Factsheet for case CY-2021-21/1937 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 21 May 2021 – 09 July 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Case created||07 July 2021 (updated 15 July 2021)|
The measure aims to support farmers and agricultural SMEs in selected sectors of primary production that have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and pays particular emphasis on professional farmers. It has been decided by the Cabinet in May 2021 and is coordinated by the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation (CAPO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment. The implementation of the measure required the amendment of the Rural Development Programme (2014 -2020) of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development.
The two eligible primary production sectors provided by the measure are : potato crops and deciduous tree crops in areas with altitude below 400 meters.
For the potato corps, eligible beneficiaries of the measure are considered:
For the deciduous tree crops, eligible beneficiaries are:
The subsidy is calculated per hectare of eligible land of the beneficiary and the maximum subsidy is €7,000.
The total available budget of the measure is €1.8 million. The distribution of the budget among the two sectors is:
The number of beneficiaries of the measure is currently unavailable as the deadline for the application is running.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
|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 Organisation hold meetings with the Agricultural Organisations regularly. Agricultural organisations express opinions, inform the Minister about the current state of affairs and explicate the needs of farmers or those that are affected most by the pandemic. However, the level of involvement of these organisations in the designing of the particular scheme is not known.
The particular measure as well as all measures addressing the needs of farmers or particular groups of farmers with extra or specific needs are always welcomed by agricultural social partners and farmers themselves. Particular reactions on the measure have not been identified.
|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), Temporary support for farmers and SMEs affected by the pandemic, case CY-2021-21/1937 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.