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UK ahead on cross-compliance

by 5m Editor
16 May 2005, at 12:00am

UK - Implementation of cross-compliance across Europe is, at best, patchy and, at worst, almost non-existent, according to a new study from Birdlife International and the RSPB. The two lobby groups commissioned the report* to see how well member states were applying the new environmental measures that are now a pre-condition for receiving the single farm payment. &quot;The protection of the countryside is being treated with contempt by many EU member states,&quot; says Giovanna Pisano, agricultural policy officer at Birdlife International. &quot;Existing laws are being ignored, yet farmers are still receiving generous subsidies paid for by tax payers.&quot; <i>Source: FWi</I>

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