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Competition Policy

Public consultation on revised State aid rules for the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas

Policy field

State aid

 

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from (i) Member States and their aid granting authorities, (ii) business associations and companies operating in the European single market, as well as (iii) legal and economic practitioners.

 

Period of consultation

From 11.01.2022 to 13.03.2022

 

Objective of the consultation

The Commission is publishing for consultation the draft Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation (ABER) and the revised draft Guidelines on State aid for the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas

The main drivers of the revision are the fact that the agricultural State aid rules need to be aligned to the new Common Agricultural Policy (Regulation (EU) 2021/2115) so that the aid measures under the agricultural strategic plans can be authorised from a State aid point of view where this is required. The draft rules also take into account aspects related to the Green Deal. Moreover, the Commission has gained sufficient experience to enlarge the scope of the ABER so that Member States may in the future adopt more State aid measures without having to notify them to the Commission.

 

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on this webpage.  Submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" will be treated as such and not published. In that case please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

When providing us with the documents requested above, please ensure that redactions made by you properly cover all confidential information and cannot be reversed.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.
We would appreciate receiving documents in an electronic format.

 

Consultation document  / Questionnaire

 

Reference documents and other, related consultations

  • Explanatory Note accompanying the consultation on the draft rules on State aid to the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas;
  • 2014 EU Guidelines on State aid to the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas;
  • Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 declaring certain categories of aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;
  • First round of public consultation;
  • Staff Working Document on the evaluation of the 2014 State aid rules in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas.

 

Contact details

Responsible service:
Directorate-General for Competition – Unit H.6
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.5788

e-mail: COMP-H6@ec.europea.eu

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Unit H.6
1049 Bruxelles /Brussel
Belgique /België
Ref.: HT.5788

 

Reason why the consultation period is less than 12 weeks

Need for an accelerated revision of future State aid rules in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas to ensure a timely adoption as part of measures taken in response to the challenges in achieving the objectives of the new Common Agricultural Policy and the Green Deal.