The European Commission has approved a €39.6 million Greek scheme to support producers of certain vegetables who were troubled by the side effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State Aid Temporary Framework. The public support will take the form of direct grants. The scheme will be open to producers of ‘Kalamon' table olives, early watermelon of low coverage and spring potatoes.
It will be also open to producers of greenhouse crops of tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants in Crete. The scheme aims at addressing the liquidity needs of the beneficiaries, thus helping them continue their activities during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
The Commission concluded that the measure is necessary to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a member state. On this basis, the Commission approved the scheme under EU state aid rules.