Financial support for fertiliser industry
On 9 November the European Commission presented a communication on “Ensuring availability and affordability of fertilisers”. It was announced as late as September in response to the current high cost of fertilisers. It opens the door for member states to subsidise the price of fertiliser in a number of ways, potentially drawing on the 450-million-euro Common Agriculture Policy reserve. The Commission also proposes to suspend import tariffs on ammonia and urea from a handful of countries until the end of 2024, as well as enabling member states to prioritise the fertiliser industry in a potential situation of fossil gas rationing.
Green groups have been highly critical of the proposal, which largely counteracts the ambitions of the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy to halve nutrient losses and reduce the use of artificial fertilisers by at least 20 per cent. The communication also risks frustrating the long-planned Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan, which was originally intended to be published by the end of this year, but has now been postponed until March next year.
The communication: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52022DC0590(01)