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 will end in April 2018, when the grant agreement for the fund expires.

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, FR, UK, IT, ES, PL

EUR 50 000

EUR 300 000

Group 2

RO, NL, BE, EL, CZ, PT, HU, SE, AT, BG, DK, FI, SK

EUR 25 000

EUR 325 000

Group 3

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

EUR 10 000

EUR 90 000

Total for the 28 EU countries per annum

EUR 715 000

A letter from the European Commission was sent to Permanent Representations of the EU Member States in September 2017. The long-term funding of the MUCF was also discussed in the AGRI-FISH Council meeting on 9 October 2017. In November 2017, Member States were approached by the MUCF with a request for a voluntary assessed contribution.

A template of an agreement between the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) -hosting the MUCF- and individual Member States is provided here. You can also find a Prospectus for a long-term EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility here.

To date, the MUCF has received contributions for 2018 or a commitment for 2018 from:

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands

For 2018, the funding has been secured, but for 2019 the situation is unclear at the moment.

The continuity of the MUCF can be guaranteed with voluntary assessed contributions at least matching EUR 700 000. 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 !