ETS Scope

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Reference parcel as item for inspection

A reference parcel is “a geographically delimited area retaining a unique identification as registered” that contains “a unit of land representing agricultural area” and where appropriate, includes other eligible hectares. Agricultural area means “taken up by arable land, permanent grassland and permanent pasture, or permanent crops”.

From these definitions follows that any reference parcel, for the purpose of inspection of ETS, must include at least one occurrence of agricultural land. Landscape features, although representing eligible hectare resulting from their adjacency to agricultural, should not be submitted as an individual reference parcel even if they are implemented as a standalone polygons in the SUT. For the purpose of each annual LPIS quality assessment, SUT where IXIT feature C (integrating eligible hectares from GAEC landscape features) yielded “complementary” LF implementation shall follow the adjudication procedure below to compile the reference parcel in scope and to ensure sizeable and measureable item for inspection. In the context of this document it is assumed that the temporary adjudication of landscape features has been performed unless stated differently.

Furthermore, the definitions relate to “a unit of land representing agricultural area”, which is not necessarily the unit of “identification as registered” and state that a reference parcel “is measurable, enables the unique and unambiguous localisation … and as a principle, is stable in time”. MS are invited to reflect how these considerations that constitute the foundation of all data value tests of TG ETS, are implemented in their SUT.

Relevance for the assessment year

For the LPIS QA only the first pillar of IACS is currently considered. In particular, any reference parcel that is part or can be part of a holding applying for first pillar area based payments BPS/SAPS) shall be subject to inspection. This translates the scope into that:

  • were declared during the previous direct payment application year for either 1st pillar area support or for other uses OR[1]
  • present “eligible area” available for payment; i.e. can appear on the pre-printed form or re-enter an application for 1st pillar support without triggering an additional verification procedure

Correct execution of this combined query on an appropriately implemented LPIS should result that this "scope of the LPIS QA", does NOT include reference parcels holding agriculture land, that are not available for direct aid applications as their standalone size is below the minimum threshold established at national/regional level. Pending on the reference parcel design (IXIT feature A), the resulting set of reference parcels in scope is therefore not necessarily the complete set of "blocks" that are managed in the "LPIS-layer" of the GIS-environment. In many cases it will be a subset.

Homogeneous lots

An assessment based on sampling implies and requires a homogenous population of reference parcels. There are situations that clearly contradict these requirements to constitute a single "sampling lot" within the nominal territory of the LPIS:

  • Simultaneous occurrence of different RP-design or eligibility profiles
  • Simultaneous occurrence of different update rules

If any of the above conditions occur, most likely identified via the presence of several possible answers to the IXIT polychotomy, MS are invited to subdivide the nominal territories in smaller parts and

  • prepare separate lots for inspection; for each lot, the model test suite should be performed and a separate lpisPointZeroState produced.
  • Inform the EC services, so appropriate imagery can be obtained

Although inspecting and analysing two or more sub-lots will require more resources than testing the combined set of heterogeneous reference parcels, it is the only to obtain meaningful, reliable and useful assessment results.

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