Long-term funding

Since its creation in 2015, the functioning of the EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF) has been guaranteed through a fund co-financed by the European Commission (50%) and a consortium of three Member States (France, Germany, the Netherlands, together 50%). The financing from the European Commission ended in April 2018, when the grant agreement for the fund expired.

However, it is clear that minor uses problems will not all be resolved in three years. A mid/long-term planning (5-10 years) and a strategy how other Member States can contribute, was prepared. The commitment of voluntary assessed contributions, where the annual amount paid by Member States is related to the size of their population, is considered the most appropriate option. More information is provided here.

Voluntary assessed contributions required from Member States per annum

Group

Member State

Annual contribution

Total (for the group)

Group 1

DE, ES, FR, IT, PL, UK

EUR 50 000

EUR 300 000

Group 2

AT, BE, BG, CH, CZ, DK, EL, FI, HU, NL, NO, PT, RO, SE, SK

EUR 25 000

EUR 375 000

Group 3

CY, EE, HR, IE, LT, LU, LV, MT, SI

EUR 10 000

EUR 90 000

Total per annum

EUR 765 000

Although the funding for 2018 has been guaranteed, the funding for 2019 and beyond is still not secured. All Member States have been approached by the MUCF for a voluntary assessed contribution for 2019 and preferably also a commitment for the years beyond. As many Member States acknowledge the importance of the work of the MUCF we expect them to contribute. Lack of funding will have serious consequences for the minor use work in all Member States.

In the EPPO Council meeting end of September 2018, it has been decided that countries may pay their contribution to the MUCF alongside their EPPO contribution (as long as the contribution for the MUCF is clearly separated from the EPPO contribution).

The MUCF has sent out letters for a voluntary assessed contribution end of October 2018. This letter was accompanied by a draft agreement (click here) and a document with achievements and objectives, including a financial statement (click here). The aim of the MUCF is to work towards long(er) commitments and financial agreements with Member States for several years.

For 2018 the funding has been secured as positive responses were received from the following Member States: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

However, for 2019 the situation is unclear at the moment.

The continuity of the MUCF can only be guaranteed with sufficient member countries that support the MUCF financially. In other scenarios with less contributions there will be an effect on staffing, EUMUDA and/or reimbursement of expenses for Expert Groups.

A continued funding of the MUCF is critical to support the sustainability of speciality crop production in the European Union !