How to register the holdings when the majority of the UAA is in an area Natura 2000 or an area linked to the Directive 2000/60/EC (article 38 of Regulation 1698/2005) but when the payment is granted through another article of Regulation 1698/2005 (e.g. article 39 Agri-environmental measures)?
The heading A45 "areas with environmental constraints" aims to indicate the type of area where is located the majority of the UAA and not the origin of a payment (to be recorded in Table J). More specifically the heading A45 aims to indicate whether the majority of the UAA of the holding is located in an area Natura 2000 or in an area linked to the Directive 2000/60/EC. This is why the formulation of the Regulation 2237/77 and the RICC 1256 uses the notion of eligibility to Natura 2000 payments or payments linked to Directive 2000/60/EC defined in article 38 of regulation 1698/2005, and not of effective payment. Therefore even if a Member State uses another article than article 38 of regulation 1698/2005 to pay the farmers in areas Natura 2000 and areas linked to Directive 2000/60/EC (e.g. article 39 Agri-environmental measures), the farms for which the majority of the UAA is located in an area Natura 2000 or in an area linked to the Directive 2000/60/EC have to be classified in code 2 for heading A45.