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Factsheet for measure SE-2022-27/2386 – Updated – measures in Sweden
|Country||Sweden , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 July 2022 – 31 December 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||20 May 2022 (updated 19 September 2022)|
Due to the drastic price increase of energy, fertiliser and fodder exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Swedish government has proposed support for the Swedish agricultural and fishery industries. To support the companies’ survival as well as to secure continued domestic food production in Sweden, the government has decided on financial support for the agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture enterprises in terms of tax reduction on diesel.
The government has decided to increase support for the livestock sector by SEK 1.6 billion in 2022, covering poultry, pigs, milk, beef, sheep and goats.
The relevant authorities, will now be tasked with developing the exact form of the aid. The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) has put forward a proposal where the aid will be divided based on the number of animals and type of animal, or based on production area for greenhouse enterprises.
The support also includes targeted aid of SEK 50 million for agriculture in Norrland, which is particularly affected by the increased transport costs due to large travel distances. Commercial fishing will receive aid of SEK 40 million in 2022.
The aid needs to be approved by the European Commission.
The announced aid package due to the war in Ukraine is an addition to one already handed-out in the spring budget . The government has also announced retroactive tax reductions on diesel for the primary sector industries .
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|14 July 2022||
Producers will be able to apply for the financial support between 9 August and 20 September 2022.
As part of the support package, the government temporarily raises the support levels for animal production within the framework of the national support for agriculture in northern Sweden by about 25%. The increase will apply retroactively from 1 July.
In 2020, there were 689 companies engaged in greenhouse farming in Sweden. Agricultural companies with pigs add up to 1,146 companies, 2,451 companies with chicken, 15,426 with cattle, 7,956 with sheep. Additionally, it targets around 800 fishermen.
|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 Federation of Swedish Farmers LRF has welcomed the additional support package and highlighted the need for the hand-outs to take place urgently.
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|
|A2 Forestry and logging|
|A3 Fishing and aquaculture|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Financial support for agriculture and fisheries due to the war in Ukraine, measure SE-2022-27/2386 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SE-2022-27_2386.html
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