State aid scheme for farmers authorised

The Commission today authorised a temporary UK scheme to grant limited amounts of aid of up to €15,000 to farmers, with a total  budget of approximately £20 million (€22.3 million). The measure is aimed at supporting farmers in UK who encounter difficulties as a result of the current economic crisis. The scheme is open to farmers in all sub-sectors of primary agricultural production, provided they were not already in difficulty on July 1, 2008.

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, which was amended in October 2009 in order to allow Member States to grant limited amounts of aid to primary agricultural producers (see  IP/09/1993).

See this press release for more information.