The 2003 Fischler Reform

Arlindo Cunha and Alan Swinbank

in An Inside View of the CAP Reform Process

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591572
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725579 | DOI:
The 2003 Fischler Reform

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The 2003 reform is generally considered to have been the most radical in the history of the CAP, in that it largely decoupled farm income support from production with the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme. There was some strengthening of the second pillar (rural development) as a result of modulation diverting budget funds from direct income support. Decoupling strengthened the EU's negotiating hand in the ongoing Doha Round of WTO negotiations, but these failed to achieve a breakthrough in Cancún. As in chapters 5 and 6, this chapter outlines the economic and social context, and assesses the factors that motivated the reform proposals and influenced and determined its final outcome.

Keywords: decoupling; Single Payment Scheme; modulation; Doha; Cancún

Chapter.  11229 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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