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.
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
Annex D: Market measures
Annex E: New challenges
Annex F: Microeconomic (FADN) analyses