This briefing note describes how the post-2003 arable regime is structured and applied. The single-payment scheme and cross-compliance are central, but partial decoupling is allowed during the transition period at the discretion of member states. The various coupled support measures that are still allowed are outlined and how the arable regime is applied in new member states is described. The note closes by setting out the main EU regulations now applicable in the arable sector.
This note provides a useful starting point for understanding the direction of CAP support in the cereals sector and the extent of parallel systems of support during the transition period.