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Council Directive of 4 June 1974 laying down detailed provisions concerning transitional measures relating to activities, trade in and distribution of toxic products and activities entailing the professional use of such products including activities of intermediaries (74/556/EEC)

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Article 1U.K.

1.Member States shall adopt the transitional measures defined in this Directive in respect of establishment or provision of services in their territories by natural persons and companies or firms covered by Title I of the General Programmes (hereinafter called ‘beneficiaries’) wishing to pursue the activities referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article.

2.The activities referred to are those covered by Council Directive No 74/557/EEC(1) of 4 June 1974 on the attainment of freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services in respect of activities of self-employed persons and of intermediaries engaging in the trade and distribution of toxic products.

This Directive also covers activities involving the professional use of toxic products in so far as such activities have been or will be liberalized by the following Directives:

  • Council Directive No 65/1/EEC(2) of 14 December 1964 laying down detailed provisions for the attainment of freedom to provide services in agriculture and horticulture;

  • Council Directive No 667/654/EEC(3) of 24 October 1967 laying down detailed provisions for the attainment of freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services in respect of activities of self-employed persons in forestry and logging;

  • Council Directive No 71/18/EEC(4) of 16 December 1970 laying down detailed provisions for the attainment of freedom of establishment in respect of self-employed persons providing agricultural and horticultural services;

  • Council Directive No 74/.../EEC of ... concerning the attainment of freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services in respect of various activities of self-employed persons (ex ISIC Major Group 01 to Major Group 85) as regards the activities covered by that Directive which fall within ISIC Group 859 and entail the use of toxic products.

3.The transitional measures shall also apply to persons pursuing as paid employees the activities referred to in paragraph 2, as shall Article 7 (1) to (4), of Council Directive No 74/557/EEC.

Article 2U.K.

Where, in a Member State, the taking up or pursuit of any activity referred to in the first subparagraph of Article 1 (2), is dependent on the possession of general, commercial or professional knowledge and ability, that Member State shall accept as sufficient evidence of such knowledge and ability the fact that the activity in question has been pursued in another Member State for any of the following periods:

(a)

five consecutive years in an independent capacity or in a managerial capacity, such activity not having ceased more than two years before the date when the application referred to in Article 4 (2) is made;

(b)

two consecutive years in an independent capacity or in a managerial capacity where the beneficiary possesses a certificate of ability and competence for the activity in question authorizing him to pursue the activities of trade in or distribution of toxic products in the Member State of origin or the Member State whence he comes;

(c)

three consecutive years in an independent capacity or in a managerial capacity where the beneficiary proves that for the activity in question he has received previous training attested by a certificate recognized by the State or regarded by the competent professional or trade body as fully satisfying its requirements;

(d)

three consecutive years in a non-independent capacity where the beneficiary possesses a certificate of ability and competence for the activity in question authorizing him to pursue the activities of trade in or distribution of toxic products in the Member State of origin or the Member State whence he comes;

(e)

four consecutive years in a non-independent capacity where the beneficiary proves that for the activity in question he has received previous training, attested by a certificate recognized by the State or regarded by the competent professional or trade body as fully satisfying its requirements.

This Article only relates to trade in or distribution of packaged toxic products intended for delivery to the final user in their original packaging.

Article 3U.K.

Where, in a Member State, the taking up or pursuit of any activity referred to in the second subparagraph of Article 1 (2) is dependent on the possession of general, commercial, or professional knowledge and ability, that Member State shall accept as sufficient evidence of such knowledge and ability the fact that the activity in question has been pursued in another Member State for any of the following periods:

(a)

six consecutive years in an independent capacity or in a managerial capacity such activity not having ceased more than two years before the date when the application referred to in Article 4 (2) is made;

(b)

three consecutive years in an independent capacity or in a managerial capacity where the beneficiary possesses a certificate of ability and competence for the activity in question authorizing him to pursue activities entailing the professional use of toxic products in the Member State of origin or the Member State whence he comes;

(c)

four consecutive years in an independent capacity or in a managerial capacity where the beneficiary proves that for the activity in question he has received previous training, attested by a certificate recognized by the State or regarded by the competent professional or trade body as fully satisfying its requirements;

(d)

four consecutive years in a non-independent capacity where the beneficiary possesses a certificate of ability and competence for the activity in question authorizing him to pursue activities entailing the professional use of toxic products in the Member State of origin or the Member State whence he comes;

(e)

five consecutive years in a non-independent capacity where the beneficiary proves that for the activity in question he has received previous training, attested by a certificate recognized by the State or regarded by the competent professional or trade body as fully satisfying its requirements;

The provisions in (a), (c) and (e) are not applicable to activities entailing the professional use of certain highly toxic products given below:

  • Hydrocyanic acid and its soluble salts,

  • Hydrofluoric acid and its soluble salts,

  • Acrylonitrile,

  • Liquid compressed ammonium,

  • Methyl bromide,

  • Chloropicrin,

  • Hydrogen phosphide and products liable to liberate it,

  • Ethylene oxide,

  • Carbon disulphide,

  • Carbon tetrachloride,

  • Trichloroacetronitrile.

For the purpose of applying the provisions in (b) and (d) to these highly toxic products, the certificate of ability and competence must state the product or products which the beneficiary is authorized to use in the Member State of origin or the Member State whence he comes.

In this case, the beneficiary's activity shall not have ceased more than two years before the date when the application referred to in Article 4 (2) is made.

Article 4U.K.

1.A person shall be regarded as having pursued an activity in a managerial capacity within the meaning of Articles 2 and 3 if he has pursued such an activity in an industrial or commercial undertaking in the occupational field in question:

(a)

as manager of an undertaking or manager of a branch of an undertaking; or

(b)

as deputy to the proprietor or to the manager of an undertaking, where such post involves responsibility equivalent to that of the proprietor or manager represented; or

(c)

in a managerial post with duties relating to trade in or distribution of toxic products and with responsibility for at least one department of the undertaking, or in a managerial post with responsibility for the use of the said products.

2.Proof that the conditions laid down in Articles 2 and 3 are satisfied shall be established by an attestation issued by the competent authority or body in the Member State of origin or Member State whence the person concerned comes, which the latter shall submit in support of his application for authorization to pursue the activity or activities in question in the host Member States. Such attestation shall state, where appropriate, whether, in the Member State of origin or Member State whence the person concerned comes, authorization is limited to the taking up of activities relating to the distribution of toxic products or to activities entailing the professional use of such products, or whether certain toxic products are excluded from these latter activities.

3.Member States shall, within the time limit laid down in Article 7, designate the authorities and bodies competent to issue the certificates referred to in paragraph 2 and shall forthwith inform the other Member States and the Commission thereof.

Article 5U.K.

Where, in the Member State of origin or the Member State whence the person concerned comes, the formal qualifications laid down in Articles 2 and 3 or the attestations laid down in Article 4 (2) authorize only the taking up of activities relating to the distribution of toxic products or of activities entailing the professional use of such products, or exclude certain toxic products from these latter activities, the host Member State may apply the same limitations in its territory and also exclude from activities entailing the professional use of toxic products consisting of the same active material as products excluded by formal qualifications and attestations or involving similar risks for human, animal and plant health either directly or indirectly through the environment.

Article 6U.K.

This Directive shall remain applicable until the entry into force of provisions relating to the coordination of national rules concerning the taking up and pursuit of the activities in question.

Article 7U.K.

1.Member States shall bring into force the measures necessary to comply with this Directive within six months of its notification and shall forthwith inform the Commission thereof.

2.Member States shall communicate to the Commission the texts of the main provisions of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive, the Commission shall inform the other Member States thereof.

Article 8U.K.

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Luxembourg, 4 June 1974.

For the Council

The President

J. Ertl

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