Agriculture and rural development

Single payment scheme (SPS)

Single payment scheme (SPS)

Glossary
Single payment scheme (SPS)

This was introduced by the 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and is the scheme by which farmers receive a decoupled single payment. Prior to the 2003 reform, a farmer could receive a number of specific direct payments, each one associated with a particular line of production of crop and livestock (cereals, milk, beef...). The 2003 reform incorporated these specific direct payments into a single payment and decoupled this payment from the production of crops and livestock. The 2013 reform has continued this orientation, the single payment scheme having been transformed into a basic payment scheme.