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Competition Policy

Prolongation of the EU Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural area

Policy field

Competition: State aid


Target group

All citizens, organisations and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation.


Consultation period

From 16.01.2020 to 20.02.2020


Objective of the consultation

The Commission assesses and authorises State aid for agriculture, forestry and certain activities in rural areas on the basis of Guidelines that are tailor made for those sectors.

State aid rules are limited in time and the current Guidelines are set to expire on 31 December 2020. The Commission is therefore revising them with the aim to replace them with new Guidelines. The design of those future Guidelines will largely depend on the future legislation on strategic plans under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, the legislative procedure for adopting the new CAP legal framework is still pending and the Commission has therefore proposed transitional rules to ensure the continuity of CAP support under the conditions of the existing legal framework until 31 December 2021. Consequently, it is necessary to extend also the period of application of the current State aid Guidelines beyond 31 December 2020 and until 31 December 2021.


How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please COMP-H6-CONSULTATIONatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (subject: HT.5787_Reply_from_a_citizen) (click here) to submit your contribution.

If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click COMP-H6-CONSULTATIONatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (subject: HT.5787_Reply_from_an_organisation) (click here) to submit your contribution

If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please COMP-H6-CONSULTATIONatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (subject: HT.5787_Reply_from_a_public_authority) ( click here) to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on this webpage. Only submissions that are clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL" (in English, in capital letters) will be treated as such and not published. In that case please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

We would appreciate receiving submissions electronically, as attachments to emails in .doc or .pfd format, in English, French or German. Please see for contact details below.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.


Consultation document

Draft Commission Notice amending the European Union Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas 2014 to 2020 as regards their period of application
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Contact details

Directorate-General for Competition – Unit H6
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.5787

E-Mail address:
COMP-H6-CONSULTATIONatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (COMP-H6-CONSULTATION[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition, Unit H6
State aid registry
1049 Bruxelles / Brussel
Ref.: HT 5787