Published Monday, 20 September 2010

Evaluation of Cross Compliance in the EU 25 

IEEP’s two-part evaluation of Member State approaches to cross compliance implementation in the EU 25 is now available.

Under Regulation 1782/2003 Cross Compliance was introduced as a compulsory measure from the 1st of January 2005. All farmers benefiting from direct payments under the first pillar of the CAP may be subject to a reduction or withdrawal of these payments in the case of non-compliance with certain standards in the areas of the environment, public, animal and plant health and animal welfare. Standards may be based on Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) or on Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC).

In 2007 IEEP, as part of the Alliance Environnement consortium, led an ‘Evaluation of the application of Cross Complinace as foreseen under Regulation 1782/2003’ for DG Agriculture. The evaluation consists of two parts. ‘Part I: Descriptive Report’ describes the implementation of cross compliance in the EU 25. ‘Part II: Replies to Evaluation Questions’ assesses the outcomes of cross compliance in the EU 25.

You can download the two reports below or from the Commission’s website:

European Commission website: