EU publishes regulation that makes spending on operational funds exceptionally flexible

On September 14, the Official Journal of the European Union published the Commission  Delegated Regulation (UE) 2020/1275  of July 6, 2020, amending the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592 on temporary exceptional measures derogating from certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to address the market disturbance in the fruit and vegetables and wine sectors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and measures linked to it.

The proposed modification for the fruit and vegetable sector expands from 50% to 70% Community funding for the operational funds of operational programs presented by fruit and vegetable producer organizations for 2020. However, this Community funding will not exceed the Union's financial contribution to the operational funds approved by the Member States for the year 2020.

This amendment implies that those OPFH that are unable to execute in 2020 some of the actions and measures approved in their operational programs because of COVID-19, can reduce their contribution to the operational fund while the EU will fund up to 70 % of the actual expenses incurred, an aspect that provides flexibility to the management of operating funds, according to FEPEX.

However, this modification does not mean there will be an increase in Community aid. It also doesn't contemplate the inclusion of expenses that are currently ineligible or the expenses derived from COVID-19 in the operating funds, as requested by the sector.



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