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Welsh Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 675 (W.72)

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Structures (Grants) (Wales) Regulations 2002

(The document as of February, 2008. Arhiv.Online Library)

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STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS


2002 No. 675 (W.72)


SEA FISHERIES, WALES


SEA FISH INDUSTRY

FISH FARMING, WALES


The Fisheries and Aquaculture Structures (Grants) (Wales) Regulations 2002

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 Made12th March 2002 
 Coming into force13th March 2002 


INDEX

Regulation
1.Title, commencement and application
2.Interpretation
3.Financial Assistance
4.Applications
5.Approval of applications
6.Eligibility and claims for payment of financial assistance
7.Method of payment of financial assistance
8.Undertakings
9.Information
10.Records
11.Exercise of functions by the Sea Fish Industry Authority.
12.Assistance to authorised officers
13.Powers of authorised officers
14.Protection of officers
15.Reduction, withholding and recovery of financial assistance
16.Recovery of Interest
17.Offences and penalties
18.Prosecutions

The National Assembly for Wales being designated[1] for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972[2] in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Community, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the said section 2(2) and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Title, commencement and application
    1. - (1) These Regulations are called as the Fisheries and Aquaculture Structures (Grants) (Wales) Regulations 2002 and shall come into force on 13th March 2002.

    (2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales only.

Interpretation
    2. - (1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires - 

    "amend" ("diwygio") includes revoke;

    "application" ("cais") means an application as described in regulation 3(1) and "applicant" ("ceisydd") shall be construed accordingly;

    "approval" ("cymeradwyaeth") means an approval granted under regulation 5 and includes the terms and conditions to which it is subject (including any such conditions that have been amended or added) and "approve" ("cymeradwyo") and "approved" ("a gymeradwywyd") shall be construed accordingly;

    "approved operation" ("gweithrediad a gymeradwywyd") means an operation which the National Assembly has approved under regulation 5;

    "authorised officer"("swyddog awdurdodedig") means a person authorised in writing to be an officer - 

    (a) for the purposes of these Regulations, by the National Assembly, or

    (b) for the purposes of exercising any functions required by the National Assembly under regulation 11 below to be exercised by it, the Authority;

and includes any duly appointed official of the Commission who accompanies such an authorised officer;

    "the Authority"("yr Awdurdod") means the Sea Fish Industry Authority;

    "beneficiaries" ("buddiolwyr") means applicants whose applications have been approved and a "beneficiary" ("buddiolwr") shall be construed accordingly;

    "the Commission" ("y Comisiwn") means the Commission of the European Communities;

    "Community aid" ("cymorth Cymunedol") means aid towards eligible expenditure available from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance and payable in accordance with the Community legislation;

    "Community fishing vessel"("cwch bysgota Gymunedol") has the meaning given to it in article 3 of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3760/92[3] establishing a Community system for fisheries and aquaculture;

    "the Community legislation"("y ddeddfwriaeth Gymunedol") means - 

    (a) Council Regulation 1260/1999[4];

    (b) Council Regulation (EC) No. 1263/1999 on the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance[5];

    (c) Council Regulation 2792/1999[6];

    (d) Commission Decision (EC) No. 1999/501[7] of 1st July 1999 fixing an indicative allocation by Member States of the commitment appropriations for Objective 1 of the Structural Funds for the period 2000 to 2006;

    (e) Commission Decision (EC) No. 1999/502[8] of 1st July 1999 drawing up the list of regions covered by Objective 1 of the Structural Funds for the period 2000 to 2006;

    (f) Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1685/2000[9] laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) 1260/1999 as regards eligibility of expenditure of operations co-financed by the structural funds;

    (g) Commission Decision No. C(2000) 2046 of 24 July 2000 approving the Single Programming Document for Community structural assistance under Objective 1 in Wales;

    (h) Commission Decision No. C (2000) 4298 of 27th December 2000 approving the Single Programming Document for Community structural assistance in the fisheries sector in the United Kingdom in areas outside Objective 1;

    (i) Commission Regulation (EC) No. 438/2001 of 2nd March 2001 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1260/1999 as regards the management and control systems for assistance granted under the Structural Funds [10]; and

    (j) Commission Regulation (EC) No. 448/2001 of 2nd March 2001 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1260/1999 as regards the procedure for making financial corrections to assistance granted under the Structural Funds [11].

    "Council Regulation 1260/1999" ("Rheoliad y Cyngor 1260/1999") means Council Regulation (EC) No. 1260/1999 laying down general provisions on the structural funds;

    "Council Regulation 2792/1999" ("Rheoliad y Cyngor 2792/1999") means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2792/1999 laying down the detailed rules and arrangements regarding Community structural assistance in the fisheries sector;

    "eligible expenditure" ("gwariant cymwys") means expenditure which is incurred or to be incurred in connection with an approved operation and which the National Assembly has approved for the purpose of receiving financial assistance under regulation 5;

    "financial assistance" ("cymorth ariannol") means any amount by way of grant or Community aid;

    "grant" ("grant") means a grant towards eligible expenditure payable under these Regulations in addition to any Community aid;

    "LIBOR" ("LIBOR") in relation to any particular day of the month, means the rate of interest per centum notified by the Bank of England to the National Assembly on the first working day of that month, rounded if necessary to two decimal points;

    "the National Assembly" ("y Cynulliad Cenedlaethol") means the National Assembly for Wales;

    "relevant conditions" ("amodau perthnasol") means any conditions relating to the approval of an application or the making of a payment of any financial assistance which have been notified to a beneficiary under regulations 5(3)(b) or 7 below;

    "relevant documents" ("dogfennau perthnasol") means any invoice, account, drawing, plan, technical specification or other document relating to the approved operation;

    "relevant equipment" ("offer perthnasol") means any plant, machinery or other equipment for which financial assistance has been claimed or paid;

    "relevant operation" ("gweithrediad perthnasol") means an investment, project or action which is eligible for Community aid; and

    "works" ("gweithfeydd") means any construction, harbour or other building works, whether completed or not, for which financial assistance has been claimed or paid.

    (2) Other expressions used in these Regulations have, insofar as the context admits, the same meanings as in the Community legislation.

    (3) Any reference in these Regulations to a numbered regulation shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as a reference to the regulation bearing that number in these Regulations.

    (4) Any reference in these Regulations to the doing of anything which under any regulation is required to be or may be done or evidenced in writing or otherwise using a document, notice or instrument shall, in circumstances where it is appropriate, be regarded as including by electronic means where arrangements have been made by the National Assembly to enable or provide for electronic means to be used.

Financial Assistance
    3. - (1) Subject to the provisions of Community legislation and these Regulations, the National Assembly may pay Community aid and, if it so determines, a grant to any person - 

    (a) who has, for the purpose of obtaining financial assistance, made an application in accordance with regulation 4, for approval - 

      (i) of a relevant operation; and

      (ii) of expenditure incurred or to be incurred in connection with that operation; and

    (b) whose application it has so approved.

    (2) In determining under paragraph (1) - 

    (a) whether to pay a grant in addition to Community aid; and

    (b) the amount of any such grant it has determined to make,

the National Assembly shall have regard to the requirements of the Community legislation and, in particular the limits on total State financial participation as set out in Annex IV to Council Regulation 2792/1999.

Applications
    4. - (1) Applications shall be made in such form and manner and at such time, shall include such information and shall be delivered at such address as the National Assembly may from time to time require.

    (2) Without prejudice to paragraph (1), the National Assembly may from time to time specify categories of relevant operation in respect of which applications may be made over any period of time that it specifies.

    (3) Applicants shall furnish all such further information and documents relating to the application as the National Assembly may require.

Approval of applications
    5. - (1) Subject to the Community legislation the National Assembly may - 

    (a) refuse to approve an application for the purpose of the receipt of financial assistance; or

    (b) approve it in whole or in part and either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as it may determine.

    (2) The National Assembly may, with the applicant's consent, from time to time vary an approval by amending any conditions to which it has been made subject or by adding conditions.

    (3) The National Assembly shall - 

    (a) notify applicants in writing of the result of their applications;

    (b) notify beneficiaries of any conditions to which an approval has been made subject or which have been varied pursuant to this regulation.

    (4) When the National Assembly notifies an applicant that it has refused to approve an application or a beneficiary that it has granted an approval subject to conditions or has varied the terms of an existing approval, it shall give such applicant or beneficiary - 

    (a) written reasons for its decision; and

    (b) an opportunity to make representations in relation thereto within such time as the National Assembly considers reasonable and has notified to the applicant or beneficiary.

    (5) Where the National Assembly has received any representations in accordance with paragraph (4) it shall consider them and may confirm its decision or substitute a different decision.

    (6) The National Assembly shall notify the applicant or beneficiary in writing of any decision confirmed or substituted under paragraph (5).

Eligibility and claims for payment of financial assistance
    6. - (1) Subject to paragraph (2) below and to regulation 15, a beneficiary shall be eligible for payment of financial assistance.

    (2) No financial assistance shall be paid in respect of an approved application unless the National Assembly has been supplied with - 

    (a) satisfactory evidence that the amount of expenditure for which financial assistance is claimed has been incurred including details of any discount received by the applicant; and

    (b) satisfactory evidence that the approved operation, or the part of the operation to which the payment relates, has been properly carried out.

Method of payment of financial assistance
    7.Payments by way of financial assistance may be made - 

    (a) at such time, or by such instalments at such intervals or times; and

    (b) subject to such conditions,

as the National Assembly may reasonably determine and any conditions in relation to any payment shall be notified to the beneficiary in writing.

Undertakings
    8.A beneficiary may be required by the National Assembly to give such undertakings as the National Assembly considers appropriate to the case.

Information
    9. - (1) A beneficiary shall supply the National Assembly with such information about an approved operation as the National Assembly may from time to time reasonably require.

    (2) When the National Assembly requires such information, the beneficiary shall supply it with it within such period as the National Assembly may reasonably determine.

    (3) When the National Assembly receives such information, it may share it with the Sea Fish Industry Authority in the circumstances referred to in Regulation 11 below.

Records
    10. - (1) A beneficiary shall - 

    (a) keep a record of all expenditure incurred in connection with an approved operation; and

    (b) during the carrying out of the approved operation, on completion of the approved operation and thereafter for the duration of the control period retain such record together with any relevant documents, except to the extent that an authorised officer has required the production of, or has removed, any of them under regulation 13(5) below.

    (2) For the purposes of this regulation the "control period" means in relation to an approved operation:

    (a) a period of six years commencing with the last payment of financial assistance in respect of that operation; or

    (b) that six year period plus any further period that has been notified by the National Assembly to the recipient of financial assistance at any time before the expiry of that initial six year period,

but in determining in either case the date on which the control period shall come to an end no account shall be taken of any time between the commencement and final determination or settlement of any proceedings brought under regulation 15 for the recovery of any financial assistance paid in respect of that approved operation.

Exercise of functions by the Sea Fish Industry Authority
    11. - (1) Without prejudice to section 2(5) of the Fisheries Act 1981[12] or to its ability to exercise any functions under these Regulations itself, the National Assembly may, from time to time, require the Authority to exercise any of its functions under these Regulations either generally or in relation to financial assistance in connection with particular categories of relevant operation and may from time to time issue directions as to the manner in which such functions may be exercised.

    (2) Any functions of the National Assembly under these Regulations which the Authority has been required to exercise pursuant to paragraph 1 shall be discharged by members of the Authority appointed under section 1(3) of the Fisheries Act 1981 to the exclusion of the other members.

    (3) The Authority shall keep such accounts with respect to any payments made by or to it pursuant to its exercise of functions under these Regulations as the National Assembly may direct and shall prepare in respect of each financial year a statement of the accounts in such form and giving such information as may be directed.

    (4) The accounts for each financial year shall, in accordance with a scheme of audit approved by the National Assembly, be audited by the persons appointed in respect of that year to audit the other accounts of the Authority and the auditors shall be furnished by the Authority with copies of the statements of accounts.

    (5) The auditors shall complete the audit of the accounts and shall send to the National Assembly copies of the statement of accounts and of their report on the accounts and the statement as soon as possible after the end of the financial year to which they relate and in any event not later than 30th September following the end of that year.

    (6) The National Assembly and the Controller and Auditor General shall be entitled to inspect all books, papers and other records of the Authority relating to, or to matters dealt with, in the accounts required to be kept pursuant to this regulation.

Assistance to authorised officers
    12.Any beneficiary or any employee, servant or agent of any beneficiary shall give to an authorised officer such assistance as that officer may reasonably request to exercise any power conferred upon him by regulation 13.

Powers of authorised officers
    13. - (1) An authorised officer may at all reasonable hours and on producing, if required to do so, some duly authenticated document showing his authority, exercise the powers specified in this regulation for the purposes of - 

    (a) verifying the accuracy of any information or evidence contained in or included with an application or supplied pursuant to regulation 6 or 9;

    (b) ascertaining whether and to what extent any expenditure in respect of which financial assistance is claimed should be approved;

    (c) ascertaining whether and to what extent any undertakings given by a beneficiary under regulation 8 and any relevant conditions have been complied with;

    (d) ascertaining whether and to what extent any amount of financial assistance is payable, or should be reduced, withheld or recovered under regulation 15 below;

    (e) ascertaining whether an offence under regulation 17 has been or is being committed; or

    (f) otherwise ascertaining, pursuant to Article 38 of Regulation 1260/1999, whether Community aid is being efficiently and correctly used, and such powers shall be exercisable for those purposes on a random, spot-check or sample basis as well as by reference to the particular circumstances or suspected circumstances of individual cases.

    (2) An authorised officer may enter upon any premises, other than premises used only as a dwelling, which are, or which such officer has reasonable cause to believe are, relevant premises.

    (3) Any authorised officer who has entered any premises in accordance with paragraph (2) above may inspect those premises, any equipment which is, or which such officer has reasonable cause to believe is, relevant equipment and any documents on those premises which are, or which such officer has reasonable cause to believe are, relevant documents.

    (4) An authorised officer entering any premises by virtue of this regulation may take such other person as the authorised officer considers necessary and regulations 12 and 14 and paragraphs (2), (3) and (5) of this regulation shall apply in relation to such other persons when acting under the instructions of the authorised officer as if they were authorised officers.

    (5) An authorised officer may - 

    (a) require a beneficiary or an employee, servant or agent of a beneficiary to produce any relevant documents and to supply such additional information in that person's possession or under his control relating to an application or an approved operation as the officer may reasonably request;

    (b) inspect any such documents and, if any such documents are kept by means of a computer, have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been used in connection with those documents;

    (c) require that copies of, or extracts from, any relevant documents be produced; or

    (d) remove and retain for a reasonable period any such relevant document which he or she has reason to believe may be required as evidence in proceedings under these Regulations or which the National Assembly may be required to make available to the Commission pursuant to Article 38(6) of Regulation 1260/1999 and, if any such document is kept by means of a computer, require it to be produced in a form in which it may be taken away and in which it is visible and legible.

    (6) In this regulation - 

    "premises" includes any vessel or other vehicle; and

    "relevant premises" means any premises to which an approved operation relates or in which relevant documents or relevant equipment are retained.

Protection of officers
    14.Any authorised officer shall not be liable in any civil or criminal proceedings for anything done in the purported exercise of the powers conferred on him or her by virtue of regulation 13 if the court is satisfied that the act was done in good faith, that there were reasonable grounds for doing it and that it was done with reasonable skill and care.

Reduction, withholding and recovery of financial assistance
    15. - (1) Subject to the provisions of this regulation, if, at any time after the National Assembly has approved an application, it appears to it that - 

    (a) any relevant conditions have not been complied with in whole or in part;

    (b) the application so approved (or any part of it) was not an application (or part) which the beneficiary was eligible to make;

    (c) the beneficiary or an employee, servant or agent of a beneficiary - 

      (i) has failed to comply with a requirement imposed by regulation 10 or under regulation 9, 12 or 13(5) above;

      (ii) has intentionally obstructed any authorised officer in the exercise of the powers under regulation 13 above; or

      (iii) has given information on any matter relevant to the giving of the approval or the making of a payment relevant to the approval which is false or misleading in a material respect;

    (d) the approved operation was commenced before the date on which the National Assembly gave written permission to do so;

    (e) the approved operation in respect of which the expenditure was incurred has not been carried out or has not been carried out properly or in accordance with the approval in relation thereto;

    (f) the approved operation has been or is being unreasonably delayed beyond the time limits set out in the notification of approval or is unlikely to be completed;

    (g) any undertakings given by the beneficiary have not been complied with;

    (h) the Commission has decided pursuant to Articles 38 or 39 of Council Regulation 1260/1999 to suspend or recover Community aid;

    (i) in any case of financial assistance for the construction or modernisation of a fishing vessel, any of the events specified in paragraph (2) below has occurred before the elapse of ten years from the completion of the construction or five years from the completion of the modernisation of the vessel; or

    (j) in any case of financial assistance for any relevant operation other than for the construction or modernisation of a fishing vessel, any of the events specified in paragraph (3) below has occurred before the elapse of six years from the purchase of the relevant equipment or ten years from the purchase of the premises or the completion of the works,

the National Assembly may revoke the approval in whole or in part or may reduce or withhold any financial assistance in respect of the approved operation and, if payment by way of financial assistance has been made, may on demand recover an amount equal to the whole or any part of the payment which has been so made.

    (2) The events mentioned in sub-paragraph (i) of paragraph (1) above are - 

    (a) the total loss of the vessel;

    (b) the damage or destruction of any relevant equipment resulting in payment under an insurance policy or by way of compensation or damages;

    (c) a mortgage of the vessel (other than a mortgage created for the raising of money applied to the cost of construction or modernisation of the vessel, being a mortgage approved by the National Assembly before it was made);

    (d) the use of the vessel primarily for purposes other than those in respect of which financial assistance was approved;

    (e) a disposal, whether by sale or otherwise, of the vessel or any part thereof, its engine or any part thereof or any relevant equipment or other equipment or apparatus used on or in connection with the vessel; or

    (f) the vessel ceasing to be a Community fishing vessel.

    (3) The events mentioned in sub-paragraph (j) of paragraph (1) above are - 

    (a) the total loss of the relevant equipment;

    (b) the damage or destruction of any relevant equipment, premises, or works resulting in payment under an insurance policy or by way of compensation or damages;

    (c) the creation of a right in security over the relevant equipment, premises, or works (other than a right in security created for the raising of money applied to the cost of construction or modernisation of the relevant equipment, premises, or works, being a right in security approved by the National Assembly before it was made);

    (d) the use of the relevant equipment, premises, or works primarily for purposes other than those in respect of which financial assistance was approved; or

    (e) a disposal whether by sale or otherwise of the relevant equipment, premises, or works or any part thereof.

    (4) Where sub - paragraph (i) or (j) of paragraph (1) applies and none of the other sub-paragraphs of that paragraph applies, the maximum amount that the National Assembly may recover from a beneficiary pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be an amount representing the unexpired part of the ten, or as the case may be, five or six year period calculated as a proportionate amount of the total payment of financial assistance.

    (5) Before taking any step specified in paragraph (1), the National Assembly shall - 

    (a) give to the beneficiary a written explanation of the reasons for the step proposed to be taken;

    (b) afford the beneficiary the opportunity of making written representations within such time as the National Assembly considers reasonable; and

    (c) consider any representations.

Recovery of Interest
    16. - (1) If the National Assembly decides to recover any amount under regulation 15, it may also recover on demand interest on that amount at a rate of 1 percentage point above LIBOR calculated on a daily basis for the period beginning on the day on which the financial assistance in question was paid until the National Assembly recovers the amount.

    (2) In the case of any amount recoverable under regulation 15(4) above, interest recoverable under paragraph 16(1) above shall be calculated not from the day on which the financial assistance was paid, but from the day on which the event giving rise to the recovery occurred.

    (3) In any proceedings relating to the recovery of such interest, a certificate issued by the National Assembly showing the rates of interest applicable, the amount of such interest recoverable and the period for which interest is calculated shall, unless the contrary is shown, be conclusive evidence of those matters.

Offences and penalties
    17. - (1) If any person, for the purposes of obtaining financial assistance for himself or any other person - 

    (a) in furnishing any information in purported compliance with a requirement imposed by or under regulation 4(1) or (3) or 13(5)(a) knowingly or recklessly makes a statement which is false or misleading in a material particular; or

    (b) in purported compliance with a requirement imposed under regulation 13(5)(a) or (c) knowingly or recklessly produces a document which is false or misleading in a material particular,

that person shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

    (2) If any person - 

    (a) fails to comply with the requirement imposed under regulation 9 or by regulation 10 above;

    (b) fails to comply with a request made under regulation 12 above; or

    (c) intentionally refuses to supply any information, make any return, or produce any document when required to do so by, or otherwise intentionally obstructs, an authorised officer (or a person accompanying him or her and acting on that officer's instructions) acting in exercise of a power conferred by regulation 13 above,

that person shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

    (3) Proceedings for an offence under paragraph (1) or (2) above may, subject to paragraph (4) below, be commenced within the period of six months from the date on which evidence sufficient in the opinion of the prosecutor to justify the proceedings comes to his knowledge.

    (4) No such proceedings shall be commenced by virtue of this regulation more than five years after the commission of the offence.

    (5) For the purposes of this regulation - 

    (a) a certificate signed by or on behalf of the prosecutor and stating the date on which evidence sufficient in his opinion to justify the proceedings came to his knowledge shall be conclusive evidence sufficient of that fact; and

    (b) a certificate stating that matter purporting to be so signed shall be deemed to be so signed unless the contrary is proved.

    (6) When an offence under this regulation which has been committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate, or any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

    (7) If the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, paragraph (6) above shall apply in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.

Prosecutions
    18.Proceedings for an offence under regulation 17 above shall not be instituted except by the National Assembly.



Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998[13].


D. Elis-Thomas
The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

12th March 2002



EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note does not form part of the Regulations)


These Regulations, which apply in relation to Wales only, supplement the Community legislation as defined and listed in regulation 2 ("the Community legislation"). The Community legislation provides, inter alia, for assistance ("Community aid") to be paid from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance ("FIFG") in respect of certain categories of investments, projects and actions ("relevant operations") in the fisheries and aquaculture sector and the industry sector processing and marketing its products.

These Regulations provide for and regulate the payment of grants and Community aid by the National Assembly for Wales ("the National Assembly") towards expenditure in respect of relevant operations which the National Assembly has approved in accordance with these Regulations and the Community legislation.

The Regulations (regulations 3, 4 and 5) lay down a procedure for applications for the approval of relevant operations and expenditure to be made and approved for the purpose of the payment of Community aid and, if the National Assembly so determines, grant in addition to that aid (such aid and grant being together referred to as "financial assistance"). In determining whether to pay grant in addition to Community aid and, if it determines to pay such grant, the amount thereof, the National Assembly is required to have regard to the requirements of the Community legislation (regulation 3).

Among other things Community legislation requires a certain level of financial participation by Member States to enable relevant operations to qualify for Community aid, the requisite levels of participation being set out in Annex IV to Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2792/1999 laying down the detailed rules and arrangements regarding Community structural assistance in the fisheries sector (OJ No. L337, 30.12.1999, p.10).

Payment of financial assistance is dependent on the provision of satisfactory evidence of the expenditure incurred and of the proper execution of the relevant operation (regulation 6).

Provision is made concerning the method of payment of financial assistance (regulation 7) and the National Assembly may require undertakings to be given by a person whose application is approved (regulation 8).

Provision is made (regulation 9) for persons whose applications for financial assistance have been approved ("beneficiaries") to supply to the National Assembly any information that it may from time to time reasonably require and (under regulation 10) for them to retain certain records for a period of six years (which period may be extended by the National Assembly).

Provision is made for the National Assembly to require the Sea Fish Industry Authority (the "Authority") from time to time to exercise any of the National Assembly's functions under these Regulations and in relation to the keeping of accounts and records by the Authority where it has made or received payments in the exercise of any such functions (regulation 11).

Applicants are required, on request, to give assistance to authorised officers of the National Assembly, who are given powers of entry and inspection for specified purposes (regulations 12 to 14).

Provision is made for the reduction, withholding and recovery, in certain circumstances, of financial assistance (regulations 15 and 16).

The Regulations (regulations 17 and 18) create and make provision in connection with the prosecution of offences in respect of false statements made to obtain financial assistance, in respect of failure to keep records or provide information reasonably requested by the National Assembly, in respect of the failure to comply with requests made by authorised officers in exercise of their powers of entry and inspection and in respect of the obstruction of such officers in the exercise of those powers. Penalties are prescribed for such offences.

No Regulatory Appraisal has been prepared in respect of these Regulations.

Copies of Commission Decisions No. C(2000) 2049 approving the Objective One Single Programming Document for West Wales and the Valleys and of Commission Decision No. C (2000) 4298 approving the Single Programming Document for Community structural assistance in the fisheries sector in the United Kingdom in areas outside Objective 1 (each as referred to in regulation 2) are available for inspection, together with the Single Programming Documents at the library of the National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff.


Notes:

[1] By virtue of the European Communities (Designation) (No.3) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/2788).back

[2] 1972 c.68.back

[3] OJ No. L389, 31.12.1992, p.1.back

[4] OJ No. L161, 26.6.1999, p.1.back

[5] OJ No.L161, 26.6.1999, p.54.back

[6] OJ No.L337, 30.12.1999, p.10.back

[7] OJ No. L194, 27.7.1999, p.49.back

[8] OJ No. L194, 27.7.1999, p.53.back

[9] OJ No. L193, 29.7.2000, p.39.back

[10] OJ No.L63, 3.8.2001, p.21.back

[11] OJ No. L64, 6.3.2001, p.13.back

[12] 1981 c.29.back

[13] 1998 c.38.back



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