Agriculture MEPs agree that EU set-aside should end:
The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee has adopted a report calling for the EU set-aside system to be abolished. The environmental benefits of set-aside should be maintained through rural development measures, the MEPs say. The report covered a wide range of issues being considered by the European Commission in its review of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (Agrow No 536, p 7). The Committee agreed that subsidies should continue to be linked to compliance with environmental standards, but rejected the idea of broadening the scope of the cross-compliance scheme until "substantial" improvements are made to monitoring rules. The MEPs also rejected the Commission's plan to reduce subsidies paid to large farms, "as there is no clear link between the size and wealth of a farm".