On 2 December 2009, the Commission authorised a French aid scheme which is directed at supporting farmers who find themselves in difficulty as a result of the economic crisis. The scheme has a total budget of approximately €700 million and will run until 31 December 2010. Under the scheme, France has been authorised to grant limited amounts of aid of up to €15,000. Farmers facing difficulties will be eligible for aid provided that these difficulties occurred after 1 July 2008, to ensure that they can be attributed to the current economic crisis. The scheme applies the Commission’s Temporary Framework for State aid measures which support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis, as amended in October 2009 to allow grants to primary agricultural producers.

IP/09/1866 – 2 December 2009