European Commission state aid decision to cover damages caused by wolves and other protected animals
The Commission took a decision to fully enable farmers to receive full compensation for damages caused by protected animals, such as wolves. The investments that farmers will do to prevent such damages, for example building electric fences or acquiring guard dogs, will be also fully reimbursed.
Today’s decision aims to increase support to farmers in areas where large carnivores are present.
The success of the EU’s conservation policy depends partly on the effective management of conflicts associated with the conservation of the protected animals. Support to help resolving conflicts associated with the conservation of the protected animals can be granted from EU funds, notably under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and from national funds (state aid).