EU agrees to relax green regulations in Europe's agricultural policy

In the wake of the farmers protests that swept France and other European countries earlier this year, EU member states have given a final approval to a revision of environmental regulations in the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy, which will come into effect by the end of the month.

Environmental groups denounce the relaxation of green policies for political gain ahead of EU elections next month.

Revising CAP

The European Commission has given the green light to revisions of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) passed by the European Parliament at the end of April that will relax some of the environmental regulations required by farmers to receive subsidies – a move denounced by environmental groups.

The revised CAP changes rules on crop rotations and soil cover put in place to restore and preserve degraded habitats, and it exempts small farms from compliance rules.

Environmental protests

(with AFP)

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