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6.9.

2008 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 229/15

NOTICES FROM MEMBER STATES

Information communicated by Member States regarding State aid granted under Commission
Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to State
aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production of agricultural products and
amending Regulation (EC) No 70/2001

(2008/C 229/09)

Aid No: XA 193/08 Duration of scheme: The aid may be granted not later than
31 December 2013
Member State: Italy
Objective of aid: Improving livestock quality by assisting
Region: Provincia autonoma di Trento livestock holdings with mating programmes, checks on milking
plants and bovine fertility, and providing support to farmers to
Title of aid scheme: ensure the traceability of beef and veal from animals raised in
the Province, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000.
Assistenza tecnica:
Article 15(2)(c) and Article 16(1)(b) of exempting Regulation
— finalizzata al miglioramento qualitativo del bestiame attra- (EC) No 1857/2006 provide the legal basis for the application
verso l'attività di selezione, of this aid scheme
— finalizzata alla fertilità e alla fecondità del bestiame, Sector(s) concerned: Livestock sector
— all'attuazione delle attività connesse alla normativa in Name and address of the granting authority:
materia di identificazione e registrazione degli animali in
applicazione al regolamento (CE) n. 1760/2000 Provincia autonoma di Trento
Dipartimento agricoltura e alimentazione
Legal basis: Servizio vigilanza e promozione delle attività agricole
Via G.B. Trener, 3
L.P. 4 del 28 marzo 2003 «Sostegno dell'economia agricola,
I-38100 Trento
disciplina dell'agricoltura biologica e della contrassegnazione di
prodotti geneticamente non modificati» art. 43, lettere b) e d).
Website:
Deliberazione della Giunta provinciale di Trento n. 215 del
1o febbraio 2008, modificata con deliberazioni n. 862 del http://www.delibere.provincia.tn.it/scripts/gethtmlDeli.asp?Item=
4 aprile 2008 e n. 1193 del 9 maggio 2008 criteri attuativi 12&Type=FulView
dell'art. 43, lettere b) e d) della L.P.4/2003
http://www.delibere.provincia.tn.it/scripts/viewAllegatoDeli.asp?
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: The annual Item=12
budget appropriation concerned totals EUR 800 000
http://www.delibere.provincia.tn.it/scripts/gethtmlDeli.asp?Item=
Maximum aid intensity: The amount of provincial aid for tech- 5&Type=FulView
nical assistance for the fertility and fecundity of livestock and
the implementation of activities connected to legislation
governing the identification and registration of animals in
accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 will be 100 %
of eligible costs.
Aid No: XA 194/08
The amount of provincial aid for the technical activity to
improve the quality of livestock by means of selection measures Member State: Italy
will be 70 % of eligible costs.
Region: Lombardia
The aid will be granted in kind by means of subsidised services
and will not involve direct payments of money to producers Title of aid scheme or name of company receiving an indi-
vidual aid award:
Date of implementation: The scheme will be applicable
following the publication of the identification number of the Piano assicurativo regionale sperimentale, in favore delle
application for exemption on the website of the Commission's imprese agricole, a tutela dei danni derivanti da epizoozie e fito-
Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development patie
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Legal basis: paid by farmers, less payments granted under a national


insurance scheme (in accordance with Article 16 of Regu-
— Bozza di deliberazione giunta regionale, «Piano assicurativo lation (EC) No 1857/2006).
regionale sperimentale, in favore delle imprese agricole, a
tutela dei danni derivanti da epizoozie e fitopatie» The aid must not constitute a barrier to the operation of the
internal market for insurance services. The aid must not be
— Legge regionale n. 7 del 7 febbraio 2000, «Norme per gli limited to an individual insurance company or group of compa-
interventi regionali in agricoltura» nies, or be made subject to the condition that a contract of
insurance be taken out with a company established in the
Member State concerned.
— Legge regionale n. 3/2006, «Modifiche a leggi regionali in
materia di agricoltura»
As regards point (b) above, the scheme is subject to the exis-
tence of a relevant programme enabling the safe disposal of
— Legge 2 giugno 1988, n. 218 «Misure per la lotta contro fallen stock to be monitored and guaranteed. The aid scheme
l'afta epizootica ed altre malattie epizootiche degli animali» also does not include direct payment of money to producers,
but is granted to economic operators providing insurance
— Decreto legislativo 29 marzo 2004, n. 102 «Interventi finan- services to cover the cost of removal and/or destruction of
ziari a sostegno delle imprese agricole, a norma dell'articolo fallen stock, who demonstrate that the amount has been paid in
1, comma 2, lettera i), della legge 7 marzo 2003, n. 38» full to the farmer

— Decreto del ministero delle Politiche agricole alimentari e Sector(s) concerned: Farm holdings: livestock and crop
forestali n. 26078 del 28 dicembre 2007 production

— Decreto del ministero delle Politiche agricole alimentari e Name and address of the granting authority:
forestali n. 102971 del 27 dicembre 2006
Regione Lombardia
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme or overall Direzione generale agricoltura
amount of individual aid granted to the company: Via Pola, 12/14
EUR 2 million I-20124 Milano

Maximum aid intensity: Up to 50 % for those cases referred to Website:


in Article 12(2)(b)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006 (cost of
insurance premiums in respect of losses caused by animal or www.agricoltura.regione.lombardia.it, click on ‘Per saperne di
plant diseases or pest infestations) and up to 100 % for cases più’, and then on ‘Aiuti di Stato’
referred to in Article 16(1)(d) of Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006
(cost of insurance premiums paid by farmers for the removal Other information: —
and destruction of fallen stock)

Date of implementation: From the date of publication of the


registration number of the request for exemption on the website
of the Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and
Rural Development Aid No: XA 195/08

Duration of scheme or individual aid: Until 31 December Member State: Belgium


2013
Region: Vlaanderen
Objective of aid: The aid scheme is designed to encourage
farms to use insurance programmes to safeguard and protect
agricultural and livestock production. In accordance with Arti- Title of aid scheme or name of company receiving an indi-
cles 12 and 16 of Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006, the aid vidual aid:
provides for State aid to also include insurance cover in respect
of the agricultural risks connected to losses caused by the Biocampagnes 2008
spread of animal and plant diseases.
Legal basis:
This addition to State incentives will cover, subject to the limits
set out in Community legislation, the following types of risk: Ontwerp subsidiebesluit voor het project „Biocampagnes 2008”
van Bioforum Vlaanderen vzw (zie bijlage)
(a) losses caused by animal or plant diseases or pest
infestations: up to 50 % of the cost of insurance premiums, Annual expenditure planned under the scheme or overall
less payments granted under a national insurance scheme amount of individual aid granted to the company:
(in accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EC) EUR 73 650
No 1857/2006);
Maximum aid intensity: The maximum aid intensity is 50 %
(b) costs of the removal and destruction of fallen stock: up to of the proven costs of the aid scheme submitted. Overheads are
an amount equivalent to the cost of insurance premiums not eligible for aid
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Date of implementation: The aid will not be granted until the Aid No: XA 196/08
aid decision has been signed by the minister and budget appro-
priations have been committed (mid-May 2008). The stand-still
principle will be complied with Member State: Belgium

Duration of scheme or individual aid award: The aid will be Region: Vlaanderen
granted for a period running up to 31 December 2008
Title of aid scheme or name of company receiving an indi-
Objective of aid: The aid is to be paid to Bioforum so that it vidual aid:
can organise Bioweek in June 2008 and an autumn campaign in
October 2008 to widen public awareness of organic farming.
Subsidie Netwerk Bioforum Vlaanderen
The focus will be on strategic planning and targeting and coor-
dinating publicity measures for these two campaigns.
Legal basis:
The aid is to be granted under Article 15 of Regulation (EC)
No 1857/2006. The aid may cover 100 % of the following Ontwerp subsidiebesluit voor het project „Netwerk Bioforum
costs Vlaanderen — Naar een biosector met meer slagkracht — werk-
jaar 2008 van 1 mei 2008 tot 31 december 2008” van
— Article 15(2)(c): Aid concerning consultancy services Bioforum Vlaanderen vzw (zie bijlage)
provided by third parties,
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme or overall
— Article 15(2)(e): Aid for factual information on quality amount of individual aid granted to the company:
systems open to products from other countries, on generic EUR 415 000
products and on the nutritional benefits of generic products
and suggested uses for them,
Maximum aid intensity: The maximum aid intensity is 100 %
of the proven costs of the aid scheme submitted. Overheads are
— Article 15(2)(f): Aid for publications such as catalogues or not eligible for aid
websites presenting factual information about producers
from a given region or producers of a given product,
provided the information and presentation is neutral and Date of implementation: The aid will not be granted until the
that all producers concerned have equal opportunities to be aid decision has been signed by the minister and budget appro-
represented in the publication. Aid will only be granted for priations have been committed (mid-May 2008). The stand-still
activities and information material in which no reference is principle will be complied with
made to the origin of the product.
Duration of scheme or individual aid award: The aid will be
The scheme does not provide for any aid for advertising granted for a period running up to 31 December 2008
purposes.
Objective of aid: The aid is to be granted to Bioforum so that
All parts of Article 15 will be complied with it can provide basic information on organic farming and organic
products for Flanders on its ‘Biotheek’ website, among other
things by means of:
Sector(s) concerned: Organic farming.

— a one-stop shop for all organic issues,


The aid is to be paid to small and medium-sized holdings only

— a well-maintained website www.biotheek.be providing


Name and address of the granting authority: comprehensive up-to-date information,

Departement Landbouw en Visserij — information brochures and product folders,


Afdeling Duurzame Landbouwontwikkeling
Koning Albert II-laan 35, bus 40
B-1030 Brussel — the ‘Puur’ magazine for consumers, the ‘Puur’ technical infor-
mation section for farmers, and the ‘Puur’ technical informa-
tion section for processors and traders,
Website:

http://lv.vlaanderen.be/nlapps/docs/default.asp?id=780 — a digital photo archive,

Other information: — — an electronic newsletter,

— extensive press work and crisis communications for organic


farming.
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Bioforum is also carrying out two organic campaigns and is — Article 23 du règlement (CE) no 1698/2005 du Conseil du
responsible for integrating communication: integrating various 20 septembre 2005 concernant le soutien au développe-
organic messages and harmonising publications. Bioforum's aim ment rural par le FEADER, en liaison avec le règlement (CE)
is to improve the marketing structure and market transparency no 1974/2006 de la Commission du 15 décembre 2006
for organic products. portant modalités d'application de ce règlement
Bioforum plays an advisory role for organic farming in various — Décret no 2007-1516 du 22 octobre 2007 relatif à la mise
policy areas: agriculture, education, research, health care, etc. en œuvre d'une mesure de préretraite pour les agriculteurs
The aid is to be granted under Article 15 of Regulation (EC) Annual expenditure planned under the scheme or overall
No 1857/2006. The aid may cover 100 % of the following amount of individual aid granted to the company:
costs: EUR 7 000 000
— Article 15(2)(c): Aid concerning consultancy services Maximum aid intensity: Farmers taking early retirement may
provided by third parties, receive flat-rate aid of EUR 7 000 per year, plus additional aid
of about EUR 2 000 per year consisting of free cover under the
— Article 15(2)(e): Aid for factual information on quality social security system during the period of early retirement,
systems open to products from other countries, on generic until full pension entitlement has been reached, i.e. a total
products and on the nutritional benefits of generic products amount of EUR 9 000 per year
and suggested uses for them,
Date of implementation: From the date of publication of the
— Article 15(2)(f): Aid for publications such as catalogues or registration number for the request for exemption on the
websites presenting factual information about producers website of the Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture
from a given region or producers of a given product, and Rural Development
provided the information and presentation is neutral and
that all producers concerned have equal opportunities to be Duration of scheme or individual aid award: Until
represented in the publication. Aid will only be granted for 31 December 2013
activities and information material in which no reference is Objective of aid: The early-retirement scheme is intended to
made to the origin of the product. provide a social solution for farmers forced to cease their
The scheme does not provide for any aid for advertising activity as a result of economic difficulties, inability to adapt to
purposes. new environmental constraints or serious health problems,
whilst promoting the transfer of the land thus released to young
All parts of Article 15 will be complied with farmers starting up using the aid provided for in the PDRH
Sector(s) concerned: Organic farming. (Hexagonal Rural Development Programme) or farmers aged
under 50 who increase the size of their holdings.
The aid is to be paid to small and medium-sized holdings only
The scheme is designed to enable holdings to be restructured
Name and address of the granting authority: and will involve about 1 000 farmers each year.
Departement Landbouw en Visserij France will fund this scheme, in accordance with Article 8 of
Afdeling Duurzame Landbouwontwikkeling Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006, by means of an annual budget
Koning Albert II-laan 35, bus 40 divided up between the regions. A financial contribution from
B-1030 Brussel the regional or local authorities may be added to this to supple-
Website: ment the allowance, up to the permitted Community ceiling
(EUR 18 000 per year per beneficiary).
http://lv.vlaanderen.be/nlapps/docs/default.asp?id=780
The scheme will be implemented by means of project contracts
Other information: — between the State authorities and the regions under the
authority of the prefects. The allowance will be paid by
CNASEA on the basis of proof of transfer and complete
cessation of activity
Aid No: XA 199/08 Sector(s) concerned: SMEs in all sectors of agricultural produc-
tion
Member State: Metropolitan France
Name and address of the granting authority:
Region: This scheme may also be part-financed by regional or
local authorities (regional or general councils) wishing to do so Ministère de l'agriculture et de la pêche
78, rue de Varenne
Title of aid scheme or name of company receiving an indi- F-75349 Paris 07 SP
vidual aid:
Website:
Aides à la préretraite en agriculture
http://agriculture.gouv.fr/sections/thematiques/exploitations-agri-
Legal basis: coles/aides-aux-exploitations/la-preretraite/
— Article 8 du règlement (CE) no 1857/2006 Other information: —