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Parliamentary question - E-002050/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager on behalf of the European Commission

    1. The de minimis Regulation (EU) No 1408/2013[1] was subject to a substantial review in 2018/2019 and resulted in an amendment by Regulation (EU) 2019/316[2]. That amendment consisted of an increase of the ceiling of de minimis aid to individual aid beneficiaries from EUR 15 000 to EUR 20 000 (i.e. an increase of 33%) or under specific conditions even to EUR 25 000 (i.e. an increase of 66%). At this stage, the Commission is not considering reviewing the de minimis ceiling in the agricultural sector. The EUR 25 000 ceiling applies only to agricultural primary production[3]. For processing and marketing of agricultural products, the general de minimis Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013[4] applies, which provides for a EUR 200 000 ceiling.

    2. The state aid rules in the agricultural sector currently under revision[5] concern the Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation[6] and the Guidelines for state aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas[7], and not the de minimis Regulation. Therefore, no derogation to the EUR 25 000 ceiling is currently envisaged. However, in the current situation, Member States also have the possibility to use the Temporary Crisis Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy following the aggression by Russia against Ukraine [8].

    Last updated: 3 August 2022
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