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Factsheet for measure FI-2022-13/2396 – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 24 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine, Green Transition|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||20 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)|
Due to the drastic price increase of energy, fertiliser and fodder exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Finnish government has proposed support for the Finnish agricultural enterprises. To support the companies’ survival and increase food sovereignty, the government has decided on a tax refund to agricultural entrepreneurs for their energy taxes in 2021 to the maximum level determined by the EU Energy Taxation Directive 2003/96/EY. The government has also allocated more funds to public crisis funds directed at the agricultural sector and an increase in public subsidies.
A total of around €300 million will be allocated to support domestic food production and thus increase food sovereignty. The package includes both fast-acting forms of support to help agricultural producers and measures to boost energy self-sufficiency and the shift away from fossil resources in the long run.
The package proposes €120 million to be allocated to the compensatory allowance fund run by the Finnish Food Authority. Additional national aid for pig and poultry farming, greenhouse production, storage of horticultural products, reindeer husbandry and fisheries is proposed at €27 million. In addition, the EU crisis support and its complement with national funding at €20.6 million. Agricultural producers will also receive a tax refund of the 2021 energy as a one-off measure adding up to €45 million in total.
The measures and their budgetary implications will be identified and specified further in the spring 2022 Supplementary Budget and the 2023-2026 Fiscal Plan. The agricultural producers can expect hand-outs earliest in July 2022.
In 2020, there were 45,111 agricultural and horticultural enterprises in Finland.
|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:
No information available.
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) has complimented the government in its efforts to ensure the security of supply. However, they have raised concerns regarding the slowness of pay-out of the promised handouts.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing||A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities|
|A2 Forestry and logging|
|A3 Fishing and aquaculture|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Package to secure supplies in the agricultural sector, measure FI-2022-13/2396 (measures in Finland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FI-2022-13_2396.html
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