2005/385/EC: Commission Decision of 13 May 2005 on the clearance of the accounts of Member States' expenditure financed by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), Guarantee Section, for the 2004 financial year (notified under docume


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20.5.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 127/22


COMMISSION DECISION

of 13 May 2005

on the clearance of the accounts of Member States' expenditure financed by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), Guarantee Section, for the 2004 financial year

(notified under document number C(2005) 1443)

(2005/385/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 of 17 May 1999 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (1), and in particular Article 7(3) thereof,

After consulting the Fund Committee,

Whereas:

(1)

Under Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999, the Commission, on the basis of the annual accounts submitted by the Member States, accompanied by the information required for clearance and a certificate regarding the integrality, accuracy and veracity of the accounts transmitted and the reports established by the certification bodies, clears the accounts of the paying agencies referred to in Article 4(1) of that Regulation.

(2)

Pursuant to Article 7(1) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 296/96 of 16 February 1996 on data to be transmitted by the Member States and the monthly booking of expenditure financed under the Guarantee Section of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) (2), account is taken for the 2004 financial year of expenditure incurred by the Member States between 16 October 2003 and 15 October 2004.

(3)

The time limits granted to the Member States for the submission to the Commission of the documents referred to in Article 6(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) 1258/1999 and in Article 4(1) 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 accounts of the EAGGF Guarantee Section (3), have expired.

(4)

The Commission has checked the information submitted and communicated to the Member States before 31 March 2005 the results of its verifications, along with the necessary amendments.

(5)

Under the first subparagraph of Article 7(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1663/95, the accounts clearance decision referred to in Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 must determine, without prejudice to decisions taken subsequently in accordance with Article 7(4) of the Regulation, the amount of expenditure effected in each Member State during the financial year in question recognised as being chargeable to the EAGGF Guarantee Section, on the basis of the accounts referred to in Article 6(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 and the reductions and suspensions of advances for the financial year concerned, including the reductions referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 296/96. Under Article 154 of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities (4), the outcome of the clearance decision, that is to say any discrepancy which may occur between the total expenditure booked to the accounts for a financial year pursuant to Article 151(1) and Article 152 and the total expenditure taken into consideration by the Commission in this Decision, is to be booked, under a single article, as additional expenditure or a reduction in expenditure.

(6)

For certain paying agencies, in the light of the verifications made, the annual accounts and the accompanying documents permit the Commission to take a decision on the integrality, accuracy and veracity of the accounts submitted. Annex I lists the amounts cleared by Member State. The details of these amounts were described in the Summary Report that was presented to the Fund Committee at the same time as this Decision.

(7)

In the light of the verifications made, the information submitted by certain paying agencies requires additional inquiries and their accounts cannot be cleared in this Decision. Annex II lists the paying agencies concerned.

(8)

Article 4(2) of Regulation (EC) No 296/96, in liaison with Article 14 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2040/2000 of 26 September 2000 on budgetary discipline (5) lays down that advances against booking are to be reduced for expenditure effected by the Member States after the limits or deadlines laid down. However, under Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 296/96, any overrun of deadlines during August, September and October is to be taken into account in the accounts clearance decision except where noted before the last decision of the financial year relating to advances. Some of the expenditure declared by certain Member States during the abovementioned period and for the measures for which the Commission did not accept any extenuating circumstances was effected after the statutory limits or deadlines laid down. This Decision should therefore lay down the relevant reductions. A decision will be taken at a later date, in accordance with Article 7(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999, definitively fixing the expenditure for which Community financing will not be granted regarding those reductions and any other expenditure which may be found to have been effected after the limits or deadlines laid down.

(9)

The Commission, in accordance with Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 2040/2000 and Article 4(2) of Regulation (EC) No 296/96, has already reduced or suspended a number of monthly advances on entry into the accounts of expenditure for the 2004 financial year and makes in this Decision the reductions laid down in Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 296/96. In the light of the above, to avoid any premature or merely a temporary reimbursement of the amounts in question, they should not be recognised in this Decision, without prejudice to further examination under Article 7(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999.

(10)

The second subparagraph of Article 7(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1663/95 lays down that the amounts that are recoverable from, or payable to, each Member State, in accordance with the accounts clearance decision referred to in the first subparagraph, shall be determined by deducting advances paid during the financial year in question, i.e. 2004, from expenditure recognised for that year in accordance with the first subparagraph. Such amounts are to be deducted from, or added to, advances against expenditure from the second month following that in which the accounts clearance decision is taken.

(11)

In accordance with the final subparagraph of Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1258/1999 and Article 7(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1663/95, this Decision, adopted on the basis of accounting information, does not prejudice decisions taken subsequently by the Commission excluding from Community financing expenditure not effected in accordance with Community rules,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

With the exception of the paying agencies referred to in Article 2, the accounts of the paying agencies of the Member States concerning expenditure financed by the EAGGF Guarantee Section in respect of the 2004 financial year are hereby cleared. The amounts which are recoverable from, or payable to, each Member State under this Decision are set out in Annex I.

Article 2

For the 2004 financial year, the accounts of the Member States' paying agencies in respect of expenditure financed by the EAGGF Guarantee Section, shown in Annex II, are disjoined from this Decision and shall be the subject of a future clearance Decision.

Article 3

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 13 May 2005.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 160, 26.6.1999, p. 103.

(2)  OJ L 39, 17.2.1996, p. 5. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1655/2004 (OJ L 298, 23.9.2004, p. 3).

(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 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1.

(5)  OJ L 244, 29.9.2000, p. 27.


ANNEX I

Clearance of the Paying Agencies' accounts — Financial year 2004

Amount to be recovered from or paid to the Member State

MS

 

2004 — Expenditure for the Paying Agencies for which the accounts are

Total a + b

Reductions and suspensions for the whole financial year

Total including reductions and suspensions

Advances paid to the Member State for the financial year

Amount to be recovered from (–) or paid to (+) the Member State

cleared

disjoined

= expenditure declared in the annual declaration

= total of the expenditure in the monthly declarations

a

b

c = a + b

d

e = c + d

f

g = e – f

AT

EUR

1 141 832 188,85

0,00

1 141 832 188,85

0,00

1 141 832 188,85

1 141 832 509,04

– 320,19

BE

EUR

1 072 926 545,09

0,00

1 072 926 545,09

0,00

1 072 926 545,09

1 072 805 591,37

120 953,72

CZ

CZK

148 270 977,89

0,00

148 270 977,89

0,00

148 270 977,89

148 270 977,89

0,00

DE

EUR

6 010 175 861,68

23 818 955,08

6 033 994 816,76

– 150 191,69

6 033 844 625,07

6 033 635 575,97

209 049,10

DK

DKK

9 058 346 238,16

0,00

9 058 346 238,16

– 68 177,57

9 058 278 060,59

9 058 602 584,17

– 324 523,58

EE

EEK

8 595 434,55

0,00

8 595 434,55

0,00

8 595 434,55

8 595 434,55

0,00

EL

EUR

2 781 442 489,74

0,00

2 781 442 489,74

– 5 228 942,57

2 776 213 547,17

2 777 610 434,43

– 1 396 887,26

ES

EUR

6 269 452 812,02

57 020 505,80

6 326 473 317,82

– 7 926 338,98

6 318 546 978,84

6 319 215 724,26

– 668 745,42

FI

EUR

869 358 525,94

0,00

869 358 525,94

– 4 383,80

869 354 142,14

868 904 449,67

449 692,47

FR

EUR

9 395 956 559,98

1 868 053,41

9 397 824 613,39

– 9 219 078,83

9 388 605 534,56

9 389 117 043,59

– 511 509,03

HU

HUF

125 098 884,00

0,00

125 098 884,00

0,00

125 098 884,00

125 098 884,00

0,00

IE

EUR

1 829 924 935,77

0,00

1 829 924 935,77

– 1 354 653,66

1 828 570 282,11

1 829 730 495,20

– 1 160 213,09

IT

EUR

1 194 172 909,54

3 835 460 014,48

5 029 632 924,02

– 48 452 006,98

4 981 180 917,04

5 022 642 872,80

– 41 461 955,76

LT

LTL

1 826 753,89

0,00

1 826 753,89

0,00

1 826 753,89

1 826 753,89

0,00

LU

EUR

0,00

37 803 193,51

37 803 193,51

– 42 350,66

37 760 842,85

37 760 842,85

0,00

LV

LVL

23 671,15

0,00

23 671,15

0,00

23 671,15

23 671,15

0,00

NL

EUR

1 262 187 678,33

0,00

1 262 187 678,33

– 313 300,35

1 261 874 377,98

1 261 891 680,76

– 17 302,78

PL

PLN

46 695 429,61

0,00

46 695 429,61

0,00

46 695 429,61

46 695 429,61

0,00

PT

EUR

824 235 249,10

0,00

824 235 249,10

– 884 668,91

823 350 580,19

823 155 282,67

195 297,52

SE

SEK

7 740 689 327,48

0,00

7 740 689 327,48

0,00

7 740 689 327,48

7 740 689 327,48

0,00

SI

SIT

16 964 300,84

0,00

16 964 300,84

0,00

16 964 300,84

16 964 300,84

0,00

SK

SKK

57 252 395,16

0,00

57 252 395,16

0,00

57 252 395,16

57 252 395,16

0,00

UK

GBP

2 782 254 804,67

0,00

2 782 254 804,67

– 36 835 148,07

2 745 419 656,60

2 747 004 082,12

– 1 584 425,52

1)

For the calculation of the amount to be recovered from or paid to the Member State the amount taken into account is, the total of the annual declaration for the expenditure cleared (col.a) or, the total of the monthly declarations for the expenditure disjoined (col.b).

2)

The reductions and suspensions are those taken into account in the advance system, to which are added in particular the corrections for the non-respect of payment deadlines established in August, September and October 2004.


ANNEX II

Clearance of the Paying Agencies' accounts Financial year 2004

List of the Paying Agencies for which the accounts are disjoined and are subject of a later clearance decision

Member State

Paying Agency

Germany

Bayern Umwelt

Spain

Madrid

France

SDE

Italy

AGEA

Luxembourg

Ministère de l'agriculture