the sugar sector
(COM(2000) 604 ) C5-0534/2000 ) 2000/0250(CNS))

The proposal was amended as follows:

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Amendment 1
Recital 2

(2) In order to achieve the objectives of the common agricul- (2) In order to achieve the objectives of the common agricul-
tural policy, and in particular to ensure that Community tural policy, and in particular to ensure that Community
growers of sugar beet and sugar cane continue to benefit from growers of sugar beet and sugar cane continue to benefit from
the necessary guarantees in respect of employment and stan- the necessary guarantees in respect of employment and stan-
dards of living, the market in sugar should be stabilised. This dards of living, the market in sugar should be stabilised. This
objective can be attained by allowing intervention agencies to objective can be attained by allowing intervention agencies to
buy in sugar. For this purpose, an intervention price for white buy in sugar. Moreover, a compensation system for storage
sugar should be fixed for areas having no deficit, as well as an costs for sugar produced both from raw materials of Com-
intervention price for raw sugar, and, every year for each of the munity origin, including molasses, and preferential sugar
deficit areas, a derived intervention price for white sugar and, if could serve the same purpose. For this purpose, an interven-
necessary, for raw sugar. The intervention price must be fixed tion price for white sugar should be fixed for areas having no
at a level which will ensure a fair income for sugar-beet and deficit, as well as an intervention price for raw sugar, and,
sugar-cane producers while taking account of the interests of every year for each of the deficit areas, a derived intervention
consumers. Such price guarantees for sugar also benefit sugar price for white sugar and, if necessary, for raw sugar. The inter-
syrups, isoglucose and inulin syrup, the prices of which are vention price must be fixed at a level which will ensure a fair
based on sugar prices. In view of the financial perspective and income for sugar-beet and sugar-cane producers while taking
the budgetary rules adopted by the European Council in Berlin account of the interests of consumers.
in March 1999, the support prices in the sugar sector should Such price guarantees for sugar also benefit sugar syrups, isog-
be fixed for the whole duration of the new arrangements. lucose and inulin syrup, the prices of which are based on sugar
prices.
(2a) In view of the financial perspective and the budgetary
rules adopted by the European Council in Berlin in March
1999, there is no need to make any substantive changes
to the common organisation of the market in sugar as
regards its operating principles, but the support prices in
the sugar sector should be fixed for the whole duration of the
new arrangements.

Amendment 63
Recital 5

(5) These rules should ensure fair treatment for both manu- (5) These rules should ensure fair treatment for both manu-
facturers and producers of the basic products. In addition to facturers and producers of the basic products. In addition to
the basic price derived from the intervention price for white the basic price derived from the intervention price for white

(1) OJ C 29 E, 30.1.2001, p. 315.


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sugar and fixed values representing the processing margin, the sugar and fixed values representing the processing margin, the
yield, undertakings’ receipts from sales of molasses and, where yield, undertakings’ receipts from sales of molasses and, where
applicable, the cost incurred in delivering beet to undertakings, applicable, the cost incurred in delivering beet to undertakings,
minimum prices should therefore be fixed for A beet intended minimum prices should therefore be fixed for A beet intended
for processing into A sugar and for B beet intended for pro- for processing into A sugar and for B beet intended for pro-
cessing into B sugar, to be paid by sugar manufacturers buying cessing into B sugar, to be paid by sugar manufacturers buying
beet. Specific instruments are needed to ensure a fair balance of beet. Specific instruments are needed to ensure a fair balance of
rights and obligations between manufacturers and growers, in rights and obligations between manufacturers and growers, in
particular standard Community provisions should be laid down particular standard Community provisions should be laid down
to govern the contractual relations between buyers and sellers to govern the contractual relations between buyers and sellers
of beet and adequate measures adopted for the same purpose of beet and adequate measures adopted for the same purpose
for sugar cane. for sugar cane. In order to comply with the obligations
arising from the agreements concluded on the basis of
the multilateral trade negotiations (WTO), the scope of
the exception provided for in Article 6 of Regulation (EC)
No 2820/98 (1), as amended by Regulation (EC) No 416/
2001 (2), for products originating in the least-developed
countries, should not be extended until after 2006 and
following the Commission’s conclusions on the future of
the sugar quota system.

(1) OJ L 357, 30.12.1998, p. 1.


(2) OJ L 60, 1.3.2001, p. 43.

Amendment 64
Recital 7

(7) The agreement on agriculture concluded under the GATT (7) The agreement on agriculture concluded under the GATT
agreements (hereinafter called as ‘the Agreement’) in particular agreements (hereinafter called as ‘the Agreement’) in particular
requires the Community to gradually reduce its export support requires the Community to gradually reduce its export support
for agricultural products and in particular for sugar under guar- for agricultural products and in particular for sugar under guar-
antee of production quotas. The Agreement provides for export antee of production quotas. The Agreement provides for export
support to be reduced, in terms of both the quantities covered support to be reduced, in terms of both the quantities covered
and the level of the subsidies involved, over a transitional and the level of the subsidies involved, over a transitional
period. As a first step in adjusting the guarantees, the difference period. As a first step in adjusting the guarantees, the difference
recorded for a given marketing year between the Community’s recorded for a given marketing year between the Community’s
exportable volume and the amount set in the Agreement exportable volume and the amount set in the Agreement
should be apportioned between sugar, isoglucose and inulin should be apportioned between sugar, isoglucose and inulin
syrup according to the percentages which the quotas of each syrup according to the percentages which the quotas of each
represent in the total quota set for all three products for the represent in the total quota set for all three products for the
Community. However, such a system should apply for a Community. However, such a system should apply for a
limited period only and should be regarded as transitional. In limited period only and should be regarded as transitional. In
view, in particular, of the financial perspective and the budget- view, in particular, of the financial perspective and the budget-
ary rules adopted by the European Council in Berlin in March ary rules adopted by the European Council in Berlin in March
1999 and the need to take account of the progress of negoti- 1999 and the need to take account of the progress of negoti-
ations under the WTO, the quota system should be maintained ations under the WTO, the quota system should be maintained
for the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 marketing years. However, the for the marketing years 2001/2002 to 2005/2006 and the
situation should be reviewed in 2003. scope of the exception provided for in Article 6 of Regu-
lation (EC) No 2820/98, as amended by Regulation (EC) No
416/2001, for products originating in the least-developed
countries, should not be extended until after 2006 and
following the Commission’s conclusions on the future of
the sugar quota system.
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Amendment 3
Recital 7a (new)

(7a) Community territories such as the Canary Islands,


Ceuta and Melilla are currently supplied with sugar from
third countries or C sugar. It would therefore be appropri-
ate to ensure that they are supplied with Community
sugar in order to reduce the amount of surplus EU sugar
passed on to third countries, while taking account of the
initial obligations arising from the agreements negotiated
in the course of the Uruguay Round.

Amendment 5
Recital 13a (new)

(13a) The common organisation of the market in sugar


established a compensation system for storage costs. It is
appropriate to make it clear that sugar which formed the
subject of the reduction of guarantees under obligations
arising from undertakings given in the context of the
Agreement may continue to be eligible for reimbursement
of storage costs under the said system.

Amendment 6
Recital 18a (new)

(18a) In order to ensure normal supplies to the Com-


munity as a whole or to one of its areas, a minimum
stock system would be an effective measure. It would
also be appropriate, in order to achieve this objective, to
lay down provisions which would enable appropriate
intervention measures to be taken under certain con-
ditions. It is possible that the minimum stock system will
not be sufficient to ensure supplies to one or more
regions if natural disasters strike the said regions. It
would therefore be desirable to allow undertakings estab-
lished in those regions to use blocked carryover stocks to
that end by authorising them to dispose of the sugar in
question before the end of the compulsory storage period.

Amendment 66
Recital 21a (new)

(21a) Further tariff concessions for non-member coun-


tries, particularly the total exemption from customs duties
for a certain number of least developed countries, must
not be allowed to trigger a serious crisis for Community
beet sugar production or impose an intolerable strain on
the Community budget, estimated at more than one bil-
lion euro.

Amendment 7
Recital 26

(26) Examination of supplies to port refineries throughout (26) Examination of supplies to port refineries throughout
the Community suggests that special priority access should be the Community suggests that special priority access should be
given to raw cane sugar originating in the ACP States party to given to raw cane sugar originating in the ACP States party to
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Protocol No 3 and India, under special agreements negotiated Protocol No 3 and India, under special agreements negotiated
between the Community and the countries referred to in Proto- between the Community and the countries referred to in Proto-
col No 3 and/or other countries and based on an estimate of col No 3 and/or other countries and based on an estimate of
the Community’s requirements once all available raw cane and the Community’s requirements once all available raw cane and
beet sugar in the Community and preferential sugar has been beet sugar in the Community and preferential sugar has been
refined. refined. It should be pointed out that these special agree-
ments are not necessary to ensure the supply of sugar to
the Community but relate to the development aid policy
which the Community conducts under the Lomé Conven-
tion, the Cotonou Agreements, the ACP-EC Partnership
Agreement and the agreement between the European
Community and the Republic of India on sugar cane.

Amendment 8
Recital 27

(27) Until the 2000/2001 marketing year, the refining industry (27) Hitherto it has been possible to adjust this aid for
received Community adjustment aid for refining preferential raw cane any given marketing year in line with the storage levy set
sugar and raw sugar from cane and beet harvested in the Community. for that year and/or any change in the refining margin
In the light of experience, this aid should continue and provision resulting from the prices set for the marketing year in
should be made for it to be adjusted to take account of economic question. In the light of experience, this aid should continue.
trends in the sugar sector, particularly manufacturing and refining Given the direct impact on the refining margin of changes
margins. in the storage levy, it should be made compulsory for the
adjustment aid to be altered in line with that levy in the
case of refining of raw sugar covered by Community price
guarantees or imported from the ACP states as prefer-
ential sugar.

Amendment 9
Recital 27a (new)

(27a) By comparison with other crops the sugar cane


sector encounters specific difficulties in the European
Union which jeopardise its survival. Therefore, in order
to enable the small-scale production of this crop to con-
tinue, national aid of € 7,25 per 100 kilograms of white
sugar produced by the sector should be authorised.

Amendment 10
Recital 27b (new)

(27b) The previous basic regulation (EC) No 2038/1999


authorised the granting of adjustment aid to sugar beet
producers in respect of production in certain regions of
southern Europe. Such aid should continue to be made
available to southern Italy for the entire period of appli-
cation of the current regulation in view of the specific
characteristics of production in that region and the need
to continue the process of structural adjustment in the
sector. Similarly, Article 53(2) (c) of Regulation (EC)
No 2038/1999 should remain in force for the entire period
of application of the current regulation but not be
extended.
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Amendment 11
Recital 30

(30) In order to take account of environmental objectives, Member Deleted


States should draw up and implement suitable environmental
measures concerning the use of agricultural land for the production
of the products referred to in Article 1. In future, Member States
must introduce measures to promote production in accordance with
objective environmental criteria and remind producers of the need to
comply with the legislation in force. The Member States must submit
a report on the impact of national environmental measures on the
sugar sector.

Amendment 12
Recital 33

(33) The support arrangements introduced by this Regulation (33) The support arrangements introduced by this Regulation
replace the arrangements provided for by Council Regulation replace the arrangements provided for by Council Regulation
(EC) No 2038/1999 of 13 September 1999 on the common (EC) No 2038/1999 of 13 September 1999 on the common
organisation of the markets in the sugar sector, which must organisation of the markets in the sugar sector, which must
be repealed along with Regulations (EEC) No 206/68, (EEC) be repealed along with Regulations (EEC) No 206/68, (EEC)
No 431/68, (EEC) No 447/68, (EEC) No 2049/69, (EEC) No 431/68, (EEC) No 447/68, (EEC) No 2049/69, (EEC)
No 793/72, (EEC) No 741/75, (EEC) No 1358/77 (1), (EEC) No 793/72, (EEC) No 741/75 and (EEC) No 193/82 laying
No 1789/81 (2), (EEC) No 193/82, (EEC) No 1010/86 (3) and down the general rules for its implementation.
(EEC) No 2225/86 (4) laying down the general rules for its
implementation.

(1) Council Regulation (EEC) No 1358/77 of 20 June 1977 laying down


general rules for offsetting storage costs for sugar and repealing Regu-
lation (EEC) No 750/68 (OJ L 156, 25.6.1977, p. 4). Regulation
last amended by Regulation (EEC) No 3042/78 (OJ L 361,
23.12.1978, p. 8).
(2) Council Regulation (EEC) No 1789/81 of 30 June 1981 laying down
general rules concerning the system of minimum stocks in the sugar sector
(OJ L 177, 1.7.1981, p. 39). Regulation last amended by Regulation
(EC) No 725/97 (OJ L 108, 25.4.1997, p. 13).
(3) Council Regulation (EEC) No 1010/86 of 25 March 1986 laying down
general rules for the production refund on certain sugar products used in
the chemical industry (OJ L 94, 9.4.1986, p. 9). Regulation last
amended by Regulation (EC) No 1888/2000 (OJ L 227, 7.9.2000,
p. 15).
(4) Council Regulation (EEC) No 2225/86 of 15 July 1986 laying down
measures for the marketing of sugar produced in the French overseeas
departments and for the equalisation of the price conditions with prefer-
ential raw sugar (OJ L 194, 17.7.1986, p. 7).

Amendment 14
Recital 33a (new)

(33a) For the production of sugar from sugar cane, the


unitary amount of aid made available in the 2001/2002 to
2005/2006 marketing years should not exceed € 7,25 per
100 kilograms of white sugar.
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Amendment 13
Recital 34

(34) Regulation (EC) No 2038/1999 provided for a system for Deleted


compensating storage costs. Since the regime to be introduced by
this Regulation does not include such a system, transitional provisions
should be adopted to ease the transition from the old system to the
new one. To that end, firstly, the balance of the old compensation
system for storage costs should be charged, if negative, or credited, if
positive, to the system for financing the disposal of surplus Commun-
ity production in the sugar sector and, secondly, the date of disposal
for the purposes of paying the storage levy for sugar in storage at the
date of entry into application of this Regulation should be deemed to
be the last day of the 2000/2001 marketing year.

Amendments 15 and 68
Article 2(1), introduction

1. For the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 marketing years, for 1. For the marketing years 2001/2002 to 2005/2006
white sugar: inclusive, for white sugar:

Amendments 16 and 69
Article 2(2), subparagraph 1

2. For the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 marketing years, the 2. For the marketing years 2001/2002 to 2005/2006
intervention price for raw sugar shall be € 52,37/100 kg. inclusive, the intervention price for raw sugar shall be
€ 52,37/100 kg.

Amendments 17 and 70
Article 3(1), subparagraph 1

1. For the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 marketing years, the 1. For the marketing years 2001/2002 to 2005/2006
basic price for beet of the standard quality shall be € 47,67 per inclusive, the basic price for beet of the standard quality shall
tonne delivered to the collection centre. be € 47,67 per tonne delivered to the collection centre.

Amendments 18 and 71
Article 4(1), introduction

1. For the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 marketing years: 1. For the marketing years 2001/2002 to 2005/2006
inclusive:

Amendment 19
Article 6a (new)

Article 6a

1. A compensation system for storage costs, comprising


flat-rate reimbursement to be financed by means of a levy,
shall be provided for under the conditions set out in this
Article.

2. Storage costs in respect of:


) white sugar,
) raw sugar,
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) syrups obtained prior to the crystallising stage,


) syrups obtained by dissolving crystallised sugar,
manufactured from beet or cane harvested in the Com-
munity shall be reimbursed at a flat rate by the Member
States.

The Member States shall impose a levy on each sugar


manufacturer, as appropriate:
) per unit of weight of sugar produced,
) per unit of weight of the syrups referred to in the
first subparagraph which are produced prior to the
crystallising stage and marketed in their natural state.

The amount of the reimbursement shall be the same for


the whole Community. This rule of uniformity shall also
apply in respect of the levy.

3. Paragraph 2 shall not apply to flavoured or coloured


sugars falling within CN code No 1701 or to flavoured or
coloured syrups falling within subheading 2106 90 59 of
the CN code.

4. The Council, acting by a qualified majority on a pro-


posal from the Commission, shall:
(a) adopt the general rules for the application of this Arti-
cle;
(b) fix the reimbursement amount simultaneously with
the derived intervention prices.

5. The amount of the levy shall be fixed each year in


accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 42.
The other detailed rules for the application of this Article
shall be adopted according to the same procedure.

Amendment 20
Article 7(4), third subparagraph

For the purposes of this Article, ‘refinery’ means a production For the purposes of this Article, ‘refinery’ means a production
unit whose sole activity consists in refining either raw sugar or unit whose sole activity consists in refining either raw sugar or
syrups produced prior to the crystallising stage. syrups produced prior to the crystallising stage. The sugar-
producing undertaking situated in the autonomous region
of the Azores shall be treated as a refinery.

Amendment 21
Article 9a (new)

Article 9a

1. In order to ensure normal supplies to the Commun-


ity as a whole or to one of its areas, there shall be a stand-
ing obligation to maintain, in the European territory of
the Community, minimum stocks:
(a) of beet sugar produced in the Community;

(b) of cane sugar produced in the French overseas depart-


ments and of the preferential sugar referred to in Arti-
cle 35.
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This minimum stock of the sugar referred to in (a) above


shall, on a fixed date, be equal to a percentage of the
A quota of each sugar-producing undertaking or to the
same percentage of its production of A sugar where this
is less than its A quota.

The percentage fixed may be reduced.

The minimum stock of the sugar referred to in the first


subparagraph under (b) shall be equal to a percentage of
the quantity of sugar in question refined by an undertak-
ing over a fixed period.

2. The Council, acting by a qualified majority on a pro-


posal from the Commission, shall adopt general rules for
the application of this Article and, in particular, shall fix
the date and the percentage referred to in the second sub-
paragraph of paragraph 1 and the percentage and the
period referred to in the fourth subparagraph of para-
graph 1.

In accordance with the same procedure, an obligation


equivalent to the obligation to maintain a minimum stock
may be laid down for the products referred to in Arti-
cle 1(1) (f) and (h).

3. Detailed rules for the application of this Article and,


in particular, the reduction of the percentage referred to
in the third subparagraph of paragraph 1 shall be adopted
in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 42.

Amendment 22
Article 10(1)

1. Chapter 2 shall apply to the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 1. Chapter 2 shall apply to the marketing years 2001/2002
marketing years. to 2005/2006 inclusive.

Amendment 23
Article 11(2), points 1 and 2

Text proposed by the Commission


1. Basic quantities A

(a) Basic quantity A (b) Basic quantity A (c) Basic quantity A


Regions
for sugar for isoglucose for inulin syrup

Denmark 325 000,0 C C


Germany 2 612 913,3 28 643,3 C
Greece 288 638,0 10 435,0 C
Spain 957 082,4 74 619,6 C
France (metropolitan) 2 506 487,4 15 747,1 19 847,1
French overseas departments 463 872,0 C C
Ireland 181 145,2 C C
Italy 1 310 903,9 16 432,1 C
Netherlands 684 112,4 7 364,6 65 519,4
Austria 314 028,9 C C
Portugal (mainland) 63 380,2 8 027,0 C
The autonomous region of the Azores 9 048,2 C C
Finland 132 806,3 10 792,0 C
Sweden 334 784,2 C C
Belgium/Luxembourg Economic Union 674 905,5 56 150,6 174 218,6
United Kingdom 1 035 115,4 21 502,0 C
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2. Basic quantities B

(a) Basic quantity B (b) Basic quantity B (c) Basic quantity B


Regions
for sugar for isoglucose for inulin syrup

Denmark 95 745,5 C C
Germany 803 982,2 6 745,8 C
Greece 28 863,8 2 457,5 C
Spain 39 878,5 7 959,4 C
France (metropolitan) 752 259,5 4 098,6 4 674,2
France overseas departments 46 372,5 C C
Ireland 18 114,5 C C
Italy 246 539,3 3 869,8 C
Netherlands 180 447,1 1 734,5 15 430,5
Austria 73 297,5 C C
Portugal (mainland) 6 338,0 1 890,3 C
The autonomous region of the Azores 904,8 C C
Finland 13 280,4 1 079,7 C
Sweden 33 478,0 C C
Belgium/Luxembourg Economic Union 144 906,1 15 441,0 41 028,2
United Kingdom 103 511,5 5 735,3 C

Amendments by Parliament
1, Basic quantities A

(a) Basic quantity B (b) Basic quantity B (c) Basic quantity B


Regions
for sugar for isoglucose for inulin syrup

Denmark 328 000,0 C C


Germany 2 637 703,0 28 882,3 C
Greece 290 000,0 10 522,0 C
Spain 960 000,0 75 000,0 C
France (metropolitan) 2 530 000,0 15 887,0 19 991,0
French overseas departments 466 000,0 C C
Ireland 182 000,0 C C
Italy 1 320 000,0 16 569,0 C
Netherlands 690 000,0 7 425,0 65 994,0
Austria 316 529,0 C C
Portugal (mainland) 63 636,4 8 093,9 C
The autonomous region of the Azores 9 090,9 C C
Finland 133 433,0 10 845,0 C
Sweden 336 364,0 C C
Belgium/Luxembourg Economic Union 680 000,0 56 667,0 175 577,0
United Kingdom 1 040 000,0 21 696,0 C

2. Basic quantities B

(a) Basic quantity B (b) Basic quantity B (c) Basic quantity B


Regions
for sugar for isoglucose for inulin syrup

Denmark 96 629,3 C C
Germany 811 609,9 6 802,0 C
Greece 29 000,0 2 478,0 C
Spain 40 000,0 8 000,0 C
France (metropolitan) 759 232,8 4 135,0 4 708,0
France overseas departments 46 600,0 C C
Ireland 18 200,0 C C
Italy 248 250,0 3 902,0 C
Netherlands 182 000,0 1 749,0 15 542,0
Austria 73 881,0 C C
Portugal (mainland) 6 363,0 1 906,1 C
The autonomous region of the Azores 909,1 C C
Finland 13 343,0 1 085,0 C
Sweden 33 636,0 C C
Belgium/Luxembourg Economic Union 146 000,0 15 583,0 41 348,0
United Kingdom 104 000,0 5 787,0 C
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Amendment 24
Article 11(3)

3. Without prejudice to Article 10(3), (4), (5) and (6) and 3. For the period referred to in Article 10(1) and with-
Article 12, the A and B quotas of undertakings producing out prejudice to Article 10(3), (4), (5) and (6) and Article 12,
sugar, undertakings producing isoglucose and undertakings the A and B quotas of undertakings producing sugar, undertak-
producing inulin syrup shall be those assigned by the Member ings producing isoglucose and undertakings producing inulin
States for the 2000/2001 marketing year before application of syrup shall be those assigned by the Member States for the
Article 26(5) of Regulation (EC) No 2038/1999, adjusted accord- 2000/2001 marketing year before application of Article 26(5)
ing to the basic quantities fixed in paragraph 2 in accordance with of Regulation (EC) No 2038/1999, in accordance with the pro-
the procedure laid down in Article 10(5). cedure laid down in Article 10(5).

Amendment 25
Article 14(2), first subparagraph, second indent

C undertake to store such quantity or quantities for a period C undertake to store such quantity or quantities for a period
of 11 consecutive months from a date to be determined. of 11 consecutive months from a date to be determined.
For this period, storage costs for C sugar carried for-
ward and for A sugar and B sugar which have become
carried-forward C sugar after application of Arti-
cle 10(3), (4), (5) and (6) shall also be reimbursed
under Article 6a.

Amendment 26
Article 15(2), introduction

2. Before the end of the 2002/2003 marketing year and 2. Before the end of the 2005/2006 marketing year and
without prejudice to Article 10(3), (4), (5) and (6), the following without prejudice to Article 10(3), (4), (5) and (6), the following
shall be recorded cumulatively for the 2001/2002 and 2002/ shall be recorded cumulatively for the marketing years 2001/
2003 marketing years: 2002 to 2005/2006 inclusive:

Amendment 27
Article 33(1), first subparagraph

1. Where the price of sugar on the world market is higher 1. Where the price of sugar on the world market is higher
than the intervention price, an export levy may be applied to than the intervention price, an export levy may be applied to
the sugar concerned. Such a levy shall be compulsory when the the sugar concerned. Such a levy shall be compulsory when the
cif price of white or raw sugar is higher than the intervention cif price of white or raw sugar is higher than the intervention
price plus 10 %. price plus an amount equal to the sum of 10 % of the inter-
vention price and the storage levy applicable during the
marketing year concerned.

Amendment 28
Article 33(2), first subparagraph

2. Where the cif price of white or raw sugar is higher than 2. Where the cif price of white or raw sugar is higher than
the intervention price plus 10 %, the Council may decide, the intervention price plus an amount equal to the sum of
acting on a proposal from the Commission in accordance 10 % of the intervention price and the storage levy appli-
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with the voting procedure laid down in Article 37(2) of the cable during the marketing year concerned, the Council
Treaty, to grant an import subsidy for the product in question. may decide, acting on a proposal from the Commission in
accordance with the voting procedure laid down in Arti-
cle 37(2) of the Treaty, to grant an import subsidy for the pro-
duct in question.

Amendment 29
Article 38(1)

1. During the 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 marketing years, 1. During the marketing years 2001/2002 to 2005/2006
adjustment aid shall be granted as an intervention measure to inclusive, adjustment aid shall be granted as an intervention
the industry refining preferential raw cane sugar imported into measure to the industry refining preferential raw cane sugar
the Community for that purpose under Article 35. imported into the Community for that purpose under Arti-
cle 35.

Amendment 30
Article 38(4)

4. The adjustment aid and the additional aid may be 4. The adjustment aid and the additional aid may be
adjusted to take account of economic trends in the sugar sector, adjusted for a particular marketing year in the light of the
particularly manufacturing and refining margins. storage levy fixed for that year, any previous adjustments
and, where appropriate, economic trends in the sugar sector,
particularly manufacturing and refining margins.

Amendment 31
Article 39(2) (a), (b), (c) and (d)

(a) Finland, shall be 59 925 tonnes, (a) Finland, shall be 60 000 tonnes,
(b) mainland Portugal, shall be 291 633 tonnes, (b) mainland Portugal, shall be 292 000 tonnes,
(c) metropolitan France, shall be 296 627 tonnes, (c) metropolitan France, shall be 297 000 tonnes,
(d) the United Kingdom, shall be 1 128 581 tonnes. (d) The United Kingdom, shall be 1 130 000 tonnes.

Amendment 32
Article 39a (new)

Article 39a

Refunds relating to the export of quantities of sugar


imported under preferential import schemes shall be
charged not to the EAGGF budget but to the development
aid budget.

Amendment 33
Article 39b (new)

Article 39b

Any new preferential agreement for the import of sugar


from third countries must be included in Articles 35 to 39
concerning preferential import arrangements.
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Amendment 77
Article 40

Any measures needed to prevent the market in sugar being Any measures needed to prevent the market in sugar being
disturbed by changes in price levels at the changeover from one disturbed by changes in price levels, quantities imported and
marketing year to the next or during a single marketing year may be preferential duties applied to any non-Community coun-
adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Arti- tries may be adopted in accordance with the procedure refer-
cle 42(2). red to in Article 42(2).

Amendment 52
Article 45(4a) (new)

4a. The Commission shall submit, at the latest by the


end of 2002, a report setting out, by means of different
scenarios, the impact of a reform on sugar producers, pro-
cessors and consumers. Specific attention shall be paid to
ensuring that reductions in production prices are passed
on to the sugar prices paid by consumers.

Amendment 53
Article 45(4b) (new)

4b. The Commission shall submit, at the latest by the


end of 2002, a report on the impact on sugar producers,
processors and consumers of turning the national quota
system into a European quota system.

Amendment 54
Article 45(4c) (new)

4c. The Commission shall submit, at the latest by the


end of 2002, a report on concentration and internal com-
petition in the sugar market in the Member States.

Amendment 55
Article 45(4d) (new)

4d. The Commission shall submit, at the latest by the


end of 2002, a report setting out, by means of different
scenarios, the impact on ACP economies of a reform of
the sugar sector.

Amendment 35
Article 45(4e) (new)

4e. The Commission shall submit, by the end of 2002 at


the latest, a report on the financial impact on ACP coun-
tries of the preferential access of ACP sugar to the internal
market. This report shall include an analysis of the sectors
in local communities which benefit most from the Coto-
nou sugar protocol.
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Amendment 36
Article 45(4f) (new)

4f. The Commission shall adjust annually the national


quota levels to comply with WTO requirements.

Amendment 34
Article 45a (new)

Article 45a

The Commission shall undertake a study of the current


regime and possible alternative mechanisms, looking at
the impact on the EU’s overall economic welfare. This
shall include a review of the quota system, including the
system of production levies, an examination of concen-
tration and prices in the sugar sector and the degree to
which current mechanisms, or alternatives (e.g. 1992 and
Agenda 2000) are appropriate.

Amendments 44, 51 and 79


Article 45b (new)

Article 45b

The Commission shall submit by 31 December 2002 a


report on the fairness of the system for allocating produc-
tion levies.

Amendment 37
Article 45c (new)

Article 45c

In order to maintain the current balance, the existing


national aid available in Spain, Italy and Portugal in
accordance with Regulations (EC) Nos 2038/1999 and
2613/97 (1) shall be extended for a period of at least five
years.

(1) OJ L 353, 24.12.1997, p. 3.

Amendment 38
Article 45d (new)

Article 45d

1. Italy shall be authorised, under the conditions set out


in paragraphs 2 and 3, to grant adjustment aid in the case
referred to in paragraph 2 to producers of sugar beet as
well as, where appropriate, to sugar producers.

2. The aid referred to in paragraph 1 may be granted


only in respect of sugar produced within the limit of the
A and B quotas of each sugar-producing undertaking.
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For the production referred to in the first subparagraph in


southern Italy, the unit amount of aid may not exceed
€ 5,43 per 100 kilograms of white sugar during the mar-
keting years referred to in this Regulation.
3. Italy may adjust the aid referred to in paragraph 2
where this is necessitated by exceptional requirements
connected with restructuring the sugar sector in that part
of Italy. Pursuant to Articles 87, 88 and 89 of the Treaty,
the Commission shall assess in particular whether such aid
is consistent with the restructuring plans.
4. For the purpose of paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, ‘southern
Italy’ means Abruzzo, Molise, Apulia, Sardinia, Campania,
Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily.
5. Italy shall notify the Council, in respect of each mar-
keting year, of the measures taken in application of para-
graphs 1, 2 and 3.

Amendment 39
Article 46
Article 46 Deleted
The balance remaining from the compensation system for storage
costs applied during the 2000/2001 marketing year under Regu-
lation (EC) No 2038/1999 shall be charged, if negative, or credited,
if positive, under the system referred to in Articles 15 and 16 of this
Regulation for the 2001/2002 marketing year.
In the case of sugar in storage at 30 June 2001 under the compen-
sation system for storage costs provided for in Regulation (EC)
No 2038/1999, the date of disposal for the purposes of collecting
the storage levy shall be 30 June 2001.

Amendment 40
Article 47, paragraph 1
Regulations (EC) No 2038/1999, (EEC) No 206/68, (EEC) Regulations (EC) No 2038/1999, (EEC) No 206/68, (EEC)
No 431/68, (EEC) No 447/68, (EEC) No 2049/69, (EEC) No 431/68, (EEC) No 447/68, (EEC) No 2049/69, (EEC)
No 793/72, (EEC) No 741/75, (EEC) No 1358/77, (EEC) No 793/72, (EEC) No 741/75 and (EEC) No 193/82 are hereby
No 1789/81, (EEC) No 193/82, (EEC) No 1010/86 and (EEC) repealed.
No 2225/86 are hereby repealed.

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation on the com-
mon organisation of the markets in the sugar sector (COM(2000) 604 ) C5-0534/2000 ) 2000/
0250(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

C having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2000) 604) (1),

C having been consulted by the Council pursuant to Articles 36 and 37 of the EC Treaty (C5-0534/
2000),

(1) OJ C 29 E, 30.1.2001, p. 315.