CORONAVIRUS: GREATER SUPPORT FOR THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR
At a difficult time like this agri-food sector plays an even more central role.
At a difficult time like this, it is understood that the agri-food sector plays an even more central role in supporting the population. Maintaining the same production volumes and the usual food quality standards is one of the priorities that each country must have.
Like any other production sector, the agro-food now faces extraordinary troubles and it must therefore be protected with specific solutions. The Press release of the European Commission announces that it is working on this and that it has implemented some measures to support farmers and production companies since the beginning of the emergency:
Extension to submit the application for payments under the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy). The deadline is postponed to June 15, to give more time to request direct payments and for rural development. This change has already been communicated to Italy, but it will be applied to all Member States.
Greater financial support: another measure to support the cash of farmers who will now be able to benefit from State aid of up to € 100,000.
Creation of preferential lanes. To ensure the regular circulation of food products in the Member States, preferential lanes are to be created by reviewing customs control procedures. For example, the Commission proposes max. 15 minutes for each check, and to request the driver only an identity document, with the possibility of sending other documents electronically.