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Developing cross-compliance in the European Union: Background, lessons and opportunities

This project is intended to provide European Union Member States, Candidate Countries and other institutions and stakeholders with up-to-date information, the results of relevant research and evolving practical knowledge, to realise the full potential of the cross-compliance instrument for public benefit. The project will entail the preparation, hosting and dissemination of outputs from a series of five pan-European expert seminars on the key issues relating to efficient and effective application of cross-compliance in the EU. It will also result in the production of several research papers as contributions to each seminar and conclusions from them, as well as an overarching review of the issue as a preparatory report for the policy forum to be held towards the end of the project.
Finally, it will generate the material for a substantive book on the issue of cross-compliance in the EU, which should act as a benchmark and major reference source for future work on the subject for policy makers, stakeholders and academics.

The project aims to contribute substantially to developing the intellectual foundations, as well as the political and administrative practicalities, of its wider application at Member State and EU level. In particular, the project aims to:
1) lead to a better understanding of the advantages and problems of applying cross-compliance in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) framework in the context of enlargement
2) clarify how cross-compliance might contribute to the achievement of environmental policy objectives, such as those embodied in the Nitrates Directive and Natura 2000
3) help to develop options for the implementation of environmental cross-compliance in different agricultural sectors of the EU
4) bring together scientists and policy researchers from different disciplines to develop a shared analysis of the economic, social and environmental implications of implementing cross-compliance in the EU
5) examine how best to achieve the efficient administrative implementation of cross-compliance in Member States and at EU level
6) develop understanding of the potential link between cross-compliance and other agricultural policy instruments, in particular codes of good agricultural practice, usual good farming practice (UGFP) and agri-environment schemes
7) explore models for the economic and environmental evaluation of the impact of cross-compliance in different agricultural sectors
8) foster substantive contributions to the research literature on cross-compliance and encourage/stimulate the preparation of shared cost research proposals.

Progress to Date

Background papers have been written and the project web page has been running for some months. All relevant documents and seminar reports are on or linked to this site.
The project's conclusions were summarised in the report available at


Scientist responsible for the project

Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road
SWIP 2AG London
United Kingdom (The) - GB

Phone: +44 207 799 2244
Fax: +44 207 799 2600


Project ID QLRT-2001-02640
Organisation Institute For European Environmental Policy
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 January 2003
Duration (months) 26
Total cost 439 820 €
Total EC contribution   439 820 €
Status Completed
Web address of the project

The partners

  • Stichting Centrum voor Landbouw en Milieu (CLM), Netherlands (The) - NL
  • Institute for Structural Policy (IREAS), Czech Republic (The) - CZ

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