Membership in the Natural Gas Section
According to Act XXVI of 2006 on the Strategic Storage of Natural Gas
(1) The following operators must become members of the Association under this Act:
a) authorised operators holding an operating licence granted by the Authority, including:
aa) universal natural gas service providers,
ab) natural gas traders selling gas to customers;
b) natural gas producers selling natural gas to customers;
c) customers purchasing natural gas from cross-border imports or on organised markets.
(2) Membership in the Association shall become effective
a) in the case of authorised operators and natural gas producers, on the date of entry into force of this Act.
b) in the case of operators obtaining a licence at a later date, on the date of becoming authorised operators.
c) in the case of natural gas producers selling gas to customers, upon starting their sales activity.
d) in the case of customers, upon the first cross-border entry of natural gas or upon the first purchase of natural gas on the organised market.
(3) Membership in the Association shall be terminated in the following cases:
a) the Authority revokes the licence of the member,
b) the natural gas producer ceases its sales activity toward customers.
(4) Membership in the Association shall be terminated if, for a period of at least one year, the natural gas producer suspends its sales activity toward customers, or any other member suspends its natural gas activity, or a customer suspends its activity involving the cross-border supply of gas, or a customer suspends its activity on organised natural gas markets.
The Association’s organisation is comprised of an oil and petroleum product stockholding section (hereinafter referred to as “oil section”) and a natural gas stockholding section (hereinafter referred to as “natural gas section”).
Membership in the Oil Section
According Act XXIII of 2013 on Minimum Stocks of Imported Crude Oil and Petroleum Products
The activity defined in Article 40(2) may be pursued only by an economic operator who is a member of the Association.
Association membership shall commence at the time of taking up the activity defined in Article 40(2). Membership in the Association is terminated if the member fails to pursue the activity subject to stockholding obligation for a period of one year or more.
Members of the oil section shall be liable to pay membership contribution to the Association having regard to their operations for the distribution of petroleum products or to importation for their own use, where the unit rate broken down by product groups shall be determined according to Article 33(5).
(2) Members of the oil section shall be liable to pay membership contribution on the quantities of petroleum products specified in Annex 4, if:
a) an authorised tax warehouse operator, registered trader or authorised importer of excise goods, acting as such, upon releasing petroleum products for free circulation under the Excise Act;
b) an authorised tax warehouse operator, acting as such, upon discharging petroleum products to an exempted user under tax suspension arrangements;
c) an exempted user or authorised packaging operator, acting as such, upon the importation of petroleum products from a third country under tax suspension arrangements;
d) a registered consignor, acting as such, upon dispatching petroleum products imported from a third country to an exempted user or authorised packaging operator under tax suspension arrangements under the Excise Act;
e) a registered trader authorised to engage in Community trading, authorised tax warehouse operator or authorised packaging operator, acting as such, upon purchasing petroleum products released for free circulation in another Member State of the European Union, from this Member State;
f) an authorised tax warehouse operator, acting as such, upon the use of petroleum products inside the tax warehouse, except if used for producing excise goods;
g) an authorised tax warehouse operator, acting as such, upon filling petroleum products into the fuel tank of a vessel used for the carriage of passengers and goods under tax suspension arrangements.
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