State aid: French Aid for agri-environment-climate commitments authorised
The European Commission has authorised, under EU State aid rules and the EU Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas 2014 to 2020, a French regime providing direct grants for environmental services provided in the context of farming activities, and to encourage the environmental performance of farms. The benefits are intended for small or medium size businesses carrying out farming activities in the eligible zones, in order to improve environmental performance.
The regime is expected to end on 31 December 2021.
The Commission found that the aid in question would contribute to the EU’s objectives in the field of sustainable food production and the efficient use of resources. It fo