Direct payments for farmers 2015-2020
The common agricultural policy (CAP) is the European Union’s (EU) answer to the questions of how to ensure food security, the sustainable use of natural resources and the balanced development of Europe’s rural areas. Its aim is to help provide a decent standard of living for European farmers and agricultural workers and a stable, varied and safe food supply for citizens. It also contributes to the EU’s priorities such as creating jobs and economic growth, tackling climate change and encouraging sustainable development. The CAP has three inter-connected routes to help it reach these goals:... income support for farmers (so-called “direct payments”); market measures, for example to combat a sudden drop in prices, and rural development. This publication focuses principally on direct payments, a key element of the policy that provides income support for farmers and promotes competitiveness, sustainability and environmentally-friendly farming practices. The lion’s share (72%) of the current EU farm budget is dedicated to direct payments for European farmers.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (European Commission) Themes: Agricultural policy
- Subject: agricultural expenditure, aid to agriculture, common agricultural policy, EU aid, farm income, financial aid
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