A public consultation on the state aid rules applicable in the agricultural and forestry sector has been opened by the European Commission today, with stakeholders invited to provide their comments in the next 3 months.
The consultation takes place in the context of the Commission's State Aid Modernisation initiative. The results from this public consultation will therefore feed into the review of the current legislation on state aid for agriculture and forestry, where the Commission is hoping to focus its controls on state aid cases that could give rise to the most significant distortions of competition in the Internal Market and to reach faster decisions.
The review will also enable the current regime to be aligned with the new rules that will be applicable to agriculture and rural development under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, as the legal basis for state aid in the agricultural sector expires on 31 December 2013.
The deadline for submissions in this public consultation is 20 March 2013.