Common Agricultural Policy

Common Agricultural Policy

Understanding of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union is essential to all professional advisers in this area. A library of materials is available on these pages.

In the following sections you will find Regulations from the European Council and Commission as well as background to the Basic Payment Scheme along with guides issued by DEFRA and the Rural Payments Agency.

Also available are guides to the various elements of the Countryside Stewardship schemes in England.

CAP reform

The reform of the CAP for the period to 2020 is now in place. Click here for information.

Basic Payment Scheme guides

Click here for copies of the DEFRA scheme guides dealing with various aspects of the Basic Payment Scheme

RDPE, Rural Grants and Payment guides

Click here for copies of the scheme guides dealing with the different components of the RDPE and Rural Grants and Payments schemes

Single Payment Scheme

Click here for historical information the Single Payment Scheme which ran from 2005 to 2013


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