EC outlines plan for greener agricultural policy

Future direct payments to farmers under the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) may be tied to certain environmental practices such as crop rotation and ecological set-aside according to a policy paper unveiled by the European Commission on Thursday.

This green element would complement existing cross-compliance rules linking subsidies for farmers to compliance with a range of environmental and food safety and animal welfare laws, a requirement introduced the 2003 CAP reform.

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