The article presents the legal regulations of the European Union in the fi eld of cross-compliance requirements. The requirements were thought to change agricultural production in less intensive direction with respecting of the environment. The regulations encouraged the development of organic production methods. Cross compliance in the new fi nancial perspective means greater relation between the amount of direct payments earned by farmers and non-investment payments received from the Rural Development Programme. Studies show that new regulations adopted for the period 2015–2020 aimed at development of sustainable farming systems so that farmers can respond to many challenges awaiting them, not just those connected with climate change and increasing pressure associated with the use of natural resources.