Coronavirus: Brussels supports the agricultural sector

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)
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The Brussels-Capital Region has decided to support the agricultural sector, which is strongly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The sector can benefit from a one-off premium of € 3,000, to be applied for before 29 May 2020.

Who can benefit from this aid?

You must meet the following conditions: 

  • Be a business (company or self-employed person) operating in at least one establishment unit in the Brussels-Capital Region in the primary food production sector, i.e. the growing of plants and raising of animals for the production of food and animal feed;
  • Carry out an activity which is included among the NACE codes listed below;
  • Have at least one establishment unit in the Brussels-Capital Region, registered on 13 March 2020 with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises with one of these NACE codes;
  • Suffer a loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Brussels Economy and Employment will ask you for proof of this;
  • Have not already benefited from any other aid from the Brussels-Capital Region in the context of the Covid-19 crisis;
  • Have not been in difficulty on 31 December 2019;
  • Have not yet reached the maximum amounts laid down in the temporary framework for State aid measures (€ 100,000 for companies active in the primary production of agricultural products and € 120,000 for companies active in the fishing and aquaculture sector or, if the company is active in both sectors, a maximum of € 120,000 aid, of which € 100,000 is aid for the primary production of agricultural products).

What is the amount of the premium?

The premium amounts to € 3,000. It is a one-off premium, which is paid in one instalment.

Please note that if budgetary credits are insufficient, the premium will be granted in priority to employers in category 1:

  • Category 1 = Growing and propagation of plants (NACE codes 01.110 to 01.309)
  • Category 2 = animal production, mixed farming, support activities to agriculture, fishing and aquaculture (NACE codes 01.410 to 01.640, 03.110 to 03.220).

Which formalities do you have to fulfil?

You must complete the online form on the website of Brussels, Economy and Employment before 29 May 2020.

List of NACE codes (on 13 March 2020 herewith registered in the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises) eligible for the Covid-19 agriculture premium.

NACE BEL 2008 CODE

Description

01.110

Growing of cereals (except rice), leguminous crops and oil seeds      

01.120

Growing of rice

01.130

Growing of vegetables and melons, roots and tubers

01.140

Growing of sugar cane

01.160

Growing of fibre crops

01.199

Growing of other non-perennial crops   

01.210

Growing of grapes

01.220

Growing of tropical and subtropical fruits

01.230

Growing of citrus fruits

01.240

Growing of pome fruits and stone fruits 

01.250

Growing of other tree and bush fruits and nuts 

01.260

Growing of oleaginous fruits   

01.270

Growing of beverage crops

01.280

Growing of spices, aromatic, drug and pharmaceutical crops  

01.290

Growing of other perennial crops      

01.309

Other plant propagation

01.410

Raising of dairy cattle

01.420

Raising of other cattle and buffaloes

01.430

Raising of horses and other equines

01.440

Raising of camels and camelids

01.450

Raising of sheep and goats

01.461

Raising of swine/pigs    

01.462

Pig fattening

01.471

Raising of poultry      

01.472

Production of eggs from poultry

01.479

Poultry farming, other than raising of poultry

01.490

Raising of other animals

01.500

Mixed farming

01.610

Support activities to the growing of crops

01.620

Support activities to animal production

01.630

Post-harvest crop activities

01.640

Seed treatment with a view to propagation

03.110

Marine fishing

03.120

Freshwater fishing

03.210

Marine aquaculture

03.220

Freshwater aquaculture  

 

Source: Special Powers Decree of 7 May 2020 of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region No 2020/015 relating to aid in the context of the Covid-19 health crisis to compensate companies active in the primary production of agricultural products and in aquaculture in the field of food, Belgian Official Gazette of 13.05.2020.