ETS Data structure

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The key characteristics of each references parcel are described in the combination of its identification, location and reference area values. This limited set of attributes provides all information the EC services need to verify the integrity of the sampling to inspection process in a given assessment year and to monitor the evolution of the population between assessment years.

This verification and monitoring is essential to help Member States prevent scoping problems.

The resulting lpisPointZeroState holds seven elements; after introduction of the classification correctness test, area values of arable land, permanent grassland and permanent crops have been introduced.

Classification correctness verifies the threshold for greening obligations and applies to the holding as a whole. This extends the object of ETS inspection to all agricultural area of the holding, regardless whether that land is declared for BPS/SAPS or other uses. The value tested (formerly the field “ReferenceArea”) should now reflect all available agricultural area as defined in Article 4(1)(e) of EC 1307/13, within the reference parcel.

To avoid confusion, the former element <cap:ReferenceArea> in the lpisPointZeroState is replaced by cap:etsReferenceArea> to make it distinct from the element ReferenceArea defined in the MTS, referring to the maximum area for which payment can be made. The value in <cap:etsReferenceArea> is directly derived from the values stored in the corresponding attributes in the SUT as reported in the executable test “checkAgriculturalLandAreaValue” of the MTS. This synonym is introduced for ETS purposes only.

The lpisPointZeroState includes a Boolean flag to indicate whether the available agricultural area reported in the <cap:etsReferenceArea> for that reference parcel represents the maximum eligible area for direct aid payment or not; If “True”, cap:etsReferenceArea> for the RP is identical to <cap:reference area>[1].

In previous ETS versions, only RP that were involved in the area payment (utilized for SAPS or active entitlements for BPS) were in scope, the Boolean flag thus indicates which parcels would have belonged to the previous, more restrictive scope and only these items will be inspected for eligibility related tests.

Note that, as the <etsReferenceArea> can hold contributions from landscape features, the sum of the three partial areas can be less or equal than the etsReferenceArea , depending on whether or not the area of the landscape features is added to the area of the correspondent agriculture land cover they belong to. In any case, the area of the landscape features is added to the value of the <etsReferenceArea>.


Element name Definition Description
<cap:geometryProperty> Spatial representation of the reference parcel as referred to in Art.5 of (EU) R 640/2014. Geometry of reference parcel, representing its geographical position. For this entry the representation GM_Point is required.
<cap:rpID> Unique thematic ID of reference parcel referred to in Article 70 of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013. Nation-wide unique alphanumerical thematic identification code of reference parcel (thematic identifier or GUID as defined by the MTS model).
<cap:etsReferenceArea> Value for the quantification of agricultural area as referred to in Art. 4 of (EU) R 1307/2013. Officially known area taken up by arable land, permanent grassland and permanent pasture or permanent crops (and/or other features eligible for payment) for which an aid application can be made or which can be declared as part of the holding.

NOTE 1: Reference area value shall be expressed in hectares with 4 decimals.

<cap:arableLandArea> Point 2.1.2 of LPIS guidance ( DSCG/2014/33 – FINAL REV 2) Officially known area of the arable land within the RP. NOTE 1:reference area value shall be expressed in hectares with 4 decimals.
<cap:permanentCropArea> Point 2.1.2 of LPIS guidance ( DSCG/2014/33 – FINAL REV 2) Officially known area of the permanent grassland within the RP. :NOTE 1:reference area value shall be expressed in hectares with 4 decimals.
<cap:permanentGrasslandArea> Point 2.1.2 of LPIS guidance ( DSCG/2014/33 – FINAL REV 2) Officially known area of the permanent crop within the RP. NOTE 1:reference area value shall be expressed in hectares with 4 decimals.
<cap:etsReferenceAreaAvailabilty> Boolean related to availability for payment (TG IXIT feature G) If etsReferenceArea = MEA, True else False


Some examples of possible reporting of the etsReferenceArea and the correspondent agriculture land cover categories are given on LpisPointZeroState examples.


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  1. For former agriculture area converted to forest or NATURA 2000 that can represent eligible hectares (Art. 32(2)(b) of EC 1307/13), etsReferenceArea will be zero, while the Boolean flag will be FALSE.