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A New IACS Vision in Action

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NIVA (A New IACS Vision in Action)

Reporting period: 2019-06-01 to 2020-11-30

Paying Agencies (PAs) from 9 EU Member States have joined 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). This project has demonstrated collaboration in exploring innovations and working together in creating an innovation ecosystem. These Paying Agencies recognise that grasping the potential of digitisation calls on innovating their systems and approaches. Encouraged by new EU legislation on Monitoring and the plans of the commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development on the future of CAP, also including the plans in the EU Green Deal, these Paying Agencies demonstrate how these digital tools will enhance their operation and at the same time lead to new opportunities for farmers and industry to improve farming processes and techniques to contribute to sustainability and competitiveness of the agricultural sector. These innovations are also important for the future CAP which focuses on agricultural performance. At the same time, these PAs concluded that in isolation implementing and testing innovations would result in a massive duplication of effort, and hence it collaboration was crucial to implementing innovations fast.
NIVA delivers a suite of digital solutions, e-tools and good practices for e-governance and initiates an innovation ecosystem to support further development of IACS that will facilitate data and information flows, against the background of reform discussions of the CAP.

The IACS is built upon several other core systems collecting farm data, payment rights, livestock and other information which overall constitute an Agricultural Knowledge Information System (AKIS) which shall all-together contribute to a real efficient monitoring. Improvements in the processes and data validation are thus required to enable reducing the administrative burden and to improve the efficiency of the whole system. More digital inclusiveness allows re-use of (open) data and support farmers in more accurate and less burdensome claims. In many member states, digital inclusiveness might lead to a completely pre-populated application of income support, and to an even more advanced ‘Click-and-Pay’ seamless claim.

The overall objective of NIVA is thus formulated as: NIVA aims to modernise IACS by making efficient use of digital solutions and e-tools, by creating reliable methodologies and harmonised data sets for monitoring agricultural performance while reducing administrative burden for farmers, paying agencies and other stakeholders.

In setting up NIVA, Member States have identified and discussed prime use cases in digital innovation of their processes and systems, which represent common goals. Each use case involves the stakeholders required to demonstrate and evaluate these innovations. The cross-cutting digital and process innovations are further developed and made available as open source tools even beyond the consortium members. These use cases are strategically designed to cover every part of newly proposed CAP and altogether constitute a complete new IACS vision that address the new challenges. The digital innovations form the base for growing collaboration and exchange between the partners, their stakeholders (ranging from farmers to the different bureaus at the European Commission, NGOs etc.) and solution providers.
This period has focused on
1. Definition and set up of Large Scale Pilots: 9 use cases have been scoped, components developed, and tested in a Single Member state environment. At the moment the multi member state trial is ongoing
2. Identification and development of guidelines for interoperability recommendations across IACS systems: different harmonization and interoperability issues have been studied and surveyed across IACS systems
3. Set up and execution of a supporting Knowledge Information System supporting the work in the Use Cases from an IT infrastructure point of view
4. Set up and execution of a Innovation Ecosystem through a stakeholder mapping and a series of Stakeholder Platform meetings, in which the wider stakeholder community is actived and involved
5. Set up of call for software components in support of the execution of the use cases.
NIVA delivers a suite of digital solutions, e-tools and good practices for e-governance and initiates an innovation ecosystem to support further development of IACS and to facilitate data and information flows. The NIVA results promote a transparent, simpler administrative process that contributes to a future CAP that increases environmental performance. NIVA increases the speed of innovation, reduce administrative burden, sustain broader and deeper collaboration in an innovation ecosystem and provide accepted methods to establish information flows to improve environmental performance. NIVA has built a full impact logic towards an ultimate impact of contributing to the new CAP goals. NIVA's first main outcome are targeting the uptake of NIVA digital innovations by the NIVA partners and beyond the NIVA partnership. NIVA has focused in the first 18 months on the collaboration in the partnership, thereby achieving many valuable collaborations across Member state borders where they previously did not exist and where they were now in full swing. In the next stage of NIVA this will be extended to cover more external partners to NIVA, while also the digital solutions themselves will be supplied for full adoption. Another main outcome of NIVA is the reach it has with farmers and PAs in reducing the administrative burden of CAP processes and CAP monitoring submisisions. Here across EU memberstates farmer were involved in the design and in the testing of NIVA pilot, and their involvement will be further increased in the next phases of deployment of the pilots.