Agenda 2000: the proposals
• INTERVENTION PRICES
To be reduced by a third, in 2000/01. Equivalent to about a £16/t fall for grain, depending on green rate movements.
• AREA AID PAYMENTS
To be increased, but only by enough to compensate for about half of the drop in intervention prices. Also, area aid to be the same for all crops – bar proteins. This means less, relatively, for oilseeds. Approx new rates: cereals £300/ha; oilseeds £300/ha, depending on region and green pound (current rates 1996/97 are £267/ha and £448/ha respectively). This would also include a mechanism to avoid over-compensation if market prices rise.
To be eliminated. Voluntary set-aside would remain, under reduced payments (11.5% less).
• PROTEIN CROPS
Aid to be increased, relative to cereals. This would mean the pulse aid would fall, but by less (from 1996/97 rate of £385/ha to £329/ha).
• FORAGE MAIZE
To be removed from support arrangements.
To impose limits on maximum payments on arable businesses; what these limits are, is to be determined by national governments under common EU guidelines.
• CAP WIDENED
To include issues such as food safety and quality, and environmental objectives.