12 May 1995

CAP measures to be modified

CAP subsidies will be increasingly tied to environmental management schemes, said the European Commission.

Speaking at a conference in Brussels, director of the commissions agriculture and environment sector, Pierre Godin, confirmed that: "Compensatory aid and existing CAP measures will be progressively modified to take account of the environment."

Head of the commissions agriculture directorate rural affairs unit, Reinhard Priebe, said a report evaluating "accompanying measures" under CAP reform will be released this year. That will examine extensification schemes such as environmentally sensitive areas and livestock extensification schemes. Mr Priebe described such initiatives as a "major step forward for environmentally friendly farming".

Ada Fischer, from the European Farmers Coordination, argued however that present subsidies given for extensification are not enough. &#42