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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - Strasbourg
Single CMO Regulation (Decision on the opening of interinstitutional negotiations)
P7_TA(2013)0085B7-0080/2013

European Parliament decision of 13 March 2013 on the opening of, and on the mandate for, interinstitutional negotiations on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) (COM(2011)0626/3 – C7-0339/2011 – COM(2012)0535 – C7-0310/2012 – 2011/0281(COD)2013/2529(RSP))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the proposal of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development,

–  having regard to Rules 70(2) and 70a of its Rules of Procedure,

  whereas the financial envelope specified in the legislative proposal is only an indication to the legislative authority and cannot be fixed until agreement is reached on the proposal for a regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020,

decides to open interinstitutional negotiations on the basis of the following mandate:

MANDATE

Text proposed by the Commission   Amendment
Amendment 1
Proposal for a regulation
Citation 3 a (new)
Having regard to the opinion of the Court of Auditors1,

1 OJ C ... / Not yet published in the Official Journal.
Amendment 2
Proposal for a regulation
Citation 4 a (new)
Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions1,

1 OJ C 225, 27.7.2012.
Amendment 3
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1
(1)  The Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on ‘The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future’ sets out potential challenges, objectives and orientations for the Common agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. In the light of the debate on that Communication, the CAP should be reformed with effect from 1 January 2014. That reform should cover all the main instruments of the CAP, including Council Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] of […] establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) . In view of the scope of the reform, it is appropriate to repeal Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] and to replace it with a new Single CMO Regulation. The reform should also, as far as possible, harmonise, streamline and simplify the provisions, particularly those covering more than one agricultural sector, including by ensuring that non-essential elements of measures may be adopted by the Commission by way of delegated acts.
(1)  The Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on ‘The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future’ sets out potential challenges, objectives and orientations for the Common agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013. In the light of the debate on that Communication, the CAP should be reformed with effect from 1 January 2014. That reform should cover all the main instruments of the CAP, including Council Regulation (EC) ) No 1234/2007 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) . In view of the scope of the reform, it is appropriate to repeal Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 and to replace it with a new Single CMO Regulation. The reform should also, as far as possible, harmonise, streamline and simplify the provisions, particularly those covering more than one agricultural sector, including by ensuring that non-essential elements of measures may be adopted by the Commission by way of delegated acts. Moreover, the reform shall continue in the direction of previous reforms towards greater competitiveness and market orientation.
Amendment 4
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1 a (new)
(1a)  The implementation of this Regulation should be consistent with the development cooperation objectives of the Union's Policy Framework for Food Security (COM (2010) 127) with specific regard to ensure that CAP measures do not jeopardise the food production capacity and long term food security in developing countries and the ability of their populations to feed themselves, while complying with the objectives of the Union's development cooperation policy under Article 208 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Amendment 5
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 1 b (new)
(1b)  One key aim of the common agricultural policy should be to guarantee food security and food sovereignty in the Member States, implying a need, as regards production, for regulation and distribution systems that allow countries and regions to develop their production in a manner that enables them, as far as possible, to meet their needs. In addition, it is of vital importance to redress the balance of power within the food production chain in favour of producers.
Amendment 6
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2
(2)  It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.
(2)  In order to ensure the proper functioning of the regime established by this Regulation, the power to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission to enable it to supplement or modify certain non-essential elements of the present Regulation. The elements for which that power may be exercised should be defined, as well as the conditions to which that delegation is to be subject. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and to the Council.
Amendment 7
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3)  Pursuant to Article 43(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (the Treaty), the Council shall adopt measures on fixing prices, levies, aid and quantitative limitations. In the interest of clarity, where Article 43(3) of the Treaty applies, this Regulation should explicitly refer to the fact that measures will be adopted by the Council on that basis.
deleted
Amendment 8
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4
(4)  This Regulation should contain all the basic elements of the Single CMO. The fixing of prices, levies, aid and quantitative limitations is in certain cases inextricably linked to those basic elements.
(4)  This Regulation should contain all the basic elements of the Single CMO. The fixing of prices, levies, aid and quantitative limitations is, as a general rule, inextricably linked to those basic elements.
Amendment 9
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5 a (new)
(5a)  Account should be taken of the objectives set out by the European Commission for the future Common Agricultural Policy in the area of the sustainable management of natural resources, food security, agricultural activity across Europe, balanced regional development, the competitiveness of European farming and the simplification of the CAP.
Amendment 10
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5 b (new)
(5b)  It is especially important for farmers that the administrative rules for implementing the Common Agricultural Policy are simplified , without this resulting in an excessive standardisation of the criteria that fails to take specific local and regional features into account.
Amendment 11
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 7
(7)  This Regulation and other acts adopted under Article 43 to the Treaty refer to the description of products and references to the headings or subheadings of the combined nomenclature. Amendments to the Common Customs Tariff nomenclature may necessitate consequential technical adjustments to such Regulations. The Commission should be able to adopt implementing measures to make such adjustments. In the interests of clarity and simplicity, Council Regulation (EEC) No 234/79 of 5 February 1979 on the procedure for adjusting the Common Customs Tariff nomenclature used for agricultural products which currently provides for such a power should be repealed and the power integrated into the present Regulation.
(7)  This Regulation refers to the description of products and references to the headings or subheadings of the combined nomenclature. Amendments to the Common Customs Tariff nomenclature may necessitate consequential technical adjustments to this Regulation. The power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission. In the interests of clarity and simplicity, Council Regulation (EEC) No 234/79 of 5 February 1979 on the procedure for adjusting the Common Customs Tariff nomenclature used for agricultural products which currently provides for such a power should be repealed and a new adjustment procedure should be integrated into the present Regulation.
Amendment 12
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11)  In order to take into account the specificities of the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of fixing the marketing years for those products.
deleted
Amendment 13
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12 a (new)
(12a)  As an emergency measure, public intervention on the market should be pursued only with the aim of stabilising extreme price volatility due to temporary excess demand on the European market. It should not be used to stabilise structural excess production.
Amendment 14
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13)  For the sake of clarity and transparency, the provisions should be made subject to a common structure, whilst maintaining the policy pursued in each sector. For that purpose it is appropriate to distinguish between reference prices and intervention prices and to define the latter, in particular, clarifying that only intervention prices for public intervention correspond to the applied administered prices referred to in the first sentence of paragraph 8 of Annex 3 to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (i.e. price gap support). In this context it should be understood that market intervention can take the form of public intervention as well as other forms of intervention that do not use ex-ante established price indications.
(13)  For the sake of clarity and transparency, the provisions should be made subject to a common structure, whilst maintaining the policy pursued in each sector. For that purpose it is appropriate to distinguish between reference prices and intervention prices and to define the latter, in particular, clarifying that only intervention prices for public intervention correspond to the applied administered prices referred to in the first sentence of paragraph 8 of Annex 3 to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (i.e. price gap support). It should also be understood that market intervention can take the form of public intervention and aid for private storage, as well as other forms of intervention that do not, whether wholly or in part, use ex-ante established price indications.
Amendment 15
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14)  As appropriate to each sector concerned in the light of the practice and experience under previous CMOs, the system of intervention should be available during certain periods of the year and should be open during that period either on a permanent basis or should be opened depending on market prices.
(14)  As appropriate to each sector concerned in the light of the practice and experience under previous CMOs, the system of public intervention should be available, whenever there is a manifest need, and open, either on a permanent basis or depending on market prices.
Amendment 16
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16)  This Regulation should provide for the possibility of disposal of products bought in public intervention. Such measures should be taken in a way that avoids market disturbances and that ensures equal access to goods and equal treatment of purchasers.
(16)  This Regulation should provide for the possibility of disposal of products bought in public intervention. Such measures should be taken in a way that avoids market disturbances, ensures equal access to goods and equal treatment of purchasers and enables produce to be made available for the scheme for food distribution to the most deprived in the Union.
Amendment 17
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16 a (new)
(16a)  The Union scales for the classification of carcasses in the beef and veal, pigmeat and sheepmeat and goatmeat sectors are essential for the purposes of price recording and for the application of the intervention arrangements in those sectors. Moreover, they pursue the objective of improving market transparency.
Amendment 18
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16 b (new)
(16b)  Aid for private storage should achieve its aims of stabilising markets and contributing to a fair standard of living for the agricultural community. It should therefore be triggered not only by indicators linked to market prices, but also in response to particularly difficult market conditions, above all those which have a significant impact on agricultural producers’ profit margins.
Amendment 19
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 22
(22)  In order to standardise the presentation of the different products for the purposes of improving market transparency, price recording and the application of market intervention arrangements in the form of public intervention and private storage, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of Union scales for the classification of carcasses in the beef and veal, pigmeat and sheepmeat and goatmeat sectors.
(22)  In order to standardise the presentation of the different products for the purposes of improving market transparency, price recording and the application of market intervention arrangements in the form of public intervention and private storage, and in order to take account of the specific features found in the Union and of technical developments and sectoral requirements, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in order to adapt and update the scales used in the Union for the classification of carcasses in the beef and veal, pigmeat and sheepmeat and goatmeat sectors.
Amendment 20
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 23 a (new)
(23a)  In order to strengthen and supplement the existing market management tools and to ensure their smooth operation, an instrument based on private supply management and the coordination of the various operators should be implemented. Through that instrument, recognised associations of producer organisations of an appropriate market size should have the option of withdrawing a product during the marketing year.
Amendment 21
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 23 b (new)
(23b)  To prevent this instrument having effects contrary to the objectives of the CAP or impairing the smooth operation of the internal market, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty, should be delegated to the Commission in respect of establishing rules on the operation and activation of the instrument. Furthermore, in order to ensure that this instrument is compatible with Union legislation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty with regard to the rules on its financing should be delegated to the Commission, including the cases where it considers it would be appropriate to grant aid for private storage.
Amendment 22
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 25
(25)  The consumption of fruit and vegetables and milk products amongst children should be encouraged, including by durably increasing the share of those products in the diets of children at the stage when their eating habits are being formed. Union aid to finance or co-finance the supply to children in educational establishments of such products should therefore be promoted.
(25)  In order to promote the healthy eating habits of children, the consumption of fruit and vegetables and milk products amongst children should be encouraged, including by durably increasing the share of those products in the diets of children at the stage when their eating habits are being formed. Union aid to finance or co-finance the supply of such products to children in educational establishments, pre-schools and other establishments offering extracurricular activities should therefore be promoted. These schemes should also contribute to achieving the aims of the CAP, including raising farm incomes, stabilising markets and securing supply, both now and in the future.
Amendment 23
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 26
(26)  In order to ensure a sound budgetary management of the schemes, appropriate provisions for each one should be established. Union aid should not be used to replace funding for any national existing school fruit schemes. In the light of budgetary constraints, Member States should nonetheless be able to replace their financial contribution to the schemes with contributions from the private sector. In order to make their school fruit scheme effective, Member States should provide for accompanying measures for which Member States should be allowed to grant national aid.
(26)  In order to ensure a sound budgetary management of the schemes, appropriate provisions for each one should be established. Union aid should not be used to replace funding for any existing national school fruit, vegetable and milk product schemes. In the light of budgetary constraints, Member States should nonetheless be able to replace their financial contribution to any such national school fruit and vegetable schemes with contributions from the private sector. In order to make their school fruit and vegetable scheme effective, Member States should provide for accompanying measures for which Member States should be allowed to grant national aid.
Amendment 24
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 27
(27)  In order to promote the healthy eating habits of children, to ensure the efficient and targeted use of European Funds and to promote awareness of the scheme the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the school fruit scheme concerning: the products that are ineligible for the scheme; the target group of the scheme; the national or regional strategies that Member States must draw up in order to benefit from the aid, including the accompanying measures; the approval and selection of aid applicants; objective criteria for the allocation of aid between Member States, the indicative allocation of aid between Member States and the method for reallocating aid between Member States based on applications received; the costs eligible for aid, including the possibility of fixing an overall ceiling for such costs; and requiring participating Member States to publicise the subsidising role of the scheme.
(27)  In order to ensure that the scheme is implemented effectively to achieve the objectives set for it, to ensure the efficient and targeted use of European Funds and to promote awareness of the aid scheme, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the school fruit and vegetable scheme concerning: the products that are ineligible for the scheme; the target group of the scheme; the national or regional strategies that Member States must draw up in order to benefit from the aid, including the accompanying measures; the approval and selection of aid applicants; additional criteria relating to the indicative allocation of aid and the method for reallocating aid between Member States based on applications received; the costs eligible for aid, including the possibility of fixing an overall ceiling for such costs; monitoring and evaluation; and establishing the conditions under which the Member States take action to publicise their participation in the aid scheme and draw attention to the subsidising role of the Union.
Amendment 25
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 28
(28)  In order to take account of the evolution in the dairy products consumption patterns and of the innovations and developments on the dairy products market, to ensure that the appropriate beneficiaries and applicants qualify for the aid and to promote awareness of the aid scheme, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the school milk scheme concerning: the products that are eligible for the scheme; the national or regional strategies that Member States must draw up in order to benefit from the aid and the target group for the scheme; the conditions for granting aid; the lodging of a security guaranteeing the execution where an advance of aid is paid; monitoring and evaluation; and requiring educational establishments to communicate the subsidising role of the scheme.
(28)  In order to ensure the effectiveness of the scheme in achieving the objectives set for it, to ensure that the appropriate beneficiaries and applicants qualify for the aid and to promote awareness of the aid scheme, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the school milk scheme concerning: the products that are eligible for the scheme; the national or regional strategies that Member States are to draw up in order to benefit from the aid and the target group for the scheme; the approval and selection of aid applicants; the conditions for granting aid; the lodging of a security guaranteeing the execution where an advance of aid is paid; monitoring and evaluation; and establishing the conditions under which the Member States take action to publicise their participation in the aid scheme and draw attention to the subsidising role of the Union.
Amendment 26
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 28 a (new)
(28a)  The Commission should consider proposing, schemes designed to promote the consumption of products other than fruit and vegetables and dairy products in schools.
Amendment 27
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 29
(29)  The aid scheme for hop producer organisations is only used in one Member State. In order to create flexibility and to harmonise the approach in this sector with the other sectors, the aid scheme should be discontinued, with the possibility to support the producer organisations under rural development measures.
deleted
Amendment 28
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 31
(31)  In order to ensure that the aid provided for olive oil and table olive operator organisations meet their objective of improving the production quality of olive oil and table olives and to ensure that olive oil and table olive operator organisations respect their obligations, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission concerning the conditions for the approval of operator organisations for the purposes of the aid scheme, the suspension or withdrawal of such approval; the measures eligible for Union financing; the allocation of Union financing to particular measures; the activities and costs that are not eligible for Union financing; and the selection and approval of work programmes and concerning requiring the lodging of a security.
(31)  In order to ensure that the aid provided for olive oil and table olive operator organisations meet their objective of improving the production quality of olive oil and table olives and to ensure that olive oil and table olive producer organisations or interbranch organisations respect their obligations, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission concerning the conditions for the approval of producer organisations or interbranch organisations for the purposes of the aid scheme, and the refusal, suspension or withdrawal of such approval; the details of the measures eligible for Union financing; the allocation of Union financing to particular measures; the activities and costs that are not eligible for Union financing; and the selection and approval of work programmes; and concerning requiring the lodging of a security;
Amendment 29
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 32
(32)  This Regulation distinguishes between fruit and vegetables, which include fruit and vegetables for marketing and fruit and vegetables intended for processing, on the one hand, and processed fruit and vegetables, on the other hand. Rules on producer organisations, operational programmes and Union financial assistance only apply to fruit and vegetables and fruit and vegetables solely intended for processing.
(32)  This Regulation distinguishes between fruit and vegetables, which include fruit and vegetables for marketing as fresh produce and fruit and vegetables intended for processing, on the one hand, and processed fruit and vegetables, on the other hand.
Amendment 30
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 33 a (new)
(33a)  In order to ensure that operational programmes in the fruit and vegetable sector are more effective, particularly crisis prevention and management measures, they should be implemented by structures of an appropriate market size. It is therefore important that associations of producer organisations are encouraged to present and manage operational programmes and crisis prevention and management measures, in whole or in part.
Amendment 31
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 35
(35)  Support for setting up producer groups should be provided for all sectors in all Member States under rural development policy so the specific support in the fruit and vegetables sector should be discontinued.
(35)  Support for setting up producer groups should be provided for all sectors in all Member States under rural development policy so the specific support for their establishment in the fruit and vegetables sector should be discontinued. This support should not distort the level playing field for farmers and their producer organisations on the internal market.
Amendment 32
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 40
(40)  One key measure eligible for national support programmes should be the promotion and marketing of Union wines in third countries. Restructuring and conversion activities should continue to be covered on account of their positive structural effects on the wine sector. Support should also be available for investments in the wine sector which are geared towards improving economic performance of the enterprises as such. Support for by-product distillation should be a measure available to Member States which desire to use such an instrument to ensure the quality of wine, while preserving the environment.
(40)  One key measure eligible for national support programmes should be the promotion and marketing of Union wines in the Union and in third countries. Support should also be available for research and development activities on account of their importance for the competitiveness of the European wine sector. Restructuring and conversion activities should continue to be covered on account of their positive structural effects on the wine sector. Support should also be available for investments in the wine sector which are geared towards improving economic performance of the enterprises as such. Support for by-product distillation should be a measure available to Member States which desire to use such an instrument to ensure the quality of wine, while preserving the environment.
Amendment 33
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 42
(42)  The provisions on support to vine-growers by way of allocation of payment entitlements as decided by Member States were made definitive. Therefore the only such support which may be provided is the one decided by Member States by 1 December 2013 under Article 137 of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2011)799] and under the conditions set out in that provision.
deleted
Amendment 34
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 43
(43)  In order to ensure that wine support programmes meet their objectives and that there is a targeted use of the European Funds, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of rules: on the responsibility for expenditure between the date of receipt of the support programmes, and modifications to support programmes and their date of applicability; on eligibility criteria of support measures, the type of expenditure and operations eligible for support, measures ineligible for support and the maximum level of support per measure; on changes to support programmes after they have become applicable; on requirements and thresholds for advance payments, including the requirement for a security where an advance payment is made; containing general provisions and definitions for the purposes of support programmes; to avoid misuse of the support measures and double funding of projects; under which producers shall withdraw the by-products of winemaking, exceptions from this obligation in order to avoid additional administrative burden and provisions for the voluntary certification of distillers; laying down the requirements for the Member States for the implementation of the support measures, as well as restrictions to ensure consistency with the scope of the support measures; regarding payments to beneficiaries, including payments through insurance intermediaries.
(43)  In order to ensure that wine support programmes meet their objectives and that there is a targeted use of the European Funds, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of rules: on the responsibility for expenditure between the date of receipt of the support programmes, and modifications to support programmes and their date of applicability; on eligibility criteria of support measures, the type of expenditure and operations eligible for support, measures ineligible for support and the maximum level of support per measure; on changes to support programmes after they have become applicable; on requirements and thresholds for advance payments, including the requirement for a security where an advance payment is made; to avoid misuse of the support measures and double funding of projects; under which producers shall withdraw the by-products of winemaking, exceptions from this obligation in order to avoid additional administrative burden and provisions for the voluntary certification of distillers; laying down the requirements for the Member States for the implementation of the support measures, as well as restrictions to ensure consistency with the scope of the support measures; regarding payments to beneficiaries, including payments through insurance intermediaries.
Amendment 35
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 44
(44)  Beekeeping is characterised by the diversity of production conditions and yields and the dispersion and variety of economic operators, both at the production and marketing stages. Moreover, in view of the spread of varroasis in several Member States in recent years and the problems which that disease causes to honey production, action by the Union continues to be necessary as varroasis cannot be completely eradicated and is to be treated with approved products. Given such circumstances and in order to improve the production and marketing of apiculture products in the Union, national programmes for the sector should be drawn up every three years with a view to improving the general conditions for the production and marketing of apiculture products. Those national programmes should be partly financed by the Union.
(44)  Beekeeping is characterised by the diversity of production conditions and yields and the dispersion and variety of economic operators, both at the production and marketing stages. Moreover, in view of the increasing incidenceof certain types of hive invasions, and in particular of the spread of varroasis in several Member States in recent years and the problems which that disease causes to honey production, coordinated action by the Union as part of European veterinary policy continues to be necessary as varroasis cannot be completely eradicated and is to be treated with approved products. Given such circumstances and in order to improve bee health and the production and marketing of apiculture products in the Union, national programmes for the sector should be drawn up every three years with a view to improving the general conditions for the production and marketing of apiculture products. Those national programmes should be partly financed by the Union.
Amendment 36
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 45
(45)  In order to ensure a targeted use of Union funds for apiculture, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of: the measures which may be included in apiculture programmes, rules on the obligations relating to the content of national programmes, their drawing up and the related studies; and the conditions for the allocation of the Union’s financial contribution to each participating Member State.
(45)  In order to ensure a targeted use of Union funds for apiculture, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of: the details of the measures which may be included in apiculture programmes; rules on the obligations relating to the content of national programmes, their drawing up and the related studies; and the conditions for the allocation of the Union’s financial contribution to each participating Member State.
Amendment 37
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 48 a (new)
(48a)  One key measure eligible for national support programmes should be the promotion and marketing of Union agricultural products in the Union and in third countries.
Amendment 38
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 50
(50)  In order to guarantee that all products are of sound, fair and marketable quality, and without prejudice to Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety, a basic general marketing standard as envisaged in the aforementioned Communication of the Commission should be appropriate for products not covered by marketing standards by sectors or products. When such products conform to an applicable international standard, as appropriate, those products should be considered as conforming to the general marketing standard.
(50)  In order to guarantee that all products are of sound, fair and marketable quality, and without prejudice to Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety, a basic general marketing standard as envisaged in the aforementioned Communication of the Commission should be appropriate for products not covered by marketing standards by sectors or products. When such products conform to an applicable international standard, as appropriate, those products should be considered as conforming to the general marketing standard. Without prejudice to Union law and the smooth functioning of the internal market, the Member States should, however, retain the capacity to adopt or maintain national provisions for sectors or products subject to the general marketing standard or for sectors or products subject to specific marketing standards, in the case of elements not expressly harmonised under this Regulation.
Amendment 39
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 53 a (new)
(53a)  The marketing standards should be clearly divided between obligatory rules and optional reserved terms. The optional reserved terms should continue to support the aims of the marketing standards and should thus be limited in scope to the products listed in Annex I to the Treaties.
Amendment 40
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 53 b (new)
(53b)  In the light of the objectives of this Regulation and in the interest of clarity, existing optional reserved terms should henceforth be governed by this Regulation.
Amendment 41
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 54
(54)  Taking into account the interest of consumers to receive adequate and transparent product information, it should be possible to determine the place of farming, on a case by case approach at the appropriate geographical level, while taking into account the specificities of some sectors, in particular concerning processed agricultural products.
(54)  Taking into account the interest of consumers to receive adequate and transparent product information, it should be possible to determine the place of farming, on a case by case approach at the appropriate geographical level, without forgetting that incomplete and incorrect information can affect the economic and productive fabric of the area concerned, while taking into account the regional specificities of some sectors, in particular concerning processed agricultural products.
Amendment 42
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 56
(56)  It is appropriate to provide for special rules in respect of products imported from third countries if national provisions in force in third countries justify derogations from the marketing standards if their equivalence to Union legislation is guaranteed.
(56)  It is appropriate to provide for special rules in respect of products imported from third countries, to be adopted in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure laid down in Article 43(2) of the Treaty, which define the conditions under which imported products are to be considered to provide an equivalent level of compliance with the Union requirements concerning marketing standards and which allow for measures derogating from the rules requiring that products are to be marketed in the Union only in accordance with such standards. It is also appropriate to determine the rules relating to the application of the marketing standards applicable to the products exported from the Union.
Amendment 43
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 58
(58)  In order to address changes in the market situation, taking into account the specificity of each sector, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of acts to adopt, modify and derogate from requirements related to the general marketing standard, and rules concerning the conformity to it.
(58)  In order to address changes in the market situation, taking into account the specificity of each sector, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission to adopt detailed rules concerning the general marketing standard, and to modify and derogate from requirements related to the general marketing standard, and rules concerning the conformity to it.
Amendment 44
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 61
(61)  In order to take account of the specificities in trade between the Union and certain third countries, the special character of some agricultural products and the specificity of each sector, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission concerning a tolerance for each marketing standard beyond which the entire batch of products should be considered as not respecting the standard and concerning rules which define the conditions under which imported products are considered as providing an equivalent level of compliance with the Union requirements concerning marketing standards and which allow for measures derogating from the rules that products be marketed in the Union only in accordance with such standards and determine the rules relating to the application of the marketing standards to products exported from the Union.
(61)  In order to take account of the special character of some agricultural products and the specificity of each sector, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission concerning a tolerance for each marketing standard beyond which the entire batch of products should be considered as not respecting the standard.
Amendment 45
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 69
(69)  In order to take account of the specificities of the production in the demarcated geographical area, to ensure product quality and traceability and to ensure the legitimate rights or interests of producers or operators the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission concerning the principles for the demarcation of the geographical area, and definitions, restrictions and derogations related to the production in the demarcated geographical area; concerning the conditions under which product specifications may include additional requirements; and concerning the elements of the product specification; the type of applicant that may apply for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication; the procedures to be followed in respect of an application for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication, including on preliminary national procedures, scrutiny by the Commission, objection procedures, and procedure on amendment, cancellation and conversion of protected designations of origin or protected geographical indication; the procedures applicable to trans-border applications; procedures for applications relating to geographical areas in a third country; the date from which protection shall run; the procedures related to amendments to product specifications; and the date on which an amendment shall enter into force.
(69)  In order to take account of the specificities of the production in the demarcated geographical area, to ensure product quality and traceability and to ensure the legitimate rights or interests of producers or operators the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission with regard to additional details concerning the demarcation of the geographical area, and restrictions and derogations related to the production in the demarcated geographical area; concerning the conditions under which product specifications may include additional requirements; and concerning the elements of the product specification; the type of applicant that may apply for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication; the procedures to be followed in respect of an application for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication, including on preliminary national procedures, scrutiny by the Commission, objection procedures, and procedure on amendment, cancellation and conversion of protected designations of origin or protected geographical indication; the procedures applicable to trans-border applications; procedures for applications relating to geographical areas in a third country; the date from which protection shall run; the procedures related to amendments to product specifications; and the date on which an amendment shall enter into force.
Amendment 46
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 70
(70)  In order to ensure adequate protection and that economic operators and competent authorities are not prejudiced by the application of this Regulation as regards wine names which have been granted protection prior to 1 August 2009, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of adoption restrictions regarding the protected name and in respect of transitional provisions concerning: wine names recognised by Member States as designations of origin or geographical indications by 1 August 2009; preliminary national procedure; wines placed on the market or labelled before a specific date; and amendments to the product specifications.
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Amendment 47
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 74
(74)  In order to ensure compliance with existing labelling practices, with horizontal rules related to labelling and presentation, and to consider the specificities of the wine sector; in order to ensure the efficiency of the certification, approval and verification procedures and the legitimate interests of operators and that economic operators are not prejudiced the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of exceptional circumstances justifying omitting reference to the terms ‘protected designation of origin’ or ‘protected geographical indication’; in respect of the presentation and use of labelling particulars other than those provided for in this Regulation; certain compulsory particulars; optional particulars; and presentation; in respect of the necessary measures as regards labelling and presentation of wines bearing a designation of origin or a geographical indication, whose designation of origin or geographical indication meets the necessary requirements; in respect of wine placed on the market and labelled before 1 August 2009; and in respect of derogations on labelling and presentation.
(74)  In order to ensure compliance with existing labelling practices, with horizontal rules related to labelling and presentation, and to consider the specificities of the wine sector; in order to ensure the efficiency of the certification, approval and verification procedures and the legitimate interests of operators and that economic operators are not prejudiced the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of exceptional circumstances justifying omitting reference to the terms ‘protected designation of origin’ or ‘protected geographical indication’; in respect of the presentation and use of labelling particulars other than those provided for in this Regulation; certain compulsory particulars; optional particulars; and presentation; in respect of the necessary measures as regards labelling and presentation of wines bearing a designation of origin or a geographical indication, whose designation of origin or geographical indication meets the necessary requirements; in respect of wine placed on the market and labelled before 1 August 2009; and in respect of derogations on labelling of exports and presentation.
Amendment 48
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 77
(77)  It is appropriate to determine certain oenological practices and restrictions for the production of wine, in particular as regards coupage and the use of certain types of grape must, grape juice and fresh grapes originating in third countries. In order to meet the international standards, for further oenological practices, the Commission should as a general rule base itself on the oenological practices recommended by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).
(77)  It is appropriate to determine certain oenological practices and restrictions for the production of wine, in particular as regards coupage and the use of certain types of grape must, grape juice and fresh grapes originating in third countries. In order to meet the international standards, the Commission should as a general rule base itself on the oenological practices recommended by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), when making proposals on further oenological practices.
Amendment 49
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 82 a (new)
(82a)  For economic, social and environmental reasons and in the light of regional planning policy in rural areas with a wine-producing tradition, and going beyond the requirement to uphold the diversity, prestige and quality of European wine products, the present system of planting rights in the wine sector should be maintained until at least 2030.
Amendment 50
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 83
(83)  Specific instruments will still be needed after the end of the quota system to ensure a fair balance of rights and obligations between sugar undertakings and sugar beet growers. Therefore, the standard provisions governing agreements between them should be established.
(83)  In the sugar sector specific instruments are needed to ensure a fair balance of rights and obligations between sugar undertakings and sugar beet growers. Therefore, the standard provisions governing agreements between them should be established.
Amendment 51
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 84
(84)  In order to taking into account the specificities of the sugar sector and the interests of all parties, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of such agreements, in particular as regards the conditions governing the purchase, delivery, taking over and payment of beet.
(84)  In order to take into account the specificities of the sugar sector and the interests of all parties, provision should be made for a series of rules in respect of such agreements, in particular as regards the conditions governing the purchase, delivery, taking over and payment of beet.
Amendment 52
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 84 a (new)
(84a)  To enable beet growers to complete their adaptation to the far-reaching reform carried out in the sugar sector in 2006 and to continue the efforts to become competitive that have been undertaken since then, the present quota system should be extended until the end of the 2019-2020 marketing year. In this context, the Commission should be allowed to allocate production quotas to Member States who renounced their entire quota in 2006.
Amendment 53
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 84 b (new)
(84b)  The considerable and recurrent tensions observed on the European sugar market call for a mechanism that, for as long as necessary, releases non-quota sugar onto the internal market applying the same conditions as for quota sugar. This mechanism should, at the same time, permit additional imports at zero duty in order to ensure sufficient raw materials are available on the Union sugar market and to preserve the structural balance of this market.
Amendment 54
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 84 c (new)
(84c)  In view of the definitive abolition of the quota system in 2020, the Commission should submit before 1 July 2018 a report to Parliament and the Council on the appropriate procedures for ending the current quota arrangements and on the future of the sector after the abolition of quotas in 2020, accompanied by any necessary proposals to prepare the entire sector for the period after 2020. Before 31 December 2014, the Commission should also submit a report on the functioning of the supply chain in the Union sugar sector.
Amendment 55
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 85
(85)  Producer organisations and their associations can play useful roles in concentrating supply and promoting best practices. Interbranch organisations can play important part in allowing dialogue between actors in the supply chain, and in promoting best practices and market transparency. Existing rules on the definition and recognition of such organisations and their associations covering certain sectors should therefore be harmonised, streamlined and extended to provide for recognition on request under statutes set out in EU law in all sectors.
(85)  Producer organisations and their associations can play useful roles in concentrating supply improving marketing, correcting imbalances in the value chain and promoting best practices, especially in achieving the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty, in particular the stabilisation of producers’ income, inter alia by making risk management tools available to their members, by improving marketing, by concentrating supply and by negotiating contracts, thereby strengthening the producers’ negotiating power.
Amendment 56
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 85 a (new)
(85a)  Interbranch organisations can play an important part in allowing dialogue between actors in the supply chain, and in promoting best practices and market transparency.
Amendment 57
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 85 b (new)
(85b)  Existing rules on the definition and recognition of producers’ organisations, their associations, and interbranch organisations covering certain sectors should therefore be harmonised, streamlined and extended to provide for recognition on request under statutes set out in accordance with this Regulation for all sectors. In particular, it is essential that the recognition criteria and rules of association of producers’ organisations drawn up under Community rules ensure that such bodies are set up on the initiative of farmers, who democratically define the organisations’ general policy and take the decisions on their internal running.
Amendment 58
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 87
(87)   As regards live plants, beef and veal, pigmeat, sheepmeat and goatmeat, eggs and poultrymeat provision should be made for the possibility of adopting certain measures to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements which may contribute to stabilising the markets and to ensuring a fair standard of living for the agricultural community concerned.
(87)  Provision should be made for the possibility of adopting certain measures to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements which may contribute to stabilising the markets and to ensuring a fair standard of living for the agricultural community concerned.
Amendment 59
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 88
(88)  In order to encourage action by producer organisation, their associations and interbranch organisations to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements, with the exception of action relating to withdrawal from the market, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of measures concerning live plants, beef and veal, pigmeat, sheepmeat and goatmeat, eggs and poultrymeat sectors to improve quality; promote better organisation of production, processing and marketing; facilitate the recording of market price trends; and permit the establishment of short and long-term forecasts on the basis of the means of production used.
(88)  In order to encourage action by producer organisations, their associations and interbranch organisations to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements, with the exception of action relating to withdrawal from the market, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission to improve quality; promote better organisation of production, processing and marketing; facilitate the recording of market price trends; and permit the establishment of short and long-term forecasts on the basis of the means of production used.
Amendment 60
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 90
(90)  In the absence of Union legislation on formalised, written contracts, Member States may, within their own contract law systems, make the use of such contracts compulsory provided that in doing so the Union law is respected and in particular that the proper functioning of the internal market and the common market organisation is respected. Given the diversity of situations across the Union, in the interests of subsidiarity, such a decision should remain with Member States. However, in the milk and milk products sector, to ensure appropriate minimum standards for such contracts and good functioning of the internal market and the common market organisation, some basic conditions for the use of such contracts should be laid down at the Union level. Since some dairy co-operatives may have rules with similar effect in their statues, in the interests of simplicity they should be exempted from the requirement for a contract. In order to ensure that any such system is effective it should apply equally where intermediate parties collect milk from farmers to deliver to processors.
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Amendment 61
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 90 a (new)
(90a)  The use of formalised written contracts, concluded in advance of delivery, containing basic elements, is not widespread. However, such contracts may help to reinforce the responsibility of operators, as in the case of the dairy chain, and to increase awareness of the need to better take into account the signals of the market, to improve price transmission and to adapt supply to demand, as well as to help to avoid certain unfair commercial practices.
Amendment 62
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 90 b (new)
(90b)  In the absence of Union legislation concerning such contracts, Member States should be allowed, within their own systems of contract law, to make the use of such contracts compulsory, provided that, in doing so, Union law is respected and, in particular, that the proper functioning of the internal market and of the common market organisation is respected. In view of the diversity of the situations that exist across the Union in relation to contract law, in the interests of subsidiarity, such a decision should remain with Member States. Equal conditions should apply to all deliveries on a given territory. Therefore, if a Member State decides that every delivery in its territory to a processor by a farmer is to be covered by a written contract between the parties, that obligation should also apply to deliveries coming from other Member States, but it is not necessary for it to apply to deliveries to other Member States. In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity it should be left to Member States to decide whether to require a first purchaser to make a written offer to a farmer for such a contract.
Amendment 63
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 91
(91)  In order to ensure the rational development of production and thus a fair standard of living for dairy farmers, their bargaining power vis-à-vis processors should be strengthened which should result in a fairer distribution of value-added along the supply chain. Therefore, in order to attain these CAP objectives, a provision should be adopted pursuant to Articles 42 and 43(2) of the Treaty to allow producer organisations constituted by dairy farmers or their associations to negotiate contract terms, including price, for some or all of its members’ production with a dairy. In order to maintain effective competition on the dairy market, this possibility should be subject to appropriate quantitative limits.
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Amendment 64
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 91 a (new)
(91a)  In order to ensure the viable development of production and a fair standard of living for farmers, their bargaining power with respect to prospective purchasers should be strengthened, resulting in a fairer distribution of value added along the supply chain. In order to achieve these common agricultural policy objectives, a provision should be adopted pursuant to Articles 42 and, in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure laid down in Article 43(2) of the Treaty, that allows producer organisations consisting solely of farmers or their associations to negotiate the terms of any contracts , including prices, jointly for some or all of its members’ production with a purchaser so as to prevent purchasers imposing prices that are lower than the costs of production. However, only producer organisations which seek and obtain recognition should be eligible to benefit from that provision. In addition, that provision should not apply to cooperatives. Furthermore, existing producer organisations recognised under national law should become eligible for de facto recognition under this Regulation.
Amendment 65
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 91 b (new)
(91b)  In view of the importance of protected designations of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indications (PGI), notably for vulnerable rural regions, and in order to ensure the value added and to maintain the quality of, in particular, cheeses benefiting from PDO or PGI, and in the context of the expiring milk quota system, Member States should be allowed to apply rules to regulate the supply of such cheese produced in a defined geographical area. The rules should cover the entire production of the cheese concerned and should be requested by an interbranch organisation, a producer organisation or a group as defined in Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 of 20 March 2006 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs. Such a request should be supported by a large majority of milk producers representing a large majority of the volume of milk used for that cheese and, in the case of interbranch organisations and groups, by a large majority of cheese producers representing a large majority of the production of that cheese. Moreover, these rules should be subject to strict conditions, in particular in order to avoid damage to the trade in products in other markets and to protect minority rights. Member States should immediately publish and notify to the Commission the adopted rules, ensure regular checks and repeal the rules in case of non-compliance.
Amendment 66
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 91 c (new)
(91c)  Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007, milk quotas will expire within a relatively short period after the entry into force of this Regulation. After the repeal of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007, the relevant provisions should continue to apply until the end of this scheme.
Amendment 67
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 91 d (new)
(91d)  When it was decided that milk quotas were to be abolished, a commitment was made to ensure a ‘soft landing’ for the milk and milk products sector. Regulation (EU) No 261/20121 on contractual relations in the milk and milk products sector represents a first step in that direction, and further legislation will also be needed. When there is a serious imbalance in the milk and milk products market, the Commission should therefore be authorised to grant aid to milk producers who voluntarily cut production, and to impose a levy on milk producers who increase production over the same period and in the same proportion.
1 OJ L 94, 30.3.12, p. 38.
Amendment 68
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 93
(93)  In order to ensure that the objectives and responsibilities of producer organisations, associations of producer organisations, interbranch organisations and operator organisations are clearly defined so as to contribute to the effectiveness of their actions, to take into account the specificities of each sector, and to ensure the respect of competition and the good functioning of the common market organisation, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of rules on: the specific aims which may, shall or shall not be pursued by such organisations and associations, including derogations from those listed in this Regulation; the rules of association, the recognition, structure, legal personality, membership, size, accountability and activities of such organisations and associations, the effects deriving from recognition, the withdrawal of recognition, and mergers; transnational organisations and associations; outsourcing of activities and the provision of technical means by organisations or associations; the minimum volume or value of marketable production of organisations and associations; the extension of certain rules of the organisations to non-members and the compulsory payment of subscriptions by non-members, including a list of stricter production rules which may be extended, further requirements as regards representativeness, the economic areas concerned, including Commission scrutiny of their definition, minimum periods during which the rules should be in force before their extension, the persons or organisations to whom the rules or contributions may be applied, and the circumstances in which the Commission may require that the extension of rules or compulsory contributions be refused or withdrawn.
(93)  In order to ensure that the objectives and responsibilities of producer organisations, associations of producer organisations, interbranch organisations and operator organisations are clearly defined so as to contribute to the effectiveness of their actions, to take into account the specificities of each sector, and to ensure the respect of competition and the good functioning of the common market organisation, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of rules on: the specific aims which may, shall or shall not be pursued by such organisations and associations, and, if necessary, may be added to those listed in this Regulation; the rules of association of organisations other than producer organisations, the specific conditions applicable to the rules of association of producer organisations in certain sectors, structure, legal personality, membership, size, accountability and activities of such organisations and associations, the effects deriving from recognition, the withdrawal of recognition, and mergers; transnational organisations and associations, including rules on providing administrative assistance where there is transnational cooperation; the conditions for the outsourcing of activities and the provision of technical means by organisations or associations; the minimum volume or value of marketable production of organisations and associations; the extension of certain rules of the organisations to non-members and the compulsory payment of subscriptions by non-members, including a list of stricter production rules which may be extended, further requirements as regards representativeness, the economic areas concerned, including Commission scrutiny of their definition, minimum periods during which the rules should be in force before their extension, the persons or organisations to whom the rules or contributions may be applied, and the circumstances in which the Commission may require that the extension of rules or compulsory contributions be refused or withdrawn; the specific conditions for implementing contractual arrangements and the specific amounts that may form the basis of contractual negotiations.
Amendment 69
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 94
(94)  A single market involves a trading system at the external borders of the Union. That trading system should include import duties and export refunds and should, in principle, stabilise the Union market. The trading system should be based on the undertakings accepted under the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations and in bilateral agreements.
(94)  A single market involves a trading system at the external borders of the Union. That trading system should include import duties and export refunds and should, in principle, stabilise the Union market, without disrupting the markets of developing countries. The trading system should be based on the undertakings accepted under the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations and in bilateral agreements.
Amendment 70
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 94 a (new)
(94a)  However, the implementation of international agreements should not depart from the principle of reciprocity, particularly with regard to tariffs, health, plant health, the environment and animal welfare; in addition, it should be carried out so as to ensure strict compliance with the mechanisms for entry prices, specific additional duties and compensatory levies.
Amendment 71
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 96
(96)  In order to take account of the evolution of trade and market developments, the needs of the markets concerned and when necessary for monitoring imports or exports, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the list of the products of sectors subject to the presentation of an import or export licence; and the cases and situations where the presentation of an import or export licence is not required.
(96)  In order to take account of the evolution of trade and market developments, the needs of the markets concerned and when necessary for monitoring imports or exports, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission to modify and supplement the list of the products of sectors subject to the presentation of an import or export licence; and the cases and situations where the presentation of an import or export licence is not required.
Amendment 72
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 100
(100)  In order to ensure the efficiency of the entry price system, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of providing for inclusion a check of the customs value against another value than the unit price.
(100)  In order to ensure the efficiency of the entry price system, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of providing for a check to be made of the customs value against the unit price or, where necessary, a check of the customs value against the flat-rate import value. The check on the customs value should under no circumstances be carried out using a deductive method which would reduce or prevent the imposition of specific additional duties.
Amendment 73
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 103 a (new)
(103a)  In order to facilitate the development and growth of the bio-based economy, and to prevent adverse effects on the Union market for bio-based industrial products that might otherwise arise, measures should be taken to ensure that producers of bio-based industrial products have access to secure supplies of agricultural raw materials at globally competitive prices. Where agricultural raw materials are imported into the Union free of import tariffs for use in the production of bio-based industrial products, measures should be taken to ensure that the raw materials are used for the declared purpose.
Amendment 74
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 105
(105)  The customs duty system makes it possible to dispense with all other protective measures at the external borders of the Union. The internal market and duty mechanism could, in exceptional circumstances, prove to be inadequate. In such cases, in order not to leave the Union market without defence against disturbances that might ensue, the Union should be able to take all necessary measures without delay. Such measures should comply with the international commitments of the Union.
(105)  The customs duty system makes it possible to dispense with all other protective measures at the external borders of the Union. The internal market and duty mechanism could, in exceptional circumstances, prove to be inadequate. In such cases, in order not to leave the Union market without defence against disturbances that might ensue, the Union should be able to take all necessary measures without delay. Such measures should comply with the international commitments of the Union and with its development cooperation policy.
Amendment 75
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 107
(107)  Provisions for granting refunds on exports to third countries, based on the difference between prices within the Union and on the world market, and falling within the limits set by the commitments made within the WTO, should serve to safeguard the Union's participation in international trade in certain products falling within this Regulation. Subsidised exports should be subject to limits in terms of value and quantity.
(107)  Refunds on exports to third countries, based on the difference between prices within the Union and on the world market, and falling within the limits set by the commitments made within the WTO, should be retained as a crisis management instrument for certain products falling within the scope of this Regulation, until the future of this instrument has been decided within the framework of the WTO, on the basis of reciprocity. The budget heading for export refunds should, therefore, provisionally be set at zero. When used, exportrefunds should be subject to limits in terms of value and quantity and should not jeopardise the development of agricultural sectors and economies in developing countries.
Amendment 76
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 120
(120)  In accordance with Article 42 of the Treaty the provisions of the Treaty concerning competition shall apply to production of and trade in agricultural products only to the extent determined by Union legislation within the framework of Article 43(2) and (3) of the Treaty and in accordance with the procedure laid down therein.
(120)  In accordance with Article 42 of the Treaty, the provisions of the Treaty concerning competition shall apply to production of and trade in agricultural products only to the extent determined by Union legislation within the framework of Article 43(2) of the Treaty and in accordance with the procedure laid down therein.
Amendment 77
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 121 a (new)
(121a)  More account should be taken of the specific characteristics of the agricultural sector in implementing Union competition rules, in particular to ensure that the tasks conferred on producer organisations, associations of producer organisations and interbranch organisations can be carried out correctly and effectively.
Amendment 78
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 121 b (new)
(121b)  In order to ensure uniform application of the provisions relating to competition law in this Regulation, thereby contributing to the smooth functioning of the internal market, the Commission should coordinate actions by the various national competition authorities . To this end the Commission should publish guidelines and good practice guides to assist the various national competition authorities, as well as undertakings of the agricultural and agri-food sector.
Amendment 79
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 122
(122)  A special approach should be allowed in the case of farmers’ or producer organisations or their associations the objective of which is the joint production or marketing of agricultural products or the use of joint facilities, unless such joint action excludes competition or jeopardises the attainment of the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty.
(122)  A special approach should be allowed in the case of producer organisations or their associations, the objective of which is the joint production or marketing of agricultural products or the use of joint facilities, unless such joint action excludes competition. It is particularly important that the agreements, decisions and concerted practices of these organisations should be considered to be necessary for achieving the CAP objectives set out in Article 39 of the Treaty, and that Article 101(1) of the Treaty should not apply to such agreements unless there is exclusion of competition. In this case, the procedures laid down in Article 2 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 of 16 December 2002 on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty1 should apply, and, in all proceedings brought for exclusion of competition, the burden of proof should lie with the party or authority alleging the infringement.
1 OJ L 1, 4.1.2003, p. 1. With effect from 1 December 2009, Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty have become Articles 101 and 102, respectively, of the Treaty.
Amendment 80
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 124
(124)  The proper working of the single market would be jeopardised by the granting of national aid. Therefore, the provisions of the Treaty governing State aid should, as a general rule, apply to agricultural products. In certain situations exceptions should be allowed. Where such exceptions apply, the Commission should be in a position to draw up a list of existing, new or proposed national aid, to make appropriate observations to the Member States and to propose suitable measures.
(124)  The proper functioning of the internal market would be jeopardised by the granting of national aid. Therefore, the provisions of the Treaty governing State aid should, as a general rule, apply to agricultural products. In certain situations exceptions should be allowed. Where such exceptions apply, the Commission should be in a position to draw up a list of existing, new or proposed national aid, to make appropriate observations to the Member States and to propose suitable measures.
Amendment 81
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 129
(129)  Member States should be allowed to continue to make national payments for nuts as currently provided for under Article 120 of Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 in order to cushion the effects of decoupling of the former Union aid scheme for nuts. For clarity, since that Regulation is to be repealed, the national payments should be provided for in this Regulation.
(129)  Member States should be allowed to continue to make national payments for nuts as provided for under Article 120 of Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 in order to cushion the effects of decoupling of the former Union aid scheme for nuts. For clarity, since that Regulation is to be repealed, the national payments should be provided for in this Regulation.
Amendment 82
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 131 a (new)
(131a)  Data collected by the Farm Accountancy Data Network should be taken into consideration when formulating studies and research with the aim of preventing crises in the various agricultural sectors, given that they reflect the performance of farms. These data should serve as a useful tool for crisis prevention and management.
Amendment 83
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 133
(133)  In order to react efficiently and effectively against threats of market disturbance caused by significant price rises or falls on internal or external markets or any other factors affecting the market, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the necessary measures for the sector concerned including, where necessary, measure to extend or modify the scope, duration or other aspects of other measures provided for under this Regulation, or suspend import duties in whole or in part including for certain quantities and/or periods.
(133)  In order to react efficiently and effectively against market disturbance caused by significant price rises or falls on internal or external markets or a substantial rise in production costs or any other factors affecting the market, where that situation is likely to continue or deteriorate, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the necessary measures for the sector concerned including, where necessary, measure to extend or modify the scope, duration or other aspects of other measures provided for under this Regulation, or suspend import duties in whole or in part including for certain quantities and/or periods.
Amendment 84
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 135
(135)  Undertakings, Member States and/or third countries may be required to submit communications for the purposes of applying this Regulation, monitoring, analysing and managing the market in agricultural products, ensuring market transparency, the proper functioning of CAP measures, of checking, controlling, monitoring, evaluating and auditing CAP measures, and implementing international agreements, including notification requirements under those agreements. In order to ensure a harmonised, streamlined and simplified approach, the Commission should be empowered to adopt all the necessary measures regarding communications. In so doing it should take into account the data needs and synergies between potential data sources.
(135)  Undertakings, Member States and/or third countries may be required to submit communications for the purposes of applying this Regulation, monitoring, analysing and managing the market in agricultural products, ensuring market transparency, the proper functioning of CAP measures, of checking, controlling, monitoring, evaluating and auditing CAP measures, and implementing international agreements, including notification requirements under those agreements. In order to ensure a harmonised, streamlined and simplified approach, the Commission should to be empowered to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty in respect of the necessary measures regarding communications. In so doing it should take into account the data needs and synergies between potential data sources and ensure compliance with the principle ‘that personal data are not to be further processed in a way that is incompatible with the original purpose of their collection’, as the European Data Protection Supervisor pointed out in his opinion of 14 December 20111.
1 OJ C 35, 9.2.2012, p. 1.
Amendment 85
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 137
(137)  Union legislation concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, in particular Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data are applicable.
(137)  Union legislation concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, in particular Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data1 and Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data2 are applicable.
1 OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31.
2 OJ L 8, 12.01.2001, p. 1.
Amendment 86
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 139
(139)  In order to ensure the smooth transition from the arrangements provided for in Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] to those laid down in this Regulation, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the necessary measures, in particular those necessary to protect the acquired rights and legitimate expectations of undertakings.
(139)  In order to ensure the smooth transition from the arrangements provided for in Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 to those laid down in this Regulation, the power to adopt certain acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty should be delegated to the Commission in respect of the necessary measures, in particular those necessary to protect the acquired rights and legitimate expectations of undertakings.
Amendment 87
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 140
(140)  The use of urgency procedure should be reserved for exceptional cases where this proves to be necessary in order to react efficiently and effectively against threats of market disturbance or where market disturbances are occurring. The choice of an urgency procedure should be justified and the cases in which the urgency procedure should be used should be specified.
(140)  The urgency procedure should be used in order to react efficiently and effectively against certain market disturbances and against pests, animal and plant diseases, loss of consumer confidence due to public, animal or plant health risks, or in order to resolve specific problems.
Amendment 88
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 143
(143)  The Commission should adopt immediately applicable implementing acts where, in duly justified cases imperative grounds of urgency so require, relating to adopting, amending or revoking Union safeguard measures, suspending the use of processing or inward or outward processing arrangements, if necessary to react immediately to the market situation, and resolving specific problems in an emergency, if such immediate action is needed to deal with the problems.
(143)  The Commission should adopt immediately applicable implementing acts where, in duly justified cases imperative grounds of urgency so require, relating to adopting, amending or revoking Union safeguard measures, suspending the use of processing or inward or outward processing arrangements, if necessary to react immediately to the market situation.
Amendment 89
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 143 a
(143a)  Safeguard measures should be adopted, particularly where agricultural products imported from third countries do not guarantee food security or food traceability and do not comply with all the health, environmental and animal welfare conditions laid down for the internal market, where crises arise for markets or where shortcomings are identified with regard to the conditions stated in import certificates concerning prices, quantities or the calendar. This monitoring of compliance with the conditions laid down for imports of agricultural products should be performed by means of an integrated system for monitoring imports into the Union in real time.
Amendment 90
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 146
(146)  Pursuant to Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] several sectoral measures, including on milk quotas, sugar quotas and other sugar measures and the restrictions on the planting of vines, as well as certain state aids, will expire within a reasonable period following the entry in force of this Regulation. After the repeal of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799], the relevant provisions should continue to apply until the end of the schemes concerned.
deleted
Amendment 91
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 147
(147)  In order to ensure a smooth transition from the arrangements provided for in Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] to the provisions of this Regulation, the Commission should be empowered to adopt transitional measures.
deleted
Amendment 92
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 149
(149)  As regards contractual relations in the milk and milk products sectors, the measures set out in this Regulation, are justified in the current economic circumstances of the dairy market and the structure of the supply chain. They should therefore be applied for a sufficiently long duration (both before and after the abolition of milk quotas) to allow them to have full effect. However, given their far-reaching nature, they should nevertheless be temporary in nature, and be subject to review. The Commission should adopt reports on the development of the milk market, covering in particular potential incentives to encourage farmers to enter into joint production agreements, to be submitted by 30 June 2014 and 31 December 2018 respectively,
(149)  As regards contractual relations in the milk and milk products sectors, the measures set out in this Regulation, are justified in the current economic circumstances of the dairy market and the structure of the supply chain. They should therefore be applied for a sufficiently long duration (both before and after the abolition of milk quotas) to allow them to have full effect. However, given their far-reaching nature, they should nevertheless be temporary in nature, and be subject to review for the purpose of assessing their operation and establishing whether they should continue to apply. The Commission should adopt reports on the development of the milk market, covering in particular potential incentives to encourage farmers to enter into joint production agreements, to be submitted by 30 June 2014 and 31 December 2018 respectively,
Amendment 93
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 150 a (new)
(150a)  International market trends, the world’s growing population and the strategic approach required to supply reasonably priced food to people in the Union will have a huge impact on the environment within which European agriculture is developing. The Commission should, therefore, present a report to the European Parliament and to the Council, no later than four years after the entry into force of this Regulation, on market trends and on the future of agricultural market management tools. The report should assess the suitability of existing market management tools in the new international context and, if necessary, examine the possibility of establishing strategic stocks. The report should be accompanied by any suitable proposals on establishing a long-term strategy for the Union with a view to attaining the objectives laid down in Article 39 of the Treaty.
Amendment 94
Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2
2.  Agricultural products as defined in paragraph 1 shall be divided into the following sectors as listed in Annex I:
2.  Agricultural products as defined in paragraph 1 shall be divided into the following sectors as listed in Annex I to this Regulation:
Amendment 95
Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point j
(j) processed fruit and vegetables, Part X of Annex I;
(j) processed fruit and vegetable products, Part X of Annex I;
Amendment 96
Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point m
(m) live plants, Part XIII of Annex I;
(m) live trees and other plants, bulbs, roots and the like, cut flowers and ornamental foliage, Part XIII of Annex I;
Amendment 97
Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point u
(u) ethyl alcohol, Part XXI of Annex I;
(u) ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin, Part XXI of Annex I;
Amendment 98
Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point v
(v) apiculture, Part XXII of Annex I;
(v) apiculture products, Part XXII of Annex I;
Amendment 99
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3
3.  Taking into account the specificities of the rice sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to update the definitions concerning the rice sector set out in Part I of Annex II.
deleted
Amendment 100
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 4 a (new)
4a.  For the purposes of this Regulation, ‘adverse climatic events’ shall mean weather conditions which can be assimilated to a natural disaster, such as frost, hail, ice, rain or drought, which destroy or reduce production by more than 30 % compared to the average annual production of a given farmer. The average annual production shall be calculated on the basis of the preceding three-year period or on the basis of a three-year average based on the preceding five-year period, excluding the highest and lowest entry.
Amendment 101
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – point 4 b (new)
4b.  For the purposes of this Regulation, ‘advanced systems of sustainable production’, ’advanced methods of sustainable production’ and ‘advanced measures for sustainable production’ shall mean agricultural practices which go beyond the cross-compliance requirements provided for in Title VI of Regulation (EU) No [...] (horizontal regulation on the CAP) and are continuously evolving to improve the management of natural nutrients, the water cycle and energy flows so as to reduce damage to the environment and wastage of non-renewable resources and to maintain crops, livestock and natural diversity at a high level in production systems.
Amendment 102
Proposal for a regulation
Article 4
The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, when necessary due to amendments to the combined nomenclature, adjust the description of products and references to the headings or subheadings of the combined nomenclature in this Regulation or other acts adopted under Article 43 of the Treaty. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, when necessary due to amendments to the combined nomenclature, in order to adjust the description of products and references to the headings or subheadings of the combined nomenclature in this Regulation.

Amendment 103
Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – point a
(a) 1 January to 31 December of a given year for the banana sector;
(a) 1 January to 31 December of a given year for the fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables and banana sectors;
Amendment 104
Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2
Taking into account the specificities of the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to fix the marketing years for those products.

deleted
Amendment 105
Proposal for a regulation
Article 7
Article 7

Article 7

Reference prices

Reference prices

The following reference prices are fixed:

1.  For the purposes of the application of Part II, Title I, Chapter I and Part V, Chapter I, the following reference prices are fixed:
(a) as regards the cereals sector, EUR 101,31/tonne, related to the wholesale stage for goods delivered to the warehouse, before unloading;
(a) as regards the cereals sector, EUR 101,31/tonne, related to the wholesale stage for goods delivered to the warehouse, before unloading;
(b) as regards paddy rice, EUR 150/tonne for the standard quality as defined in point A of Annex III, related to the wholesale stage for goods delivered to the warehouse, before unloading;
(b) as regards paddy rice, EUR 150/tonne for the standard quality as defined in point A of Annex III, related to the wholesale stage for goods delivered to the warehouse, before unloading;
(c) as regards sugar of standard quality as defined in point B of Annex III, related to unpacked sugar, ex-factory:
(c) as regards sugar of standard quality as defined in point B of Annex III, related to unpacked sugar, ex-factory:
(i) for white sugar: EUR 404,4/tonne;
(i) for white sugar: EUR 404,4/tonne;
(ii) for raw sugar: EUR 335,2/tonne.
(ii) for raw sugar: EUR 335,2/tonne.
(d) as regards the beef and veal sector, EUR 2 224/tonne for carcasses of male bovine animals of grade R3 as laid down in the Union scale for the classification of carcasses of adult bovine animals pursuant to Article 18(8);
(d) as regards the beef and veal sector, EUR 2 224/tonne for carcasses of male bovine animals of grade R3 as laid down in the Union scale for the classification of carcasses of adult bovine animals pursuant to Article 9a;
(e) as regards the milk and milk products sector:
(e) as regards the milk and milk products sector:
(i)  EUR 246,39 per 100 kg for butter;
(i)  EUR 246,39 per 100 kg for butter;
(ii)  EUR 169,80 per 100 kg for skimmed milk powder;
(ii)  EUR 169,80 per 100 kg for skimmed milk powder;
(f) as regards pigmeat, EUR 1 509,39/tonne for pig carcasses of a standard quality defined in terms of weight and lean meat content as laid down in the Union scale for the classification of pig carcasses pursuant to Article 18(8) as follows:
(f) as regards pigmeat, EUR 1 509,39/tonne for pig carcasses of a standard quality defined in terms of weight and lean meat content as laid down in the Union scale for the classification of pig carcasses pursuant to Article 9a as follows:
(i) carcasses weighing from 60 to less than 120 kg: grade E;
(i) carcasses weighing from 60 to less than 120 kg: grade E;
(ii) carcasses weighing from 120 to 180 kg: grade R.
(ii) carcasses weighing from 120 to 180 kg: grade R.
(fa) as regards the olive oil sector:
(i)  EUR 2388/tonne for extra virgin olive oil;
(ii)  EUR 2295/tonne for virgin olive oil;
(iii)  EUR 1524/tonne for lampante olive oil with 2 degrees of free acidity, this amount being reduced by EUR 36.70/tonne for each additional degree of acidity.
1a.  The reference prices shall be reviewed, at regular intervals, on the basis of objective criteria, notably the developments in production, production costs, particularly the costs of inputs, and market trends. When necessary, the reference prices shall be updated in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure laid down in Article 43(2) of the Treaty.
The intervals for review may differ among the product categories and shall take into account the volatility pattern of each product category.

Amendment 106
Proposal for a regulation
Article 9
Origin of eligible products

Origin of eligible products

Products eligible for buying-in under public intervention or for the granting of aid for private storage shall originate in the Union. In addition, if they come from crops, those crops shall have been harvested in the Union and if they come from milk, that milk shall have been produced in the Union.

Products eligible for buying-in under public intervention or for the granting of aid for private storage shall originate in the Union. In addition, if they come from crops, those crops shall have been harvested in the Union and if they are animal products, the entire production process shall have been carried out in the Union.

Amendment 107
Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 a (new)
Article 9a

Union scales and inspections

1.  Union scales for the classification of carcasses shall apply in accordance with the rules laid down in Annex IIIa in the following sectors:
(a) beef and veal as regards carcasses of adult bovine animals;
(b) pigmeat as regards carcasses of pigs other than those which have been used for breeding.
In the sheepmeat and goatmeat sector Member States may apply a Union scale for the classification of carcasses as regards sheep carcasses in accordance with the rules laid down in point C of Annex IIIa.

2.  On-the-spot inspections in relation to the classification of carcasses of adult bovine animals and sheep shall be carried out on behalf of the Union by a Union inspection committee composed of experts from the Commission and experts appointed by the Member States. That Committee shall report back to the Commission and the Member States on the inspections carried out.
The Union shall bear the costs resulting from the inspections carried out.

Amendment 108
Proposal for a regulation
Article 10
Article 10

Article 10

Products eligible for public intervention

Products eligible for public intervention

Public intervention shall apply in respect of the following products subject to the conditions laid down in this Section and requirements and conditions to be determined by the Commission, by means of delegated and/or implementing acts, pursuant to Articles 18 and 19:

Public intervention shall apply in respect of the following products in accordance with the conditions laid down in this Section and any additional requirements and conditions that may be determined by the Commission, by means of delegated and/or implementing acts, pursuant to Articles 18 and 19:

(a) common wheat, barley and maize;
(a) common wheat, durum wheat, sorghum, barley and maize ;
(b) paddy rice;
(b) paddy rice;
(c) fresh or chilled meat of the beef and veal sector falling within CN codes 0201 10 00 and 0201 20 20 to 0201 20 50;
(c) fresh or chilled meat of the beef and veal sector falling within CN codes 0201 10 00 and 0201 20 20 to 0201 20 50;
(d) butter produced directly and exclusively from pasteurised cream obtained directly and exclusively from cow's milk in an approved undertaking in the Union of a minimum butterfat content, by weight, of 82 % and a maximum water content, by weight, of 16 %;
(d) butter produced directly and exclusively from pasteurised cream obtained directly and exclusively from cow's milk in an approved undertaking in the Union of a minimum butterfat content, by weight, of 82 % and a maximum water content, by weight, of 16 %;
(e) skimmed milk powder of top quality made from cow's milk in an approved undertaking in the Union by the spray process, with a minimum protein-content of 34,0 % by weight of the fat free dry matter.
(e) skimmed milk powder of top quality made from cow's milk in an approved undertaking in the Union by the spray process, with a minimum protein-content of 34,0 % by weight of the fat free dry matter.
Amendment 110
Proposal for a regulation
Article 11
Article 11

Article 11

Public intervention period

Public intervention periods

Public intervention shall be available for:

Public intervention shall be available for the products listed in Article 10 throughout the year.

(a) common wheat, barley and maize, from 1 November to 31 May;
(b) paddy rice, from 1 April to 31 July;
(c) beef and veal, throughout the marketing year;
(d) butter and skimmed milk powder, from 1 March to 31 August;
Amendment 111
Proposal for a regulation
Article 12
Article 12

Article 12

Opening and closing of public intervention

Opening and closing of public intervention

1.   During the periods referred to in Article 11, public intervention:
1.  Public intervention:
(a) shall be open for common wheat, butter and skimmed milk powder;
(a) shall be open for common wheat, butter and skimmed milk powder;
(b) may be opened by the Commission, by means of implementing acts, for barley, maize, and paddy rice (including specific varieties or types of paddy rice), if the market situation so requires. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2);
(b) shall be opened by the Commission, by means of implementing acts, for durum wheat, sorghum, barley, maize, paddy rice (including specific varieties or types of paddy rice), if the market situation so requires. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2);
(c) may be opened for the beef and veal sector by the Commission, by means of other implementing acts, if the average market price over a representative period adopted pursuant to Article 19(a) in a Member State or in a region of a Member State recorded on the basis of the Union scale for the classification of carcasses as adopted pursuant to Article 18(8) is below EUR 1 560/tonne.
(c) shall be opened for the beef and veal sector by the Commission, by means of other implementing acts adopted without the application of Article 162(2) or (3), if the average market price over a representative period determined pursuant to Article 19(a) in a Member State or in a region of a Member State recorded on the basis of the Union scale for the classification of carcasses as adopted pursuant to Article 9a is below 90 % of the reference price laid down in Article 7(1)(d).
2.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, close public intervention for the beef and veal sector, where, over a representative period adopted pursuant to Article 19(a), the conditions provided for in point (c) of paragraph 1 are no longer fulfilled.
2.  The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts adopted without the application of Article 162(2) or (3), close public intervention for the beef and veal sector, where, over a representative period adopted pursuant to Article 19(a), the conditions provided for in point (c) of paragraph 1 are no longer fulfilled.
Amendment 112
Proposal for a regulation
Article 13
Article 13

Article 13

Buying-in at a fixed price or tendering

Buying-in at a fixed price or tendering

1.  Where public intervention is open pursuant to point (a) of Article 12(1), buying-in shall be carried out at a fixed price within the following limits for each period referred to in Article 11:
1.  Where public intervention is open pursuant to point (a) of Article 12(1), buying-in shall be carried out at the fixed price set in Article 14(2), within the following limits for each period referred to in Article 11:
(a) for common wheat, 3 million tonnes;
(a) for common wheat, 3 million tonnes;
(b) for butter, 30 000 tonnes;
(b) for butter, 70 000 tonnes;
(c) for skimmed milk powder, 109 000 tonnes.
(c) for skimmed milk powder, 109 000 tonnes.
2.  Where public intervention is open pursuant to Article 12(1), buying-in shall be carried out by way of a tendering procedure to determine the maximum buying-in price:
2.  Where public intervention is open pursuant to Article 12(1), buying-in shall be carried out by way of a tendering procedure to determine the maximum buying-in price:
(a) for common wheat, butter and skimmed milk powder beyond the limits referred to in paragraph 1,
(a) for common wheat, butter and skimmed milk powder beyond the limits referred to in paragraph 1,
(b) for barley, maize, paddy rice and beef and veal.
(b) for durum wheat, sorghum, barley, maize, paddy rice and beef and veal.
In special and duly justified circumstances, the Commission may, by means of implementing acts, restrict tendering procedures to a Member State or region of a Member State, or, subject to Article 14(2), determine the buying-in prices for public intervention per Member State or region of a Member State on the basis of recorded average market prices. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

In special and duly justified circumstances, the Commission may, by means of implementing acts, restrict tendering procedures to a Member State or region of a Member State, or, subject to Article 14(2), determine the buying-in prices for public intervention per Member State or region of a Member State on the basis of recorded average market prices. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 113
Proposal for a regulation
Article 14
Article 14

Article 14

Public intervention prices

Public intervention prices

1.  Public intervention price shall mean:
1.  Public intervention price shall mean:
(a) the price at which products shall be bought-in under public intervention where this is done at a fixed price, or
(a) the price at which products shall be bought-in under public intervention where this is done at a fixed price, or
(b) the maximum price at which products eligible for public intervention may be bought-in where this is done by tendering.
(b) the maximum price at which products eligible for public intervention may be bought-in where this is done by tendering.
2.  The level of the public intervention price:
2.  The level of the public intervention price:
(a) for common wheat, barley, maize, paddy rice and skimmed milk powder shall be equal to the respective reference prices fixed in Article 7 in the case of buying-in at a fixed price and shall not exceed the respective reference prices in the case of buying-in by tendering;
(a) for common wheat, durum wheat, sorghum, barley, maize, paddy rice and skimmed milk powder shall be equal to the respective reference prices fixed in Article 7 in the case of buying-in at a fixed price and shall not exceed the respective reference prices in the case of buying-in by tendering;
(b) for butter shall be equal to 90 % of the reference price fixed in Article 7 in the case of buying-in at a fixed price and shall not exceed 90 % of the reference price in the case of buying-in by tendering;
(b) for butter shall be equal to 90 % of the reference price fixed in Article 7 in the case of buying-in at a fixed price and shall not exceed 90 % of the reference price in the case of buying-in by tendering;
(c) for beef and veal, shall not exceed the price referred to in point (c) of Article 12(1).
(c) for beef and veal, shall not exceed 90 % of the reference price stated in point (d) of Article 7(1).
3.  The public intervention prices referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be without prejudice to price increases or reductions for quality reasons for common wheat, barley, maize and paddy rice. Moreover, taking into account the need to ensure that production is orientated towards certain varieties of paddy rice, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to fix increases and reductions of the public intervention price.
3.  The public intervention prices referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be without prejudice to price increases or reductions for quality reasons for common wheat, durum wheat, sorghum, barley, maize and paddy rice.
Amendment 114
Proposal for a regulation
Article 15
Article 15

Article 15

General principles on disposal from public intervention

General principles on disposal from public intervention

Disposal of products bought in under public intervention shall take place in such a way as to:

1.  Disposal of products bought in under public intervention shall take place in such a way as to:
(a) avoid any disturbance of the market,
(a) avoid any disturbance of the market,
(b) ensure equal access to goods and equal treatment of purchasers and
(b) ensure equal access to goods and equal treatment of purchasers and
(c) be in compliance with the commitments resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty.
(c) be in compliance with the commitments resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty.
Products may be disposed of by making them available for the scheme for food distribution to the most deprived in the Union set out in Regulation (EU) No […] if that scheme so provides. In that case, the accounting value of such products shall be at the level of the relevant fixed public intervention price referred to in Article 14(2).

2.  Products may be disposed of by making them available for the scheme for food distribution to the most deprived in the Union set out in Regulation (EU) No […] In that case, the accounting value of such products shall be at the level of the relevant fixed public intervention price referred to in Article 14(2).
2a.  Each year the Commission shall publish details of the conditions under which the public intervention stocks were sold the previous year.
Amendment 115
Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 1
Aid for private storage may be granted in respect of the following products subject to the conditions set out in this Section and to requirements and conditions to be adopted by the Commission, by means of delegated and/or implementing acts, pursuant to Article 17 to 19:

Aid for private storage may be granted in respect of the following products in accordance with the conditions set out in this Section and any further requirements and conditions to be adopted by the Commission, by means of delegated and/or implementing acts, pursuant to Articles 17 to 19:

Amendment 116
Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – point b
(b) olive oil;
(b) olive oil and table olives;
Amendment 117
Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – point e a (new)
(ea) cheeses.
Amendment 118
Proposal for a regulation
Article 17
Article 17

Article 17

Conditions for granting aid

Conditions for granting aid

1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, where necessary in order to provide for market transparency to lay down the conditions under which it may decide to grant private storage aid for the products listed in Article 16, taking into account average recorded Union market prices and the reference prices for the products concerned or the need to respond to a particularly difficult market situation or economic developments in the sector in one or more Member States.
1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, where necessary in order to provide for market transparency to lay down the conditions under which it may decide to grant private storage aid for the products listed in Article 16, taking into account:
(a) average recorded Union market prices and the reference prices and production costs for the products concerned and/or
(b) the need to respond in a timely way to a particularly difficult market situation or economic developments, either or both of which have a significant impact on producers’ profit margins in the sector in one or more Member States and/or
(ba) the particular nature of certain sectors or the seasonal nature of production in certain Member States.
2.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, decide to grant private storage aid for the products listed in Article 16, taking into account the conditions referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
2.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, decide to grant private storage aid for the products listed in Article 16, taking into account the conditions referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts fix the aid for private storage provided for in Article 16 in advance or by means of tendering procedures. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts fix the aid for private storage provided for in Article 16 in advance or by means of tendering procedures. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
4.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, restrict the granting of private storage aid or fix the private storage aid per Member State or region of a Member State on the basis of recorded average market prices. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
4.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, restrict the granting of private storage aid or fix the private storage aid per Member State or region of a Member State on the basis of recorded average market prices and the applicants’ profit margins. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 119
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title I – chapter I – Section 3 a (new)
SECTION 3A

COORDINATION OF OPERATIONS INVOLVING TEMPORARY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE MARKET

Article 17a

Coordination of operations involving temporary withdrawal from the market

1.  For the purpose of preventing major market imbalances or restoring the normal operation of the market in the event of it being seriously disrupted, associations of producer organisations from one of the sectors referred to in Paragraph 2(1) of this Regulation which are considered to be representative within the meaning of Article 110 of this Regulation may set up and operate a system for the coordination of temporary withdrawals from the market on the part of their members.
These provisions shall be applied without prejudice to Part IV of this Regulation and do not fall within the scope of Article 101(1) of the Treaty.

2.  If an association of producer organisations decides to activate this system, it shall be mandatory for all its members.
3.  The system shall be financed by:
(a) the financial contributions paid by member organisations and/or the association of producer organisations itself and, where appropriate,
(b) the Union aid referred to in Article 8, in accordance with the conditions laid down by the Commission under point (c) of Article 18(9a), which aid may not, in any event, exceed 50 % of the total cost.
4.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance withArticle 160, to ensure that the way in which the system operates is consistent with the objectives of the CAP and does not impede the smooth functioning of the internal market.
Amendment 120
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title I – Chapter I – Section 4 – title
SECTION 4

SECTION 4

COMMON PROVISIONS ON PUBLIC INTERVENTION AND AID FOR PRIVATE STORAGE

COMMON PROVISIONS ON PUBLIC INTERVENTION AND AID FOR PRIVATE STORAGE AND FOR THE SYSTEM TO COORDINATE TEMPORARY WITHDRAWALS FROM THE MARKET

Amendment 121
Proposal for a regulation
Article 18
Article 18

Article 18

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 9 of this Article.
1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 9 of this Article.
2.  Taking into account the specificities of the different sectors, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt the requirements and conditions to be met by products bought-in under public intervention and stored under the system of granting an aid for private storage, in addition to the requirements laid down in this Regulation. Those requirements and conditions shall aim at guaranteeing the eligibility and quality of the products bought-in and stored, with respect to quality groups, quality grades, categories, quantities, packaging, labelling, maximum ages, preservation, the stage of the products to which the public intervention price and the aid for private storage applies.
2.  Taking into account the specificities of the different sectors, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt the requirements and conditions to be met by products bought-in under public intervention and stored under the system of granting an aid for private storage, in addition to the requirements laid down in this Regulation. Those requirements and conditions shall aim at guaranteeing the eligibility and quality of the products bought-in and stored, with respect to quality groups, quality grades, categories, quantities, packaging, labelling, maximum ages, preservation, the stage of the products to which the public intervention price and the aid for private storage applies.
3.  Taking into account the specificities of the cereals and paddy rice sectors, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt the price increases or reductions for quality reasons referred to in Article 14(3) as regards both buying-in and sales of common wheat, barley, maize and paddy rice.
3.  Taking into account the specificities of the cereals and paddy rice sectors, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt the price increases or reductions for quality reasons referred to in Article 14(3) as regards both buying-in and sales of common wheat, durum wheat, sorghum, barley, maize and paddy rice.
3a.  Taking into account the particular seasonal and/or the specific nature of certain farms in some Member States or regions, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, setting different objective conditions and governing factors that justify the triggering of private storage.
4.  Taking into account the specificities of the beef and veal sector, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules concerning the obligation for the paying agencies to have all the beef boned after the take-over and prior to the placing into storage.
4.  Taking into account the specificities of the beef and veal sector, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules concerning the obligation for the paying agencies to have all the beef boned after the take-over and prior to the placing into storage.
5.  Taking into account the diversity of situations relating to the storage of intervention stocks in the Union and ensuring adequate access to public intervention for operators, the Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, adopt:
5.  Taking into account the diversity of situations relating to the storage of intervention stocks in the Union and ensuring adequate access to public intervention for operators, the Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, adopt:
(a) the requirements to be met by intervention storage places for the products to be bought-in under the system, rules on minimum storage capacity for the storage places and technical requirements for keeping products taken-over in good condition and for their disposal at the end of the storage period;
(a) the requirements to be met by intervention storage places for the products to be bought-in under the system, rules on minimum storage capacity for the storage places and technical requirements for keeping products taken-over in good condition and for their disposal at the end of the storage period;
(b) rules on sale of small quantities remaining in storage in the Member States, to be carried out under their responsibility, by applying the same procedures as those applied by the Union; and rules for direct sale of quantities which may no longer be repackaged or are deteriorated;
(b) rules on sale of small quantities remaining in storage in the Member States, to be carried out under their responsibility, by applying the same procedures as those applied by the Union; and rules for direct sale of quantities which may no longer be repackaged or are deteriorated;
(c) rules on storage of products inside and outside the Member State responsible for them and for treatment of such products as regards customs duties and any other amounts to be granted or levied under the CAP.
(c) rules on storage of products inside and outside the Member State responsible for them and for treatment of such products as regards customs duties and any other amounts to be granted or levied under the CAP.
(ca) the conditions according to which it may be decided that products covered by private storage contracts may be re-marketed or disposed of;
6.  Taking into account the need to ensure that aid for private storage has the desired effect on the market, the Commission, by means of delegated acts:
6.  Taking into account the need to ensure that aid for private storage has the desired effect on the market, the Commission, by means of delegated acts:
(a) shall adopt measures for reducing the amount of aid to be paid where the quantity stored is lower than the contracted quantity;
(a) shall adopt measures for reducing the amount of aid to be paid where the quantity stored is lower than the contracted quantity;
(b) may lay down conditions for granting of an advance payment.
(b) may lay down conditions for granting of an advance payment.
7.  Taking into account the rights and obligations of operators participating in public intervention or private storage, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
7.  Taking into account the rights and obligations of operators participating in public intervention or private storage, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
(a) the use of tendering procedures guaranteeing equal access to goods and equal treatment of operators;
(a) the use of tendering procedures guaranteeing equal access to goods and equal treatment of operators;
(b) eligibility of operators;
(b) eligibility of operators;
(c) the obligation to lodge a security guaranteeing the execution of operators' obligations.
(c) the obligation to lodge a security guaranteeing the execution of operators' obligations.
7a.  Taking into account the technical developments and the needs of the sectors, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 adapting and updating the provisions on the classification, identification and presentation of adult bovine carcasses, pig carcasses and sheep carcasses laid down in Annex IIIa.
7b.  Taking into account the need to standardise the presentation of the different products for the purposes of improving market transparency, price recording and the application of the market intervention arrangements in the form of public intervention and private storage in the beef and veal, pig-meat and sheep-meat sectors as applicable, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts:
(a) laying down provisions on the classification, grading (including by automated grading techniques), presentation, lean-meat content, identification and weighing and marking of carcasses;
(b) laying down rules on the calculation of average Union prices and the obligations on operators to submit information on beef, pig and sheep carcasses, in particular as regards market and representative prices.
7c.  Taking into account the special characteristics existing within the Union, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts laying down derogations from the provisions, in particular:
(a) providing for derogations which may be granted by Member States to slaughterhouses in which few bovine animals are slaughtered;
(b) authorising Member States not to make application of the grading scale for pig carcase classification and to use assessment criteria in addition to weight and estimated lean-meat content.
7d.  Taking into account the need to ensure that the Union inspection committee fulfils its objectives, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts laying down the responsibilities and the composition of that committee.
8.  Taking into account the need to standardise the presentation of the different products for the purposes of improving market transparency, price recording and the application of the market intervention arrangements in the form of public intervention and aid for private storage, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt Union scales for the classification of carcasses in the following sectors:
(a) beef and veal;
(b) pigmeat;
(c) sheepmeat and goatmeat.
9.  Taking into account the need to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the classification of carcasses, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, provide for the review of the application of classification of carcasses in Member States by a Union committee composed of experts from the Commission and experts appointed by the Member States. Those provisions may provide for the Union to bear the costs resulting from the review activity.
Amendment 122
Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 9 a (new)
9a.  Given the need to ensure the proper functioning of the system to coordinate temporary withdrawals from the market, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, laying down the requirements to be met by the system, including in particular:
(a) the general conditions governing its activation and the way it operates;
(b) the obligations which associations of producer organisations must fulfil to enable the system to be implemented;
(c) the rules governing its funding, and in particular the conditions subject to which the Commission is to decide that Community funding in the form of aid for private storage may or may not be granted to associations of producer organisations;
(d) rules to ensure that there is no possibility of an excessive percentage of products normally available being immobilised by the activation of the system.
Amendment 123
Proposal for a regulation
Article 19
Article 19

Article 19

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures aiming at reaching a uniform application of this Chapter throughout the Union. Those rules may, in particular, concern the following:

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures aiming at reaching a uniform application of this Chapter throughout the Union. Those rules may, in particular, concern the following:

(a) the representative periods, markets and market prices necessary for the application of this Chapter;
(a) the representative periods, markets, market prices and profit margin trends necessary for the application of this Chapter;
(b) the procedures and conditions for the delivery of the products to be bought-in under public intervention, the transport costs to be borne by the offerer, the taking over of the products by paying agencies and the payment;
(b) the procedures and conditions for the delivery of the products to be bought-in under public intervention, the transport costs to be borne by the offerer, the taking over of the products by paying agencies and the payment;
(c) the different operations connected with the boning process for the beef and veal sector;
(c) the different operations connected with the boning process for the beef and veal sector;
(d) any authorisation of storage outside the territory of the Member State where the products have been bought-in and stored;
(d) any authorisation of storage outside the territory of the Member State where the products have been bought-in and stored;
(e) the conditions for the sale or disposal of products bought-in under public intervention, in particular, regarding selling prices, the conditions for removal from storage, the subsequent use or destination of products released, including procedures relating to products made available for use in the scheme for food distribution to the most deprived in the Union, including transfers between Member States;
(e) the conditions for the sale or disposal of products bought-in under public intervention, in particular, regarding selling prices, the conditions for removal from storage, the subsequent use or destination of products released, including procedures relating to products made available for use in the scheme for food distribution to the most deprived in the Union, including transfers between Member States;
(f) the conclusion and the content of contracts between the competent authority of the Member State and the applicants;
(f) the conclusion and the content of contracts between the competent authority of the Member State and the applicants;
(g) the placing and keeping in private storage and removal from storage;
(g) the placing and keeping in private storage and removal from storage;
(h) the duration of the private storage period and the conditions according to which such periods, once specified in the contracts, may be curtailed or extended;
(h) the duration of the private storage period and the conditions according to which such periods, once specified in the contracts, may be curtailed or extended;
(i) the conditions according to which it may be decided that products covered by private storage contracts may be re-marketed or disposed of;
(j) the rules relating to the procedures to be followed for buying-in at a fixed price or for granting the aid for private storage at a fixed price;
(j) the rules relating to the procedures to be followed for buying-in at a fixed price or for granting the aid for private storage at a fixed price;
(k) the use of tendering procedures, both for public intervention and for private storage, in particular concerning:
(k) the use of tendering procedures, both for public intervention and for private storage, in particular concerning:
(i) the submission of offers or tenders, and the minimum quantity for an application or submission and
(i) the submission of offers or tenders, and the minimum quantity for an application or submission and
(ii) selection of offers ensuring that preference is given to those which are most favourable to the Union whilst permitting that the award of a contract shall not necessarily ensue.
(ii) selection of offers ensuring that preference is given to those which are most favourable to the Union whilst permitting that the award of a contract shall not necessarily ensue.
(ka) the practical rules for the marking of classified carcasses;
(kb) the implementation of Union scales for the classification of beef, pig and sheep carcasses in particular as regards:
(i) the communication of classification results,
(ii) checks, inspection reports and follow-up actions;
(kc) on-the-spot inspections in relation to the classification and price reporting of carcasses of adult bovine animals and sheep on behalf of the Union by Union inspection committee;
(kd) the practical rules for the calculation, by the Commission, of the weighted average Union price for beef, pig and sheep carcasses;
(ke) the procedures to determine qualified classifiers of carcasses of adult bovines and sheep by Member States.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 124
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title I – Chapter II – Section 1
Section 1

Section 1

SCHEMES TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO FOOD

SCHEMES TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO FOOD AND IMPROVE CHILDREN'S EATING HABITS

Article 20 a

Target group

Aid schemes intended to improve access to food and to improve children’s eating habits are aimed at children who regularly attend primary or secondary-level educational establishments and nurseries, pre-school or other establishments offering extracurricular activities which are administered or recognised by the competent authorities of Member States.

Amendment 125
Proposal for a regulation
Part 2 – title 1 – chapter 2 – section 1 – subsection 1 – title
SUBSECTION 1

SUBSECTION 1

SCHOOL FRUIT

SCHOOL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES SCHEME

Amendment 126
Proposal for a regulation
Article 21
Article 21

Article 21

Aid for the supply of fruit and vegetable, processed fruit and vegetable and banana products to children

Aid for the supply of fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables and banana products to children

1.  Under conditions to be determined by the Commission by means of delegated and implementing acts pursuant to Articles 22 and 23, Union aid shall be granted for:
1.  Under conditions to be determined by the Commission by means of delegated and implementing acts pursuant to Articles 22 and 23, Union aid shall be granted for:
(a) the supply to children in educational establishments, including nurseries, other pre-school establishments, primary and secondary schools, of products of the fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables, and bananas sectors; and
(a) the supply to children in the establishments referred to in Article 20a of products of the fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables, and bananas sectors; and
(b) certain related costs linked to logistics and distribution, equipment, publicity, monitoring, evaluation and accompanying measures.
(b) certain related costs linked to logistics and distribution, equipment, publicity, monitoring, evaluation and accompanying measures.
2.  Member States wishing to participate in the scheme shall draw up, at national or regional level, a prior strategy for the implementation of the scheme. They shall also provide for the accompanying measures necessary to make the scheme effective.
2.  Member States wishing to participate in the scheme shall draw up, at national or regional level, a prior strategy for its implementation. They shall also provide for the accompanying measures, which may include information on measures for education about healthy eating habits, about local food chains and about combating food wastage that are necessary to make the scheme effective.
3.  When drawing up their strategies, Member States shall draw up a list of products of the fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables, and bananas sectors that will be eligible under their respective schemes. This list, however, shall not include products excluded by the measures adopted by the Commission by means of delegated acts pursuant to point (a) of Article 22(2). Member States shall choose their products on the basis of objective criteria which may include seasonality, availability of produce or environmental concerns. In this connection, Member States may give preference to products originating in the Union.
3.  When drawing up their strategies, Member States shall draw up a list of products of the fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables, and bananas sectors that will be eligible under their respective schemes. This list, however, shall not include products excluded by the measures adopted by the Commission by means of delegated acts pursuant to point (a) of Article 22(2). Member States shall choose their products on the basis of objective criteria which may include the health and environmental benefits, seasonality, variety, or availability of produce, giving priority to local food chains. In this connection, Member States shall give preference to products originating in the Union.
4.  The Union aid referred to in paragraph 1 shall neither:
4.  The Union aid referred to in paragraph 1 shall neither:
(a) exceed EUR 150 million per school year; nor
(a) exceed EUR 150 million per school year; nor
(b) exceed 75 % of the costs of supply and related costs referred to in paragraph 1, or 90 % of such costs in less developed regions and in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty; nor
(b) exceed 75 % of the costs of supply and related costs referred to in paragraph 1, or 90 % of such costs in less developed regions in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty and in the small Aegean islands, as defined in Article 1(2), of Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006; nor
(c) cover costs other than the costs of supply and related costs referred to in paragraph 1.
(c) cover costs other than the costs of supply and related costs referred to in paragraph 1.
4a.  The Union aid provided for in paragraph 1 shall be allocated to each Member State on the basis of objective criteria based on the proportion of six to ten year old children enrolled with the educational establishments defined in Article 20a. However, Member States participating in the scheme shall each receive at least EUR 175 000 of Union aid. They shall request Union aid every year on the basis of their strategy. Following the requests of the Member States, the Commission shall decide on definitive allocations, within the appropriations available in the budget.
5.  Union aid provided for in paragraph 1 shall not be used to replace funding for any existing national school fruit schemes or other school distribution schemes that include fruit. However, if a Member State already has a scheme in place that would be eligible for Union aid under this Article and intends to extend it or make it more effective, including as regards the target group of the scheme, its duration or eligible products, Union aid may be granted provided that the limits of point (b) of paragraph 4 are abided by as regards the proportion of Union aid to the total national contribution. In this case, the Member State shall indicate in its implementation strategy how it intends to extend its scheme or make it more effective.
5.  Union aid provided for in paragraph 1 shall not be used to replace funding for any existing national school fruit and vegetables schemes or other school distribution schemes that include fruit and vegetables. However, if a Member State already has a scheme in place that would be eligible for Union aid under this Article and intends to extend it or make it more effective, including as regards the target group of the scheme, its duration or eligible products, Union aid may be granted provided that the limits of point (b) of paragraph 4 are abided by as regards the proportion of Union aid to the total national contribution. In this case, the Member State shall indicate in its implementation strategy how it intends to extend its scheme or make it more effective.
6.  Member States may, in addition to Union aid, grant national aid in accordance with Article 152.
6.  Member States may, in addition to Union aid, grant national aid in accordance with Article 152.
7.  The Union School Fruit Scheme shall be without prejudice to any separate national school fruit schemes which are compatible with Union law.
7.  The Union School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme shall be without prejudice to any separate national school fruit and vegetables schemes which are compatible with Union law.
8.  The Union may also finance, under Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No […] on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy, information, monitoring and evaluation measures relating to the School Fruit Scheme, including raising public awareness of it, and related networking measures.
8.  The Union may also finance, under Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No […] on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy, information, monitoring and evaluation measures relating to the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme, including raising public awareness of it, and related networking measures.
8a.  Member States participating in the scheme shall publicise, at the places where the food is distributed, their involvement in the aid scheme and the fact that it is subsidised by the Union.
Amendment 127
Proposal for a regulation
Article 22
Article 22

Article 22

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 4 of this Article.
1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 4 of this Article.
2.  Taking into account the need to promote the healthy eating habits of children, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
2.  Taking into account the need to ensure the effectiveness of the scheme in achievingthe objectives which are set for it, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
(a) the products that are ineligible for the scheme, taking into account nutritional aspects;
(a) the products that are ineligible for the scheme, taking into account nutritional aspects;
(b) the target group of the scheme;
(b) the target group of the scheme;
(c) the national or regional strategies that Member States must draw up in order to benefit from the aid, including the accompanying measures;
(c) the national or regional strategies that Member States must draw up in order to benefit from the aid, including the accompanying measures;
(d) the approval and selection of aid applicants.
(d) the approval and selection of aid applicants.
3.  Taking into account the need to ensure the efficient and targeted use of European Funds, the Commission may by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
3.  Taking into account the need to ensure the efficient and targeted use of European Funds, the Commission may by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
(a) objective criteria for the allocation of aid between Member States, the indicative allocation of aid between Member States and the method for reallocating aid between Member States based on applications received;
(a) additional criteria for the indicative allocation of aid between Member States and the method for reallocating aid between Member States based on aid applications received;
(b) the costs eligible for aid, including the possibility of fixing an overall ceiling for such costs;
(b) the costs eligible for aid, including the possibility of fixing an overall ceiling for such costs;
(c) monitoring and evaluation.
(c) monitoring and evaluation.
4.  Taking into account the need to promote awareness of the scheme the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, require participating Member States to publicise the subsidising role of the scheme.
4.  Taking into account the need to promote awareness of the scheme the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, specify the conditions in accordance with which Member States shall publicise their participation in the aid scheme and the fact that it is subsidised by the Union.
Amendment 128
Proposal for a regulation
Article 23
Article 23

Article 23

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt all necessary measures related to this Subsection as regards, in particular:

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt the necessary measures related to this Subsection as regards:

(a) the definitive allocation of aid between participating Member States within the appropriations available in the budget;
(a) the definitive allocation of aid between participating Member States within the appropriations available in the budget;
(b) the aid applications and payments;
(b) the aid applications and payments;
(c) the methods of publicising, and networking measures in respect of, the scheme.
(c) the methods of publicising, and networking measures in respect of, the scheme.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 129
Proposal for a regulation
Article 24
Article 24

Article 24

Supply of milk products to children

Aid for the supply of milk and milk products to children

1.  Union aid shall be granted for supplying to children in educational establishments certain products of the milk and milk products sector.
1.  Under conditions to be determined by the Commission by means of delegated acts and implementing acts pursuant to Articles 25 and 26, Union aid shall be granted for supplying to children in the establishments referred to in Article 20a milk and milk products falling within CN codes 0401, 0403, 0404 90 and 0406 or CN code 2202 90.
2.  Member States, at national or regional level, wishing to participate in the scheme shall draw up a prior strategy for its implementation.
2.  Member States, at national or regional level, wishing to participate in the scheme shall draw up a prior strategy for its implementation. They shall also provide for the accompanying measures, which may include information on measures for education about healthy eating habits, about local food chains and about combating food wastage, that are necessary to make the programme effective.
2a.  When drawing up their strategies, Member States shall draw up a list of milk and milk products that will be eligible under their respective schemes, in accordance with the rules adopted by the Commission pursuant to Article 25.
2b.  Union aid referred to in paragraph 1 shall not be used to replace funding for any existing national milk and milk products schemes or other school distribution schemes that include milk or milk products. However, if a Member State already has a scheme in place that would be eligible for Union aid under this Article and intends to extend it or make it more effective, including as regards the target group of the scheme, its duration or eligible products, Union aid may be granted. In this case, the Member State shall indicate in its implementation strategy how it intends to extend its scheme or make it more effective.
3.  Member States may, in addition to Union aid, grant national aid in accordance with Article 152.
3.  Member States may, in addition to Union aid, grant national aid in accordance with Article 152.
3a.  The Union school milk and milk products scheme shall be without prejudice to any separate national school schemes to encourage the consumption of milk and milk products that are compatible with Union law.
4.  Measures on fixing the Union aid for all milk shall be taken by the Council in accordance with Article 43(3) of the Treaty.
5.  The Union aid provided for in paragraph 1 shall be granted on a maximum quantity of 0,25 litre of milk equivalent per child and per school day.
5.  The Union aid provided for in paragraph 1 shall be granted on a maximum quantity of 0,25 litre of milk equivalent per child and per school day.
5a.  Member States participating in the scheme shall publicise, at the places where the food is distributed, their involvement in the aid scheme and the fact that it is subsidised by the Union.
Amendment 130
Proposal for a regulation
Article 25
Article 25

Article 25

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 4 of this Article.
1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 4 of this Article.
2.  Taking into account of the evolution in the dairy products consumption patterns and of the innovations and developments on the dairy products market, and taking into account nutritional aspects, the Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, determine the products that are eligible for the scheme and adopt rules on the national or regional strategies that Member States must draw up in order to benefit from the aid and the target group for the scheme.
2.  Taking into account the need to ensure the effectiveness of the scheme in achievingthe objectives which are set for it, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
(a) the products that are eligible for the scheme, in accordance with the provisions laid down in Article 24(1) and taking into account nutritional aspects;
(b) the target group of the scheme;
(c) the national or regional strategies that Member States must draw up in order to benefit from the aid, including accompanying measures;
(d) the approval and selection of aid applicants;
(e) monitoring and evaluation.
3.  Taking into account the need to ensure that the appropriate beneficiaries and applicants qualify for the aid, the Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, adopt the conditions for granting aid.
3.  Taking into account the need to ensure that the appropriate beneficiaries and applicants qualify for the aid, the Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, adopt the conditions for granting aid.
Taking into account the need to ensure that applicants respect their obligations, the Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, adopt measures on the lodging of a security guaranteeing the execution where an advance of aid is paid.

Taking into account the need to ensure that applicants respect their obligations, the Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, adopt measures on the lodging of a security guaranteeing the execution where an advance of aid is paid.

4.  Taking into account the need to promote awareness of the aid scheme, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, require educational establishments to communicate the subsidising role of the scheme.
4.  Taking into account the need to promote awareness of the scheme the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, specify the conditions in accordance with which Member States are to publicise their participation in the aid scheme and the fact that it is subsidised by the Union.
Amendment 131
Proposal for a regulation
Article 26
Article 26

Article 26

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt all necessary measures as regards, in particular:

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt the necessary measures relating to this Subsection as regards:

(a) procedures to ensure the respect of the maximum quantity eligible for the aid;
(a) procedures to ensure the respect of the maximum quantity eligible for the aid;
(b) approval of applicants, aid applications and payments;
(b) aid applications and payments;
(c) the methods of publicising the scheme.
(c) the methods of publicising the scheme;
(ca) the fixing of aid for all types of milk and milk products, taking into account the need to sufficiently encourage the supply of milk products to the establishments referred to in Article 20a.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 132
Proposal for a regulation
Article 26 a (new)
Article 26 a

School olive oil and table olives scheme

By…*, the European Commission shall consider proposing a scheme for olive oil and table olives similar to those promoting the consumption of dairy and fruit and vegetable products in schools. Member States shall be able to decide voluntarily to join such a scheme, thereby benefitting from Union financing of the same order as that of the existing schemes.

* One year after the entry into force of this Regulation.
Amendment 133
Proposal for a regulation
Article 27
Article 27

Article 27

Aid to operator organisations

Programmes to support the olive oil and table olives sector

1.  The Union shall finance three-year work programmes to be drawn up by the operator organisations as defined in Article 109 in one or more of the following areas:
1.  The Union shall finance three-year work programmes to be drawn up by the producer organisations recognised under Article 106 or the interbranch organisations recognised under Article 108 in one or more of the following areas:
(-a) market follow-up and management in the olive oil and table olives sector;
(a) the improvement of the environmental impacts of olive cultivation;
(a) the improvement of the environmental impacts of olive cultivation;
(aa) the improvement of the competitiveness of olive cultivation through modernisation and restructuring;
(b) the improvement of the production quality of olive oil and table olives;
(b) the improvement of the production quality of olive oil and table olives;
(c) the traceability system, the certification and protection of the quality of olive oil and table olives, in particular the monitoring of the quality of olive oils sold to final consumers, under the authority of the national administrations.
(c) the traceability system, the certification and protection of the quality of olive oil and table olives, in particular the monitoring of the quality of olive oils sold to final consumers, under the authority of the national administrations.
(ca) the dissemination of information on measures carried out by producer organisations or interbranch organisations to improve the quality of olive oil and table olives.
2.  The Union financing of the work programmes referred to in paragraph 1 shall be:
2.  The Union financing of the work programmes referred to in paragraph 1 shall be:
(a)  EUR 11 098 000 per year for Greece;
(a)  EUR 11 098 000 per year for Greece;
(b)  EUR 576 000 per year for France; and
(b)  EUR 576 000 per year for France; and
(c)  EUR 35 991 000 per year for Italy.
(c)  EUR 35 991 000 per year for Italy.
2a.  Member States other than those listed in paragraph 2 may use all or part of the funding available within the financial limit laid down in Article 14 of Regulation [XXXX/XXXX] of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules for direct payment to farmers in order to finance the work programmes referred to in paragraph 1.
3.  The maximum Union funding for the work programmes referred to in paragraph 1 shall be equal to the amounts withheld by the Member States. The maximum funding of the eligible cost shall be:
3.  The maximum Union funding for the work programmes referred to in paragraph 1 shall be equal to the amounts withheld by the Member States. The maximum funding of the eligible cost shall be:
(a) 75 % for activities in the areas referred to in point (a) of paragraph 1;
(a) 75 % for activities in the areas referred to in points (-a), (a) and (aa) of paragraph 1;
(b) 75 % for fixed assets investments and 50 % for other activities in the area referred to in point (b) of paragraph 1;
(b) 75 % for fixed assets investments and 50 % for other activities in the area referred to in point (b) of paragraph 1;
(c) 75 % for the work programmes carried out in at least three third countries or non-producing Member States by approved operator organisations from at least two producer Member States in the areas referred to in point (c) of paragraph 1, and 50 % for the other activities in these areas.
(c) 75 % for the work programmes carried out in at least three third countries or non-producing Member States by approved operator organisations from at least two producer Member States in the areas referred to in points (c) and (ca) of paragraph 1, and 50 % for the other activities in these areas.
Complementary financing shall be ensured by the Member State up to 50 % of the costs not covered by the Union funding.

Complementary financing shall be ensured by the Member State up to 50 % of the costs not covered by the Union funding.

Amendment 134
Proposal for a regulation
Article 28
Article 28

Article 28

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

1.  Taking into account the need to ensure that aid provided for in Article 27 meets its objectives of improving the production quality of olive oil and table olives, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, concerning:
1.  Taking into account the need to ensure that aid provided for in Article 27 meets its objectives of improving the production quality of olive oil and table olives, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, concerning:
(a) conditions for the approval of operator organisations for the purposes of the aid scheme, and for the suspension or withdrawal of such approval;
(b) measures eligible for Union financing;
(b) the details of measures eligible for Union financing;
(c) allocation of Union financing to particular measures;
(c) allocation of Union financing to particular measures;
(d) activities and costs that are not eligible for Union financing;
(d) activities and costs that are not eligible for Union financing;
(e) selection and approval of work programmes.
(e) selection and approval of work programmes.
2.  Taking into account the need to ensure that operators respect their obligations, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to require the lodging of a security where an advance payment of aid is made.
2.  Taking into account the need to ensure that operators respect their obligations, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to require the lodging of a security where an advance payment of aid is made.
Amendment 135
Proposal for a regulation
Article 30
Article 30

Article 30

Operational funds

Operational funds

1.  Producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector may set up an operational fund. The fund shall be financed by:
1.  Producer organisations and/or their associations in the fruit and vegetables sector may set up a three to five-year operational fund. The fund shall be financed by:
(a) financial contributions of members or of the producer organisation itself;
(a) financial contributions from:
(i) members of the producer organisation and/or the producer organisation itself; or
(ii) associations of producer organisations through the members of these associations.
(b)  Union financial assistance which may be granted to producer organisations in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in delegated and implementing acts adopted by the Commission pursuant to Articles 35 and 36.
(b)  Union financial assistance which may be granted to producer organisations, or to associations thereof, where those associations present, manage and implement an operational programme or a partial operational programme, in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in delegated and implementing acts adopted by the Commission pursuant to Articles 35 and 36.
2.  Operational funds shall be used only to finance operational programmes that have been submitted to and approved by Member States.
2.  Operational funds shall be used only to finance operational programmes that have been submitted to and approved by Member States.
Amendment 136
Proposal for a regulation
Article 31
Article 31

Article 31

Operational programmes

Operational programmes

1.  Operational programmes in the fruit and vegetables sector shall have at least two of the objectives referred to in Article 106(c) or the following objectives:
1.  Operational programmes in the fruit and vegetables sector shall have at least two of the objectives referred to in Article 106(c) or two of the following objectives:
(a) planning of production;
(a) planning of production;
(b) improvement of product quality;
(b) improvement of product quality, whether in a fresh or processed form;
(c) boosting products’ commercial value;
(c) boosting products’ commercial value;
(d) promotion of the products, whether in a fresh or processed form;
(d) promotion of the products, whether in a fresh or processed form;
(e) environmental measures and methods of production respecting the environment, including organic farming;
(e) environmental measures, particularly those relating to water, and methods of production, handling, manufacturing or processing respecting the environment, including organic farming and integrated production;
(f) crisis prevention and management.
(f) crisis prevention and management.
Operational programmes shall be submitted to the Member States for their approval.

Operational programmes shall be submitted to the Member States for their approval.

1a.  Associations of producer organisations may stand in for their members for the purpose of managing, processing, implementing and presenting operational programmes.
Such associations may also present a partial operational programme composed of measures identified, but not carried out, by member organisations under their operational programmes. These partial operational programmes shall be subject to the same rules as other operational programmes and shall be considered at the same time as the operational programmes of member organisations.

To that end, the Member States shall ensure that:

(a) measures under partial operational programmes are entirely financed by the contributions of the member organisations of the association in question and that this funding is collected from the operational funds of those member organisations;
(b) the measures and their corresponding financial share are identified in the operational programme of each member organisation;
(c) there is no duplication of funding.
2.  Crisis prevention and management referred to in point (f) of paragraph 1 shall be related to avoiding and dealing with crises on the fruit and vegetable markets and shall cover in this context:
2.  Crisis prevention and management referred to in point (f) of paragraph 1 shall be related to avoiding and dealing with crises on the fruit and vegetable markets and shall cover in this context:
(a) market withdrawal;
(a) production and consumption forecasting and follow-up;
(b) green harvesting or non-harvesting of fruit and vegetables;
(b) investments making the management of the volumes placed on the market more efficient;
(c) promotion and communication;
(c) training measures, exchanges of best practice and structural capacity building;
(d) training measures;
(d) promotion and communication, whether for prevention or during the crisis period;
(e) harvest insurance;
(e) support for the administrative costs of setting up mutual funds;
(f) support for the administrative costs of setting up mutual funds.
(f) grubbing-up aid for the reconversion of orchards;
(g) market withdrawal, also for products that are processed by producer organisations;
(h) green harvesting or non-harvesting of fruit and vegetables;
(i) harvest insurance.
Crisis prevention and management measures, including any repayment of capital and interest as referred to in the third subparagraph, shall not comprise more than one-third of the expenditure under the operational programme.

Crisis prevention and management measures, including any repayment of capital and interest as referred to in the fourth subparagraph, shall not comprise more than 40 % of the expenditure under the operational programme.

Harvest insurance actions shall include measures which contribute to safeguarding producers’ incomes and to covering market losses incurred by producer organisations and/or their members where these incomes are affected by natural disasters, adverse climatic events, diseases or pest infestations. The beneficiaries must prove that they have taken the necessary risk prevention measures.

Producer organisations may take out loans on commercial terms for financing crisis prevention and management measures. In that case, the repayment of the capital and interest on those loans may form part of the operational programme and so may be eligible for Union financial assistance under Article 32. Any specific action under crisis prevention and management shall be financed either by such loans, or directly, but not both.

Producer organisations may take out loans on commercial terms for financing crisis prevention and management measures. In that case, the repayment of the capital and interest on those loans may form part of the operational programme and so may be eligible for Union financial assistance under Article 32. Any specific action under crisis prevention and management may be financed either by such loans and/or directly by producer organisations.

2a.  For the purposes of this section:
(a) ‘green harvesting’ means the total or partial harvesting of non-marketable products on a given area carried out before the beginning of the normal harvest. The products concerned shall not have been already damaged prior to the green harvesting, whether due to climatic reasons or disease or otherwise.
(b) ‘non-harvesting’ means the situation where all or part of commercial production is not taken from the area concerned during the normal production cycle. The destruction of products due to a climatic event or disease shall not be considered to be non-harvesting;
3.  Member States shall ensure that:
3.  Member States shall ensure that:
(a) operational programmes include two or more environmental actions; or
(a) operational programmes include two or more environmental actions; or
(b) at least 10 % of the expenditure under operational programmes covers environmental actions.
(b) at least 10 % of the expenditure under operational programmes covers environmental actions.
Environmental actions shall respect the requirements for agri-environment payments laid down in Article 29(3) of Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Environmental actions shall respect the requirements for agri-environment payments laid down in Article 29(3) of Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Where at least 80 % of the producer members of a producer organisation are subject to one or more identical agri-environment commitments provided for in Article 29(3) of Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) then each one of those commitments shall count as an environmental action as referred to in point (a) of the first subparagraph.

Where at least 80 % of the producer members of a producer organisation are subject to one or more identical agri-environment commitments provided for in Article 29(3) of Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) then each one of those commitments shall count as an environmental action as referred to in point (a) of the first subparagraph.

Support for the environmental actions referred to in the first subparagraph shall cover additional costs and income foregone resulting from the action.

Support for the environmental actions referred to in the first subparagraph shall cover additional costs and income foregone resulting from the action.

4.  Member States shall ensure that investments which increase environmental pressure shall only be permitted in situations where effective safeguards to protect the environment from these pressures are in place.
4.  Member States shall ensure that investments which increase environmental pressure shall only be permitted in situations where effective safeguards to protect the environment from these pressures are in place.
Amendment 137
Proposal for a regulation
Article 32
Article 32

Article 32

Union financial assistance

Union financial assistance

1.  The Union financial assistance shall be equal to the amount of the financial contributions referred to in point (a) of Article 30(1) as actually paid and limited to 50 % of the actual expenditure incurred.
1.  The Union financial assistance shall be equal to the amount of the financial contributions referred to in point (a) of Article 30(1) as actually paid and limited to 50 % of the actual expenditure incurred or 75 % in the case of the outermost regions.
2.  The Union financial assistance shall be limited to 4,1 % of the value of the marketed production of each producer organisation.
2.  The Union financial assistance shall be limited to 4,1 % of the value of the fresh or processed products marketed by each producer organisation and/or of their association.
However, that percentage may be increased to 4,6 % of the value of the marketed production provided that the amount in excess of 4,1 % of the value of the marketed production is used solely for crisis prevention and management measures.

However, that percentage may be increased to 4,6 % of the value of the fresh or processed products marketed by the producer organisation provided that the amount in excess of 4,1 % of the value of the fresh or processed products marketed is used solely for crisis prevention and management measures.

In the case of associations of producer organisations, this percentage may be increased to 5 % of the value of the fresh or processed products marketed by the association or by its members, provided that the amount in excess of 4,1 % of the value of the fresh or processed products marketed is used solely for crisis prevention and management measures implemented by that association of producer organisations on behalf of its members.

3.  At the request of a producer organisation, the 50 % limit provided for in paragraph 1 shall be increased to 60 % for an operational programme or part of an operational programme where it meets at least one of the following conditions:
3.  At the request of a producer organisation, the 50% limit provided for in paragraph 1 shall be increased to 60% for an operational programme or part of an operational programme where it meets at least one of the following conditions:
(a) it is submitted by several Union producer organisations operating in different Member States on transnational schemes;
(a) it is submitted by several Union producer organisations operating in different Member States on transnational schemes;
(b) it is submitted by one or more producer organisations engaged in schemes operated on an interbranch basis;
(b) it is submitted by one or more producer organisations engaged in schemes operated on an interbranch basis;
(c) it covers solely specific support for the production of organic products covered by Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007;
(c) it covers solely specific support for the production of organic products covered by Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007;
(d) it is the first to be submitted by a recognised producer organisation which has merged with another recognised producer organisation;
(d) it is the first to be submitted by a recognised producer organisation which has merged with another recognised producer organisation;
(da) the programme is presented by several recognised producer organisations grouped together in a joint marketing subsidiary;
(e) it is the first to be submitted by a recognised association of producer organisations
(e) it is the first to be submitted by a recognised association of producer organisations;
(f) it is submitted by producer organisations in Member States where producer organisations market less than 20 % of fruit and vegetables production;
(f) it is submitted by producer organisations in Member States where producer organisations market less than 20 % of fruit and vegetables production;
(g) it is submitted by a producer organisation in one of the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty;
(g) it is submitted by a producer organisation in one of the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty or in the small Aegean islands, as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006;
(h) it covers solely specific support for actions to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables targeted at children in educational establishments.
4.  The 50 % limit provided for in paragraph 1 shall be increased to 100 % in the case of market withdrawals of fruit and vegetables which shall not exceed 5 % of the volume of marketed production of each producer organisation and which are disposed of by way of:
4.  The 50 % limit provided for in paragraph 1 shall be increased to 100 % in the case of market withdrawals of fruit and vegetables which shall not exceed 5 % of the volume of marketed production of each producer organisation and which are disposed of by way of:
(a) free distribution to charitable organisations and foundations, approved to that effect by the Member States, for use in their activities to assist persons whose right to public assistance is recognised in national law, in particular because they lack the necessary means of subsistence;
(a) free distribution to charitable organisations and foundations, approved to that effect by the Member States, for use in their activities to assist persons whose right to public assistance is recognised in national law, in particular because they lack the necessary means of subsistence;
(b) free distribution to penal institutions, schools and public education institutions and to children’s holiday camps as well as to hospitals and old people’s homes designated by the Member States, which shall take all necessary steps to ensure that the quantities thus distributed are additional to the quantities normally bought in by such establishments.
(b) free distribution to penal institutions, schools and the establishments referred to in Article 20a and to children’s holiday camps as well as to hospitals and old people’s homes designated by the Member States, which shall take all necessary steps to ensure that the quantities thus distributed are additional to the quantities normally bought in by such establishments.
Amendment 138
Proposal for a regulation
Article 34
Article 34

Article 34

National framework and national strategy for operational programmes

National framework and national strategy for operational programmes

1.  Member States shall establish a national framework for drawing up general conditions relating to the environmental actions referred to in Article 31(3). This framework shall provide in particular that such actions shall meet the appropriate requirements of Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in particular those of its Article 6 on consistency.
1.  Member States shall establish a national framework for drawing up general conditions relating to the environmental actions referred to in Article 31(3). This framework shall provide in particular that such actions shall meet the appropriate requirements of Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in particular those of its Article 6 on consistency.
Member States shall submit their proposed framework to the Commission which, by means of implementing acts, may require modifications within three months if it finds that the proposal would not contribute to the pursuit of the objectives set out in Article 191 of the Treaty and in the seventh Union environment action programme. Investments on individual holdings supported by operational programmes shall also respect those objectives.

Member States shall submit their proposed framework to the Commission which may adopt implementing acts, without the application of Article 162(2) or (3), requiring modifications within three months if it finds that the proposal would not contribute to the pursuit of the objectives set out in Article 191 of the Treaty and in the seventh Union environment action programme. Investments on individual holdings supported by operational programmes shall also respect those objectives.

2.  Each Member State shall establish a national strategy for sustainable operational programmes in the fruit and vegetable market. Such a strategy shall include:
2.  Each Member State shall establish a national strategy for sustainable operational programmes in the fruit and vegetable market. Such a strategy shall include:
(a) an analysis of the situation in terms of strengths and weaknesses and the potential for development;
(a) an analysis of the situation in terms of strengths and weaknesses and the potential for development;
(b) justification of the priorities chosen;
(b) justification of the priorities chosen;
(c) the objectives of operational programmes and instruments, and performance indicators;
(c) the objectives of operational programmes and instruments, and performance indicators;
(d) assessment of operational programmes;
(d) assessment of operational programmes;
(e) reporting obligations for producer organisations.
(e) reporting obligations for producer organisations.
The national strategy shall also integrate the national framework referred to in paragraph 1.

The national strategy shall also integrate the national framework referred to in paragraph 1.

3.  Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply to Member States which have no recognised producer organisations.
3.  Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply to Member States which have no recognised producer organisations.
Amendment 139
Proposal for a regulation
Article 34 a (new)
Article 34a

National network

1.  Member States may establish a national fruit and vegetables network gathering the producer organisations, the associations of producer organisations and the authorities involved in implementing the national strategy.
2.  The network shall be financed by a maximum levy of 0,5 % of the Union share of the financing of operational funds.
3.  The aim of this network shall be to manage the network, to examine transferable good practices and gather the relevant information, to organise conferences and seminars for those involved in managing the national strategy, to conduct programmes to monitor and assess the national strategy and to carry out other activities identified by the national strategy.
Amendment 140
Proposal for a regulation
Article 35
Article 35

Article 35

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

Taking into account the need to ensure an efficient, targeted and sustainable support of producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 establishing rules on:

Taking into account the need to ensure an efficient, targeted and sustainable support of producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 establishing rules on:

(a) operational funds and operational programmes, concerning:
(a) operational funds and operational programmes, concerning:
(i) the estimated amounts, financing and use of operational funds;
(i) the estimated amounts, financing and use of operational funds;
(ii) the content, duration, approval and modification of operational programmes;
(ii) the content, duration, approval and modification of operational programmes;
(iii) the eligibility of measures, actions or expenditure under an operational programme and respective complementary national rules;
(iii) the eligibility of measures, actions or expenditure under an operational programme, rules on investment in individual holdings and respective complementary national rules;
(iv) the relationship between operational programmes and rural development programmes;
(iv) the relationship between operational programmes and rural development programmes;
(v) operational programmes of associations of producer organisations;
(v) operational programmes of associations of producer organisations;
(va) the specific rules applicable to cases in which associations of producer organisations stand in for their members, wholly or in part, for the purpose of managing, processing, implementing and presenting operational programmes;
(b) the structure and content of a national framework and a national strategy;
(b) the structure and content of a national framework and a national strategy;
(c)  Union financial assistance, concerning:
(c)  Union financial assistance, concerning:
(i) the basis for the calculation of Union financial assistance, in particular the value of the marketed production of a producer organisation;
(i) the basis for the calculation of Union financial assistance, in particular the value of the marketed production of a producer organisation;
(ii) applicable reference periods for the calculation of aid;
(ii) applicable reference periods for the calculation of aid;
(iii) reductions of financial assistance entitlements in case of late submission of aid applications;
(iii) reductions of financial assistance entitlements in case of late submission of aid applications;
(iv) the provision of advance payments and the lodging and forfeiture of securities in case of advance payments;
(iv) the provision of advance payments and the lodging and forfeiture of securities in case of advance payments;
(iva) the specific rules applicable to the financing of operational programmes of associations of producer organisations, particularly those relating to the ceilings referred to in Article 32(2);
(d) crisis prevention and management measures, concerning:
(d) crisis prevention and management measures, concerning:
(i) the selection of crisis prevention and management measures;
(i) the selection of crisis prevention and management measures;
(ii) the definition of market withdrawal;
(ii) the conditions under which market withdrawal is triggered;
(iii) destinations for withdrawn products;
(iii) destinations for withdrawn products;
(iv) the maximum support for market withdrawals;
(iv) the maximum support for market withdrawals;
(v) prior notifications in case of market withdrawals;
(v) prior notifications in case of market withdrawals;
(vi) the calculation of the volume of marketed production in case of withdrawals;
(vi) the calculation of the volume of marketed production in case of withdrawals;
(vii) the display of the European emblem on packages of products for free distribution;
(vii) the display of the European emblem on packages of products for free distribution;
(viii) the conditions for the recipients of withdrawn products;
(viii) the conditions for the recipients of withdrawn products;
(ix) the definitions of green harvesting and non-harvesting;
(x) the conditions for the application of green harvesting and non-harvesting;
(x) the conditions for the application of green harvesting and non-harvesting;
(xi) the objectives of harvest insurance;
(xi) the implementation conditions applicable to harvest insurance;
(xii) the definition of adverse climatic event;
(xiii) the conditions for support for the administrative cost of setting up mutual funds;
(xiii) the conditions for support for the administrative cost of setting up mutual funds;
(e) national financial assistance, concerning:
(e) national financial assistance, concerning:
(i) the degree of organisation of producers;
(i) the degree of organisation of producers;
(ii) modifications of operational programmes;
(ii) modifications of operational programmes;
(iii) reductions of financial assistance entitlements in case of late submission of financial assistance applications;
(iii) reductions of financial assistance entitlements in case of late submission of financial assistance applications;
(iv) the lodging, releasing and forfeiture of securities in case of advance payments;
(iv) the lodging, releasing and forfeiture of securities in case of advance payments;
(v) the maximum proportion of union reimbursement of the national financial assistance.
(v) the maximum proportion of union reimbursement of the national financial assistance.
Amendment 141
Proposal for a regulation
Article 38
Article 38

Article 38

Compatibility and consistency

Compatibility and consistency

1.  Support programmes shall be compatible with Union law and consistent with the activities, policies and priorities of the Union.
1.  Support programmes shall be compatible with Union law and consistent with the activities, policies and priorities of the Union.
2.  Member States shall be responsible for support programmes and ensure that they are internally consistent and drawn up and implemented in an objective manner, taking into account the economic situation of the producers concerned and the need to avoid unjustified unequal treatment between producers.
2.  Member States shall be responsible for support programmes and ensure that they are internally consistent and drawn up and implemented in an objective manner, taking into account the economic situation of the producers concerned and the need to avoid unjustified unequal treatment between producers.
3.  No support shall be granted for:
3.  No support shall be granted for:
(a) research projects and measures to support research projects without prejudice to points (d) and (e) of Article 43(3);
(b) measures contained in Member States’ rural development programmes under Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
(b) measures contained in Member States’ rural development programmes under Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Amendment 142
Proposal for a regulation
Article 39
Article 39

Article 39

Submission of support programmes

Submission of support programmes

1.  Each producer Member State listed in Annex IV shall submit to the Commission a draft five-year support programme containing at least one of the eligible measures provided in Article 40.
1.  Each producer Member State listed in Annex IV shall submit to the Commission a draft five-year support programme containing at least one of the eligible measures provided in Article 40.
1a.  The support measures in the support programmes shall be drawn up at the geographical level which the Member State deems most appropriate. The Member State shall consult the competent authorities and organisations at the appropriate territorial level on the support programme before submitting it to the Commission.
1b.  Each Member State shall submit one single draft support programme, which may take into account regional particularities.
2.  Support programmes shall become applicable three months after their submission to the Commission.
2.  Support programmes shall become applicable three months after their submission to the Commission.
However, if the Commission, by means of an implementing act, establishes that the submitted support programme does not comply with the rules laid down in this Section, the Commission shall inform the Member State thereof. In that case, the Member State shall submit a revised support programme to the Commission. The revised support programme shall become applicable two months after its submission unless an incompatibility persists in which case this subparagraph shall apply.

However, if the Commission, by means of an implementing act, establishes that the submitted support programme does not comply with the rules laid down in this Section, the Commission shall inform the Member State thereof. In that case, the Member State shall submit a revised support programme to the Commission. The revised support programme shall become applicable two months after its submission unless an incompatibility persists in which case this subparagraph shall apply.

3.  Paragraph 2 shall apply mutatis mutandis to changes in respect of support programmes submitted by Member States.
3.  Paragraph 2 shall apply mutatis mutandis to changes in respect of support programmes submitted by Member States.
Amendment 143
Proposal for a regulation
Article 39 a (new)
Article 39a

Content of support programmes

Support programmes shall consist of the following elements:

(a) a detailed description of the measures proposed as well as their quantified objectives;
(b) the results of consultations held;
(c) an appraisal showing the expected technical, economic, environmental and social impact;
(d) a schedule for implementing the measures;
(e) a general financing table showing the resources to be deployed and the envisaged indicative allocation of the resources between the measures in accordance with ceilings provided for in Annex IV;
(f) the criteria and quantitative indicators to be used for monitoring and evaluation as well as the steps taken to ensure that the support programmes are implemented appropriately and effectively; and
(g) the designation of competent authorities and bodies responsible for implementing the support programme.
Amendment 144
Proposal for a regulation
Article 40
Article 40

Article 40

Eligible measures

Eligible measures

Support programmes may contain only one or more of the following measures:

Support programmes may contain only one or more of the following measures:

(a)  Single Payment Scheme support in accordance with Article 42;
(b) promotion in accordance with Article 43;
(b) promotion in accordance with Article 43;
(c) restructuring and conversion of vineyards in accordance with Article 44;
(c) restructuring and conversion of vineyards in accordance with Article 44;
(d) green harvesting in accordance with Article 45;
(d) green harvesting in accordance with Article 45;
(e) mutual funds in accordance with Article 46;
(e) mutual funds in accordance with Article 46;
(f) harvest insurance in accordance with Article 47;
(f) harvest insurance in accordance with Article 47;
(g) investments in accordance with Article 48;
(g) investments in accordance with Article 48;
(h) by-product distillation in accordance with Article 49.
(h) by-product distillation in accordance with Article 49;
(ha) research and development pursuant to Article 43a;
(hb) the support programme for wine growing on steep-slope sites pursuant to Article 44a.
Amendment 145
Proposal for a regulation
Article 42
Article 42

deleted
Single Payment Scheme and support to vine-growers

Support programmes may only include support to vine-growers in the form of allocation of payment entitlements decided by Member States by 1 December 2012 under Article 137 of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] and under the conditions set out in that Article.

Amendment 146
Proposal for a regulation
Article 43
Article 43

Article 43

Promotion in third-countries

Promotion

1.  Support under this Article shall cover information or promotion measures concerning Union wines in third countries, thereby improving their competitiveness in those countries.
1.  Support under this Article shall cover information or promotion measures concerning Union wines first and foremost in third countries, and also on the internal market, thereby improving their competitiveness.
2.  The measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall apply to wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication or wines with an indication of the wine grape variety.
2.  The measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall apply to wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication or wines with an indication of the wine grape variety.
3.  The measures referred to in paragraph 1 may consist only of:
3.  The measures referred to in paragraph 1 may consist only of:
(a) public relations, promotion or advertisement measures, in particular highlighting the advantages of the Union products, especially in terms of quality, food safety or environmental friendliness;
(a) public relations, promotion or advertisement measures, in particular highlighting the advantages of the Union products, especially in terms of quality, food safety or environmental standards;
(b) participation at events, fairs or exhibitions of international importance;
(b) participation at events, fairs or exhibitions of international importance;
(c) information campaigns, in particular on the Union systems covering designations of origin, geographical indications and organic production;
(c) information campaigns, in particular on the Union systems covering designations of origin, geographical indications and organic production;
(d) studies of new markets, necessary for the expansion of market outlets;
(d) studies of new markets, necessary for the expansion of market outlets;
(e) studies to evaluate the results of the information and promotion measures.
(e) studies to evaluate the results of the information and promotion measures.
4.  The Union contribution to promotion activities referred to in paragraph 1 shall not exceed 50 % of the eligible expenditure.
4.  The Union contribution to promotion activities referred to in paragraph 1 shall not exceed 50 % of the eligible expenditure.
Amendment 147
Proposal for a regulation
Article 43 a (new)
Article 43a

Research and development

Support for research and development shall make it possible to fund research projects geared, in particular, to improving the quality of products, the environmental impact of production and health safety in the wine sector.

Amendment 148
Proposal for a regulation
Article 43 b (new)
Article 43b

Exchanges of best practices with regard to advanced systems of sustainable production

1.  Support under this article shall cover measures supporting the exchange of best practices with regard to advanced systems of sustainable production and, thereby, enabling farmers to acquire new competencies.
2.  The measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall apply to advanced systems of wine-growing and wine production which increase soil cover, substantially reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers or increase diversity of varieties and which go beyond the cross-compliance requirements provided for in Title VI of Regulation (EU) No […] [horizontal CAP Regulation].
3.  The measures referred to in paragraph 1 may include:
(a) selecting, describing and publicising best practices with regard to advanced sustainable wine-growing practices;
(b) providing agricultural training and increasing competencies in relation to advanced sustainable farming systems.
Amendment 149
Proposal for a regulation
Article 44
Article 44

Article 44

Restructuring and conversion of vineyards

Restructuring and conversion of vineyards

1.  The objective of measures relating to the restructuring and conversion of vineyards shall be to increase the competitiveness of wine producers.
1.  The objective of measures relating to the restructuring and conversion of vineyards shall be to increase the competitiveness of wine producers.
2.  The restructuring and conversion of vineyards shall be supported if Member States submit the inventory of their production potential in accordance with Article 102(3).
2.  The restructuring and conversion of vineyards shall be supported if Member States submit the inventory of their production potential in accordance with Article 102(3).
3.  Support for the restructuring and conversion of vineyards may only cover one or more of the following activities:
3.  Support for the restructuring and conversion of vineyards may only cover one or more of the following activities:
(a) varietal conversion, including by means of grafting-on;
(a) varietal conversion, including by means of grafting-on;
(b) relocation of vineyards;
(b) relocation of vineyards;
(c) improvements to vineyard management techniques.
(c) improvements to vineyard management techniques.
(ca) reducing the use of pesticides;
(cb) replanting for health reasons, when no technical solution is available to save the production in place.
The normal renewal of vineyards which have come to the end of their natural life shall not be supported.

The normal renewal of vineyards that is, the replanting of the same parcel of land with the same variety according to the same system of vine cultivation, when vines have come to the end of their natural life shall not be supported.

Member States may lay down further specifications, especially as regards the age of the vineyards replaced.

4.  Support for the restructuring and conversion of vineyards may only take the following forms:
4.  Support for improving wine production systems and for restructuring and conversion of vineyards may only take the following forms:
(a) compensation to producers for the loss of revenue due to the implementation of the measure;
(a) compensation to producers for the loss of revenue due to the implementation of the measure;
(b) contribution to the costs of restructuring and conversion.
(b) contribution to the costs of restructuring and conversion.
5.  Compensation to producers for the loss of revenue referred to in point (a) of paragraph 4 may cover up to 100 % of the relevant loss and take one of the following forms:
5.  Compensation to producers for the loss of revenue referred to in point (a) of paragraph 4 may cover up to 100 % of the relevant loss and take one of the following forms:
(a) notwithstanding Subsection II of Section V of Chapter III of Title I of Part II of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] setting out the transitional planting right regime, the permission for old and new vines to coexist until the end of the transitional regime for a maximum period which shall not exceed three years;
(a) notwithstanding Subsection II of Section V of Chapter III of Title I of Part II of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007setting out the transitional planting right regime, the permission for old and new vines to coexist until the end of the transitional regime for a maximum period which shall not exceed three years;
(b) financial compensation.
(b) financial compensation.
6.  The Union contribution to the actual costs of the restructuring and conversion of vineyards shall not exceed 50 %. In less developed regions the Union contribution to the costs of restructuring and conversion shall not exceed 75 %.
6.  The Union contribution to the actual costs of the restructuring and conversion of vineyards shall not exceed 50 %. In less developed regions the Union contribution to the costs of restructuring and conversion shall not exceed 75 %.
Amendment 150
Proposal for a regulation
Article 44 a (new)
Article 44a

Support programme for wine growing on steep-slope sites

The measures taken as part of the support programme for wine growing on steep-slope sites shall be designed to safeguard wine growing on labour-intensive slope, steep-slope and terrace sites in the long term by improving its competitiveness.

The support may take the form of a flat-rate per-hectare payment to be set by the Member State concerned or a modulated payment determined by the steepness of the site.

Amendment 151
Proposal for a regulation
Article 45
Article 45

Article 45

Green harvesting

Green harvesting

1.  For the purposes of this Article, green harvesting shall mean the total destruction or removal of grape bunches while still in their immature stage, thereby reducing the yield of the relevant area to zero.
1.  For the purposes of this Article, green harvesting shall mean the total destruction or removal of grape bunches while still in their immature stage, thereby reducing the yield of the relevant area to zero.
Leaving commercial grapes on the plants at the end of the normal production cycle (non-harvesting) shall not be considered to be green harvesting.

2.  Support for green harvesting shall contribute to restoring the balance of supply and demand in the Union wine market in order to prevent market crises.
2.  Support for green harvesting shall contribute to improving the quality of the grapes and to restoring the balance of supply and demand in the Union wine market in order to prevent market crises.
3.  Support for green harvesting may be granted as compensation in the form of a flat rate payment per hectare to be determined by the Member State concerned.
3.  Support for green harvesting may be granted as compensation in the form of a flat rate payment per hectare to be determined by the Member State concerned.
The payment shall not exceed 50 % of the sum of the direct costs of the destruction or removal of grape bunches and the loss of revenue related to such destruction or removal.

The payment shall not exceed 50 % of the sum of the direct costs of the destruction or removal of grape bunches and the loss of revenue related to such destruction or removal.

4.  The Member States concerned shall establish a system based on objective criteria to ensure that the green harvesting measure does not lead to compensation of individual wine producers in excess of the ceiling referred to in the second subparagraph of paragraph 3.
4.  The Member States concerned shall establish a system based on objective criteria to ensure that the green harvesting measure does not lead to compensation of individual wine producers in excess of the ceiling referred to in the second subparagraph of paragraph 3.
Amendment 152
Proposal for a regulation
Article 47
Article 47

Article 47

Harvest insurance

Harvest insurance

1.  Support for harvest insurance shall contribute to safeguarding producers’ incomes where these are affected by natural disasters, adverse climatic events, diseases or pest infestations.
1.  Support for harvest insurance shall contribute to safeguarding producers’ incomes and to covering market losses incurred by producer organisations and/or their members where these are affected by natural disasters, adverse climatic events, diseases or pest infestations.
Beneficiaries shall be required to prove that they have taken the necessary risk prevention measures.

2.  Support for harvest insurance may be granted in the form of a Union financial contribution which shall not exceed:
2.  Support for harvest insurance may be granted in the form of a Union financial contribution which shall not exceed:
(a) 80 % of the cost of the insurance premiums paid for by producers for insurance against losses resulting from adverse climatic events which can be assimilated to natural disasters;
(a) 80 % of the cost of the insurance premiums paid for by producers, producer organisations and/or cooperatives for insurance against losses resulting from adverse climatic events which can be assimilated to natural disasters;
(b) 50 % of the cost of the insurance premiums paid for by producers for insurance against:
(b) 50 % of the cost of the insurance premiums paid for by producers for insurance against:
(i) losses referred to in point (a) and against other losses caused by adverse climatic events;
(i) losses referred to in point (a) and against other losses caused by adverse climatic events;
(ii) losses caused by animals, plant diseases or pest infestations.
(ii) losses caused by animals, plant diseases or pest infestations.
3.  Support for harvest insurance may be granted if the insurance payments concerned do not compensate producers for more than 100 % of the income loss suffered, taking into account any compensation the producers may have obtained from other support schemes related to the insured risk.
3.  Support for harvest insurance may be granted if the insurance payments concerned do not compensate producers for more than 100 % of the income loss suffered, taking into account any compensation the producers may have obtained from other support schemes related to the insured risk.
4.  Support for harvest insurance shall not distort competition in the insurance market.
4.  Support for harvest insurance shall not distort competition in the insurance market.
Amendment 153
Proposal for a regulation
Article 48
Article 48

Article 48

Investments

Investments

1.  Support may be granted for tangible or intangible investments in processing facilities, winery infrastructure and marketing of wine which improve the overall performance of the enterprise and concern one or more of the following:
1.  Support may be granted for tangible or intangible investments in processing facilities, winery infrastructure, and distilleries, as well as marketing structures and tools, including the registration of collective marks. Those investments shall be intended to improve the overall performance of the enterprise and its adaptation to market demands, as well as to increase its competitiveness on the internal market and in third country markets, and shall concern one or more of the following:
(a) the production or marketing of grapevine products referred to in Part II of Annex VI;
(a) the production or marketing of grapevine products referred to in Part II of Annex VI;
(b) the development of new products, processes and technologies concerning the products referred to in Part II of Annex VI.
(b) the development of new products, processes and technologies concerning the products referred to in Part II of Annex VI.
(ba) the development of advanced agronomic and sustainable production measures;
(bb) processing of by-products of distilleries or investment which helps to improve their energy savings and their global energy efficiency.
2.  Support under paragraph 1 at its maximum rate shall apply only to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
2.  Support under paragraph 1 at its maximum rate shall apply only to producer organisations and to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, the maximum rate may apply to all enterprises for the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty and the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006 . For enterprises not covered by Article 2(1) of Title I of the Annex to Recommendation 2003/361/EC with less than 750 employees or with a turnover of less than EUR 200 million, the maximum aid intensity shall be halved.

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, the maximum rate may apply to all enterprises for the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty and the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006 . For enterprises not covered by Article 2(1) of Title I of the Annex to Recommendation 2003/361/EC with less than 750 employees or with a turnover of less than EUR 200 million, the maximum aid intensity shall be halved.

Support shall not be granted to enterprises in difficulty within the meaning of the Community guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty.

Support shall not be granted to enterprises in difficulty within the meaning of the Community guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty.

3.  The eligible expenditure shall exclude the non-eligible costs referred to in paragraph 3 of Article 59 of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2011)615].
3.  The eligible expenditure shall exclude the non-eligible costs referred to in paragraph 3 of Article 59 of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2011)0615].
4.  The following maximum aid rates concerning the eligible investment costs shall apply to the Union contribution:
4.  The following maximum aid rates concerning the eligible investment costs shall apply to the Union contribution:
(a) 50 % in less developed regions;
(a) 50 % in less developed regions;
(b) 40 % in regions other than less developed regions;
(b) 40 % in regions other than less developed regions;
(c) 75 % in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty;
(c) 75 % in the outermost regions referred to in Article 349 of the Treaty;
(d) 65 % in the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006.
(d) 65 % in the smaller Aegean islands as defined in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1405/2006.
5.  Article 61 of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2011)615] shall apply mutatis mutandis to support referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article.
5.  Article 61 of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2011)0615] shall apply mutatis mutandis to support referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article.
Amendment 154
Proposal for a regulation
Article 49
Article 49

Article 49

By-product distillation

By-product distillation

1.  Support may be granted for the voluntary or obligatory distillation of by-products of wine making which has been carried out in accordance with the conditions laid down in Section D of Part II of Annex VII.
1.  Support may be granted for the voluntary or obligatory distillation of by-products of wine making which has been carried out in accordance with the conditions laid down in Section D of Part II of Annex VII.
The amount of aid shall be fixed per % volume and per hectolitre of alcohol produced. No aid shall be paid for the volume of alcohol contained in the by-products to be distilled which exceeds 10 % in relation to the volume of alcohol contained in the wine produced.

The amount of aid shall be fixed per % volume and per hectolitre of alcohol produced. No aid shall be paid for the volume of alcohol contained in the by-products to be distilled which exceeds 10 % in relation to the volume of alcohol contained in the wine produced.

1a.  The aid shall be paid to distillers that process the products delivered for distillation into raw alcohol with an alcoholic strength of at least 92 % vol.
Member States may make the granting of support conditional upon the lodging of a security by the beneficiary.

2.  The maximum applicable aid levels shall be based on collection and processing costs and fixed by the Commission by means of implementing acts pursuant to Article 51.
2.  The maximum applicable aid levels shall be based on collection and processing costs and fixed by the Commission by means of implementing acts pursuant to Article 51.
2a.  The relevant aid shall include a lump-sum amount destined to compensate the costs of collection of these products which are to be transferred from the distiller to the producer, if the relevant costs are borne by the latter.
3.  The alcohol resulting from the supported distillation referred to in paragraph 1 shall be used exclusively for industrial or energy purposes to avoid distortion of competition.
3.  The alcohol resulting from the supported distillation referred to in paragraph 1 shall be used exclusively for industrial or energy purposes to avoid distortion of competition.
3a.  In order to prevent dual support being granted for distillation, the alcohol referred to in paragraph 3 shall not be subject to the preference referred to in Article 21(2) of Directive 2009/28/EC concerning biofuels produced from wastes and their contribution towards attaining the final consumption rate for energy from renewable sources in transport being considered to be twice that made by other biofuels.
Amendment 509
Proposal for a regulation
Article 49 a (new)
Article 49a

Funding for concentrated grape must

1.  Support may be granted to wine producers who use concentrated grape must, including rectified concentrated grape must, to increase the natural alcoholic strength of products, in accordance with the conditions laid down in Annex XVa.
2.  The amount of the aid shall be fixed per % volume potential alcoholic strength and per hectolitre of the must used for enrichment.
3.  The maximum applicable aid levels for this measure in the different wine growing zones shall be fixed by the Commission.
Amendment 155
Proposal for a regulation
Article 50
Article 50

Article 50

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

Taking into account the need to ensure that support programmes meet their objectives and that there is a targeted use of European Funds, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, establishing rules:

Taking into account the need to ensure that support programmes meet their objectives and that there is a targeted use of European Funds, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, establishing rules:

(a) on the responsibility for expenditure between the date of receipt of the support programmes, and modifications to support programmes and their date of applicability;
(a) on the responsibility for expenditure between the date of receipt of the support programmes, and modifications to support programmes and their date of applicability;
(b) on eligibility criteria of support measures, the type of expenditure and operations eligible for support, measures ineligible for support and the maximum level of support per measure;
(b) on eligibility criteria of support measures, the type of expenditure and operations eligible for support, measures ineligible for support and the maximum level of support per measure;
(c) on changes to support programmes after they have become applicable;
(c) on changes to support programmes after they have become applicable;
(d) on requirements and thresholds for advance payments, including the requirement for a security where an advance payment is made;
(d) on requirements and thresholds for advance payments, including the requirement for a security where an advance payment is made;
(e) containing general provisions and definitions for the purposes of this Section;
(f) to avoid misuse of the support measures and double funding of projects;
(f) to avoid misuse of the support measures and double funding of projects;
(g) under which producers shall withdraw the by-products of winemaking and exceptions from this obligation to avoid additional administrative burden and rules for the voluntary certification of distillers;
(g) under which producers shall withdraw the by-products of winemaking and exceptions from this obligation to avoid additional administrative burden and rules for the voluntary certification of distillers;
(h) laying down requirements for the Member States for the implementation of the support measures, as well as restrictions to ensure consistency with the scope of the support measures;
(h) laying down requirements for the Member States for the implementation of the support measures, as well as restrictions to ensure consistency with the scope of the support measures;
(i) regarding payments to beneficiaries and payments through insurance intermediaries in the case of support for harvest insurance provided for in Article 47.
(i) regarding payments to beneficiaries and payments through insurance intermediaries in the case of support for harvest insurance provided for in Article 47.
Amendment 156
Proposal for a regulation
Article 52
Article 52

Article 52

National programmes and financing

National programmes and financing

1.  Member States may draw up national programmes for the apiculture sector covering a period of three years.
1.  Member States may draw up national programmes for the apiculture sector covering a period of three years. These programmes shall be developed in cooperation with representative organisations and cooperatives in the beekeeping field.
2.  The Union contribution to the apiculture programmes shall not exceed 50 % of the expenditure borne by Member States.
2.  The Union contribution to the apiculture programmes shall not exceed 60  % of the expenditure borne by Member States.
3.  To be eligible for the Union contribution provided for in paragraph 2, Member States shall carry out a study of the production and marketing structure in the beekeeping sector in their territory.
3.  To be eligible for the Union contribution provided for in paragraph 2, Member States shall establish a reliable beehive identification system which makes it possible to perform regular censuses of bee populations and shall carry out a study of the production and marketing structure in the beekeeping sector in their territory.
3a.  The following measures may be included in apiculture programmes:
(a) technical assistance to beekeepers and beekeepers’ organisations;
(b) combating beehive invaders and diseases, particularly varroosis;
(c) rationalisation of transhumance;
(d) measures to support laboratories for the analysis of apiculture products with the aim of helping beekeepers to market and increase the value of their products;
(e) monitoring of the bee population of the Union and support for restocking;
(f) cooperation with specialised bodies for the implementation of applied research programmes in the field of beekeeping and apiculture products;
(g) market monitoring;
(h)enhancement of product quality with a view to exploiting the potential of products on the market;
(i) compulsory labelling with the country of origin of apiculture projects imported or produced in the Union and, in the case of mixtures or products of different origins, compulsory labelling with the proportion of each country of origin.
3b.  In the case of farmers who are also beekeepers, the following measures may also be included in apiculture programmes:
(a) precautionary measures, including those improving bee health and reducing negative impacts on them, through the use of alternatives to pesticide use, biological control methods and integrated pest management;
(b) specific measures to increase plant diversity on farm, particularly melliferous plant species for apiculture
Amendment 157
Proposal for a regulation
Article 53
Article 53

Article 53

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

Taking into account the need to ensure a targeted use of Union funds for apiculture, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on:

Taking into account the need to ensure a targeted use of Union funds for apiculture, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on:

(a) the measures which may be included in apiculture programmes,
(a) additional requirements for the measures which may be included in apiculture programmes,
(b) rules for drawing up and the content of national programmes and the studies referred to in Article 52(3); and
(b) rules for drawing up and the content of national programmes and the studies referred to in Article 52(3); and
(c) the conditions for the allocation of the Union's financial contribution to each participating Member State based on inter alia total number of hives in the Union.
(c) the conditions for the allocation of the Union's financial contribution to each participating Member State based on inter alia total number of hives in the Union.
Amendment 158
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title I – Chapter II – Section 5 a (new)
Section 5 a

Aid in the hops sector

Article 54a

Aids to producer organisations

1.  The Union shall finance a payment to producer organisations in the hops sector recognised in accordance with Article 106 to finance the aims referred to in points (i),( ii) or (iii) of Article 106(c).
2.  In respect of Germany, the Union financing per year for the payment to producer organisations provided for in paragraph 1 shall be EUR 2 277 000.
Article 54b

Delegated powers

In order to ensure that the aids finance the aims referred to in Article 106, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, concerning:

(a) aid applications, including rules on deadlines and accompanying documents;
(b) aid entitlement, including rules on eligible hop areas and the calculation of the amounts to be paid to each producer organisation;
(c) sanctions to be applied in the case of undue payment.
Article 54c

Implementing powers

The Commission may adopt implementing acts, establishing the necessary measures related to this Section concerning:

(a) the payment of aid;
(b) checks and inspections.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 159
Proposal for a regulation
Article 55
Article 55

Article 55

Scope

Scope

Without prejudice to any other provisions applicable to agricultural products, as well as the provisions adopted in the veterinary, phytosanitary and food sectors to ensure that products comply with hygiene and health standards and to protect animal, plant and human health, this Section lays down the rules concerning the general marketing standard and marketing standards by sector and/or product for agricultural products.

Without prejudice to any other provisions applicable to agricultural products, as well as to the provisions adopted in the veterinary, phytosanitary and food sectors to ensure that products comply with hygiene and health standards and to protect animal, plant and human health, this Section lays down the rules concerning the general marketing standard and marketing standards by sector and/or product for agricultural products. Those rules shall be divided between obligatory rules and optional reserved terms.

Amendment 160
Proposal for a regulation
Article 56
Article 56

Article 56

Conformity with the general marketing standard

Conformity with the general marketing standard

1.  For the purposes of this Regulation a product complies with the ‘general marketing standard’ if it is of sound, fair and marketable quality.
1.  For the purposes of this Regulation a product complies with the ‘general marketing standard’ if it is of sound, fair and marketable quality.
2.  Where no marketing standards as referred to in Subsection 3 and in Council Directives 2000/36/EC , 2001/112/EC , 2001/113/EC , 2001/114/EC , 2001/110/EC , 2001/111/EC , have been established, agricultural products which are ready for sale or delivery to the final consumer in retail as defined in point 7 of Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 may only be marketed if they conform to the general marketing standard.
2.  Where no marketing standards as referred to in Subsection 3 and in Council Directives 2000/36/EC , 2001/112/EC , 2001/113/EC , 2001/114/EC , 2001/110/EC , 2001/111/EC , have been established, agricultural products which are ready for sale or delivery to the final consumer in retail as defined in point 7 of Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 may only be marketed if they conform to the general marketing standard.
3.  A product shall be considered as conforming to the general marketing standard where the product intended to be marketed is in conformity with an applicable standard adopted by any of the international organisations listed in Annex V.
3.  Without prejudice to any additional Union requirements in the sanitary, commercial, ethical or any other field, a product shall be considered as conforming to the general marketing standard where the product intended to be marketed is in conformity with an applicable standard adopted by any of the international organisations listed in Annex V.
3a.  This Regulation does not prevent the Member States from adopting or maintaining national provisions on aspects of marketing which are not specifically harmonised by this Regulation. Moreover, Member States may adopt or maintain national rules on marketing standards for sectors or products to which the general marketing standard applies, provided that those rules comply with Union law and with the rules on the functioning of the internal market.
Amendment 161
Proposal for a regulation
Article 57
Article 57

Article 57

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

Taking into account the need to address changes in the market situation, and the specificity of each sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to adopt, modify and derogate from the requirements concerning general marketing standard referred to in Article 56(1), and rules on conformity referred to in Article 56(3).

1.  Taking into account the need to address changes in the market situation, and the specificity of each sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to adopt detailed rules concerning the general marketing standard, and to modify and derogate from the requirements concerning general marketing standard referred to in Article 56(1),
2.  The Commission shall adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down the conditions for implementing and monitoring the conformity referred to in Article 56(3), taking into account the need to avoid lowering the general marketing standard to the point where the quality of European products starts to decline.
Amendment 162
Proposal for a regulation
Article 59
Article 59

Article 59

Establishment and content

Establishment and content

1.  Taking into account the expectations of consumers and the need to improve the economic conditions for the production and marketing of agricultural products as well as their quality, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on marketing standards referred to in Article 55, at all stages of the marketing, as well as derogations and exemptions from such standards to adapt to the constantly changing market conditions, to the evolving consumer demands, to developments in relevant international standards and avoid creating obstacles to product innovation.
1.  Taking into account the expectations of consumers and the need to improve the economic conditions for the production and marketing of agricultural products as well as their quality, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on marketing standards referred to in Article 55, at all stages of the marketing, as well as derogations and exemptions from such standards, only for a limited period and in exceptional cases, in order to adapt to the constantly changing market conditions, to the evolving consumer demands, to developments in relevant international standards and avoid creating obstacles to product innovation.
Any derogation or exemption made in this way must not entail additional costs which would be borne solely by farmers.

1a.  However, the Commission's power to modify derogations and exemptions from existing marketing standards shall not apply to Annex VII.
2.  The marketing standards referred to in paragraph 1 may cover:
2.  The marketing standards referred to in paragraph 1 may include one or more of the following elements:
(a) the definition, designation and/or sales descriptions other than those set out in this Regulation and lists of carcasses and parts thereof to which Annex VI applies;
(a) the definition, designation and/or sales descriptions other than those set out in this Regulation and lists of carcasses and parts thereof to which Annex VI applies, except for products of the wine sector;
(b) classification criteria such as grading into classes, weight, sizing, age and category;
(b) classification criteria such as grading into classes, weight, sizing, age and category;
(c) the plant variety or animal race or the commercial type;
(c) the species, plant variety or animal race or the commercial type;
(d) the presentation, sales descriptions, labelling linked to obligatory marketing standards, packaging, rules to be applied in relation to packing centres, marking, wrapping, year of harvesting and use of specific terms;
(d) the presentation, sales descriptions, labelling linked to obligatory marketing standards, packaging, rules to be applied in relation to packing centres, marking, wrapping, year of harvesting and use of specific terms, except for products of the wine sector;
(e) criteria such as appearance, consistency, conformation, product characteristics;
(e) criteria such as appearance, consistency, conformation, product characteristics;
(f) specific substances used in production, or components or constituents, including their quantitative content, purity and identification;
(f) specific substances used in production, or components or constituents, including their quantitative content, purity and identification;
(g) the type of farming and production method including oenological practices and related administrative rules, and operating circuit;
(g) the type of farming and production method including agronomic and advanced systems of sustainable production and related administrative rules, and operating circuit;
(h) coupage of must and wine including definitions thereof, blending and restrictions thereof;
(i) the conservation method and temperature;
(i) the conservation method and temperature;
(j) the place of farming and/or origin;
(j) the place of farming and/or origin;
(k) the frequency of collection, delivery, preservation and handling;
(k) the frequency of collection, delivery, preservation and handling;
(l) the identification or registration of the producer and/or the industrial facilities in which the product has been prepared or processed;
(l) the identification or registration of the producer and/or the industrial facilities in which the product has been prepared or processed;
(m) the percentage of water content;
(m) the percentage of water content;
(n) restrictions as regards the use of certain substances and/or practices;
(n) restrictions as regards the use of certain substances and/or practices;
(o) specific use;
(o) specific use;
(p) commercial documents, accompanying documents and registers to be kept;
(p) commercial documents, accompanying documents and registers to be kept;
(q) storage, transport;
(q) storage, transport;
(r) the certification procedure;
(r) the certification procedure;
(s) the conditions governing the disposal, the holding, circulation and use of products not in conformity with the marketing standards adopted pursuant to paragraph 1 and/or with the definitions, designations and sales descriptions as referred to in Article 60, as well as the disposal of by-products;
(s) the conditions governing the disposal, the holding, circulation and use of products not in conformity with the marketing standards adopted pursuant to paragraph 1 and/or with the definitions, designations and sales descriptions as referred to in Article 60, as well as the disposal of by-products;
(t) time limits.
(t) time limits.
3.  The marketing standards by sectors or products adopted pursuant to paragraph 1 shall be established without prejudice to Title IV of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)733] on agricultural product quality schemes, and shall take into account:
3.  The marketing standards by sectors or products adopted pursuant to paragraph 1 shall be without prejudice to the provisions on optional reserved terms of Article 65a and Annex VIIa, and shall take into account:
(a) the specificities of the product concerned;
(a) the specificities of the product concerned;
(b) the need to ensure the conditions for a smooth placing of the products on the market;
(b) the need to ensure the conditions for a smooth placing of the products on the market;
(c) the interest of consumers to receive adequate and transparent product information, including the place of farming to be determined on a case by case approach at the appropriate geographical level;
(c) the interest of producers in communicating the characteristics of their products and the interest of consumers in receiving adequate and transparent product information, the place of farming to be determined on a case by case approach at the appropriate geographical level, after conducting an impact assessment evaluating, in particular, the costs and administrative burdens for operators, as well as the benefits offered to producers and the end consumer;
(d) the methods used for determining physical, chemical and organoleptic characteristics of the products;
(d) the methods used for determining physical, chemical and organoleptic characteristics of the products;
(e) the standard recommendations adopted by international bodies.
(e) the standard recommendations adopted by international bodies.
(ea) the need to preserve the natural and essential characteristics of products and to avoid causing a substantial change in the composition of the product concerned;
(eb) the possible risk of consumers being misled due to their well established perception of the product and their corresponding expectations, having regard to the availability and feasibility of informational means to exclude such risks.
Amendment 163
Proposal for a regulation
Article 59 a (new)
Article 59a

Additional requirements for the marketing of the products of the fruit and vegetables sector

1.  Products of the fruit and vegetables sector which are intended to be sold fresh to the consumer may only be marketed if the country of origin is indicated.
2.  The marketing standards referred to in Article 59(1), as well as any marketing standard applicable to the fruit and vegetables and the processed fruit and vegetables sectors, shall apply at all marketing stages including import and export, unless otherwise provided for by the Commission, and shall cover quality, categorisation, weight, size, packing, packaging, storage, transport, presentation and marketing.
3.  The holder of products of the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors covered by marketing standards may not display such products, offer them for sale or deliver or market them in any manner within the Union other than in conformity with those standards and shall be responsible for ensuring such conformity.
4.  Without prejudice to any specific provisions which may be adopted by the Commission in accordance with Article 160, in particular on the consistent application, in the Member States, of the conformity checks, Member States shall, in respect of the fruit and vegetables and the processed fruit and vegetables sectors, check selectively, based on a risk analysis, whether the products concerned conform to the respective marketing standards. These checks shall focus on the stage prior to dispatch from the production areas when the products are being packed or loaded. For products from third countries, checks shall be carried out prior to release for free circulation.
Amendment 164
Proposal for a regulation
Article 59 b (new)
Article 59b

Certification for hops

1.  Products of the hops sector, harvested or prepared within the Union, shall be subject to a certification procedure.
2.  Certificates may be issued only for products having the minimum quality characteristics appropriate to a specific stage of marketing. In the case of hop powder, hop powder with higher lupulin content, extract of hops and mixed hop products, the certificate may only be issued if the alpha acid content of these products is not lower than that of the hops from which they have been prepared.
3.  The certificates shall indicate at least:
(a) the place(s) of production of the hops;
(b) the year(s) of harvesting; and
(c) the variety or varieties.
4.  Products of the hops sector may be marketed or exported only if a certificate as referred to in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 has been issued.
In the case of imported products of the hops sector, the attestation provided for in Article 129a shall be deemed to be equivalent to that certificate.

5.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, establishing measures derogating from paragraph 4:
(a) in order to satisfy the trade requirements of certain third countries; or
(b) for products intended for special uses.
The measures referred to in the first subparagraph shall:

(a) not prejudice the normal marketing of products for which the certificate has been issued;
(b) be accompanied by guarantees intended to avoid any confusion with those products.
Amendment 165
Proposal for a regulation
Article 60
Article 60

Article 60

Definitions, designations and sales descriptions for certain sectors and products

Definitions, designations and sales descriptions for certain sectors and products

1.  The definitions, designations and sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI shall apply to the following sectors or products:
1.  The definitions, designations and sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI shall apply to the following sectors or products:
(a) olive oil and table olives;
(a) olive oil and table olives;
(b) wine;
(b) wine;
(c) beef and veal;
(c) beef and veal;
(d) milk and milk products intended for human consumption;
(d) milk and milk products intended for human consumption;
(e) poultrymeat;
(e) poultrymeat and eggs;
(f) spreadable fats intended for human consumption.
(f) spreadable fats intended for human consumption.
2.  Definitions, designations or sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI may be used in the Union only for the marketing of a product which complies with the corresponding requirements laid down in that Annex.
2.  Definitions, designations or sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI may be used in the Union only for the marketing of a product which complies with the corresponding requirements laid down in that Annex.
3.  Taking into account the need to adapt to evolving consumer demands, and technical progress and to avoid creating obstacles to product innovation, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on modifications, derogations or exemptions to the definitions and sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI.
3.  Taking into account the need to adapt to evolving consumer demands, and technical progress and to avoid creating obstacles to product innovation, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on modifications, derogations or exemptions to the definitions and sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI.
Amendment 166
Proposal for a regulation
Article 61
Article 61

Article 61

Tolerance

Tolerance

Taking into account the specificity of each sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on tolerance for each standard beyond which the entire batch of products shall be considered as not respecting that standard.

1.  Taking into account the specificity of each sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on tolerance for each specific standard beyond which the entire batch of products shall be considered as not respecting that standard.
This tolerance defined on the basis of thresholds shall not alter the intrinsic characteristics of the product and shall apply only to weight, size and other minor criteria.

2.  Member States may adopt or maintain additional national legislation on products covered by a Union marketing standard, provided that these provisions comply with Union law, particularly the principle of free movement of goods.
Amendment 167
Proposal for a regulation
Article 62
Article 62

Article 62

Oenological practices and methods of analyses

Oenological practices and methods of analyses

1.  Only oenological practices authorised in accordance with Annex VII and provided for in point (g) of Article 59(2) and in paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 65 shall be used in the production and conservation of the products listed in Part II of Annex VI in the Union.
1.  Only oenological practices authorised in accordance with Annex VII and provided for in paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 65 shall be used in the production and conservation of the products listed in Part II of Annex VI in the Union.
The first subparagraph shall not apply to:

The first subparagraph shall not apply to:

(a) grape juice and concentrated grape juice;
(a) grape juice and concentrated grape juice;
(b) grape must and concentrated grape must intended for the preparation of grape juice.
(b) grape must and concentrated grape must intended for the preparation of grape juice.
Authorised oenological practices shall only be used for the purposes of ensuring proper vinification, proper preservation or proper refinement of the product.

Authorised oenological practices shall only be used for the purposes of ensuring proper vinification, proper preservation or proper refinement of the product.

Products listed in Part II of Annex VI shall be produced in the Union in accordance with the rules laid down in Annex VII.

Products listed in Part II of Annex VI shall be produced in the Union in accordance with the rules laid down in Annex VII.

Products listed in Part II of Annex VI shall not be marketed in the Union where:

Products listed in Part II of Annex VI shall not be marketed in the Union where:

(a) they have undergone unauthorised Union oenological practices or
(a) they have undergone unauthorised Union oenological practices or
(b) they have undergone unauthorised national oenological practices or
(b) they have undergone unauthorised national oenological practices or
(c) they do not comply with the rules laid down in Annex VII.
(c) they do not comply with the rules laid down in Annex VII.
The products which are unmarketable in accordance with the fifth subparagraph shall be destroyed. By way of derogation from this rule, Member States may authorise the use of certain products, the characteristics of which they shall determine, by distilleries or vinegar factories or for industrial purposes, provided that this authorisation does not become an incentive to produce by means of unauthorised oenological practices.

2.  When authorising oenological practices for wine as referred to in point (g) of Article 59(2), the Commission shall:
2.  When making proposals on oenological practices for wine as referred to in paragraph 1, the Commission shall:
(a) base itself on the oenological practices and methods of analyses recommended and published by the OIV as well as on the results of experimental use of as yet unauthorised oenological practices;
(a) take into account the oenological practices and methods of analyses recommended and published by the OIV as well as on the results of experimental use of as yet unauthorised oenological practices;
(b) take into account the protection of human health;
(b) take into account the protection of human health;
(c) take into account the possible risk of consumers being misled due to their expectations and perceptions, having regard to the availability and feasibility of informational means to exclude such risks;
(c) take into account the possible risk of consumers being misled due to their well established perception of the product and their corresponding expectations, having regard to the availability and feasibility of informational means to exclude such risks;
(d) allow the preservation of the natural and essential characteristics of the wine and not cause a substantial change in the composition of the product concerned;
(d) allow the preservation of the natural and essential characteristics of the wine and not cause a substantial change in the composition of the product concerned;
(e) ensure an acceptable minimum level of environmental care;
(e) ensure an acceptable minimum level of environmental care;
(f) respect the general rules concerning oenological practices and the rules laid down in Annex VII.
(f) respect the general rules concerning oenological practices and the rules laid down in Annex VII.
3.  The Commission shall, where necessary, adopt methods referred to in point (d) of Article 59(3) for products listed in Part II of Annex VI by means of implementing acts. Those methods shall be based on any relevant methods recommended and published by the OIV, unless they would be ineffective or inappropriate in view of the legitimate objective pursued. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  The methods referred to in point (d) of Article 59(3) for products listed in Part II of Annex VI shall be adopted in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure laid down in Article 43(2) of the Treaty. Those methods shall be based on any relevant methods recommended and published by the OIV, unless they would be ineffective or inappropriate in view of the objective pursued by the Union.
Pending the adoption of such rules, the methods to be used shall be those allowed by the Member State concerned.

Pending the adoption of such provisions, the methods and rules to be used shall be those allowed by the Member State concerned.

Amendment 168
Proposal for a regulation
Article 65
Article 65

Article 65

National rules for certain products and sectors

National rules for certain products and sectors

1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 59(1), Member States may adopt or maintain national rules laying down different quality levels for spreadable fats. Such rules shall allow those quality levels to be assessed on the basis of criteria relating in particular to the raw materials used, the organoleptic characteristics of the products and their physical and microbiological stability.
1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 59(1), Member States may adopt or maintain national rules laying down different quality levels for spreadable fats. Such rules shall allow those quality levels to be assessed on the basis of criteria relating in particular to the raw materials used, the organoleptic characteristics of the products and their physical and microbiological stability.
Member States making use of the option provided for in the first subparagraph shall ensure that other Member States' products complying with the criteria laid down by those national rules may, in a non-discriminatory way, use terms which state that those criteria are complied with.

Member States making use of the option provided for in the first subparagraph shall ensure that other Member States' products complying with the criteria laid down by those national rules may, in a non-discriminatory way, use terms which state that those criteria are complied with.

2.  Member States may limit or prohibit the use of certain oenological practices and provide for more stringent rules for wines authorised under Union law produced in their territory with a view to reinforcing the preservation of the essential characteristics of wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication and of sparkling wines and liqueur wines.
2.  Member States may limit or prohibit the use of certain oenological practices and provide for more stringent rules for wines authorised under Union law produced in their territory with a view to reinforcing the preservation of the essential characteristics of wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication and of sparkling wines and liqueur wines.
3.  Member States may allow the experimental use of unauthorised oenological practices in accordance with the conditions specified by the Commission, by means of delegated acts adopted pursuant to paragraph 4.
3.  Member States may allow the experimental use of unauthorised oenological practices in accordance with the conditions specified by the Commission, by means of delegated acts adopted pursuant to paragraph 4.
4.  Taking into account the need to ensure the correct and transparent application, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 specifying the conditions for the application of paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of this Article as well as the conditions for the holding, circulation and use of the products obtained from the experimental practices referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article.
4.  Taking into account the need to ensure the correct and transparent application, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 specifying the conditions for the application of paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of this Article as well as the conditions for the holding, circulation and use of the products obtained from the experimental practices referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article.
4a.  Member States may adopt or maintain marketing standards for sectors or products, provided that those measures are consistent with Union law.
Amendment 169
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title II – Chapter I – Section 1 – Subsection 3 a (new)
SUBSECTION 3a

OPTIONAL RESERVED TERMS

Article 65a

Scope

A scheme for optional reserved terms is established in order to help producers of agricultural products which possess value-adding characteristics or attributes to communicate such characteristics or attributes within the internal market, particularly with the aim of supporting and complementing specific marketing standards.

Article 65b

Existing optional reserved terms

1.  The optional reserved terms covered by this scheme at the date of entry into force of this Regulation are listed in Annex VIIa to this Regulation together with the acts laying down the terms in question and their conditions of use.
2.  The optional reserved terms referred to in paragraph 1 shall remain in force, subject to any amendment, unless cancelled pursuant to Article 65c.
Article 65c

Reservation, amendment and cancellation of optional reserved terms

In order to take account of the expectations of consumers, developments in scientific and technical knowledge, the situation in the market and developments in marketing standards and in international standards, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160:

(a) reserving an additional optional reserved term, laying down its conditions of use,
(b) amending the conditions of use of an optional reserved term, or
(c) cancelling an optional reserved term.
Article 65d

Additional optional reserved terms

1.  A term shall be eligible for reservation as an additional optional reserved term only if it fulfils the following criteria:
(a) the term relates to a characteristic of a product or to a farming or processing attribute and relates to a marketing standard, viewed in the light of a sector-by-sector approach;
(b) the use of the term adds value to the product in comparison with products of a similar type, and
(c) the product has been placed on the market with the characteristic or attribute referred to in point (a) identified to consumers in several Member States.
The Commission shall take account of any relevant international standard and of the current reserved terms existing for the products or sectors involved.

2.  Optional terms that describe technical product qualities for the purposes of implementing compulsory marketing standards and that are not intended to inform consumers about those product qualities shall not be reserved under this scheme.
3.  In order to take into account the special characteristics of certain sectors as well as consumer expectations, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down detailed rules relating to the requirements for the creation of the additional optional reserved terms referred to in paragraph 1.
Article 65e

Restrictions on use of optional reserved terms

1.  An optional reserved term may only be used to describe products that conform to the applicable conditions of use.
2.  Member States shall adopt appropriate measures to ensure that product labelling does not give rise to confusion with optional reserved terms.
3.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down rules for the use of optional reserved terms.
Amendment 170
Proposal for a regulation
Article 66
Article 66

Article 66

General provisions

General provisions

Taking into account the specificities in trade between the Union and certain third countries and the special character of some agricultural products, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to define the conditions under which imported products are considered to have an equivalent level of compliance with the Union marketing standards and conditions allowing derogation from Article 58 and determine the rules concerning the application of the marketing standards to products exported from the Union.

Taking into account the specificities in trade between the Union and certain third countries, the special character of some agricultural products, and the need to ensure that consumers are not misled due to their well-established perception of the products, and to their corresponding expectations, measures may be adopted in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure laid down in Article 43(2) of the Treaty to define the conditions under which imported products are considered to have an equivalent level of compliance with the Union marketing standards and determine the rules concerning the application of the marketing standards to products exported from the Union.

Amendment 171
Proposal for a regulation
Article 67
Article 67

Article 67

Special provisions for the imports of wine

Special provisions for the imports of wine

1.  Save as otherwise provided for in agreements concluded pursuant to Article 218 of the Treaty, the provisions concerning designation of origin and geographical indications and labelling of wine set out in Section 2 of this Chapter and in the definitions, designations and sales descriptions referred to in Article 60 of this Regulation, shall apply to products imported into the Union and falling under CN codes 2009 61, 2009 69 and 2204.
1.  Save as otherwise provided for in agreements concluded pursuant to Article 218 of the Treaty, the provisions concerning designation of origin and geographical indications and labelling of wine set out in Section 2 of this Chapter and in the definitions, designations and sales descriptions referred to in Article 60 of this Regulation, shall apply to products imported into the Union and falling under CN codes 2009 61, 2009 69 and 2204.
2.  Save as otherwise provided for in agreements concluded pursuant to Article 218 of the Treaty, products referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall be produced in accordance with oenological practices recommended and published by the OIV or authorised by the Union pursuant to this Regulation.
2.  Save as otherwise provided for in agreements concluded pursuant to Article 218 of the Treaty, products referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article shall be produced in accordance with oenological practices authorised by the Union pursuant to this Regulation.
Measures derogating from this paragraph shall be adopted in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure laid down in Article 43(2) of the Treaty.

3.  The import of the products referred to in paragraph 1 shall be subject to the presentation of:
3.  The import of the products referred to in paragraph 1 shall be subject to the presentation of:
(a) a certificate evincing compliance with the provisions referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, drawn up by a competent body, included on a list to be made public by the Commission, in the product’s country of origin;
(a) a certificate evincing compliance with the provisions referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, drawn up by a competent body, included on a list to be made public by the Commission, in the product’s country of origin;
(b) an analysis report drawn up by a body or department designated by the product’s country of origin, in so far as the product is intended for direct human consumption.
(b) an analysis report drawn up by a body or department designated by the product’s country of origin, in so far as the product is intended for direct human consumption.
Amendment 172
Proposal for a regulation
Article 67 a (new)
Article 67a

Delegated powers

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down:

(a) rules for the interpretation and enforcement of the definitions and sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI;
(b) rules on the national procedures concerning the withdrawal and destruction of wine products that do not comply with the requirements of this Regulation.
Amendment 173
Proposal for a regulation
Article 68
Article 68

Article 68

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt the necessary measures related to this Section and in particular:

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt the necessary measures related to this Section:

(a) for the implementation of the general marketing standard;
(b) for the implementation of the definitions and sales descriptions provided for in Annex VI;
(c) for drawing up the list of milk and milk products referred to in the second paragraph of point 5 of Part III of Annex VI and spreadable fats referred to in point (a) of the sixth paragraph of Part VI of Annex VI, on the basis of indicative lists of products which Member States regard as corresponding in their territory to those provisions and which Member States shall send to the Commission;
(c) for drawing up the list of milk and milk products referred to in the second paragraph of point 5 of Part III of Annex VI and spreadable fats referred to in point (a) of the sixth paragraph of Part VI of Annex VI, on the basis of indicative lists of products which Member States regard as corresponding in their territory to those provisions and which Member States shall send to the Commission;
(d) for the implementation of the marketing standards by sector or product, including the detailed rules for the taking of samples and the methods of analysis for determining the composition of products;
(d) for the implementation of the marketing standards by sector or product, including the detailed rules for the taking of samples and the methods of analysis for determining the composition of products;
(e) for determining whether products have undergone processes contrary to the authorised oenological practices;
(e) for determining whether products have undergone processes contrary to the authorised oenological practices;
(f) for fixing of the tolerance level;
(f) for fixing of the tolerance level;
(g) for the implementation of Article 66.
(g) for the implementation of Article 66.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 174
Proposal for a regulation
Article 69
Article 69

Article 69

Scope

Scope

1.  Rules on designations of origin, geographical indications and traditional terms laid down in this Section shall apply to the products referred to in points 1, 3 to 6, 8, 9, 11, 15 and 16 of Part II of Annex VI.
1.  Rules on designations of origin, geographical indications and traditional terms laid down in this Section shall apply to the products referred to in points 1, 3 to 6, 8, 9, 11, 15 and 16 of Part II of Annex VI.
2.  The rules referred to in paragraph 1 shall be based on:
2.  The rules referred to in paragraph 1 shall be based on:
(a) protecting of legitimate interests of consumers and producers;
(a) protecting of legitimate interests of consumers and producers;
(b) ensuring the smooth operation of the internal market in the products concerned; and
(b) ensuring the smooth operation of the internal market in the products concerned; and
(c) promoting the production of quality products, whilst allowing national quality policy measures.
(c) promoting the production of products under quality schemes, whilst allowing national quality policy measures.
Amendment 175
Proposal for a regulation
Article 70
Article 70

Article 70

Definitions

Definitions

1.  For the purposes of this Section, the following definitions shall apply:
1.  For the purposes of this Section, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) ‘a designation of origin’ shall mean the name of a region, a specific place or, in exceptional and duly justifiable cases, a country used to describe a product referred to in Article 69(1) complying with the following requirements:
(a) ‘a designation of origin’ shall mean the name of a region, a specific place or, in exceptional and duly justifiable cases, a country used to describe a product referred to in Article 69(1) complying with the following requirements:
(i) the quality and characteristics of the product are essentially or exclusively due to a particular geographical environment with its inherent natural and human factors;
(i) the quality and characteristics of the product are essentially or exclusively due to a particular geographical environment with its inherent natural and human factors;
(ii) the grapes from which the product is produced come exclusively from that geographical area;
(ii) the grapes from which the product is produced come exclusively from that geographical area;
(iii) the production takes place in that geographical area; and
(iii) the production takes place in that geographical area; and
(iv) the product is obtained from vine varieties belonging to Vitis vinifera;
(iv) the product is obtained from vine varieties belonging to Vitis vinifera;
(b) ‘a geographical indication’ shall mean an indication referring to a region, a specific place or, in exceptional and duly justifiable cases, a country, used to describe a product referred to in Article 69(1) complying with the following requirements:
(b) ‘a geographical indication’ shall mean an indication referring to a region, a specific place or, in exceptional and duly justifiable cases, a country, used to describe a product referred to in Article 69(1) complying with the following requirements:
(i) it possesses a specific quality, reputation or other characteristics attributable to that geographical origin;
(i) it possesses a specific quality, reputation or other characteristics attributable to that geographical origin;
(ii) at least 85 % of the grapes used for its production come exclusively from that geographical area;
(ii) at least 85 % of the grapes used for its production come exclusively from that geographical area;
(iii) its production takes place in that geographical area; and
(iii) its production takes place in that geographical area; and
(iv) it is obtained from vine varieties belonging to Vitis vinifera or a cross between the Vitis vinifera species and other species of the genus Vitis.
(iv) it is obtained from vine varieties belonging to Vitis vinifera or a cross between the Vitis vinifera species and other species of the genus Vitis.
1a.  For the purpose of the application of points (a)(iii) and (b)(iii) of paragraph 1, ‘production’ shall cover all the operations involved, from the harvesting of the grapes to the completion of the wine-making process, with the exception of any post-production processes.
For the purpose of the application of point (b)(ii) of paragraph 1, the maximum 15 % share of grapes which may originate outside the demarcated geographical area shall originate from the Member State or third country in which the demarcated area is situated.

By way of derogation from points (a)(iii) and (b)(iii) of paragraph 1, and on condition that the product specification laid down in Article 71(2) so provides, a product with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication may be made into wine either:

(a) in an area in the immediate proximity of the demarcated area concerned;
(b) in an area located within the same administrative unit or within a neighbouring administrative unit, as defined by national law;
(c) in the case of a trans-border designation of origin or geographical indication, or where an agreement on control measures exists between two or more Member States or between one or more Member States and one or more third countries, in an area situated in the immediate proximity of the demarcated area in question.
By way of derogation from point (a) (iii) of paragraph 1 and from the third subparagraph of this paragraph, and on condition that the product specification laid down in Article 71(2) so provides, a product may be made into sparkling wine or semi-sparkling wine with a protected designation of origin beyond the immediate proximity of the demarcated area in question if this practice was in use prior to 1 March 1986.

2.  Certain traditionally used names shall constitute a designation of origin where they:
2.  Certain traditionally used names shall constitute a designation of origin where they:
(a) designate a wine;
(a) designate a wine;
(b) refer to a geographical name;
(b) refer to a geographical name;
(c) meet the requirements referred to in points (i) to (iv) of paragraph 1(a); and
(c) meet the requirements referred to in points (i) to (iv) of paragraph 1(a); and
(d) undergo the procedure conferring protection on designations of origin and geographical indications laid down in this Subsection;
(d) undergo the procedure conferring protection on designations of origin and geographical indications laid down in this Subsection;
3.  Designations of origin and geographical indications, including those relating to geographical areas in third countries, shall be eligible for protection in the Union in accordance with the rules laid down in this Subsection.
3.  Designations of origin and geographical indications, including those relating to geographical areas in third countries, shall be eligible for protection in the Union in accordance with the rules laid down in this Subsection.
Amendment 176
Proposal for a regulation
Article 71
Article 71

Article 71

Applications for protection

Applications for protection

1.  Applications for protection of names as designations of origin or geographical indications shall include a technical file containing:
1.  Applications for protection of names as designations of origin or geographical indications shall include a technical file containing:
(a) the name to be protected;
(a) the name to be protected;
(b) the name and address of the applicant;
(b) the name and address of the applicant;
(c) a product specification as referred to in paragraph 2; and
(c) a product specification as referred to in paragraph 2; and
(d) a single document summarising the product specification referred to in paragraph 2.
(d) a single document summarising the product specification referred to in paragraph 2.
2.  The product specification shall enable interested parties to verify the relevant conditions of production of the designation of origin or geographical indication.
2.  The product specification shall enable interested parties to verify the relevant conditions of production of the designation of origin or geographical indication.
Such product specification shall at least consist of:

(a) the name to be protected;
(b) a description of the wine(s) and, in particular;
(i) for wines with a designation of origin, their principal analytical and organoleptic characteristics;
(ii) for wines with a geographical indication, their principal analytical characteristics as well as an evaluation or indication of their organoleptic characteristics;
(c) where applicable, the specific oenological practices used to make the wine(s) as well as the relevant restrictions on making the wine(s);
(d) the demarcation of the geographical area concerned;
(e) the maximum yields per hectare;
(f) an indication of the wine grape variety or varieties from which the wine(s) is obtained;
(g) the details proving that the requirements referred to in Article 70(1)(a) or, as the case may be, in Article 70(1)(b)(i), have been complied with;
(h) any applicable requirements concerning the production of the product with a PDO or a PGI laid down in Union or national law or, where provided for by Member States, by an organisation which manages the protected designation of origin or the protected geographical indication;
(i) the name and address of the authorities or bodies verifying compliance with the provisions of the product specification and their specific tasks.
The requirements referred to in point (h) of the second subparagraph shall be objective, non-discriminatory and compatible with Union law.

3.  Where the application for protection concerns a geographical area in a third country, in addition to the elements provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2, it shall contain a proof that the name concerned is protected in its country of origin.
3.  Where the application for protection concerns a geographical area in a third country, in addition to the elements provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2, it shall contain a proof that the name concerned is protected in its country of origin.
Amendment 177
Proposal for a regulation
Article 73
Article 73

Article 73

Preliminary national procedure

Preliminary national procedure

1.  Applications for protection of a designation of origin or a geographical indication as referred to in Article 71 for wines originating in the Union shall be subject to a preliminary national procedure.
1.  Applications for protection of a designation of origin or a geographical indication as referred to in Article 71 for wines originating in the Union shall be subject to a preliminary national procedure.
1a.  The application for protection shall be filed with the Member State on the territory of which the designation of origin or geographical indication originates.
The Member State shall examine the application for protection in order to verify whether it meets the conditions laid down in this Subsection.

The Member State shall ensure the adequate publication at national level of the application and provide for a period of at least two months from the date of publication within which written objections to the proposed protection may be lodged. Such objections shall be in the form of a duly substantiated statement and may be made by any natural or legal person resident or established on the territory of the Member State, having a legitimate interest.

2.  If the Member State considers that the designation of origin or geographical indication does not meet the requirements or is incompatible with Union law, it shall reject the application.
2.  If the Member State considers that the designation of origin or the geographical indication does not comply with the conditions laid down in this Subsection or is incompatible with Union law, it shall reject the application.
3.  If the Member State considers that the requirements are met, it shall carry out a national procedure which ensures adequate publication of the product specification at least on the Internet.
3.  If the Member State considers that the conditions laid down in this Subsection are complied with, it shall:
(a) ensure adequate publication, at least on the Internet, of the product specification referred to in point (d) of Article 71(1);
(b) submit to the Commission an application for protection containing the following information:
(i) the name and address of the applicant;
(ii) the single document referred to in Article 71(1)(d);
(iii) a declaration by the Member State that it considers that the application lodged by the applicant meets the conditions required; and
(iv) the reference to the publication made pursuant to point (a).
The information referred to in point (b) of the first subparagraph shall be forwarded in one of the official languages of the Union or accompanied by a certified translation into one of those languages.

Amendment 178
Proposal for a regulation
Article 79
Article 79

Article 79

Relationships with trademarks

Relationships with trademarks

1.  Where a designation of origin or a geographical indication is protected under this Regulation, the registration of a trade mark the use of which falls under Article 80(2) and relating to a product falling under one of the categories listed in Part II of Annex VI shall be refused if the application for registration of the trade mark is submitted after the date of submission of the application for protection of the designation of origin or geographical indication to the Commission and the designation of origin or geographical indication is subsequently protected.
1.  The registration of a trade mark which contains a designation of origin or geographical indication protected under this Regulation, or which is constituted by such a designation or indication, the use of which falls under Article 80(2) and relating to a product falling under one of the categories listed in Part II of Annex VI shall be refused if the application for registration of the trade mark is submitted after the date of the lodging of the application for protection of the designation of origin or geographical indication to the Commission and the designation of origin or geographical indication is subsequently protected.
Trade marks registered in breach of the first subparagraph shall be invalidated.

Trade marks registered in breach of the first subparagraph shall be invalidated.

2.  Without prejudice to Article 78(2), a trade mark the use of which falls under Article 80(2), which has been applied for, registered or established by use, if that possibility is provided for by the legislation concerned, in the territory of the Union before the date on which the application for protection of the designation of origin or geographical indication is submitted to the Commission, may continue to be used and renewed notwithstanding the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication, provided that no grounds for the trade mark’s invalidity or revocation exist under Directive 2008/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks or by Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade mark.
2.  Without prejudice to Article 78(2), a trade mark the use of which falls under Article 80(2), which has been applied for, registered or established by use in good faith, if that possibility is provided for by the legislation concerned, in the territory of the Union either before the date of protection of the designation of origin or geographical indication in the country of origin, or before 1 January 1996, may continue to be used notwithstanding the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication, provided that no grounds for the trade mark’s invalidity or revocation exist under Directive 2008/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks or by Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade mark.
In such cases the use of the designation of origin or geographical indication shall be permitted alongside the relevant trade marks.

In such cases the use of the designation of origin or geographical indication shall be permitted alongside the relevant trade marks.

Amendment 179
Proposal for a regulation
Article 82
Article 82

Article 82

Amendments to product specifications

Amendments to product specifications

1.  An applicant satisfying the conditions laid down pursuant to point (b) of Article 86(4) may apply for approval of an amendment to the product specification of a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication, in particular to take account of developments in scientific and technical knowledge or to redefine the geographical area concerned. Applications shall describe and give reasons for the amendments requested.
1.  An applicant satisfying the conditions laid down in Article 72 may apply for approval of an amendment to the product specification of a protected designation of origin or of a protected geographical indication, in particular to take account of developments in scientific and technical knowledge or to redefine the geographical area referred to in point (d) of the second subparagraph of Article 71(2). Applications shall describe and state reasons for the amendments requested.
By way of derogation from paragraph 1, Member States or third countries concerned, or their competent authority, may apply for approval of an amendment to the product specification of existing protected wine names in accordance with Article 84(1).

1a.  Where the proposed amendment involves one or more amendments to the single document referred to in Article 71(1)(d), Articles 73 to 76 shall apply mutatis mutandis to the amendment application. However, if the proposed amendment is only minor, the Commission shall adopt implementing acts, containing its decision whether to approve the application without following the procedure laid down in Article 74(2) and Article 75 and, in the event of approval, shall publish the elements referred to in Article 74(3). Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
1b.  Where the proposed amendment does not involve any change to the single document, the following rules shall apply:
(a) where the geographical area concerned is in a given Member State, that Member State shall decide on the amendment and, in the event of approval, shall publish the amended product specification and inform the Commission of the amendments approved and the reasons for them;
(b) where the geographical area concerned is in a third country, the Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, decide whether to approve the proposed amendment. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 180
Proposal for a regulation
Article 84
Article 84

Article 84

Existing protected wine names

Existing protected wine names

1.  Wine names, which are protected in accordance with Articles 51 and 54 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 and Article 28 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2002, shall automatically be protected under this Regulation. The Commission shall list them in the register provided for in Article 81 of this Regulation.
1.  Wine names referred to in Articles 51 and 54 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 and Article 28 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2002, shall be automatically protected under this Regulation. The Commission shall list them in the register provided for in Article 81 of this Regulation.
2.  The Commission shall take the corresponding formal step of removing wine names to which Article 191(3) of Regulation (EU) No [COM(2010)799] applies from the register provided for in Article 81 by means of implementing acts.
2.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts removing wine names to which Article 118s(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 applies from the register provided for in Article 81. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  Article 83 shall not apply to existing protected wine names referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article.
3.  Article 83 shall not apply to existing protected wine names referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article.
Until 31 December 2014 the Commission may, on its own initiative, by means of implementing acts, decide to cancel protection of existing protected wine names referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article if they do not meet the conditions laid down in Article 70.

Until 31 December 2014 the Commission may, on its own initiative, by means of implementing acts, decide to cancel protection of existing protected wine names referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article if they do not meet the conditions laid down in Article 70.

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

4.  For Croatia, the wine names published in the Official Journal of the European Union shall be protected under this Regulation, subject to a favourable outcome of the objection procedure. The Commission shall list them in the register provided for in Article 81.
4.  For Croatia, the wine names published in the Official Journal of the European Union shall be protected under this Regulation, subject to a favourable outcome of the objection procedure. The Commission shall list them in the register provided for in Article 81.
Amendment 181
Proposal for a regulation
Article 86
Article 86

Article 86

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 5 of this Article.
1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 5 of this Article.
2.  Taking into account of the specificities of the production in the demarcated geographical area, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt:
2.  Taking into account of the specificities of the production in the demarcated geographical area, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt:
(a) the principles for the demarcation of the geographical area, and
(a) the additional details for the demarcation of the geographical area, and
(b) the definitions, restrictions and derogations concerning the production in the demarcated geographical area.
(b) the restrictions and derogations concerning the production in the demarcated geographical area.
3.  Taking into account the need to ensure product quality and traceability, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, provide for the conditions under which product specifications may include additional requirements.
3.  Taking into account the need to ensure product quality and traceability, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, provide for the conditions under which product specifications may include additional requirements.
4.  Taking into account the need to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of producers or operators, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
4.  Taking into account the need to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of producers or operators, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules on:
(a) the elements of the product specification;
(b) the type of applicant that may apply for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication;
(b) the type of applicant that may apply for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication;
(c) the conditions to be followed in respect of an application for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication, preliminary national procedures, scrutiny by the Commission, objection procedure, and procedures for amendment, cancellation and conversion of protected designations of origin or protected geographical indications;
(c) the conditions to be followed in respect of an application for the protection of a designation of origin or geographical indication, scrutiny by the Commission, objection procedure, and procedures for amendment, cancellation and conversion of protected designations of origin or protected geographical indications;
(d) the conditions applicable to trans-border applications;
(d) the conditions applicable to trans-border applications;
(e) the conditions for applications concerning geographical areas in a third country;
(e) the conditions for applications concerning geographical areas in a third country;
(f) the date from which a protection or an amendment of a protection shall apply;
(f) the date from which a protection or an amendment of a protection shall apply;
(g) the conditions related to amendments to product specifications.
(g) the conditions related to amendments to product specifications and the conditions under which an amendment is to be considered as minor within the meaning of Article 82(1a).
5.  Taking into account the need to ensure an adequate protection, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt restrictions regarding the protected name.
5.  Taking into account the need to ensure an adequate protection, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt restrictions regarding the protected name.
6.  Taking into account the need to ensure that economic operators and competent authorities are not prejudiced by the application of this Subsection as regards wine names which have been granted protection prior to 1 August 2009 or for which an application for protection has been made prior to that date, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt transitional provisions concerning:
(a) wine names recognised by Member States as designations of origin or geographical indications by 1 August 2009 and wine names for which an application for protection has been made prior to that date;
(b) preliminary national procedure;
(c) wines placed on the market or labelled before a specific date; and
(d) amendments to the product specifications.
Amendment 182
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a.  Traditional terms shall be recognised, defined and protected by the Commission.
Amendment 183
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 – paragraph 1 b (new)
1b.  Traditional terms shall be protected only in the language and for the categories of grape vine products claimed in the application, against:
(a) any misuse of the protected term, including where it is accompanied by an expression such as 'style', 'type', 'method', 'as produced in', 'imitation', 'flavour', 'like' or similar;
(b) any other false or misleading indication as to the nature, characteristics or essential qualities of the product, placed on the inner or outer packaging, advertising material or documents relating to it;
(c) any other practice likely to mislead the consumer, in particular to give the impression that the wine qualifies for the protected traditional term.
Amendment 184
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 – paragraph 1 c (new)
1c.  Where a traditional term is protected under this Regulation, the registration of a trademark, the use of which would contravene Article 89c, shall be assessed in accordance with Directive 2008/95/EC or Regulation (EC) No 207/2009.
Trademarks registered in breach of the first subparagraph shall be declared invalid upon request in accordance with the applicable procedures as specified by Directive 2008/95/EC or Regulation (EC) No 207/2009.

A trademark, which corresponds to one of the situations referred to in Article 89c of this Regulation, and which has been applied for, registered or established by use, if that possibility is provided for by the legislation concerned, in the territory of the Union before 4 May 2002 or before the date of submission of the application for protection of the traditional term to the Commission, may continue to be used and renewed notwithstanding the protection of the traditional term. In such cases the use of the traditional term shall be permitted alongside the relevant trademark.

A name shall not be protected as a traditional term, where in the light of a trademark's reputation and renown, such protection is liable to mislead the consumer as to the true identity, nature, characteristic or quality of the wine.

Amendment 185
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 – paragraph 1 d (new)
1d.  A term, for which an application is lodged and which is wholly or partially homonymous with that of a traditional term already protected under this Chapter shall be protected paying due regard to local and traditional usage and to the risk of confusion. A homonymous term which misleads consumers as to the nature, quality or the true origin of the products shall not be registered even if the term is accurate.
The use of a protected homonymous term shall be subject to there being a sufficient distinction in practice between the homonym protected subsequently and the traditional term already protected, having regard to the need to treat the producers concerned in an equitable manner and not to mislead the consumer.

Amendment 186
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 – paragraph 1 e (new)
1e.  Within two months from the date of publication of the application by the Commission, any Member State or third country, or any natural or legal person having a legitimate interest may object to the proposed recognition by lodging a request of objection.
Amendment 187
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 – paragraph 1 f (new)
1f.  An applicant may apply for an approval of a modification of a traditional term, the language indicated, the wine or wines concerned or of the summary of the definition or conditions of use of the traditional term concerned.
Amendment 188
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 – paragraph 1 g (new)
1g.  The Commission may, on a duly substantiated request by a Member State, a third country or a natural or legal person having a legitimate interest, adopt implementing acts, containing its decision to cancel the protection of a traditional term if it no longer meets the definition laid down in Article 89.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 189
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 a (new)
Article 89a

Conditions for the use of traditional terms

1.  The term to be protected shall be either:
(a) in the official language(s) or regional language(s) of the Member State or third country where the term originates; or
(b) in the language used in commerce for this term.
2.  The term used in a certain language shall refer to specific products referred to in Article 69(1).
3.  The term shall be registered with its original spelling(s).
Amendment 190
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 b (new)
Article 89b

Conditions of validity

1.  The recognition of a traditional term shall be accepted if:
(a) the term consists solely of:
(i) a name traditionally used in commerce in a large part of the territory of the Community or of the third country concerned, to distinguish specific categories of grapevine products referred to in Article 69(1); or
(ii) a reputed name traditionally used in commerce in at least the territory of the Member State or third country concerned, to distinguish specific categories of grapevine products referred to in Article 69(1);
(b) the term shall:
(i) not be generic;
(ii) be defined and regulated in the Member State's legislation; or
(iii) be subject to conditions of use as provided for by rules applicable to wine producers in the third country concerned, including those emanating from representative professional organisations.
2.  For the purpose of paragraph (1), point (a), ‘traditional use’ means:
(a) at least five years in the case of terms filed in language(s) referred to in Article 89a, paragraph (1)(a);
(b) at least 15 years in the case of terms filed in language(s) referred to in Article 89a(1)(b).
3.  For the purpose of paragraph (1), point (b)(i), ‘generic’ means the name of a traditional term which, although it relates to a specific production method or ageing method, or the quality, colour, type of place, or a particular linked to the history of a grapevine product, has become the common name of the grapevine product in question in the Union.
4.  The condition laid down in paragraph 1(b) of this Article shall not apply to the traditional terms referred to in point (b) of Article 89.
Amendment 191
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 c (new)
Article 89c

Applicants

1.  Competent authorities of Member States or third countries or representative professional organisations established in third countries may submit to the Commission an application for protection of traditional terms within the meaning of Article 89.
2. ‘Representative professional organisation’ shall mean any producer organisation or association of producer organisations having adopted the same rules, operating in a given wine-growing area or in several wine-growing areas with a designation of origin or geographical indication, where it includes in its membership at least two-thirds of the producers in the designation of origin or geographical indication area(s) in which it operates and accounts for at least two thirds of that area's production. A representative professional organisation may lodge an application for protection only for wines which it produces.
Amendment 192
Proposal for a regulation
Article 89 d (new)
Article 89d

Recognition procedure

Any decision to reject or recognise the traditional term concerned shall be taken by the Commission on the basis of the evidence available to it. It shall consider whether or not the conditions referred to in Article 89, 89a and 89b, or laid down in Article 90a(3) or Article 90b, have been met.

The decision to reject shall be notified to the objector and to the Member State or the third-country authorities or the representative professional organisation established in the third country in question.

Amendment 193
Proposal for a regulation
Article 91 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) the applicants that may apply for the protection of a traditional term;
deleted
Amendment 194
Proposal for a regulation
Article 91 – paragraph 3 – point c
(c) the grounds for objecting to a proposed recognition of a traditional term;
deleted
Amendment 195
Proposal for a regulation
Article 91 – paragraph 3 – point d
(d) the scope of the protection, the relationship with trade marks, protected traditional terms, protected designations of origin or geographical indications, homonyms, or certain wine grape names;
deleted
Amendment 196
Proposal for a regulation
Article 91 – paragraph 3 – point e
(e) the grounds for cancellation of a traditional term;
deleted
Amendment 197
Proposal for a regulation
Article 91 – paragraph 4
4.  Taking into account the specificities in trade between the Union and certain third countries, the Commission may, , adopt the conditions under which traditional terms may be used on products from third countries and provide for derogations from Article 89.
4.  Taking into account the specificities in trade between the Union and certain third countries, the Commission may,by way of derogation from Article 89, adopt delegated acts laying down the conditions under which traditional terms may be used on products from third countries and provide for derogations from Article 89.
Amendment 198
Proposal for a regulation
Article 93 – paragraph 1 a (new)
Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 199
Proposal for a regulation
Article 95
Save as otherwise provided for in this Regulation, Directive 2008/95/EC, Council Directive 89/396/EEC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Directive 2007/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council shall apply to the labelling and presentation.

1.  Save as otherwise provided for in this Regulation, Directive 2008/95/EC, Council Directive 89/396/EEC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Directive 2007/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council shall apply to the labelling and presentation.
The labelling of the products referred to in points 1 to 11, 13, 15 and 16 of Part II of Annex VI may not be supplemented by any particulars other than those provided for in this Regulation unless those particulars satisfy the requirements of Article 2(1)(a) of Directive 2000/13/EC.

1a.  Where one or more of the ingredients listed in Annex IIIa to Directive 2000/13/EC is present in one of the products referred to in Part II of Annex VI to this Regulation, they shall be indicated on the labelling, preceded by the term ‘contains’.
For sulphites, the following terms may be used: ‘sulphites’, ‘sulfites’, ‘sulphur dioxide’ or ‘sulfur dioxide’.

1b.  The list of ingredients referred to in paragraph 1amay be accompanied by the use of a pictogram. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, determining the use of such pictograms.
Amendment 200
Proposal for a regulation
Article 96 – paragraph 2
2.  By way of derogation from point (a) of paragraph 1, the reference to the category of the grapevine product may be omitted for wines whose labels include the name of a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication.
2.  By way of derogation from paragraph 1(a), the reference to the category of the grapevine product may be omitted for wines whose labels include the name of a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication and for quality sparkling wines whose labels include the term ‘Sekt’.
Amendment 201
Proposal for a regulation
Article 96 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) where a traditional term as referred to Article 89(a) is displayed on the label;
(a) where a traditional term referred to in Article 89(1)(a) is displayed on the label in accordance with the legislation of a Member State or with the product specification referred to in Article 71(2) of this Regulation;
Amendment 202
Proposal for a regulation
Article 99 – paragraph 2
2.  Taking into account the need to ensure the conformity with horizontal rules related to labelling and presentation, and to consider the specificities of the wine sector, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt definitions, rules and restrictions on:
2.  Taking into account the need to ensure the conformity with horizontal rules related to labelling and presentation, and to consider the specificities of the wine sector, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt rules and restrictions on:
Amendment 203
Proposal for a regulation
Article 99 – paragraph 6
6.  Taking into account the need to take account of the specificities in trade between the Union and certain third countries, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt derogations from this Section as regards trade between the Union and certain third countries.
6.  Taking into account the need to take account of the specificities in trade between the Union and certain third countries, the Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopt derogations from this Section as regards exports to certain third countries.
Amendment 204
Proposal for a regulation
Article 100 a (new)
Article 100a

Duration

With the exceptions of Article 101(1), (2b), (2d) and (2e), and Article 101a, this section shall apply until the end of the 2019/2020 marketing year.

Amendment 205
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title II – Chapter II – Section 1 – Subsection 1 (new)
SUBSECTION 1

SPECIFIC MEASURES

Amendment 206
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101
Article 101

Article 101

Sugar sector agreements

Sugar sector agreements

1.  The terms for buying sugar beet and sugar cane, including pre-sowing delivery agreements, shall be governed by written agreements within the trade concluded between Union growers of sugar beet and sugar cane and Union sugar undertakings.
1.  The terms for buying sugar beet and sugar cane, including pre-sowing delivery contracts, shall be governed by written agreements within the trade concluded between, on the one hand, Union growers of sugar beet and sugar cane or, on their behalf, the organisations of which they are members, and, on the other hand, Union sugar undertakings or, on their behalf, the organisations of which they are members.
2.  Taking into account the specificities of the sugar sector, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 on the conditions of the agreements referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article.
2a.  In delivery contracts, a distinction shall be made depending on whether the quantities of sugar to be manufactured from sugar beet are:
(a) quota sugar; or
(b) out-of-quota sugar.
2b.  Each sugar undertaking shall provide the Member State in which it produces sugar with the following information:
(a) the quantities of beet referred to in point (a) of paragraph 2a, for which they have concluded pre-sowing delivery contracts and the sugar content on which those contracts are based;
(b) the corresponding estimated yield.
Member States may require additional information.

2c.  Sugar undertakings which have not signed pre-sowing delivery contracts at the minimum price for quota beet, as provided for in Article 101g, for a quantity of beet equivalent to the sugar for which they hold a quota, adjusted, as the case may be, by the coefficient for a preventive withdrawal fixed pursuant to the first subparagraph of Article 101d(2), shall be required to pay at least the minimum price for quota beet for all the sugar beet they process into sugar.
2d.  Subject to the approval of the Member State concerned, agreements within the trade may derogate from paragraphs 2a, 2b and 2c.
2e.  If no agreements within the trade exist, the Member State concerned shall take the necessary steps compatible with this Regulation to protect the interests of the parties concerned.
Amendment 207
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 a (new)
Article 101a

Price reporting in the sugar market

The Commission may adopt implementing acts establishing a system for reporting sugar market prices, including arrangements for publishing the price levels for this market. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2),

The system referred to in the first paragraph shall be based on information submitted by undertakings producing white sugar or by other operators involved in the sugar trade. This information shall be treated as confidential.

The Commission shall ensure that the information published does not enable the prices of individual undertakings or operators to be identified .

Amendment 208
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 b (new)
Article 101b

Production charge

1.  A production charge shall be levied on the sugar quota, the isoglucose quota and the inulin syrup quota held by undertakings producing sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup as referred to in Article 101h(2) and on the out-of-quota quantities referred to in Article 101l(1)(e).
2.  The production charge shall be set at EUR 12.00 per tonne of quota sugar and quota inulin syrup. For isoglucose, the production charge shall be set at 50 % of the charge applicable to sugar.
3.  The totality of the production charge paid in accordance with paragraph 1 shall be charged by the Member State to the undertakings on its territory according to the quota held during the marketing year concerned.
Payments shall be made by the undertakings by the end of February of the relevant marketing year at the latest.

4.  Union sugar and inulin syrup undertakings may require sugar-beet or sugar-cane growers or chicory suppliers to bear up to 50 % of the production charge concerned.
Amendment 209
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 c (new)
Article 101c

Production refund

1.  A production refund may be granted, until the end of the 2019/2020 marketing year, on the products of the sugar sector listed in points (b) to (e) of Part III of Annex I if surplus sugar or imported sugar, surplus isoglucose or surplus inulin syrup is not available at a price corresponding to the world price for the manufacturing of the products referred to in Article 101m(2)(b) and (c).
2.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts fixing the production refunds referred to in paragraph 1.Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  In order to take into account the special characteristics of the out-of-quota sugar market in the Union, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, determining the conditions for the granting of the production refunds referred to in this section.
Amendment 210
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 d (new)
Article 101d

Withdrawal of sugar

1.  Given the need to avoid price collapses in the internal market and to remedy situations of overproduction based on the forecast supply balance, and taking into account the commitments of the Union resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty, the Commission may adopt implementing acts, containing decisions to withdraw from the market, for a given marketing year, those quantities of sugar or isoglucose produced under quotas which exceed the threshold calculated in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article.
In that case, white sugar and raw sugar imports from all sources and not reserved for the production of one of the products referred to in Article 101m(2) shall be withdrawn from the Union market by the same proportion for the marketing year concerned.

2.  The withdrawal threshold referred to in paragraph 1 shall be calculated, for each undertaking holding a quota, by multiplying its quota by a coefficient. The Commission may adopt implementing acts fixing that coefficient no later than 28 February of the previous marketing year, on the basis of expected market trends.
On the basis of updated market trends, the Commission may, by 31 October of the marketing year concerned, adopt implementing acts, containing its decision either to adjust or, in the case where no coefficient has been fixed pursuant to the first subparagraph, to fix a coefficient.

3.  Each undertaking provided with a quota shall store at its own expense until the beginning of the following marketing year the sugar produced under quota beyond the threshold calculated in accordance with paragraph 2. The sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup quantities withdrawn during a marketing year shall be treated as the first quantities produced under quota for the following marketing year.
By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, taking into account the expected sugar market trends, the Commission may adopt implementing acts,containing its decision to consider, for the current and/or the following marketing year, all or part of the withdrawn sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup as:

(a) surplus sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup available to become industrial sugar, industrial isoglucose or industrial inulin syrup; or
(b) temporary quota production of which a part may be reserved for export respecting the commitments of the Union resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty.
4.  If sugar supply in the Union is inadequate, the Commission may adopt implementing acts, containing its decision allowing a certain quantity of withdrawn sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup to be sold on the Union market before the end of the period of withdrawal.
5.  In the case where withdrawn sugar is treated as the first sugar production of the following marketing year, the minimum price of that marketing year shall be paid to beet growers.
In the case where withdrawn sugar becomes industrial sugar or is exported in accordance with points (a) and (b) of paragraph 3 of this Article, the requirements of Article 101g on the minimum price shall not apply.

In the case where withdrawn sugar is sold on the Union market before the end of the period of withdrawal in accordance with paragraph 4, the minimum price of the ongoing marketing year shall be paid to beet growers.

6.  Implementing acts pursuant to this Article shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 211
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 da (new)
Article 101 da

Temporary market management mechanism

Without prejudice of the agreements concluded pursuant to Article 218 of the Treaty and until the end of the quota system, the Commission may adopt implementing acts activating a temporary market management mechanism in order to address severe market imbalances, triggering the following measures:

- release of out-of-quota sugar onto the internal market, applying the same conditions as for quota sugar, as described in Article 101l(1)(e); and
- notably when the European Commission data for imported raw and white sugar reach a level below 3 million tonnes for the marketing year, suspension of import duties, as described in Article 130b.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 212
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 e (new)
Article 101e

Delegated powers

In order to take into account the special characteristics of the sugar sector and to ensure that the interests of all parties are duly taken into account, and given the need to prevent any disturbance of the market, the Commission may adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, introducing rules on:

(a) delivery contracts and purchase terms as referred to Article 101(1);
(b) the criteria to be applied by the sugar undertakings when allocating among beet sellers the quantities of beet to be covered by pre-sowing delivery contracts as referred to in Article 101(2b);
(c) the temporary market management mechanism referred to in Article 101da, on the basis of the forecast supply balance, including the conditions for the release of the out-of-quota sugar referred to in Article 101l(1)(e) onto the internal market, applying the same conditions as for quota sugar .
Amendment 213
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title II – Chapter II – Section 1 – subsection 1 a (new)
SUBSECTION 1a

SYSTEM OF PRODUCTION REGULATION

Amendment 214
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 f (new)
Article 101f

Quotas in the sugar sector

1.  A quota system shall apply to sugar, isoglucose and inulin syrup.
2.  As regards the quota systems referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, if a producer exceeds the relevant quota and does not make use of the surplus quantities as provided for in Article 101l, a surplus levy shall be payable on such quantities, subject to the conditions set out in Articles 101l to 101o.
Amendment 215
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 g (new)
Article 101g

Minimum beet price

1.  The minimum price for quota beet shall be EUR 26.29 per tonne until the end of the 2019/2020 marketing year.
2.  The minimum price referred to in paragraph 1 shall apply to sugar beet of the standard quality defined in point B of Annex III.
3.  Sugar undertakings buying quota beet suitable for processing into sugar and intended for processing into quota sugar shall be required to pay at least the minimum price, adjusted by price increases or reductions to allow for deviations from the standard quality.
In order to adjust the price where the actual quality of sugar beet differs from the standard quality, the increases and reductions referred to in the first subparagraph shall be applied in accordance with rules laid down by the Commission by means of delegated acts pursuant to Article 101p(5).

4.  For the quantities of sugar beet corresponding to the quantities of industrial sugar or surplus sugar that are subject to the surplus levy provided for in Article 101o, the sugar undertaking concerned shall adjust the purchase price so that it is at least equal to the minimum price for quota beet.
Amendment 216
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 h (new)
Article 101h

Quota allocation

1.  The quotas for the production of sugar, isoglucose and inulin syrup at national or regional level are fixed in Annex IIIb.
By way of derogation from subparagraph 1, the Commission may adopt implementing acts, without the application of Article 162(2) or (3), and at the request of the Member States concerned, allocating quotas to Member States who, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 320/2006, renounced their entire quota. For the purpose of this subparagraph, when assessing a Member State's request, the Commission shall not take into account the quotas allocated to undertakings situated in the outermost regions of the Union.

2.  The Member States shall allocate a quota to each undertaking producing sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup established in its territory and approved under Article 101i.
For each undertaking, the allocated quota shall be equal to the quota under Regulation (EU) No 513/2010 which was allocated to the undertaking for the marketing year 2010/2011.

3.  In case of allocation of a quota to a sugar undertaking having more than one production unit, the Member States shall adopt the measures they consider necessary in order to take due account of the interests of sugar beet and cane growers.
Amendment 217
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 i (new)
Article 101i

Approved undertakings

1.  On request, Member States shall grant approval to an undertaking producing sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup or to an undertaking that processes these products into a product included in the list referred to in Article 101m(2) provided that the undertaking:
(a) proves its professional production capacities;
(b) agrees to provide any information and to be subject to controls related to this Regulation;
(c) is not subject to suspension or withdrawal of the approval.
2.  The approved undertakings shall provide the Member State in whose territory the harvest of beet, cane or the refining takes place, with the following information:
(a) the quantities of beet or cane for which a delivery contract has been concluded, as well as the corresponding estimated yields of beet or cane, and sugar per hectare;
(b) data regarding provisional and actual sugar beet, sugar cane and raw sugar deliveries, and regarding sugar production and statements of sugar stocks;
(c) the quantities of white sugar sold and the corresponding prices and conditions.
Amendment 218
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 j (new)
Article 101j

Adjustment of the national quotas

The Commission may, by means of delegated acts adopted in accordance with Article 160, adjust the quotas that appear in Annex IIIb following decisions taken by the Member States in accordance with Article 101k.

Amendment 219
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 k (new)
Article 101k

National quota reallocation and reduction of quotas

1.  A Member State may reduce the sugar or isoglucose quota that has been allocated to an undertaking established on its territory by up to 10 %. In doing so, the Member States shall apply objective and non-discriminatory criteria.
2.  Member States may transfer quotas between undertakings in accordance with the rules laid down in Annex IIIc and taking into consideration the interests of each of the parties concerned, particularly sugar beet and cane growers.
3.  The quantities reduced pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be allocated by the Member State in question to one or more undertakings on its territory, whether or not they hold a quota.
Amendment 220
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 l (new)
Article 101l

Out-of-quota production

1.  The sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup produced during a marketing year in excess of the quota referred to in Article 101h may be:
(a) used for the processing of certain products as referred to in Article 101m;
(b) carried forward to the quota production of the next marketing year, in accordance with Article 101n;
(c) used for the specific supply regime for the outermost regions, in accordance with [Chapter III of Regulation [ex (EC) No 247/2006] of the European Parliament and of the Council;
(d) exported within the quantitative limit fixed by the Commission by means of implementing acts, respecting the commitments resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty; or
(e) released onto the internal market, in compliance with the mechanism described in Article 101da, applying the same conditions as for quota sugar, for purposes of adjusting supply to demand, in quantities and subject to arrangements determined by the Commission by means of delegated acts adopted pursuant to Article 101p(6) and to Article 101e(c), and on the basis of the forecast supply balance.
The measures referred to in this Article shall be implemented before any activation of the measures to prevent market disturbance referred to in Article 154(1).

Other quantities shall be subject to the surplus levy referred to in Article 101o.

2.  Implementing acts pursuant to this Article shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 221
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 m (new)
Article 101m

Industrial sugar

1.  Industrial sugar, industrial isoglucose or industrial inulin syrup shall be reserved for the production of one of the products referred to in paragraph 2 when:
(a) it has been subject to a delivery contract concluded before the end of the marketing year between a producer and a user which have both been granted approval in accordance with Article 101i; and
(b) it has been delivered to the user by 30 November of the following marketing year at the latest.
2.  In order to take account of technical developments, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated act, in accordance with Article 160, establishing a list of products for the production of which industrial sugar, industrial isoglucose or industrial inulin syrup may be used.
The list shall in particular, include:

(a) bioethanol, alcohol, rum, live yeast and quantities of syrups for spreading and those to be processed into ‘Rinse appelstroop’;
(b) certain industrial products without sugar content but which are processed using sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup;
(c) certain products of the chemical or pharmaceutical industry which contain sugar, isoglucose or inulin syrup.
Amendment 222
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 n (new)
Article 101n

Carry-forward of surplus sugar

1.  Each undertaking may decide to carry forward all or part of its production in excess of its sugar quota, its isoglucose quota or its inulin syrup quota to be treated as part of the next marketing year's production. Without prejudice to paragraph 3, that decision shall be irrevocable.
2.  Undertakings which take the decision referred to in paragraph 1 shall:
(a) inform the Member State concerned before a date to be determined by that Member State:
- between 1 February and 15 August of the current marketing year for quantities of cane sugar being carried forward;
- between 1 February and 31 August of the current marketing year for other quantities of sugar or inulin syrup being carried forward;
(b) undertake to store such quantities at their own expense until the end of the current marketing year.
3.  If an undertaking's definitive production in the marketing year concerned was less than the estimate made when the decision in accordance with paragraph 1 was taken, the quantity carried forward may be adjusted retroactively by 31 October of the following marketing year at the latest.
4.  The quantities carried forward shall be deemed to be the first quantities produced under the quota of the following marketing year.
5.  Sugar stored in accordance with this Article during a marketing year may not be subject to any other storage measures provided for in Articles 16 or 101d.
Amendment 223
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 o (new)
Article 101o

Surplus levy

1.  A surplus levy shall be levied on quantities of:
(a) surplus sugar, surplus isoglucose and surplus inulin syrup produced during any marketing year, except for quantities carried forward to the quota production of the following marketing year and stored in accordance with Article 101n or quantities referred to in points (c), (d) and (e) of Article 101l(1);
(b) industrial sugar, industrial isoglucose or industrial inulin syrup in respect of which no proof of use in one of the products referred to in Article 101m(2) has been supplied within a time limit to be fixed by the Commission by means of implementing acts adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2);
(c) sugar, isoglucose and inulin syrup withdrawn from the market in accordance with Article 101n and for which the obligations provided for in Article 101d(3) are not met.
2.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts fixing the surplus levy at a level sufficiently high to prevent the accumulation of the quantities referred to in paragraph 1. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  The surplus levy referred to in paragraph 1 shall be charged by the Member State to the undertakings on its territory according to the quantities of production referred to in paragraph 1 that have been established for those undertakings for the marketing year concerned.
Amendment 224
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 p (new)
Article 101p

Delegated powers

1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2 to 6 of this Article.
2.  Given the need to ensure that undertakings referred to in Article 101i comply with their obligations, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down rules on the granting and the withdrawal of approval for such undertakings, as well as the criteria for administrative penalties.
3.  Given the need to take into account the special characteristics of the sugar sector and to ensure that the interests of all parties are duly taken into account, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down further definitions, including those of sugar, isoglucose and inulin syrup production, the production of an undertaking; as well as laying down the conditions governing sales to outermost regions.
4.  Given the need to ensure that the beet growers are closely associated with a decision to carry forward a certain quantity of production, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down rules concerning carry-forward of sugar.
5.  Given the need to adjust the minimum price of sugar beet where its actual quality differs from the standard quality, as well as the need to take into account the special characteristics of the sugar sector and to ensure that the interests of all parties are duly taken into account, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down rules for the increases and reductions referred to in Article 101g(3).
Amendment 225
Proposal for a regulation
Article 101 q (new)
Article 101q

Implementing powers

With regard to the undertakings referred to in Article 101(i), the Commission may adopt implementing acts, establishing rules concerning:

(a) applications for approval by undertakings, the records to be kept by approved undertakings, the information to be submitted by approved undertakings;
(b) the system of checks to be carried out by Member States on approved undertakings;
(c)  Member States’ communications with the Commission and with approved undertakings;
(d) the delivery to undertakings of raw materials, including delivery contracts and delivery notes;
(e) equivalence regarding sugar referred to in Article 101l(1)(a);
(f) the specific supply regime for the outermost regions;
(g) exports as referred to in Article 101l(1)(d);
(h)  Member State cooperation to ensure effective checks;
(i) modifying the dates laid down in Article 101n;
(j) the establishment of the surplus quantity, the communications and payment of the surplus levy referred to in Article 101o.
(k) the release of the out-of-quota sugar referred to in Article 101l(1)(e) onto the internal market;
(l) the adoption of a list of full-time refiners pursuant to Annex II, Part Ia, point 12.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2),

Amendment 226
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title II – Chapter II – Section 2 – subsection 1 (new)
SUBSECTION 1

MONITORING PRODUCTION AND MARKETING

Amendment 227
Proposal for a regulation
Article 102 – paragraph 1
1.  Member States shall maintain a vineyard register which shall contain updated information on the production potential.
1.  Member States shall maintain a vineyard register which shall contain updated information on the production potential and which shall be integrated into the parcel identification systems forming part of the common agricultural policy Integrated Administration and Control System.
Amendment 228
Proposal for a regulation
Article 102 – paragraph 5
5.  After 1 January 2016, the Commission may, by means of an implementing act, decide that paragraphs 1 to 3 of this Article no longer apply. That implementing act shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
deleted
Amendment 229
Proposal for a regulation
Article 102 a (new)
Article 102a

Responsible national authorities for the wine sector

1.  Without prejudice to any other provisions of this Regulation concerning the determination of competent national authorities, Member States shall designate one or more authorities which shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with Union rules in the wine sector. In particular, Member States shall designate the laboratories authorised to carry out official analyses in the wine sector. The designated laboratories shall meet the general criteria for the operation of testing laboratories set out in ISO/IEC 17025.
2.  Member States shall inform the Commission of the names and addresses of the authorities and laboratories referred to in paragraph 1. The Commission shall make this information public and update it periodically.
Amendment 230
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title II – Chapter II – Section 2 – subsection 1 a (new)
SUBSECTION 1a

SYSTEM OF PRODUCTION LIMITATION

Amendment 231
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 a (new)
Article 103a

Duration

This Subsection shall apply until the end of the 2029/2030 marketing year.

Amendment 232
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 b (new)
Article 103b

Prohibition on planting vines

1.  Without prejudice to Article 63 and in particular paragraph 4 thereof, the planting of vines of wine grape varieties classifiable according to Article 63(2) shall be prohibited.
2.  The practice of grafting-on of wine grape varieties that are classifiable in accordance with Article 63(2) to varieties other than wine grape varieties referred to in that Article shall also be prohibited.
3.  Notwithstanding paragraphs 1 and 2, plantings and grafting-on shall be allowed if covered by:
(a) a new planting right, as provided for in Article 103c;
(b) a replanting right, as provided for in Article 103d;
(c) a planting right granted from a reserve, as provided for in Articles 103e and 103f.
4.  The planting rights referred to in paragraph 3 shall be granted in hectares.
Amendment 233
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 c (new)
Article 103c

New planting rights

1.  Member States may grant new planting rights to producers in respect of areas:
(a) intended for new plantings carried out under measures for land consolidation or measures concerning compulsory purchases in the public interest adopted under national law;
(b) intended for experimental purposes;
(c) intended for graft nurseries; or
(d) the wine or vine products of which are intended solely for the consumption by the wine-grower’s household.
2.  New planting rights granted shall be:
(a) exercised by the producer to whom they are granted;
(b) used before the end of the second wine year after the one in which they were granted;
(c) used for the purposes for which they were granted.
Amendment 234
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 d (new)
Article 103d

Replanting rights

1.  Member States shall grant replanting rights to producers who have grubbed up an area planted with vines.
However, grubbed-up areas for which a grubbing-up premium has been granted in accordance with Subsection III of Section IVa of Chapter III of Title I of Part II of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 shall not generate replanting rights.

2.  Member States may grant replanting rights to producers who undertake to grub up an area planted with vines. In such cases, the grubbing-up of the pledged area shall be carried out at the latest at the end of the third year after which the new vines in respect of which the replanting rights were granted have been planted.
3.  Replanting rights granted shall correspond to the equivalent of the grubbed-up area in terms of pure crop.
4.  Replanting rights shall be exercised on the holding in respect of which they were granted. Member States may further stipulate that such replanting rights may be exercised only on the area where the grubbing-up was carried out.
5.  By way of derogation from paragraph 4, Member States may decide that replanting rights may be transferred, in whole or in part, to another holding in the same Member State in the following cases:
(a) part of the holding concerned is transferred to that other holding;
(b) areas on that other holding are intended for:
(i) the production of wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication, or
(ii) the cultivation of graft nurseries.
Member States shall ensure that the application of the derogation provided for in the first subparagraph does not lead to an overall increase in production potential on their territory, in particular when transfers are made from non-irrigated to irrigated areas.

6.  Paragraphs 1 to 5 shall apply mutatis mutandis to rights similar to replanting rights acquired under prior Union or national legislation.
7.  Replanting rights granted under Article 4(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 shall be used within the periods provided for therein.
Amendment 235
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 e (new)
Article 103e

National and regional reserve of planting rights

1.  In order to improve management of the production potential, Member States shall create a national reserve or regional reserves of planting rights.
2.  Member States which have established national or regional reserves of planting rights under Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 may maintain those reserves as long as they apply the transitional planting right regime in accordance with this Subsection.
3.  The following planting rights shall be allocated to national or regional reserves if they are not used within the prescribed period:
(a) new planting rights;
(b) replanting rights;
(c) planting rights granted from the reserve.
4.  Producers may transfer replanting rights to national or regional reserves. The conditions for such transfers, where appropriate in return for a payment to producers from national funds, shall be determined by the Member States, taking into account the legitimate interests of the parties.
5.  By way of derogation from paragraph 1, Member States may decide not to implement a reserve system on condition that they are able to establish that an effective alternative system for managing planting rights exists throughout their territory. The alternative system may derogate from the relevant provisions of this Subsection.
The first subparagraph shall also apply to Member States which cease to operate national or regional reserves under Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999.

Amendment 236
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 f (new)
Article 103f

Granting planting rights from the reserve

1.  Member States may grant rights from a reserve:
(a) without payment, to producers who are 40 years of age or less, who possess adequate occupational skills and competences, who are setting up for the first time and who are established as the head of the holding;
(b) in return for payment into national or, where appropriate, regional funds, to producers who intend to use the rights to plant vineyards the production of which has an assured outlet.
Member States shall define the criteria for setting the amounts of the payment referred to in point (b) of the first subparagraph, which may vary depending on the final intended product of the vineyards concerned and on the residual transitional period during which the prohibition on new plantings, as provided for in Article 103b(1) and (2), applies.

2.  Where planting rights granted from a reserve are used, Member States shall ensure that:
(a) the location and the varieties and the cultivation techniques used guarantee that the subsequent production is adapted to market demand;
(b) the yields concerned are typical of the average in the region, in particular where planting rights originating in non-irrigated areas are used in irrigated areas.
3.  Planting rights granted from a reserve which are not used before the end of the second wine year after the one in which they were granted shall be forfeit and re-allocated to the reserve.
4.  Planting rights in a reserve which are not disbursed before the end of the fifth wine year following their allocation to the reserve shall be extinguished.
5.  If regional reserves exist in a Member State, the Member State may lay down rules permitting the transfer of planting rights between regional reserves. If both regional and national reserves exist in a Member State, the Member State may also permit transfers between those reserves.
Transfers may be subject to a reduction coefficient.

Amendment 237
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 g (new)
Article 103g

De-minimis rule

This Subsection shall not apply in Member States where the Community planting right regime did not apply by 31 December 2007.

Amendment 238
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 h (new)
Article 103h

Stricter national rules

Member States may adopt stricter national rules in respect of the award of new planting rights or replanting rights. They may require that the respective applications and the relevant information to be supplied therein be supplemented by additional information necessary for monitoring the development of production potential.

Amendment 239
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 i (new)
Article 103i

Delegated powers

1.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide for measures listed in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of this Article.
2.  Taking into account the need to avoid and increase in production potential, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in order to do the following:
(a) establish a list of situations in which grubbing-up does not generate replanting rights;
(b) adopt rules concerning transfers of planting rights between the reserves;
(c) prohibit the marketing wine or vine products intended solely for consumption by a vine grower's family.
3.  Given the need to provide for an equal treatment of producers that engage in grubbing-up, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, laying down rules to ensure effectiveness of grubbing-up where replanting rights are granted.
4.  Given the need to protect Union funds and the identity, provenance and quality of Union wine, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in order to do the following:
(a) provide for the establishment of an analytical databank of isotopic data that will help detect fraud to be constructed on the basis of samples collected by Member States; and for rules on the Member States' own databanks;
(b) adopt rules on control bodies and the mutual assistance between them;
(c) adopt rules on the common use of Member States’ findings;
(d) adopt rules on the treatment of sanctions in the case of exceptional circumstances.
Amendment 240
Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 j (new)
Article 103j

Implementing powers

The Commission may adopt all necessary implementing acts, related to this Subsection, including laying down rules on:

(a) the granting of new planting rights including recording and communication obligations;
(b) the transfer of replanting rights, including a reduction coefficient;
(c) the records to be kept by the Member States and notifications to the Commission, including a possible choice of a reserve system;
(d) the granting planting rights from the reserve;
(e) the checks to be undertaken by Member States and the reporting of information on such checks to the Commission.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 241
Proposal for a regulation
Article 104
Article 104

deleted
Contractual relations in the milk and milk products sector

1.  If a Member State decides that every delivery of raw milk by a farmer to a processor of raw milk must be covered by a written contract between the parties, such contract shall fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 2.
In the case described in the first subparagraph, the Member State concerned shall also decide that if the delivery of raw milk is made through one or more collectors, each stage of the delivery must be covered by such a contract between the parties. To this end, a ‘collector’ means an undertaking which transports raw milk from a farmer or another collector to a processor of raw milk or another collector, where the ownership of the raw milk is transferred in each case.

2.  The contract shall:
(a) be concluded in advance of the delivery,
(b) be made in writing, and
(c) include, in particular, the following elements:
(i) the price payable for the delivery, which shall:
- be static and be set out in the contract, and/or
- vary only on factors which are set out in the contract, in particular the development of the market situation based on market indicators, the volume delivered and the quality or composition of the raw milk delivered,
(ii) the volume which may and/or shall be delivered and the timing of deliveries, and
(iii) the duration of the contract, which may include an indefinite duration with termination clauses.
3.  By way of derogation from paragraph 1, a contract shall not be required where raw milk is delivered by a farmer to a processor of raw milk where the processor is a co-operative of which the farmer is a member if its statutes contain provisions having similar effects as those set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of paragraph 2.
4.  All elements of contracts for the delivery of raw milk concluded by farmers, collectors or processors of raw milk, including those elements referred to in paragraph 2(c), shall be freely negotiated between the parties.
5.  In order to guarantee a uniform application of this Article, the Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 242
Proposal for a regulation
Article 104 a (new)
Article 104a

Contractual relations in the milk and milk products sector

1.  If a Member State decides that every delivery of raw milk in its territory by a farmer to a processor of raw milk must be covered by a written contract between the parties and/or decides that first purchasers must make a written offer for a contract for the delivery of raw milk by the farmers, such a contract and/or such an offer for a contract shall fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 2.
Where the Member State decides that deliveries of raw milk by a farmer to a processor of raw milk must be covered by a written contract between the parties, it shall also decide which stage or stages of the delivery shall be covered by such a contract if the delivery of raw milk is made through one or more collectors. For the purposes of this Article, a ‘collector’ means an undertaking which transports raw milk from a farmer or another collector to a processor of raw milk or another collector, where the ownership of the raw milk is transferred in each case.

2.  The contract and/or the offer for a contract shall:
(a) be made in advance of the delivery,
(b) be made in writing, and
(c) include, in particular, the following elements:
(i) the price payable for the delivery, which shall:
– be static and be set out in the contract, and/or
– be calculated by combining various factors set out in the contract, which may include market indicators reflecting changes in market conditions, the volume delivered and the quality or composition of the raw milk delivered;
(ii) the volume of raw milk which may and/or must be delivered and the timing of such deliveries;
(iii) the duration of the contract, which may include either a definite or an indefinite duration with termination clauses;
(iv) details regarding payment periods and procedures;
(v) arrangements for collecting or delivering raw milk; and
(vi) rules applicable in the event of force majeure.
3.  By way of derogation from paragraph 1, a contract and/or an offer for a contract shall not be required where raw milk is delivered by a farmer to a cooperative of which the farmer is a member if the statutes of that cooperative or the rules and decisions provided for in or derived from these statutes contain provisions having similar effects to the provisions set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of paragraph 2.
4.  All elements of contracts for the delivery of raw milk concluded by farmers, collectors or processors of raw milk, including the elements referred to in paragraph 2(c), shall be freely negotiated between the parties.
Notwithstanding the first subparagraph,

(i) where a Member State decides to make written contracts for the delivery of raw milk compulsory in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article, it may establish a minimum duration, applicable only to written contracts between a farmer and the first purchaser of raw milk. Such a minimum duration shall be at least six months and shall not impair the proper functioning of the internal market; and/or
(ii) where a Member State decides that the first purchaser of raw milk must make a written offer for a contract to the farmer in accordance with paragraph 1, it may provide that the offer must include a minimum duration for the contract, set by national law for this purpose. Such a minimum duration shall be at least six months and shall not impair the proper functioning of the internal market.
The second subparagraph shall be without prejudice to the farmer’s right to refuse such a minimum duration provided that he does so in writing. In this case, the parties shall be free to negotiate all elements of the contract, including those elements referred to in paragraph 2(c).

5.  Member States which make use of the options referred to in this Article shall notify the Commission of how they are applied.
6.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts laying down measures necessary for the uniform application of paragraph 2(a) and (b) and paragraph 3 of this Article and measures relating to notifications to be made by the Member States in accordance with this Article.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 243
Proposal for a regulation
Article 105
Article 105

deleted
Contractual negotiations in the milk and milk products sector

1.  Contracts for the delivery of raw milk by a farmer to a processor of raw milk, or to a collector within the meaning of the second subparagraph of Article 104(1), may be negotiated by a producer organisation in the milk and milk products sector which is recognised under Article 106, on behalf of its farmer members for part or all of their joint production.
2.  The negotiation by the producer organisation may take place:
a) whether or not there is a transfer of ownership of the raw milk by the farmers to the producer organisation,
b) whether or not the price negotiated is the same as regards the joint production of some or all of the farmer members,
c) provided that the total volume of raw milk covered by such negotiations by a particular producer organisation does not exceed:
i) 3.5% of total Union production, and
ii) 33% of the total national production of any particular Member State covered by such negotiations by that producer organisation, and
(iii) 33% of the total combined national production of all the Member States covered by such negotiations by that producer organisation,
d) provided the farmers concerned are not members of any other producer organisation which also negotiates such contracts on their behalf, and
e) provided that the producer organisation notifies the competent authorities of the Member State or Member States in which it operates.
3.  For the purposes of this Article, references to producer organisations shall also cover associations of such producer organisations. Taking into account the need to ensure that these associations may be appropriately monitored, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 concerning the conditions for recognition of such associations.
4.  By way of derogation from paragraph 2(c)(ii) and (iii), even where the threshold of 33% is not exceeded, the competition authority referred to in the second subparagraph may decide in an individual case that the negotiation by the producer organisation may not take place if it considers that this is necessary in order to prevent competition being excluded or in order to avoid serious prejudice to SME processors of raw milk in its territory.
The decision referred to in the first subparagraph shall be taken by the Commission, by way of an implementing act, adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 for negotiations covering the production of more than one Member State. In other cases it shall be taken by the national competition authority of the Member State the production of which is covered by the negotiations.

The decisions referred to in the first and second subparagraphs shall not apply earlier than the date of their notification to the undertakings concerned.

5.  For the purposes of this Article:
a) a ‘national competition authority’ shall be the authority referred to in Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003;
b) a ‘SME’ shall mean a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC.
Amendment 244
Proposal for a regulation
Article 105 a (new)
Article 105a

Contractual negotiations in the milk and milk products sector

1.  A producer organisation in the milk and milk products sector which is recognised under Articles 106 and 106a, may negotiate on behalf of its farmer members, in respect of part or all of their joint production, contracts for the delivery of raw milk by a farmer to a processor of raw milk, or to a collector within the meaning of the second subparagraph of Article 104a(1).
2.  The negotiations by the producer organisation may take place:
(a) whether or not there is a transfer of ownership of the raw milk by the farmers to the producer organisation;
(b) whether or not the price negotiated is the same as regards the joint production of some or all of the farmer members;
(c) provided that, for a particular producer organisation:
(i) the volume of raw milk covered by such negotiations does not exceed 3,5 % of total Union production, and
(ii) the volume of raw milk covered by such negotiations which is produced in any particular Member State does not exceed 33 % of the total national production of that Member State, and
(iii) the volume of raw milk covered by such negotiations which is delivered in any particular Member State does not exceed 33 % of the total national production of that Member State;
(d) provided that the farmers concerned are not members of any other producer organisation which also negotiates such contracts on their behalf; however, Member States may derogate from this condition in duly justified cases where farmers hold two distinct production units located in different geographic areas;
(e) provided that the raw milk is not covered by an obligation to deliver arising from the farmer's membership of a cooperative in accordance with the conditions set out in the cooperative's statutes or the rules and decisions provided for in or derived from these statutes; and
(f) provided that the producer organisation notifies the competent authorities of the Member State or Member States in which it operates of the volume of raw milk covered by such negotiations.
3.  Notwithstanding the conditions set out in points (c)(ii) and (iii) of paragraph 2, a producer organisation may negotiate pursuant to paragraph 1, provided that, with regard to that producer organisation, the volume of raw milk covered by the negotiations which is produced in or delivered in a Member State having a total annual raw milk production of less than 500 000 tonnes does not exceed 45 % of the total national production of that Member State.
4.  For the purposes of this Article, references to producer organisations shall also include associations of such producer organisations.
5.  For the purposes of applying point (c) of paragraph 2 and paragraph 3, the Commission shall publish, by such means as it considers appropriate, the amounts of raw milk production in the Union and the Member States using the most up-to-date information available.
6.  By way of derogation from point (c) of paragraph 2 and paragraph 3, even where the thresholds set out therein are not exceeded, the national competition authority referred to in the second subparagraph of this paragraph may decide in an individual case that a particular negotiation by the producer organisation should either be reopened or should not take place at all if it considers that this is necessary in order to prevent competition being excluded or in order to avoid seriously damaging SME processors of raw milk in its territory
For negotiations covering more than one Member State, the decision referred to in the first subparagraph shall be taken by the Commission, by means of an implementing act adopted without the application of Article 162(2) or (3). In other cases, that decision shall be taken by the national competition authority of the Member State to which the negotiations relate.

The decisions referred to in this paragraph shall not apply earlier than the date of their notification to the undertakings concerned.

7.  For the purposes of this Article:
(a) a ‘national competition authority’ shall be the authority referred to in Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003;
(b) ‘SME’ shall mean a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
8.  The Member States in which negotiations take place in accordance with this Article shall notify the Commission of the application of paragraph 2(f) and of paragraph 6.
9.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, laying down additional rules for calculating the volumes of raw milk covered by the negotiations referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3.
10.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts, laying down the necessary detailed provisions for the notification referred to in point (f) of paragraph 2 of this Article. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2);
Amendment 245
Proposal for a regulation
Article 105 b (new)
Article 105b

Regulation of supply for cheese with a protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication

1.  Upon the request of a producer organisation recognised under Articles 106 and 106a, an interbranch organisation recognised under Articles 108(1) and 108a or a group of operators referred to in Article 5(1) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006, Member States may lay down, for a limited period of time, binding rules for the regulation of the supply of cheese benefiting from a protected designation of origin or from a protected geographical indication under Article 2(1)(a) and (b) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006.
2.  The rules referred to in paragraph 1 shall comply with the conditions set out in paragraph 4 and shall be subject to the existence of a prior agreement between the parties in the geographical area referred to in Article 4(2)(c) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006. Such an agreement shall be concluded between at least two-thirds of the milk producers or their representatives representing at least two-thirds of the raw milk used for the production of the cheese referred to in paragraph 1 and, if appropriate, at least two-thirds of the producers of that cheese representing at least two-thirds of the production of that cheese in the geographical area referred to in Article 4(2)(c) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006.
3.  For the purpose of paragraph 1, concerning cheese benefiting from a protected geographical indication, the geographical area of origin of the raw milk, as set in the product specification for the cheese, shall be the same as the geographical area referred to in Article 4(2)(c) of Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 related to that cheese.
4.  The rules referred to in paragraph 1:
(a) shall only cover the regulation of supply of the product concerned and shall have the aim of adapting the supply of that cheese to demand;
(b) shall have effect only on the product concerned;
(c) may be made binding for no more than three years and be renewed after this period, following a new request, as referred to in paragraph 1;
(d) shall not damage the trade of products other than those concerned by the rules referred to in paragraph 1;
(e) shall not relate to any transaction after the first marketing of the cheese concerned;
(f) shall not allow for price fixing, including where prices are set for guidance or recommendation;
(g) shall not render unavailable an excessive proportion of the product concerned that would otherwise be available;
(h) shall not create discrimination, constitute a barrier for new entrants in the market, or lead to small producers being adversely affected;
(i) shall contribute to maintaining the quality and/or the development of the product concerned;
(j) shall be without prejudice to Article 105a.
5.  The rules referred to in paragraph 1 shall be published in an official publication of the Member State concerned.
6.  Member States shall carry out checks in order to ensure that the conditions laid down in paragraph 4 are complied with, and, where it has been found by the competent national authorities that such conditions have not been complied with, shall repeal the rules referred to in paragraph 1.
7.  Member States shall notify the Commission forthwith of the rules referred to in paragraph 1 which they have adopted. The Commission shall inform Member States of any notification of such rules.
8.  The Commission may at any time adopt implementing acts requiring that a Member State repeal the rules laid down by that Member State pursuant to paragraph 1 if the Commission finds that those rules do not comply with the conditions laid down in paragraph 4, prevent or distort competition in a substantial part of the internal market or jeopardise free trade or the attainment of the objectives of Article 39 TFEU.
These implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 246
Proposal for a regulation
Article 106
Article 106

Article 106

Producer organisations

Producer organisations

Member States shall recognise, on request, producer organisations, which:

Member States shall recognise, on request, producer organisations, which:

(a) are constituted by producers in any of the sectors listed in Article 1(2);
(a) are constituted and controlled by farmers in any of the sectors listed in Article 1(2);
(b) are formed on the initiative of the producers;
(b) are formed on the initiative of the farmers;
(c) pursue a specific aim which may include at least one of the following objectives:
(c) pursue a specific aim which shall include at least one of the objectives listed in points (i), (ii) or (iii) and may include one or more of the following other objectives:
(i) ensuring that production is planned and adjusted to demand, particularly in terms of quality and quantity;
(i) ensuring that production is planned and adjusted to demand, particularly in terms of quality and quantity;
(ii) concentration of supply and the placing on the market of the products produced by its members;
(ii) concentration of supply and the placing on the market of the products produced by its members, especially through direct sales;
(iii) optimising production costs and stabilising producer prices;
(iii) optimising production costs, stabilising producer prices, notably with regard to the compensation received for costs of investment in issues such as environment and animal welfare, and contributing to reasonable prices for consumers;
(iv) carrying out research into sustainable production methods and market developments;
(iv) carrying out research and developing initiatives on sustainable production methods, innovative practices, economic competitiveness and market developments;
(v) promoting and providing technical assistance for the use of environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques;
(v) promoting and providing technical assistance for the use of environmentally sound cultivation practices, production techniques and sound animal welfare practices and techniques;
(va) promoting and providing technical assistance for the use of production standards, improving product quality and developing products with a protected designation of origin, a protected geographical indication or covered by a national quality label.
(vb) establishing stricter production rules than those laid down at Union or national level;
(vi) the management of by-products and of waste in particular to protect the quality of water, soil and landscape and preserving or encouraging biodiversity; and
(vi) the management of by-products and of waste in particular to protect the quality of water, soil and landscape and preserving or encouraging biodiversity;
(vii) contributing to a sustainable use of natural resources and to climate change mitigation;
(vii) contributing to a sustainable use of natural resources and to climate change mitigation;
(viia) developing initiatives in the area of promotion and marketing;
(viib) managing the mutual funds referred to in Article 37 of Regulation (EU) No […] on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD);
(viic) implementing crisis-prevention and crisis-management instruments, notably through private storage, processing, promotion, promotional sales and, as a last resort, through market withdrawal;
(viid) providing the necessary technical assistance for the use of the futures markets and of insurance schemes;
(viie) negotiating, on their own behalf or where applicable on behalf of their members, input supply contracts with operators in upstream sectors;
(viif) negotiating, on their own behalf or where applicable on behalf of their members, contracts for the delivery of agricultural products and agrifoodstuffs, with operators in downstream sectors;
(d) do not hold a dominant position on a given market unless this is necessary in pursuance of the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty.
(da) market the products excluded by CN code ex 22.08 referred to in Annex I to the Treaty, provided that the proportion of such products sold which are not covered by Annex I does not exceed 49 % of the total volume marketed, without this leading to the forfeiture of official status as a producer organisation in the recognised agricultural sector.
Amendment 247
Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 a (new)
Article 106a

Statute of producer organisations

1.  The statute of a producer organisation shall require its producer members, in particular, to:
(a) apply the rules adopted by the producer organisation relating to production reporting, production, marketing and protection of the environment;
(b) be members of only one producer organisation for any given product of the holding, without prejudice to any derogation granted by the Member State concerned in duly justified cases where producer members hold two distinct production units located in different geographical areas;
(c) provide the information requested by the producer organisation for statistical purposes, in particular on growing areas, production, yields and direct sales;
2.  The statute of a producer organisation shall also provide for:
(a) procedures for laying down, adopting and amending the rules referred to in paragraph 1;
(b) the imposition on members of financial contributions needed to finance the producer organisation;
(c) rules enabling the producer members to scrutinise democratically their organisation and its decisions;
(d) penalties for infringement of obligations under the articles of association, particularly for non-payment of financial contributions, or of the rules laid down by the producer organisation;
(e) rules on the admission of new members, and in particular the minimum period of membership which may not be less than one year;
(f) the accounting and budgetary rules necessary for the operation of the organisation.
3.  Producer organisations shall be deemed to be acting in the name and on behalf of their members in economic matters within their terms of reference, whether or not ownership of the products concerned has been transferred from producers to producer organisations.
Amendment 248
Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 b (new)
Article 106b

Recognition of producer organisations

1.  Member States shall recognise as producer organisations all legal entities or clearly defined parts of legal entities applying for such recognition, provided that they :
(a) meet the requirements laid down in points (b) and (c) of the first paragraph of Article 106;
(b) have a minimum number of members and/or cover a minimum volume of marketable production, to be laid down by the Member State concerned, in the area where they operate;
(c) provide sufficient evidence that they can carry out their activities properly, both over time and in terms of effectiveness, provision of human, material and technical support to their members, and concentration of supply;
(d) have rules of association that are consistent with points (a), (b) and (c) of this paragraph.
2.  Member States may decide that producer organisations which have been recognised before 1 January 2014 on the basis of national law and which fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 1 of this Article are deemed to be recognised as producer organisations pursuant to Article 106.
3.  Producer organisations which have been recognised before 1 January 2014 on the basis of national law and which do not fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 1 of this Article may continue to exercise their activities under national law until 1 January 2015.
4.  Member States shall:
(a) decide whether to grant recognition to a producer organisation within four months of the lodging of an application accompanied by all the relevant supporting evidence; this application shall be lodged with the Member State where the organisation has its headquarters;
(b) carry out, at intervals to be determined by them, checks to verify that recognised producer organisations are complying with the provisions in this Chapter;
(c) in the event of non-compliance or irregularities in the implementation of the measures provided for in this Chapter, impose on those organisations and associations the applicable penalties they have laid down and decide whether, if necessary, recognition should be withdrawn;
(d) inform the Commission once a year and no later than 31 March of every decision to grant, refuse or withdraw recognition taken during the previous calendar year.
Amendment 249
Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 c (new)
Article 106c

Outsourcing

Member States may permit a recognised producer organisation or a recognised association of producer organisations to outsource any of its activities other than production, including to subsidiaries, provided that it provides sufficient evidence to the Member State concerned that doing so is an appropriate way to achieve the objectives of the producer organisation or association of producer organisations concerned and that the producer organisation or association of producer organisations remains responsible for ensuring the carrying out of the outsourced activity and overall management control and supervision of the commercial arrangement for the provision of the activity. In particular, the organisation or association shall retain the power to issue binding instructions to its agent in respect of the activities entrusted to it.

Amendment 250
Proposal for a regulation
Article 107
Article 107

Article 107

Associations of producer organisations

Associations of producer organisations

Member States shall recognise, on request, associations of producer organisations in any of the sectors listed in Article 1(2) which are formed on the initiative of recognised producer organisations.

Member States may recognise associations of producer organisations in a specific sector listed in Article 1(2) which are formed on the initiative of recognised producer organisations.

Subject to the rules adopted pursuant to Article 114, associations of producer organisations may carry out any of the activities or functions of producer organisations.

Subject to the rules adopted pursuant to Article 114, associations of producer organisations may carry out any of the activities or functions of producer organisations.

Amendment 251
Proposal for a regulation
Article 108
Article 108

Article 108

Interbranch organisations

Interbranch organisations

1.  Member States shall recognise, on request, interbranch organisations in any of the sectors listed in Article 1(2) which:
1.  Member States may recognise interbranch organisations in any of the sectors listed in Article 1(2) which have formally requested recognition and:
(a) are constituted of representatives of economic activities linked to the production of, trade in, and/or processing of products in one or more sectors;
(a) are constituted of representatives of economic activities linked to the production and to at least one of the following stages of the supply chain: the processing of or trading of, including distribution of, products in one or more sectors;
(b) are formed on the initiative of all or some of the organisations or associations which constitute them;
(b) are formed on the initiative of all or some of the organisations or associations which constitute them;
(ba) concern products or groups of products not covered by a previously recognised interbranch organisation;
(c) pursue a specific aim, which may include at least one of the following objectives:
(c) pursue a specific aim taking account of the interests of their members and of consumers, which may include, in particular, one of the following objectives:
(i) improving knowledge and the transparency of production and the market, including by publication of statistical data on the prices, volumes and duration of contracts which have been previously concluded, and by providing analyses of potential future market developments at regional or national level;
(i) improving knowledge and the transparency of production and the market, including by publication of statistical data on production costs, prices, including, where appropriate, price indicators, volumes and duration of contracts which have been previously concluded, and by providing analyses of potential future market developments at regional, national or international level;
(ia) facilitating advance knowledge of production potential, and recording market prices;
(ii) helping to better coordinate the way the products are placed on the market, in particular by means of research and market studies;
(ii) helping to better coordinate the way the products are placed on the market, in particular by means of research and market studies;
(iia) exploring potential export markets;
(iii) drawing up standard forms of contract compatible with Union rules;
(iii) without prejudice to provisions laid down in Articles 104a and 113a, drawing up standard forms of contract compatible with Union rules for the sale of agricultural products to purchasers and/or the supply of processed products to distributors and retailers, taking into account the need to achieve fair competitive conditions and to avoid market distorsions;
(iv) exploiting to a fuller extent the potential of the products;
(iv) exploiting to a fuller extent the potential of the products, including at the level of market outlets, and developing initiatives to strengthen economic competitiveness and innovation;
(v) providing the information and carrying out the research necessary to rationalise, improve and adjust production towards products more suited to market requirements and consumer tastes and expectations, in particular with regard to product quality, including the particular characteristics of products with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication, and protection of the environment;
(v) providing the information and carrying out the research necessary to innovate, rationalise, improve and adjust production, and, where applicable, the processing and/or marketing, towards products more suited to market requirements and consumer tastes and expectations, in particular with regard to product quality, including the particular characteristics of products with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication, and protection of the environment;
(vi) seeking ways of restricting the use of animal-health or plant protection products and other inputs and ensuring product quality and soil and water conservation;
(vi) restricting the use of animal-health or plant protection products, better managing other inputs, ensuring product quality and soil and water conservation, enhancing food safety, in particular through traceability of products, and improving animal health and welfare;
(vii) developing methods and instruments for improving product quality at all stages of production and marketing;
(vii) developing methods and instruments for improving product quality at all stages of production and, where applicable, of processing and/or marketing;
(viia) defining minimum qualities and defining minimum standards of packing and presentation;
(viii) exploiting the potential of organic farming and protecting and promoting such farming as well as designations of origin, quality labels and geographical indications;
(viii) taking all possible actions to uphold, protect and promote organic farming and designations of origin, quality labels and geographical indications;
(ix) promoting and carrying out research into integrated, sustainable production or other environmentally sound production methods;
(ix) promoting and carrying out research into integrated, sustainable production or other environmentally sound production methods;
(x) encouraging healthy consumption of the products and informing about the harm linked to hazardous consumption patterns;
(x) encouraging moderate and responsible consumption of the products on the internal market and/or informing about the harm linked to hazardous consumption patterns;
(xa) promoting consumption and/or furnishing information concerning products on the internal market and external markets;
(xi) carrying out promotion actions, especially in third countries.
(xia) implementing collective measures to prevent and manage the health, plant-protection and environmental risks and uncertainties linked to the production and, where applicable to the processing and/or marketing and/or distribution of agricultural and food products;
(xib) contributing to the management of by-products and the reduction and management of waste.
2.  For interbranch organisations in the olive oil and table olive and tobacco sectors, the specific aim referred to in point (c) of paragraph 1 may also include at least one of the following objectives:
2.  For interbranch organisations in the olive oil and table olive and tobacco sectors, the specific aim referred to in point (c) of paragraph 1 may also include at least one of the following objectives:
(a) concentrating and co-ordinating supply and marketing of the produce of the members;
(a) concentrating and co-ordinating supply and marketing of the produce of the members;
(b) adapting production and processing jointly to the requirements of the market and improving the product;
(b) adapting production and processing jointly to the requirements of the market and improving the product;
(c) promoting the rationalisation and improvement of production and processing.
(c) promoting the rationalisation and improvement of production and processing.
Amendment 252
Proposal for a regulation
Article 108 a (new)
Article 108a

Recognition of interbranch organisations

1.  Member States may recognise interbranch organisations applying for such recognition, provided that they:
(a) meet the requirements laid down in Article 108;
(b) carry out their activities in one or more regions in the territory concerned;
(c) account for a significant share of the economic activities referred to in Article 108(1)(a);
(d) with the exception of the cases laid down in Article 108(2), do not themselves engage in production, processing and/or trade.
2.  Member States may decide that interbranch organisations which have been recognised before 1 January 2014 on the basis of national law and which fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 1 are deemed to be recognised as interbranch organisations pursuant to Article 108.
3.  Interbranch organisations which have been recognised before 1 January 2014 on the basis of national law and which do not fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 1 of this Article may continue to exercise their activities under national law until 1 January 2015.
4.  Where Member States recognise an interbranch organisation in accordance with paragraph 1 and/or 2, they shall:
(a) decide whether to grant recognition within four months of the lodging of an application with all relevant supporting documents; this application shall be lodged with the Member State where the organisation has its headquarters;
(b) carry out, at intervals to be determined by them, checks to verify that recognised interbranch organisations are complying with the conditions governing their recognition;
(c) in the event of non-compliance or irregularities in the implementation of the measures provided for in this Regulation, impose on those organisations the applicable penalties they have laid down and decide whether, if necessary, recognition should be withdrawn;
(d) withdraw recognition if the requirements and conditions for recognition laid down in this Article are no longer met;
(e) inform the Commission each year, by 31 March, of every decision to grant, refuse or withdraw recognition taken during the previous calendar year.
Amendment 253
Proposal for a regulation
Article 109
Article 109

deleted
Operator organisations

For the purposes of this Regulation, operator organisations in the olive oil and table olives sector shall comprise recognised producer organisations, recognised interbranch organisations or recognised organisations of other operators or their associations.

Amendment 254
Proposal for a regulation
Article 109 a (new)
Article 109 a

Role of groups

1.  In order to improve and stabilise the operation of the market in products which have been assigned a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication pursuant to Regulation (EC) No XXXXXXX on agricultural product quality schemes, producer Member States may lay down marketing rules to regulate supply, in particular by implementing decisions taken by the groups referred to in Article 42 of Regulation (EC) No XXXXXXX on agricultural product quality schemes.
2.  Such rules shall be proportionate to the objective pursued and:
(a) only cover the regulation of supply and aim to bring the supply of the product into line with demand;
(b) not be made binding for more than a renewable period of five years of marketing;
(c) shall not relate to any transaction after the first marketing of the product concerned;
(d) shall not allow for price fixing, including where prices are set for guidance or by way of recommendation;
(e) shall not render unavailable an excessive proportion of the product concerned that would otherwise be available;
(f) shall not have the effect of preventing an operator from starting production of the product concerned;
3.  The rules referred to in paragraph 1 shall be brought to the attention of operators by being published in full in an official publication of the Member State concerned.
4.  The decisions and measures taken by the Member States in year n in accordance with this Article shall be notified to the Commission before 1 March of year n+1.
5.  The Commission may ask a Member State to withdraw its decision if it finds that that decision precludes competition in a substantial part of the internal market, compromises the free movement of goods or is at odds with the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty .
Amendment 255
Proposal for a regulation
Article 110
Article 110

Article 110

Extension of rules

Extension of rules

1.  In cases where a recognised producer organisation, a recognised association of producer organisations or a recognised interbranch organisation operating in a specific economic area or economic areas of a Member State is considered to be representative of the production of or trade in or processing of a given product, the Member State concerned may, at the request of that organisation, make binding for a limited period of time some of the agreements, decisions or concerted practices agreed on within that organisation on other operators acting in the economic area or areas in question, whether individuals or groups and not belonging to the organisation or association.
1.  In cases where a recognised producer organisation, a recognised association of producer organisations or a recognised interbranch organisation operating in a specific economic area or economic areas of a Member State is considered to be representative of the production of or trade in or processing of a given product, the Member State concerned may, at the request of that organisation, make binding for a limited period of time some of the agreements, decisions or concerted practices agreed on within that organisation on other operators acting in the economic area or areas in question, whether individuals or groups and not belonging to the organisation or association.
2.  An ‘economic area’ shall mean a geographical zone made up of adjoining or neighbouring production regions in which production and marketing conditions are homogeneous.
2.  An ‘economic area’ shall mean a geographical zone made up of adjoining or neighbouring production regions in which production and marketing conditions are homogeneous.
3.  An organisation or association shall be deemed representative where, in the economic area or areas concerned of a Member State:
3.  An organisation or association shall be deemed representative where, in the economic area or areas concerned of a Member State:
(a) it accounts for, as a proportion of the volume of production or of trade in or of processing of the product or products concerned:
(a) it accounts for, as a proportion of the volume of production or of trade in or of processing of the product or products concerned:
(i) for producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector, at least 60%, or
(i) for producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sector, at least 60%, or
(ii) in other cases, at least two thirds, and
(ii) in other cases, at least two thirds, and
(b) it accounts for, in the case of producer organisations, more than 50% of the producers concerned.
(b) it accounts for, in the case of producer organisations, more than 50% of the producers concerned, and
(ba) in the case of interbranch organisations, it accounts for a significant share of the economic activities referred to in Article 108(1)(a) under the conditions laid down by the Member State.
Where the request for extension of its rules to other operators covers more than one economic area, the organisation or association shall demonstrate the minimum level of representativeness as defined in the first subparagraph for each of the branches it groups in each of the economic areas concerned.

Where the request for extension of its rules to other operators covers more than one economic area, the organisation or association shall demonstrate the minimum level of representativeness as defined in the first subparagraph for each of the branches it groups in each of the economic areas concerned.

4.  The rules for which extension to other operators may be requested as provided in paragraph 1 shall have one of the following aims:
4.  The rules for which extension to other operators may be requested as provided in paragraph 1 shall pertain to one of the activities meeting the objectives laid down in Article 106(c) or Article 108(1)(c).
(a) production and market reporting;
(b) stricter production rules than those laid down in Union or national rules;
(c) drawing up of standard contracts which are compatible with Union rules;
(d) rules on marketing;
(e) rules on protecting the environment;
(f) measures to promote and exploit the potential of products;
(g) measures to protect organic farming as well as designations of origin, quality labels and geographical indications;
(h) research to add value to the products, in particular through new uses which do not pose a threat to public health;
(i) studies to improve the quality of products;
(j) research, in particular into methods of cultivation permitting reduced use of plant protection or animal health products and guaranteeing conservation of the soil and the environment;
(k) definition of minimum qualities and definition of minimum standards of packing and presentation;
(l) use of certified seed and monitoring of product quality.
Those rules shall not cause any damage to other operators in the Member State concerned or the Union and shall not have any of the effects listed in Article 145(4) or be otherwise incompatible with Union or national rules in force.

Those rules shall not cause any damage to other operators in the Member State concerned or the Union and shall not have any of the effects listed in Article 145(4) or be otherwise incompatible with Union or national rules in force.

4a.  Where an interbranch organisation that has been recognised for one or more products exists, Member States shall not extend decisions and practices of the producer organisations falling under the scope of the said interbranch organisation.
4b.  The extension of the rules referred to in paragraph 1 shall be brought to the attention of operators by publication in extenso in an official publication of the Member State concerned.
4c.  Member States shall inform the Commission each year, by 31 March at the latest, of any decisions taken under this Article.
Amendment 256
Proposal for a regulation
Article 111
Article 111

Article 111

Financial contributions of non-members

Financial contributions of non-members

Where rules of a recognised producer organisation, a recognised association of producer organisations or a recognised interbranch organisation are extended under Article 110 and the activities covered by those rules are in the general economic interest of persons whose activities relate to the products concerned, the Member State which has granted recognition may decide that individuals or groups which are not members of the organisation but which benefit from those activities shall pay the organisation all or part of the financial contributions paid by its members to the extent that such contributions are intended to cover costs directly incurred as a result of pursuing the activities in question.

Where rules of a recognised producer organisation, a recognised association of producer organisations or a recognised interbranch organisation are extended under Article 110 and the activities covered by those rules are in the general economic interest of economic operators whose activities relate to the products concerned, the Member State which has granted recognition may decide, after consultation of all the relevant stakeholders, that individual economic operators or groups which are not members of the organisation but which benefit from those activities shall pay the organisation all or part of the financial contributions paid by its members to the extent that such contributions are intended to cover costs of pursuing the activities in question.

Amendment 257
Proposal for a regulation
Article 112
Article 112

Article 112

Measures to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements

Measures to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements

Taking into account the need to encourage action by the organisations referred to in Articles 106 to 108 to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements, with the exception of action relating to withdrawal from the market, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, concerning the live plants, beef and veal, pigmeat, sheepmeat and goatmeat, eggs and poultrymeat sectors on measures:

Taking into account the need to encourage action by the organisations referred to in Articles 106 to 108 to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements, with the exception of action relating to withdrawal from the market, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, concerning the sectors listed in Article 1(2), on measures:

(a) to improve quality;
(a) to improve quality;
(b) to promote better organisation of production, processing and marketing;
(b) to promote better organisation of production, processing and marketing;
(c) to facilitate the recording of market price trends;
(c) to facilitate the recording of market price trends;
(d) to permit the establishment of short and long-term forecasts on the basis of the means of production used.
(d) to permit the establishment of short and long-term forecasts on the basis of the means of production used.
Amendment 258
Proposal for a regulation
Article 113
Article 113

Article 113

Marketing rules to improve and stabilise the operation of the common market in wines

Marketing rules to improve and stabilise the operation of the common market in wines

1.  In order to improve and stabilise the operation of the common market in wines, including the grapes, musts and wines from which they derive, producer Member States may lay down marketing rules to regulate supply, particularly by way of decisions taken by the interbranch organisations recognised under Article 108.
1.  In order to improve and stabilise the operation of the common market in wines, including the grapes, musts and wines from which they derive, producer Member States may lay down marketing rules to regulate supply, particularly by way of decisions taken by the interbranch organisations recognised under Article 108.
Such rules shall be proportionate to the objective pursued and shall not:

Such rules shall be proportionate to the objective pursued and shall not:

(a) relate to any transaction after the first marketing of the produce concerned;
(a) relate to any transaction after the first marketing of the produce concerned;
(b) allow for price fixing, including where prices are set for guidance or recommendation;
(b) allow for price fixing, including where prices are set for guidance or recommendation;
(c) render unavailable an excessive proportion of the vintage that would otherwise be available;
(c) render unavailable an excessive proportion of the vintage that would otherwise be available;
(d) provide scope for refusing to issue the national and Union certificates required for the circulation and marketing of wines where such marketing is in accordance with those rules.
(d) provide scope for refusing to issue the national and Union certificates required for the circulation and marketing of wines where such marketing is in accordance with those rules.
1a.  The rules provided for in paragraph 1 shall be brought to the attention of operators by publication in full in an official publication of the Member State concerned.
1b.  Member States shall inform the Commission each year, by 31 March at the latest, of any decisions taken under this Article.
Amendment 259
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title II – Chapter III – Section 3 a (new)
SECTION 3a

FORMAL CONTRACT SYSTEMS

Article 113a

Contractual Relations

1.  Without prejudice to Articles 104a and 105a concerning the milk and milk products sector and Article 101 concerning the sugar sector, if a Member State decides that every delivery in its territory of agricultural products from a sector listed in Article 1(2) of this Regulation, by a producer to a processor or distributor must be covered by a written contract between the parties and/or decides that the first purchasers must make a written offer for a contract for the delivery of agricultural products by the producer, such a contract and/or such an offer for a contract shall fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 2.
Where the Member State decides that deliveries of the products concerned by a producer to a processor must be covered by a written contract between the parties, it shall also decide which stage or stages of the delivery shall be covered by such a contract if delivery of the products concerned is made through one or more intermediaries.

In the case described in subparagraph 2, the Member State shall ensure that contracts in the sectors in question are fulfilled and shall establish a mediation mechanism to cover cases in which no such contract can be concluded by mutual agreement, thereby ensuring fair contractual relations.

2.  The contract and/or the offer for a contract shall:
(a) be made in advance of the delivery,
(b) be made in writing, and
(c) include, in particular, the following elements:
(i) the price payable for the delivery, which shall:
– be static and be set out in the contract, and/or
– be calculated by combining various factors set out in the contract, which may include market indicators reflecting changes in market conditions, the quantities delivered and the quality or composition of the agricultural products delivered,
(ii) the quantity and quality of the products concerned which may and/or must be delivered and the timing of such deliveries,
(iii) the duration of the contract, which may include either a definite or an indefinite duration with termination clauses,
(iv) details regarding payment periods and procedures,
(v) arrangements for collecting or delivering the agricultural products, and
(vi) rules applicable in the event of force majeure.
3.  By way of derogation from paragraph 1, a contract and/or an offer for a contract shall not be required where the products concerned are delivered by a producer to a purchaser being a cooperative of which the producer is a member if the statutes of that cooperative or the rules and decisions provided for in or derived from these statutes contain provisions having similar effects to the provisions set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of paragraph 2.
4.  All elements of contracts for the delivery of agricultural products concluded by producers, collectors, processors or distributors, including those elements referred to in paragraph 2(c), shall be freely negotiated between the parties.
Notwithstanding the first subparagraph,

(i) where a Member State decides to make written contracts for the delivery of agricultural products compulsory in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article, it may establish a minimum duration, applicable only to written contracts between a producer and the first purchaser of the agricultural products. Such a minimum duration shall be at least six months and shall not impair the proper functioning of the internal market; and/or
(ii) where a Member State decides that the first purchaser of agricultural products must make the producer a written offer for a contract in accordance with paragraph 1, it may provide that the offer must include a minimum duration for the contract, set by national law for this purpose. Such a minimum duration shall be at least six months and shall not impair the proper functioning of the internal market.
The second subparagraph shall be without prejudice to the producer’s right to refuse such a minimum duration provided that he does so in writing. In this case, the parties shall be free to negotiate all elements of the contract, including those elements referred to in paragraph 2(c).

5.  Member States which make use of the options referred to in this Article shall notify the Commission of how they are applied.
6.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts laying down measures necessary for the uniform application of paragraph 2(a) and (b) and paragraph 3 of this Article and measures relating to notifications to be made by the Member States in accordance with this Article.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 260
Proposal for a regulation
Article 113 b (new)
Article 113b

Contractual negotiations

1.  A producer organisation for one of the sectors listed in Article 1(2)of this Regulation, recognised under Article 106, may negotiate on behalf of its producer members, in respect of part or all of their joint production, contracts for the delivery of agricultural products by a producer to a processor, an intermediary or a distributor.
2.  The negotiations by the producer organisation may take place:
(a) whether or not there is a transfer of ownership of the products concerned by the producers to the producer organisation,
(b) whether or not the price negotiated is the same for the joint production of all of the producer members or only of some of them,
(c) provided that the farmers concerned are not members of any other producer organisation which also negotiates such contracts on their behalf; however, Member States may derogate from this condition in duly justified cases where producers hold two distinct production units located in different geographic areas;
(d) provided that the products in question are not covered by an obligation to deliver arising from the farmer's membership of a cooperative in accordance with the conditions set out in the cooperative's statutes or the rules and decisions provided for in or derived from these statutes; and
(e) provided that the producer organisation notifies the competent authorities of the Member State or Member States in which it operates of the quantities of the agricultural products covered by such negotiations.
3.  For the purposes of this Article, references to producer organisations shall also include associations of such producer organisations.
4.  For negotiations covering more than one Member State, a decision on the negotiations shall be taken by the Commission, by means of an implementing act adopted without the application of Article 162(2) or (3). In other cases, that decision shall be taken by the national competition authority of the Member State to which the negotiations relate.
The decisions referred to in this paragraph shall not apply earlier than the date of their notification to the undertakings concerned.

Amendment 261
Proposal for a regulation
Article 114
Article 114

Article 114

Delegated powers

Delegated powers

Taking into account the need to ensure that the objectives and responsibilities of producer organisations, operator organisations in the olive oil and table olives sector and interbranch organisations are clearly defined so as to contribute to the effectiveness of the actions of such organisations, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 regarding producer organisations, associations of producer organisations, interbranch organisations and operator organisations on the following:

Taking into account the need to ensure that the objectives and responsibilities of producer organisations and interbranch organisations are clearly defined so as to contribute to the effectiveness of the actions of such organisations, without imposing an undue burden, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 regarding producer organisations, associations of producer organisations, interbranch organisations and operator organisations on the following:

(-a) the specific rules applicable in one or more of the sectors listed in Article 1(2) of this Regulation;
(a) the specific aims which may, shall or shall not be pursued by such organisations and associations, including derogations from those laid down in Articles 106 to 109,
(a) the specific aims which may, shall or shall not be pursued by such organisations and associations, and where applicable added to those laid down in Articles 106 to 109,
(aa) horizontal recommendations for interprofessional agreements concluded by the organisations pursuant to Article 108;
(b) the rules of association, the recognition, structure, legal personality, membership, size, accountability and activities of such organisations and associations, the requirement referred to in point (d) of Article 106 for recognition of a producer organisation that it does not hold a dominant position on a given market unless this is necessary in pursuance of the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty, the effects deriving from recognition, the withdrawal of recognition, and mergers;
(b) the statutes of organisations other than producer organisations, the specific conditions applicable to the statutes of producer organisations in certain sectors, the structure, legal personality, membership, size, accountability and activities of such organisations and associations, the effects deriving from mergers;
(ba) the conditions for recognition, withdrawal and suspension of recognition, the effects deriving from recognition, withdrawal and suspension of recognition as well as requirements for such organisations and associations to take remedial measures in the event of non-respect of the recognition criteria;
(c) transnational organisations and associations including the rules referred to in points (a) and (b) of this Article;
(c) transnational organisations and associations including the rules referred to in points (a), (b) and (ba) of this Article;
(ca) rules relating to the establishment and the conditions of administrative assistance to be given by the relevant competent authorities in the case of transnational cooperation;
(d) outsourcing of activities and the provision of technical means by organisations or associations;
(d) conditions for outsourcing of activities and the provision of technical means by organisations or associations;
(e) the minimum volume or value of marketable production of organisations and associations;
(e) the minimum volume or value of marketable production of organisations and associations;
(f) the extension of certain rules of the organisations provided for in Article 110 to non-members and the compulsory payment of subscriptions by non-members referred to in Article 111, including a list of the stricter production rules which may be extended under point (b) of the first subparagraph of Article 110(4), further requirements as regards representativeness, the economic areas concerned, including Commission scrutiny of their definition, minimum periods during which the rules shall apply before their extension, the persons or organisations to whom the rules or contributions may be applied, and the circumstances in which the Commission may require that the extension of rules or compulsory contributions shall be refused or withdrawn.
(f) the extension of certain rules of the organisations provided for in Article 110 to non-members and the compulsory payment of subscriptions by non-members referred to in Article 111, further requirements as regards representativeness, the economic areas concerned, including Commission scrutiny of their definition, minimum periods during which the rules shall apply before their extension, the persons or organisations to whom the rules or contributions may be applied, and the circumstances in which the Commission may require, for a specific period, that the extension of rules or compulsory contributions shall be refused or withdrawn;
(fa) the specific conditions for implementing contractual systems in the sectors referred to in Article 113a(1), in particular the thresholds laying down production volumes to which collective negotiations might apply;
(fb) the conditions under which recognised producers may achieve collective horizontal and vertical agreements with competitors and food chain partners on including in prices the costs of investments in sustainable production.
Amendment 262
Proposal for a regulation
Article 115
Article 115

Article 115

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

Implementing powers in accordance with the examination procedure

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt the necessary measures concerning this Chapter, in particular on the procedures and technical conditions as regards the implementation of the measures referred to in Articles 110 and 112. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt the necessary measures concerning this Chapter, in particular measures concerning:

(a) implementation of the conditions for recognition of producer organisations and interbranch organisations set out in Articles 106b and 108a;
(b) notifications to be made by the Member States to the Commission in accordance with Article 105a(8), 105b(7), Article 106b(4)(d) and Article 108a(4)(e);
(c) procedures relating to administrative assistance in the case of transnational cooperation;
(d) procedures and technical conditions as regards the implementation of the measures referred to in Articles 110 and 112, in particular the implementation of the concept of ‘economic area’ as referred to in Article 110 (2).
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 263
Proposal for a regulation
Article 116
Article 116

Article 116

Other implementing powers

Other implementing powers

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt individual decisions regarding:

1.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt individual decisions regarding
(a) the recognition of organisations carrying out activities in more than one Member State, pursuant to the rules adopted under Article 114(c);
(a) the recognition, the refusal or the repeal of recognition of organisations carrying out activities in more than one Member State, pursuant to the rules adopted under Article 114(c);
(b) the refusal of or repeal of recognition of interbranch organisations, repeal of the extension of rules or compulsory contributions, approval of, or decisions on the amendment of economic areas notified by Member States pursuant to the rules adopted under Article 114(f).
(b) the extension of rules or compulsory contributions of the organisations referred to in point (a) and their repeal.
1a.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts, containing its decision concerning the approval or modification of the economic areas notified by Member States in application of the rules adopted in accordance with Article 114(f).
Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 264
Proposal for a regulation
Part II – Title II – Chapter III – Section 4 a (new)
SECTION 4a

TRANSPARENCY AND MARKET INFORMATION

Article 116 a

European Food Price Monitoring Tool

1.  In order to provide businesses and all public authorities with information concerning price formation throughout the food supply chain, and to facilitate the observation and recording of market trends, the Commission shall report regularly to the European Parliament and to the Council on the activities of the European Food Price Monitoring Tool and the results of the latter’s studies, and shall ensure that these results are made public.
2.  With a view to the application of paragraph 1, and in conjunction with the work of the national statistical institutes and national price observatories, the European Food Price Monitoring Tool shall, without creating additional burdens for farmers, gather the statistical data and information needed to produce analyses and studies in particular on:
(a) production and supply;
(b) price formation mechanisms and, as far as possible, profit margins throughout the food supply chain in the Union and the Member States;
(c) price trends and, as far as possible, profit margins at all levels of the food supply chain in the Union and the Member States and in all agricultural and agri-foodstuff sectors, particularly fruit and vegetables, milk and milk products and meat;
(d) short- and medium-term market forecasts.
For the purposes of this paragraph, the European Food Price Monitoring Tool shall study in particular exports and imports, farm gate prices, consumer prices, profit margins, costs of production, processing and distribution at all stages of the food supply chain in the Union and the Member States.

3.  The information made public through the activities of the European Food Price Monitoring Tool shall be treated with confidentiality. The Commission shall ensure that it does not enable individual operators to be identified.
Amendment 265
Proposal for a regulation
Article 117 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
The following products shall be subject to a licensing requirement: cereals, rice, sugar, flax, hemp, seeds, live plants, olive oil, fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables, bananas, beef and veal, pigmeat, sheepmeat and goatmeat, poultrymeat, eggs, milk and milk products, wine, agricultural ethyl alcohol.

Amendment 350
Proposal for a regulation
Article 117 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a.  Products imported by the Union shall meet the same production and marketing requirements - notably in terms of food safety and environmental, social and animal welfare standards - as those produced within the Union, and may only be awarded the relevant import licences if they fulfil those conditions.
Amendment 267
Proposal for a regulation
Article 118 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1.  Taking into account the evolution of trade and market developments, the needs of the markets concerned and the monitoring of imports and exports of the products concerned, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt in accordance with Article 160 delegated acts, to determine:
1.  Taking into account the need to monitor imports of products, the need for sound market management and the need to reduce the administrative burden, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt in accordance with Article 160 delegated acts, to determine:
Amendment 268
Proposal for a regulation
Article 118 – paragraph 1 – point a
a) the list of agricultural products subject to the presentation of an import or export licence;
(a) modify and supplement the list of agricultural products subject to the presentation of an import or export licence;
Amendment 269
Proposal for a regulation
Article 118 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
2.  Taking into account the need to define the main elements of the licence system, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to:
2.  Taking into account the need to clarify the rules concerning the licence system, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to:
Amendment 270
Proposal for a regulation
Article 119 – introductory part
The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures concerning this Section, including rules on:

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures concerning this Chapter, including rules on:

Amendment 271
Proposal for a regulation
Article 120 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 272
Proposal for a regulation
Article 120 a (new)
Article 120a

Import duties

Save as otherwise provided for pursuant to this Regulation, the rates of import duty in the Common Customs Tariff shall apply to the products referred to in Article 1.

Amendment 273
Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 – title
Implementation of international agreements

Implementation of international and other agreements

Amendment 274
Proposal for a regulation
Article 121
The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt measures to implement international agreements concluded under Article 218 of the Treaty or any other act adopted in accordance with Article 43(2) of the Treaty or the Common Customs Tariff as regards the calculation of import duties for agricultural products. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2);

The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt measures to implement international agreements concluded under Article 218 of the Treaty or under the Common Customs Tariff as regards the method for calculating import duties for agricultural products. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2);

Amendment 275
Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 a (new)
Article 121a

Calculation of import duties for cereals

1.  Notwithstanding Article 121, the import duty on products covered by CN codes 1001 10 00, 1001 90 91, ex 1001 90 99 (high quality common wheat), 1002 00 00, 1005 10 90, 1005 90 00 and 1007 00 90 other than hybrid for sowing, shall be equal to the intervention price valid for such products on importation and increased by 55 %, minus the cif import price applicable to the consignment in question. However, that duty may not exceed the conventional rate of duty as determined on the basis of the combined nomenclature.
2.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts containing its calculation of the import duty referred to in paragraph 1. The Commission shall make such calculation on the basis of the representative cif import prices of the products indicated in paragraph 1, which are determined periodically.
3.  The Commission shall adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, establishing the minimum requirements for high-quality common wheat.
4.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts, laying down the following:
(i) the price quotations to be taken into consideration,
(ii) the possibility, where appropriate in specific cases, of giving operators the opportunity to know the duty applicable before the arrival of the consignments concerned.
5.  The implementing acts referred to in paragraphs 2 and 4 shall be adopted without the application of the procedure in Article 162(2) or (3).
Amendment 276
Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 b (new)
Article 121b

Calculation of import duties for husked rice

1.  Notwithstanding Article 121, the import duty on husked rice falling within CN code 1006 20 shall be fixed by the Commission, by means of implementing acts, within ten days of the end of the reference period concerned in accordance with point 1 of Annex VIIB.
The Commission shall adopt implementing acts, fixing the new applicable rate if the calculations made pursuant to the annex require it to be changed. Those implementing acts shall be adopted without the application of the procedure in Article 162(2) or (3). Until such time as a new applicable rate is fixed, the duty previously fixed shall apply.

2.  In order to calculate the imports referred to in point 1 of Annex VII, account shall be taken of the quantities for which import licences for husked rice falling within CN code 1006 20 were issued in the corresponding reference period, excluding the import licences for Basmati rice referred to in Article 121(c).
3.  The annual reference quantity shall be 449 678 tonnes. The partial reference quantity for each marketing year shall correspond to half the annual reference quantity.
Amendment 277
Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 c (new)
Article 121c

Calculation of import duties for husked Basmati rice

Notwithstanding Article 121, the husked Basmati rice varieties falling within CN codes 1006 20 17 and 1006 20 98 listed in Annex VIIc shall qualify for a zero rate of import duty. The Commission shall adopt implementing acts fixing the conditions for the application of that zero rate. Those implementing acts shall be adopted without the application of the procedure in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 278
Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 d (new)
Article 121d

Calculation of import duties for milled rice

1.  Notwithstanding Article 121, the Commission shall adopt implementing acts, fixing the import duty for semi-milled or wholly milled rice falling within CN code 1006 30, within ten days after the end of the reference period concerned in accordance with point 2 of Annex VIIb. Those implementing acts shall be adopted without the application of the procedure in Article 162(2) or (3).
The Commission shall adopt implementing acts, fixing the new applicable rate if the calculations made pursuant to the annex require it to be changed. Until such time as a new applicable rate is fixed, the duty previously fixed shall apply.Those implementing acts shall be adopted without the application of the procedure in Article 162(2) or (3).

2.  In order to calculate imports referred to in point 2 of Annex VIIb, account shall be taken of the quantities for which import licences for semi-milled or wholly milled rice falling within CN code 1006 30 were issued in the corresponding reference period.
Amendment 279
Proposal for a regulation
Article 121 e (new)
Article 121e

Calculation of import duties for broken rice

Notwithstanding Article 121, the import duty on broken rice falling within CN code 1006 40 00 shall be EUR 65 per tonne.

Amendment 280
Proposal for a regulation
Article 122 – paragraph 1 a (new)
(1a)  Where the declared entry price of the consignment in question is higher than the flat-rate import value, increased by a margin set by the Commission which may not exceed the flat-rate value by more than 10%, the lodging of a security equal to the import duty determined on the basis of the flat-rate import value shall be required. The Commission shall calculate this value every working day in relation to each origin, product and period; the value shall be equal to the weighted average of the representative prices of those products in representative import markets in the Member States or, where applicable, in other markets, deducting from those prices a total amount of EUR 5/100 kg and the ad valorem customs duties.
The interested party shall also provide information on the marketing and transportation conditions of the product by submitting copies of the documents attesting to delivery between operators and to the costs incurred between the import of the product and its sale. In all cases, the documents shall specify the variety or commercial type of the product in accordance with the provisions on presentation and labelling referred to in the applicable Community marketing rules, the commercial category of the products and their weight.

Amendment 281
Proposal for a regulation
Article 122 – paragraph 1 b (new)
(1b)  The customs value of imported perishable goods for which the application of the Common Customs Tariff duty rate depends on the entry price of the product batch imported in consignment may be determined directly in accordance with point (c) of Article 30(2) of the Customs Code and shall be equal to the flat-rate import value.
Amendment 282
Proposal for a regulation
Article 122 ‐ paragraph 1 c (new)
(1c)  The entry price of a consignment may also, where appropriate, be determined by means of a flat-rate import value calculated by origin and by product on the basis of the weighted average of the prices of the products concerned on representative import markets in the Member States, or, where appropriate, on other markets.
Amendment 283
Proposal for a regulation
Article 122 – paragraph 2
2.  For the purposes of application of Article 248 of CCIP, the checks to be carried out by the customs authorities to determine whether a security should be lodged shall include a check of the customs value against the unit value for the products concerned as referred to in point (c) of Article 30(2) of the Customs Code.
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Amendment 284
Proposal for a regulation
Article 122 – paragraph 3
3.  Taking into account the need to ensure the efficiency of the system, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide that the checks carried out by the customs authorities referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article shall, in addition to, or as an alternative to, the check of the customs value against the unit value, include a check of the customs value against another value.
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The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt rules for the calculation of the other value referred to in the first subparagraph of this paragraph. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2)

Amendment 285
Proposal for a regulation
Article 123 – paragraph 1
1.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, determine the products of the cereals, rice, sugar, fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables, beef and veal, milk and milk products, pig meat, sheep meat and goat meat, eggs, poultry and bananas sectors, as well as of grape juice and grape must, to which, when imported subject to the rate of duty laid down in the Common Customs Tariff, an additional import duty shall apply in order to prevent or counteract adverse effects on the Union market which may result from those imports, if:
1.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts, determining the products of the cereals, rice, sugar, fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetables, beef and veal, milk and milk products, pig meat, sheep meat and goat meat, eggs, poultry and bananas sectors, as well as of grape juice and grape must, to which, when imported subject to the rate of duty laid down in the Common Customs Tariff, an additional import duty shall apply in order to prevent or counteract adverse effects on the Union market which may result from those imports, if:
Amendment 286
Proposal for a regulation
Article 123 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, to ensure that imported products meet the minimum quality and environmental standards of the Union;

Amendment 287
Proposal for a regulation
Article 124 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 288
Proposal for a regulation
Article 125 – paragraph 1
1.  Tariff quotas for the import of agricultural products for release into free circulation in the Union (or a part thereof), or tariff quotas for imports of Union agricultural products into third countries which are to be partly or fully administered by the Union, resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty or any other act adopted in accordance with Article 43(2) of the Treaty shall be opened and/or administered by the Commission by means of delegated and implementing acts pursuant to Articles 126 to 128.
1.  Tariff quotas for the import of agricultural products for release into free circulation in the Union, or tariff quotas for imports of Union agricultural products into third countries which are to be partly or fully administered by the Union, resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty or any other act adopted in accordance with Article 43(2) of the Treaty shall be opened and/or administered by the Commission by means of delegated and implementing acts pursuant to Articles 126 to 128.
Amendment 289
Proposal for a regulation
Article 125 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) for import tariff quotas give due weight to the supply requirements of the Union market and the need to safeguard the equilibrium of that market, or
(a) for import tariff quotas give due weight to the supply requirements of the Union market the need to safeguard the equilibrium of that market, and to develop new downstream markets in the production of industrial products, by ensuring certainty and continuity of supply at competitive world prices, or
Amendment 290
Proposal for a regulation
Article 125 a (new)
Article 125a

Specific provisions

In the case of tariff quotas for import into Spain of 2 000 000 tonnes of maize and 300 000 tonnes of sorghum and tariff quotas for import into Portugal of 500 000 tonnes of maize, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, establishing the provisions necessary for carrying out the tariff quota imports and, where appropriate, the public storage of the quantities imported by the paying agencies of the Member States concerned and their marketing on the markets of those Member States.

Amendment 291
Proposal for a regulation
Article 126 – paragraph 1 – point a
a) determine the conditions and eligibility requirements that an operator has to fulfil to submit an application within the import tariff quota; the provisions concerned may require a minimum experience in trade with third countries and assimilated territories, or in processing activity, expressed in a minimum quantity and period of time in a given market sector; those provisions may include specific rules to suit the needs and practices in force in a certain sector and the uses and needs of the processing industries;
deleted
Amendment 292
Proposal for a regulation
Article 127 – paragraph 1 – point e
(e) the use of licences, and, when necessary, specific rules relating to, in particular, the conditions under which applications for import shall be submitted and authorisation granted within the tariff quota;
(e) the use of licences, and, when necessary, specific rules relating to, in particular, the procedures for lodging applications for import, as well as for granting authorisations within the tariff quota;
Amendment 293
Proposal for a regulation
Article 127 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point e a (new)
(ea) determine the conditions and eligibility requirements that an operator is to fulfil when submitting an application within the import tariff quota; the provisions concerned may require a minimum experience in trade with third countries and assimilated territories, or in a processing activity, expressed in a minimum quantity and period of time in a given market sector; those provisions may include specific rules to suit the needs and practices in force in a certain sector and the uses and needs of the processing industries;
Amendment 294
Proposal for a regulation
Article 128 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2 (new)
Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 295
Proposal for a regulation
Article 129 a (new)
Article 129a

Imports of hops

1.  Products of the hops sector may be imported from third countries only if their quality standards are at least equivalent to those adopted for like products harvested within the Union or made from such products.
2.  Products shall be considered as being of the standard referred to in paragraph 1 if they are accompanied by an attestation issued by the authorities of the country of origin and recognised as equivalent to the certificate referred to in Article 59b.
In the case of hop powder, hop powder with higher lupulin content, extract of hops and mixed hop products, the attestation may be recognised as being equivalent to the certificate only if the alpha acid content of these products is not lower than that of the hops from which they have been prepared.

3.  In order to minimise the administrative burden, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, setting the conditions under which obligations related to an attestation of equivalence and the labelling of packaging are not to apply.
4.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts, laying down rules related to this Article, including the rules on the recognition of attestations of equivalence and on the checking of imports of hops. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2),
Amendment 296
Proposal for a regulation
Article 130 a (new)
Article 130 a

Import of raw sugar for refining: exclusive 3-month period for full-time refiners

1.  Until the end of the 2019-2020 marketing year, an exclusive import capacity of 2 500 000 tonnes per marketing year, expressed in white sugar, is granted for full-time refiners.
2.  The sole sugar beet processing plant at work in 2005 in Portugal is deemed to be a full-time refiner.
3.  Import licences for sugar for refining shall be issued only to full-time refiners provided that the quantities concerned do not exceed the quantities referred to in paragraph 1. The licences may be transferred only between full-time refiners and their validity expires at the end of the marketing year for which they have been issued.
This paragraph shall apply for the first three months of each marketing year.

4.  Taking into account the need to ensure that imported sugar for refining is refined in accordance with this sub-section, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down the following:
(a) certain definitions for the operation of the import arrangements referred to in paragraph 1;
(b) the conditions and eligibility requirements that an operator has to fulfil to lodge an application for an import licence, including the lodging of a security;
(c) rules on administrative penalties to be charged.
5.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts, laying down the necessary rules concerning the supporting documents to be supplied in connection with the requirements and obligations applicable to importers, and in particular to full-time refiners. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2)
Amendment 297
Proposal for a regulation
Article 130 b (new)
Article 130 b

Suspension of import duties in the sugar sector

In compliance with the mechanism described in Article 101da and until the end of the 2019-2020 marketing year, the Commission may adopt implementing acts, suspending import duties in whole or in part for certain quantities of the following products in order to guarantee the supply required for the European sugar market:

(a) sugar falling within CN code 1701;
(b) isoglucose falling within CN codes 1702 30 10, 1702 40 10, 1702 60 10 and 1702 90 30.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 298
Proposal for a regulation
Article 133
Article 133

Article 133

Scope

Scope

1.  To the extent necessary to enable exports on the basis of world market quotations or prices and within the limits resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty, the difference between those quotations or prices and prices in the Union may be covered by export refunds for:
1.  To the extent necessary to enable exports on the basis of world market quotations or prices when conditions on the internal market fall under the scope of those described in Article 154(1) and within the limits resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty, and in accordance with Article 3(5) of the Treaty of the European Union, the difference between those quotations or prices and prices in the Union may be covered by export refunds for:
(a) the products of the following sectors to be exported without further processing:
(a) the products of the following sectors to be exported without further processing:
(i) cereals;
(i) cereals;
(ii) rice;
(ii) rice;
(iii) sugar, with regard to the products listed in points (b) to (d) and (g) of Part III of Annex I;
(iii) sugar, with regard to the products listed in points (b) to (d) and (g) of Part III of Annex I;
(iv) beef and veal;
(iv) beef and veal;
(v) milk and milk products;
(v) milk and milk products;
(vi) pigmeat;
(vi) pigmeat;
(vii) eggs;
(vii) eggs;
(viii) poultrymeat;
(viii) poultrymeat;
(b) the products listed in points (i) to (iii), (v) and (vii) of point (a) of this paragraph to be exported in the form of processed goods in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1216/2009 of 30 November 2009 laying down the trade arrangements applicable to certain goods resulting from the processing of agricultural products, and in the form of the products containing sugar listed in point (b) of Part X of Annex I.
(b) the products listed in points (i) to (iii), (v), (vi) and (vii) of point (a) of this paragraph to be exported in the form of processed goods in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1216/2009 of 30 November 2009 laying down the trade arrangements applicable to certain goods resulting from the processing of agricultural products, including products exported in the form of goods not covered by Annex I to the Treaty, in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 578/2010 of 29 June 2010, and in the form of the products containing sugar listed in point (b) of Part X of Annex I.
2.  Export refunds on products exported in the form of processed goods shall not be higher than those applicable to the same products exported without further processing.
2.  Export refunds on products exported in the form of processed goods shall not be higher than those applicable to the same products exported without further processing.
2a.  Without prejudice to the application of Article 154(1) and Article 159, the refund available for the products referred to in paragraph 1 shall be EUR 0.
3.  The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures for the application of this Article. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures for the application of this Article. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 299
Proposal for a regulation
Article 135
Article 135

Article 135

Export refund fixation

Export refund fixation

1.  The same export refunds shall apply to the same products in the whole Union. They may vary according to destination, especially where the world market situation, the specific requirements of certain markets, or obligations resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty make this necessary.
1.  The same export refunds shall apply to the same products in the whole Union. They may vary according to destination, especially where the world market situation, the specific requirements of certain markets, or obligations resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty make this necessary.
2.  Measures on the fixing of refunds shall be taken by the Council in accordance with Article 43(3) of the Treaty.
2.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts, fixing refunds for a limited period. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
They may be fixed by tendering procedures for cereals, rice, sugar and milk and milk products.

2a.  One or more of the following aspects shall be taken into account when refunds for a certain product are being fixed:
(a) the existing situation and the future trend with regard to:
(i) prices and availabilities of that product on the Union market,
(ii) prices for that product on the world market.
(b) the aims of the common market organisation which are to ensure equilibrium and the natural development of prices and trade on this market;
(c) the need to avoid disturbances likely to cause a prolonged imbalance between supply and demand on the Union market;
(d) the economic aspects of the proposed exports;
(e) the limits resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty;
(f) the need to establish a balance between the use of Union basic products in the manufacture of processed goods for export to third countries and the use of third country products brought in under processing arrangements;
(g) the most favourable marketing costs and transport costs from Union markets to Union ports or other places of export, together with forwarding costs to the countries of destination;
(h) demand on the Union market;
(i) in respect of the pigmeat, eggs and poultrymeat sectors, the difference between prices within the Union and prices on the world market for the quantity of feed grain input required for the production in the Union of products of those sectors.
Amendment 300
Proposal for a regulation
Article 141
Article 141

Article 141

Other implementing powers

Other implementing powers

The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, fix coefficients adjusting export refunds in accordance with the rules adopted pursuant to Article 139(6).

The Commission may adopt implementing acts, fixing coefficients adjusting export refunds in accordance with the rules adopted pursuant to Article 139(6).

Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).

Amendment 301
Proposal for a regulation
Article 143
Article 143

Article 143

Application of Articles 101 to 106 of the Treaty

Application of Articles 101 to 106 of the Treaty

Save as otherwise provided for in this Regulation, Articles 101 to 106 of the Treaty and implementation provisions thereof shall, subject to Articles 144 to 145 of this Regulation, apply to all agreements, decisions and practices referred to in Article 101(1) and Article 102 of the Treaty which relate to the production of, or trade in, agricultural products.

Save as otherwise provided in this Regulation, in accordance with Article 42 of the Treaty, Articles 101 to 106 of the Treaty and implementation provisions thereof shall, subject to Article 143a to 145 of this Regulation, apply to all agreements, decisions and practices referred to in Article 101(1) and Article 102 of the Treaty which relate to the production of, or trade in, agricultural products.

In order to improve the functioning of the internal market and to ensure uniform application of Union competition rules in the agricultural and agri-food sector, the Commission shall coordinate action by the various national competition authorities. For this purpose, the Commission shall notably publish guidelines and good practice guides to assist the various national competition authorities, as well as undertakings of the agricultural and agri-food sector.

Amendment 302
Proposal for a regulation
Article 143 a (new)
Article 143a

The relevant market

1.  The definition of the relevant market is a tool to identify and define the boundaries of competition between firms, and is founded on two cumulative elements:
(a) the relevant product market: for the purposes of this Chapter, ‘product market’ means the market comprising all those products which are regarded as interchangeable or substitutable by the consumer by reason of the products’ characteristics, their prices and their intended use;
(b) the relevant geographic market: for the purposes of this Chapter, ‘geographic market’ means the market comprising the area in which the firms concerned are involved in the supply of the relevant products, in which the conditions of competition are sufficiently homogeneous and which can be distinguished from neighbouring areas, particularly because the conditions of competition are appreciably different in those areas.
2.  For the purpose of defining the relevant market, the following principles apply:
(a) the relevant product market shall be considered in the first instance, for raw products, to be the market in products from a given species of plant or animal; wherever a smaller subdivision is used, this shall be duly substantiated;
(b) the relevant geographic market shall be considered in the first instance to be the Union market; wherever a smaller subdivision is used, this shall be duly substantiated.
Amendment 303
Proposal for a regulation
Article 143 b (new)
Article 143b

Dominant position

1.  For the purposes of this Chapter, ‘dominant position' means a position of economic strength enjoyed by an undertaking which enables it to prevent effective competition being maintained in the relevant market by giving it the power to behave to an appreciable extent independently of its competitors, customers and ultimately of consumers.
2.  A dominant position shall be deemed not to be present where the market shares held on a relevant market by an undertaking, or by several undertakings linked by a horizontal agreement, in the agricultural and agri-foodstuffs sector, are smaller than the market shares held by the largest undertaking on the same relevant market at the next stage down in the supply chain.
Amendment 304
Proposal for a regulation
Article 144
Article 144

Article 144

Exceptions for the objectives of the CAP and farmers and their associations

Exceptions for the objectives of the CAP and farmers and their organisations or associations of organisations

1.  Article 101(1) of the Treaty shall not apply to the agreements, decisions and practices referred to in Article 143 of this Regulation necessary for the attainment of the objectives set out in Article 39 of the Treaty.
1.  Article 101(1) of the Treaty shall not apply to the agreements, decisions and concerted practices referred to in Article 143 of this Regulation necessary for the attainment of the objectives set out in Article 39 of the Treaty.
In particular, Article 101(1) of the Treaty shall not apply to agreements, decisions and practices of farmers, farmers' associations, or associations of such associations, or producer organisations recognised under Article 106 of this Regulation, or associations of producer organisations recognised under Article 107 of this Regulation, which concern the production or sale of agricultural products or the use of joint facilities for the storage, treatment or processing of agricultural products, and under which there is no obligation to charge identical prices, unless competition is thereby excluded or the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty are jeopardised.

In particular, agreements, decisions and concerted practices of farmers, or producer organisations recognised under Article 106 of this Regulation, or associations of producer organisations recognised under Article 107 of this Regulation, which concern the production or sale of agricultural products or the use of joint facilities for the storage, treatment or processing of agricultural products shall be presumed to be necessary to achieve the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty.

The agreements, decisions and concerted practices referred to in the present paragraph shall be presumed to comply with the conditions laid down in Article 101(3) of the Treaty.

The present paragraph shall not apply where competition is excluded.

1a.  The agreements, decisions and concerted practices referred to in paragraph 1 shall not entail an obligation to charge an identical price, except as regards the contracts referred to in Articles 104a, 105a, 113a and 113b.
1b.  The agreements, decisions and concerted practices of farmers, of producer organisations or of associations of producer organisations referred to in Article 143 shall fall under the scope of the application of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003.
2.  After consulting the Member States and hearing the undertakings or associations of undertakings concerned and any other natural or legal person that it considers appropriate, the Commission shall have sole power, subject to review by the Court of Justice, to determine, by adopting, by means of implementing acts, a Decision which shall be published, which agreements, decisions and practices fulfil the conditions specified in paragraph 1.
The Commission shall undertake such determination either on its own initiative or at the request of a competent authority of a Member State or of an interested undertaking or association of undertakings.

3.  The publication of the Decision referred to in the first subparagraph of paragraph 2 shall state the names of the parties and the main content of the decision. It shall have regard to the legitimate interest of undertakings in the protection of their business secrets.
Amendment 305
Proposal for a regulation
Article 145
Article 145

Article 145

Agreements and concerted practices of recognised interbranch organisations

Agreements and concerted practices of recognised interbranch organisations

1.  Article 101(1) of the Treaty shall not apply to the agreements, decisions and concerted practices of interbranch organisations recognised under Article 108 of this Regulation with the object of carrying out the activities listed in point (c) of Article 108(1) of this Regulation, and for the olive oil and table olive and tobacco sectors, Article 108(2) of this Regulation.
1.  Article 101(1) of the Treaty shall not apply to the agreements, decisions and concerted practices of interbranch organisations recognised under Article 108 of this Regulation with the object of carrying out the activities listed in point (c) of Article 108(1) of this Regulation, and for the olive oil and table olive and tobacco sectors, Article 108(2) of this Regulation.
2.  Paragraph 1 shall apply only provided that:
2.  Paragraph 1 shall apply only provided that:
(a) the agreements, decisions and concerted practices have been notified to the Commission;
(a) the agreements, decisions and concerted practices have been notified to the Commission;
(b) within two months of receipt of all the details required the Commission, by means of implementing acts, has not found that the agreements, decisions or concerted practices are incompatible with Union rules.
(b) within two months of receipt of the notification required, the Commission has not found that these agreements fall within the scope of paragraph 4. Where the Commission does find that those agreements fall within the scope of paragraph 4, it shall adopt implementing acts, setting out its finding. Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3).
3.  The agreements, decisions and concerted practices may not be put into effect before the lapse of the period referred to in paragraph 2(b).
3.  The agreements, decisions and concerted practices may not be put into effect before the lapse of the period referred to in paragraph 2(b).
3a.  Notwithstanding paragraphs 2 and 3 of this article, in the event of a crisis, the agreements, decisions and concerted practices referred to in paragraph 1 shall enter into force and shall be notified to the Commission as soon as they are adopted.
Within 21 days after the date of notification, the Commission shall , where appropriate, adopt implementing acts setting out its decision that these agreements fall within the scope of paragraph 4.Those implementing acts shall be adopted without applying the procedure referred to in Article 162(2) or (3),

4.  Agreements, decisions and concerted practices shall in any case be declared incompatible with Union rules if they:
4.  Agreements, decisions and concerted practices shall in any case be declared incompatible with Union rules if they:
(a) may lead to the partitioning of markets within the Union in any form;
(a) may lead to the partitioning of markets within the Union in any form;
(b) may affect the sound operation of the market organisation;
(b) may affect the sound operation of the market organisation;
(c) may create distortions of competition which are not essential to achieving the objectives of the CAP pursued by the interbranch organisation activity;
(c) may create distortions of competition which are not essential to achieving the objectives of the CAP pursued by the interbranch organisation activity;
(d) entail the fixing of prices or the fixing of quotas;
(d) entail the fixing of prices;
(e) may create discrimination or eliminate competition in respect of a substantial proportion of the products in question.
(e) may create discrimination or eliminate competition in respect of a substantial proportion of the products in question.
5.  If, following expiry of the two-month period referred to in paragraph 2(b), the Commission finds that the conditions for applying paragraph 1 have not been met, it shall, by means of implementing acts, take a Decision declaring that Article 101(1) of the Treaty applies to the agreement, decision or concerted practice in question.
5.  If, following expiry of the two-month period referred to in paragraph 2(b), the Commission finds that the conditions for applying paragraph 1 have not been met, it shall, by means of implementing acts, take a Decision declaring that Article 101(1) of the Treaty applies to the agreement, decision or concerted practice in question.
That Commission Decision shall not apply earlier than the date of its notification to the interbranch organisation concerned, unless that interbranch organisation has given incorrect information or abused the exemption provided for in paragraph 1.

That Commission Decision shall not apply earlier than the date of its notification to the interbranch organisation concerned, unless that interbranch organisation has given incorrect information or abused the exemption provided for in paragraph 1.

6.  In the case of multiannual agreements, the notification for the first year shall be valid for the subsequent years of the agreement. However, in that event, the Commission may, on its own initiative or at the request of another Member State, issue a finding of incompatibility at any time.
6.  In the case of multiannual agreements, the notification for the first year shall be valid for the subsequent years of the agreement.
6a.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts, laying down measures necessary for the uniform application of this Article. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 306
Proposal for a regulation
Article 152 – paragraph 2
Member States may finance those payments by means of a levy on the sector concerned or by any other contribution from the private sector.

Member States may finance those payments from their national budget, by means of a levy on the sector concerned or by any other contribution from the private sector.

Amendment 307
Proposal for a regulation
Article 152 – paragraph 3
Member States may, in addition to Union aid provided for in Article 21, make national payments for financing accompanying measures necessary to make the Union scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetable, processed fruit and vegetable and banana products effective, as provided for in Article 21(2).

Member States may, in addition to Union aid provided for in Article 21, make national payments for financing accompanying measures necessary to make the Union scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetable, processed fruit and vegetable and banana products effective, as provided for in Article 21(2). The total amount of co-financing shall not exceed 100 % of the costs actually incurred.

Amendment 308
Proposal for a regulation
Article 153 a (new)
Article 153a

Promoting sales in the milk and milk products sector

A Member State may impose a promotional levy on its milk producers in respect of marketed quantities of milk or milk equivalent in order to finance the measures on promoting consumption in the Union, expanding the markets for milk and milk products and improving quality.

Amendment 309
Proposal for a regulation
Article 154
Article 154

Article 154

Measures against market disturbance

Measures against market disturbance

1.  Taking into account the need to react efficiently and effectively against threats of market disturbance caused by significant price rises or falls on internal or external markets or any other factors affecting the market, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to take the necessary measures for the sector concerned, respecting any obligations resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty.
1.  Taking into account the need to react efficiently and effectively against market disturbance caused by significant price rises or falls on internal or external markets or a substantial rise in production costs as set out in Article 7(2) or any other factors affecting the market, where that situation is likely to continue or to deteriorate, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to take the necessary measures for the sector concerned, respecting any obligations resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty provided that any other measures available under this Regulation appear insufficient.
Where in the cases of threats of market disturbances referred to in the first subparagraph, imperative grounds of urgency so require, the procedure provided for in Article 161 of this Regulation shall apply to delegated acts adopted pursuant to this paragraph.

Where in the cases of market disturbances referred to in the first subparagraph, imperative grounds of urgency so require, the procedure provided for in Article 161 of this Regulation shall apply to delegated acts adopted pursuant to this paragraph.

Such measures may to the extent and for the time necessary extend or modify the scope, duration or other aspects of other measures provided for under this Regulation, or suspend import duties in whole or in part including for certain quantities or periods as necessary.

Such measures may, to the extent and for the time necessary, extend or modify the scope, duration or other aspects of other measures provided for under this Regulation, or suspend import duties in whole or in part including for certain quantities or periods as necessary, or allocate funds in order to trigger the export refunds referred to in Chapter VI of Part III, or to provide specific support for producers so as to mitigate the effects of serious market disturbance.

2.  The measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall not apply to products listed in Section 2 of Part XXIV of Annex I.
2.  Without prejudice to Article 133(1), the measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall apply to all of the products listed in Annex I.
3.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary rules for the application of paragraph 1 of this Article. Those rules may, in particular, concern procedures and technical criteria. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
3.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary rules for the application of paragraph 1 of this Article. Those rules may, in particular, concern procedures and technical criteria. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 310
Proposal for a regulation
Article 155
Article 155

Article 155

Measures concerning animal diseases and loss of consumer confidence due to public, animal or plant health risks

Measures concerning pests, animal and plant diseases and loss of consumer confidence due to public, animal or plant health risks

1.  The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt exceptional support measures:
1.  The Commission may, by means of delegated acts, adopted in accordance with the urgency procedure referred to in Article 161, lay down exceptional support measures for the affected market:
(a) for the affected market in order to take account of restrictions on intra-Union and third-country trade which may result from the application of measures for combating the spread of diseases in animals, and
(a) in order to take account of restrictions on intra-Union and third-country trade which may result from the application of measures for combating the spread of pests and diseases in animals and plants, and
(b) in order to take account of serious market disturbances directly attributed to a loss in consumer confidence due to public, animal or plant health risks.
(b) in order to take account of serious market disturbances directly attributed to a loss in consumer confidence due to public, animal or plant health risks.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

2.  The measures provided for in paragraph 1 shall apply to the following sectors:
2.  The measures provided for in paragraph 1 shall apply to the following sectors:
(a) beef and veal;
(a) beef and veal;
(b) milk and milk products;
(b) milk and milk products;
(c) pigmeat;
(c) pigmeat;
(d) sheepmeat and goatmeat;
(d) sheepmeat and goatmeat;
(e) eggs;
(e) eggs;
(f) poultrymeat.
(f) poultrymeat.
The measures provided for in point (b) of paragraph 1 related to a loss in consumer confidence due to public or plant health risks shall also apply to all other agricultural products except those listed in Section 2 of Part XXIV of Annex I.

The measures provided for in point (b) of paragraph 1 related to a loss in consumer confidence due to public or plant health risks shall also apply to all other agricultural products.

2a.  The Commission may, by means of delegated acts adopted in accordance with the urgency procedure referred to in Article 161, extend the list of products referred to in paragraph 2.
3.  The measures provided for in paragraph 1 shall be taken at the request of the Member State concerned.
3.  The measures provided for in paragraph 1 shall be taken at the request of the Member State concerned.
4.  The measures provided for in point (a) of paragraph 1 may be taken only if the Member State concerned has taken health and veterinary measures quickly to stamp out the disease, and only to the extent and for the duration strictly necessary to support the market concerned.
4.  The measures provided for in point (a) of paragraph 1 may be taken only if the Member State concerned has taken relevant phytosanitary or health and veterinary measures quickly to stamp out pest or the disease, and only to the extent and for the duration strictly necessary to support the market concerned.
5.  The Union shall provide part-financing equivalent to 50 % of the expenditure borne by Member States for the measures provided for in paragraph 1.
5.  The Union shall provide part-financing equivalent to 50 % and 75%, respectively, of the expenditure borne by Member States for the measures provided for in points (a) and (b) of paragraph 1. These measures may include tax advantages or preferential loans granted to farmers to be financed under Regulation [on Rural Development].
However, with regard to the beef and veal, milk and milk products, pigmeat and sheepmeat and goatmeat sectors, the Union shall provide part-financing equivalent to 60 % of such expenditure when combating foot-and-mouth disease.

However, with regard to the beef and veal, milk and milk products, pigmeat and sheepmeat and goatmeat sectors, the Union shall provide part-financing equivalent to 60 % of such expenditure when combating foot-and-mouth disease.

6.  Member States shall ensure that, where producers contribute to the expenditure borne by Member States, this does not result in distortion of competition between producers in different Member States.
6.  Member States shall ensure that, where producers contribute to the expenditure borne by Member States, this does not result in distortion of competition between producers in different Member States.
Amendment 311
Proposal for a regulation
Article 156
Article 156

Article 156

Measures to resolve specific problems

Measures to resolve specific problems

1.  The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary and justifiable emergency measures to resolve specific problems. Those measures may derogate from the provisions of this Regulation only to an extent that is strictly necessary and for a period that is strictly necessary. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
1.  The Commission shall, by means of delegated acts, adopted in accordance with the urgency procedure referred to in Article 161, lay down necessary and justifiable emergency measures to resolve specific problems. Those measures may derogate from the provisions of this Regulation only to an extent that is strictly necessary and for a period that is strictly necessary.
2.  To resolve specific problems, on duly justified grounds of urgency, the Commission shall adopt immediately applicable implementing acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 162(3).
2.  To resolve specific problems, on duly justified grounds of extreme urgency, the Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 161.
Amendment 312
Proposal for a regulation
Article 156 a (new)
Article 156a

Measures to address severe imbalances in the market for milk and milk products

1.  From 1 April 2015, in the event of a severe imbalance in the market for milk and milk products, the Commission may adopt implementing acts to grant, for a period of at least three months which period may be extended, aid to milk producers who voluntarily cut their production by at least 5 % compared with the same period in the previous year. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2),
When granting such aid, the Commission shall also adopt implementing acts to impose, for a period of at least three months which may be extended, a levy on milk producers who increase their production by at least 5 % compared with the same period in the previous year. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2),

2.  When triggering the measure referred to in paragraph 1, the Commission shall take into account the developments of the production costs, particularly the costs of inputs.
3.  The supply of milk, free of charge, to charitable organisations, as defined in Article 29(3)(b) of COM (2012)0617 under the name ‘partner organisations’, may be deemed to be a cut in production under the conditions laid down by the Commission pursuant to paragraph 4.
4.  The products of undertakings that have implemented the system referred to in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1, shall be given priority when intervention measures, as referred to in Title I of Part II are taken on the market for milk and milk products.
5.  Taking into account the need to ensure that this scheme is operated in an effective and appropriate manner, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to establish:
(a) the criteria to be met in order to be eligible for aid;
(b) the specific conditions that will trigger implementation of this scheme;
(c) the terms under which free distribution of milk to charitable organisations, as referred to in paragraph 2, may be deemed to be a cut in production;
(d) the conditions governing the repayment of aid in the event of non-compliance with commitments to cut production, along with any interest due under the relevant rules in force.
6.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts, fixing the amount of the aid and the size of the levy referred to in paragraph 1.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 313
Proposal for a regulation
Article 156 a (new)
Article 156a

Operational programmes for mountain milk

In order to ensure the rational development of mountain and hill farming and thereby to ensure a fair standard of living for dairy farmers in mountain areas, as from 30 April 2014, in mountain and hill areas, recognised producer organisations, may submit operational programmes to improve the profit margins of these producers, taking into account the specific features of these areas. The Union financial assistance shall be limited to 4,1 % of the value of the marketed production of each producer organisation. However, that percentage may be increased to 4,6 % of the value of the marketed production provided that the amount in excess of 4,1 % of the value of the marketed production is used solely for crisis prevention and management measures.

Amendment 314
Proposal for a regulation
Article 156 b (new)
Article 156b

Measures against market disturbance in the fruit and vegetables sector

1.  Given the specific and perishable nature of fruit and vegetables, a mechanism shall be established to respond to serious market disturbances; these may be caused by significant falls in internal market prices resulting from health concerns and other causes that lead to sudden drops in demand.
2.  This mechanism shall be exclusive to the product or products in question, of limited application in time, revisable, automatically activated and accessible to all producers in the sector.
3.  It shall include the measures listed in points (g), (h) and (d) of Article 31(2) of this Regulation, but they shall be independent of the management of the operational funds used by recognised fruit and vegetables producer organisations.
4.  The Union shall finance 100 % of the expenditure for the measures provided for in this Article.
5.  Serious crisis management operations shall be governed by the mechanisms established for crisis management measures under the framework of the operational programmes. Those affected who are not members of a producer organisation shall conclude agreements for the purpose of coordinating crisis management operations, and agree on a certain percentage to be set aside to cover management costs.
6.  The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 in order to apply the measures provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Article.
7.  At the request of Member States, the Commission mayadopt implementing acts, providing for exceptional measures to combat market distruption in the fruit and vegetables sector. The Commission shall ensure that the public is informed when such measures are introduced and is made aware of the products, areas and amount of support in question. In the case of free distribution, the amount of support shall be adjusted. The end of the crisis period shall also be determined, by means of an implementing act, once the case of serious market disturbance has ended. The implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
Amendment 315
Proposal for a regulation
Part V – Chapter I – Section 3 a (new)
SECTION 3A

AGREEMENTS, DECISIONS AND CONCERTED PRACTICES DURING PERIODS OF SEVERE IMBALANCE IN MARKETS

Amendment 316
Proposal for a regulation
Article 156 c (new)
Article 156c

Application of Article 101(1) of the Treaty

1.  During periods of severe imbalance in markets, the Commission may adopt implementing acts to the effect that Article 101(1) of the Treaty shall not apply under any circumstances to agreements, decisions and concerted practices involving recognised producer organisations, associations thereof and recognised interbranch organisations in any of the sectors referred to in Article 1(2) of this Regulation, provided that such agreements, decisions or concerted practices seek to stabilise the sector concerned by introducing price fixing and production control measures. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
This paragraph shall also apply to agreements, decisions and concerted practices between organisations.

2.  Paragraph 1 shall apply only if the Commission has already adopted one of the measures referred to in this chapter or it has authorised public intervention or aid for private storage as referred to in Chapter I of Title I of Part II, and if the agreements, decisions and concerted practices referred to in paragraph 1 are considered by the Member State(s) concerned to be justified in the light of the imbalance in the market.
3.  The agreements, decisions and concerted practices referred to in paragraph 1 shall only be valid for a period of up to six months. However, the the Commission may adopt implementing acts, authorising such agreements, decision and concerted practices for a further period of up to six-months. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2),
Amendment 317
Proposal for a regulation
Article 157 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1
1.  For the purposes of applying this Regulation, monitoring, analysing and managing the market in agricultural products, ensuring market transparency, the proper functioning of CAP measures, of checking, controlling, monitoring, evaluating and auditing CAP measures, implementing international agreements, including notification requirements under those agreements, the Commission may in accordance with the procedure referred to in paragraph 2 adopt the necessary measures regarding communications to be made by undertakings, Member States and/or third countries. In so doing it shall take into account the data needs and synergies between potential data sources.
1.  For the purposes of applying this Regulation, monitoring, analysing and managing the market in agricultural products, ensuring market transparency, the proper functioning of CAP measures, of checking, controlling, monitoring, evaluating and auditing CAP measures, implementing international agreements, including notification requirements under those agreements, the Commission may in accordance with the procedure referred to in paragraph 2 adopt the necessary measures regarding communications to be made by undertakings, Member States and/or third countries. In so doing it shall take into account the data needs and synergies between potential data sources and shall ensure compliance with the principle according to which personal data must not be further processed in a way incompatible with the original purpose of their collection.
Amendment 318
Proposal for a regulation
Article 157 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2
The information obtained may be transmitted or made available to international organisations, the competent authorities of third countries and may be made public, subject to the protection of personal data and the legitimate interest of undertakings in the protection of their business secrets, including prices.

The information obtained may be transmitted or made available to international organisations, the competent authorities of third countries and may be made public, subject to the protection of personal data and the legitimate interest of undertakings in the protection of their business secrets, including prices. In particular, the transmission of personal data to international organisations or to the competent authorities of third countries must comply with the provisions of Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Articles 25 and 26 of Directive 95/46/EC, and such data may be transmitted only for the purpose of implementing international agreements.

Amendment 319
Proposal for a regulation
Article 157 – paragraph 2 – point d a (new)
(da) in respect of personal data, the types of data to be processed, the access rights to such data, the minimum and maximum retention periods and the purpose of processing, in particular in the event of the publication of such data and their transfer to third countries.
Amendment 320
Proposal for a regulation
Article 157 a (new)
Article 157a

Compulsory declarations in the milk and milk products sector

From 1 April 2015, the first purchasers of raw milk shall declare to the competent national authority the quantity of raw milk that has been delivered to them each month.

For the purpose of this Article and of Article 104a, a ‘first purchaser’ means an undertaking or group which buys milk from producers in order to:

(a) subject it to collecting, packing, storing, chilling or processing, including under a contract;
(b) sell it to one or more undertakings treating or processing milk or other milk products.
Member States shall notify the Commission of the quantity of raw milk referred to in the first subparagraph.

The Commission may adopt implementing acts laying down rules on the content, format and timing of such declarations and measures relating to the notifications to be made by the Member States in accordance with this Article. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 321
Proposal for a regulation
Article 157 b (new)
Article 157b

Compulsory declarations in the wine sector

1.  Producers of grapes for wine making and producers of must and wine shall declare to the competent national authorities each year the quantities produced from the last harvest.
2.  Member States may require merchants of grapes for wine making to declare each year the quantities marketed from the last harvest.
3.  Producers of must and wine, and merchants other than retailers, shall declare to the competent national authorities each year their stocks of must and wine, whether from the harvest of the current year or from the harvest of preceding years. Must and wine imported from third countries shall be stated separately.
4.  In order to ensure that the producers and merchants referred to in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 respect their obligations, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts, in accordance with Article 160, laying down rules:
(a) on the content of compulsory declarations and exemptions;
(b) on the content of the declarations referred to in point (a) and the conditions for submission, as well as exemptions from the obligation to submit the declarations;
(c) on penalties to be applied where declarations are not submitted to Member States within due time.
5.  The Commission may adopt implementing acts:
(a) laying down conditions in relation to the model forms to be used for the compulsory declarations;
(b) laying down rules on conversion coefficients for products other than wine;
(c) specify the deadlines for submission of compulsory declarations;
(d) lay down rules on inspections and reporting by Member States to the Commission.
Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 322
Proposal for a regulation
Article 158
Article 158

Article 158

Reporting obligation of the Commission

Reporting obligation of the Commission

The Commission shall present a report to the European Parliament and to the Council:

The Commission shall present a report to the European Parliament and to the Council:

(a) every three years after 2013 on the implementation of the measures concerning the apiculture sector as set out in Articles 52 to 54;
(a) every three years after the entry into force of this Regulation:
(i) on the implementation of the measures concerning the apiculture sector as set out in Articles 52 to 54;
(ii) on the application of competition rules to the farming and agrifood sector in all the Member States, with particular attention being paid to the application of the exemptions referred to in Articles 144 and 145 and potential disparities in the interpretation and implementation of both national and European competition rules, together with any appropriate proposals;
(iii) on the steps taken to protect designations of origin and geographical indications against misuse in third countries;
(b) by 30 June 2014 and also by 31 December 2018 on the development of the market situation in the milk and milk products sector and in particular on the operation of Articles 104 to 107 and 145 in that sector covering, in particular, potential incentives to encourage farmers to enter into joint production agreements together with any appropriate proposals.
(b) by 30 June 2014 and also by 31 December 2018 on the development of the market situation in the milk and milk products sector and in particular on the operation of Articles 104a, 105a, 105b and 157a in that sector, assessing, in particular, the effects on milk producers and milk production in disadvantaged regions in connection with the general objective of maintaining production in such regions, and covering, potential incentives to encourage farmers to enter into joint production agreements together with any appropriate proposals;
(ba) by 31 December 2014:
(i) on the feasibility of introducing specific marketing rules for pigmeat, sheepmeat and goatmeat, outlining the relevant provisions which the Commission proposes to adopt by means of delegated acts;
(ii) on the introduction of simplified marketing standards tailored to the local animal breeds and plant varieties used and produced by small-scale producers, together with any appropriate proposals for addressing the difficulties experienced by those producers in complying with Union marketing standards;
(iii) on the competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture and agrifood sector, followed by a second report by 31 December 2019;
(iv) on the development of the market situation and the functioning of the supply chain in the sugar sector, followed by a report by 1 July 2018 on the development of the market situation in the sugar sector, paying particular attention to the appropriate means of discontinuing the current quota system and on the sector’s future after 2020, paying particular attention to the need to ensure a fair contractual system and a sugar price declaration system, together with any appropriate proposals.
(v) on a simplified scheme for optional reserved terms in the beef and veal sector, paying particular attention to the current framework for voluntary labelling, as well as the appropriate terms relating to breeding, production and feed that can add value in the beef and veal sector, together with any appropriate proposals;
(ba) no later than four years after the entry into force of this Regulation, on the operation and effectiveness of agricultural market management tools, their fitness for purpose in the new international context, with particular attention being paid to their consistency with the objectives laid down in Article 39 of the Treaty, together with any appropriate proposals;
Amendment 323
Proposal for a regulation
Article 159
Article 159

Article 159

Use of the Reserve

Use of the Reserve

Funds transferred from the Reserve for crises in the agricultural sector under the conditions and procedure referred to in paragraph 14 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management shall be made available for the measures to which this Regulation applies for the year or years for which the additional support is required and which are implemented in circumstances that go beyond normal market developments.

Funds transferred from the Reserve for crises in the agricultural sector under the conditions and procedure referred to in paragraph 14 of the Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management shall be made available for the measures to which this Regulation applies for the year or years for which the additional support is required and which are implemented in circumstances that go beyond normal market developments.

In particular, funds shall be transferred for any expenditure under:

In particular, funds shall be transferred for any expenditure under:

(a)  Chapter I of Title I of Part II,
(a)  Chapter I of Title I of Part II,
(b)  Chapter VI of Part III, and
(b)  Chapter VI of Part III, and
(c)  Chapter I of this Part.
(c)  Chapter I of this Part.
The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, and by way of derogation from the second paragraph of this Article, decide that transfers of funds shall not be made for certain expenditure referred to in point (b) of that paragraph if such expenditure is part of normal market management. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).

Amendment 324
Proposal for a regulation
Article 160 – paragraph 2
2.  The delegations of power referred to in this Regulation shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from the entry into force of this Regulation.
2.  The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in this Regulation shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from the entry into force of this Regulation. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegated power no 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.
Amendment 325
Proposal for a regulation
Article 163
Article 163

Article 163

Repeals

Repeals

1.  Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 is repealed.
1.  Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 is repealed.
However, the following provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 [Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] shall continue to apply:

However, the following provisions of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 shall continue to apply:

(a) as regards the sugar sector, Title I of Part II, Article 142, the first subparagraph of Article 153(1), Article 153(2) and (3), Article 156, Part II of Annex III and Annex VI [Title I of Part II, Articles 248, 260 to 262 and Part II of Annex III of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] until the end of the 2014/2015 marketing year for sugar on 30 September 2015;
(b) the provisions related to the system of milk production limitation set out in Chapter III of Title I of Part II and Annexes IX and X [Chapter III of Title I of Part II and Annexes VIII and IX of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799], until 31 March 2015;
(b) the provisions related to the system of milk production limitation set out in Chapter III of Title I of Part II and Annexes IX and X, until 31 March 2015;
(c) as regards the wine sector:
(c) as regards the wine sector:
(i)  Articles 85a to 85e [Articles 82 to 87 of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] as regards areas referred to in Article 85a(2) [Article 82(2) of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] which have not yet been grubbed up and as regards areas referred to in Article 85b(1) [Article 83(1) of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] which have not been regularised until such areas are grubbed up or regularised,
(i)  Articles 85a to 85e as regards areas referred to in Article 85a(2) which have not yet been grubbed up and as regards areas referred to in Article 85b(1) which have not been regularised until such areas are grubbed up or regularised,
(ii) the transitional planting right regime set out in Subsection II of Section IVa of Chapter III of Title I of Part II [Subsection II of Section V of Chapter III of Title I of Part II of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] until 31 December 2015, or, to the extent necessary in order to give effect to any decision taken by Member States under Article 85g(5) [Article 89(5) of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799], until 31 December 2018,
(iii)  Article 118m(5) and Article 118s(5);
(iii)  Article 118m(5) and Article 118s(5);
(d)  Article 182(7) [Article 291(2) of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799], until 31 March 2014;
(d)  Article 182(7), until 31 March 2014;
(e) the first and second subparagraphs of Article 182(3) [Article 293 of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] until the end of the 2013/2014 marketing year for sugar;
(e) the first and second subparagraphs of Article 182(3) until the end of the 2013/2014 marketing year for sugar;
(f)  Article 182(4) [Article 294 of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] until 31 December 2017.[;]
(f)  Article 182(4) until 31 December 2017.
(g)  Article 326 of Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799.
2.  References to Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 [Regulation (EU) No COM(2010)799] shall be construed as references to this Regulation and to Regulation (EU) No […] [on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy] and be read in accordance with the correlation tables set out in Annex VIII to this Regulation.
2.  References to Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 shall be construed as references to this Regulation and to Regulation (EU) No […] [on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy] and be read in accordance with the correlation tables set out in Annex VIII to this Regulation.
3.  Council Regulations (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1601/96 and (EC) No 1037/2001 are repealed.‘
3.  Council Regulations (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1601/96 and (EC) No 1037/