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Factsheet for measure CY-2020-45/1654 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 November 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 Cyprus Agriculture Payments Organization (CAPO) provides emergency financial support to farmers affected by the pandemic COVID-19. The legal base of the Scheme is the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the EU regulations 1305/2013, 2020/872, 2020/1009 & 808/2020. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Council of Ministers within the frame of the state measures for the support of the economy and the agriculture sector, in specific.
The eligible sectors defined by the Scheme are the following five:
Eligible persons to participate in the Scheme for the sector 1-3 are legal or natural persons that have submitted an application into the ‘Single Crops Area Payment Scheme’ of CAPO for the year 2020 and are professional farmers fulfilling one of the following:
For the sectors 4 & 5, eligible are legal or natural persons that have submitted an application into the ‘Single Crops Area Payment Scheme’ of CAPO for the year 2020.
The Scheme provides that area payments shall be granted per hectare and the maximum grand per participant is €7,000.
However, the Scheme distributes the available budget based on the needs of each sector as follows:
Currently, there is no information on the number of persons eligible to receive payments.
|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|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment and Cyprus Agriculture Payments Organization hold informed meetings with the Agricultural Organizations. The representatives of the organizations submitted their proposals and opinions about the supporting agricultural schemes. However, the level of involvement of these organizations in the designing of the particular Scheme is not known.
The Scheme is supported by most agriculture organizations. The General Secretary of the Pancyprian Farmers Union (PEK), Michalis Lytras, during a press conference mentioned that the Scheme will not resolve all of the problems of the agriculture sector but will address the current needs of farmers during the pandemic.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Agricultural, forestry and fishery labourers|
Eurofound (2021), Emergency financial support for farmers during COVID-19 pandemic, measure CY-2020-45/1654 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2020-45_1654.html
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