ANNOUNCEMENT 02 Nov 2015In November 2015, the government of Germany announced a change in production support.
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Press release from the German Ministry of Agriculture (in German)
25th subsidy report by the Finance Ministry (in German)
On 2 November 2015, the German Agriculture Ministry announced a federal programme to increase energy efficiency in the country's agricultural and horticultural industries. The programme is the agricultural component of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency ("NAPE") and will be active from 1 January 2016 until the end of 2018.
The programme encompasses three projects, all directed and small and medium-sized entreprises in agriculture and horticulture:
According to 25th subsidy report by the Finance Ministry (cf. Sources), the government estimates the programme will cost 150 million EUR only in 2016.
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