Article 65 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules requires the Commission to submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council to review the experience gained from the application of the Regulation itself.
The report is to consider, among other things, the issue of inspection fees or charges (Articles from 26 to 29 of the Regulation).
Inspection fees or charges imposed on feed and food business operators are among the tools that Member States can use to make adequate financial resources available for organising official controls.
In order to be able to provide a complete overview of the situation, the Commission asked an external contractor to carry out a study which started at the beginning of 2008 with the following objectives:
- describe the inspection fees systems as implemented in the 27 Member States;
- consider possible changes/improvements to current EU provisions.
The results of the external study
were made available to DG SANCO in February 2009 (Full version available in English only).
The study highlights the difficulties encountered by the Member States in the implementation of the rules on the financing of official controls and suggests a series of possible options for addressing these difficulties.
On this basis, the Commission report was adopted on 8/7/09 (COM/334/2009/final) where, on inspection fees and charges, it concludes that the results of the study call for a review of the current system.
Following a consultation with Member States and other stakeholders in 2010 the Commission has presented on 6 May 2013 a legislative proposal to review the current system of inspection fees.
Official Controls Expert Group
The Official controls expert group aims to ensure informed dialogue between Member States' competent authorities and the Commission. It covers issues related with implementation and enforcement of food chain legislation and, in particular, of official controls along the food chain as provided by Regulation (EC) N° 882/2004.
The group meetings provide a platform to:
- exchange views;
- clarify Commission’s positions;
- provide advice and guidance;
- identify areas in which action is needed to ensure proper and coherent enforcement of EU legislation across EU Member States.
The expert group is composed of national experts. Meetings of this group started in 2010.
Agendas and documents 2013-2014: