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Cross compliance

Cross compliance is a set of agricultural production rules for agricultural businesses which use the land and apply for aids. The amount of the aid received by an agricultural producer will depend on compliance with protection of the environment, human and animal health and plant health and animal welfare standards. The system should prevent cases where the agricultural producer will be punished for violations of basic requirements by the supervision agency of the area but still receives agricultural support.
The basics of the system of the compliance is laid down in the European Union Council Regulation (EC) 73/2009, Articles 4-6, in Annexes II and III and in "EU Common Agricultural Policy Implementation Act," § 23 - 26

Cross compliance consists of two components:  statutory management requirements" (SMRs) and good agricultural and environmental condition" (GAEC). In addition, the cross-compliance includes the obligation of maintaining permanent grassland.

The scheme of cross compliance with the requirements:

SMR's are national statutory requirements, violation of which will be linked to receiving the support, so they are not the additional requirements for the applicant, but already valid national legislation.

GAEC's (Good agricultural and environmental conditions) that are imposed by Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture, are familiar to the applicants of area-related aid already from the year 2004. In their nature these requirements are also verifiable standards, but are based on good practice. Compared to the law they are often more stringent requirements, but their execution does not require further action, if the applicant complies with good practice.