ANNOUNCEMENT 04 May 2020
In May 2020, the European Union approved the introduction of storage aid for sheep and goat meat. The application period was suspended and later permanently closed in July 2020.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Official Journal of the European Union, L 140/21, issued on 4 May 2020, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/595 of 30 April 2020: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32020R0595&qid=1604571665393
Official Journal of the European Union, L 223/3, issued on 10 July 2020, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1007 of 9 July 2020: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32020R1007&qid=1604571665393
Official Journal of the European Union, L 227/10, issued on 16 July 2020, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1029 of 15 July 2020: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32020R1029
European Commission, press release of 22 April 2020, Coronavirus: Commission announces exceptional measures to support the agri-food sector: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_20_722
On 4 May 2020, the European Commission issued Regulation (EU) 2020/595 introducing storage aid for sheep and goat meat falling under ex 0204.10.00 and ex 0204.50.11. Under the mechanism, local producers of sheep and goat meat are granted aid in return for temporarily withdrawing a minimum of 5 tonnes of the subject good from the market. The subject good must be withdrawn from the market for a period of either 90, 120 or 150 days. The total aid granted varies depending on the storage aid period. EUR 866 (USD 944.30) per tonne is granted for a period of 90 days. EUR 890 (USD 970.47) per tonne is granted for a period of 120 days. EUR 915 (USD 997.73) per tonne is granted for a period of 150 days.
The sheep and goat meat must be of EU origin and of a sound and fair marketable quality. The aid is granted following an application from an eligible company located in the EU. The application period is open from 7 May 2020. No end date was announced.
In this context, on 22 April 2020, the Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski stated in a press release concerning the introduction of a number of support measures including storage aid on sheep and goat meat that: ”The consequences of the coronavirus crisis are increasingly being felt in the agri-food sector and this is why we have decided to take swift action, in addition to the measures already taken since the outbreak of the crisis. The measures proposed are, in the present state of market developments, intended to send a signal aimed at stabilising markets and are considered to be the most appropriate for providing stability to future prices and production and thus stable food supplies and food security. Today we are announcing a new and exceptional package of measures to support the most affected agri-food sectors by addressing already observed disturbances as well as future risks. I am confident that these measures will relieve markets, and show concrete results rapidly.”
Notably, on the same day, the Commission also approved storage aid on a number of other products, see related state acts.
On 10 July 2020, the European Commission suspended the submission of applications between 10 July 2020 to 16 July 2020. On 17 July 2020, the Commission permanently closed the submission of applications period.