Compensatory allowance for areas facing natural constraints (ANC) is a payment scheme of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which aims to prevent land abandonment. The compensatory allowance for permanent natural handicaps applies to areas with natural constraints as well as other specific constraints. Since the 2013 reform of the CAP, the European Commission has asked the delimitation of areas facing natural or other specific constraints to be reviewed by Member States using a new approach with more transparent and coherent indicators, such as 8 biophysical criteria. The implementation of this reform is still on-going and Member States are encouraged to send in their new ANC delimitation to the EC before 2018.
A workshop was organised by Copa-Cogeca in Brussels on the 18th November 2016 to assess the current situation.
For more information, read our article (only for members)15 December 2016