Spain asks the European Union 302 million euros under the scheme of aid for fruit and vegetables 2020

Of the 302 million euros, more than 32 million euros correspond to measures for the prevention and management of market crises, which represents about 11% of the total.

This is a forecast that is made at the beginning of each annuity, depending on the operational programs approved by the Autonomous Communities, so the final aid will be approximately 80% -85% of that figure.

In the present 2020 annuity, the planned aid request is increased by 4% compared to 2019 and 19% compared to the average of the last 5 years.

The beneficiaries will be 470 producer organizations spread across 15 Autonomous Communities highlighting Andalusia, Murcia, Valencian Community, Catalonia, Aragon and Extremadura.

Spain is the second receiving Member State of these grants with 25% of the total of the European Union after Italy, an aid that has followed an upward trend since its creation in 1997.

Aid scheme in the fruit and vegetable sector

The aid scheme for the fruit and vegetable sector is regulated by the Regulation (EU) No. 1308/2013 and develops normatively in the Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 891/2017.

Recognized producer organizations that constitute an operating fund to finance their multi-annual operational program benefit from this scheme.

The amount of the aid is used to co-finance 50% – 60% in some cases, of the actions contained in said operational program. Measures aimed at improving production and marketing infrastructures, improving quality and the environment, research, training and advice, production planning and prevention measures and market crisis management, among others.

The total amount of support for each Fruit and Vegetable Producers Organization (OPFH) can reach 4.1% of the value of the commercialized production of each producer organization, which can be raised to 4.6% for crisis prevention and management actions.

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