Official Journal of the European Union
COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1294/2005
of 5 August 2005
amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs
THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs (1), and in particular the second indent of Article 13 thereof,
According to the principles governing the organic production at farm level set out in Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91, livestock must be fed on organically produced feedingstuffs. For a transitional period expiring on 24 August 2005, farmers are allowed to use a limited proportion of conventional feedingstuffs where they can show that organic feedingstuffs are unavailable.
It appears that there will not be a supply of sufficient quantities to fill the demand for organic feed materials in the Community after 24 August 2005, especially as concerns feed materials rich in proteins needed to sustain production for monogastric animals and, to a lesser extent, for ruminants.
It is therefore necessary to provide for an extension of the transitional period during which the use of conventional feedingstuffs may be authorised.
Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 should therefore be amended accordingly.
Considering the urgency of the measure due to the fact that the provision on the use of conventional feedingstuffs expires on 24 August 2005, this Regulation should enter into force on the day after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee set up by Article 14 of Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91,
HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Regulation.
This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
It shall apply from 25 August 2005.
This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
Done at Brussels, 5 August 2005.
For the Commission
Mariann FISCHER BOEL
Member of the Commission
(1) OJ L 198, 22.7.1991, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 2254/2004 (OJ L 385, 29.12.2004, p. 20).
Part B of Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 is amended as follows:
Point 4.8 is replaced by the following:
‘By way of derogation from paragraph 4.2, the use of a limited proportion of conventional feedingstuffs of agricultural origin is authorised where farmers can show to the satisfaction of the inspection body or authority of the Member State that they are unable to obtain feed exclusively from organic production.
The maximum percentage of conventional feedingstuffs authorised per period of 12 months is:
for herbivores: 5 % during the period from 25 August 2005 to 31 December 2007;
for other species:
15 % during the period from 25 August 2005 to 31 December 2007,
10 % during the period from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009,
5 % during the period from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2011.
These figures shall be calculated annually as a percentage of the dry matter of feedingstuffs from agricultural origin. The maximum percentage authorised of conventional feedingstuffs in the daily ration, except during the period each year when the animals are under transhumance, must be 25 % calculated as a percentage of the dry matter.’