MURCIA – The European Commission has approved Spain’s allocation of €120 million from EU recovery funds. This is for the transformation and modernisation of greenhouses growing vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants.
The financing has been approved by the Commission and the Council of the Recovery and Resilience Plan. It will be funded by the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). According to the Commission, this public support scheme will run until 31 December 2023. It aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of European vegetable, flower, and ornamental plant cultivation by supporting the ecological transition.
The support comes in the form of direct subsidies that are invested in structural improvements and energy efficiency. The Commission will assess the proposals in accordance with EU state aid rules. And, in particular, the guidelines applicable to the agricultural and forestry sector and to rural areas. These rules enable the Member States to provide support to ensure economically viable food production and promote resource efficiency for smart and sustainable growth.
The Commission concluded that the aid to the greenhouses promotes the development of an economic activity and does not harm trading conditions.