Regulation (EU) No 1202/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 in relation to tariff quotas for wine


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30.11.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 321/1

REGULATION (EU) No 1202/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

of 20 November 2013
amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 in relation to tariff quotas for wine
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 207(2) thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,
After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,
Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (1),
Whereas:

(1)

Since 2000, the Union has granted unlimited duty-free access to the Union market for almost all products originating in the Western Balkan countries. Currently, this system is provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 (2).

(2)

All of the Western Balkan countries benefit from preferential trade arrangements, including individual tariff quotas, under the Stabilisation and Association Agreements or Interim Agreements on trade and trade-related matters concluded with those countries, with the exception of Kosovo (3).

(3)

Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 made available a global tariff quota of 50 000 hl for wine, on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis to all the beneficiaries, subject to the exhaustion of their individual tariff quotas available under the Stabilisation and Association Agreements or Interim Agreements.

(4)

Stable access to the market of the Union is necessary for the socioeconomic development of Kosovo, which has demonstrated the capacity to export wine. In the absence of an individual tariff quota, Kosovan wine producers lack the necessary predictability for their exports.

(5)

It is appropriate to allocate an individual annual tariff quota of 20 000 hl for wine exports from Kosovo to the Union, and to reduce proportionately the global annual tariff quota for wine available to all the beneficiaries from 50 000 hl to 30 000 hl.

(6)

The allocation of an individual tariff quota is achieved by closing the existing global tariff quota and opening two new ones, whose total volume is equivalent to the volume of the tariff quota closed.

(7)

It is also appropriate to introduce a mechanism which avoids legal uncertainties as regards the tariff quotas available on the date of entry into force of this Regulation, and to prevent the overall volume of the concession from exceeding 50 000 hl.

(8)

As the total volume of the concessions is not modified, this Regulation does not affect the wine sector of the Union. The specific concessions provided for in the Stabilisation and Association Agreements or the Interim Agreements are also not affected by this Regulation.

(9)

This Regulation does not affect the obligations of the Union in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and does not need to receive a WTO waiver.

(10)

Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 should therefore be amended accordingly,
HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
Article 1
Amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009
Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 is amended as follows:

(1)

in Article 7a, paragraphs 2 and 3 are replaced by the following:
‘2.   The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 7 shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from 3 December 2013. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.
3.   The delegation of power referred to in Article 7 may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect on the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.’;

(2)

Annex I is replaced by the text set out in the Annex to this Regulation.
Article 2
Transitional measures
The following transitional measures shall apply from 3 December 2013 until 31 December 2013:

(1)

the new tariff quotas under the order numbers 09.1530 and 09.1560 shall inherit proportionally the balance of the tariff quota 09.1515 on 3 December 2013, as follows:
(a)

the initial volume of the tariff quota 09.1530 shall be calculated using the following formula:
0,6 × balance of the tariff quota 09.1515 on 3 December 2013;

(b)

the initial volume of the tariff quota 09.1560 shall be calculated using the following formula:
0,4 × balance of the tariff quota 09.1515 on 3 December 2013;

(c)

both initial volumes shall be rounded to the whole unit (hectoliter);

(2)

the pending (not allocated) tariff quota requests for the tariff quota 09.1515 shall be transferred to the tariff quotas 09.1530 and 09.1560 respectively, according to the origin of the wine.
Article 3
Entry into force
This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following that 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 Strasbourg, 20 November 2013.


For the European Parliament


The President

M. SCHULZ




For the Council


The President

V. LEŠKEVIČIUS




(1)  Position of the European Parliament of 22 October 2013 (not yet published in the Official Journal) and decision of the Council of 15 November 2013.

(2)  Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 of 30 November 2009 introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union's Stabilisation and Association process (OJ L 328, 15.12.2009, p. 1).

(3)  This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 (1999) and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

ANNEX


‘ANNEX I
TARIFF QUOTAS REFERRED TO IN ARTICLE 3(1)
Notwithstanding the rules for the interpretation of the Combined Nomenclature (CN), the wording for the description of the products is to be considered as having no more than an indicative value, the preferential scheme being determined, within the context of this Annex, by the coverage of the CN codes. Where ex CN codes are indicated, the preferential scheme is to be determined by application of the CN code and the corresponding description taken together.

Order No

CN Code

Description

Quota volume per year (1)


Beneficiaries

Rate of duty

09.1571

0301 91 10
0301 91 90
0302 11 10
0302 11 20
0302 11 80
0303 14 10
0303 14 20
0303 14 90
0304 42 10
0304 42 50
0304 42 90
ex 0304 52 00
0304 82 10
0304 82 50
0304 82 90
ex 0304 99 21
ex 0305 10 00
ex 0305 39 90
0305 43 00
ex 0305 59 80
ex 0305 69 80

Trout (Salmo trutta, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Oncorhynchus clarki, Oncorhynchus aguabonita, Oncorhynchus gilae, Oncorhynchus apache and Oncorhynchus chrysogaster): live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried, salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

15 tonnes

Customs territory of Kosovo

0 %

09.1573

0301 93 00
0302 73 00
0303 25 00
ex 0304 39 00
ex 0304 51 00
ex 0304 69 00
ex 0304 93 90
ex 0305 10 00
ex 0305 31 00
ex 0305 44 90
ex 0305 59 80
ex 0305 64 00

Carp (Cyprinus carpio, Carassius carassius, Ctenopharyngodon idellus, Hypophthalmichthys spp., Cirrhinus spp., Mylopharyngodon piceus): live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried, salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

20 tonnes

Customs territory of Kosovo

0 %

09.1575

ex 0301 99 85
0302 85 10
0303 89 50
ex 0304 49 90
ex 0304 59 90
ex 0304 89 90
ex 0304 99 99
ex 0305 10 00
ex 0305 39 90
ex 0305 49 80
ex 0305 59 80
ex 0305 69 80

Sea bream (Dentex dentex and Pagellus spp.): live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried, salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

45 tonnes

Customs territory of Kosovo

0 %

09.1577

ex 0301 99 85
0302 84 10
0303 84 10
ex 0304 49 90
ex 0304 59 90
ex 0304 89 90
ex 0304 99 99
ex 0305 10 00
ex 0305 39 90
ex 0305 49 80
ex 0305 59 80
ex 0305 69 80

Sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax): live; fresh or chilled; frozen; dried; salted or in brine, smoked; fillets and other fish meat; flours, meals and pellets, fit for human consumption

30 tonnes

Customs territory of Kosovo

0 %

09.1530

ex 2204 21 93
ex 2204 21 94
ex 2204 21 95
ex 2204 21 96
ex 2204 21 97
ex 2204 21 98
ex 2204 29 93
ex 2204 29 94
ex 2204 29 95
ex 2204 29 96
ex 2204 29 97
ex 2204 29 98

Wine of fresh grapes, of an actual alcoholic strength by volume not exceeding 15 % vol, other than sparkling wine

30 000 hl

Albania (2) Bosnia and Herzegovina (3), former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (4)  Montenegro (5), Serbia (6), Customs territory of Kosovo (7)


Exemption

09.1560

ex 2204 21 93
ex 2204 21 94
ex 2204 21 95
ex 2204 21 96
ex 2204 21 97
ex 2204 21 98
ex 2204 29 93
ex 2204 29 94
ex 2204 29 95
ex 2204 29 96
ex 2204 29 97
ex 2204 29 98

Wine of fresh grapes, of an actual alcoholic strength by volume not exceeding 15 % vol, other than sparkling wine

20 000 hl

Customs territory of Kosovo

Exemption



(1)  One global volume per tariff quota accessible to imports originating in the beneficiaries.

(2)  Access for wine originating in Albania to the global tariff quota is subject to the prior exhaustion of the individual tariff quota provided for in the Protocol on wine concluded with Albania. That individual quota is opened under order No 09.1512 and 09.1513.

(3)  Access for wine originating in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the global tariff quota is subject to the prior exhaustion of both individual tariff quotas provided for in the Protocol on wine concluded with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Those individual quotas are opened under order Nos 09.1528 and 09.1529.

(4)  Access for wine originating in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to this global tariff quota is subject to the prior exhaustion of both individual tariff quotas provided for in the Additional Protocol on wine concluded with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Those individual tariff quotas are opened under order Nos 09.1558 and 09.1559.

(5)  Access for wine originating in Montenegro to the global tariff quota is subject to the prior exhaustion of the individual tariff quota provided for in the Protocol on wine concluded with Montenegro. That individual quota is opened under order No 09.1514.

(6)  Access for wine originating in Serbia to the global tariff quota is subject to the prior exhaustion of both individual tariff quotas provided for in the Protocol on wine concluded with Serbia. Those individual quotas are opened under order Nos 09.1526 and 09.1527.

(7)  Access for wine originating in the customs territory of Kosovo to the global tariff quota is subject to the prior exhaustion of the tariff quota provided for in this Regulation. That individual quota is opened under order No 09.1560.’