Fischler proposes greener EU farm rules

Boost for environment seen in commissioner's blueprint for common agriculture policy reform

EU agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler has proposed a major shakeup of the bloc's controversial common agriculture policy (CAP) that would greatly strengthen its environmental dimension. The plan was circulated to all European Commission departments last Friday and details have been emerging during the week. Its official release is due on 10 July.

Mr Fischler's proposals amount to far more than their official status as a routine mid-term review of the CAP's 2000-2006 funding period, based on the "Agenda 2000" reforms finalised by EU governments in 1999 (EED 26/03/99).

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