Launch of the #iobevolombardo and #iomangiolombardo calls for tender, i.e. 6 million for wine, catering and PDO cheeses. Two initiatives to support Lombardy's quality agri-food system for recovery after Covid-19. 12,000 voucher worth 250 euros each for the purchase of quality wine from Lombard producers.

We receiveand publish from Regione Lombardia (Assessorato all'Agericoltura): In the next days the expressions of interest concerning the two calls #iobevolombardo and #iomangiolombardo realized in close collaboration between Regione Lombardia and Unioncamere Lombardia will open. The two initiatives are part of the provisions for the support of the Lombardy quality agri-food system following the difficulties caused by the Covid emergency.

The #iobevolombardo measure makes €3 million available. The budget will be divided into 12,000 voucher worth 250 euros each for the purchase of quality wine from Lombard producers. The voucher can be requested by restaurant operators. Interested wine producers will simply have to adhere to the expression of interest that will be published on the Unioncamere Lombardia website from today, 18 September 2020.

Catering operators will apply for voucher choosing from among the participating wineries. The producers of Quality Wines in Lombardy potentially interested are 700, while restaurateurs in Lombardy are about 6,000. The complete list of producers/bottlers will be published on the Unioncamere Lombardia websiteby 23 October 2020 . Businesses will be able to submit a single application for a grant containing several types of product.

The call #iomangiolombardo, allocates another EUR 3 million to help the local production system of Lombardy's PDOs and at the same time to support the population in difficulty whose ability to purchase even basic foodstuffs has been compromised due to the lockdown.

Regione Lombardia finances the purchase of quality Lombardy cheeses for people in difficulty, with a double value: economic and social. The measure supports all dairies and ripeners of some PDO cheeses (Formaggella del Luinese, Formai de Mut dell'Alta Val Brembana, Nostrano Valtrompia, Quartirolo Lombardo, Salva Cremasco, Strachitunt, Taleggio, Valtellina Casera) through the allocation of a contribution for the supply of product; on the other hand, it helps people in difficulty through municipalities and third sector subjects registered in the annual list approved by Regione Lombardia. There are 130 dairies potentially involved throughout Lombardy.

The contribution will be allocated by counter procedure according to the chronological order of submission of the application until the available resources are exhausted.

Fabio Rolfi: Maximum simplification and immediate liquidity for businesses. This objective has been achieved thanks to the collaboration with the trade associations and the Unioncamere Lombardia network. With these two measures we are protecting our wine and cheese producers, strengthening the Lombardy alliance between wine growers and restaurateurs and helping families in difficulty. Once again, Regione Lombardia is taking timely action to support the agri-food sector, which will be a strategic and driving force in the economic recovery phase, said the Lombardy Regional Councillor for Agriculture, Food and Green Systems.

These initiatives are an important injection of liquidity for the agri-food sector," said Unioncamere Lombardia PresidentGian Domenico Auricchio, "The total closure of the HoReCa channel during the lockdown period was only partly compensated by home deliveries. Businesses are suffering the negative effects of the long period of marketing blockade, the closure of fairs and markets and the drop in exports, the channels where typical local products are traditionally sold. Regione Lombardia and Unioncamere Lombardia have fully grasped the needs of the sector and wanted to implement two targeted, simple and effective measures.

The full text of the two initiatives and the documentation are available on the websites of the Lombardy Chambers of Commerce and Unioncamere Lombardia at www.unioncamerelombardia.it.

Applications for the two calls #iobevolombardo and #iomangiolombardo can be submitted from 12.00 noon on 22 September 2020. For information, please contact the Enterprise Area of Unioncamere Lombardia: imprese@lom.camcom.it.