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    Fondo Español de Garantía Agraria O.A.
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    PAC 2021-2023

Beekeeping Sector

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> Introduction

With a view to improving the general production and marketing conditions of beekeeping products, the European Union provides subsidies in the beekeeping sector and for its products, co-financing, in collaboration with Member States, expenses resulting from the undertaking of research projects in this sector.

To appropriately manage funds allocated to this measure, it is essential that beneficiaries of these subsidies understand the conditions that regulate their concession and the responsibilities that they assume as the recipients thereof.


> Who is entitled to be a beneficiary of these subsidies?

The following may be beneficiaries of these subsidies:

  • Agricultural cooperatives established pursuant to Law No 27/1999, of 16 June, on Cooperatives, or under the regional regulations on cooperatives.
  • Agricultural processing companies established, pursuant to Royal Decree 1776/1981, of 3 August, which approves the Statute regulating Agricultural Processing Companies.
  • Primary associations as established in Royal Decree 550/2014, of 27 June, implementing the requirements and procedures for recognising Primary Associations and their entry and removal from the National Register of Primary Associations, as provided for in Law 13/2013, of 2 August, on the promotion of the integration of cooperatives and other associations in the agri-food industry.
  • Recognised health protection groups in the beekeeping sector, pursuant to Royal Decree 842/2011, of 17 June, which establishes the basic regulations concerning livestock health protection groups and creates and regulates the National Register thereof.
  • Groups of any of these organisations, provided that they all fulfil the requirements and obligations established in Article 11.3 of the General Law on Subsidies.


Furthermore, beneficiaries must comply with the following requirements:

  • Have installations that exceed 100,000 hives. An exception is made for producers operating under recognised quality standards pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 21 November 2012, on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, or those located in the Autonomous Communities of the Canary and Balearic Islands, when minimum installations shall be of 10,000 hives.
  • Not be considered a company in crisis.
  • Livestock holdings associated to the requesting entity must be able to demonstrate compliance with the regulations in force concerning health and the environment, in addition to the requirements applicable to small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), pursuant to the provisions of Annex I of Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of the Commission, of 17 June 2014.
  • Have no financial subsidies provided by European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) pending recovery.


> How are these subsidies managed?

These subsides are managed jointly by:

  • The Directorate General of Production and Agricultural Markets (DGPMA), and within this organisation, the Sub-Directorate General of Livestock and Hunting Operations, which is responsible for selecting projects;
  • and the Spanish Agrarian Guarantee Fund O.A. (FEGA) tasked with managing the payments and undertaking controls, both concerning administration and on the land, with a view to ensuring the correct execution of research projects.

Each year, FEGA is tasked with producing and publishing the request for subsidy applications to undertake applied research projects in the beekeeping sector and its products as part of the National Programme of Subsidies for beekeeping. The regulatory bases of Order AAA/2571/2015 set out the requirements that projects must fulfil, in addition to the selection criteria and application assessment procedure for the concession of subsidies.

Applications will be forwarded to the President of FEGA and will be submitted in electronic format via the electronic office at the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food website (www.mapa.gob.es) within a period of fifteen working days from the date on which the publication of the request for applications in the Official State Gazette takes effect.


> Characteristics of the projects

Projects shall last for one year (running from 1 August to 31 July of the following year) and shall focus on one or more of the following topics:

  • Research on colony collapse disorder in Spain (‘disappearing disease’).
  • Research on varroasis and other diseases in bees based on the evolution of beekeeping pathologies in Spain.
  • New developments to limit the effects of the invasion of the Asian predatory wasp (Vespa velutina), and other predatory, native or invasive species of bees.
  • Other objectives proposed by the applicant to address problems specific to the beekeeping sector or to improve the results of the income account, increasing the competitiveness of producers.

The beneficiary shall undertake the project with at least one public or private research centre, and the work outsourced by the beneficiary to the research centre may not exceed 95% of the activities to which the subsidy applies.

If the beneficiary fails to carry out 100% of the activities to which the subsidy applies, he/she will only receive the amount proportionate to the activities undertaken.


> Financing

The value of the subsidy will be limited to 85% of the eligible project costs.

The maximum value of the subsidy shall not exceed €100,000 per eligible project and call for requests, unless only one project receives aid, in which case the value of the subsidy may amount to the total budget available for each call for requests.


> Applicable regulations


> Cost Justification Guidelines

These guidelines have been prepared by the Markets Regulation Department of the Spanish Agrarian Guarantee Fund, O.A. (FEGA), as the organism responsible for the management and control of the payment of these subsides, in order to provide guidance to those receiving the subsidy in terms of compliance with their responsibilities concerning suitably justified eligible costs.

To appropriately manage funds allocated to this measure, it is essential that beneficiaries of these subsidies understand the conditions that regulate their concession and the responsibilities that they assume as the recipients thereof.

In their own interest, it is recommended that beneficiaries read this guide carefully.


Modification date: 15/01/2021

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