The European Commission has approved a €9.3 million Croatian scheme to support enterprises that operate in certain primary agricultural sectors affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. The scheme was approved under the state aid Temporary Framework.
The support, which will take the form of direct grants, will -among others- be available to producers of apples, mandarins and potatoes in Croatia. The measure is expected to support more than 6,500 enterprises.
The aim of the scheme is to address the liquidity needs of enterprises that suffered a decrease in sales and to help them to continue their activities during and after the outbreak.
The Commission found that the Croatian scheme is in line with the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework and concluded that the measure is necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a member state. On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under the EU state aid rules.
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