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State aid

Revision of the State aid rules for agriculture, forestry and rural areas

The context

The Commission has set up a specific framework of rules for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas. That framework comprises a block exemption regulation (ABER), State aid Guidelines and a regulation on de minimis aid for farmers. The State aid rules for agriculture, forestry and rural areas are closely related to the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), in particular the rules on support measures financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

On 1 July 2014, the Commission started to implement the current agricultural State aid framework:

As part of a review exercise under Better Regulation requirements, the Commission published in May 2021 a Commission Staff Working Document on the evaluation of the ABER and the Guidelines. The next step will be an impact assessment, which will look into the issues identified during this evaluation. The aim is to have revised rules in place by 31 December 2022, when the current ones will expire.

Executive summary of the evaluation (EN, FR, DE)

The progress of the revision can be followed on the Better Regulation Portal.

The current ABER and agricultural Guidelines were originally set to expire at the end of 2020 but the Commission prolonged their validity until 31 December 2022.

Reference documents


Previous review

Contact details

Responsible services:
Directorate-General for Competition – Unit H6 – Agriculture and Fisheries
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.5788
E-mail address:
Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
1049 Brussels