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Factsheet for measure CY-2023-44/3406 – measures in Cyprus

Emergency state aid for damages in agriculture caused by fires

Έκτακτο σχέδιο κρατικών ενισχύσεων για αντιστάθμιση των ζημιών που προκλήθηκαν στην γεωργική παραγωγή και στα μέσα παραγωγής από πυρκαγιές που ξέσπασαν κατά την περίοδο Αυγούστου – Σεπτεμβρίου 2023 σε κοινότητες της επαρχίας Λεμεσού.

Country Cyprus , applies regionally

    • – CY0 ΚΥΠΡΟΣ (Kypros)
Time period Temporary, 01 November 2023 – 01 July 2027
Context European Semester, Extreme Weather Events
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Measure added 13 November 2023 (updated 21 February 2024)

Background information

The aim of the measure is to compensate and repair the damages caused to agricultural production and the means of production falling under the primary agricultural production by the uncontrolled fires of August and September 2023, a period with particularly high temperatures, in certain communities of the Limassol district. The measure was approved by the Cabinet after the approval of the Office of the Commissioner for State Aid Control and is based on the Regulation (EU) 2022/2472 of the Commission (14 December 2022).

Content of measure

The measure grants compensation and financial support to affected farmers and livestock farmers with the commitment to undertake actions to repair the damage and re-activate in their domain. The aid intensity is 80% of the eligible cost.

Eligible farmer and livestock farmers are those affected by the fires in the communities of Agios Mamas, Kalo Chorio, Pelendri, Paramitha, Limnatis, Korfi, Apesia, Gerasa, Apsiou, Fasoula, Akrounta and Koilani. Additionally, eligibles farmers are those registered in the Registry of Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organization and/or the Farmers Registry. Eligible livestock farmers are those registered in the Department of Agricultural of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment and/or the Farmers Registry.

Excluded from the eligibility list are the farmers of parcels with forest trees, plant nurseries, forest products and self-seeding corps.

The eligible for compensation cost categories are: * Damage to property such as buildings, equipment, machinery, stock and means of production. * Income loss due to the complete or the partial damage of agricultural production and means. * Other costs that eligible farmers undertook due to the fires. * For part-time farmers, the cost that is covered under the measure is exclusively on the part of the holding falling within the agricultural sector.

The total budget of the measure is €800,000 and the period of implementation is for four years 2023-2027.

Use of measure

Currently, there in no information of the number of the farmers benefited or will be benefited by the measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The measure was designed by the government without the involvement of social partners. The responsible agency is the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agricultural, Rural Development and the Environment which is responsible for the implementation, general monitoring and evaluation of the measure.

Views and reactions

The rural population affected by the fires and their representative agricultural organization as well as the community authorities all appear satisfied with the announcement of the measure. It is noted that they as well as the political parties have called the government to take immediate action for the support of the affected farmers and the communities immediatetly after the fires.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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


  • 03 November 2023: Απόφαση της Εφόρου Ελέχγου Κρατικών Ενισχύσεων (


Eurofound (2023), Emergency state aid for damages in agriculture caused by fires, measure CY-2023-44/3406 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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