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Our position

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WWF has proposals which will help green the EU’s farm policy: 

On Pillar 1 (Direct Payments), which relates to direct subsidies (income support) to producers and measures to support the market, we need;
  • All direct payments to be conditional upon a set of meaningful greening measures at farm level.
  1. Crop rotation
  2. 10% of Ecological Focus Areas (hedges, ponds, buffer strips …)
  3. Real protection of permanent pastures.
On Pillar 2 (Rural Development), which relates to agri-environment-climate measures and structural support for development of farms and rural regions we need:
  • 50% of CAP budget to be allocated to Pillar 2 (without reverse modulation, the option to carry over money from Pillar 2 to Pillar 1);
  • 50% minimum spending for environmental measures
  • the removal of farmer insurance schemes and income stabilization tool from Rural Development.

On the Horizontal regulation
, which includes rules for environmental protection, we want:
  • a more rigorous implementation of basic legislation on environmental protection
  • the inclusion of the Water Framework Directive and Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive as from 2014.


  • Sebastien Godinot


    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 740 09 20

  • Tycho Vandermaesen

    Senior Public Affairs Officer

    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 743 88 08