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Review of the Less Favoured Area scheme
The Less Favoured Area (LFA) scheme is a longstanding measure of the Common Agricultural Policy. In place since 1975, it provides a broad-scale mechanism for maintaining the countryside in marginal areas.
The current Rural Development Policy (RDP) includes a
significant evolution of the LFA support scheme. Previously the
scheme had been a subject of concern for the European Court of
Auditors. Within the new strategic approach and taking into
account the Court of Auditors' concerns, the aid to farmers in
areas with handicaps became part of Axis 2 of the RDP, which
aims at improving the environment and the countryside by
supporting sustainable land management.
Commission departments launched the LFA review exercise in November 2006 in view of the preparation of a Commission proposal scheduled for the end of 2008.
In keeping with its commitment to better regulation, the
Commission proposal will be accompanied by an analysis of the
economic, social and environmental aspects of the problems
linked to the LFA scheme and of the impact, the advantages and
drawbacks of different options.
Consultation document [pdf]
The four review options will be analysed, with the aim of getting a better understanding of the economic, social and environmental consequences and impact of the different possibilities for the future of the LFAs.
The steering group would like to include proposals by interested parties and civil society organisations in its analysis.
The consultation will remain open until 30 June 2008.
Contributions should be sent
The results of the consultation will be reflected in the steering group's report, which is due to be published by the end of 2008.
The information given will remain confidential in line with
Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and will not be transferred to
anybody. We guarantee that the answers will be anonymised.
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