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Factsheet for measure SE-2022-27/2386 – Updated – measures in Sweden
|Sweden , applies nationwide
|Temporary, 01 July 2022 – 31 December 2022
|War in Ukraine
|Other initiatives or policies
– Support for fuel expenses
|Anna-Karin Gustafsson and Elina Härmä (Oxford Research)
|20 May 2022 (updated 06 July 2023)
Due to the drastic price increase of energy, fertiliser and fodder exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Swedish government decided to support the Swedish agriculture and fishery industries. To support the companies’ survival and secure continued domestic food production in Sweden, the government decided to support agriculture, fishery and aqua culture enterprises via limited direct grants.
This measure is closely linked with Lower tax on diesel for companies in forestry, agriculture and aquaculture , as they are both part of the same package.
The government announced a support package of around SEK 2 billion in 2022. The aid was an addition to the support package of SEK 1 billion announced earlier in the year. With the new support package, the government also extended the eligibility of receiving grants through this measure to new parts of the livestock sector.
The government supported the livestock sector by SEK 1.6 billion under this measure. The enterprises impacted relate to poultry, pigs, milk, beef, sheep and goats. The measure also included 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 received an aid of SEK 40 million.
The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) proposed that aid be divided based on the number of animals and type of animal, or based on production area for greenhouse enterprises.
The aid package was approved by the European Commission in July 2022.
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 .
In 2020, there were 689 companies engaged in greenhouse farming in Sweden. In regards to agricultural enterprises, there are 1,146 companies with pigs, 2,451 companies with chicken, 15,426 with cattle, and 7,956 with sheep, as well as 800 fisheries that have the opportunity to be impacted by this measure.
|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:
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.
|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), Additional support for agricultural and fishery enterprises, 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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