Given the government's avowed intention to seek a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the NFU document emphasises that changes must be applied equally and fairly throughout the EU. While it accepts that the CAP has been evolving, it is impossible to predict the pace of further change. "Past experience suggests that a radical reform in the immediate future is unlikely." And it adds: " Increasingly, some support arrangements actually prevent farmers from responding to a variety of market opportunities. "Changes introduced in the last decade have complicated the CAP to such an extent that a bureaucratic nightmare has been created for both farmers and administrators. "The NFU's priority will be to identify these problems and address them by promoting positive alternatives in the next years." {{NEWS }}