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    CAMPAÑA DE PUBLICIDAD 2021

Public Storage

PUBLIC INTERVENTION

Public intervention is a markets regulation mechanism that involves the purchase of agricultural products by an intervention agency when there is significant disruption in the market. These products are stored until prices stabilise and are then sold, thus circumventing the disruption in the market and guaranteeing equal access to goods and the equal treatment of purchasers.

Although for many years this instrument has been the main agricultural products market regulation instrument in the EU, it is a measure that is currently applied as a safety net in very limited circumstances in which there are major market crises.

 

INTERVENTIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

Information Note: The details shown in the following tables correspond to the provisions of the regulation, which may be amended by the European Commission in response to market conditions. To find out more about the current condition, we recommend that you consult the links for the different products.

 

Products subject to intervention Trading period Public intervention period Fixed-price purchase threshold across the EU

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Common wheat

From 1 July to 30 June From 1 November to 31 May 3,000,000 t

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Durum wheat, barley and maize

From 1 July to 30 June From 1 November to 31 May 0 t

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Paddy rice

From 1 September to 31 August From 1 April to 31 July 0 t

 

Products subject to intervention

Trading period Public intervention period Fixed-price purchase threshold across the EU

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Fresh or chilled beef and veal

--- Throughout the campaign (opened by the Commission) 0 t

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Butter

From 1 July to 30 June From 1 March to 30 September 50,000 t

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Skimmed milk powder

From 1 July to 30 June From 1 March to 30 September 109,000 t

 

HISTORICAL DATA ON PRODUCTS WHERE INTERVENTION IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE

PURCHASE MECHANISMS

Any established economic agent registered for the purposes of VAT in the EU can submit a bid or tender in the framework of a public intervention scheme.

In addition to this requirement, in the case of intervention purchases involving beef and veal, only the following economic agents may submit bids:

  • Slaughterhouses for bovine animals authorised under Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004.
  • Livestock traders or dealers requesting the slaughter is carried out at these slaughterhouses on their behalf.

The purchase mechanism may be fixed price or sent out for tender, depending on the type of product. When the amounts established for fixed-price purchases are exceeded, tender processes shall be launched as part of a specific Commission Regulation that shall establish the conditions of the tender process.

In both cases, the bidder or tenderer shall deposit a guarantee accrediting the integrity of its bid or tender and ensure that the measure has the desired effect on the market.

STORAGE

The intervention storage location shall be appropriate to the storage and maintenance of the products purchased in appropriate condition, including the storage temperature, and satisfy the requirements indicated in Article 7 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1238.

SALES

The dispatch of intervention products to the market shall be undertaken in such a way that it does not compromise the balance of the market, ensuring equal access to all operators. This process may involve:

  • Tendering announcements being made, authorised by the Commission with information on the products and locations at which they are stored.
  • And/or free distribution, as part of a Food Subsidy Plan for the most disadvantaged.

ONLINE PROCESSING OF INTERVENTION BIDS

The following link provides operators with access to the application that will allow them to submit bids or tenders for the different public intervention products online, in addition to consulting useful information.

REGULATIONS FOR THE PUBLIC INTERVENTION SCHEME

OTHER MARKET REGULATION MEASURES

SUGAR

When there is disruption in specific markets, in particular increases in the price of products that make it difficult for the consumer to acquire these products at a reasonable price, special measures must be established.

In the sugar sector, these measures take the form of external market measures, for example, through tenders for importing sugar at reduced customs duty, and also measures that affect the domestic market, with the option of selling non-quota sugar and isoglucose in the EU market.

These measures have already been repealed, but the historical records can be consulted below:

MAIZE AND SORGHUM

Each year, an EU Regulation establishes a tariff quota for importing maize and sorghum into Spain and maize into Portugal.

In Spain, these import quotas for third countries will be for a maximum amount of 2 million tonnes of maize and 300,000 tonnes of sorghum to be released for free circulation in Spain.

Until 2020, the legislative framework for this measure was Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1296/2008, of 18 December 2008, Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1296/2008 of 18 December 2008, laying down detailed rules for the application of tariff quotas for imports of maize and sorghum into Spain and maize into Portugal.

Based on this Regulation, the European Commission can decide to apply a reduction in the fixed customs duty for these products, the value of which is decided by means of a tender with a view to preventing imports into Spain causing disruption in the market, whilst guaranteeing that the amounts subject to the quota are actually imported.

The historical record can be consulted below.

However, since 2021, the above-mentioned regulation was repealed by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/760 of 17 December 2019, completing Regulation (EU) No. 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the rules for the administration of import and export tariff quotas subject to licenses, and completes Regulation (EU) No. 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council as regards the lodging of securities in the administration of tariff quotas.

Said regulation eliminates the possibility of opening tenders for a reduction in the import duty rates established for these products.

CROP REPORT AND STOCK DECLARATIONS FOR RICE

With a view to ensuring compliance with the provisions of point 1 of Annex III of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1185, of 20 April 2017, laying down rules for the application of Regulations (EU) No. 1307/2013 and (EU) No. 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards notifications to the Commission of information and documents and amending and repealing several Commission Regulations, through these declarations, until 2020, FEGA provided the Commission with information on the availability of rice at the start of the campaign (1 September) to improve the way in which this product is managed on the market.

Currently, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is reponsible for said communications.

Latest data reported by FEGA:

Modification date: 19/11/2021

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