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C 232/6 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 24.7.

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Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty
Cases where the Commission raises no objections

(98/C 232/05)

Date of adoption: 11 March 1998 Date of adoption: 30 March 1998

Member State: Italy (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) Member State: Italy (Lombardy)

Aid No: NØ114/98
Aid No: NØ636/97
Title: Aid for the purchase of female cattle
Title: Regional assistance to agriculture
Objective: To improve the genetic value and health of
Objective: Different aid schemes for: investments, upland cattle in less-favoured regions within the meaning
start-up for young farmers, start-up for producer groups, of Regulation (EC) No 950/97
environmental investments, measures to develop farming,
improvement of agricultural plots, publicity and Legal basis: Decisione dell’Unioncamere n. 78 del
promotion, compensation for damage caused by natural 12.5.1997
disasters, management loans, alpine pasturage for
breeding cattle. Measures to assist beekeepers Budget: ITL 50 million (approximately ECU 25Ø000)

Legal basis: Progetto di legge regionale n. 252-A Aid intensity: 22,5Ø%

Budget: Adopted annually Duration: One year

Conditions: The measures in question fall within the
Aid intensity: Various according to the measures scope of Article 12(4) of Regulation EC No 950/97 and,
under Article 37(2) of that Regulation, cannot be
Duration: Unlimited examined under Articles 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty.
These measures should therefore be examined under the
Conditions: The Commission has refrained from Regulation in question
expressing its opinion about certain measures in the
notified draft regional law (Articles 31, 33(1), 39(4),
44(1)(h), 68(4), 77) pending notification within the
meaning of Article 93(3) of the EC Treaty of the Date of adoption: 30 March 1998
implementing rules for these measures in due course.
With regard to the measures to assist beekeepers, the Member State: Greece
Commission recommends that the Italian Government
should: Aid No: NØ743/97
—Ùamend the conditions for granting aid for the
Title: Measures to assist producers affected by rain, frost
measures provided in Article 46(1)(b) and (d) of the
and drought in 1997
draft Testo Unico to bring them into line with the
criteria used to assess aid granted following natural
disasters or extraordinary events; Objective: To compensate the production losses suffered
by producers of apples, pears, cherries and winter cereals
—Ùrefrain from granting the aid referred to in Article in certain regions affected by poor weather
46(2)(c) of the draft Testo Unico after the period
strictly necessary to disseminate the practice of polli- Legal basis: Sx~dio ellhnikþw ypoyrgikþw apofásevw
nation among the region’s beekeepers and ensure
that the flat-rate amount of the aid does not exceed Budget: GRD 7 billion (approximately ECU 22,4
the actual cost of introducing this practice. million)
The Commission takes the view that the measures
referred to in Article 63 of the draft Testo Unico (public Aid intensity: 30Ø% of the value of production lost
works) are not State aids within the meaning of Article
92(1) of the EC Treaty Duration: 1997-1999
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Date of adoption: 7 April 1998 Legal basis: Entwurf von Änderungen der Sonderricht-
linie des Bundesministers für Land- und Forstwirtschaft
für das Österreichische Programm zur Förderung einer
Member State: Italy (Tuscany)
umweltgerechten, extensiven und den natürlichen
Lebensraum schützenden Landwirtschaft (ÖPUL 98)
Aid No: NØ536/97
Budget: The figures show overall expenditure on the
Title: Measures to help young people set up in farming, measure (including a 50Ø% contribution from the
assistance to agricultural services and rural areas EAGGF)
—Ù1998: ECU 2,6 million,
Objective: To encourage the diversification of farms and —Ù1999: ECU 3,4 million,
promote lasting rural development
—Ù2000-01: ECU 2,6 to 3,9 million per year
Legal basis: Legge regionale n. 76/977. Misure di aiuto Aid intensity: Compensation for loss of income and 2Ø%
per favorire l’accesso dei giovanni alla attivit{ agricole, incentive payment
di servizio per l’agricoltura e di supporto al territorio
rurale Duration: Unlimited

Budget: ITL 5 billion (approximately ECU 2,6 million)

Date of adoption: 22 April 1998
Aid intensity:
—ÙFarm diversification: 35Ø% (75Ø% in less-favoured Member State: Italy
areas),
Aid No: NØ731/97
—ÙLand purchase: 35Ø% (75Ø% in less-favoured areas),
Title: National programme to assist livestock holdings
—ÙCreation of support services: 35Ø% (75Ø% in less- affected by BSE
favored areas),
—ÙConversion to organic farming: Objective: Compensation premium

—ÙFodder crops: ITL 100Ø000/ha (approximately Legal basis: Legge n. 81/97, articolo 1, comma 9
ECU 51,3/ha)
Budget: ITL 78Ø500Ø000Ø000 (approximately ECU 39
—ÙCereals and legumes: ITL 200Ø000/ha million)
(approximately ECU 102,6/ha)
—ÙVines, olive trees and orchards: ITL 500Ø000/ha Aid intensity: 100Ø% of lost income
(approximately ECU 256,4/ha)
Duration: One-off
—ÙVegetable growing (field): ITL 1Ø000Ø000/ha
(approximately ECU 512,8/ha)
—ÙVegetable growing (protected): ITL 2Ø000Ø000/ha Date of adoption: 22 April 1998
(approximately ECU 1Ø025,6/ha)
Member State: Italy (Tuscany)
Duration: Unspecified
Aid No: NØ735/97

Title: Regional programme to protect ‘relic’ breeds

Date of adoption: 14 April 1998 Objective: To preserve and improve threatened breeds

Member State: Austria (Salzburg) Legal basis: Legge regionale n. 50/97

Budget: ITL 300 million (approximately ECU 0,15
Aid No: NØ87/98 million) for the first year

Title: Regional project to protect groundwater and grass Aid intensity: 100Ø%

Duration: Until 31 December 1999
Objective: Environmental aid (amendment of existing
aid)
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Date of adoption: 22 April 1998 Objective: To improve processing and marketing
conditions for agricultural products and foodstuffs
Member State: Ireland
Legal basis: Proyecto de Decreto por el que establece un
Aid No: NØ821/97 r~gimen general de ayudas al fomento del
cooperativismo y la mejora de las condiciones de comer-
Title: Compensation for losses suffered due to bad cializaciön y transformaciön de los productos
weather in 1997 agroalimentarios

Legal basis: Ex gratia Budget: Unspecified

Budget: IEP 1,2 million (ECU 1,644 million) Aid intensity: Various
Aid intensity: Various, according to the measure
Duration: Unspecified
Duration: Single payments
Conditions: The Spanish authorities undertake to comply
with:
—Ùthe Guidelines for State aids in connection with
Date of adoption: 22 April 1998 investments in the processing and marketing of agri-
cultural products (OJ C 29, 2.2.1996, p. 4),
Member State: Spain (Castile-La Mancha)
—Ùthe Framework for national aid for the advertising of
Aid No: NØ102/98 agricultural products and certain products not listed
in Annex II to the EEC Treaty (OJ C 302,
Title: Aid to agricultural cooperatives 12.11.1987),
—Ùthe Commission Communication concerning State
Objective: To promote and improve the management of involvement in the promotion of agricultural and
cooperatives and to improve the marketing of agri- fisheries products (OJ C 272, 28.10.1986)
cultural products and foodstuffs

Legal basis: Proyecto de Decreto por el que establece un
r~gimen general de ayudas al fomento del
cooperativismo y la mejora de las condiciones de comer- Date of adoption: 22 April 1998
cializaciön y transformaciön de los productos
agroalimentarios Member State: Austria

Budget: Unspecified Aid No: NØ179/98

Aid intensity: Various Title: Aid for insurance premiums (amendment)
Duration: Unspecified
Objective: To include frost damage as an insurable risk
in the Act of 30 March 1955
Conditions: The Spanish authorities undertake to comply
with:
Legal basis: Hagelversicherungs-Förderungsgesetz vom
—ÙCommission notices C 272 of 28 October 1986 and 30.3.1995; Änderung: 12 BGBl. I Nr. 130/1997
C 302 of 12 November 1987,
—Ùthe Guidelines for State aid in connection with Budget: ATS 7 million in 1998 (ECU 0,5 million)
investments in the processing and marketing of agri-
cultural products (OJ C 29, 2.2.1996) Aid intensity: 50Ø% of the cost of insurance premiums

Duration: Unlimited

Date of adoption: 22 April 1998

Member State: Spain (Castile-Leön)
Date of adoption: 24 April 1998
Aid No: NØ106/98
Member State: France
Title: Aid for the processing and marketing of agri-
cultural products and foodstuffs Aid No: NØ164/98
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Title: Aid and parafiscal charges for the ‘Groupement Budget: Unspecified
national interprofessionnel des semences, graines et
plants’ (GNIS) Aid intensity: Various
Duration: Unspecified
Objective: To carry forward and adapt the decree
currently in force Conditions: Undertaking to comply with Commission
notices C 272 of 28 October 1986 and C 302 of
Legal basis: Projet de d~cret 12ÙNovember 1987
Budget: The revenue from parafiscal charges

Aid intensity: Various according to the taxes and Date of adoption: 27 April 1998
products
Member State: Austria
Duration: Until 30 June 2003
Aid No: NØ138/98
Title: ERP programme (amendment)

Date of adoption: 27 April 1998 Objective: Aid for investments in greenhouses

Member State: Austria (Lower Austria) Legal basis: Richtlinie: ERP-Programm für die Land-
wirtschaft
Aid No: NØ841/97 Budget: ATS 10 million (ECU 0,72 million) for the
entire programme
Title: Village renewal
Aid intensity: 26Ø% — the aid must be examined under
Objective: To renew village infrastructure Regulation (EC) No 950/97
Legal basis: Richtlinien über die Dorferneuerung Duration: Unlimited

Budget: ATS 35 to 40 million (ECU 2,5 to 2,9 million)

Aid intensity: 50Ø% to 75Ø% — the measure does not Date of adoption: 29 April 1998
constitute aid within the meaning of Article 92(1) of the Member State: Belgium
EC Treaty
Aid No: NØ112/98
Duration: Unlimited
Title: Draft royal decree laying down the annual
contributions due from ornamental plant growers
Objective: To enable the competent public authorities to
Date of adoption: 27 April 1998
carry out plant-health inspections
Member State: Spain (Castile-La Mancha) Legal basis: Projet de d~cret royal d~terminant les coti-
sations annuelles dues par les producteurs de plantes
Aid No: NØ105/98 ornementales
Title: Aid to certification bodies and interbranch organ- Ontwerp van koninklijk besluit tot vaststelling van de
isations jaarlijkse door de producenten van siergewassen te
betalen bijdrage
Objective: To improve marketing and the quality of agri-
Budget: Approximately BEF 5Ø750Ø000 (approximately
cultural products
ECU 143Ø750) per year
Legal basis: Proyecto de Decreto por el que se establece Duration: Unlimited
un r~gimen general de ayudas al fomento del coope-
rativismo y la mejora de las condiciones de comercia- Conditions: The measure does not meet the criteria laid
lizaciön down in Article 92(1) of the EC Treaty