Damning review of green farm aid rules published

EU auditors' report says badly conceived rules unlikely to improve farming practices

EU rules linking subsidies for European farmers to compliance with a range of environmental and food safety and animal welfare laws are badly conceived and not properly implemented by member states, according to the EU's official audit body.

The rules have "little chance" of improving farming practices, according to an information note published by the European court of auditors on Tuesday. The note summarises the findings of a report on the efficiency of the so-called "cross-compliance" rules.

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