08 OCT 2010
The level of European Union subsidies paid directly to individual farmers should be capped at an unspecified level, the bloc's executive has said in a draft paper on reform of EU's farm policy from 2013, seen by Reuters.
In 2007 the European Commission proposed a cap of €300,000 on subsidies to individual farmers, which was ultimately rejected by EU governments.
In the paper, the Commission said any negative impacts of a subsidy cap on large farms could be offset by taking into account the number of people they employed, hinting at some flexibility in any future cap.
Direct subsidies should give farmers a basic level of income support, but part of the subsidy should be linked to mandatory environmental protection measures, the paper - due to be published by the European Commission on 17 November - said.
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