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Factsheet for measure CY-2020-52/1647 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 23 December 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||04 January 2021 (updated 13 January 2021)|
The Scheme is issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment based on the decision of the Cabinet on 11 December 2020 and within the temporary frame for state aid for the support of the economy due to the pandemic COVID-19. It addresses Co-operative Companies and Organized Groups of Producers in the agriculture sector and is implemented by the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry.
The Scheme aims to financially support the eligible companies and groups of producers in order to continue their operation and support the interest of their members but ensure the continuous supply of the food chain with products in fair prices for producers and consumers, at the same time.
Eligible companies are Co-operative Companies and Organized Groups of Producers in the agriculture sector that provide the market with large amounts of goods, located in remote areas and/or in distance from urban and market centers and endure an increase in their operative costs and/or damage from the measures imposed in the country for the limiting of the pandemic.
The Scheme names the eight companies/groups that are eligible to participate in the scheme.
The financial support is calculated based on the degree that the applicant group is affected by the measures with the maximum support to be €100,000.
The available amount for the support of the Scheme is €560,000. The number of groups eligible to participate is eight and are named in the Scheme and the maximum financial support that each group can be benefited is €100,000.
|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 Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment hold different informed meetings with the Agricultural Organisations 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.
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 not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Support scheme for cooperatives and groups of producers in agriculture, measure CY-2020-52/1647 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2020-52_1647.html
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