Governments agree farm reform package

Commission says changes to common agricultural policy will improve sector's green performance

EU farm ministers have agreed a series of reforms to the bloc's common agricultural policy aimed in part at improving its environmental profile.  The "health-check" package was agreed in Brussels this week on the basis of European commission proposals tabled in May (EED 20/05/08 and EED 20/11/07).

The commission said the reforms would "allow a better response to the new challenges and opportunities faced by European agriculture, including climate change, the need for better water management (EED 14/07/08), the protection of biodiversity, and the production of green energy."

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