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ex Article 13


1. Customs duties on imports in force between Member States shall be progressively abolished by them during the transitional period in accordance with Arts. 14 and 15.


2. Charges having an effect equivalent to customs duties on imports, in force between Member States, shall be progressively abolished by them during the transitional period. The Commission shall determine by means of directives the timetable for such abolition. It shall be guided by the rules contained in Art. 14(2) and (3) and by the directives issued by the Council pursuant to Art. 14(2). 




ex Article 14


1. For each product, the basic duty to which the successive reductions shall be applied shall be the duty applied on I January 1957.


2. The timetable for the reductions shall be determined as follows:


 (a) during the first stage, the first reduction shall be made one year after the date when this Treaty enters into force; the second reduction, eighteen months later; the third reduction, at the end of the fourth year after the date when this Treaty enters into force;


 (b) during the second stage, a reduction shall be made eighteen months after that stage begins; a second reduction, eighteen months after the preceding one; a third reduction, one year later;


 (c) any remaining reductions shall be made during the third stage; the Council shall, acting by a qualified majority on a proposal from the Commission, determine the timetable therefore by means of directives.


3. At the time of the first reduction, Member States shall introduce between themselves a duty on each product equal to the basic duty minus 10 per cent.

At the time of each subsequent reduction, each Member State shall reduce its customs duties as a whole in such manner as to lower by lo per cent its total customs receipts as defined in paragraph 43 and to reduce the duty on each product by at least 5 per cent of the basic duty.

In the case, however, of products on which the duty is still in excess of 30 per cent, each reduction must be at least lo per cent of the basic duty.


4. The total customs receipts of each Member State, as referred to in paragraph 3, shall be calculated by multiplying the value of imports from other Member States during 1956 by the basic duties.


5. Any special problems raised in applying paragraphs 1 to 4 shall be settled by directives issued by the Council acting by a qualified majority on a proposal from the Commission.


6. Member States shall report to the Commission on the manner in which effect has been given to the preceding rules for the reduction of duties.

They shall endeavour to ensure that the reduction made in the duties of each product shall amount:


 -   at the end of the first stage, to at least 25 per cent of the basic duty;

 -   at the end of the second stage, to at least 50 per cent of the basic duty.


If the Commission finds that there is a risk that the objectives laid down in Art. 13, and the percentages laid down in this paragraph, cannot be attained, it shall make all appropriate recommendations to Member States.


7. The provisions of this Article may be amended by the Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament.




ex Article 15


1. Irrespective of the provisions of Art. 14, any Member State may, in the course of the transitional period, suspend in whole or in part the collection of duties applied by it to products imported from other Member States. It shall inform the other Member States and the Commission thereof.


2. The Member States declare their readiness to reduce customs duties against the other Member States more rapidly than is provided for in Art. 14 if their general economic situation and the situation of the economic sector concerned so permit.

To this end, the Commission shall make recommendations to the Member States concerned.




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