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Agriculture

There are two main elements to the common agricultural policy (CAP): helping European farmers to be competitive and promoting development in rural areas, particularly in the least-favoured regions. With this in mind, the financing available to farmers has changed, increasingly focusing on environmental protection and on the quality, rather than quantity, of production. The EU has also made a greater commitment to rural development through a single financial instrument which promotes agriculture and forestry and all types of rural activity. Control and monitoring systems also play a key role in the management of these measures, whilst ensuring the proper conduct of operations and the development of the agricultural sector within the Union.

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