Agriculture and rural development

The 2008 CAP "Health Check"

The 2008 CAP "Health Check"

History of the CAP
The 2008 CAP "Health Check"

In 2007 the Commission assessed the implementation of the 2003 CAP reform with a view to introducing the necessary adjustments to the reform process preparing the EU agriculture to adapt better to a rapidly changing environment.

One year later, on 20 November 2008, the EU agriculture ministers reached a political agreement on the CAP "Health Check", the aim of which is to modernise, simplify and streamline the CAP and remove restrictions on farmers, thus helping them to respond better to signals from the market and to face new challenges such as climate change, water management and bio-energy.

Key documents:



For a general overview of the Health Check, read the first part of the publication "Agricultural and rural policy under Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel"  of 2009.

For information about the consequences of the reform on the rural development policy, read the document "Overview of the CAP Health Check and the European Economic Recovery Plan. Modification of the Rural Development Programs"  of 2010.

For detailed  information on the Health Check, go to "'Health Check' of the Common Agricultural Policy"