The European Commission has today published the implementing act laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 (the "Horizontal Regulation") with regard to the integrated administration and control system (IACS), rural development measures and cross compliance.
This complements the recent publication, on 20 June 2014, of delegated and implementing acts linked to direct payments (supplementing the "Direct Payments" Basic Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013), and of a delegated act relating to the integrated administration and control system (IACS) and conditions for refusal or withdrawal of payments and administrative penalties applicable to direct payments, rural development support and cross compliance.
With today's publication, the entire set of rules related to direct payments schemes, including from an administration and control point of view, is now available to Member States and farmers. Member States now have all the detailed elements they require in order to implement direct payment aspects of CAP reform at national or regional level as from 1 January 2015.
The main elements of the implementing act for IACS, rural development measures and cross compliance relate to the application process (including a geo-spatial aid application for area-related schemes and support measures), rules on administrative and on-the-spot checks not only for the schemes (in particular the greening) and support measures covered by IACS but also for the rural development support measures not covered by IACS. It also covers the control system and administrative penalties in relation to cross compliance.
"Implementing acts" are adopted by the Commission to ensure that legislative acts are applied in a uniform way in all Member States while "delegated acts" supplement or amend legislative acts in relation to elements that are not considered essential.