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7384: EU RELAXES STATE-AID RULES FOR FARMERS IN CRISIS

Friday 22 February 2019
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There's good news today for struggling Irish farmers.

The European Commission is increasing the amount of funds that governments can use to support farmers without seeking the Commission’s prior approval to grant state aid.

In times of crisis, national authorities can currently distribute €15,000 per farm over a three year period. This figure will rise to €20,000 and in certain cases €25,000 per farm over three years. 

Higher amounts of state aid can still be granted by Member States as long as the Commission agrees that action is proportionate to the crisis and does not create an uneven playing field that would distort the single market.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says this initiative will greatly help EU Member States to rapidly support their farmers in times of unexpected crisis.  

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: times of crisis