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A New IACS Vision in Action

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Digitalisation for better agriculture

Digitalisation is a growing part of the agriculture sector and key to improving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Thanks to digitalisation, CAP administration costs are diminished while sustainability and competitiveness improve. The role of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) in European agriculture is instrumental as it constitutes the basis for agricultural subventions. The EU-funded NIVA project is based on interactive planning to ensure faster turnaround, increased flexibility and further participation of stakeholders. The project is undertaken by nine EU member administrations at national, multi-national and pan-European levels. It aims to accelerate innovation, diminish administrative obstacles, support cooperation in an innovative environment, and increase the flow of information to all stakeholders.


The discussion on the modernisation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is in full progress and one element is how the CAP will benefit from and stimulate ongoing digitisation of the agricultural sector. Digitisation accelerates a cost-effective administration of CAP payments, the update of CAP instruments, stimulates data (re) use for monitoring the societal benefits of agriculture towards climate, environment and rural development and thus improves the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector. Administrative bodies from 9 EU Member States join forces to realise a new vision on the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) – the instrument for CAP governance – in this project called: “New IACS Vision in Action” (NIVA). The project is built on an iterative work plan. This ensures fast results, built-in flexibility and greater involvement of stakeholders. NIVA strives for maximum impact by involving all EU paying agencies and other relevant actors in the stakeholder board, by reserving a substantial budget for supporting third parties and the set-up of an innovation ecosystem that will continue after the project. NIVA manages cross cutting digital innovations as well as standardization issues in dedicated work packages as defining, accepting and defending common standards is exemplifying the desire for collaboration. The nine prime use cases are demonstrated in three waves, from national to multi-national to pan-European, hence underlining our ambition to make a significant contribution to improved digital competences, awareness and innovation at the European scale. The project’s results are a suite of digital innovations and a roadmap for IACS transformation. The project will speed up innovation, reduce administrative burden, sustain broader and deeper collaboration in an innovation ecosystem and provide methods to establish information flows to improve environmental performance.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 017 125,00
6708 PB Wageningen

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Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 017 125,00

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