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GAEC Greening Workshop

Oct 21 2015
Oct 23 2015


The workshop, co-organised by the State Agricultural Intervention Fund of the Czech Republic and the JRC, aimed to have open and constructive exchanges about the practical implementation of the Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC) and greening of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The focus was on the evolution of the GAEC standards in relation to the introduction of the greening of the CAP, the link between the GAEC and Ecological Focus Areas (EFA), and practical aspects regarding the implementation and control of GAEC and EFA as well as the support given to farmers with respect to the implementation of the CAP reform regarding these issues.

On the second day, a field visit to the countryside near Prague was organised to observe and discuss practical field cases.

The workshop venue was the "Hotel International Prague", Koulova 15, 160 00 Praha 6.


111 delegates took part in the workshop

Download here the list of participants


Agenda and presentations


DAY 1:   21st October 2015

12:00 – 13:45              Registration and lunch

13:45 – 14:00              Opening, Jan Havlíček SZIF, Emmanuel Petel DG AGRI and Vincenzo Angileri JRC


Session 1:                 GAECs and EFAs in the framework of CAP reform

14:00 – 14:30              GAECs and Greening in the Framework of CAP reform, Emmanuel Petel, DG AGRI

14:30 – 15:00              The notification of the new GAECs, part 1 Juan Alvarez De La Puente DG AGRI                                               ​

                                    ​The notification of the new GAECs, part 2 Vincenzo Angileri, JRC

15:00 – 15:30              Technical guidelines related to Greening in the Framework of CAP reform, Philippe Loudjani, JRC

15:30 – 16:00              Coffee break

Session 2:                 Implementation of CAP reform – GAECs and EFAs

16:00 – 16:30              GAEC and EFA common features implemented in the Czech Republic, Bohdan Osoha, MoA, CZ

16:30 – 17:00              Managing EFA declaration and the development of LPIS in year 2015, Bernadett Csonka, Agricultural and Rural Development Agency, HU

17:00 – 17:30              Using Open Data and New Technology To Tackle the Greening of the CAP, Marcel Meijer, Alterra Wageningen UR, and Jeroen van de Voort, Neo BV, NL

17:30 – 18:00              Preparation for the field day, part 1, Lucie Savelkova, SZIF, CZ

      Preparation for the field day, part 2, Slavko Lemajic, JRC

18:00 – 19:30              Icebreaker (buffet dinner)


DAY 2:  22nd October 2015

8:00                             Departure from hotel to the terrain (Dendrology park of the Research Institute, VÚKOZ)

8:40                             Arrival at Dendrology park of the Research Institute, VÚKOZ


Session 3:                 Execution of OTSC of GAECs and EFAs (criteria of GAECs and EFAs, measurement of GAECs and EFAs on the spot)

8:40  –  10:40              Terrain works - checks of GAECS/EFAs, area measurements, etc. (Dendrology park of the Research Institute, VÚKOZ)

10:40 – 10:50              Transfer to Congress centre of Research Institute, VÚKOZ

10:50 – 11:15              Coffee break

11:15 – 11:45              Questionnaire/handout session (finalising field exercise)

11:45 – 12:15              Discussion of field cases exercise

12:15 – 13:30              Lunch

13:30 – 13:50              Transfer to terrain (Farm AGRO Jesenice)

13:50 – 15:45              Terrain works – examples of GAECs/EFAs (Farm AGRO Jesenice)

15:45 – 16:00              Transfer to Congress centre of Research Institute, VÚKOZ

16:00 – 16:25              Coffee break

16:25 – 17:00              Summary of field day, discussion of field cases from Session 3

17:00                           End of the field day

17:00 – 17:45              Return to the hotel


DAY 3:   23rd October 2015

Session 4:                 On-the-spot checks of new GAECs and EFAs

09:00 – 09:30              Slovak EFA creation, first declaration and control with remote sensing, Michal Sviček and Mária Mozdikova, National Agriculture and Food Centre, SK

09:30 – 10:00              On-the-spot checks of GAECs and EFAs in the Czech Republic, Ctibor Becvar, SZIF, CZ

10:00 – 10:30              GAECs and EFAs layer in the Czech LPIS, Tereza Gimunova, Ministry of Agriculture, CZ

10:30 – 11:00             Coffee break


Session 5:                 Supporting the implementation of CAP reform

11:00 – 11:30              A software tool to support farmers decisions on Ecological Focus Areas, John Tzilivakis and Douglas Warner, University of Hertfordshire, UK

11:30 – 12:00              Spatial location of EFAs on the farm: searching for a compromise between environmental benefits and economic impact, Jaroslav Pražan, Pavel Trojáček, Ekotoxa, CZ 

12:00 -  12:25             Beyond regulation: towards a resource-efficient, eco-friendly agriculture through (re)integrating landscape features into farming systems, Fabien Balaguer, Association Française d’agroforesterie, FR

12:25 – 12:50              Effect of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions on erosion and soil organic carbon balance, Pasquale Borrelli, JRC


Session 6:                 Outcomes of the workshop

12:50 – 13:15              Discussion, wrap-up and conclusions

13:15                           End of the workshop

13:15 – 14:00             Lunch

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