European Commission unveils plans to reform agricultural policy

The long-awaited and widely-leaked CAP health check presented in Strasbourg yesterday afternoon contained no surprises. As expected, increased rates of modulation, an end to set-aside, increases in milk quota and the phasing out of more production-linked payments were confirmed.

Addressing the European parliament's agricultural committee, EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said the time had come to push ahead with further reform of the CAP.

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