The 2013 CAP reform introduced a new system of direct payments.
Implementation of Direct payments
The reform has designed compulsory and voluntary schemes. This gave considerable flexibility to Member States in how they implement the direct support system while requiring them to notify the Commission of the main policy choices.
This informative note reflects the content of Member States' notifications available to the Commission services in June 2016. It is made available without prejudice to any finding in respect of their compliance with the regulatory framework.
Scheme specific information
Basic payment scheme
The following documents provide detailed information on the functioning and implementation by Member States of the basic payment scheme.
Small farmers scheme
The following document provides detailed information on the functioning and implementation by Member States of the small farmers scheme.
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Voluntary coupled scheme
The following slides contain more detailed information on the voluntary coupled scheme introduced by the 2013 reform and the corresponding decisions taken by the Member States.
The informative notes below reflect the content of Member States' notifications in respect of the voluntary coupled support available to the Commission services on 30/07/2015. They are made available without prejudice to any finding in respect of their compliance with the regulatory framework.
Greening is one of the major novelties of the CAP reform finalised in 2013 aiming to enhance its environmental performance. The reform redesigned the structure of direct payments by incorporating a greening component. This rewards farmers for adopting and maintaining, as part of their everyday activities, a more sustainable use of agricultural land and caring for natural resources.