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Faroe Islands, Ceuta and Melilla.

Faroe Islands (FO)

a) General introduction

The Agreement between the EC and the Government of Denmark and the Home Government of the FO entered into force on 1 January 1997 .

b) Legal framework

Preferential rules of origin are set out in Protocol 3 to the Agreement (OJ L 53, 22.02.1997) and have been amended once to introduce an Article on Accounting Segregation (OJ L 104, 10.04.2002).

c) Specific provisions

NOTICE: These specific provisions only contain information on cases where the rules of the particular arrangement differ from the common provisions, or where these common provisions need to be complemented. Therefore, always check the common provisions too.

Cumulation

Protocol 3 to the Agreement provides for bilateral cumulation of origin between the EC and the FO.

Minimal operations

Minimal operations are listed on Article 6 of Protocol 4.

General tolerance rule

The general tolerance rule is set out in Article 5 and it is limited to 10% of the ex-works price of the product.

Proof of origin

Proofs of origin used are either a movement certificate EUR. 1 or an 'invoice declaration'. The period of validity is four months.

Ceuta & Melilla

a) General introduction

Ceuta and Melilla are not included in the EU Customs territory. However, through Protocol 2 of the Act of Accession of Spain to the EC, the two cities benefit from an autonomous preferential agreement with the EC allowing products originating in Ceuta and Melilla to benefiting from most of the cumulation systems signed by the EC with third countries.

b) Legal framework

Protocol 2 of the Act of accession of Spain to the EC regulates the legal status of both cities for their relations with the EC.

Preferential rules of origin for Ceuta and Melilla are set out in Council Regulation (EC) No. 82/2001 of 5 December 2000 (OJ L 20, 20.01.2001).

OJ C 108, 04.05.2003 contains a list of countries Ceuta and Melilla are entitled to cumulate with when they certify " Ceuta and Melilla " preferential origin for goods to be exported to the EC.

c) Specific provisions

NOTICE: These specific provisions only contain information on cases where the rules of the particular arrangement differ from the common provisions, or where these common provisions need to be complemented. Therefore, always check the common provisions too.

Cumulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 82/2001 provides for an extension of all cumulation systems between the EC and other countries that include a provision on Ceuta and Melilla to this effect. A key point is that only one cumulation system can be used for each product: e.g. a product obtained in Melilla incorporating materials from Switzerland and Mexico can benefit either from the pan-European cumulation between the EC and Switzerland or from the bilateral cumulation between the EC and Mexico.

Minimal operations

Minimal operations are listed on Article 7 of Regulation No 82/2001.

General tolerance rule

The general tolerance rule is set out in Article 6 of the Regulation and it is limited to 10% of the ex-works price of the product.

Proof of origin

Proofs of origin used are either a movement certificate EUR. 1 or an 'invoice declaration'. The period of validity is four months.