The RECAP project team, in cooperation with the Research Executive Agency (REA), organised in Brussels on the 22nd of September 2017, a productive Policy Session with invited guests officers from DG AGRI and DG GROW, DG CNCT, REA and European Space Agency (ESA).
The Policy Session took place in the REA premises, aiming at:
- Informing policy officers involved in the CAP implementation and monitoring, about the project objectives and activities.
- Initiating a discussion to identify complementarities and seek to develop synergies with initiatives and works of the relevant policy DGs and Agencies.
- Receiving input on the shape of things to come in the future CAP and the potential of the RECAP to anticipate changes in the Omnibus regulation and policy changes post 2020.
A total number of 17 EC officers attended the Session with great interest and actively participated in the open discussion.
The first part of the session, focused on the overall project presentation, the architecture of the project technical components, the current and upcoming CAP implementation as well as the links of the RECAP with different EC policies and other EC projects, highlighting the potential of developing synergies within the different EC initiatives.
The first/preliminary high accuracy results of the Remote Sensing component solutions of the RECAP on the automatic identification and control of the Cross-Compliance rules and the benefits of the use of the RECAP platform led to many technical questions raised by the representatives of the DG AGRI and was the first step for a constructive discussion on the support of RECAP to the CAP controls simplification.
More social and policy rerated remarks followed the first technical oriented discussion. The digital divide, broadband issues and the acceptance of farmers to use ICT solutions were highlighted as considerable policy issues which need to be on the focus of the policy initiatives of involved DGs (AGRI; CNCT).
With the particular focus on the CAP monitoring RECAP is seeking for the development of synergies with other similar projects. Communications with the representatives of ESA responsible for the SEN4CAP project are to be established and be the first step for potential collaborations.
Indeed, RECAP can significantly be on the focus of the EC for the CAP simplification and modernisation. Follow up communications will soon take place with all relevant DGs and there are already discussions for organizing a second event in spring 2018.