Rural responses to the COVID-19 crisis

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly affected all aspects of life across Europe. In addition to threatening our health, the pandemic is also posing serious challenges to our socio-economic systems. In rural areas, farmers, businesses and communities are particularly affected.

This page provides examples of projects and initiatives primarily launched by rural communities in coping with the COVID-19 emergency, supporting rural businesses and fostering solidarity with those more vulnerable in this exceptional situation. It also provides information about European Commission initiatives and actions aimed at alleviating the current difficulties faced by rural Europe.

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EU response

The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis, not only to support the healthcare systems of the EU Member States, but also to mobilise resources to support businesses hit by the crisis, including farm holdings, agri-food companies, and rural businesses.

Find out more about the coordinated EU response to COVID-19 here.

The European Commission has published the latest package of exceptional measures to further support the agricultural and food sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

New Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) webpage on EU response to COVID-19, supporting farmers and rural areas.

New factsheet 'CORONAVIRUS: Emergency response to support the agriculture and food sectors'.

State aid: Commission approves €100 million Italian guarantee scheme.