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20th MARS Conference

Nov 19 2014
Nov 20 2014

The 20th Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) Annual Conference - Let us face a new CAP - will be held from 19 - 20 November 2014, in Dresden, Germany.

The Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct payments system enters into force on 1 January 2015. The new basic payment scheme and various elements of the “green” payment determine the need to adapt or change (sometimes substantially) many aspects of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) with consequences on tool use, control methods, data needs, management and update of systems.

We are entering a transition period during which there are several technical challenges to overcome within a short timespan. Amongst others, “EFA layers” have to be produced and linked with the Land Parcel Idendification System (LPIS), geospatial aid applications have to be set, and On-The-Spot check methods have to be adapted to fit the conditions of new payment schemes.

This new CAP gives greater flexibility to Member States to decide on both policy choices and implementation details.

Hence, the main purpose of the conference will be to focus on technical implementation and discuss how to translate the legal framework and the various field realities in Member States into common conceptual features and technical specifications for the IACS, including the LPIS. The aim is to discuss concrete implementation aspects and create protocols to make everything administrable and controllable. Emphasis will be put on geospatial aid applications, “control reporting”, the administration of the LPIS including the “EFA layer”, and OTS check methods.

This year's conference is also special since it is the 20th edition of the MARS conference. We are back in Germany after the Koln Conference in 2003. At that time, we were discussing the “Enlargement to all future Member States”. This year, the 28 Member States and the accession and candidate countries will contribute together to the challenge of CAP2020 implementation.