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C 294/12 EN Official Journal of the European Union 6.12.

2007

Information communicated by Member States regarding State aid granted under Commission
Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to State
aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production of agricultural products

(2007/C 294/08)

Aid No: XA 93/07 2. the improvement of immovable property;

Member State: Italy 3. general costs linked to the expenditure under points 1 and 2
such as professional fees, feasibility studies, purchase of
Region: Basilicata patents or licenses.

Title of aid scheme: Apicoltura Date of implementation: From the date on which the
Basilicata RDP for 2007-2013 was received in admissible form.
Legal basis: The rural development programme enables the
Basilicata region to continue providing separate regional State Duration of scheme or individual aid award: Until
aid that is additional to the aid part financed under Regulation 31 December 2013.
(EC) No 1698/2005, with a view to supplying additional finan-
cing under the terms of Article 89 of that Regulation. This
scheme is part of that programme. Accordingly, the Regional Objective of aid: In Basilicata, the bee-keeping sector is
Decision setting out the programme as described below will be becoming increasingly important due to the region's natural
issued following the decision deeming the Basilicata regional features and the sector's structural characteristics. In general, the
development plan for 2007-2013 to be admissible. regional objective is to promote the qualitative and quantitative
development of the bee-keeping sector while respecting the
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: environment and the health of consumers.
EUR 100 000.
The purpose of this State aid is:
Maximum aid intensity: Up to 100 %:
— to train and update bee-keepers,
1. of the costs of market research activities, product conception
and design, including aid granted for the preparation of
applications for the recognition of geographical indications — to certify honey as well as to produce and certify organic
and designations of origin or certificates of specific character honey,
in accordance with the relevant Community regulations;
— to purchase machinery and equipment for honey produc-
2. of the cost of introducing quality assurance schemes such as tion,
the ISO 9000 or 14000 series, HACCP systems, traceability
systems, systems to ensure authenticity and compliance with
marketing standards or environmental audit systems; — to structurally adjust honey extraction rooms,

3. of the costs of training personnel to apply the standards set — to provide technical support for the following: business
out in the previous point; management, auxiliary services, services for the dissemina-
tion of new techniques through demonstration projects, the
4. of the charges levied by recognised certifying bodies for the organisation of competitions, exhibitions and trade fairs,
initial certification of quality assurance or similar systems;
— to improve the conditions under which pastureland is used.
5. of the costs of compulsory control measures undertaken
pursuant to Community or national legislation by or on
behalf of the competent authorities, unless Community legis- Eligible costs:
lation requires enterprises to bear such costs;
1. market research activities, product conception and design,
6. of eligible costs of technical support services. including aid granted for the preparation of applications for
recognition of designations of origin or certificates of specific
Up to 50 % of eligible investments (60 % of eligible investments character in accordance with the relevant Community regula-
in the case of investments made by young farmers within five tions;
years of setting up) for the following:
2. the cost of introducing quality assurance schemes such as the
1. the purchase or lease-purchase of machinery and equipment, ISO 9000 or 14000 series, HACCP systems, traceability
including computer software up to the market value of the systems, systems to ensure authenticity and compliance with
asset; marketing standards or environmental audit systems;
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3. the cost of training personnel to apply the standards set out Name and address of the granting authority:
in the previous point;

Regione Basilicata — Dipartimento Agricoltura


4. charges levied by recognised certifying bodies for the initial Sviluppo Rurale
certification of quality assurance or similar systems; Economia Montana
Viale della Regione Basilicata, 12
I-85100 Potenza
Tel.: (39) 971 66 87 35
5. the purchase or lease-purchase of machinery and equipment, Fax: (39) 971 450 74
including computer software up to the market value of the
asset;
Website:
6. land investments aimed at reducing production costs,
improving productivity conditions and product quality,
Internet address (URL): http://www.regione.basilicata.it/dipagri-
protecting and improving the livestock's natural environ-
coltura/
ment, hygienic conditions or welfare;

Other information: Although it may not be expressly


7. general costs linked to the expenditure under points 5 and 6 mentioned in this summary, the Region of Basilicata undertakes
such as professional fees, feasibility studies, purchase of to meet all the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC)
patents or licenses. No 1857/2006 when applying the aid scheme.

8. costs for the following activities: general education and The aid scheme in question was introduced by Regional Law
training of bee-keepers and their workers (expenses related to No 36 of 2001 (Aid No 588/01 approved by the European
the organisation of training programmes; travel and subsis- Commission by Decision of 17 July 2002), and no longer in
tence expenses of participants; cost of the provision of repla- force (Article 2(1) of the Law under the heading ‘Duration’
cement services during the absence of the farmer or the provides that: ‘1. The aid scheme pursuant to this Law runs for
farm worker); farm replacement services (the actual costs of the same duration as the regional operational programme
the replacement of a farmer, the farmer's partner, or a farm approved on 22 August 2000’. Since the needs which gave rise
worker, during illness and holidays); consultancy services to the aid scheme remain valid, the Region of Basilicata intends
provided by third parties (fees for services which do not to extend this aid to the 2007-2013 programming period.
constitute a continuous or periodic activity nor relate to the
enterprise's usual operating expenditure, such as routine tax
consultancy services, regular legal services, or advertising);
the organisation of and participation in forums to share
knowledge between businesses, in competitions, exhibitions
and fairs (participation fees, travel costs, costs of publica-
tions, the rent of exhibition stands, symbolic prizes awarded
in the framework of competitions, up to a value of EUR 250 Aid No: XA 94/07
per prize and per winner); publications such as catalogues or
websites presenting factual information about producers
from a given region or producers of a given product, Member State: Italy
provided that this information and the presentation are
neutral and that all producers concerned are afforded the
same opportunity to feature in the publications. Region: Basilicata

Relevant Articles: Title of the aid scheme: Associazioni di Produttori

Article 4: ‘Investments in agricultural holdings’. Legal basis: The rural development programme enables the
Region of Basilicata to continue providing its own regional State
aid in addition to the aid part-financed under Regulation (EC)
Article 14: ‘Aid to encourage the production of quality agri- No 1698/2005, with a view to ensuring supplementary finan-
cultural products’. cing under the terms of Article 89 of that Regulation. This
scheme forms part of that programme. Accordingly, the
Regional Decision setting out the programme as described
below will be issued following the decision to adopt the regional
Article 15: ‘Provision of technical support in the agricultural development plan for Basilicata for the period 2007-2013.
sector’.

Annual expenditure planned under the scheme:


Sector(s) concerned: Animal production — Bees. EUR 800 000.
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Maximum aid intensity: The total amount of aid that can be to meet all the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC)
granted to a producer organisation or association of producer No 1857/2006 when applying the aid scheme.
organisations under this aid scheme cannot exceed
EUR 200 000.
The aid scheme in question was introduced by Regional Law
No 36 of 2001 (Aid No 588/01 approved by the European
Date of implementation: Starts on the date the regional devel- Commission by Decision of 17 July 2002), and no longer in
opment plan for Basilicata for the period 2007-2013 is force (Article 2(1) of the Law under the heading ‘Duration’
adopted. provides that: ‘1. The aid scheme pursuant to this Law runs for
the same duration as the regional operational programme
Duration of the scheme: Ends 31 December 2013. approved on 22 August 2000’. Since the needs which gave rise
to the aid scheme remain valid, the Region of Basilicata intends
to continue to provide this aid in the 2007-2013 programming
Objective of the aid: The fact that the supply of agricultural period.
products is fragmented and no quality improvements to it have
been made is one of the main obstacles to growth in the
primary sector in Basilicata. The Region intends to use this aid
to help establish producer organisations and associations of
producer organisations that can provide their members with the
support and services needed to develop the primary sector. The
purpose of the aid is to establish producer associations with a
Aid No: XA 95/07
view to aligning their production to market needs, in particular
by concentrating supply.
Member State: Italy
Eligible expenditure includes:
Region: Basilicata
1. the cost of renting suitable premises (where premises are
purchased, eligible expenses are limited to the cost of rent at
market value); Title of aid scheme or name of company receiving an indi-
vidual aid award: Sapori Lucani
2. the purchase of office equipment, including computer hard-
ware and software; Legal basis: The rural development programme enables the
Region of Basilicata to continue providing separate regional
3. administrative costs to cover staff, general costs and adminis- State aid in addition to the aid part-financed under Regulation
trative and legal expenses. (EC) No 1698/2005, with a view to supplying additional finan-
cing under the terms of Article 89 of that Regulation. This
scheme is part of that programme. Accordingly, the Regional
Reference Articles: Decision setting out the programme as described below will be
issued following the decision to adopt the Basilicata regional
Article 9: ‘Aid to producer organisations’. development plan for 2007-2013.

Sector(s) concerned: Producer organisations and associations Annual expenditure planned under the scheme:
of producer organisations active in the production of agri- EUR 100 000.
cultural products and/or associations of producer organisations
responsible for monitoring the use of geographical indications
and designations of origin or quality labels in line with EU legis- Maximum aid intensity: Up to 100 % of eligible costs for:
lation.

1. publications, such as catalogues or web sites, containing


Name and address of the granting authority:
information on producers in the Region of Basilicata or
certain regional products, provided that this information and
Regione Basilicata — Dipartimento Agricoltura the presentation are neutral and all producers concerned are
Sviluppo Rurale afforded the same opportunity to feature in the publications.
Economia Montana
Viale della Regione Basilicata, 12
I-85100 Potenza This aid scheme also provides for a premium for restaurateurs
Tel.: (39) 971 66 87 35 in Basilicata that will be granted under Regulation (EC)
Fax: (39) 971 450 74 No 1998/2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the
Treaty to de minimis aid.
Website:
Date of implementation: Starts on the date the Basilicata
Web address: http://www.regione.basilicata.it/dipagricoltura/ regional development plan for 2007-2013 was received in
admissible form.

Other information: Although it may not be expressly


mentioned in this summary, the Region of Basilicata undertakes Duration of the scheme: Ends 31 December 2013.
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Objective of the aid: The objective of this aid scheme is to add Commission by Decision of 17 July 2002), and no longer in
value to products and wine and culinary traditions from force (Article 2(1) of the Law under the heading ‘Duration’
Basilicata marketed in Italy and worldwide. To reach this objec- provides that: ‘1. The aid scheme pursuant to this Law runs for
tive, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is the same duration as the regional operational programme
supporting the compilation of a catalogue of all food products approved on 22 August 2000’. Since the needs which gave rise
typical of Basilicata to promote them worldwide. to the aid scheme remain valid, the Region of Basilicata intends
to extend this aid to the 2007-2013 programming period.

The aim of the catalogue is to promote regional production


worldwide. The catalogue will present all products from
Basilicata as a basket of goods, indicating the origin of each
product. The catalogue will be distributed at fairs, exhibitions
and competitive events such as the ‘Sapori Lucani’ prize, where
the Region of Basilicata will have its own stand. The catalogue is
produced as an accessory to such fairs and exhibitions and will Aid No: XA 96/07
be used only in these environments. Inclusion in the catalogue
is open to all agricultural producers and will not contain any
incitement to purchase the products. Member State: Italy

Eligible expenditure includes: Region: Basilicata

Costs for: Title of aid scheme: Meccanizzazione

1. publications, such as catalogues or web sites, containing Legal basis: The rural development programme enables the
information on producers in the Region of Basilicata or Basilicata region to continue providing separate regional State
certain regional products, provided that such information aid that is additional to the aid part financed under Regulation
and the presentation are neutral and all producers concerned (EC) No 1698/2005, with a view to supplying additional finan-
are afforded the same opportunity to feature in the publica- cing under the terms of Article 89 of that Regulation. This
tions. scheme is part of that programme. Accordingly, the Regional
Decision setting out the programme as described below will be
issued following the decision deeming the Basilicata regional
Reference Articles:
development plan for 2007-2013 to be admissible.

Article 15: ‘Provision of technical support in the agricultural


sector’. Annual expenditure planned under the scheme:
EUR 120 000.

Sector(s) concerned: All sectors of agriculture


Maximum aid intensity: Up to 50 % of eligible investments
(60 % of eligible investments in the case of investments made
Name and address of the granting authority: by young farmers within five years of setting up) for the
following:

Regione Basilicata — Dipartimento Agricoltura


Sviluppo Rurale 1. the purchase or lease-purchase of machinery and equipment,
Economia Montana including computer hardware and software up to the market
Viale della Regione Basilicata, 12 value of the asset;
I-85100 Potenza
Tel.: (39) 971 66 87 35
Fax: (39) 971 450 74 2. the construction, acquisition and improvement of immovable
property;
Website:
3. general costs linked to the expenditure under the previous
Web address: http://www.regione.basilicata.it/dipagricoltura/ points such as professional fees, feasibility studies, purchase
of patents or licenses.

Other information: Although it may not be expressly


mentioned in this summary, the Region of Basilicata undertakes Note: Aid may be granted for purchasing land other than for
to meet all the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC) construction purposes costing up to 10 % of the eligible
No 1857/2006 when applying the aid scheme. expenses of the investment

The overall aid amount granted to an individual business may


The aid scheme in question was introduced by Regional Law not exceed EUR 100 000 paid over any period of three financial
No 36 of 2001 (Aid No 588/01 approved by the European years.
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Date of implementation: From the date on which the Commission by Decision of 17 July 2002), and no longer in
Basilicata RDP 2007-2013 was received in admissible form. force (Article 2(1) of the Law under the heading ‘Duration’
provides that: ‘1. The aid scheme pursuant to this Law runs for
the same duration as the regional operational programme
Duration of scheme: Up to 31 December 2013.
approved on 22 August 2000’. Since the needs which gave rise
to the aid scheme remain valid, the Region of Basilicata intends
Objective of aid: The aid is aimed at improving the efficacy to extend this aid to the 2007-2013 programming period.
and efficiency of regional agricultural holdings to make them
modern and competitive on the market. The objective of the aid
is:

— to reduce production costs and times,


Aid No: XA 97/07
— to improve production quality.
Member State: Italy
The specific objective of the aid is to promote the technological
development of the region's agricultural activities by financing
the purchase of machinery, equipment and computer programs. Region: Basilicata

Eligible costs: Title of aid scheme: Ricomposizione fondiaria

1. the purchase or lease-purchase of machinery and equipment, Legal basis: The rural development programme enables the
including computer hardware and software up to the market Basilicata region to continue providing separate regional State
value of the asset; aid that is additional to the aid part financed under Regulation
(EC) No 1698/2005, with a view to supplying additional finan-
2. the construction, acquisition and improvement of immovable cing under the terms of Article 89 of that Regulation. This
property; scheme is part of that programme. Accordingly, the Regional
Decision setting out the programme as described below will be
issued following the decision deeming the Basilicata regional
3. general costs linked to the expenditure under the previous development plan for 2007-2013 to be admissible.
points such as professional fees, feasibility studies, purchase
of patents or licenses.
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: EUR 30 000.
Relevant Articles:
Maximum aid intensity: Up to 100 % of the expenses actually
Article 4: ‘Investments in agricultural holdings’. borne in respect of legal and administrative costs linked with
the transaction, including the conduct of searches.
Sector(s) concerned: All.
Date of implementation: From the date on which the
Basilicata RDP 2007-2013 was received in admissible form.
Name and address of the granting authority:

Regione Basilicata — Dipartimento Agricoltura Duration of scheme: Until 31 December 2013.


Sviluppo Rurale
Economia Montana Objective of aid: With this aid, the Region of Basilicata intends
Viale della Regione Basilicata, 12 to promote the establishment of more efficient business bases
I-85100 Potenza both in technical and economic terms, while revitalising rural
Tel.: (39) 971 66 87 35 areas by favouring generational replacement and helping young
Fax: (39) 971 450 74 people to enter the agricultural sector.

Website:
Eligible costs:

Internet address (URL): http://www.regione.basilicata.it/dipagri-


coltura/ 1. legal and administrative costs, including the conduct of
searches.
Other information: Although it may not be expressly
mentioned in this summary, the Region of Basilicata undertakes Relevant Articles
to meet all the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC)
No 1857/2006 when applying the aid scheme.
Article 13: ‘Aid for land reparcelling’.
The aid scheme in question was introduced by Regional Law
No 36 of 2001 (Aid No 588/01 approved by the European Sector(s) concerned: The entire agricultural sector.
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Name and address of the granting authority: 1. of the costs of market research activities, product concep-
tion and design, including aid granted for the preparation
of applications for recognition of designations of origin or
Regione Basilicata — Dipartimento Agricoltura certificates of specific character in accordance with the rele-
Sviluppo Rurale vant Community regulations;
Economia Montana
Viale della Regione Basilicata, 12
I-85100 Potenza 2. of the costs of introducing quality assurance schemes such
Tel.: (39) 971 66 87 35 as the ISO 9000 or 14000 standards, HACCP systems,
Fax: (39) 971 450 74 traceability systems, systems to ensure authenticity and
compliance with marketing standards or environmental
audit systems;
Website:
3. of the costs of training personnel to apply the standards set
out in the previous point;
Internet address (URL): http://www.regione.basilicata.it/dipagri-
coltura/
4. of the charges levied by recognised certifying bodies for the
initial certification of quality assurance and similar systems;
Other information: Although it may not be expressly
mentioned in this summary, the Region of Basilicata undertakes
to meet all the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC) 5. of eligible costs of technical support services;
No 1857/2006 when applying the aid scheme.
6. of the administrative costs of the establishment and mainte-
The aid scheme in question was introduced by Regional Law nance of herd books;
No 36 of 2001 (Aid No 588/01 approved by the European
Commission by Decision of 17 July 2002), and no longer in
7. of the costs incurred in removing fallen stock (75 % of the
force (Article 2(1) of the Law under the heading ‘Duration’
cost incurred in destroying such carcasses); alternatively, aid
provides that: ‘1. The aid scheme pursuant to this Law runs for
up to an equivalent amount towards the costs of premiums
the same duration as the regional operational programme
paid by farmers for insurance to cover the costs of removal
approved on 22 August 2000’. Since the needs which gave rise
and destruction of fallen stock;
to the aid scheme remain valid, the Region of Basilicata intends
to extend this aid to the 2007-2013 programming period.
8. of the costs incurred in removing and destroying carcasses
where the aid is financed through fees or through compul-
sory contributions to finance the destruction of such
carcasses, provided that such fees or contributions are
limited to and directly imposed on the meat sector;

Aid No: XA 98/07


9. of the costs incurred in removing and destroying fallen
stock where there is an obligation to perform TSE tests on
the fallen stock concerned;
Member State: Italy

10. of the costs of TSE tests.


Region: Basilicata

Up to 70 %:
Title of aid scheme: Zootecnia
1. of the costs of tests performed by or on behalf of third
Legal basis: The rural development programme enables the parties, to determine the genetic quality or yield of livestock,
Basilicata region to continue providing separate regional State with the exception of controls undertaken by the owner of
aid that is additional to the aid part financed under Regulation the livestock and routine controls of milk quality.
(EC) No 1698/2005, with a view to supplying additional finan-
cing under the terms of Article 89 of that Regulation. This
Up to 40 % (until 31 December 2011) for the introduction at
scheme is part of that programme. Accordingly, the Regional
farm level of innovative animal breeding techniques or practices,
Decision setting out the programme as described below will be
with the exception of costs relating to the introduction or
issued following the decision deeming the Basilicata regional
performance of artificial insemination.
development plan for 2007-2013 to be admissible.

Date of implementation: From the date on which the


Annual expenditure planned under the scheme: Basilicata RDP 2007-2013 was received in admissible form.
EUR 4,3 million.

Duration of scheme or individual aid award: Until


Maximum aid intensity: Up to 100 %: 31 December 2013.
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Objective of aid: With this aid the Region of Basilicata intends neutral and that all producers concerned are afforded the
to improve the efficiency and professionalism of the regional same opportunity to feature in the publications;
livestock sector, so helping to increase its long-term viability.
6. the administrative costs of the establishment and mainte-
The Region grants financial assistance on submission of special
nance of herd books;
livestock programmes including activities for the protection and
the qualitative and quantitative development of the sector and, 7. costs incurred in removing fallen stock;
at the same time, for the genetic improvement of the region's 8. the costs incurred in removing and destroying carcasses;
livestock, food safety, the introduction of certified methods and
detection and identification systems ensuring race traceability 9. the costs incurred in removing and destroying fallen stock,
and preservation, whilst combating livestock theft. where there is an obligation to perform TSE tests on the
fallen stock concerned;
Eligible costs:
10. the costs of TSE tests.
1. market research activities, product conception and design,
including aid granted for the preparation of applications for Relevant Articles:
recognition of designations of origin or certificates of Article 14: ‘Aid to encourage the production of quality agri-
specific character in accordance with the relevant Com- cultural products’,
munity regulations;
Article 15: ‘Provision of technical support in the agricultural
2. the costs of introducing quality assurance schemes such as
sector’,
the ISO 9000 or 14000 standards, HACCP systems, trace-
ability systems, systems to ensure authenticity and compli- Article 16: ‘Support for the livestock sector’.
ance with marketing standards or environmental audit Sector(s) concerned: Livestock sector.
systems;
Name and address of the granting authority:
3. the costs of training personnel to apply the standards set
out in the previous point; Regione Basilicata — Dipartimento Agricoltura
4. the charges levied by recognised certifying bodies for the Sviluppo Rurale
initial certification of quality assurance and similar systems; Economia Montana
Viale della Regione Basilicata, 12
5. the costs for the following activities: general education and I-85100 Potenza
training of farmers and their collaborators (expenses related Tel.: (39) 971 66 87 35
to the organisation of training programmes; travel and Fax: (39) 971 450 74
subsistence expenses of participants; cost of the provision
of replacement services during the absence of the farmer or Website:
the farm worker); farm replacement services (the actual Internet address (URL): http://www.regione.basilicata.it/dipagri-
costs of the replacement of a farmer, the farmer's partner, coltura/
or a farm worker, during illness and holidays); consultancy
Other information: Although it may not be expressly
services provided by third parties (fees for services which
mentioned in this summary, the Region of Basilicata undertakes
do not constitute a continuous or periodic activity nor
to meet all the conditions laid down in Regulation (EC)
relate to the enterprise's usual operating expenditure, such
No 1857/2006 when applying the aid scheme.
as routine tax consultancy services, regular legal services, or
advertising); the organisation of and participation in forums The aid scheme in question was introduced by Regional Law
to share knowledge between businesses, in competitions, No 36 of 2001 (Aid No 588/01 approved by the European
exhibitions and fairs (participation fees, travel costs, costs of Commission by Decision of 17 July 2002), and no longer in
publications, the rent of exhibition stands, symbolic prizes force (Article 2(1) of the Law under the heading ‘Duration’
awarded in the framework of competitions up to a value of provides that: ‘1. The aid scheme pursuant to this Law runs for
EUR 250 per prize and per winner); publications such as the same duration as the regional operational programme
catalogues or websites presenting factual information about approved on 22 August 2000’. Since the needs which gave rise
producers from a given region or producers of a given to the aid scheme remain valid, the Region of Basilicata intends
product, provided thisinformation and the presentation are to extend this aid to the 2007-2013 programming period.