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Common organisation of the fruit and vegetable markets

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Common organisation of the fruit and vegetable markets

The common organisation of the fruit and vegetables market was radically changed in a 2007 reform. The reform also combined this sector with that of processed fruit and vegetables.

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 of 28 October 1996 on the common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables [See amending acts].

Summary

From 2008, the reform of the common organisation of markets in fruit and vegetables will replace the system under the current Regulation.

Scope

The products concerned are: fresh fruit and vegetables and certain types of dried fruit. The exceptions or products not covered by this regime are potatoes, grapes, bananas, sweetcorn, peas, fodder beans and olives.

The marketing years can be set by the Commission based on the opinion of the Management Committee for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.

Grading of products

To facilitate trade and increase the profitability of production, products are graded and subject to standards. The product holder is responsible for compliance with the standards. In order to be marketed, products must comply with the standards. The various items of information and in particular the product’s origin, variety and grade should be displayed legibly at retail sale. These standards take account of those recommended by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards.

Standards are not enforced before products are packaged or prepared, nor for products that will be processed. The same is true for products sold directly by the grower and for certain named local products. Special measures can also be taken in the event of shortages or exceptional surpluses.

Controls are carried out in order to monitor compliance with standards at all stages of marketing.

Products imported from non-EU countries must comply with these standards or with at least equivalent standards. Similarly, Community products intended for export to non-EU countries have to comply with Community standards.

Producer organisations

From 2008, a new system governs producer organisations and producer organisation associations. However, organisations and associations recognised as such under the current Regulation will retain their status. Where necessary, they will have to adapt to the requirements of this Regulation by 31 December 2010.

Producer organisations are legal entities recognised by the Member States and set up on the initiative of producers. Minimum recognition criteria are set, particularly as regards the number of members and turnover.

There are several categories of organisation, namely: fruit and/or vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, mushrooms and products intended for processing, as well as other organisations covering several products. These organisations, recognised by the Member States, contribute mainly to facilitating the production and marketing of products, helping producers to develop their production and encouraging the application of agri-environmental measures.

Member producers have to apply the rules adopted by their organisation and sell, save in exceptional cases, all their production through their intermediary. They also contribute financially to the operational fund.

The operational fund established by producer organisations is financed in equal parts by the producers and the European Community. In regions where the level of producer organisations is insufficient, the Member States may allocate complementary aid.

Where less than 15% of the production of the Member State is marketed by the producer organisations and where fruit and vegetable production represents 15% of the total agricultural production, this complementary aid can be reimbursed by the Community.

The funds are meant to finance both market withdrawals and operational programmes approved by national authorities or action plans presented by pre-recognised producer organisations. The proportion of the operational fund earmarked for withdrawals is a maximum of 30%. Financial assistance may not exceed 4.1% of the value of the products marketed by the organisation.

Operational programmes are meant to help producers to improve production and the marketing of products and to encourage the application of agri-environmental measures and phytosanitary standards and rules. The multi-annual operational programmes are accepted or refused by the Member States. A national set of requirements, approved by the European Commission, lays down the criteria for the acceptance of agri-environmental measures.

Following the reform of the common organisation of markets for fruit and vegetables, the operational programmes approved under this Regulation must meet the new conditions which will apply from 2008.

Producer organisations or associations of producer organisations functioning in an economic region, representative of producers and production, can ask the Member State to extend the rules adopted by the organisation or association to other producers established in the region. These producers must, under certain conditions, contribute 50% of the financing for the functioning of the organisation and to measures meant to ensure better marketing of fruit and vegetables.

The other half of the financing is covered by the European Union (EU), which limits this funding to no more than 4.1% of the value of the products marketed by the producer organisation (a change introduced by Regulation (EC) No 2699/2000).

This single ceiling of 4.1% signifies a major change to the market-organisation regime, increasing aid for the producer organisation’s operational funds. The single ceiling has replaced the previous ceiling, which had been set per producer organisation at 4.5% of the value of the products they market and for all producer organisations a maximum amount of 2.5% of the total combined turnover of the organisations.

The European Commission may ask the Member States not to authorise the extension where it contravenes European competition rules or where provisions concerning the common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables are not complied with.

Inter-trade organisations and agreements

The inter-trade organisations are composed of representatives of economic operators active in the fruit and vegetable sector and/or in several regions of the European Community. The objective of the inter-trade organisations, recognised by the Member States under the control of the European Commission, is to promote the production and marketing of fruit and vegetables and to encourage their members to implement environmental measures. Though they may clash with Community provisions on competition, business agreements are sometimes authorised within such organisations.

Intervention arrangements

From time to time, producer organisations may decide not to place some of their products (see Annex II to the Regulation) on the market, provided that the use of the products does not undermine the normal disposal of products or harm the environment. For the quantities they withdraw from the market, they receive Community withdrawal compensation, a single amount valid throughout the Community (see Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 2200/96).

The compensation may not cover more than 5% of the marketed quantity for citrus fruit, 8.5% for apples and pears and 10% for the other products in question. Growers who are not members of producer organisations also have access to this intervention mechanism via a producer organisation, but the Community withdrawal compensation they receive is reduced by 10%.

Free distribution and withdrawn products

Withdrawal procedures are supervised by the Member States and the Commission. Unsold withdrawn products can under no circumstances return to the market. They have to be distributed free of charge for social and charity purposes, distilled, used for animal feed or for non-food purposes, or finally destroyed in an environmentally sound manner. The Community will bear the cost of free distribution, including, in this case, sorting and packaging costs.

Reforms to market-organisation regimes to include the new Member States

The regime for fruit and vegetables was also amended by the agriculture chapter of the Act of Accession, in particular as regards Cyprus and Malta. Malta was granted special temporary assistance for producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, scheduled to last for 11 years from the date of accession and declining gradually over that period. Cyprus was granted withdrawal compensation for apples, pears, peaches, table grapes and citrus fruit, to last for five years following the date of accession.

Trade with third countries

This system will be replaced by a new system for trade with third countries as from 2008.

Imports and exports may be subject to the issuing of an import or export licence.

The Common Customs Tariff rates of duties apply to products in the fruit and vegetable sector.

All tariff quotas for fruit and vegetables are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, except for the quota for garlic, bound within the WTO, for which a ‘traditional/new arrivals’ method has been introduced.

Where imports are likely to threaten the stability of the Community market, safeguard measures may be introduced with respect to the international obligations of the Community.

Export refunds may be granted for various fresh fruit and vegetables: apples, lemons, oranges, peaches, nectarines, table grapes, tomatoes and some nuts. Some of the refunds are granted on the basis of an amount and quantity which are set periodically and others are awarded on the basis of requests from operators and the quantities available.

When trading with third countries, it is normally forbidden to impose charges having equivalent effect to customs duties or to apply any quantitative import restrictions or measures having the same effect.

References

Act Entry into force – Date of expiry Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 21.11.1996 OJ L 297, 21.11.1996
Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 2520/97 1.1.1998 OJ L 346, 17.12.1997
Regulation (EC) No 857/1999 27.4.1999 OJ L 108, 27.4.1999
Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 2.7.1999 OJ L 160, 26.6.1999
Regulation (EC) No 2699/2000 15.12.2000 OJ L 311, 12.12.2000
Regulation (EC) No 2826/2000 26.12.2000 OJ L 328, 19.12.2000
Regulation (EC) No 718/2001 18.4.2001 OJ L 100, 11.4.2001
Regulation (EC) No 911/2001 18.5.2001 OJ L 129, 11.5.2001
Regulation (EC) No 545/2002 31.3.2002 OJ L 84, 28.3.2002
Regulation (EC) No 1881/2002 12.11.2002 OJ L 285, 23.10.2002
Regulation (EC) No 47/2003 31.1.2003 OJ L 7, 11.1.2003
Regulation (EC) No 1182/2007 6.11.2007 OJ L 273, 17.10.2007

Successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version (PDF ) is for reference purposes only.

Related Acts

Detailed implementing rules

Regulation (EC) No 1580/2007 [Official Journal L 350 of 31.12.2007].
Following the adoption of the Regulation governing the fruit and vegetable sector, this Regulation will integrate and reorganise the detailed rules concerning this sector. It will regulate the classification of products, producer organisations and trade with third countries. It also includes, in its Annexes, the details of the official authorities and monitoring organisations, and models for certain certificates and documents needed for trade in these products to take place.

Regulation (EC) No 103/2004 [Official Journal L 16 of 23.1.2004].
Commission Regulation of 21 January 2004 laying down detailed rules for implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 as regards intervention arrangements and market withdrawals in the fruit and vegetable sector.

Regulation (EC) No 1535/2003 [Official Journal L 218 of 30.8.2003].
Commission Regulation of 29 August 2003 laying down detailed rules for applying Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/96 as regards the aid scheme for products processed from fruit and vegetables.
See consolidated version (PDF )

Aid for organisations

Regulation (EEC) No 790/89 [Official Journal L 85 of 30.3.1989]

This Regulation sets the level of additional flat-rate aid for the formation of producer organisations and the maximum amount applied to aid for quality and marketing improvement in the nut and locust bean-growing sector.
See consolidated version (PDF )

Producer organisations

Extension of the rules governing producer organisations in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector [Official Journal C 301 of 5.12.2002].
Communication made under Article 18(5) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2200/96.

Reports

Report from the Commission to the Council of 24 January 2001 on the state of implementation of Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 on the common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables [COM (2001) 36 final – not published in the Official Journal].
On the basis of this report and the ensuing discussions under the Spanish Presidency of the Council in 2002, in 2003 the Commission launched a work programme to make the Regulations governing this market-organisation regime simpler and clearer.


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Common organisation of the fruit and vegetable markets – (2007 reform)

Common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetables

Common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetables

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetables

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Common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetables

The common organisation of the processed fruit and vegetables market was radically changed in a 2007 reform which combined the processed products sector with that of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/96 of 28 October 1996 on the common organisation of the markets in processed fruit and vegetable products [see Amending acts].

Summary

From 2008, processed fruit and vegetables and fresh fruit and vegetables will be brought together within the same common market organisation (CMO).

Scope

The products concerned are processed fruit and vegetable products (this also includes dried vegetables, sweet peppers which are neither crushed nor ground, dried fruit, figs and raisins and pectic substances).

AID SCHEME

The aid system established under this Regulation is repealed but will continue to apply for the purposes of the marketing year which will end in 2008.

General provisions

A Community production aid scheme will be introduced for tomatoes, peaches and pears intended for processing. All products, whether they are raw material or finished goods, must meet minimum quality requirements. The aid is granted to producer organisations recognised under Regulation (EC) No 2200/96 on the common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables. The aid is granted to producer organisations recognised under the Regulation on the common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables.

In order to receive aid, these producer organisations must conclude contracts with processors approved by the Member States. After the national authorities have checked that the products mentioned in the contracts have been duly delivered to the processing industries, the aid is allocated to the producer organisations which pass it on to the producers.

The aid amounts to:

  • €34.50 per tonne of tomatoes,
  • €47.70 per tonne of peaches,
  • €161.70 per tonne of pears.

If there is overrun of the Community processing threshold for pears, tomatoes and peaches, the aid is reduced. The production of dried figs and prunes derived from dried “d’Ente” plums also qualifies for aid. The aid is granted to those processors who have sold their products via a producer organisation. In all cases, the amount of production aid, which is fixed by the Commission after having consulted the Management Committee ‘Fruit and vegetables’, may not exceed the difference between the minimum price paid to the producer within the Community and the price of the raw material in the main non-EU producing and exporting countries.

Community and national thresholds

The Community aid scheme is open to recognised producer groups which deliver tomatoes, pears and citrus fruits harvested in the European Union (EU) and intended for processing. The EU has established Community thresholds to limit both the total amount of aid and national thresholds. If these limits are overrun, penalties are applied.

Specific provisions for grapes, dried figs and certain regional products

Aid is to be granted for growing grapes intended for the production of dried grapes of the sultana and Moscatel varieties and currants. The Community maximum guaranteed area is fixed at 53 187 hectares.

If overrun occurs during a marketing year, the aid for the following year is modulated as a result. Producers who replant vineyards affected by phylloxera and who are not entitled to aid under the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund qualify for aid for three years. For sultanas and currants, up to 27 370 tonnes of grapes are bought per year by storage agencies approved by the Member States. Storage aid is granted to storage agencies for a maximum of 18 months following the end of the marketing year in which they bought the products.

In the case of products of major local or regional importance, special measures may be taken to enhance their competitiveness and improve their promotion.

Reform of the common market organisations to include the new Member States

The common market organisation for fruit and vegetables was also modified in the agricultural chapter of the Act of Accession. For example, the EU has granted Malta special temporary aid for producers of tomatoes intended for processing. The duration of this aid will be 11 years from the date of accession, and will be gradually decreased over this period.

TRADE WITH NON-EU MEMBER COUNTRIES

The system described will be replaced by a new system for trade with Non-EU Member Countries from 2008.

Import and export licences

Imports and exports may be subject to the grant of an import or export licence.

Common Customs Tariff

The rates of duty in the Common Customs Tariff apply to processed fruit and vegetable products.

Imports

Where imports are likely to cause disturbances, safeguard measures can be adopted for all products subject to the common organisation of the market as long as they comply with the international obligations of the Community.

Tariff quotas

Tariff quotas are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, except for tinned mushrooms where the ‘traditional/new arrivals’ method is applied.

Exports

In order to permit the export of economically important quantities of products without adding sugar, export refunds may be granted to: processed tomatoes, provisionally preserved cherries, candied cherries, processed nuts and certain pure orange juices.

The amount of export refunds is fixed periodically. Export refunds are also provided for sugar and its substitutes used for making certain fruit and vegetable products subject to the common organisation of the markets. This refund is equal to that provided for in the regulations establishing the common organisation of the market in sugar. The refund for glucose and glucose syrup is that applied to products under the common organisation of the market in cereals.

Barriers to trade

When trading with Non-EU Member Countries, it is normally forbidden to impose charges having equivalent effect to customs duties or to apply any quantitative import restrictions or measures having the same effect.

References

Act Entry into force – Date of expiry Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 2201/96 28.10.1996 OJ L 297 of 21.11.1997
Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 2199/97 15.6.1997 OJ L 303 of 6.11.1997
Regulation (EC) No 2701/1999 15.6.1999 OJ L 327 of 21.12.1999
Regulation (EC) No 2699/2000 15.12.2000 OJ L 311 of 12.12.2000
Regulation (EC) No 1239/2001 29.6.2001 OJ L 171 of 26.6.2001
Regulation (EC) No 453/2002 1.1.2002 OJ L 72 of 14.3.2002
Regulation (EC) No 386/2004 2.3. 2003 OJ L 64 of 2.3.2004
Regulation (EC) No 1182/2007 6.11.2007 OJ L 273 of 17.10.2007
Regulation (EC) No 1212/2007 18.10.2007 OJ L 274 of 18.10.2007
Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 23.11.2007 (?) OJ L 299 of 16.11.2007

Successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EEC) No 2201/96 have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version (pdf ) is for reference purposes only.

Related Acts

Detailed implementing rules

Regulation (EC) No 1580/2007 [Official Journal L 350 of 31.12.2007].
Following the adoption of the Regulation governing the fruit and vegetable sector, this Regulation will integrate and reorganise the detailed rules concerning this sector. It will regulate the classification of products, producer organisations and trade with Non-EU Member Countries. It also includes, in its Annexes, the details of the official authorities and monitoring organisations, and models for certain certificates and documents needed for trade in these products to take place.

See consolidated version (pdf )

Aid:

Regulation (EC) No 464/1999 [Official Journal L 56, 4.3.1999]
Detailed rules for the application of the Regulation on the common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetable products as regards aid arrangements for prunes.
See consolidated version (pdf )

Regulation No 1573/1999/EC [Official Journal L 187 of 20.7.1999]
Detailed rules for the application of the Regulation on the common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetable products as regards the characteristics of dried figs qualifying for aid under the production aid scheme.

Regulation No 1621/1999/EC [Official Journal L 19 of 24.7.1999]
Detailed rules for the application of the Regulation on the common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetable products as regards aid for the cultivation of grapes to produce certain varieties of dried grapes.
See consolidated version (pdf )

Regulation No 1622/1999/EC [Official Journal L 192 of 24.7.1999]
Detailed rules for the application of the Regulation on the common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetable products as regards the scheme for the storage of unprocessed dried grapes and unprocessed dried figs.
See consolidated version (pdf )

Regulation (EC) No 1666/1999 [Official Journal L 197, 29.07.1999]
Detailed rules for the application of the Regulation on the common organisation of the market in processed fruit and vegetable products as regards the minimum marketing characteristics for certain varieties of dried grapes.

Regulation No 217/2002/EC [Official Journal L 35 of 06.02.2002]
Eligibility criteria for raw materials under the production aid scheme in Regulation (EC) No 2201/96.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1535/2003 [Official Journal L 218, 30.8.2003]
Detailed rules for applying Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/96 as regards the aid scheme for products processed from fruit and vegetables.
See consolidated version (pdf )

Quality

Regulation (EEC) No 1764/86 [Official Journal L 153 of 7.6.1986]
Minimum quality requirements for products processed from tomatoes.
See consolidated version (pdf )

Regulation (EEC) No 2320/89 [Official Journal L 220 of 29.07.1989]
Minimum quality requirements for peaches in syrup and natural fruit juice.
See consolidated version (pdf )

Regulation (EC) No 1010/2001 [Official Journal L 140 of 24.05.2001]
Minimum quality requirements for mixed fruit under the production aid scheme.

Regulation (EC) No 1559/2006 [Official Journal L 288 of 19.10.2006]
Minimum quality requirements for Williams and Rocha pears in syrup and/or in natural fruit juice under the production aid scheme.

Common organisation of sheepmeat and goatmeat markets

Common organisation of sheepmeat and goatmeat markets

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Common organisation of sheepmeat and goatmeat markets

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Common organisation of sheepmeat and goatmeat markets

The common organisation of the market in sheepmeat and goatmeat is designed to stabilise prices and guarantee a fair level of income for farmers, while establishing a system of prices and arrangements for trade with third countries. These specific provisions remain in force until 30 June 2008.

Document or Iniciative

Council Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001 of 19 December 2001 on the common organisation of the market in sheepmeat and goatmeat [see amending Acts].

Summary

As from 1 July 2008, products falling under the scope of this Regulation will be covered by the common organisation of agricultural markets.

Scope

The products affected are lambs, live sheep and goats, fresh, chilled and frozen meat from sheep or goats, edible offal, fats and other prepared or preserved meat and offal from sheep or goats.

Private storage aid

When there is a particularly difficult market situation in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or any other Member State taken separately, the European Commission may decide to grant private storage aid within the framework of a tendering procedure. In urgent cases, aid amounts may be fixed in advance without tendering.

Trade with third countries

Imports and exports may be subject to presentation of an import or export licence issued by Member States to any applicant.

The rates of duty in the Common Customs Tariff apply to products in the sheepmeat and goatmeat sectors.

Additional import duties may be imposed if there is a risk that imports might destabilise the Community market.

Tariff quotas are administered by applying one of the following methods: first come, first served; simultaneous examination; or traditional/new arrival. Other non-discriminatory methods may be applied.

The use of inward processing arrangements may be prohibited to the extent necessary for the proper working of the common organisation of the market or if there is a risk of the Community market being disturbed.

When trading with third countries, it is forbidden to impose charges having equivalent effect to customs duties or to apply any quantitative import restrictions or measures having the same effect.

Protective measures may be taken if the Community market is threatened with disturbance by reason of imports or exports.

Other provisions

Member States monitor prices on the market. When there is a substantial rise or fall in prices and this threatens to disturb the market, the necessary measures may be taken.

Exceptional measures may be taken to support a market affected by restrictions on free movement resulting from animal diseases.

Save as otherwise provided in this Regulation, the Treaty rules on State aid apply to the sheepmeat and goatmeat sector.

The Member States and the Commission notify one another of the information needed in order to implement the Regulation.

In implementing the Regulation, the Commission is assisted by a Management Committee for Sheepmeat and Goatmeat, comprising representatives of the Member States and chaired by a representative of the Commission.

At the end of 2005, the Commission reported to the European Parliament and the Council on the environmental consequences of sheep and goat farming.

If necessary, transitional measures may be taken to ensure the smooth changeover to the new common organisation of the market.

Background

This common organisation of the market in sheepmeat and goatmeat brought together all the various pieces of legislation governing that market up until 2001. It regulated trade in these products both on the internal market and with third countries. It did so by providing aid to Community producers in the form of direct payments.

This scheme was replaced by the 2003 agricultural reform which introduced the single farm payment, while still providing ewe and goat premiums.

In 2007, the common organisation of the market in sheepmeat and goatmeat was subsumed under the single common organisation of the market, which replaced the 21 individual systems in place for various sectors and simplified the legislative framework for the common agriculture policy.

References

Act Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001 22.12.2001 OJ L 341, 22.12.2001
Amending act(s) Entry into force Deadline for transposition in the Member States Official Journal
Acts on the accession to the EU of the Czech Republic and the Republics of Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia 1.5.2004 OJ L 236, 23.9.2003
Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 1.1.2004 OJ L 270, 21.10.2003
Regulation (EC) No 1913/2005 2.12.2005 OJ L 307, 25.11.2005

Successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001 have been incorporated into the basic text. This consolidated version (pdf ) is for reference purposes only.

Related Acts

Definitions

Regulation (EEC) No 461/93 [Official Journal L 49, 27.2.1993].

Community scale for the classification of sheep carcasses.
See consolidated version (pdf ).

Premium scheme

Regulation (EC) No 2550/2001 [Official Journal L 341, 22.12.2001].
Detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2529/2001 on the common organisation of the market in sheepmeat and goatmeat as regards premium schemes and amending Regulation (EC) No 2419/2001.

Intervention/private storage

Regulation (EC) No 6/2008 [Official Journal L 3, 5.1.2008].
Detailed rules for the granting of private storage aid for sheepmeat and goatmeat.

Regulation (EEC) No 3447/90 [Official Journal L 333, 30.11.1990].

Special conditions for the granting of private storage aid for sheepmeat and goatmeat.
See consolidated version (pdf ).

Imports

Regulation (EC) No 874/96 [Official Journal L 118, 15.5.1996].

Imports of pure-bred breeding animals of the ovine and caprine species from third countries.

Monitoring of the markets

Regulation (EC) No 315/2002 [Official Journal L 50, 21.2.2002].

Survey of prices of fresh or chilled lamb on representative markets in the Community.

Transitional measures

Regulation (EC) No 264/2002 [Official Journal L 43, 14.2.2002].

Transitional measures for the application of premium schemes in the sheepmeat and goatmeat sectors.