2004/761/EC: Commission Decision of 26 October 2004 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Directive 93/24/EEC as regards the statistical surveys on cattle population and production (notified under document number C(2004) 4091)Text with


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13.11.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 337/64


COMMISSION DECISION

of 26 October 2004

laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Directive 93/24/EEC as regards the statistical surveys on cattle population and production

(notified under document number C(2004) 4091)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2004/761/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 93/24/EEC of 1 June 1993 on the statistical surveys to be carried out on bovine animal production (1), and in particular Articles 1(2) and (3), 2(2), 3(2), 6, 8(1) and (2), 10(3) and 12(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Decision 94/433/EC of 30 May 1994 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Directive 93/24/EEC as regards the statistical surveys on cattle population and production (2) has been amended several times.

(2)

Precise definitions are required in order to carry out the surveys provided for in Directive 93/24/EEC. This requires the definition of the agricultural holdings covered by the survey. The different categories for the breakdown of the survey results, and the herd size classes and the territorial subdivisions according to which the Member States draw up the survey results at regular intervals must also be precisely defined. A standard definition of carcass weight is necessary for drawing up slaughtering statistics.

(3)

Under Directive 93/24/EEC, the Member States may, at their request, be authorised to carry out the May/June or November/December surveys in selected regions, provided that these surveys cover at least 70 % of the bovine population. Member States whose bovine population makes up only a small percentage of the overall livestock population of the Community may also, at their request, be authorised to dispense altogether with either the May/June or the November/December survey or to use the regional breakdown for the final results of the May/June survey. Finally, the Member States may, at their request, be authorised to conduct the prescribed breakdown by herd size classes for the results of the May/June survey.

(4)

Applications have been made by the Member States for the various types of derogation.

(5)

By reason of the accession of the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, it is necessary to make certain technical adaptations and to extend certain derogations to these new Member States.

(6)

Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council (3) establishes a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) for the Member States; the new NUTS nomenclature must therefore replace the previously defined regional levels.

(7)

Decision 94/433/EC should therefore be repealed.

(8)

This Decision is in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

1.   For the purposes of Article 2(2) of Directive 93/24/EEC, ‘agricultural holding’ means any technical and economic unit under single management which produces agricultural products.

2.   The survey referred to in Article 1(1) of Directive 93/24/EEC shall cover:

(a)

agricultural holdings with a utilised agricultural area of 1 ha or more;

(b)

agricultural holdings with a utilised agricultural area of less than 1 ha, if their production is to a certain extent intended for sale or if their production unit exceeds certain natural thresholds.

3.   Member States wishing to apply a different survey threshold shall, however, undertake to determine that threshold in such a way that only the smallest holdings are excluded, and that together the holdings excluded account for 1 % or less of the total standard gross margin, within the meaning of Commission Decision 85/377/EEC (4), of the Member State concerned.

Article 2

The definitions of the categories of bovines referred to in Articles 3(1), 10(2) and 12(2) of Directive 93/24/EEC are set out in Annex I of this Decision.

Article 3

For the territorial subdivisions referred to in Article 6(1) of Directive 93/24/EEC, the Member States shall follow the level of the common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) defined in Annex II of this Decision. They do not need to compile results for regions in which the bovine population is less than 1 % of the national bovine population.

Article 4

The herd size classes referred to in Article 8(1) of Directive 93/24/EEC are set out in Annex III of this Decision.

Article 5

The carcass weight referred to in Article 10(1) of Directive 93/24/EEC is the weight of the slaughtered animal’s cold body after being skinned, bled and eviscerated, and after removal of the external genitalia, the limbs at the carpus and tarsus, the head, the tail, the kidneys and kidney fats, and the udder.

Article 6

1.   The list of Member States authorised to carry out the May/June or November/December surveys in selected regions, on the understanding that these surveys cover at least 70 % of the bovine population, is set out in point (a) of Annex IV to this Decision.

2.   The list of Member States authorised to carry out the November/December survey only is set out in point (b) of Annex IV to this Decision.

3.   The list of Member States authorised to use the regional breakdown for the final results of the May/June survey is set out in point (c) of Annex IV to this Decision.

4.   The list of Member States authorised to use the breakdown by herd size classes for the results of the May/June survey is set out in point (d) of Annex IV to this Decision.

Article 7

Decision 94/433/EC is repealed.

References made to the repealed Decision shall be construed to be made to the present Decision.

Article 8

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 26 October 2004.

For the Commission

Joaquín ALMUNIA

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 149, 21.6.1993, p. 5. Directive as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 284, 31.10.2003, p. 1).

(2)  OJ L 179, 13.7.1994, p. 27. Decision as last amended by Commission Decision 1999/547/EC (OJ L 209, 7.8.1999, p. 33).

(3)  OJ L 154, 21.6.2003, p. 1.

(4)  OJ L 220, 17.8.1985, p. 1. Decision as last amended by Commission Decision 2003/369/EC (OJ L 127, 23.5.2003, p. 48).


ANNEX I

DEFINITION OF CATEGORIES

 

Article 3(1) of Directive 93/24/EEC

Article 10(2) and Article 12(2) of Directive 93/24/EEC

Calves

A(a)

bovine animals less than one year old for slaughter as calves.

The definition of ‘calves’ is given under A in the next column

A.

Calves

Domestic animals of the bovine species, of not more than 300 kg live weight and not yet having permanent teeth

Bulls

 

D.

Bulls

Non-castrated male bovines not included under A

Bullocks

 

E.

Bullocks

Castrated male bovines not included under A

Heifers

C(b)

(ba)

Female bovines aged two years or more that have not yet calved

B.

Heifers

Female bovines that have not yet calved not included under A

Heifers for slaughter

C(b)

(ba)(1)

Heifers raised for meat production

 

Other heifers

C(b)

(ba)(2)

Heifers raised for breeding and intended to replace dairy or other cows

 

Cows

C(b)

(bb)

Female bovines that have calved (including any aged less than two years)

C.

Cows

Female bovines that have calved

Dairy cows

C(b)

(bb)(1)

Cows kept exclusively or principally for the production of milk for human consumption and/or dairy produce, including cows for slaughter (fattened or not between last lactation and slaughter)

 

Other cows

C(b)

(bb)(2)

Cows other than dairy cows, possibly including any draught cows

 


ANNEX II

TERRITORIAL SUBDIVISIONS

Belgium

NUTS 2

Czech Republic

NUTS 2

Denmark

Germany

NUTS 1

Estonia

NUTS 2

Greece

NUTS 2

Spain

NUTS 2

France

NUTS 2

Ireland

NUTS 2

Italy

NUTS 2

Cyprus

Latvia

NUTS 3

Lithuania

NUTS 2

Luxembourg

Hungary

NUTS 2

Malta

NUTS 3

Netherlands

NUTS 2

Austria

NUTS 2

Poland

NUTS 2

Portugal

NUTS 2

Slovenia

NUTS 2

Slovakia

NUTS 2

Finland

NUTS 2

Sweden

NUTS 2

United Kingdom

NUTS 1


ANNEX III

SIZE CLASSES OF BOVINE POPULATIONS

Categories

Number of bovines/holder

Holder’s number

Animal’s number

Number of dairy cows/holder

Holder’s number

Animal’s number

Number of other cows/holder

Holder’s number

Animal’s number

I

1-2 (1)

 

 

1-2 (1)

 

 

1-2 (1)

 

 

II

3-9 (1)

 

 

3-9 (1)

 

 

3-9 (1)

 

 

III

1-9

 

 

1-9

 

 

1-9

 

 

IV

10-19

 

 

10-19

 

 

10-19

 

 

V

20-29

 

 

20-29

 

 

20-29

 

 

VI

30-49

 

 

30-49

 

 

30-49

 

 

VII

50-99

 

 

50-99

 

 

50-99

 

 

VIII

100- (4)

 

 

100- (4)

 

 

100- (4)

 

 

IX

100-199 (2)

 

 

100-199 (3)

 

 

100-199 (3)

 

 

X

200-299 (2)

 

 

200-299 (3)

 

 

200-299 (3)

 

 

XI

300-499 (2)

 

 

300- (3)

 

 

300- (3)

 

 

XII

500- (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Total

 

 

Total

 

 


(1)  Breakdown optional for: BE, CZ, DK, NL, SE, SK.

(2)  Breakdown optional for: CZ, GR, LT, LU, PL, PT, SE, SI, SK.

(3)  Breakdown optional for: CZ, GR, FR, LT, LU, PL, PT, SE, SI, SK.

(4)  Breakdown optional for: MT.


ANNEX IV

(a)   Member States authorised to carry out the May/June or November/December surveys in selected regions, on the understanding that these surveys cover at least 70 % of the bovine population

 

France

 

Italy

(b)   Member States authorised to carry out the November/December survey only

 

Portugal

 

Greece

 

Cyprus

 

Estonia

 

Hungary

 

Latvia

 

Lithuania

 

Malta

 

Slovakia

 

Slovenia

(c)   Member States authorised to use the regional breakdown for the final results of the May/June survey

 

Belgium

 

Germany

 

Netherlands

 

Sweden

(d)   Member States authorised to use the breakdown by herd size classes for the results of the May/June survey

 

Belgium

 

Denmark

 

Germany

 

Netherlands

 

Poland

 

Sweden