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Modification of the Temporary Framework for State Aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis

Communication from the Commission amending the Temporary Community Framework for State aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis (OJ 261 of 31.10.2009) [pdf bgcsdadeetelenesfritlvlthumtnlplptroskslfisv]  

Communication from the Commission - Temporary framework for State aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis (consolidated version)

Press release available in: bgcsdadeetelenesfritlvlthumtnlplptroskslfisv

Questions & answers [pdf]

 

Specific to the agricultural sector

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006 of 15 December 2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production of agricultural products and amending Regulation (EC) No 70/2001 (OJ L 358 of 16.12.2006) [pdf]

    The new regulation allows Member States to grant various types of agricultural state aid without having to seek the Commission's prior clearance.

  • Community guidelines for state aid in the agriculture and forestry sector 2007-2013 (OJ C 319 of 27.12.2006) [pdf]

These guidelines cover most sorts of State aids: investment aids, environmental aids, disaster aids, etc.

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1535/2007 of 20 December 2007 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to de minimis aid in the sector of agricultural production (OJ L 3337 of 21.12.2007) [pdf]

    The Regulation foresees that aid up to EUR 7500 per farmer could be granted over a period of three years without being notified to the Commission, provided that the global amount of such aid does not exceed an amount set by the Commission, calculated as about 0.75% of the value of production in the fisheries or agricultural sector by the Member State concerned. Since 1 January 2008, Member States are able to grant aid that is in line with the Regulation without the Commission having to approve the aid in advance, but they will also have to provide information certifying that the two ceilings have been complied with.

    However, any de minimis aid granted between 1 January 2005 and 30 June 2008, which fulfils the conditions of Regulation (EC) No 1860/2004 applicable to the sector of agricultural production until the date of entry into force of this Regulation, shall be deemed not to meet all the criteria of Article 87(1) of the Treaty and shall therefore be exempt from the notification requirement of Article 88(3) of the Treaty.
     
     

Important general legal instruments that also apply to the agricultural sector

See DG Competition website about EU legislation on State Aid

 

Procedural rules

See DG Competition website about EU legislation on State Aid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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