Agriculture  |  Publications  |  21.06.2011

Achieving a Transition Away from CAP Direct Payments

A study by the Institute for European Environmental Policy examining reform of the Common Agricultural Policy into a system more focused on the provision of environmental goods and services, which models the impacts of a change in the basis of payments.

This paper examines a range of transitional arrangements that could facilitate a shift in the basis of CAP payments away from the current system of support, towards one based on a rationale more focused on the provision of environmental goods and services. The paper considers the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the opportunities and risks associated with a range of transitional options. These considerations are based on an analysis of the anticipated impacts of introducing a new, more environmentally focused, system of support.

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