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Factsheet for measure CY-2020-43/1649 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 October 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||05 January 2021 (updated 13 January 2021)|
The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (MoA), within the frame of temporal State Aid for the support of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, release a scheme to support the pig farming sector. The governmental support that has the form of direct grant, is open to any natural or legal person who owns or manages a pig unit that decides to slaughter piglets in order to reduce market surpluses. This measure was decided by the Cabinet on 22 July 2020.
Eligible to participate in the Scheme is any natural or legal person who owns or manages a pig unit rearing sows, which is registered in the Veterinary Services, participates in the annual Pig Farming Submit and meets one of the following prerequisites:
Natural or legal persons not residing in the Republic, persons participating in early retirement schemes for farmers and natural or regal persons participated in other schemes of the government for the confrontation of the consequences of the pandemic are not eligible to participate.
The support that participating persons will receive is €36.00 for each slaughtered piglet, that weight between 7,5 kg and 25 kg, and the maximum amount that a person can receive is €100,000.
The total amount available for the Scheme is €500,000.
Currently, however, there is no data available for the number of beneficiaries as the process of application for participation in the Scheme has been just completed.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Scheme is approved by the European Commission under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment hold different informed meetings with the Agricultural Organizations since the beginning of the pandemic on different issues concerning the support of farmers and agricultural businesses. However, the level of involvement of these organizations in the designing of the particular Scheme is not known.
Despite that no particular reactions have been appeared in the press in regards to this Scheme, the Agricultural Organizations view all supportive measures implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment very positively and necessary ensuring the survival of farmers and the agricultural sector.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers|
Eurofound (2021), Scheme for the support of pig farming , measure CY-2020-43/1649 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2020-43_1649.html
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