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Parliamentary question - E-000437/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the European Commission

    The Commission adopted on 23 March 2022 a Temporary Crisis Framework[1] to deal with the crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the field of primary agricultural production, Member States may set up schemes to grant up to EUR 35 000 to an undertaking affected by the crisis.

    This support can be granted in any form, including direct grants. Farmers are also eligible for support under the Temporary Crisis Framework in the form of guarantees and subsidised loans, as well as compensation for exceptionally severe increases in electricity and gas prices.

    In addition to the Temporary Crisis Framework, the existing state aid tools, i.e. the Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation (ABER[2]), the state aid Guidelines in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas (GL[3]), and the Agricultural de minimis Regulation[4] can all be used to provide structural, longer term responses, such as investments linked to the production of biofuels at farm-level or in energy from renewable sources.

    As regards state aid for farmers notified since 1 September 2021, Member States have notified around 80 cases under the GL. Furthermore, around 200 cases were block exempted under the ABER.

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