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The Environmental Cross-Compliance in the EU Agricultural Policy


  • Simone Severini


This paper analyses environmental cross-compliance policy within the agricultural policy of the European Union, considering both actual legislation and the recent reform proposed by the EU Commission. The focus is on farmers' response to this policy taking into account the uneven distribution of information between farmers and public administration, and the compliance monitoring problem. The main factors affecting farmers' behaviour are analysed to show the impact of their choices on compliance costs, program management costs and net benefits stemming from this policy. Finally, some policy design strategies are analysed to show how these differ in terms of policy objectives, benefits, costs and policy management strategies.

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  • Simone Severini, 2003. "The Environmental Cross-Compliance in the EU Agricultural Policy," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 1, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0138

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    1. Romer, Paul M, 1986. "Increasing Returns and Long-run Growth," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 94(5), pages 1002-1037, October.
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    Environmental Cross Compliance; Agricultural Policy; Farm Program Participation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy


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