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EC hears calls from Lithuania to rescue pig farming, extends aid period, increases amounts

Christian Fernsby |
Lithuania will be able to allocate an additional 2.2 million euros to pig farmers.

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The European Commission has heeded a call from Lithuania, supported by other countries, to address the pork crisis as soon as possible and allowed temporary state aid to be extended to this and other sectors affected by COVID-19 until the middle of next year.

The good news is that the de minimis ceilings have been significantly raised.

Pig farmers for each July 1 to 30 November slaughtered pig will be able to receive compensation of 30 euros each, but not more than 290,000 per pig farmer since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"This is great news, and I am glad that the European Commission has heard us and has kept its promise to increase the limits on COVID's temporary state aid to farmers. We have made every effort to continue to provide financial assistance to businesses.

This is especially true for the pig sector, where the situation is difficult and only getting worse pig farmers are counting losses and talking about bankruptcies. The decision of the European Commission is a clear signal that we are being heard and pig farmers are not left to their own devices, ”says Minister of Agriculture Kęstutis Navickas.

A company engaged in the production of primary agricultural products will be able to receive up to 290,000 euros, previously the amount of this support amounted to 225,000 euros.

The amount of support available to fisheries and aquaculture enterprises is also significantly increasing, they will be able to apply for support up to 345,000 euros (previously the maximum possible amount of support was 270,000 euros).

Companies operating in other sectors will be able to receive up to 2.3 million euros previously this amount amounted to euro 1.8 million per company.


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