2005/555/EC: Commission Decision of 15 July 2005, excluding from Community financing certain expenditure incurred by the Member States under the Guarantee Section of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) (notified under document nu


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20.7.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 188/36

COMMISSION DECISION

of 15 July 2005,
excluding from Community financing certain expenditure incurred by the Member States under the Guarantee Section of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
(notified under document number C(2005) 2685)
(Only the Spanish, Danish, German, Greek, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese texts are authentic)
(2005/555/EC)
THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 729/70 of 21 April 1970 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (1), and in particular Article 5(2)(c) thereof,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (2), and in particular Article 7(4) thereof,
Having consulted the Fund Committee,
Whereas:

(1)

Article 5 of Regulation (EEC) No 729/70, Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999, and Article 8(1) and (2) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1663/95 of 7 July 1995 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No 729/70 regarding the procedure for the clearance of the accounts of the EAGGF Guarantee Section (3), provide that the Commission is to make the necessary verifications, inform the Member States of its findings, take account of the Member States' comments, initiate bilateral discussions and then formally communicate its conclusions to the Member States, referring to Commission Decision 94/442/EC of 1 July 1994 setting up a conciliation procedure in the context of the clearance of the accounts of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) Guarantee Section (4).

(2)

The Member States have had an opportunity to request that a conciliation procedure be initiated. That opportunity has been used in some cases and the report issued on the outcome has been examined by the Commission.

(3)

Under Articles 2 and 3 of Regulation (EEC) No 729/70 and Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999, only refunds on exports to third countries and intervention to stabilise agricultural markets, respectively granted and undertaken according to Community rules within the framework of the common organisation of the agricultural markets, may be financed.

(4)

In the light of the checks carried out, the outcome of the bilateral discussions and the conciliation procedures, part of the expenditure declared by the Member States does not fulfil these requirements and cannot, therefore, be financed under the EAGGF Guarantee Section.

(5)

The amounts that are not recognised as being chargeable to the EAGGF Guarantee Section should be indicated. Those amounts do not relate to expenditure incurred more than twenty-four months before the Commission's written notification of the results of the checks to the Member States.

(6)

As regards the cases covered by this Decision, the assessment of the amounts to be excluded on grounds of non-compliance with Community rules was notified by the Commission to the Member States in a summary report on the subject.

(7)

This Decision is without prejudice to any financial conclusions that the Commission may draw from the judgments of the Court of Justice in cases pending on 15 February 2005 and relating to its content,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:
Article 1
The expenditure itemised in the Annex hereto that has been incurred by the Member States' accredited paying agencies and declared under the EAGGF Guarantee Section shall be excluded from Community financing because it does not comply with Community rules.
Article 2
This Decision is addressed to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hellenic Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the French Republic, Ireland, the Italian Republic, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Austria, the Portuguese Republic, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Done at Brussels, 15 July 2005.


For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL


Member of the Commission




(1)  OJ L 94, 28.4.1970, p. 13. Regulation as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1287/95 (OJ L 125, 8.6.1995, p. 1).

(2)  OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 103.

(3)  OJ L 158, 8.7.1995, p. 6. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 465/2005 (OJ L 77, 23.3.2005, p. 6).

(4)  OJ L 182, 16.7.1994, p. 45. Decision as last amended by Decision 2001/535/EC (OJ L 193, 17.7.2001, p. 25).

ANNEX

Sector
Member State
Budget item
Reason
Nat. Currency
Expenditure to exclude from financing
Deductions already made
Financial impact of this decision
Financialyear
Animal premia
AT
21 20, 21 21, 21 25, 21 28
Flat-rate correction of 5 % — over-declaration of alpine forage areas, non-application of the area-measurement system.
EUR
– 1 580 413,53
0,00
– 1 580 413,53
2001-2002
 

Total AT

 
 
 
– 1 580 413,53
0,00
– 1 580 413,53
 
Financial audit
BE
Miscellaneous
Financial correction — certification of accounts.
EUR
– 73 583,84
0,00
– 73 583,84
2002
 

Total BE

 
 
 
– 73 583,84
0,00
– 73 583,84
 
Financial audit
DE
21 20, 21 24, 23 20
Correction — application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 300 160,13
– 332 346,61
32 186,48
2003
Financial audit
DE
Miscellaneous
Financial correction — certification of accounts.
EUR
– 1 179 506,70
0,00
– 1 179 506,70
2002
 

Total DE

 
 
 
– 1 479 666,83
– 332 346,61
– 1 147 320,22
 
Animal premia
DK
21 24, 21 28
Erroneous control statistics submitted for 2002, non-compliance with Commission Regulation (EEC) No 3887/92, inadequate risk analysis.
DKK
– 1 385 375,53
0,00
– 1 385 375,53
2002-2003
Financial audit
DK
21 25
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
DKK
– 208 243,99
– 208 243,99
0,00
2003
 

Total DK

 
 
 
– 1 593 619,52
– 208 243,99
– 1 385 375,53
 
Fruit and vegetables
GR
15 15
Multiannual contracts: specific financial correction — failure to achieve minimum quantities. Annual and multiannual contracts: flat-rate financial correction of 5 % — quantities delivered for processing were smaller than specified in contractual agreements.
EUR
– 330 595,00
0,00
– 330 595,00
2000-2001
Animal premia
GR
21 25
Exclusion of total declared expenditure — no quality control to establish the stocking density, no control of extensification premium, deficient procedures to establish eligibility for extensification premium in eligible land taken into account to establish eligibility, no confirmation of penalties.
EUR
– 34 530 717,69
0,00
– 34 530 717,69
2001-2003
Arable crops
GR
10 40-10 62, 13 10, 18 58
Flat-rate correction of 5 % — no full implementation of IACS, key component controls not fully operational.
EUR
– 25 437 255,00
0,00
– 25 437 255,00
2003
 

Total GR

 
 
 
– 60 298 567,69
0,00
– 60 298 567,69
 
Fruit and vegetables
ES
15 07
Flat-rate correction of 10 % — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 13 341 081,60
0,00
– 13 341 081,60
2000-2001
Fruit and vegetables
ES
15 01, 15 02, 15 11, 15 12, 15 15, 314
Flat-rate correction of 5 % — shortcomings in the control system of the Andalusian authorities. 2 % correction for measures within the processing sector. Flat-rate correction of 10 % — non-fixing of planned penalties.
EUR
– 1 821 776,35
0,00
– 1 821 776,35
1999-2001
Fruit and vegetables
ES
15 02
Expenses to be excluded from Community funding — unbalanced operational programmes, inadequate environmental activities.
EUR
– 2 902 219,77
0,00
– 2 902 219,77
2000-2002
Milk
ES
20 71
Annulment of Commission Decision 2001/137/EC of 5 February 2001, amount to be reimbursed to Spain.
EUR
14 582 115,50
0,00
14 582 115,50
1996
Public Storage
ES
32 20
Scale of correction: as established in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 296/96 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 1 479 326,74
0,00
– 1 479 326,74
2000-2002
Wine and tobacco products
ES
16 50
Correction of 100 % for part of the expenditure — non-compliance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999.
EUR
– 4 790 799,61
0,00
– 4 790 799,61
2001-2003
Animal premia
ES
21 20, 21 21, 21 22, 21 24, 21 25, 21 28
Flat-rate correction of 5 % — insufficient level of on-the-spot-checks.
EUR
– 3 066 016,28
0,00
– 3 066 016,28
2002-2003
Honey
ES
23 20
Flat-rate correction of 5 % — inadequate controls, absence of an increase in the number of on-the-spot checks, VAT unduly charged.
EUR
– 71 495,57
0,00
– 71 495,57
2002-2003
 

Total ES

 
 
 
– 12 890 600,42
0,00
– 12 890 600,42
 
Fruit and vegetables
FR
15 01, 15 02, 15 09, 15 12, 314
Specific correction of 25,3 % and flat-rate correction of 10 % — acknowledgment: shortcomings in control system. flat-rate correction of 5 % — activities relating to products withdrawn from the market: shortcomings in control system. flat-rate correction of 10 % — non-fixing of penalties.
EUR
– 63 792 464,12
0,00
– 63 792 464,12
1999-2002
Fruit and vegetables
FR
15 02
Flat-rate correction of 2 % — use of flat-rate sums and erroneous method for calculating contributions to operational funds.
EUR
– 2 669 660,60
0,00
– 2 669 660,60
2000-2003
Financial audit
FR
12 10, 15 02, 16 10, 21 21, 21 24, 21 25, 21 28
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 5 648 423,18
– 5 648 423,18
0,00
2003
 

Total FR

 
 
 
– 72 110 547,90
– 5 648 423,18
– 66 462 124,72
 
Fishery
IE
26 10
Flat-rate correction of 2 % — lack of proper control over the withdrawal of fish. Flat-rate correction of 5 % — inadequate control over the rendering of goods unfit for human consumption. Flat-rate correction of 10 % — shortcomings in the inventories of stores. Specific correction — claims received after deadline.
EUR
– 582 331,61
0,00
– 582 331,61
2001-2003
Financial audit
IE
21 25, 22 21
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 625 136,09
– 625 136,09
0,00
2003
 

Total IE

 
 
 
– 1 207 467,70
– 625 136,09
– 582 331,61
 
Fruit and vegetables
IT
15 02
Scale of correction: as established in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 296/96 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 1 223 457,00
0,00
– 1 223 457,00
2002
Honey
IT
23 20
Flat-rate correction of 5 % for 2001 and 2002, 2 % for 2003 — inadequate controls, insufficient evidence of supervision by the paying agency, ineligible expenditure charged to the Fund.
EUR
– 582 226,79
0,00
– 582 226,79
2001-2003
Financial audit
IT
Miscellaneous
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 28 852 472,77
– 29 264 364,26
411 891,49
2002
 

Total IT

 
 
 
– 30 658 156,56
– 29 264 364,26
– 1 393 792,30
 
Animal premia
LU
22 20, 22 21, 22 22
Flat-rate correction of 5 % — insufficient attention to compliance with conditions of eligibility, absence of checks on supporting documents, inspections announced too early, absence of checks on premises where animals kept.
EUR
– 13 978,14
0,00
– 13 978,14
2002-2004
Arable crops
LU
10 40-10 60, 10 62, 1310
Flat-rate correction of 2 % — recurrent deficiencies in the administration of on-site audits, late on-site audits, shortcomings in the calculation of aid amounts, application of incorrect reduction rate.
EUR
– 621 471,00
0,00
– 621 471,00
2000-2002
Rural development
LU
40 40
Correction — non-observation of eligibility requirement.
EUR
– 122 153,00
0,00
– 122 153,00
2002
Financial audit
LU
21 28
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
0,00
– 1 523 705,30
1 523 705,30
2003
 

Total LU

 
 
 
– 757 602,14
– 1 523 705,30
766 103,16
 
Animal premia
NL
22 20, 22 21, 22 22
Flat-rate correction of 2 % — inadequate implementation of flock registers.
EUR
– 676 571,03
0,00
– 676 571,03
2002-2004
Financial audit
NL
10 49, 18 00, 21 20, 21 24, 21 25, 21 28
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 763 843,83
– 1 317 551,36
553 707,53
2003
 

Total NL

 
 
 
– 1 440 414,86
– 1 317 551,36
– 122 863,50
 
Animal premia
PT
21 20, 21 21, 21 22, 21 24, 21 25, 21 28
Flat-rate correction of 5 % for claim year 2000, 2 % for claim year 2001, 5 % for claim years 2002 and 2003 — shortcomings with regard to the I & R system, insufficient control of claims, inadequate administrative cross-checks.
EUR
– 6 805 576,11
0,00
– 6 805 576,11
2001-2004
Animal premia
PT
22 20, 22 21, 22 22
Flat-rate correction of 5 % (2 % for some regions for 2001) — inadequate implementation of flock registers, insufficient number of on-the-spot-checks.
EUR
– 5 103 616,08
0,00
– 5 103 616,08
2001-2003
Financial audit
PT
16 30
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
EUR
– 24 809,86
– 24 809,86
0,00
2003
 

Total PT

 
 
 
– 11 934 002,05
– 24 809,86
– 11 909 192,19
 
Intervention storage
UK
38 00
Scale of correction: as established in Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 296/96 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
GBP
– 523 063,45
0,00
– 523 063,45
2002
Financial audit
UK
Miscellaneous
Correction — application of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 — non-compliance with payment deadlines.
GBP
– 34 151 974,35
– 34 151 974,35
0,00
2003
 

Total UK

 
 
 
– 34 675 037,80
– 34 151 974,35
– 523 063,45