IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

Yes

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Oct 2015 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2020
Still in force

Financial grant

According to France, "The objective of the notified scheme is to improve the competitiveness and enhance the efficiency of undertakings active in the processing and marketing of agricultural products. [...]. The scheme will be in force from the date of its approval by the Commission (01.10.2015) until 31 December 2020. [...] The total planned budget is EUR 600 million, or around EUR 100 million per year." (translation of para. 4, 7 and 8 letter from the EC to France, Brussels 09.11.2015)

Based on the findings of the European Commission, "The scheme in question gives French producers an advantage over other producers in the Union who do not receive the same support. The sector concerned is the agricultural sector which is open to competition at Union level and therefore sensitive to any measure in favor of production in either Member State." (translation of para. 53 letter from the EC to the France, Brussels 09.11.2015)

In the GTA database the determination of whether a policy instrument discriminates against foreign commercial interests turns on whether it creates or alters the relative treatment of domestic firms versus foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory because the state aid is not available to competing firms outside of the implementing jurisdiction.

 

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

011 Cereals
012 Vegetables
013 Fruits & nuts
014 Oilseeds & oleaginous fruits
015 Edible roots & tubers with high starch or inulin content
016 Stimulant, spice & aromatic crops
017 Pulses (dried leguminous vegetables)
018 Sugar crops
019 Forage; natural rubber; living plants; raw vegetable materials
021 Live animals
041 Fish, live, not for human consumption
042 Fish live, fresh or chilled for human consumption
043 Crustaceans, live, fresh or chilled
044 Molluscs live, fresh or chilled
045 Other aquatic invertebrates, live, fresh or chilled
049 Other aquatic plants & animals

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