EC prolongs flexibilities of Common Agricultural Policy checks

On-farm visits can be replaced with the use of alternative sources of evidence, including satellite imagery or geo-tagged photos

Photo: EU Aerial view of an urban farm in Watermael-Boitsfort.

With Covid restrictions still in place across the EU, the Commission adopted on Tuesday rules to extend to 2021 flexibilities for carrying out checks required for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support.

The rules allow the replacement of on-farm visits with the use of alternative sources of evidence, including new technologies such as satellite imagery or geo-tagged photos.

This will ensure reliable checks while respecting the restriction of movement and minimising physical contact between farmers and inspectors. Additionally, the rules include flexibility around timing requirements for checks. This allows Member States to postpone checks, notably to a period when movement restrictions are lifted.

The rules comprise a reduction of the number of physical on-the-spot checks to be carried out for area and animal-related measures, rural development investments and market measures.

These measures aim to ease the administrative burden of national paying agencies by adapting to current circumstances while still ensuring necessary controls for CAP support.

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