Opinion Factsheet  

Toekomstige EU-regels inzake staatssteun voor de landbouw, de bosbouw en plattelandsgebieden

Opinion Number: CDR 5123/2021
Rapporteur: MILANA Guido
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 28/04/2022

 stresses that it is essential to support agricultural and forestry holdings through the green transition, especially smaller agricultural holdings which are located in strategic areas and which are active in safeguarding and protecting the landscape;

 suggests not requiring Member States: to submit notifications on a yearly basis relating to events that can be assimilated to natural disasters, animal or plant diseases or infestations, as, if they are recognised as such by the national authorities, they do not need to also be notified to the Commission; to publish information on individual beneficiaries of aid under EUR 75 000 for agricultural production, and under EUR 500 000 for the processing and marketing of agricultural products;

 suggests providing for the possibility of granting investment aid through the Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation (ABER), even for products from a single sector;

 suggests amending the De minimis Regulation for the agricultural sector in such a way as to make it simpler;

 proposes defining a new type of microenterprise in agriculture and rewarding these SMEs which are located in mountain, inland or disadvantaged areas for their role in preserving and protecting habitats;

 calls for it to be possible for holdings in high mountain areas to purchase land for an amount exceeding 10% of the total eligible expenditure for the operation concerned, in order to allow the land consolidation necessary to keep them economically active and to carry out their tasks of safeguarding and protecting the landscape;