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Agriculture and the Environment
Cross-compliance includes two elements:
Cross-compliance represents the "baseline" or "reference level" for agri-environment measures. For all requirements falling under cross-compliance, the compliance costs have to be born by farmers ("Polluter-Pays-Principle").
Cross-compliance is an important tool for integrating environmental requirements into the Common Agricultural Policy. Cross-compliance ensures that support granted under the Common Agricultural Policy contributes to promoting sustainable agriculture and, thereby, responds positively to concerns of citizens at large.
The mechanism of cross-compliance creates synergies between CAP payments and the need to ensure compliance with basic mandatory standards.
For the programming period 2007-2013, cross-compliance also applies to most environmental payments forming part of Rural Development policy, and as from 2008 it applies also for certain wine payments.
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Last update: 26-03-2009