Single area payment scheme (SAPS)
Due to limited administrative capacities and the absence of historical data, new member states (i.e. those that joined the European Union in 2004 and 2007) were granted the possibility of applying the single area payment scheme instead of applying the standard direct payment schemes. The single area payment scheme provides a flat-rate decoupled area payment paid for eligible agricultural land and replaces almost all payments granted in other than new member states.
Under Regulation (EC) No 73/2009, the single area payment scheme was foreseen to expire. However, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy for the period after 2013 foresees that member states applying the single area payment scheme in 2014 may apply it until 2020. At present, the single area payment scheme is applied by all new member states except Slovenia, Malta and Croatia.