2005/234/EC: Commission Decision of 14 March 2005 amending Annex II to Council Decision 79/542/EEC as regards imports of fresh meat from Argentina (notified under document number C(2005) 602) (Text with EEA relevance)


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18.3.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 72/35


COMMISSION DECISION

of 14 March 2005

amending Annex II to Council Decision 79/542/EEC as regards imports of fresh meat from Argentina

(notified under document number C(2005) 602)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2005/234/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 72/462/EEC of 12 December 1972 on health and veterinary inspection problems upon importation of bovine, ovine and caprine animals and swine, fresh meat or meat products from third countries (1), and in particular the second subparagraph of Articles 3(1) and 16(1) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 2002/99/EC of 16 December 2002 laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption (2), and in particular Article 8(1) and (4),

Whereas:

(1)

Part 1 of Annex II to Council Decision 79/542/EEC of 21 December 1979 drawing up a list of third countries or parts of third countries, and laying down animal and public health and veterinary certification conditions, for importation into the Community of certain live animals and their fresh meat (3) sets out a list of third countries and parts of third countries from which Member States are authorised to import certain live animals and their fresh meat.

(2)

Following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (‘FMD’) that occurred in September 2003 in Argentina in the province of Salta, in the north of the country close to the border with Paraguay, Commission Decision 93/402/EEC of 10 June 1993 concerning animal health conditions and veterinary certification for imports of fresh meat from South American countries (4) was amended by Decisions 2003/658/EC (5) and 2003/758/EC (6), in order to suspend importation of deboned and matured bovine meat from the Argentinean provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Chaco and Formosa. Decision 93/402/EEC has been repealed by Decision 2004/212/EC (7) and its provisions have been incorporated in Decision 79/542/EEC.

(3)

The outbreak has been closed for more than 12 months and no new outbreaks have been detected in the territory of Argentina. In the meantime, inspection missions carried out in 2004 have shown that the situation in Argentina has improved in regard to both animal and public health.

(4)

The Commission requested Argentina to provide for a buffer zone along its borders with Bolivia and Paraguay in order to avoid the risk of introduction of FMD. Argentina proposed a zone with a width of 25 kilometres along its border with those countries (‘the buffer zone’). Detailed maps and information, in particular concerning control measures in place in the buffer zone, have now been provided to the Commission. Importation into the Community from the buffer zone of fresh meat from species susceptible to FMD should be prohibited.

(5)

It is therefore appropriate to resume importation of deboned and matured bovine fresh meat from the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Chaco and Formosa with the exception of the buffer zone.

(6)

Decision 79/542/EEC has been amended by Decision 2004/212/EC inter alia in order to exclude meat products from its scope. It is therefore appropriate to delete in Article 1 the erroneous reference to meat products.

(7)

Article 1 and Part 1 of Annex II to Decision 79/542/EEC should be amended accordingly.

(8)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

In Article 1 to Decision 79/542/EEC the words ‘and meat products’ are deleted.

Article 2

Part 1 of Annex II to Decision 79/542/EEC is replaced by the text in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 3

This Decision shall apply from 18 March 2005.

Article 4

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 14 March 2005.

For the Commission

Markos KYPRIANOU

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 302, 31.12.1972, p. 28. Directive as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 807/2003 (OJ L 122, 16.5.2003, p. 36).

(2)  OJ L 18, 23.1.2003, p. 11.

(3)  OJ L 146, 14.6.1979, p. 15. Decision as last amended by Commission Decision 2004/620/EC (OJ L 279, 28.8.2004, p. 30).

(4)  OJ L 179, 22.7.1993, p. 11.

(5)  OJ L 232, 18.9.2003, p. 59.

(6)  OJ L 272, 23.10.2003, p. 16.

(7)  OJ L 73, 11.3.2004, p. 11.


ANNEX

‘ANNEX II

FRESH MEAT

Part 1

LIST OF THIRD COUNTRIES OR PARTS THEREOF (1)

Country

Code of Territory

Description of territory

Veterinary certificate

Specific conditions

Model(s)

SG

1

2

3

4

5

6

AL — Albania

AL-0

Whole country

 

 

AR — Argentina

AR-0

Whole country

EQU

 

 

AR-1

The provinces of Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, La Rioja, Mendoza, Misiones, Neuquen, Rio Negro, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Fe and Tucuman.

BOV

A

1 and 2

AR-2

La Pampa and Santiago del Estero

BOV

A

1 and 2

AR-3

Cordoba

BOV

A

1 and 2

AR-4

Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego

BOV, OVI

 

 

AR-5

Formosa (only the territory of Ramon Lista) and Salta (only the department of Rivadavia)

BOV

A

1 and 2

AR-6

Salta (only the departments of General Jose de San Martin, Oran, Iruya and Santa Victoria)

BOV

A

1 and 2

AR-7

Chaco, Formosa (except the territory of Ramon Lista), Salta (except the departments of General Jose de San Martin, Rivadavia, Oran, Iruya and Santa Victoria), Jujuy

BOV

A

1 and 2

AR-8

Chaco, Formosa, Salta, Jujuy, with the exception of the buffer area of 25 km from the border with Bolivia and Paraguay that extends from the Santa Catalina District in the Province of Jujuy, to the Laishi District in the Province of Formosa

BOV

A

1 and 2

AR-9

The buffer area of 25 km from the border with Bolivia and Paraguay that extends from the Santa Catalina District in the Province of Jujuy to the Laishi District in the Province of Formosa

 

 

AU — Australia

AU-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, POR, EQU, RUF, RUW, SUF, SUW

 

 

BA — Bosnia Herzegovina

BA-0

Whole country

 

 

BG — Bulgaria

BG-0

Whole country

EQU

 

 

BG-1

The provinces of Varna, Dobrich, Silistra, Choumen, Targovitchte, Razgrad, Rousse, V. Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Pleven, Lovetch, Plovdic, Smolian, Pasardjik, Sofia district, Sofia city, Pernik, Kustendil, Blagoevgrad, Vratza, Montana and Vidin

BOV, OVI RUW, RUF

BG-2

The provinces of Bourgas, Jambol, Sliven, Starazagora, Hasskovo, Kardjaliand and the 20-km-wide corridor on the border with Turkey

BH — Bahrain

BH-0

Whole country

 

 

BR — Brazil

BR-0

Whole country

EQU

 

 

BR-1

States of Paraná, Minas Gerais (except regional delegations of Oliveira, Passos, São Gonçalo de Sapucai, Setelagoas and Bambuí), São Paulo, Espíritu Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul (except for the municipalities of Sete Quedas, Sonora, Aquidauana, Bodoqueno, Bonito, Caracol, Coxim, Jardim, Ladario, Miranda, Pedro Gomes, Porto Murtinho, Rio Negro, Rio Verde of Mato Grosso and Corumbá), Santa Catarina, Goias and the regional units of Cuiaba (except for the municipalities of San Antonio de Leverger, Nossa Senhora do Livramento, Pocone and Barão de Melgaço), Caceres (except for the municipality of Caceres), Lucas do Rio Verde, Rondonopolis (except for the municipality of Itiquiora), Barra do Garça and Barra do Burges in Mato Grosso.

BOV

A

1 and 2

BR-2

State of Rio Grande do Sul

BOV

A

1 and 2

BR-3

State of Mato Grosso do Sul, municipality of Sete Quedas

BOV

A

1 and 2

BW — Botswana

BW-0

Whole country

EQU, EQW

 

 

BW-1

The veterinary disease control zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 18

BOV, OVI, RUF, RUW

F

1 and 2

BW-2

The veterinary disease control zones 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

BOV, OVI, RUF, RUW

F

1 and 2

BY — Belarus

BY-0

Whole country

 

 

BZ — Belize

BZ-0

Whole country

BOV, EQU

 

 

CA — Canada

CA-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, POR, EQU, SUF, SUW RUF, RUW,

G

 

CH — Switzerland

CH-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, POR, EQU, RUF, RUW, SUF, SUW

 

 

CL — Chile

CL-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, POR, EQU, RUF, RUW, SUF

 

 

CN — China (People's Republic of)

CN-0

Whole country

 

 

CO — Colombia

CO-0

Whole country

EQU

 

 

CO-1

The zone included within the borderlines from the point where the Murri River flows into the Atrato River, downstream along the Atrato River to where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean from this point to the Panamanian border following the Atlantic coast-line to Cabo Tiburón; from this point to the Pacific Ocean following the Columbian-Panamanian border; from this point to the mouth of the Valle River along the Pacific coast and from this point along a straight line to the point where the Murri River flows into the Atrato River.

BOV

A

2

CO-3

The zone included within the borderlines from the mouth of the Sinu River on the Atlantic Ocean, upstream along the Sinu River to its head-Waters of Alto Paramillo, from this point to Puerto Rey on the Atlantic Ocean, following the borderline between the Department of Antiquia and Córdoba, and from this point to the mouth of the Sinu River along the Atlantic coast.

BOV

A

2

CR — Costa Rica

CR-0

Whole country

BOV, EQU

 

 

CS — Serbia and Montenegro (2)

CS-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, EQU

 

 

CU — Cuba

CU-0

Whole country

BOV, EQU

 

 

DZ — Algeria

DZ-0

Whole country

 

 

ET — Ethiopia

ET-0

Whole country

 

 

FK — Falkland Islands

FK-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, EQU

 

 

GL — Greenland

GL-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, EQU, RUF, RUW

 

 

GT — Guatemala

GT-0

Whole country

BOV, EQU

 

 

HK — Hong Kong

HK-0

Whole country

 

 

HN — Honduras

HN-0

Whole country

BOV, EQU

 

 

HR — Croatia

HR-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, EQU, RUF, RUW

 

 

IL — Israel

IL-0

Whole country

 

 

IN — India

IN-0

Whole country

 

 

IS — Iceland

IS-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, EQU, RUF, RUW

 

 

KE — Kenya

KE-0

Whole country

 

 

MA — Morocco

MA-0

Whole country

EQU

 

 

MG — Madagascar

MG-0

Whole country

 

 

MK — Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (3)

MK-0

Whole country

OVI, EQU

 

 

MU — Mauritius

MU-0

Whole country

 

 

MX — Mexico

MX-0

Whole country

BOV, EQU

 

 

NA — Namibia

NA-0

Whole country

EQU, EQW

 

 

NA-1

South of the cordon fences which extend from Palgrave Point in the west to Gam in the east

BOV, OVI, RUF, RUW

F

2

NC — New Caledonia

NC-0

Whole country

BOV, RUF, RUW

 

 

NI — Nicaragua

NI-0

Whole country

 

 

NZ — New Zealand

NZ-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, POR, EQU, RUF, RUW, SUF, SUW

 

 

PA — Panamá

PA-0

Whole country

BOV, EQU

 

 

PY — Paraguay

PY-0

Whole country

EQU

 

 

PY-1

Chaco central and San Pedro areas

BOV

A

1 and 2

RO — Romania

RO-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, EQU, RUW, RUF

 

 

RU — Russian Federation

RU-0

Whole country

 

 

RU-1

Region of Murmansk (Murmanskaya oblast)

RUF

SV — El Salvador

SV-0

Whole country

 

 

SZ — Swaziland

SZ-0

Whole country

EQU, EQW

 

 

SZ-1

Area west of the “red line” fences which extends northwards from the river Usutu to the frontier with South Africa west of Nkalashane

BOV, RUF, RUW

F

2

SZ-2

The veterinary foot and mouth surveillance and vaccination control areas as gazetted as a Statutory Instrument under legal notice number 51 of 2001

BOV, RUF, RUW

F

1 and 2

TH — Thailand

TH-0

Whole country

 

 

TN — Tunisia

TN-0

Whole country

 

 

TR — Turkey

TR-0

Whole country

 

 

TR-1

The provinces of Amasya, Ankara, Aydin, Balikesir, Bursa, Cankiri, Corum, Denizli, Izmir, Kastamonu, Kutahya, Manisa, Usak, Yozgat and Kirikkale

EQU

 

 

UA — Ukraine

UA-0

Whole country

 

 

US — United States

US-0

Whole country

BOV, OVI, POR, EQU, SUF, SUW, RUF, RUW

G

 

UY — Uruguay

UY-0

Whole country

EQU

 

 

BOV

A

1 and 2

OVI

A

1 and 2

ZA — South Africa

ZA-0

Whole country

EQU, EQW

 

 

ZA-1

The whole country except:

the part of the foot-and-mouth disease control area situated in the veterinary regions of Mpumalanga and Northern provinces, in the district of Ingwavuma of the veterinary region of Natal and in the border area with Botswana east of longitude 28°, and

the district of Camperdown, in the province of KwaZuluNatal

BOV, OVI, RUF, RUW

F

2

ZW — Zimbabwe

ZW-0

Whole country

 

 

=

No certificate laid down and fresh meat imports are prohibited (except for those species where indicated in the line for the whole country)

Specific conditions referred to in column 6

“1”

:

Geographic and timing restrictions

Code of Territory

Veterinary certificate

Time period/dates for which importation into the Community is authorised or not authorised in relation to dates of slaughter/killing of animals from which the meat was obtained

Model

SG

AR-1

BOV

A

Before and including 31 January 2002

Not authorised

After and including 1 February 2002

Authorised

AR-2

BOV

A

Before and including 8 March 2002

Not authorised

After and including 9 March 2002

Authorised

AR-3

BOV

A

Before and including 26 March 2002

Not authorised

After and including 27 March 2002

Authorised

AR-4

BOV, OVI, RUM, RUF

Before and including 28 February 2002

Not authorised

After and including 1 March 2002

Authorised

AR-5

BOV

A

From 1 February 2002 to 10 July 2003 (inclusive)

Authorised

After and including 11 July 2003

Not authorised

AR-6

BOV

A

From 1 February 2002 to 4 September 2003 (inclusive)

Authorised

After and including 5 September 2003

Not authorised

AR-7

BOV

A

From 1 February 2002 to 7 October 2003 (inclusive)

Authorised

After and including 8 October 2003

Not authorised

AR-8

BOV

A

Before and including 18 March 2005

see AR-5, AR-6 and AR-7 for periods when the specific territories within the area referred to in AR-8 were not authorised

After and including 18 March 2005

Authorised

BR-2

BOV

A

Before and including 30 November 2001

Not authorised

After and including 1 December 2001

Authorised

BR-3

BOV

A

Before and including 31 October 2002

Authorised

After and including 1 November 2002

Not authorised

BW-1

BOV, OVI, RUM, RUF

A

Before and including 7 July 2002

Not authorised

After and including 8 July to 22 December 2002

Authorised

After and including 23 December 2002 to 6 June 2003

Not authorised

After and including 7 June 2003

Authorised

BW-2

BOV, OVI, RUM, RUF

A

Before and including 6 March 2002

Not authorised

After and including 7 March 2002

Authorised

PY-1

BOV

A

Before and including 31 August 2002

Not authorised

After and including 1 September 2002 to 19 February 2003

Authorised

After and including 20 February 2003

Not authorised

SZ-2

BOV, RUF, RUW

A

Before and including 3 August 2003

Not authorised

After and including 4 August 2003

Authorised

UY-0

BOV, OVI

A

Before and including 31 October 2001

Not authorised

After and including 1 November 2001

Authorised

“2”

:

Category restrictions

No offal authorised (except, in the case of bovine species, diaphragm and masseter muscles).’


(1)  Without prejudice to specific certification requirements provided for by Community agreements with third countries.

(2)  Not including Kosovo as defined by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999.

(3)  Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; provisional code that does not affect the definitive denomination of the country to be attributed after the conclusion of the negotiations currently taking place in the United Nations.

=

No certificate laid down and fresh meat imports are prohibited (except for those species where indicated in the line for the whole country)