IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

Subnational

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 16 Dec 2013 | Removal date: 14 Jan 2020
Still in force

Financial grant

 
Between November 2013 and May 2014, the European Commission allowed German authorities to offer state aid for the removal and disposal of fallen stock in a number of different Lands. As all the different cases are prolongations of initial schemes from 2004, only those involving significant changes with respect to content or budgeting will be mentioned.
 
The beneficiaries of the state aid are all primary agricultural producers, i.e. farmers owning animals in the Lands concerned. They would be compensated for the removal and destruction of fallen stock; in some cases also for animals fallen during the transport to the slaughterhouse.
 
On 16 December 2013, the Commission allowed Germany to grant aid worth EUR 24.5 million for the removal and disposal of fallen stock in the Land of Hessen. The scheme includes an increased budget (para. 6, letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 16.12.2013) compared to the initial measure from 2003 (cf. N508/2003).
 
On the same day, the Land of Lower Saxony was granted a budget of EUR 79.5 million, with a increased annual budget of EUR 26.5 million; whereas the Land of Baden-Wuerttemberg was allowed aid worth EUR 60 million with a higher annual budget of EUR 10 million.
 
On 18 December 2013, the EC allowed the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate to grant aid worth EUR 30 million with an increased annual budget of 5 million.
 
On 28 January 2014, the Commission approved aid worth EUR 17.94 million to the Land of Saxony-Anhalt. The annual budget was also raised, in this case to 2.56 million.
 
On 12 February 2014, the Land of Thuringia was allowed to offer state aid amounting to EUR 7.8 million, with a higher annual budget of 1.3 million. Furthermore, the aid intensity was lowered from 66.67% to 33.33%.
 
On 19 February 2014, the European Commission allowed the German authorities to offer state aid for the removal and disposal of fallen stock in the Land of Brandenburg. The state aid scheme is based on a previous framework from 2004 (cf. NN14/2004), however, the aid intensity was reduced to 40% (from 66.6) and the budget was increased. The total budget amounts to EUR 12 million, whereas the annual budget constitutes EUR 2 million.
 
On 10 April 2014, the EC granted aid worth EUR 18 million to the Land of Saxony. The only change from the intial framework involved a doubling of the initial annual budget from EUR 1.5 million to 3 million.
 
On 22 May 2014, the Land of Hamburg was granted aid of EUR 180'000. In addition, the aid intensity was reduced to 70%.
 
The Commission pointed out that "such a scheme constitutes State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) TFEU, because it is granted out of State resources (the compensation measures are financed by the Land Brandenburg), it favours certain undertakings (animal owners) in Brandenburg and it distorts or at least threatens to distort competition and affects trade between Member States in the light of the fact that agricultural sector is characterised by intense competition and significant trade flows between Member States." (para. 16, letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 19.2.2014)
 
A state measure in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects the extent of discrimination against foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

021 Live animals
0101 Live horses, asses, mules and hinnies.
010121 Purebred breeding animals
010129 Other
0102 Live bovine animals.
010221 Purebred breeding animals
010229 Other
0103 Live swine.
010310 Purebred breeding animals
010391 Weighing less than 50 kg
010392 Weighing 50 kg or more
0104 Live sheep and goats.
010410 Sheep
0105 Live poultry, that is to say, fowls of the species Gallus domesticus, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowls.
010511 Fowls of the species Gallus domesticus
010512 Turkeys
010513 Ducks
010594 Fowls of the species Gallus domesticus
010599 Other
0106 Other live animals.
010619 Other
010620 Reptiles (including snakes and turtles)
010649 Other
010690 Other
023 Eggs of hens or other birds in shell, fresh
0407 Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh, preserved or cooked.
040711 Of fowls of the species Gallus domesticus
040719 Other
040721 Of fowls of the species Gallus domesticus
024 Reproductive materials of animals
0511 Animal products not elsewhere specified or included; dead animals of Chapter 1 or 3, unfit for human consumption.
051110 Bovine semen
049 Other aquatic plants & animals
0511 Animal products not elsewhere specified or included; dead animals of Chapter 1 or 3, unfit for human consumption.
051199 Other
211 Meat & meat products
0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.
020110 Carcasses and halfcarcasses
020120 Other cuts with bone in
020130 Boneless
0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
020220 Other cuts with bone in
020230 Boneless
0203 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020311 Carcasses and halfcarcasses
020312 Hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, with bone in
020319 Other
020321 Carcasses and halfcarcasses
020322 Hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, with bone in
020329 Other
0204 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020410 Carcasses and halfcarcasses of lamb, fresh or chilled
020422 Other cuts with bone in
020423 Boneless
020442 Other cuts with bone in
020443 Boneless
0205 Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020500 Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen.
0206 Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020610 Of bovine animals, fresh or chilled
020622 Livers
020629 Other
020630 Of swine, fresh or chilled
020649 Other
0207 Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020711 Not cut in pieces, fresh or chilled
020712 Not cut in pieces, frozen
020713 Cuts and offal, fresh or chilled
020714 Cuts and offal, frozen
020724 Not cut in pieces, fresh or chilled
020725 Not cut in pieces, frozen
020726 Cuts and offal, fresh or chilled
020727 Cuts and offal, frozen
020741 Not cut in pieces, fresh or chilled
020742 Not cut in pieces, frozen
020744 Other, fresh or chilled
020745 Other, frozen
020751 Not cut in pieces, fresh or chilled
020752 Not cut in pieces, frozen
020754 Other, fresh or chilled
020755 Other, frozen
020760 Of guinea fowls
0208 Other meat and edible meat offal, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020810 Of rabbits or hares
020890 Other
0210 Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in brine, dried or smoked; edible flours and meals of meat or meat offal.
021011 Hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, with bone in
021012 Bellies (streaky) and cuts thereof
021019 Other
021020 Meat of bovine animals
021099 Other
0504 Guts, bladders and stomachs of animals (other than fish), whole and pieces thereof, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked.
050400 Guts, bladders and stomachs of animals (other than fish), whole and pieces thereof, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked.
212 Prepared & preserved fish, crustaceans, molluscs
0511 Animal products not elsewhere specified or included; dead animals of Chapter 1 or 3, unfit for human consumption.
051191 Products of fish or crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates; dead animals of Chapter 3
215 Animal fats
0209 Pig fat, free of lean meat, and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked.
020910 Of pigs
221 Processed liquid milk, cream & whey
0401 Milk and cream, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.
040110 Of a fat content, by weight, not exceeding 1 %
040120 Of a fat content, by weight, exceeding 1 % but not exceeding 6 %
040140 Of a fat content, by weight, exceeding 6 % but not exceeding 10 %
040150 Of a fat content, by weight, exceeding 10 %
0404 Whey, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter; products consisting of natural milk constituents, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, not elsewhere specified or included.
040410 Whey and modified whey, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter
222 Other dairy products
0402 Milk and cream, concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.
040210 In powder, granules or other solid forms, of a fat content, by weight, not exceeding 1.5 %
040221 Not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter
040291 Not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter
040299 Other
0403 Buttermilk, curdled milk and cream, yogurt, kephir and other fermented or acidified milk and cream, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavoured or containing added fruit, nuts or cocoa.
040310 Yogurt
040390 Other
0404 Whey, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter; products consisting of natural milk constituents, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, not elsewhere specified or included.
040490 Other
0405 Butter and other fats and oils derived from milk; dairy spreads.
040510 Butter
040520 Dairy spreads
040590 Other
0406 Cheese and curd.
040610 Fresh (unripened or uncured) cheese, including whey cheese, and curd
040620 Grated or powdered cheese, of all kinds
040630 Processed cheese, not grated or powdered
040640 Blueveined cheese and other cheese containing veins produced by Penicillium roqueforti
040690 Other cheese
223 Eggs, in shell, preserved or cooked
0407 Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh, preserved or cooked.
040790 Others
239 Food products n.e.c.
0408 Birds' eggs, not in shell, and egg yolks, fresh, dried, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, moulded, frozen or otherwise preserved, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.
040811 Dried
040819 Other
040891 Dried
040899 Other
391 Wastes from food & tobacco industry
0502 Pigs', hogs' or boars' bristles and hair; badger hair and other brush making hair; waste of such bristles or hair.
050210 Pigs', hogs' or boars' bristles and hair and waste thereof
050290 Other
0505 Skins and other parts of birds, with their feathers or down, feathers and parts of feathers (whether or not with trimmed edges) and down, not further worked than cleaned, disinfected or treated for preservation; powder and waste of feathers or parts of fe
050510 Feathers of a kind used for stuffing; down
050590 Other
0506 Bones and horncores, unworked, defatted, simply prepared (but not cut to shape), treated with acid or degelatinised; powder and waste of these products.
050690 Other

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