Cross compliance
Cross compliance

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Cross compliance
  • Introduction
  • England
  • Wales

Brexit: The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for the schemes providing for agricultural subsidies in England and Wales, which will no longer be derived from the EU Common Agricultural Policy. We will introduce content to address the new regimes once the relevant legislation (including the Agriculture Bill) has been enacted.


Under the Common Agricultural Policy, a farmer who claims either pillar 1 direct payments or pillar 2 rural development payments must, unless exempt, comply with the cross compliance conditions.

Cross compliance has two components:

  1. Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAECs)—these are criteria developed by individual member states under domestic legislation to maintain soil structure and organic matter, protect soil against erosion, and preserve wildlife habitats and landscape features

  2. Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs)—these are EU requirements of agricultural management in relation to the environment, public, animal and plant health, food safety and animal welfare


When the cross compliance rules apply

In Engla