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Competition Policy

State aid – review of rules on exemptions for small amounts of aid (de minimis aid) in agriculture

Policy field

Competition: State aid


Target group

All citizens, organisations and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from national authorities dealing with measures covered by Commission Regulation (EU) No 1408/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid in the agriculture sector (‘agricultural de minimis Regulation’).


Period of consultation

From 07.06.2024 to 21.07.2024


Objective of the consultation

Current de minimis rules for the agriculture sector allow exemptions from State aid control for small aid amounts – up to EUR 20 000 (or EUR 25 000 in Member States with a central register) per undertaking and three years– as they are deemed to have no impact on competition and trade in the single market. Also maximum cumulative amounts of de minimis aid per Member State have to be respected. 

The Commission is now revising the agricultural de minimis Regulation to react to increasing inflationary pressure in the sector. It is proposing to adjust the de minimis threshold to inflation and to also increase the national caps. It also proposes to improve transparency by introducing a mandatory de minimis register, which will reduce administrative burden on farmers who currently use a self-declaration system.


How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution. 
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution. 
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution. 

Received contributions will be published on this webpage. Submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" 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 English, French or German. These attachments should, furthermore, be submitted in “.docx” or “.pdf” format, otherwise they will not be published.

When providing us with the documents requested above, please ensure that redactions made by you properly cover all confidential information and cannot be reversed.

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


Consultation documents


Reference documents and other related consultations


Contact details

Responsible service:
Directorate-General for Competition – Unit H.6: State Aid - Agriculture and Fisheries
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.100254

e-mail:  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 H.6
State aid Registry
1049 Bruxelles /Brussel
Belgique /België
Ref: HT.100254


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