About this consultation

Feedback period
26 April 2019 - 19 July 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
Agriculture and rural development, Competition

Target audience

1. Public authorities responsible for granting State aid in EU Member States;
2. Aid beneficiaries in agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas;
3. Farmers' and foresters' organisations;
4. Stakeholders interested in agricultural policy such as associations in the farming sector, downstream sectors, NGOs and other civil society organisations representing agricultural, environmental, governance or rural issues, at EU, national and local level, academia, experts, think-tanks, consultancies;
5. General public: Individuals and organisations wishing to contribute by voicing their opinions as citizens.

Why we are consulting

An undertaking that receives public support gains an advantage over its competitors in the internal market. Therefore, the Treaty generally prohibits State aids. However, the Commission may authorise State aid under certain conditions, notably for reasons of economic development or market failure. As a general rule, Member States have to notify State aid to the Commission. The Commission assesses the notified aid on the basis of guidelines and takes a decision to authorise it. However, to simplify State aid procedures, the Commission can adopt regulations exempting certain categories of aid from the notification requirement (“block-exemption regulations”).
A specific framework of State aid rules has been set up for agriculture, forestry and rural areas. That framework includes both State aid guidelines and a block exemption regulation. However, those two instruments will expire at the end of 2020 and need to be replaced by new guidelines and a new regulation for the period 2021 to 2027. In that context, the Commission is carrying out an evaluation of the performance of the current rules and will conduct an impact assessment to prepare for the future State aid framework.
The consultation strategy linked to this process aims at collecting, from all stakeholders concerned, information and views on both the performance of the current rules and the possible design of the future rules. Hence, the outcome will feed into both the evaluation and the impact assessment.

Responding to the questionnaire

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.

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