"Green shift" in EU farm support underway

Big changes to EU farm subsidies expected, amongst other things, to benefit the environment have begun to bite. Ten "old" or EU-15 member states implemented on 1 January a big common agricultural policy (CAP) reform agreed in 2003 (EED 26/06/03). The other five will make the change in 2006, and all ten new member states by 2009. The reformed CAP makes farm support largely independent of production, links payments to respect for environmental, food safety and animal welfare standards, and increases rural development funding. See European Commission press release.

The full text of this article is only available to subscribers and free trialists. To login,please enter your email address and subscriber access code below.

Not a subscriber or free trialist? Why not take a free 14 day trial or subscribe today!

Having trouble logging in? Please contact our helpdesk

Back to top Back to top