Impact assessment for the 2008 CAP "Health Check"
The 2008 CAP "Health Check" modernised, simplified and streamlined the CAP and removed restrictions on farmers, thus helping them to respond better to signals from the market and to face new challenges.
On 20 November 2008 the EU agriculture ministers reached a political agreement on the "Health Check" of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Among a range of measures, the agreement abolishes arable set-aside, increases milk quotas gradually leading up to their abolition in 2015, and converts market intervention into a genuine safety net. Ministers also agreed to increase modulation, whereby direct payments to farmers are reduced and the money transferred to the Rural Development Fund.
This allowed a better response to the new challenges and opportunities faced by European agriculture, including climate change, the need for better water management, the protection of biodiversity, and the production of green energy.
Guide [94 KB]
Question and answers [89 KB]
Executive summary [32 KB]
Main report [668 KB]
Annex A: Public consultation summary [405 KB]
Annex B: Economic situation of EU agriculture
The impact of the developments in agricultural producer prices on consumers (11/2007) - Update (05/2008)
Annex C: Direct Support Scheme
Cross compliance [58 KB]
Partially coupled support [167 KB]
Annex D: Market measures
Cereal Intervention and Set-aside [323 KB]
Milk Quotas [302 KB]
Supplementary analysis [152 KB]
Slide show [100 KB]
Other support schemes [86 KB]
Risk and Crisis management [2 MB]
Annex E: New challenges
New challenges [155 KB]
Modulation [139 KB]
Annex F: Microeconomic (FADN) analyses
Single Payment Scheme [220 KB]
Partially coupled support [156 KB]
Cereals [361 KB]
Milk margins [235 KB]
Milk margins' evolution [326 KB]
Complement on mountain areas [389 KB]
Complements on national aids [87 KB]
Complement for Portugal [32 KB]
Nuts [106 KB]
Modulation [60 KB]
Question and answers [102 KB]
Slide show [85 KB]