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Greening the Cap Thursday, 11 March, 1999, 17:31 GMT
Sowing the seeds of reform
Europe's Agriculture ministers have reached agreement on the biggest shake-up in EU farming since the creation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The aim is to wean farmers off the drip-feed subsidies from Brussels they have enjoyed for 37 years - but the measures are much less radical than originally proposed.


The deal
CAP deal struck
After three rounds of intensive negotiations, EU farm ministers have agreed on the biggest revamp of the Common Agricultural Policy in its near 40-year history.






Muted cheers for farm reform


CAP Background
The CAP: A look back
The Common Agricultural Policy sprang from the memory of the food shortages of the second world war. But time has shown that one policy alone may not be able to achieve all of its aims.




EU says CAP no longer fits
Putting a CAP Euro spending
CAP: Beggar thy neighbour


Points of view
Farmers fear reforms' effects
Even after reform the CAP will go on costing billions and British farmers fear that they will be worse off or discriminated against.




Small change for consumers
Another chance for wildlife
Farming fit for the future

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