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Publication | 12 May 2021

Standards on good agricultural and environmental conditions of land: Introductory Handbook

The European Union Common Agricultural Policy, accounting for 37 percent of total European Union expenditure, supports European Union farmers through a range of payment schemes. In return, farmers must respect a set of European Union rules on environmental protection, animal and plant health, and food safety. The interplay between this respect for rules and the support provided to farmers is called cross-compliance.