Cross Compliance Assessment Tool (CCAT)

Type of practice:

The EU cross-compliance (CC) instrument implies that farmers receive payments subject to meeting Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) related to environment, food safety, animal and plant health and animal welfare, as well as standards of good agricultural and environmental conditions (GAECs). This report describes the approach and application methodology of an environmental impact tool to evaluate cross compliance measures on environmental effect indicators. It consists of a selection of the effect indicators to be applied and assessment tools to be used with a review of the CC measures to be evaluated in assessing the environmental impacts. Furthermore, it includes an evaluation of CC measures related to the Nitrates Directive and selected GAECs with the coupled CAPRI-MITERRA model included in the environmental impact tool.


De Vries, W., J. Kros, J.P. Lesschen, M. Follador, M. van der Velde, A. Leip, M. Kempen and B.S. Elbersen, 2012. Impacts of cross compliance measures on environmental indicators. An assessment tool to evaluate environmental impacts at the European scale. Wageningen, Alterra, Alterra-Report 2323, 86pp.

Company organisation which conducted the project


Client/Sponsor of the project

European Commission


Year of IA Practice:

2006 to 2009