Commission Regulation (EC) No 1138/2005 of 15 July 2005 on a standing invitation to tender to determine levies and/or refunds on exports of white sugar for the 2005/2006 marketing year


Published: 2005-07-15

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16.7.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 185/3


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1138/2005

of 15 July 2005

on a standing invitation to tender to determine levies and/or refunds on exports of white sugar for the 2005/2006 marketing year

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001 of 19 June 2001 on the common organisation of the markets in the sugar sector (1), and in particular Articles 22(2), 27(5) and (15) and 33(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

In view of the situation on the Community and world sugar markets, a standing invitation to tender should be issued as soon as possible for the export of white sugar in respect of the 2005/2006 marketing year which, having regard to possible fluctuations in world prices for sugar, must provide for the determination of export levies and/or export refunds.

(2)

The general rules governing invitations to tender for the purpose of determining export refunds for sugar established by Article 28 of Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001 should be applied.

(3)

In view of the specific nature of the operation, appropriate provisions should be laid down with regard to export licences issued in connection with the standing invitation to tender and there should be a derogation from Commission Regulation (EC) No 1464/95 of 27 June 1995 on special detailed rules for the application of the system of import and export licences in the sugar sector (2). However, Commission Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000 of 9 June 2000 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of import and export licences and advance fixing certificates for agricultural products (3) and Commission Regulation (EEC) No 120/89 of 19 January 1989 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the export levies and charges on agricultural products (4) must continue to apply.

(4)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Sugar,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

1.   A standing invitation to tender shall be issued in order to determine export levies and/or export refunds on white sugar covered by CN code 1701 99 10 for all destinations excluding Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro (5) and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. During the period of validity of this standing invitation, partial invitations to tender shall be issued.

2.   The standing invitation to tender shall be open until 27 July 2006.

Article 2

The standing invitation to tender and the partial invitations shall be conducted in accordance with Article 28 of Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001 and with this Regulation.

Article 3

1.   The Member States shall establish a notice of invitation to tender. The notice of invitation to tender shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member States may also publish the notice, or have it published, elsewhere.

2.   The notice shall indicate, in particular, the terms of the invitation to tender.

3.   The notice may be amended during the period of validity of the standing invitation to tender. It shall be so amended if the terms of the invitation to tender are modified during that period.

Article 4

1.   The period during which tenders may be submitted in response to the first partial invitation to tender:

(a)

shall begin on 22 July 2005;

(b)

shall end on Thursday 28 July 2005 at 10.00, Brussels local time.

2.   The periods during which tenders may be submitted in response to the second and subsequent partial invitations:

(a)

shall begin on the first working day following the end of the preceding period;

(b)

shall end at 10.00, Brussels local time:

11 and 25 August 2005,

8, 15, 22 and 29 September 2005,

6, 13, 20 and 27 October 2005,

10 and 24 November 2005,

8 and 22 December 2005,

5 and 19 January 2006,

2 and 16 February 2006,

2, 16 and 30 March 2006,

6 and 20 April 2006,

4 and 18 May 2006,

1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 June 2006,

13 and 27 July 2006.

Article 5

1.   Tenders in connection with this tendering procedure:

(a)

must be in writing and must be delivered by hand to the competent authority in a Member State, against a receipt; or

(b)

must be addressed to that authority either by registered letter or telegram;

(c)

must be addressed to that authority by telex, fax or electronic mail, where the authority accepts such forms of communication..

2.   Tenders shall be valid only if the following conditions are met:

(a)

tenders shall contain:

(i)

the procedure to which the tender relates;

(ii)

the name and address of the tenderer;

(iii)

the quantity of white sugar to be exported;

(iv)

the amount of the export levy or, where applicable, of the export refund, per 100 kilograms of white sugar, expressed in euro to three decimal places;

(v)

the amount of the security to be lodged covering the quantity of sugar indicated in (iii), expressed in the currency of the Member State in which the tender is submitted.

(b)

the quantity to be exported is not less than 250 tonnes of white sugar;

(c)

proof is furnished before expiry of the time-limit for the submission of tenders that the tenderer has lodged the security indicated in the tender;

(d)

tenders include a declaration by the tenderer that if their tender is successful they will, within the period laid down in the second subparagraph of Article 12(2), apply for an export licence or licences in respect of the quantities of white sugar to be exported;

(e)

tenders include a declaration by the tenderer that if their tender is successful they will:

(i)

where the obligation to export resulting from the export licence referred to in Article 12(2) is not fulfilled, supplement the security by payment of the amount referred to in Article 13(4);

(ii)

within 30 days following the expiry of the export licence in question, notify the authority which issued the licence of the quantity or quantities in respect of which the licence was not used.

3.   A tender may stipulate that it is to be regarded as having been submitted only if one or both of the following conditions is/are met:

(a)

the minimum export levy or, where applicable, the maximum export refund is fixed on the day of the expiry of the period for the submission of the tenders in question;

(b)

the tender, if successful, relates to all or a specified part of the tendered quantity.

4.   A tender which is not submitted in accordance with paragraphs 1 and 2, or which contains conditions other than those indicated in the present invitation to tender, shall not be considered.

5.   Once submitted, a tender may not be withdrawn.

Article 6

1.   A security of EUR 11 per 100 kilograms of white sugar to be exported under this invitation to tender must be lodged by each tenderer.

Without prejudice to Article 13(4), where a tender is successful this security shall become the security for the export licence at the time of the application referred to in Article 12(2).

2.   The security referred to in paragraph 1 may be lodged at the tenderer's choice, either in cash or in the form of a guarantee given by an establishment complying with criteria laid down by the Member State in which the tender is submitted.

3.   Except in cases of force majeure, the security referred to in paragraph 1 shall be released:

(a)

to unsuccessful tenderers in respect of the quantity for which no award has been made;

(b)

to successful tenderers who have not applied for the relevant export licence within the period referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 12(2), to the extent of EUR 10 per 100 kilograms of white sugar;

(c)

to successful tenderers for the quantity for which they have fulfilled, within the meaning of Articles 31(b) and 32(1)(b)(i) of Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000 the export obligation resulting from the licence referred to under Article 12(2) in accordance with the terms of Article 35 of that Regulation.

In the case referred to under (b) of the first subparagraph, the releasable part of the security shall be reduced, as applicable, by:

(a)

the difference between the maximum amount of the export refund fixed for the partial invitation concerned and the maximum amount of the export refund fixed for the following partial invitation, when the latter amount is higher than the former;

(b)

the difference between the minimum amount of the export levy fixed for the partial invitation concerned and the minimum amount of the export levy fixed for the following partial invitation, when the latter amount is lower than the former.

The part of the security or the security which is not released shall be forfeit in respect of the quantity of sugar for which the corresponding obligations have not been fulfilled.

4.   In cases of force majeure, the competent authority of the Member State concerned shall take such action for the release of the security as it considers necessary having regard to the circumstances invoked by the party concerned.

Article 7

1.   Tenders shall be examined in private by the competent authority concerned. The persons present at the examination shall be under an obligation not to disclose any particulars relating thereto.

2.   Tenders submitted shall be communicated to the Commission by the Member States without the tenderers being mentioned by name and must be received by the Commission within one hour and thirty minutes of the expiry of the deadline for the weekly submission of tenders stipulated in the notice of invitation to tender.

Where no tenders are submitted, the Member States shall notify the Commission of this within the same time-limit.

Article 8

1.   After the tenders received have been examined, a maximum quantity may be fixed for the partial invitation concerned.

2.   A decision may be taken to make no award under a specific partial invitation to tender.

Article 9

1.   In the light of the current state and foreseeable development of the Community and world sugar markets, there shall be fixed either:

(a)

a minimum export levy, or

(b)

a maximum export refund.

2.   Without prejudice to Article 10, where a minimum export levy is fixed, a contract shall be awarded to every tenderer whose tender quotes a rate of levy equal to or greater than such minimum levy.

3.   Without prejudice to Article 10, where a maximum export refund is fixed, a contract shall be awarded to every tenderer whose tender quotes a rate of refund equal to or less than such maximum refund and to every tenderer who has tendered for an export levy.

Article 10

1.   Where a maximum quantity has been fixed for a partial invitation to tender and if a minimum export levy is fixed, a contract shall be awarded to the tenderer whose tender quotes the highest export levy; if the maximum quantity is not fully covered by that award, awards shall be made to other tenderers in descending order of export levies quoted until the entire maximum quantity has been accounted for.

Where a maximum quantity has been fixed for a partial invitation to tender and if a maximum export refund is fixed, contracts shall be awarded in accordance with the first subparagraph; if after such awards a quantity is still outstanding, or if there are no tenders quoting an export levy, awards shall be made to tenderers quoting an export refund in ascending order of export refunds quoted until the entire maximum quantity has been accounted for.

2.   Where an award to a particular tenderer in accordance with paragraph 1 would result in the maximum quantity being exceeded, that award shall be limited to such quantity as is still available. Where offers quote the same export levy or refund and would, if accepted for the full quantity in respect of which they have been submitted, cause the maximum quantity to be exceeded, awards will be made:

(a)

by division among the tenderers concerned in proportion to the total quantities in each of their tenders, or

(b)

by apportionment among the tenderers concerned by reference to a maximum tonnage to be fixed for each of them, or

(c)

or by drawing lots.

Article 11

1.   The competent authority of the Member State concerned shall immediately notify applicants of the result of their participation in the invitation to tender. It shall also send statements of award to the successful tenderers.

2.   Statements of award shall indicate at least:

(a)

the procedure to which the tender relates,

(b)

the quantity of white sugar to be exported;

(c)

the amount, expressed in euro, of the export levy to be charged, or where applicable of the export refund to be granted per 100 kilograms of white sugar of the quantity referred to in (b).

Article 12

1.   Every successful tenderer shall have the right to receive, in the circumstances referred to in paragraph 2, an export licence covering the quantity awarded, indicating the export levy or refund quoted in the tender, as the case may be.

2.   Every successful tenderer shall be obliged to lodge, in accordance with the relevant provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1291/2000, an application for an export licence in respect of the quantity that has been awarded to him, the application not being revocable in derogation from Article 12 of Regulation (EEC) No 120/89.

The application shall be lodged not later than:

(a)

the last working day preceding the date of the partial invitation to tender to be held the following week;

(b)

if no partial invitation to tender is due to be held that week, the last working day of the following week.

3.   Every successful tenderer shall be obliged to export the tendered quantity and, if this obligation is not fulfilled, to pay, where necessary, the amount referred to in Article 13(4).

4.   he rights and obligations referred to in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 shall not be transferable.

Article 13

1.   The period for the issue of export licences referred to in Article 9(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1464/95 shall not apply to the white sugar to be exported under this Regulation.

2.   Export licences issued in connection with a partial invitation to tender shall be valid from the day of issue until the end of the fifth calendar month following that in which the partial invitation was issued.

However, export licences issued in respect of the partial invitations held after 1 May 2006 will be valid only until 30 September 2006.

Should technical difficulties arise which prevent export being carried out by the expiry date referred to in the second subparagraph above, the competent authorities in the Member State which issued the export licence may, at the written request of the holder of that licence, extend its validity to 15 October 2006 at the latest, provided that export is not subject to the rules laid down in Articles 4 or 5 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 565/80 (6).

3.   The export licences issued in respect of the partial invitations held between 28 July 2005 and 30 September 2005 will be usable only from 1 October 2005.

4.   Except in cases of force majeure, the holder of the licence shall pay the competent authority a specific amount in respect of the quantity for which the obligation to export resulting from the export licence referred to in Article 12(2) has not been fulfilled, if the security referred to in Article 6 is less than:

(a)

the export levy indicated on the licence, less the levy referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 33(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001 in force on the last day of validity of the said licence;

(b)

the sum of the export levy indicated on the licence and the refund referred to in Article 28(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001 in force on the last day of validity of the said licence;

(c)

the export refund referred to in Article 28(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1260/2001 in force on the last day of validity of the licence, less the refund indicated on the said licence.

The amount to be paid referred to in the first paragraph shall be equal to the difference between the result of the valuation made under (a), (b) or (c), as the case may be, and the security referred to in Article 6(1).

Article 14

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 15 July 2005.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


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