Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern

New regulation on the Swiss agricultural policy for 2014–2017

Since the Swiss parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the revised Federal Act on Agriculture, the so-called Agriculture Policy for 2014–2017, and too few signatures in favour of a referendum against the policy were collected, the Federal Council has now drawn up provisions for implementation. The modified decrees will come into force on 1st January 2014. This article outlines the key points, the regulations concerning the new tools for direct payments, and demonstrates how the changes to the regulation relate to the modifications of the law. In addition, many provisions in the revised Act can be applied without the need for implementing regulations.

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