The more time she has to develop her policies, the better is my impression of Commissioner Fischer Boel. The Financial Times reports on 30th December (find the article here) that she acknowledges the end of full farmer salaries through CAP subsidies. Fischer Boel foresees that farmers will in the future receive parts of their pay through the farming subsidies while they would probably need other incomes on top of that.
Even though she is still a bit reluctant to touch the current budgetary agreement lasting until 2013, at least she works on the reforms she can implement without another IGC-style agreement. Firstly, she prepares for the end of the shameful export subsidies at latest by 2013. Secondly, she tries to end with intervention buying in product markets where I always wonder why the EU has any subsidies from the start (e.g. wine).
What I don’t understand though is what the 2008-review rhethoric is all about as long as she doesn’t want to touch the more central concerns of the 2013 agreement such as export subsidies and ceilings? Maybe she just needs a bit of public pressure to gear up reforms further internally?