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Information measures relating to the common agricultural policy

Information measures relating to the common agricultural policy

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Agriculture > General framework

Information measures relating to the common agricultural policy

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 814/2000 of 17 April 2000 on information measures relating to the common agricultural policy.

Summary

The aims of the information measures relating to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are:

  • explaining, implementing and developing the CAP;
  • promoting the European model of agriculture and helping people to understand it;
  • informing farmers and other parties active in rural areas;
  • raising public awareness of the issues and objectives of the CAP.

The information measures are as follows:

  • specific or annual nformation measures such as talks, audiovisual productions, information campaigns, information stands at agricultural fairs, mobile workshops, etc. presented by organisations (legal persons) established in a Member State for at least two years, such as agricultural NGOs, consumers’ associations, public authorities, the media or universities.
  • activities implemented at the Commission’s initiative.

Measures covered by a legal obligation and those receiving funding under another Community action may not claim aid under this Regulation.

The Community cofinancing rate, under the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF), generally amounts to 50% of the eligible costs. In special cases, it may be 75 %.

Events eligible for Community cofinancing for information measures in the field of the CAP include information measures such as televised debates, audiovisual productions, seminars, publications, participation in international events or information campaigns including several of the measures referred to above.

The Commission publishes a call for proposals in autumn each year (in 2009, publication took place on 9 September and proposals were to be submitted by 31 October).

Projects are selected on the basis of their quality and cost-effectiveness.

For measures to be cofinanced in 2010, the amount of funding is at least EUR 20 000 and at most EUR 200 000. The end of the evaluation procedure has been set at 30 April 2010 in the knowledge that the applications selected will be the subject of an agreement between the Commission and the recipients governing the rights and obligations arising from the Commission’s funding decision.

The European Commission monitors, checks on and analyses measures receiving Community funding.

The European Commission regularly issues a report on the implementation of information measures to the Parliament and to the Council.

References

Act Entry into force – Date of expiry Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation No 814/2000

17.4.2000

OJ L 100 of 17.4.2000.

Related Acts

Implementing procedures

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2208/2002 of 12 December 2002 laying down detailed rules for applying Council Regulation (EC) No 814/2000 on information measures relating to the common agricultural policy [Official Journal L 337 of 13.12.2002].
Amended by Regulation (EC) No 1820/2004 [Official Journal L 320 of 21.10.2004].

Instrument for structural policy for pre-accession

Instrument for structural policy for pre-accession

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Instrument for structural policy for pre-accession

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Enlargement > Enlargement 2004 and 2007

Instrument for structural policy for pre-accession

In order to prepare for the accession of the candidate countries from Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs), the European Union provides, through the structural pre-accession instrument, financial support in the area of economic and social cohesion, and in particular for environment and transport policies for the period 2000 – 2006.

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 1267/1999 of 21 June 1999 establishing an Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-accession [See amending acts]

Summary

The Commission communication on Agenda 2000 calls for measures to reinforce the pre-accession strategy for all the applicant countries in Central and Eastern Europe for the period 2000-06. This implies the establishment, by way of back-up for the Phare programme and aid for agricultural development, of a structural instrument for pre-accession (ISPA) (replaced by the instrument for pre-accession assistance – IPA – for the period 2007-2013).

Eligible Measures

Community assistance granted under ISPA is limited to programmes for the environment and transport.

Environment

Community financial assistance is granted to environmental projects that enable the beneficiary countries to comply with the requirements of Community environmental law and with the accession partnerships.

Transport

ISPA assistance is granted for transport infrastructure measures. The projects concerned promote sustainable mobility and above all

  • are of common interest based on the criteria laid down in Council Decision No 1692/96 (on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network);
  • enable the beneficiary countries to comply with the objectives of the accession partnerships. This includes interconnection and interoperability between national networks and the trans-European networks, as well as access to such networks.

The total cost of each measure cannot, in principle, be less than 5 million.

A balance must be struck between measures in the field of the environment and measures relating to transport infrastructure. Assistance may also be granted for:

  • preliminary studies related to eligible measures;
  • technical support measures, including information and publicity actions.

The selection and approval of projects are based on national transport and environmental programmes. These programmes are included in the national programme for the adoption of the Community acquis, which is one of the key elements of the accession partnerships.

Financial arrangements

An indicative allocation between beneficiary countries of the total Community assistance under ISPA is made by the Commission on the basis of the criteria of population, per capita GDP in purchasing power parities, and surface area.

Forms and rate of assistance

The rate of Community assistance granted under ISPA may be up to 75% of public or equivalent expenditure. The Commission may decide to increase this rate to up to 85%, in particular where it considers that a rate higher than 75% is required to implement projects essential for achieving the general objectives of ISPA. Preliminary studies and technical support measures may be financed in exceptional cases at 100% of the total cost.

Compatibility with other Community policies

Measures financed under ISPA comply with the provisions set out in the Europe Agreements, including the implementing rules on state aid.

The Commission is responsible for coordination and consistency between those measures and measures financed by other contributions from the Community budget, for instance in respect of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation, by the European Investment Bank.

Appraisal and approval of measures

The Commission adopts decisions on the measures to be financed under ISPA on the basis of applications for assistance submitted by beneficiary countries. Commission decisions approving measures determine the amount of financial assistance and lay down a financing plan together with all the provisions necessary for the implementation of the measures.

Management and control

The applicant countries are responsible for implementing projects under Commission supervision. In implementing the Regulation, the Commission ensures that the principles of sound financial management are adhered to.

Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring of ISPA is carried out jointly by the beneficiary country and the Commission. More specifically, monitoring is carried out by reference to physical and financial indicators relating to the specific character of the project and its objectives.

References

Act Entry into force – Expiry Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 1267/1999 [adoption: consultation CNS/1998/0091] 29.06.1999 – 31.12.2006 OJ L 161 of 26.06.1999

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 2382/2001 07.12.2001 OJ L 323 of 07.12.2001
Regulation (EC) No 2500/2001 30.12.2001 OJ L 342 of 27.12.2001
Regulation (EC) No 769/2004 30.04.2004 OJ L 123 of 27.04.2004
Regulation (EC) No 2257/2004 02.01.2005 OJ L 389 of 31.12.2004
Regulation (EC) No 2112/2005 28.12.2005 OJ L 344 of 27.12.2005

Related Acts

Report from the Commission – General report on pre-accession assistance (PHARE – ISPA – SAPARD) in 2005 [COM(2006) 746 final – Not published in the Official Journal].

Report from the Commission – 2005 report on PHARE, pre-accession and transition instruments [COM(2007) 3 final – Not published in the Official Journal].

Report from the Commission – 2005 Annual Report on the Instrument for Structural Policy for Pre-Accession (ISPA) [COM(2006) 674 final – Not published in the Official Journal].

General report from the Commission to the European Parliament and to the Council of 24 March 2006 on pre-accession assistance Phare – Ispa – Sapard in 2004 [COM(2006) 137 final – Not published in the Official Journal].

Report from the Commission – 2004 Report on Phare, pre-accession and transition instruments [COM(2005) 701 final – Not published in the Official Journal]

Report from the Commission – Annual Report of the Instrument for Structural Policy for pre-accession (ISPA) 2004 [COM(2005) 612 – not published in the Official Journal]

Report from the Commission – Annual Report of the Instrument for Structural Policy for pre-accession (ISPA) 2003 [COM(2004) 735 – Official Journal C 10 of 14.01.2005]

Council Decision 2004/749/EC of 21 October 2004 outlining the general approach for the reallocation of resources under Regulation (EC) No 1267/1999 establishing an Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-accession [Official Journal L 332 of 6.11.2004]
This Decision sets out the reallocation of ISPA resources between Bulgaria and Romania for the period 2004 to 2006.

Commission report – General report on pre-accession assistance (Phare-Ispa-Sapard) in 2002 [COM (2003) 844 final – Official Journal C 98 of 23.04.2004]

Commission Report – Annual report of the Instrument for Structural Policy for Pre-accession (ISPA) 2002 [COM (2003) 655 final – Official Journal C 96 of 21.04.2004]

Commission Report- General Report on pre-accession assistance (Phare – ISPA – Sapard) in 2001 [COM (2003) 329 final – Official Journal C 76 of 25.03.2004]

Commission report – General report on pre-accession assistance (Phare-Ispa-Sapard) in 2000 [COM (2002) 781 final – Not published in the Official Journal]

Commission Report – Annual report of the Instrument for Structural Policy for Pre-accession (ISPA) 2001 [COM(2002) 596 final – Not published in the Official Journal]

Commission Report – Annual report of the Instrument for Structural Policy for Pre-accession (ISPA) 2000 [COM(2001) 616 final – Not published in the Official Journal]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Inland waterways: access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway and mutual recognition of diplomas

Inland waterways: access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway and mutual recognition of diplomas

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Inland waterways: access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway and mutual recognition of diplomas

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Transport > Waterborne transport

Inland waterways: access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway and mutual recognition of diplomas

Document or Iniciative

Council Directive 87/540/EEC of 9 November 1987 on access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway in national and international transport and on the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications for this occupation [Official Journal L 322 of 12 November 1987].

Summary

Organisation of the transport market is necessary for the implementation of a common transport policy. Therefore, the measures intended to coordinate the conditions for access to the occupation of carrier are directed towards market integration, in the interest of users, carriers and the economy as a whole. This Directive is also likely to encourage the achievement of the free provision of services and the effective exercise of the right of establishment.

At the same time, the Directive allows for a degree of flexibility by allowing Member States to maintain or lay down rules governing the good repute and financial standing of the carrier. Carriers operating exclusively on navigable waterways on their territory not linked to the waterway network of another Member State may also be exempted from the Directive.

The Directive is based on the principle of mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications.

Scope

Access to the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway is governed by the Member States within the framework of the common rules as laid down in this Directive. The Directive does not apply to natural persons or undertakings pursuing the occupation of carrier of goods by waterway using vessels with a deadweight capacity at maximum draft not exceeding 200 tonnes. However, Member States may lower this limit for all or some transport operations or certain categories of transport.

Access to the occupation

Natural persons and undertakings must meet the condition of professional competence, which means possessing the competences recognised by the authority or body appointed to this end by each Member State in the areas listed in the annex. The authority will issue a certificate once it has verified possession of these competences (on the basis of a diploma, attendance at a course or sufficient practical experience). If the carrier no longer meets the conditions, the certificate may be withdrawn.

Key terms used in the act
Occupation of carrier of goods by waterway vessel: the activities engaged in by any natural person or any undertaking carrying goods by inland waterway for hire or reward, even if this occupation is not exercised on a regular basis,
Undertaking: companies or firms within the meaning of Article 58 of the Treaty and groups or cooperatives of operators whose purpose is to obtain business from shipping agents for distribution among their members, irrespective of whether such groups or cooperatives possess legal personality.

References

Act Entry into force – Date of expiry Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Directive 87/540/EEC 30.6.1988 30.6.1988 OJ L 322 of 12.11.1987

Inland navigation: structural improvements

Inland navigation: structural improvements

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Inland navigation: structural improvements

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Transport > Waterborne transport

Inland navigation: structural improvements

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EEC) No 1101/89 of 27 April 1989 on structural improvements in inland waterway transport [Official Journal L 116 of 116 of 28.04.1989].

Summary

Statement of measures for the structural improvement of inland waterway transport:

  • the scrapping of vessels and the payment of a premium to owners in order to reduce overcapacity in inland waterway transport;
  • supporting measures to avoid aggravation of existing overcapacity or the emergence of further overcapacity. This measure is known as the “old for new” rule and applies until 28 April 1999.

Description of vessels covered by the Regulation and those excluded.

Setting-up of a Scrapping Fund in each of the Member States concerned.

Payment of an annual contribution into the Funds by vessel owners for repayment of the sums prefinanced for the scrapping scheme by the Member States concerned.

Establishment of mutual financial support between the Funds in order to ensure that the time limit for repayment of these loans is the same for all the Funds.

Possibility for Member States concerned to take measures to make it easier for inland waterway carriers to obtain a retirement pension or to transfer to another economic activity.

Regulation (EEC) No 3572/90 sets out the provisions applicable following German unification.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2310/96 in respect of the conditions applying to the placing in service of new pusher-craft capacity on inland waterways.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 742/98 in respect of the conditions applying to the placing in service of new dry cargo ships on inland waterways.

Related Acts

On 24 October 1994 the Council adopted a Resolution on structural improvements in inland waterway transport (Official Journal C 309, 05.11.1994).
This resolution calls upon the Commission to adopt measures with a view to improving the effectiveness of the regulations on structural improvements in inland waterway transport and to present, before 1 January 1995, an overall proposal on inland waterway transport, concerning in particular the future organization of the market and scrapping operations.

On 3 November 1997 the Commission presented a report on the overall impact of the measures provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 844/94 of 12 April 1994 extending until 28 April 1999 the ‘old for new’ arrangements in the context of the measures to promote structural improvements in inland waterway transport introduced under Council Regulation (EEC) No 1101/89 of 27 April 1989 [COM(97) 555 final].

Inland navigation: reciprocal recognition of national boatmasters' certificates for inland waterway navigation

Inland navigation: reciprocal recognition of national boatmasters’ certificates for inland waterway navigation

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Inland navigation: reciprocal recognition of national boatmasters’ certificates for inland waterway navigation

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Transport > Waterborne transport

Inland navigation: reciprocal recognition of national boatmasters’ certificates for inland waterway navigation

Last updated: 06.02.2008

Inland navigation: harmonisation of conditions for obtaining national boatmasters' certificates

Inland navigation: harmonisation of conditions for obtaining national boatmasters’ certificates

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Inland navigation: harmonisation of conditions for obtaining national boatmasters’ certificates

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Transport > Waterborne transport

Inland navigation: harmonisation of conditions for obtaining national boatmasters’ certificates

Last updated: 24.01.2007

IRIS II

IRIS II

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about IRIS II

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Education training youth sport > Vocational training

IRIS II

1) Objective

To promote equality of opportunity in vocational training, raise the profile of training for women, expand such training and establish and strengthen links throughout Europe.

2) Community Measures

IRIS II Programme (1994-1998)

3) Contents

Eligibility

The members of IRIS are vocational training organisations for women, employers’ or trade union organisations and companies which are organising continual vocational training with a focus on equality or which have undertaken positive action schemes which include training.

IRIS II focuses on five priorities:

  • identifying and disseminating expertise in training for women;
  • including within the IRIS network (as membersassociates) the social partners and training organisations;
  • establishing a national organisation in each Member State to stimulate vocational training for women;
  • encouraging intra-Community exchanges of information about good practice;
  • establishing synergy with schemes carried out by the ESF and the European Commission Task Force on Human Resources.

IRIS II activities in 1994

  • establishing closer links with the employers and trade unions in both the public and private sectors;
  • opening up Community training programmes to all IRIS members;
  • wider scope for putting forward projects;
  • organisation of awareness-enhancement sessions on training for women, aimed at Community decision-makers;
  • creation of a “target group” of important journalists in each Member State with an eye to special media campaigns and specific action at Community level;
  • organisation of a competition open to people who have found work after having completed a training course organised by a member of IRIS;
  • organisation of European, national and regional IRIS seminars;
  • IRIS reference projects can apply for a publicity grant to organise an exhibition or to produce publicity material;
  • research on the priority topic for the year to strengthen initiatives undertaken by the network on teaching methodologies and the development of qualifications;
  • organisation of a summer school for training staff;
  • production of a basic information package on the various aspects of teaching to be used in the training of training staff;
  • establishment of an information service for projects wishing to improve their evaluation techniques;
  • planned exchanges for training staff, group and company visits, and publication of an information brochure about such visits;
  • organisation of a contact seminar for IRIS members, visits to determine the feasibility of partnerships and a partnership information exchange;
  • development of sub-networks covering specific topics at the request of IRIS members;
  • presentation of an IRIS diploma to trainees having undergone training as part of a reference project;
  • aid and assistance, provided by an IRIS member in each country, in the use of electronic mail.

European coordination of IRIS II has been entrusted to

the CETEC Consortium. This joint venture is coordinated by CREW (Centre for Research on European Women) in Brussels and comprises ACEREP (France), DIMITRA (Greece), CREW (Belgium), DONNALAVORODONNA (Italy), VIA (Belgium) and WETT (United Kingdom). These organisations have been selected because of their specific skills and in order to form a transnational structure which is capable of managing the future development of the network and to respond even better to the new needs of its members.

Duration

IRIS II covers a period of four years (1994-1998).

Budget

The annual budget of IRIS is ECU 1 million.

Communications support

The IRIS Bulletin (twice a year) will publish analytical articles dealing with topical aspects of training for women, case studies and interviews.

The current series of “IRIS special dossiers” will continue to be published.

4) Deadline For Implementation Of The Legislation In The Member States

Not applicable.

5) Date Of Entry Into Force (If Different From The Above)

6) References

7) Follow-Up Work

8) Commission Implementing Measures

 

Intra-Community trade of bovine animals and swine

Intra-Community trade of bovine animals and swine

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Intra-Community trade of bovine animals and swine

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Food safety > Veterinary checks animal health rules food hygiene

Intra-Community trade of bovine animals and swine

Document or Iniciative

Council Directive 64/432/EEC of 26 June 1964 on animal health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine [See amending act(s)].

Summary

The Directives apply to intra-Community trade in bovine animals or swine for breeding, production or slaughter.

The transport of bovine animals and swine to another Member State is only authorised if the animals:

  • do not display any clinical sign of disease;
  • have not been obtained from a holding subject to prohibition for animal health reasons;
  • are identified in accordance with the provisions of Directive 2008/71/EC for swine and in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 for bovine animals;
  • are accompanied by a health certificate (see Annex F) during transport to the country of destination;
  • come from a bovine herd officially free of tuberculosis, brucellosis or enzootic bovine leukosis (this condition only affects bovine animals).

During transport the animals must not come into contact with other animals which do not conform to the same health conditions.

Furthermore, the vehicles used to transport animals must guarantee their well-being and meet the following additional conditions. They must:

  • be designed in such a way as to prevent the dispersal of droppings, litter or fodder;
  • be cleaned and disinfected after each transportation of animals, in line with the methods and procedures approved by the competent authority;
  • hold a register including information on the location, date and time of the loading and delivery of animals, the type and quantity of animals transported, the length of the journey, the date and location of when the vehicle was disinfected, etc. This information must be kept for at least three years.

In accordance with animal health requirements, animals for slaughter, which have been transported directly to an abattoir on their arrival in the destination country, must be slaughtered within the 72 hours following their arrival. If the animals are transported directly to an approved assembly centre on their arrival in the destination country before being transported to the abattoir, their slaughter must take place within the three working days following their arrival in the assembly centre.

A Member State which has a national control programme for one of the contagious diseases not referred to in Annex E for the whole or part of its territory may submit the said programme to the Commission.

REFERENCES

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition into the Member States Official Journal
Directive 64/432/EEC

30.06.1964

30.06.1965

 L 121 of 29.07.1964

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition into the Member States Official Journal

Directive 80/1098/EEC

20.11.1980

1.7.1981

OJ L 325 of 1.12.1980

Directive 80/1274/EEC

31.12.1980

1.1.1981

OJ L 375 of 31.12.1980

Directive 81/476/EEC

1.7.1981

OJ L 186 of 8.07.1981

Directive 82/61/EEC

10.2.1982

1.1.1982

OJ L 29 of 6.02.1982

Directive 82/893/EEC

29.12.1982

1.1.1983

OJ L 378 of 31.12.1982

Directive 83/336/EEC

30.6.1984

OJ L 177 of 4.7.1984

Directive 84/643/EEC

30.06.1984

30.09.1985 (Ireland – United Kingdom)

OJ L 339 of 27.12.1984

Directive 84/644/EEC

30.09.1985

OJ L 339 of 27.12.1984

Directive 85/586/EEC

24.12.1985

01.01.1986

OJ L 372 of 31.12.1985

Directive 87/231/EEC

10.04.1987

OJ L 99 of 11.04.1987

Directive 87/489/EEC

30.10.1987

31.12.1988

OJ L 280 of 03.10.1987

Directive 89/662/EEC

22.12.1989

31.12.1991

31.12.1992 (for Greece)

OJ L 395 of 30.12.1989

Directive 90/423/EEC

26.7.1990

1.1.1992

OJ L 224 of 18.08.1990

Directive 90/425/EEC

26.7.1990

1.7.1992

OJ L 224 of 18.08.1990

Directive 91/687/EEC

19.11.1992

1.1.1992 (for Article 1 point 3 and Article 2 point 1)

1.7.1992 (for all other articles)

OJL 377 of 31.12.1991

Directive 92/65/EEC

29.7.1992

1.1.1994

OJ L 268 of 14.9.1992

Directive 92/102/EEC

08.12.1992

1.2.1993 (registration of bovine animals according to national measures)
1.10.1993 (Community system of registering bovine animals)
1.1.1994 (swine)
1.1.1995 (ovine and caprine)

OJ L 355 of 5.12.1992

Directive 97/12/EC

25.4.1997

30.6.1998

OJ L 109 of 25.4.1997

Directive 98/46/EC

15.7.1998

30.6.1999

OJ L 198 of 15.7.1998

Directive 98/99/EC

31.12.1998

1.1.1999 (Article 2)

1.7.1999 (Article 1)

OJ L 358 of 31.12.1998

Directive 2000/15/EC

3.5.2000

OJ L 105 of 3.5.2000

Directive 2000/20/EC

4.7.2000

1.12.1999

OJ L 163 of 4.7.2000

Regulation (EC) No 535/2002

13.4.2002

OJ L 80 of 23.3.2002

Regulation (EC) No 1226/2002

29.7.2002

OJ L 179 of 9.7.2002

Regulation (EC) No 21/2004

29.1.2004

OJ L 5 of 9.1.2004

Regulation (EC) No 1/2005

25.1.2005

OJ L 3 of 5.1.2005

Decision 2006/911/EC

29.12.2006

OJ L 346 of 9.12.2006

Directive 2006/104/EC

1.1.2007

OJ L 363 of 20.12.2006

Decision 2007/729/EC

OJ L 294 of 13.11.2007

Directive 2008/73/EC

3.9.2008

1.10.2010

OJ L 219 of 14.8.2008

Successive amendments and corrections to Directive 64/432/EEC have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version  is for reference purpose only.

Related Acts

Commission Decision 2008/185/EC of 21 February 2008 on additional guarantees in intra-Community trade of pigs relating to Aujeszky’s disease and criteria to provide information on this disease [Official Journal L 59 of 4.3.2008].
See consolidated version

Commission Decision 2004/558/ECOfficial Journal L 249 of 23.07.2004 of 15 July 2004 implementing Council Directive 64/432/EEC as regards additional guarantees for intra-Community trade in bovine animals relating to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and the approval of the eradication programmes presented by certain Member States.
See consolidated version

Commission Decision 2003/467/EC of 23 June 2003 establishing the official tuberculosis, brucellosis, and enzootic-bovine-leukosis-free status of certain Member States and regions of Member States as regards bovine herds [Official Journal L 156 of 25.6.2003].
See consolidated version

Intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals

Intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals

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Food safety > Veterinary checks animal health rules food hygiene

Intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals

Document or Iniciative

Council Directive 91/68/EEC of 28 January 1991 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals [See amending act(s)].

Summary

The animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals are laid down by Directive 91/68/EEC. This Directive, which has been amended several times, establishes the guarantees regarding animal health required for trade between the Member States. However, the circulation of animals within a Member State is not covered by these rules.

Minimum health conditions

Ovine and caprine animals may only be traded with another Member State if they meet the following conditions:

  • the animals are identified and registered;
  • the animals present no clinical sign of disease during the veterinary inspection (the inspection is held in the 24-hour period prior to the day of loading);
  • the animals are not intended for slaughter under a scheme for eradication of disease;
  • the animals do not originate from a holding subject to prohibition on grounds of health (brucellosis, rabies, anthrax);
  • the animals are not subject to animal health measures under European legislation for the control of foot-and-mouth disease. They have not been vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease either;
  • the animals are born and reared on EU territory or come from an authorised third country in accordance with European legislation;
  • the animals are kept for a minimum pre-determined period;
  • prior to their dispatch, the animals have not been in contact with other ovine or caprine animals (during the 21 days before dispatch), nor with other ungulates (during the 30 days before dispatch);
  • the animals are dispatched as quickly as possible in order to reduce any risk of contamination.

Additional health conditions

Additional conditions apply to ovine and caprine animals being sent for fattening, reproduction and animal husbandry. In the last two cases the Directive lays down additional controls for certain diseases including Maedi Visna, caprine viral arthritis/encephalitis, contagious agalactia or paratuberculosis.

Financing national programmes

Community financing may be used to help implement national programmes for the control of foot-and-mouth disease, brucellosis, contagious epididymitis in rams, anthrax and rabies. Financing is granted where the programmes in question are approved by the Commission.

Assembly centres

Assembly centres where the ovine and caprine animals are separated into consignments must respect certain animal health conditions and be inspected regularly by the competent authorities. Furthermore, a registration and approval system for animal dealers ensures adequate sanitary conditions during trading and, where applicable, during the time spent by animals on their own premises.

All the assembly centres are registered. Each one receives a veterinary registration number. The list of assembly centres and their veterinary registration numbers is regularly updated by the Member States. The latter then transmit these details to the other Member States and the public.

Transport of animals

The transport of animals, in particular vehicle hygiene, the isolation of transported animals and animal health certificates must also comply with certain criteria laid down in the Directive.

Inspections

The competent authority in each Member State carries out regular inspections whilst ensuring compliance with this Directive.

References

Act Entry into force – Date of expiry Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Directive 91/68/EEC

4.2.1991

Articles 7 and 8: 4.4.1991
Other: 31.12.1992

OJ L 46, 19.2.1991

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Directive 2001/10/EC

20.6.2001

30.6.2001

OJ L 147, 31.5.2001

Directive 2003/50/EC

9.7.2003

30.6.2004

OJ L 169, 8.7.2003

Regulation (EC) No 806/2003

5.6.2003

OJ L 122, 16.5.2003

Directive 2006/104/EC

1.1.2007

OJ L 363, 20.12.2006

Directive 2008/73/EC

3.9.2009

OJ L 219, 14.8.2008

The successive amendments and corrections to Directive 91/68/EC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated versionis of documentary value only.

Related Acts

Commission Decision 93/52/EEC of 21 December 1992 recording the compliance by certain Member States or regions with the requirements relating to brucellosis (B. melitensis) and according them the status of a Member State or region officially free of the disease [Official Journal L 13 of 21.1.1993].

Intra-Community trade in and imports of bovine embryos

Intra-Community trade in and imports of bovine embryos

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Intra-Community trade in and imports of bovine embryos

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

Food safety > Veterinary checks animal health rules food hygiene

Intra-Community trade in and imports of bovine embryos

Document or Iniciative

Council Directive 89/556/EEC of 25 September 1989 on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in and importation from third countries of embryos of domestic animals of the bovine species [See amending act(s)].

Summary

The Directive lays down animal health conditions for trade between Member States in embryos of domestic cattle and imports from third countries.

Intra-Community trade in embryos is limited to those complying with conditions concerning conception, collection, processing, storage and certification. The embryos must be accompanied during transport by a health certificate certifying that they conform to this Directive.

The Directive envisages a system for approving the embryo collection and production teams in the Member States and in third countries. Each team is registered by the competent authority of the country concerned and receives a veterinary registration number.

The list of embryo collection and production teams and their veterinary registration number is regularly updated by the Member States. The latter then communicate the list to the other Member States and the public.

Imports of embryos from third countries are restricted to a list of authorised countries to be drawn up by a procedure provided for by Article 18 with regard to certain criteria (the health of the livestock, information on contagious diseases, prevention and combating animal diseases, the structure of veterinary services, the guarantees provided, etc.).

The Directive provides for safeguard and control measures in the country of collection and the country of destination.

REFERENCES

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Directive 89/556/EEC

29.9.1989

1.1.1991

OJ L 302, 19.10.1989

Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal

Directive 90/425/EEC

26.7.1990

26.9.1990

OJ L 224, 18.8.1990

Directive 93/52/EEC

19.7.1993

31.12.1993

OJ L 175, 19.7.1993

Regulation (EC) No 806/2003

5.6.2003

OJ L 122, 16.5.2003

Directive 2008/73/EC

3.9.2008

1.1.2010

OJ L 219, 14.8.2008

The successive amendments and corrections to Directive 89/556/EEC have incorporated into the original text. This consolidated versionis for reference only.

RELATED ACTS

Commission Decision 2006/168/EC of 4 January 2006 establishing the animal health conditions and the veterinary certification requirements for imports into the Community of bovine embryos and repealing Decision 2005/217/EC [Official Journal L 57 of 28.2.2006].