Sugar sector: Council agrees on the reimbursement of excess levies between 1999 and 2001


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On 19 February 2018, the Council decided on a recalculation of the sugar production levies for the years 1999/2000 and 2000/2001. The objective of the adopted regulation is to comply with a judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) from February 2017, which ruled that the production levies for the sugar sector between 1999 and 2001 had been wrongly calculated, resulting in sugar producers being over-charged.

"I am pleased to announce that today's decision enables us to put right the wrongs of the past and ensure that those sugar producers who were over-charged are fully refunded."

Rumen Porodzanov, Minister of agriculture, food and forestry of the Republic of Bulgaria and President of the Council

In order to comply with the ECJ judgment, the regulation adopted by the Council provides for sugar producers and beet growers to be reimbursed for the excess sums unduly paid between 1999 and 2001.

Read the full press release here

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