The Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organization was established under Council Regulation (EC) No. 1258/1999 on the financing of the Common Agricultural Policy, of the European Union.
Within the scope of Cyprus' preparations to enter the European Union, on June 27th 2003, the House of Representatives enacted Law No. 64(I) 2003 entitled “The Establishment and Operation of the Agricultural Payments Organisation and other Related Matters Law”.
The head of CAPO is the Commissioner of Agricultural Payments, who is appointed by the Council of Ministers. The Commissioner is aided in his work by the Assistant Commissioner.