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The European Commission has extended the deadline for the implementation of the Temporary Framework for crisis and transition state aid measures to support the economy following Russia's aggression against Ukraine until 30 June 2024 and increased the aid ceiling to €280,000. The announcement was published today in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The decision comes after a series of meetings between the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Kiril Vatev, and the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechovski, the last of which was yesterday in Brussels. Minister Vatev presented the position that Bulgaria continues to insist that the individual limit of one enterprise in primary agricultural production be abolished.

Within the framework of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Minister Vatev also held a meeting with the agriculture ministers of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania, at which they confirmed that together they will insist on the continuation of Ukrainian aid for the entire year 2024.

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