Compliance costs probed
Farmers will soon find out exactly how much complying with European rules affects their pocket.
The European Commission is to study the costs incurred by European farmers in abiding by all the rules governing animal health, welfare and safety.
The Commission has called for tenders to a pilot project on assessing farmers' costs of compliance with EU legislation in the fields of environment, animal welfare and food safety.
It says the purpose of the pilot project is to analyse the costs of compliance with environmental, animal welfare and food safety legislation for both EU and third-country farmers, to compare the situation between the EU and its main trading partner countries.
The results will be used to assess the impact of stringent European legislation on the competitiveness of EU agriculture.
The maximum budget for the project is set at €1.5m and the deadline for submitting offers is September 30.
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