At the plenary session of the European Parliament, The green light this Thursday for the exceptional aid agreed in favor of EU farmers To mitigate the effects of the occupation of Ukraine on the agricultural sector and rural SMEs engaged in the processing or marketing of agricultural products.
MEP Clara Aguilera, socialist spokesperson for the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament, recalled that the war “aggravated the lack of liquidity in the primary sector, which was already in a vulnerable position. because of price increaseespecially energy, fertilizers and animal feed”
Help accepted “This will help alleviate some of the situation” said Aguilera.
In particular, regarding A measure financed through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) allows Member States that still have funds to offer liquidity to farmers (up to 15,000 euros) and agri-food companies (up to 100,000 euros).
To distribute this aid, countries that still have economic aid that is not spent in the current programming, Changing Rural Development Programs to introduce this new measure and select beneficiaries.
They can mobilizer Up to 5% of EAFRD funds for the period 2021 and 2022.
this help will appeal to those most affected by the current crisis and especially those involved in the circular economy, food management, efficient use of resources or production methods that respect the environment and climate.
This measure is expected enters into force from the date of its publication, Based on applications made by 31 March 2023 and payments due by 15 October 2023.