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EU Authorises Support for Slovenian Farmers

by 5m Editor
7 December 2010, at 12:13am

SLOVENIA - The European Commission (EC) has authorised a Slovenian scheme with a budget of approximately €3.8 million, which aims at supporting farmers in Slovenia who encounter difficulties as a result of the current economic crisis with up to €15,000.

Aid under this scheme can be granted until 31 December 2010 and will take the form of direct grants. This scheme is a further application of the Commission's Temporary framework for State aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis, as amended end of October 2009 in order to allow Member States to grant limited amounts of aid to primary agricultural producers.

The scheme is open to farmers in all sub-sectors of primary agricultural production, provided they were not already in difficulty on 1 July 2008, i.e. before the beginning of the crisis). It is limited in time until 31 December 2010 and complements other crisis measures already put in place by the Slovenian authorities in application of the Temporary Crisis Framework. The scheme provides aid in the form of direct grants.

The Slovenian scheme meets all the conditions of the Temporary Crisis Framework as amended. In particular, the Slovenian authorities demonstrated that it is necessary, proportional and appropriate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy. The Commission therefore considered that the scheme can be approved under Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (former Article 87(3)(b) of the EC Treaty).